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Media highlights for the week of Feb. 4-10, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl speaks about Native issues
A strong advocate of the nation's natural resources, including those on tribal lands, Sen. Jon Kyl made restoring the health of Arizona's forests the top of his priorities. The buildup of excessive underbrush and small trees led to devastating forest fires and must be prevented in the future. ''I support the promising techniques the U.S. Forest Service and Northern Arizona University are utilizing to improve the health of Arizona's forests.''
Indian Country Today (Canastota, NY), 2/10/2006

Drinking at NAU a learning experience
Most people probably aren't aware that Northern Arizona University operates a hotel. Even fewer people know that students at the Flagstaff school also run a bar on campus. All in the name of education, of course. The Inn at NAU, a 19-room hotel with a restaurant and bar, is a "living laboratory" for students at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field. Julene Boger, general manager of the inn, said the bar gives students "a chance to practice what they've learned in their classes, in a small but real environment."
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/10/2006

Fine Art Faculty Exhibition '06
Welcome to the Fine Art Faculty Exhibition '06. This annual exhibit showcases some of the best artwork produced during the past year by the faculty of the School of Art, which is under the College of Arts & Letters at NAU. Ceramics professor Paula Rice often sawdust-fires her pieces, thus the burned-wood smell of "Planet Earth," which was fired repeatedly in a pit to get the glazes just right. It is part of her series on planetary bodies. She didn't have time to thoroughly hose it off with water. "It's brand new, and it was warm when I brought it over to show," Rice said. "We usually put our most recent pieces in the faculty show."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/10/2006

Fixed, flat tuition is proposed
Are Arizona-bound college students willing to trade upfront cash for tuition predictability? That's the offer Sen. Dean Martin, R-Phoenix, wants the state's three universities to make to incoming students. He is seeking legislation to require the schools to offer freshmen the option of paying a fixed, flat tuition for all four years in college rather than facing the risks of unpredictable tuition hikes year after year. Martin told members of the Senate Committee on Higher Education on Wednesday that the cost of attending a state university has risen 73 percent in the past four years. And the Board of Regents is set to consider a proposed 8.5 percent hike for state residents who want to attend Arizona State University, a 4.6 percent increase at the University of Arizona and a 3.6 percent at Northern Arizona University.
East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ), 2/10/2006

[This clip also appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Daily Sun]

Special Reports: Venzuela: Life in the land of 21st century socialism
"Viva Chávez!" shouted a grinning man in a T-shirt and dusty jeans from the roadside. "Viva Chávez—no way!" shouted back the driver of our car in local Spanish as we sped towards the village of Curimagua. The two differing opinions sum up the feelings of the general populace in Venezuela—either you are for Chávez, like most—or you are against him, as a large but vocal minority are. In contrast to the hostile atmosphere in the village, just a few hundred metres up the road a woman who owned the local curio and water stop was polite and was proud of her education at Northern Arizona University in the US.
Ethical Corporation Magazine (online), 2/10/2006

Gunnison's prairie dog not endangered, for now, feds say
Albuquerque sprawl, roadkill, decades of poisoning, plague-carrying fleas, gas wells and varmint hunters aren't enough to put Gunnison's prairie dog on the Endangered Species List. So ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at least for now. Listing Gunnison's prairie dog as an endangered species could have forced other cities to follow suit, said Con Slobodchikoff, a Northern Arizona University professor of biology who helped the Forest Guardians petition. Slobodchikoff said prairie dogs have the most highly developed language of any animal species yet discovered, with messages that can distinguish between a hawk, human or coyote and even describe the threat by color and shape.
The Albuquerque Tribune (Albuquerque, NM), 2/9/2006

NAU employees part of state's base salary hike
Northern Arizona University employees will be getting a raise, along with other state employees, thanks to a bill Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano signed into law Jan. 30. Tom Bauer, assistant director of NAU's Office of Public Affairs, said all NAU employees will receive a $1,650 increase beginning March 11. 'We haven't done any type of campus-wide survey of employees, but we have heard from several people who are happy to see the governor and Legislature working toward improving not only NAU salaries but the salaries of all state employees,' Bauer wrote in an e-mail last week. There is also a performance pay option of up to 2.5 percent per employee that will be divided as NAU's President John Haeger decides, Bauer said.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/9/2006

