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Media highlights for the week of Feb. 18-24, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

African American auctioneer Rowlan Hill into industry Hall of Fame
World Wide College of Auctioneering, based in Mason City, Iowa, recently inducted champion 20-year veteran auctioneer Rowlan Hill to its Auctioneering Hall of Fame/Hall of Champions. Hill is the first African American auctioneer to be inducted into this prestigious club and the first African American chosen to be an instructor at the world's leading auctioneer school. World Wide College has trained over 35,000 auctioneers in its 75-year history. The Bakersfield, CA native earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Arts from Northern Arizona University.
PRWeb (Ferndale, WA), 2/23/2006

Arizona Senate passes bill appointing 2 rural reps to State Board of Regents
Saying the needs of rural Arizonans have been ignored for years, the Senate passed a bill that will require two permanent seats on the Arizona Board of Regents for rural Arizonans. Currently, all 10 regents are from either Maricopa or Pima counties. A co-sponsor of the bill, Sen. Robert Blendu, R-Litchfield Park, said the current representation on the board did not equally represent all Arizonans. He gave the example of Flagstaff, home of NAU, as an example of a community that should be represented on the Arizona Board of Regents. Administrators from all three public universities point to a long history of bringing classes to rural Arizonans as evidence that they have been addressing the needs of rural Arizonans. Fred Hurst, vice president for Extended Programs and dean of Distance Learning Northern Arizona University, said legislators hold universities to an unfair standard in meeting higher education needs in rural areas. 'Some legislators believe if it is not a face-to-face classroom, it doesn't count (as a college course),' Hurst said. He said NAU has been working to offer classes to students across the state for more than two decades. At one point before the advent of delivering classes over the internet, NAU was using planes to fly instructors to their classes, Hurst said. Hurst said NAU offers 45 programs to students, and he estimated that half of the 6,100 NAU students who do not take classes from the main campus live in rural Arizona. Though legislators complain that rural areas are excluded from some degrees offered on the main campus, Hurst said, NAU cannot afford to offer some classes in rural areas when there is little interest, which is similar to the practice of dropping a class on campus that has low enrollment.
Navajo-Hopi Observer (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/23/2006

Ready for a challenge
For nearly four decades, Royce Moore has taught, supported and encouraged Escondido students. He has been a teacher, principal and administrator and, in December, he added the title of school board president to the list. While discussing his alma mater, Northern Arizona University, Moore matter-of-factly described it as the "academic center of Western civilization." With a twinkle in his eye and tongue in cheek, Moore noted that "people go there for an education, not to play football." He noted that district Superintendent Mike Caston, who is known for his allegiance to the University of Southern California, attended Northern Arizona. "He talks a lot about USC, but he got his real education at NAU, where he did his undergrad work," Moore said.
San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, CA), 2/23/2006

Universities teaching future retail executives
In Arizona...Northern Arizona University offers a bachelor of science degree in merchandising through its School of Communications. The business school doesn't have a specialized retail degree.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/23/2006

1st NAU student named to 'USA Today' honors list
Robert Buscaglia, a Northern Arizona University junior biochemistry and math major in the honors program from Gilbert, is one of only 60 students nationwide named to USA Today's All-USA College Academic Team. Buscaglia was named to the program's Third Team. This is the first time an NAU student has been named to the team. He is one of three Arizonans to receive the honor this year. He has been co-author of multiple manuscripts on molecular biophysics and part of a team of scholars involved in landmark genetic cancer research.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/22/2006

City National names Brian Fitzmaurice to serve as Chief Credit Officer
Brian Fitzmaurice has been named chief credit officer and executive vice president of City National Bank. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Business Wire (San Francisco, CA), 2/22/2006

What's in the kitchen this week
Sake to Me—Why you want it: Created by Lon Christopher, a Northern Arizona University alumnus, this is one tasty marinade. It's a notch above, with sake, garlic and ginger. How much: $6.89 at A.J.'s Fine Foods, in La Encantada, 2805 E. Skyline Drive.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 2/22/2006

A Burning Problem
Guest column by Sen. Jon Kyl: "Proactive management of our forests not only is the best tool in combating wildfires, it is critical to restoring forest health and improving habitat for diverse species. To foster more treatment and determine the best method for each area, I succeeded in getting Congress to authorize the creation of the Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University. Under the direction of Dr. Wally Covington, ERI has identified thousands of acres of forest that desperately need treatment and worked with interested parties to remove objections that frequently delay these projects..."
National Ledger (Apache Junction, AZ), 2/21/2006

