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Media highlights for the week of Feb. 11-17, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

'BracketBusters' helps mid-majors get noticed
Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras jumped at the chance to be a part of BracketBusters, a made-for-TV event designed to give schools from mid-major conferences a chance improve their chances with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. But Adras didn't expect to have to fly his team from Montana to Western Kentucky to play on one day's rest in a game that he feels won't ultimately decide his season's fate. Adras knows, however, that getting on TV is the best way to raise your school's profile. That's why the BracketBusters event has grown from a quaint 12-game experiment to a 50-plus game behemoth.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/17/2006

NAU sports show 'The Score' debuts next Thursday on TV
Northern Arizona University Television Services will debut "The Score" Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and each Wednesday night through May 3. "The Score" is a weekly behind-the-scenes look at NAU athletics and its coaches and student-athletes. The show will be hosted by "The Voice of the Lumberjacks" Mitch Strohman. "We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with NAU TV Services to provide our fans a weekly insight into the stories and highlights of the department," said Athletics Director Jim Fallis. Director of Television Services Alan Lifton will serve as executive producer of the program, while Bill Ferris is the producer.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/17/2006

Student wears many hats to earn degree
What would you call taking courses from two different colleges at the same time, working part-time and raising four children…some would call it crazy…Lisa Jayne calls it…a day in her life! "It was after taking a theatre class for fun that I met Dr. Mike [Solomonson, Director of Northland Pioneer College's Theatre Arts program] and he helped me look into finding a program to finish my Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts," said Jayne. "We found a program at NAU, however I realized after driving back and fourth to Flagstaff all of the time that I could change to an online Humanities degree with a Theatre Arts minor." Jayne is looking forward to completing her Bachelor's degree in either fall 2006 or spring 2007 depending on the availability of courses she needs to finish. She already has the next step lined up, with her sights set on a Master's degree in English with a Creative Writing option from NAU, once she completes her Bachelor's degree.
WMI Central (online), 2/17/2006

Teams vie for tournament seeds and exposure
Photo: Northern Arizona University's Grant Fossum (21) celebrates with teammate DeJuan Stevens (23) during the final seconds of a win on their home court in Flagstaff, Ariz. (Round Rock, TX), 2/17/2006

ALL-USA College Academic Third Team
Robert Buscaglia: Majors: biochemistry and extended applied mathematics. Research on binding interactions between small molecules and DNA targets.
USA Today (Mc Lean, VA), 2/15/2006

Conference center talks in final stage
Negotiations between developer Drury Southwest and Northern Arizona University over a ground lease for a hotel, conference center and parking garage are in their final stages. And none too soon, said NAU President John Haeger at a breakfast for community leaders on campus Friday. 'It's critical that we start construction by the end of the summer,' Haeger said. If the project start is delayed beyond then, it will incur eight months of additional costs that might not be affordable, he added. Haeger said the 150-room hotel and 400-space parking garage could be ready as early as fall 2007 if the lease is signed soon.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/15/2006

Four-year bill still alive
A bill sponsored by District 5 Rep. Bill Konopnicki (R-Safford) that would allow Eastern Arizona College to offer baccalaureate degrees will be heard by Arizona House of Representatives' Government Reform and Government Finance Accountability Committee at 1:30 p.m. today. Thatcher School District Superintendent Janice Given said although NAU "has done a splendid job," she favors the proposal. Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona University has offered classes in the Gila Valley since 1985. In addition, NAU offers online degree programs and classes via distance learning, Max Phillips, area coordinator for Graham, Gila and Greenlee counties, said. Phillips said the elementary education program would be impacted the most if the bill passes in the Legislature and is signed into law by Gov. Janet Naplitano. "We've produced most of the elementary education teachers in this Valley," he said during a recent phone interview. About 125 students attend NAU classes "face to face, while about 85 take online classes, Phillips said. He believes many students will continue to attend NAU classes offered at the EAC campus if the bill passes.
Eastern Arizona Courier (Safford, AZ), 2/15/2006

NAU student an academic all-star
On Jan. 30, Robert Buscaglia got the letter he was expecting. His roommate was not home, so Buscaglia, a junior at Northern Arizona University, went to the office of his apartment complex manager so he wouldn't have to open the letter alone. It was from USA Today, and in it was the news that Buscaglia had been named to USA Today's All-USA College Academic third team, ranking him among the top 60 students in the nation. He is one of two Arizona students to receive the honor this year.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/15/2006

Romantic dinners priced right
To celebrate Valentine's Day and their second wedding anniversary, Jeanette and Ben Sherman of Flagstaff treated themselves to a special dinner at The Inn at NAU Friday night. The Shermans are Northern Arizona University students. They learned about Table d'Hote, a six-course meal offered by the inn several times a semester, on the NAU Web site. The food is prepared and served by students of NAU's School of Hotel & Restaurant Management under the guidance of Executive Chef Don Carlson on selected evenings. The Inn at NAU is mostly student-run. Friday night there were 15-20 students working, said Rachel Russell, a student manager at The Inn. Some were paid student workers but the majority were HRM majors who earned credit toward lab classes. Lots of hotel and restaurant chains come here to recruit, Russel said. She said she has gotten "great management experience" at NAU, largely because of the inn.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/15/2006