Non-native fish targeted at Fossil Creek
Northern Arizona University scientists will be watching to learn whether the restoration of the creek will promote travertine and how it will affect the stream's ecology. In 1996, when APS temporarily returned full flows of water to perform maintenance on the plants, NAU researchers noticed that within one month, almost 12 inches of travertine were deposited in some stream locations. Natural dams, formed by travertine, make excellent fish habitat and keep exotic fish from swimming upstream to eat native fish.
Payson Roundup (Payson, AZ), 2/9/2006

Peshlakai listed in 'Who's Who' for 2nd year in a row
James Peshlakai, noted Navajo artist, educator and student mentor, was recently informed of his second consecutive nomination to Who's Who among America's Teachers. The nomination came from Navajo students at Northern Arizona University who count Peshlakai's influence and guidance as part of their success at the university. According to the publisher of this listing, nominated teachers have 'made a difference in the lives of former students.'
Navajo-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/9/2006

Downtown MCC campus gets closer
The urban downtown campus long envisioned by Mesa Community College and a host of partners is beginning to take shape. Later this month, Mesa General Hospital's parent company will likely announce plans to pool resources with the college to expand training for health care professionals. This fall, Northern Arizona University will begin offering advanced degrees through a special MCC program. MCC officials said the first NAU classes will be held at the Downtown Center this fall. NAU President John Haeger said the Flagstaff-based university has established more than 30 distance learning sites since taking on the role of making college degrees more accessible for all Arizona residents. Its classes are usually in the form of 2+2 programs, allowing community college graduates to pursue undergraduate degrees from NAU through a mix of traditional and online classes.
East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ), 2/8/2006

Dr. Gerald McMahon dead at 73
Gerald McMahon had a long association with Flagstaff Medical Center. He was appointed as part of the medical staff on Jan. 13, 1965 and resigned July 8, 2004. Over the years, he served in various positions, including chief of staff, chairman of the Department of OB/Gyn and chief of surgery. Dr. McMahon was also on the advisory council for Fronske Health Center at NAU, from 1991 to the present, and on the Advisory Council for the Arizona Perinatal Trust. He was also president of the Coconino County Medical Society in 1969 and president of FMC medical staff in 1972.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/8/2006

NAU cheerleaders place eighth at nationals
The NAU cheerleading squad finished eighth at the 2006 United Spirit Association Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Nationals in the Four-Year College Show Cheer division, which was held at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas Sunday and Monday. The squad advanced to the finals for the first time, recording the best performance by the squad in school history. 'Our mindset was to make the finals,' said cheer coach Amy Laxton. 'We wanted to beat the curse. We have never made it to the second day of competition. We were set on changing the perception about NAU cheerleading.'
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/8/2006

Share your story with StoryCorps
Everyone has a story. That's one of the basic beliefs behind the national oral history project known as StoryCorps. What stories do the people of northern Arizona have to tell? StoryCorps is coming to find out. As part of a 26-city national tour, StoryCorps' mobile story booth will be in Flagstaff March 9-April 2 in partnership with NAU member station KNAU.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/8/2006

Yaiva offering music with substance
In talking to Gabriel Yaiva, it seems that news of his nomination for Native American Music Award (NAMMY) recognition is the last thing on his mind. Yaiva is a busy man in the Native American activist community of Flagstaff, the Navajo and Hopi nations--plus he has holds personal concerns about the messages inherent in competitions like the music awards. Nonetheless, for the first year Yaiva submitted his 'Limited Edition' CD for consideration, persuaded by his wife and family. The submission was indeed fruitful. 'Limited Edition,' the fourth full length album produced by Yaiva's label 4th World Entertainment, has been nominated for Best Rap/Hip-hop Recording, Record of the Year, Song/Single of the Year, 'Down 4 a Struggle,' Songwriter of the Year, and Best Debut Artist of the Year. The so-called 'NAMMYs' are the most coveted awards for the Native American music community, according to Yaiva's wife Somana. Yaiva expects to graduate from Northern Arizona University in May with a major in applied indigenous studies and a minor in economic development.
Navajo-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/8/2006

Dorm moms & dads
As young adults make the transition from mom and dad's place to dorm life, a crew of dedicated campus housing specialists awaits. The most visible to students are resident assistants. Also known as RAs, these are fellow undergraduates who live among, and guide, students on individual dormitory floors or wings. Georgia Totress, a hall director at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, is an anomaly among the dozens of live-in dorm professionals. She raised two children alone and never had a chance to go to college until enrolling at South Mountain Community College in metro Phoenix in her late 40s. Eventually transferring to NAU, she became a hall director in the late 1990s. Now, she is raising two grandchildren in her two-bedroom apartment at Pine Ridge Village, which houses 322 NAU juniors, seniors and graduate students. "I'm looking at continuing on where I am because much of my focus is to get my grandchildren through grammar school, then through high school, then into college," she said, "maybe at NAU."
Tucson Citizen (Tucson, AZ), 2/7/2006

