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Media highlights for the week of Jan. 21-27, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

Guest column: General physical fitness deserves serious attention
[The following excerpts appeared in a guest column written by Jack Daniels, head distance running coach for the Center for High Altitude Training] Even though most people think of me as a coach of distance runners, I have always been a physical education teacher, first and foremost. Maybe there are many who agree with more daily activity for not only our children, but for ourselves, and maybe the cost of adding this to the school system would seem insurmountable, but the other option is to not do anything about it and have to deal with the ever-rising cost of medical bills, many of which are brought about by a poor state of fitness.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/27/2006

Students try to stay afloat in concrete boat race
A group of ASU students is testing the waters of engineering with a concrete boat. The students are preparing for the Regional Concrete Canoe Competition at Cal State Fullerton March 29 through April 2. There, they will compete against 17 different schools,including UA, NAU, UCLA and Cal State Berkeley.
ASU Web Devil (Tempe, AZ) 1/27/2006

Editorial: Rural Arizona should have a seat on board of regents
There are ten seats on the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state's university system. Currently, representatives from the Phoenix area and Tucson monopolize all the seats. If the university system was limited to those two metropolises, that setup might seem acceptable. However, you need to take into consideration that there is a university in Flagstaff and extensions in numerous communities throughout the state. We've got one university in the "country" portion of Arizona—Northern Arizona University. There are extensions of the university system in numerous small towns, including an NAU annex through the Page campus of Coconino Community College. There is no reason why we shouldn't have a rural representative on the Arizona Board of Regents.
Lake Powell Chronicle (Page, AZ) 1/26/2006

Keeping the peace for over 30 years
Like many Flagstaff residents, Robert P. White came to Flagstaff to go to college at Northern Arizona University. In 1974, he interned as a cadet with the Flagstaff Police Department. Thirty years later, after spending nearly his entire professional career with the police department, White will retire Feb. 3. After two semesters of interning with the police department eight hours a week at $1 an hour, White graduated from NAU and became a full-time officer, making $4 an hour.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/26/2006

Logging Wheels
An NAU fund-raiser is underway for logging wheels restoration and preservation. Be a part of NAU history. Help the NAU Alumni Association and the NAUAA Past Presidents Club restore the NAU Logging Wheels. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, contact Wayne Connelley at 602-763-6924 or e-mail
Navajo-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/26/2006

NAU's Center for High Altitude Training Center hosts conditioning clinic for youth Jan. 29
Youth runners in Flagstaff will have a chance to train with emerging elite athletes by attending a conditioning clinic from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 29 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.
Navajo-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/26/2006

Nolen named CFO for Paddock Pools, Patios & Spas
Paddock Pools, Patios & Spas in Scottsdale hired Sean Keven Nolen as corporate chief financial officer. Nolen had been vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary of CAVCO Industries Inc. for the past six years. He also served as CFO, treasurer and director of Simula Inc. and as a senior manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP. Nolen is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Northern Arizona University.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 1/26/2006

Remember Holocaust Friday at NAU
On Friday it will have been exactly 61 years since the liberation of the infamous Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Since then, what has society learned about itself, its capacity for hate and the dangers of discrimination? What has it learned about the power of love? These are some of the questions the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University has sought to advance since its inception in 2000. As part of its ongoing attempt to extract lessons from the horrors of the Holocaust, the institute is sponsoring two events to mark the newly created International Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday. "We want people to remember but, also to learn the lessons (of the Holocaust)," said Melissa Cohen, program coordinator for the institute.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/26/2006

Flagstaff finally behind the Lumberjacks
Folks in Flagstaff are finally following their Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. All it took to get their attention was an eight-game winning streak, the most potent offense in Big Sky Conference men's basketball - and some inducements. Admitting students for free and offering a two-for-one deal for everyone else undoubtedly helped, but NAU's brand of basketball that has resulted in a league-best scoring average of 87.5 ppg in league play should keep them coming back. "It's nice to see students and this community recognize what these guys are doing and respond by coming out and suppporting them," NAU coach Mike Adras told the Arizona Daily Sun following the Jacks' 78-72 win over Montana State. "It's a great atmosphere."
The Missoulian (Missoula, MT) 1/25/2006

The Sedona St. Patrick's Day Parade Presents 'Irish Myths & Melodies'
Come and celebrate Sedona's 36th Annual Sedona St. Patrick's Day Parade! Sedona Main Street and NAU Parks & Recreation Management Programs are proud to present this community event in cooperation with the Green Team, Sedona's Parade Committee.
Gateway to Sedona (Sedona, AZ) 1/25/2006

