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Media highlights for the week of Feb. 24-March 3, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

Cuban academics denied visas by U.S
Some 55 philosophers, economists, and historians were told last week they'd be unable to travel to this month's Latin American Studies Association congress in San Juan. Visa requests for four academics were still pending, said Sheryl Lutjens, an American political science professor at Northern Arizona University. ''These people represent strong scholars who think critically and who are often experts in their area where there are no others,'' said Lutjens, who co-chairs the association's Cuba section and is currently visiting the country. "This is alarming.'' Fewer American scholars are traveling to Cuba, too, wary of complicated U.S. rules that can lead to hefty fines and punishment if broken. ''They have been dissuaded by the new regulations,'' Lutjens said of other professors and researchers. "People are, I think, confused and perhaps even frightened by the thought that they might be doing something that's not permitted.''
The Miami Herald (Miami, FL), 3/3/2006

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Affordability real issue behind 4-year community colleges
The proponents of this movement tout the need for more firefighters, nurses and police. It is hard to argue with that, except firefighters, nurses and police don't require a bachelor's degree to enter the profession. So what is the real problem? Again proponents of the community college baccalaureate say the issue is access, but what they really mean is affordability. Access to education can now come to a computer or to a local community college through university centers and 2+2 programs such as those offered through Northern Arizona University. If the issue is funding for students, let's address that head-on instead of masquerading it as another issue.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 3/3/2006

Few big names to lose scholarships based on APR
Few big-name schools will lose scholarships as a result of the Academic Progress Rates report released Wednesday. Eight institutions have not yet completed the process for determining penalties under APR, including Northern Arizona University.
ESPN (Bristol, CT), 3/3/2006

Cardinals return to Flagstaff
Remember this one? A contagious virus at NAU last year forced the Arizona Cardinals to hold the training camp in Prescott and Prescott made it no secret they wanted to become the permanent training home. The Cardinals announced they reached a three year agreement to return to Flagstaff with the training camp. That's good, you know, the Cardinals came here in 1988.
KPNX-TV (Phoenix, AZ), 3/3/2006

Game and Fish panel nominee draws concerns
A Phoenix biologist's nomination to the state Game and Fish Commission squeaked through a Senate committee Wednesday after outdoors enthusiasts suggested she lacked management acumen and hunting and fishing experience that commission members should have. The Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee voted 4-3 to recommend that the full Senate confirm Gov. Janet Napolitano's appointment of Jennifer Lynn Martin of Phoenix. Martin graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in biology, specializes in wildlife management and has worked for the state Game and Fish Department. The commission oversees the department.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 3/3/2006

Cardinals to return to NAU for training camp
The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has reached an agreement in principle with Northern Arizona University to hold its training camp at the school's Flagstaff campus. The agreement is for three years, beginning with the 2006 training camp. A formal agreement is expected to be finalized in the near future. "We are delighted to announce this agreement with N.A.U. and to be returning to Flagstaff for training camp," said Cardinals Vice President/Football Operations Rod Graves. "The most important thing to us was providing our team with the best possible environment to prepare for the season. The facilities and set-up at N.A.U certainly give us that.
SFCPressPoint (press release) (Tampa, FL) 3/3/2006

Cards will return to Flagstaff
After a one-year hiatus, the Cardinals will return to Flagstaff this summer for training camp, team officials announced Friday morning. Details of the agreement are being finalized, and the three-year contract is expected to be signed soon. The Cardinals decided to hold training camp in Prescott last year after there was an outbreak of norovirus at NAU shortly before training camp was to start.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 3/3/2006

Flowing Wells hires Pia as its head football coach
Mario Pia knows his way around Flowing Wells High School. The school's new football coach, hired this week to replace resigning former coach Al Ocampo, graduated from the school and has also spent the last 14 years coaching and teaching there. 'I know the community and the expectations they have,' Pia said. Pia has a master's in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Tucson Citizen (Tucson, AZ), 3/3/2006

Navajo County's new drug court starts this week
The first hearing of the Navajo County drug court was held March 2. In a presentation to supervisors at their Feb. 21 meeting, Superior Court Presiding Judge Dale Nielson, who presides at the drug court, said four people had already been referred to the program and are going through an assessment by the new drug court coordinator Margie Barton to see if they qualify for the program. Barton graduated from NAU and was a CPS worker where she became a unit supervisor.
White Mountain Independent, 3/3/2006

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
At Gary Knox Elementary, second-graders came to school in their pajamas on Thursday and were treated to readings of Dr. Seuss stories by Jerry Lewis, an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University-Yuma.
Yuma Sun (Yuma, AZ), 3/3/2006