Letter to the editor: Flagstaff NAU women's b-ball wins a new fan
I had never been to a women's basketball game before at any level. Since it's my mission to keep opening new doors, I went out to the Dome to watch NAU play Portland State. It was incredible. I couldn't believe the speed and scrappiness of Portland State. But the NAU defense was too good and Portland couldn't get in for many lay-ups. They had to take longer shots. NAU had more finesse on offense, especially under the basket, and could get in for more lay-ups. They also had their share of longer shots. I couldn't have been more impressed. The NAU band was there playing rousing music. And a wonderful dance team appeared at halftime in preparation for nationals in Las Vegas. I couldn't have been more impressed or pleased. I think the women's NAU basketball team has a fan for the rest of the season. BOB BOWSER
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/7/2006

NAU students study in 20 countries
Not many NAU students who are studying abroad this year have access to perfect powder skiing as does Daniel Smith. In fact, with 21 NAU students in the United Kingdom and 18 students in the Netherlands, it's a good bet a majority aren't getting in any skiing at all. The other countries in the top five among the 91 students studying abroad this semester are Australia, Germany and Mexico. In all, NAU students are scattered among 20 countries. "The trend is that the programs are getting shorter and shorter," said Jenn Grove, NAU International Office program coordinator. "Most students are not very confident with their foreign language knowledge, so they choose a university that has classes in English."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/6/2006

Sierra Club Says Lead is from ASARCO
The Sierra Club has added a note to the chorus of competing voices on the issue of lead contamination in El Paso. On Jan. 31, it released a report that links lead and arsenic contamination in soil to emissions from the ASARCO copper smelter. Michael A. Ketterer, a chemist from Northern Arizona University, directed the study, which took soil samples from Ciudad Juárez, El Paso, and Anapra, New Mexico and compared isotopes found in the lead with isotopes from the mine sources ASARCO used.
Newspaper Tree (El Paso, TX), 2/6/2006

'Vagina Monologues' comes back to town
Northern Arizona University students first brought 'The Vagina Monologues' to Flagstaff four years ago. Because the NAU shows proved so popular, community performances were created.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/5/2006

Clear as mud
Unwrapping a plastic pipe, a geologist gingerly lays his hands on the chocolate-colored sediment inside. The tube has been ripped in half lengthwise to reveal layers of mud specially transported from a lake bottom in Alaska. A span of a few feet gives a sequential history of volcanic eruptions, droughts, floods, variations in the sun's brightness and changes in vegetation. A span of a few feet gives a sequential history of volcanic eruptions, droughts, floods, variations in the sun's brightness and changes in vegetation. Much like some study tree rings and others ice cores from Antarctica, Northern Arizona University geologist Darrell Kaufman interprets climate by looking at mud. "In order to more completely understand the trajectory of climate change and the role of humans in climate change, we need this long-term perspective," he said.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/4/2006

Community foundation gives out $10K
The Partnership for People With Special Needs received $1,200, all of which will go to fund a behavioral health conference for families, according to PPSN member Elizabeth Holmes. The conference, which will take place on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Page High School's Cultural Arts Building, will feature Daniel Davidson of the Northern Arizona University Institute for Human Development. Davidson will discuss the relationship between children who challenge authority and the people who care for them, Holmes said.
Lake Powell Chronicle (Page, AZ), 2/4/2006

Soggy paddock an ecological treasure
THINK conservation in Tasmania and it inevitably arouses images of towering gums and tree ferns. But Tasmania is not all rainforest. Some of the island's most threatened and rare eco-systems are wetlands, grasslands and coastal heath. These are Tasmania's forgotten bushscapes. Known as swamp and scrub by many, these areas are often prime habitat for threatened species. An American ecologist, Professor Tom Whitham of Northern Arizona University, visited Long Point last week. He was hugely impressed by what he saw and said the conservancy was right to focus on grasslands and wetlands. "This is a rare, threatened and vitally important piece of land," Prof Whitham said. "Wetlands like these play a major role in the environment and they're often forgotten about. They're hotspots for biodiversity."
The Mercury (online), 2/4/2006