CGCC sees record enrollment
The Arizona Board of Regents recently agreed to increase partnerships between universities and community colleges, and proposed guidelines for developing four-year degree programs at the colleges. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is working with Northern Arizona University to create a program allowing students to receive elementary education degrees at the Pecos Campus, CGCC President Maria Hesse said. "Nothing is set yet. But, hopefully, by fall anyone who wants to pursue their four-year education degree can do so here on the Pecos Campus."
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/21/2006

Death penalty talk Thursday
A retired judge and a man who was cleared of a murder charge after 19 years in prison will discuss Arizona's death penalty during a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in Cline Library Assembly Hall at Northern Arizona University. The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/21/2006

Making a splash
Like many divers, NAU's Blair Buder started as a gymnast. But, she said, she became better at diving and turned to the diving board full-time. It really took the teaching of NAU diving coach Nikki Kelsey-Huffman to get Buder were she wanted to be. As Huffman explains, she saw something in Buder from the moment she met her. "Blair as a freshman was ready to go," Huffman says. "I met her at a camp before freshman year, taught her some dives, and she wanted to learn, learn, learn. I think that's what made her as good as she is so fast."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/21/2006

Nurturing native Americans on campus
Her first time around, Debby Tewa struggled through just two years of college. Having grown up on the Hopi reservation, she had attended schools in Arizona and California before heading to Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff. 'I was totally unprepared,' she says. 'I kind of felt lost.' It was an academic and emotional whirlwind—one that many American Indian students encounter on large campuses. Whatever support systems might have existed at the time, Ms. Tewa didn't know about them. More than a decade after leaving NAU, and in midcareer as an electrician, Tewa came back to finish her bachelor's degree. The enhanced academic and mentoring programs she found hint at the kinds of efforts colleges around the country may need to make to improve retention rates for native American students. Incorporating more Indian history into the curriculum and making sure the campus had native role models is what drew Tewa back to NAU. She saw a brochure for Applied Indigenous Studies, a program that grounds students in both traditional native knowledge and Western academics—and equips them to apply their skills in indigenous communities. The reason the indigenous studies program is so attractive? 'It's affirmation—there's now relevancy for what they're learning,' says department chair Octaviana Trujillo. Although NAU is a bit late to the game—many universities offered native American studies in response to activism in the 1960s and '70s—she's proud that the program was designed in consultation with tribal leaders and has the rare status of a full academic department. Perhaps there's no more tangible form of outreach than the 'resident elders' on campus, such as James Peshlakai. The story of his first semester at NAU shows the ripple effects his presence has had. 'I thought, these kids, they come off the reservation.... I have to build their courage up to face a new life away from their people.' So his first talk was titled, 'Being an Indian youth.' He was shocked when he walked into the room and found it mostly full of white professors. 'So I look around, look up, and say, 'Oh Great Spirit ... give me the power...All of these guys want to be an Indian youth.' So they all laughed,' he says with a face-creasing smile. It was a humorous start to a serious task—helping professors understand their native students.
The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), 2/21/2006

Weekly Arizona Events Planner: February 21, NAU Symphonic Band
The NAU Symphonic Band has maintained a tradition of providing students with a balance of musical and social activity, fostering one of the most meaningful experiences of campus life. NAU also offers the MM degree in graduate conducting and education. Come hear the 'coolest' band in the 'Southwest' in the "City of Seven Wonders" at Northern Arizona University. (Winslow, AZ), 2/21/2006

While you were watching the cricket and the tennis...
Collingwood headed to Arizona for a high-altitude training camp in late October/early November and the Magpies took in sights such as the Grand Canyon and the SkyDome at Northern Arizona University.
AFL (Australia), 2/21/2006

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. The presentation was the culmination of five months of work, which Sheil said would have cost $50,000 if completed by an agency. Students received three or six credits, depending on whether they enrolled in both of the classes that saw the project to completion. Hartman said it was "worth not getting paid with money because we got paid in every other way imaginable."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/20/2006

Mountain Campus a great ranger incubator
Students and professors at NAU's park ranger training program share a common view: They hate office space. Northern Arizona University is one of nine colleges in the nation offering an academic training program for future park rangers. It was also touted by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best places to become an outdoors professional. Program director Steve Dodd agrees. The Mountain Campus is a great location for the students to learn law enforcement techniques, emergency search and rescue operations and wildland firefighting. "One-third of the program takes place outside. We do role simulations and work in practical scenarios," Dodd told the Daily Sun. Although Dodd said applicants don't have to possess supernatural skills to become a good park ranger, physical strength is an important requirement. Working out in the gym at least three times a week is mandatory, and requirements are the same for women and men. About 25 percent of students are female. "Driving practices are very popular among the students. At the Phoenix Police Driving Track they learn how to chase a car, drive at high speeds without leaving their lane, or sliding off the road at a heavy braking," Dodd explained. They also have to know how to investigate a crime scene, climb rocks, build a fire shelter and shoot a gun—everything they might need as a real-life ranger.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/20/2006