Legislative Briefs
The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture voted 4-3 Wednesday to recommend confirmation of Jennifer L. Martin to the Game and Fish Commission. Wednesday's vote came over the objection of some who said that Martin, a self-employed technical writer, lacked experience either in managing an agency or in actual hunting or fishing. But she did work for that agency for three years as a wildlife specialist and has a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University in wildlife management. Her nomination by Gov. Janet Napolitano still needs to be approved by the full Senate.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 3/2/2006

99 teams to lose scholarships due to APR
Few big-name schools will lose scholarships as a result of the Academic Progress Rates report released Wednesday.The NCAA said that 99 Division I sports teams at 65 colleges and universities -- or less than 2 percent of 6,112 Division I sports teams nationwide -- will lose scholarships for poor scholastic performance by their student-athletes. Eight institutions have not yet completed the process for determining penalties under APR, including Northern Arizona University.
ADTRANS (online), 3/2/2006

Game and Fish nominee squeaks through Senate panel
A Phoenix biologist's nomination to the state Game and Fish Commission squeaked through a Senate committee today after sportsmen suggested she lacked management acumen and hunting and fishing experience that commission members should have. The Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee voted 4-to-3 to recommend that the full Senate confirm Governor Napolitano's appointment of Jennifer Lynn Martin of Phoenix. Martin graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Biology, specializes in wildlife management and has worked for the state Game and Fish Department.
KPHO-TV (Phoenix, AZ), 3/2/2006

NAU coach Adras a finalist for Durham award
Northern Arizona's Mike Adras is one of 15 finalists for the 2006 Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year. In other NAU awards, senior guard Kelly Golob and junior forward Ruben Boykin Jr. were named to the all-Big Sky Conference team. Junior guard Tyrone Bazy was named honorable mention. He also was named Newcomer of the Year.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 3/2/2006

NAU looks to earn invitation to the big dance
The biggest month for college basketball is here and NAU looks to earn an invitation to the big dance. Branden Kline joins us from Flagstaff where the Lumberjacks are finding plenty of support off the court. "As you know, this doesn't happen in Flagstaff very often, and NAU has never been known as a university with a lot of success in sports, bu tthis year it is completely different and tickets are selling very well and fans say this is their year. March Madness is almost here and Lumberjack fever is spreading.
KPNX-TV (Phoenix, AZ), 3/1/2006

City Theatre casts actor who uses wheelchair in role of disabled character
When handsome, California-blond Tobias Forrest steers his wheelchair onto the stage of City's Theatre's Lester Hamburg Studio for this week's opening of "Pyretown," his presence in the two-character drama will resonate well beyond that intimate performance space. In staging "Pyretown" and casting Mr. Forrest in a leading role, City Theatre has broken new ground for itself and local theater-goers. City Theatre's decision to not only present a play that explores the human condition of disability but to cast a disabled actor in the main role reflects how times are changing. Forrest broke his neck in a diving accident in the Grand Canyon eight years ago. He had just graduated from Northern Arizona University, where he majored in jewelry and fronted a band as a singer/songwriter. His spinal cord injury affected those pursuits, reducing the lung power needed for singing and the fine motor skills involved in jewelry-making.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), 3/1/2006

Brunswick names Stone new president of Sea Ray
Richard C. Stone, 50, was appointed new president of Brunswick Corp's Knoxville-based Sea Ray division. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Arizona University and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.
The Daily Times (Maryville, TN), 2/28/2006

Collegians make final tuition plea
Last night marked the last chance for university students to voice their opinions to the Arizona Board of Regents about imminent tuition increases. We're living in a time of transition in higher education, said UA President Peter Likins. That's what's happening across the country. Students at Northern Arizona University could see a 3.6 percent tuition boost, an increase that student-body president Travis Shumake said may be necessary.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/28/2006

NAU-Yuma students oppose fee hike
After the presidents of Arizona State University, University of Arizona and NAU presented their tuition proposals for each of their campuses to the state's Board of Regents, student leaders from each of the university campuses, including satellite campuses, gave their input on tuition increases. John Klein III, a senior English major at NAU-Yuma and the student body president, acknowledged that, at a flat rate of 3.6 percent, NAU's proposed increase was the smallest of the three universities, though he'd still like to see it lower.
Yuma Sun (Yuma, AZ), 2/28/2006

Take heed of Arizona Strip
Management plans offer varying levels of protection for area's unique resources; by Jean Palumbo. The writer is a research assistant for the Environmental Sciences Department at Northern Arizona University.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/28/2006

20 students sought for scholarship
The Dorrance Scholarship is seeking 20 students to award scholarships worth up to $36,000 per student. The student must be an Arizona high school senior and the first in his or her family to attend college, although students are still eligible if their parents had some college but didn't complete their degree. The scholarships are for students who will attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or University of Arizona and demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and strong leadership qualities.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/26/2006