Sustainable design lecture set for Thursday
Sim Van der Ryn, a renowned leader in sustainable design, will give a slide presentation and lecture on "Design for Life," Thursday at 8 p.m. at Northern Arizona University's Cline Library Assembly Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/15/2006

Underage drinking does real damage
Teens are more likely than adults to drink lethal levels of alcohol because they are unaware of their limits, are more susceptible to peer pressure and haven't developed a tolerance to alcohol, say two Northern Arizona University behavioral health experts. Larry Gould, associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NAU, said minors can sustain "very severe" damage by drinking alcohol. "If you are a minor and you've had anything to drink, it's too much. Minors who drink are doing more damage than someone who starts at age 21 or 25," Gould said. When asked why minors feel compelled to drink alcohol despite legal and health-related ramifications, Jon Rudy, senior health educator for NAU's Fronske Health Center, said "peer pressure plays a role in it."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/15/2006

West of Western Culinary Festival in DT Phoenix
More than 50 talented Arizona chefs will bring their culinary expertise to Downtown Phoenix March 18-19 for the 2nd-Annual West of Western Culinary Festival. The Desert Diversity Expo presented by Slow Food Phoenix and Community Food Connections, with Native Seeds/SEARCH of Tucson, and The Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, will also be at the event to teach about Arizona's food heritage and provide lectures on progressive food and nutritional concepts.
dBusinessNews - Albany Metro Edition (Morrisville, NC), 2/15/2006

Jenkins vs. Hale Hopi planner running for Arizona Senate
Royce Jenkins, director of the Hopi Tribe's Community Planning Department, has declared his candidacy for the Arizona State Senate because he wants better representation for Hopi and other parts of the district. Jenkins holds a MA in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Gallup Independent (Gallup, NM), 2/14/2006

Activist hires wildlife biologist to protect cougars
The Santa Ana Mountain Range, of which the Santa Rosa Plateau is the southern portion, is simply too small to sustain a cougar population. But as long as the Santa Rosa Mountains are connected ---- via wildlife corridors ---- to other ranges, such as the Palomar Mountain Range east of Interstate 15 and south to Fallbrook, the cougars have a better chance for survival," said cougar expert Rick Hopkins. Currently I-15 is the barrier between the two mountain ranges, Hopkins said. Cougars cross under the freeway in a few places in San Diego and Riverside counties, he said. A wildlife overcrossing ---- which would strictly be used by wildlife ---- would eliminate the barrier, he said. Cougar expert Paul Beier, a Northern Arizona University professor, suggested a wildlife overpass over I-15 at the border of San Diego and Riverside counties. The suggestion is also part of the county habitat plan. Connecting the two mountain ranges would give cougars a better chance of surviving in the area, he said.
North County Times (Escondido, CA), 2/13/2006

CIGNA HealthCare appoints Kurt A. Weimer as president
CIGNA HealthCare announced today the appointment of Kurt A. Weimer as president and general manager of CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona, responsible for middle market strategy, growth and client service. He holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University.
PR Newswire via MSN Money (online), 2/13/2006

Helping Kurds find their voice
Until last fall, Northern Arizona University senior Kiku Hartman had no idea what she wanted to do in the public relations field after graduation. An international relations class led by NAU Assistant Professor of Public Relations Astrid Sheil changed that. Hartman and her 11 classmates took on the Patriot Union of Kurdistan as a client and created PR materials for the PUK to use in the United States. "It was amazing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we were so lucky to have come along," said Hartman, who now wants to work in the international relations field after she graduates in May. e presentation was the culmination of five months of work, which Sheil said would have cost $50,000 if completed by an agency.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/13/2006

Laurie Trow Kelly makes D-III basketball's 25-year team
Former St. Thomas women's basketball standout Laurie Trow Kelly is one of five former players -- and three native Minnesotans -- to be named to the NCAA Division III 25th Anniversary Team. Twenty-five players were on the original ballot. "I'm very honored to be recognized as a member of the 25th Anniversary Team," said Kelly, now the head coach at Northern Arizona University. "Those years of playing basketball were four of the greatest years for me, and to be recognized so many years later is really a wonderful feeling."
UST Athletics (St. Paul, Minnesota), 2/13/2006

Napolitano: Higher graduation rates should mean more funds for universities
Gov. Janet Napolitano wants to increase state and private aid for Arizona college students, according to plans she outlined at the Young Democrats of Arizona convention Saturday. About 100 student members from ASU, NAU, UA, community colleges and other young workers participated in Saturday's convention.
Web Devil (Tempe, AZ), 2/13/2006

NAU raising cash to restore treasured logging wheels
The NAU Alumni Association and the NAUAA Past Presidents Club are raising money to restore the NAU Logging Wheels and preserve a long-standing and cherished collegiate tradition well into the future.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/13/2006

