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Media highlights for the week of Jan. 14-20, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

New wildlife commissioner is selected
Jennifer Martin
is the new commissioner of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, replacing W. Hays Gilstrap, pending Senate confirmation. Martin graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in biology and specializes in wildlife management.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 1/20/2006

Here's what the NAU campus looked like yesterday
Topping the news, it's been a mild winter in Arizona to say the least but the high country is getting a little more snow. Here is a great picture by the way. Here's what the NAU campus looked like yesterday. Snow on the roof of one of the dorm buildings and a little on the ground, about an inch or so. Basically by the time the storm moved through, it was just a dusting.
Fox 10 KSAZ-TV (Phoenix, AZ) 1/20/2006

Finally, it's snowing in Flagstaff
At last, it is snowing again in Flagstaff. "Call me when we get 2 feet of snow, then I'll give you a quote," said Christopher Everett, associate professor of photography at Northern Arizona University.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 1/20/2006

Study abroad available to students
K-State now offers a way for students to study abroad without leaving the country. The National Student Exchange program is a new program that gives students the opportunity to study at one of 177 different universities around the country. "I heard about the program through a friend last year at Northern Arizona State University, and I knew right away I had to take this opportunity to study at another university," Megan Daugherty, junior in pre-professional health, said. "The big catch for me was the chance to exchange to another school within the states and to pay my in-state NAU tuition. Also, all my credits transfer as direct NAU credits."
Kansas State Collegian (Manhattan, KS) 1/20/2006

Supporters of university in Lake Havasu eye land
Supporters of bringing a public university to Lake Havasu City have picked out a nearly 600-acre plot owned by the Bureau of Land Management as a site for the campus. Northern Arizona University officials have said they want to help in the development effort.
CBS 5 KPHO-TV (Phoenix, AZ) 1/20/2006

Trailblazing singer portrayed in NAU show
In advance of Black History Month, guest artist Val Limar-Jansen will present the acclaimed one-woman show "Ethel" at Northern Arizona University's Clifford White Theatre this weekend.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/20/2006

Afternoon nap time for grown-ups
A small study of female college students at Northern Arizona University found that just 10 minutes of moderate exercise raised their energy level.
Amherst (Amherst, NY) 1/19/2006

[this clip also appeared in Consumer Reports onHealth, Feb. 2006]

Communicating with creatures
There was a fascinating article on the front page of the Star's Accent section on Jan. 6. It addressed the fact that Northern Arizona University biology professor Con Slobodchikoff has done a monumental study of prairie dogs and their language. Yes, they have one, and it's quite intricate, including making up new words for new situations.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ) 1/19/2006

Napolitano budget ups funding for student aid
The governor said an important portion of her budget was to increase the amount the state contributes to student financial aid. There is a need to increase the capacity of ASU, NAU and the UA, she said, and her budget would help the top three universities expand the number of students they serve. To address the problem of 'brain drain,' a term referring to the loss of top professors to other universities, Napolitano set aside $10 million in her budget for a new fund designed specifically for new recruitment and retention pay, and to attract high-profile faculty and researchers.
Arizona Daily Wildcat (Tucson, AZ) 1/19/2006

Supporters of university in Lake Havasu eye land
Supporters of bringing a public university to Lake Havasu City have picked out a 590-acre plot owned by the Bureau of Land Management as a site for the campus. Northern Arizona University officials have said they want to help in the development effort. NAU vice president Fred Hurst said his university has a "long standing commitment to students no matter where they live."
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ) 1/19/2006

Ecoterror suspect released on bond
A Flagstaff woman accused of being connected with the 1998 firebombing of a logging company in Oregon has been released from jail. Kendall Tankersley, 28, also known as Sarah Harvey, was released from an Oregon jail Jan. 10 on $150,000 bond. She is back in Flagstaff, ready to begin taking two classes at Northern Arizona University.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/18/2006

