Media highlights for the week of Jan. 7-13, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news
Snowmaking opponents now targeting city council
Local environmentalists opposed to snowmaking on the Peaks are mounting a campaign to get the city of Flagstaff to cancel its agreement to sell reclaimed water to Arizona Snowbowl. Northern Arizona University anthropology professor Miguel Vasquez cast the judge's decision, which was built on legal cases, as another in a long line of actions against Native Americans that could only likely be blocked at the local level. "It's OK to screw the Indians. You've just gotta make it sound good," he said.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/13/2006
NAU grad named Game and Fish commissioner
Gov. Janet Napolitano has appointed Jennifer Martin of Phoenix as the new commissioner of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Martin graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in biology and specializes in wildlife management.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/12/2006
NAU may expand presence at SCC
Northern Arizona University and Scottsdale Community College are in talks to expand NAU's presence here by adding classrooms to the campus and offering a new education degree starting as early as fall 2007. NAU offers two baccalaureate programs on SCC's campus and is looking to add the third as part of an ongoing effort to expand access to higher education across Arizona, said Doug Small, NAU's assistant dean for distance learning. "I think that it helps serve a particular type of student that doesn't want a big campus," he said. "It's not like we're going to be starting from scratch and adding a lot of extra costs to the taxpayer," Small said. "(The college) is already in place, and we've just got to expand it as the demand grows."
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/12/2006
Bill would create rural seat on university board
No Arizona Board of Regents members now come from any of the state's 13 non-urban counties, but rural Arizona would be assured a seat on the university system's oversight board under a bill advancing in the Legislature. All current regular members are from either Maricopa County or Pima County. The last regent from a rural county was Kay McKay of Flagstaff in Coconino County. Her term expired in January 2004. McKay, stressing that she had a "parochial" viewpoint because Northern Arizona University is based in Flagstaff, said during a telephone interview she is most concerned about the need to have members from the home turf of every university.
Tucson Citizen (Tucson, AZ), 1/12/2006
NAU film series focuses on water
Northern Arizona University's Department of Humanities, Arts and Religion put some teeth into its spring movie series focus on water with "Jaws," "Moby Dick" and other classics, including "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Chinatown." The free series begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the Academy Award-winning "Mutiny on the Bounty," starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/11/2006
Like mother, like son
When he was born, his mother was already painting day and night. Now Brandon Oberhardt, 27, like his mother, watercolorist Roberta Rogers, is pursuing a career as a fine arts landscape and documentary photographer. A 2003 graduate of NAU in photography, Oberhardt's artist statement said his primary aim is to share the beauty of light and color that he's been lucky to witness.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/11/2006
Napolitano's 'State of the State': more money for border enforcement, teacher pay
Napolitano, in her fourth annual address to the Legislature today, sought a minimum $30,000 starting salary for all teachers, with pay raises for all. The proposal for the $30,000 starting salary for teachers actually is $5,000 short of what was recommended last month by a special task force appointed by Napolitano. Northern Arizona University President John Haeger, who chairs that committee, said the current statewide average is $28,000 or less. But the governor promised in her speech "that's just a start.'' And she also asked lawmakers to "appropriate the dollars necessary to ensure that every teacher also receives a raise.''
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 1/9/2006
The Greening of America's Campuses
The Piedmont Project at Emory was inspired by the pioneering Northern Arizona University, in the high pine-forested reach of Flagstaff. With its proximity to some of the world's most stunning scenery, Flagstaff, which attracts lovers of outdoor sports, has consistently been rated among the nation's most livable medium-size cities. The university has tried to match the setting. "Kids who spend a lot of their time in national parks and outside are going to want to live in a campus that reflects their values," says Gary Paul Nabhan, director of the university's Center for Sustainable Environments. "A huge portion of our student body is motivated to be engaged in environmental issues." Conferences, classrooms and buildings try to reflect this ethic. Administrators have declared that every new building must meet some degree of green construction and design standards, meaning that they use a high percentage of recycled building materials and incorporate low-energy-using lighting and electrical systems. Solar panels are abundant, making use of the sun at Flagstaff's altitude of 7,000 feet. Even the janitors and land maintenance crews have been brought aboard. "Rather than a bunch of academics and student activists trying to ram some ideas down people's throats," says Dr. Nabhan, who is also a professor of environmental science, "we let the people who work on campus come up with ideas about how to use less, and we listen to them."
The New York Times (New York, NY), 1/9/2006
A park all their own
When seasoned businessman Marvin Hatch bought a northern Arizona ranch, he and business partner Terrence Shorty Reidhead knew the land would yield more than just hamburger. The 60,000-acre, $3.3 million Paulsell Ranch is littered with Indian ruins, artifacts and petroglyphs. One local rock-art scholar says a tourism venture may be the best way to protect the treasures of the Paulsell Ranch. Once things get vandalized or destroyed or removed, then (Hatch and Reidhead) won't have the attractions anymore, says Ekkehart Malotki, a Northern Arizona University language professor and Southwestern rock-art researcher. Malotki says hed like to see walkways built around sites to keep people from walking on them or touching them.
High Country News (Paonia, CO), 1/9/2006