Jacks finally overcome the Montana hex
Talk about getting the Montana Monkey off their backs! Thursday's twin wins by the NAU men's and women's basketball teams over the Grizzlies should put to rest rumors that have swirled for years about a mysterious hex that teams from Missoula seem to employ against our Lumberjacks.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/24/2006

Community of Leaders brings in technology money for schools
The Graham County Education Consortium is a technology committee that represents schools throughout Graham, Greenlee and Cochise counties. This consortium has brought in ... teams of teachers and administrators (Community of Leaders) who have had various technology instruction with Northern Arizona University professors.
Eastern Arizona Courier (Safford, AZ) 1/23/2006

Financial industry veteran Steven Van Fleet named president of loyalty marketing leader RewardsNOW
Steven Van Fleet, who has a quarter century of financial industry experience, has been named President and CEO of RewardsNOW, a major financial services loyalty marketing leader. He has a degree in business from Northern Arizona University.
Business Wire (San Francisco, CA) 1/23/2006

Vision, motivation key to leading
Scott David Cumberledge, principal at Hawthorne Elementary, graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 1993, master's from NAU in 1997, principal certification from NAU in 1999.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 1/23/2006

Flagstaff and the Spanish Flu of 1918 A very rough year
Bee Valvo, curator of visual materials at Northern Arizona University's Cline Library, was not familiar with Flagstaff's influenza epidemic of 1918 until a student came to the library one day in October 2004 and requested materials about it. Since that time, the Flag resident has researched the epidemic that she said took 147 lives. That's a death rate of nearly 5 percent. Were a flu epidemic to hit Flagstaff today with similar results, it would mean about 3,000 deaths. "The concern that I have is in some ways already being taken care of because there needs to be a plan. If it hit as hard as the 1918 flu did, it would definitely frighten people and cause tremendous economic impact. The more the public knows about what to do, the better the community can react."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/22/2006

State Cracks Down Bookstores
Universities all over are increasing their tuition rates, and for students tuition isn't the only thing they worry about. The cost of textbooks continues to climb. The Arizona Department of Weights and Measurements is cracking down on college bookstores who don't have fair prices. Schools like ASU, NAU in Flagstaff and Scottsdale Community College had the largest violations. Each failing with 26 items lacking prices.
KOLD-TV (Tucson, AZ) 1/22/2006

Web sites fighting high-priced texts
Fed up when a college bookstore clerk offered him just a few dollars for a $30 textbook, Eric Rebich turned to a classified ad-style Web site where he could get more money for his used book and pick up his next set of books for less than at the campus store. Rebich is one of thousands of college students nationwide trying to save money on textbooks by surfing student-run Web sites tailored for their campus. ASU West is the only public Arizona college so far with its own book-swapping Web site. The site got its start when Arizona student organizers joined a 12-state coalition in the fall, creating a grass-roots campaign to put the squeeze on publishers and lower the prices of textbooks at ASU, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 1/22/2006

11 indicted in ecoterror plot
Eleven people, including a student at Northern Arizona University, have been indicted in a decade-long arson conspiracy involving scores of fires across the West that were blamed on the radical groups Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, prosecutors announced Friday.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 1/21/2006

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Herbivore rampage . . .
Tiny insects that feast on juvenile pinon pine needles can have a dramatic impact on soil microclimates, which can cause a cascade effect sufficient to cause changes on a far greater scale. In a study conducted in northern Arizona by a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Aimee Classen, researchers found that scale insects like those found on house plants reduced foliage of susceptible trees by 39 percent. Because of the reduction in this leaf area index, soil moisture and temperature beneath the susceptible trees increased by 35 percent and 26 percent, respectively. These and other changes in the microclimate below the affected trees were similar to predicted climate change scenarios over the next century and are sufficient to drive changes in the ecosystem process. Classen and colleagues from Northern Arizona University also found evidence supporting the notion that genetic resistance to insect herbivory occurs in the tree population. This study, published in Soils Science Society of America Journal (November-December 2005), is the first of its kind and could serve as a model for the effect bark beetles and other outbreaking insects have on defoliation and devastation of forests and, ultimately, climate change. In the U.S., insects and pathogens cause damage estimated at more than $2 billion per year.
Newswise (Charlottesville, VA) 1/21/2006