Eco-terror suspect wrote will before suicide
Another Arizonan swept up in the case, Sarah Kendall Harvey, also known as Kendall Tankersley, was released from an Oregon jail Jan. 10 on $150,000 bond. Tom Bauer, a spokesman for Northern Arizona University, said that Harvey has enrolled in two classes there this semester. She is no longer an employee of the university, Bauer said, adding that he was unable to comment further.
The Denver Post (Denver, CO) 1/18/2006

[this clip was picked up by dozens of newspapers nationwide]

Award-winning African American auctioneer raises millions for corporations, estates and non-profits
Rowlan Hill possesses 20 years experience, and is the only African American in North America to hold championship auctioneering status. Hill is equally adept at auctioning fine art at black-tie affairs as he is selling horses in jeans and sweatshirt, though his first love is emceeing and selling at celebrity fundraising benefits and high-profile charity affairs. The Bakersfield, CA native earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Arts from Northern Arizona University.
PR Web (Ferndale, WA) 1/17/2006

Celebrating a shared dream
Mitchell Latham remembers when the (annual Martin Luther King) march at NAU started with 20 attendees. Nowadays the crowd is larger and more diverse, he said. He remembers 250 to 300 people attending in years past, and that many people likely attended Monday's march. He said it means a lot to him that different cultures come together for the event. The event was organized by NAU's Black Student Union, which began planning the march and program in October.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/17/2006

Corporate but fun
More then 2,000 Northern Arizona University students taking business classes will begin the second semester in a new building today, a structure that is unlike any other on campus. The building is designed to let in natural light during a sunny day, reducing the need for artificial lights, in part because of a study that Mason Gerety, dean of the College of Business Administration, said found that people retain more of what they learn under natural light.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/17/2006

Dinner talk will recall 1918 flu epidemic
Bee Valvo, curator of visual materials at Northern Arizona University's Cline Library Special Collections and Archives, will discuss "The Day the Spanish Influenza came to Town: Flagstaff and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918" at a lecture Thursday, Jan. 19.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/17/2006

Back to the School Grind
NAU freshman Cindall Hanson, 18, and Alison Meehan, 18, unpack their car to move Sunday outside Sechrist Hall. Students will be moving back in for the Spring semester which starts tomorrow.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/16/2006

Julie Wells show in Sun Scenes Gallery
The artwork of NAU junior Julie Bringhurst Wells is on display through this month at the Union Center in the second-floor Sun Scenes Gallery. The show includes 11 paintings and drawings Wells created between 1970 and 2005. Wells is majoring in studio art, with an emphasis in painting, and minoring in art history.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/16/2006

Legendary blues singer comes to life in NAU production
The life of legendary blues singer Ethel Waters is the basis for the upcoming play 'Ethel,' a one-woman show told through narrative and song and produced by NAU Theater.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/16/2006

Northern Arizona pipeline producing
Northern Arizona University is developing a strong coaching pipeline to the NFL. The Vikings' Brad Childress, the Eagles' Andy Reid and former Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg, now an assistant with the Eagles, all coached at NAU.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) 1/16/2006

$50 mil gift a 'dazzling' step to lure top minds
A private foundation in Scottsdale is pledging $50 million to boost the state's effort in so-called "personalized medicine," marking the single-largest gift in state history to spur biomedical advancements. The trustees have been closely watching the Valley's nascent bioscience and biotech market, which began in earnest three years ago when the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix was created. TGen is led by genetics researcher Jeffrey Trent, who worked on the Human Genome Project. Later, ASU established the Biodesign Institute. The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and others also have stepped up their biotech efforts. Because the trust awards money only in Maricopa County, NAU and UA will not be eligible for the grants unless they partner with a group in the Phoenix area. Partners could include the new UA College of Medicine, TGen, ASU and the Mayo Clinic. ASU President Michael Crow said he doesn't believe the requirement will cut them out of the loop. "I think that's a minor issue," he said.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 1/15/2006