NAU students scope out potential employers
Wednesday's NAU career day and Graduate School Fair was a chance for graduating seniors to see what kinds of careers are available, whether entering the work force or continuing on to graduate school. With more than 80 potential employers in attendance, students had wide variety to choose from.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/13/2006

Arizonans invited to design coin
About one in four Arizonans said they would like to see the Canyon on the state quarter, making it the most popular feature mentioned, according to a 2005 survey by the Social Research Laboratory at Northern Arizona University. Second was the saguaro, named by 19 percent of respondents. James Bowie, a research specialist who headed the survey and a member of the Arizona State Quarter Commission, said he would like to see a simple design, though 64 percent of respondents preferred two or more elements.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/12/2006

Bestselling NAU grad to advise aspiring writers
Diana Gabaldon, a Northern Arizona University graduate and the New York Times bestselling author of the 'Outlander' series, is the featured guest host for two upcoming events as part of NAU's first Writer-in-Residence program. Gabaldon's books have been described by Salon magazine as, 'the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.'
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/12/2006

Editorial: New Flag connection to Olympics just in time
First came the designation as one of only nine official Olympic training sites. Now Flagstaff and NAU have joined even more elite company. They are the sixth U.S. Olympic Committee Community Partner in the United States. As announced at last night's fund-raising gala by the Center for High Altitude Training, the designation means Flagstaff and NAU will be even more involved in the U.S. Olympic movement than they are today. As an official training site since May 2004, NAU and Flagstaff see a steady stream of athletes taking advantage of the altitude to hit the streets, trails, pools and gyms.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/12/2006

Feds reject rodent protection
Road kill, urban sprawl, 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. This week the agency rejected a petition from the environmental group Forest Guardians and 73 other groups and individuals to start the process of listing as endangered the prairie dog species, which ranges over the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. 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 aided the Forest Guardians petition.
Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, WY), 2/12/2006

Librarians: Patriot Act has led to self-censorship
Two local librarians say patrons are thinking twice before checking out certain books on risky topics such as the Taliban or Islam because of the anti-terror Patriot Act. Northern Arizona University librarians Sean Evans and John Doherty gave a presentation Tuesday titled, "The USA Patriot Act: Implications for Teaching and Research." The impact of the Patriot Act, as librarians see it, is that people are censoring themselves in the library. "We're actually seeing that a lot," said Doherty. He and other librarians hear questions such as, "Why are you looking at my computer screen?" or "Why are you asking me that question?" "This is not a liberal issue," Doherty said. The problem is, "Your information is no longer your information." Since the Patriot Act was created about four years ago, Evans and Doherty have presented their findings about librarians' perspectives on the act.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/12/2006

Spending the semester in Torino
Northern Arizona University student Daniel Smith is spending the semester in Torino, Italy, site of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Smith, who was born and raised in Portland, Ore., is a sophomore at NAU majoring in Business Management with a minor in music. He is studying at the Universit di Torino in the School of Management. Smith answered the following questions about studying abroad and the Olympics in an e-mail interview: Q: Will you return to NAU in Flagstaff? A: Of course. I love Flagstaff and NAU is my new home. It would feel awkward to not come back there. I'm a member of the NAU Ultimate Frisbee Team and have many good friends there. It was hard for me just to leave to study abroad.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/12/2006

'Ethel' sings the blues in new University performance
ValLimar Jansen was just looking for a different kind of performance piece for her senior acting class at California State University, San Bernardino in 1990 when she stumbled onto the dramatic story of blues-jazz singer Ethel Waters. Now that little performance piece is about to become the first world premiere show at the new Indian Wells Theater at CSUSB campus in Palm Desert. 'Ethel,' recently earned standing ovations at Northern Arizona University.
The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA), 2/11/2006

Miss Indian NAU Pageant
The Miss Indian NAU Scholarship Pageant 2006 will take place 6 30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Cline Library Assembly Hall, Flagstaff, Arizona. Admission is free. Miss Indian NAU will help to promote cultural awareness and understanding of tribal/indigenous nations, support and represent the Native American student organizations and participate in programs and activities to strengthen recruitment and retention efforts of NAU students. She will also be awarded various prizes, including a scholarship for $1,600.
Navajo-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/11/2006

NAU picked by US Olympic Committee to participate in awareness effort
The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen Northern Arizona University to participate in a national effort to promote awareness of Olympic and Paralympic sports. The other five participants are based in Alabama, Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. They will host committee initiatives and events, and work with schools in their states to educate the public. NAU, based in Flagstaff, is one of nine official Olympic training sites in the country. Since it was created in 1994, NAU's Center for High Altitude Training has worked with Flagstaff to host international Olympic sports teams. More than 4,500 athletes and coaches have trained at the center.
ESPN (USA), 2/11/2006

Northern Arizona University named community partner
The United States Olympic Committee announced today that it has selected the Northern Arizona University (NAU) as the USOC's sixth Community Partner.
SFCPressPoint (press release) (Tampa, FL), 2/11/2006