Moving up
Clay Danielson has joined the Tucson office of the Brueggeman & Johnson Yeanoplos PC business valuation firm. Danielson is a graduate of Sabino High School and has a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Northern Arizona University.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 2/20/2006

National parks in transition?
A proposed overhaul of the National Park Service's mission has an NAU professor worried that conservation will be neglected in favor of recreation. "What's happening in Washington, D.C., is proposing a national policy change that will ultimately have an impact on our public lands around Flagstaff," Northern Arizona Associate Professor David Ostergren said. He specializes in the study of management of public lands in the school of forestry. Ostergren raises the issue as a question of democracy and public input. While many people would be aware of and able to comment on any specific controversial proposal on their public land, this plan sets a blueprint for uses decades from now that aren't as easy to foresee.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/20/2006

NAU buildings designed with student input set to open
February marks the opening of the new Northern Arizona University College of Business Administration, created with student input. NAU officials expect the facility to receive a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building, along with an engineering facility featuring a similar design, are the beginning of several structures designed to give NAU a new look. The building, designed by Carter Burgess and IDEO, was created to encourage teamwork among students and faculty, who along with administrators met with the designers to provide input.
The Business Journal Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ), 2/20/2006

[This clip also appeared in the Blue Ridge Business Journal in Roanoke, VA]

Daily Sun hires new education reporter
Annie Braun has joined the Arizona Daily Sun as a reporter covering K-12 education and Northern Arizona University.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/19/2006

Guest column: What are the Olympics about?
The next in a series of guest columns by Jack Daniels, dubbed the "world's best coach" by Runner's World Magazine. He is the head running coach at the Center for High Altitude Training at NAU.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/19/2006

Two local women honored with Soroptimist awards
Calli Monroe is one of two women honored with the Women's Opportunity Award Feb. 15, presented by the Soroptimist International of Mountain Morning, a local nonprofit businesswomen's service organization. Monroe is a mother of two who currently works 15 hours a week and is attending Northern Arizona University. She is making her way toward two undergraduate degrees: A bachelor of science in psychology and a bachelor of fine arts. She plans to continue on to a graduate school to receive a master's degree in social work. Monroe also spends time as a volunteer for Victim Witness, helping those who have helped her. Monroe received a $1,500 scholarship for completing her education.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/19/2006

Agencies coordinate evacuation plans for the disabled
It was made painfully clear during the hurricanes in the Gulf states that pre-disaster preparedness is the key to saving lives. Planning must be on a local level, as state and federal help may not come for days. If an evacuation becomes necessary in the White Mountains this year, more planning is needed to ensure that the elderly and disabled are not left behind. An interagency meeting was held Feb. 15 at the Show Low Senior Center to plan the evacuation of at-risk people. Moderator Virginia Workman of Northern Arizona University's Senior Corps said, 'We serve seniors who live alone. We're trying to coordinate with other agencies to get a list of people with special needs who may need help in an evacuation.'
WMI Central (Show Low, AZ), 2/18/2006

Editorial: February is a tasty month in Flagstaff
It's reassuring that, with all the diet crazes in play nowadays, Flagstaff still knows how to enjoy its food. Over at the Inn at NAU, for example, the hotel and restaurant management students are serving up elegant six-course dinners for under $30. And there's no tax charged and no tipping allowed (scholarship donations are welcome, however). There are five more dates available, with a different menu for each. Call 523-1616 for information and reservations.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/18/2006

Former Payson man named National Guard 'NCO of the Year'
Sergeant First Class John Paul Salazar, a 1994 graduate of Payson High School and 2002 graduate of Northern Arizona University, was named NCO of the year at an awards ceremony in October.
Payson Roundup (Payson, AZ), 2/18/2006

Lumberacks get national TV exposure today
After clinching a share of the Big Sky Conference title on Thursday at Montana State, the Northern Arizona University men's basketball team will take the national stage today against Western Kentucky in the BracketBusters presented by eBay in a game shown on ESPNU at 12:30 p.m. "We have to win Big Sky games, that is our focus," said NAU coach Mike Adras, whose team won 82-73 Thursday against MSU. "Our players are excited to play on ESPNU and receive the national exposure for our university."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/18/2006