Bill would require regent from rural county
A bill in the state Senate that would help ensure rural Arizona a representative on the state Board of Regents is vital for Yuma and other smaller communities, says a former Yuma lawmaker who was passed up for a seat on the board last month. 'It's important that we have someone on the board that comes from greater Arizona,' said Bob McLendon. There is one open seat on the board following the death of Lorraine Frank. Pati Urias, a spokeswoman for the governor, said no timeline has been established to fill the position, but she expects the appointment will be soon. Sen. Jake Flake, R-Snowflake, said having a rural member also could help spur the expansion of programs which allow students not living near any of the three state universities to get a four-year degree. The lack of programs in rural areas has resulted in a push to let community colleges offer at least some baccalaureate programs. Flake called it 'immaterial'' whether that means four-year community colleges or more 'two-plus-two'' programs offered by Northern Arizona University which let rural students get four-year degrees without having to leave their own communities.
Yuma Sun (Yuma, AZ) 1/15/2006

Mountain lions coming home
Just prior to the start of Pennsylvania's two-week firearms deer season, the volunteers at the Eastern Puma Research Network put out a call to hunters. They wanted to hear from anyone who saw a mountain lion or signs of one. Certainly, mountain lions—also known as panthers, pumas and cougars—did inhabit Pennsylvania and other eastern states at one time. They eventually disappeared from the East. Many scientists believe they will recolonize the East in time. In 2002, Paul Beier, a cougar researcher from Northern Arizona University, said in a New York Times article that 'they will eventually get to new Jersey, or at least close.'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh, PA) 1/15/2006

Conditioning clinic for children at NAU
Youth runners in Flagstaff will have a chance to train with emerging elite athletes by attending a conditioning clinic Jan. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Northern Arizona University's Walkup Skydome. The three-hour clinic, hosted by NAU's Center for High Altitude Training, will offer training in the areas of running workouts, track drills and balance training to youth in grades 6 to 12.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/14/2006

NAU series dives into old, new
Northern Arizona University's Department of Humanities, Arts and Religion put some teeth in 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 Tuesday at 7 p.m. with the Academy Award-winning 'Mutiny on the Bounty,' starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. Films in the series will be shown Tuesday nights in Cline Library Assembly Hall.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/14/2006

No city primary election needed
Five council and two mayoral candidates have filed for this year's Flagstaff City Council election. Mayor Joe Donaldson will face Paul Vincent Reilly for a two-year term. Reilly is a 19-year-old journalism student at Northern Arizona University.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/14/2006

Plexiglass barracks help restore plant life
Tucked behind NAU's outbuildings, fuel depot, machine shops, and warehouses, NAU's Research Greenhouse Complex lies low down a short lane. Designed to support research by the biological, environmental, ecological, and forestry sciences, it does a lot more. The heat and humidity of each greenhouse are controlled separately because the functions of the Research Greenhouse Complex are as varied as horticulture in the alpine and the Sonoran deserts and along streams, amongst woodlands, and in forests. The Complex is designed to support the university's varied research projects, such as Professor Nancy C. Johnson's study in mycorrhizal ecology.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/14/2006

Team Emily runs for charity and memories
Emily Marie Benson, Valerie and Mark Caro's daughter, died in May 2002 of cardiac arrest. She was 14. Team Emily, which travels to the Valley of the Sun for P.F. Chang's Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half-Marathon, was established by the Caro family in 2004 to preserve Emily's memory. Now, an annual scholarship is awarded each year through the NAU Foundation. "...(It's) a $10,000 a year scholarship for a student that has health challenges but wants to still go to college." Last year, for instance, NAU provided the Caros with around 12 portfolios of students who applied for the scholarship and fit the scholarship's criteria. Valerie contacted the Center for High Altitude Training and got in touch with the center's world-renowned head coach, Jack Daniels, who graciously accepted a position as a volunteer coach for the group.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/14/2006