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Media highlights for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2006
A sampling of NAU programs, professors, students, staff and alumni appearing in the news

Book series spreads to podcast
Purdue's Books and Coffee series, will also be podcasted this year. Shirley Rose, the faculty coordinator of the series, said, 'Besides being convenient, it's the introduction of a really new technology to an event that's been around a long time.' said Rose, a professor of English. The series' podcasts will become available at the BoilerCast Web site, starting with today's discussion of Rebekah Nathan's book 'My Freshman Year What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student.' Nathan's book is the result of a one-year cultural anthropology study she did of university life for first-year students.
Purdue Exponent (West Lafayette, IN), 2/3/2006

Community college compromise reached
The Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday attempted to snuff the statewide debate over letting community colleges offer four-year degrees. The 10-member board unanimously backed a compromise between the universities and the community colleges that gives Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University priority on offering new baccalaureate programs. Regent Ernest Calderon of Phoenix led the joint commission that wrote the agreement—an attempt to stave off an effort by Rep. Laura Knaperek, R-Tempe, to let community colleges offer baccalaureates. The universities have fought the idea, arguing that they would end up sharing state funds with the community colleges. Also, the proposal would have forced them to compete with community colleges for students. Calderon said Thursday that the compromise is a much better way to settle the issue, rather than through a solution mandated to us by the Legislature.
East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ), 2/3/2006

Lawmakers oppose plant reopening
State lawmakers from Chihuahua are siding with U.S. environmental groups against an Arizona mining company accused of polluting the air and soil on both sides of the border. Chihuahua Deputy Salvador Gómez Ramírez cited a recent study funded by the Sierra Club and carried out by Northern Arizona University Chemist Michael E. Ketterer, saying it revealed elevated levels of contaminants in a Ciudad Juárez neighborhood as well as in El Paso and other nearby communities.
El Universal Online (online), 2/3/2006

Lumberjacks give Souers a three-year contract extension
Northern Arizona University signed football coach Jerome Souers to a three-year contract extension in a deal approved by the state Board of Regents. The deal extends Souers' contract through the 2008 season, making him the longest-tenured coach in the history of the Flagstaff-based school. Souers is already NAU's third-winningest coach with 43 wins in eight seasons, against 49 losses.
KOLD-TV (Tucson, AZ), 2/3/2006

NAU football signs coach through 2008
Northern Arizona football coach Jerome Souers has signed a three-year contract through the 2008 season that will make him the longest-tenured coach in the history of the school. The contract was originally negotiated following the season and was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday at its meeting in Phoenix. "With Coach Souers, NAU has an individual who holds his players to high standards, whether it's on the playing field, in the classroom or around campus," said NAU President John D. Haeger. "Jerome molds good citizens as well as good players."
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/3/2006

[This clip also appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun]

Prof: Students busy, stressed and tuned out in class
When anthropologists don't understand a community, they go live in it, Cathy Small said Thursday during a public lecture at Northern Arizona University. And that's what the NAU anthropology professor did to learn more about college students. Small has received national media attention for her book "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student." Thursday's event was her first speaking engagement before the NAU community since she was outed as the book's author by a New York Sun reporter last August. NAU's Women's Studies program sponsored the event. "We're so delighted that Cathy agreed to let women's studies sponsor her first public speaking at NAU," said Sheryl Lutjens, director of the program. "It's so important that we think critically about who our students are."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/3/2006

Asarco blamed for El Paso pollution
A study by a university chemist links high levels of lead and arsenic in soil in and around El Paso to Tucson-based Asarco Inc.'s copper smelter in the border city, the Sierra Club said. The Sierra Club study by Northern Arizona University chemist Michael E. Ketterer was released about a week before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is scheduled to hold a hearing on an air-quality permit renewal for the Asarco smelter.
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 2/2/2006

Beitman: Let's get our money back
Federal cuts to financial aid and state increases on tuition will be devastating for higher education in Arizona, and something needs to be done. What's more is that of the three in-state universities, ASU is the one that gets royally screwed. NAU's student government successfully proposed a 3.6 percent hike, matching inflation. In times of tuition increase, the Arizona Constitution is often cited as stating that the cost of 'instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.' Considering the Constitution, along with cuts to financial aid and heavy increases in the past, ABOR would be within reason to vote on an increase that matches or slightly exceeds inflation; in other words, what NAU proposed.
State Press (Tempe, AZ), 2/2/2006

House clears budget cut bill
The House on Wednesday narrowly approved Congress' first attempt in eight years to slow the growth of benefit programs like Medicaid and student loan subsidies, sending the measure to President Bush. The legislation works against the 635 Navajo students at Northern Arizona University receiving federal loans and more than 2,100 families that received subsidies to pay for childcare, mostly also Navajo.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/2/2006

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 Monday. 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 Tuesday. 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. Universities have been given flexibility on how to award these merit funds. "Any increase in salary will enhance NAU's efforts to attract and retain top-quality faculty and staff.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/2/2006

NAU ranked in mid-major poll
Northern Arizona's men's basketball team is ranked by the Mid-Major Top 25 for the second time in school history at No. 25 this week after finishing the first half of Big Sky play with a 7-0 mark and 15-6 record. The Lumberjacks have the nation's longest winning streak in Division I at nine games and are one of 12 teams in the nation with an undefeated conference record.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 2/2/2006

NAU women's weight loss program needs participants
The NAU Health Psychology Center is currently accepting participants for the Women's Weight Management Program, scheduled to begin Feb. 15. The program is open to women who are at least 20 pounds overweight, have no serious illnesses and are willing to make a weekly commitment lasting 10 weeks.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/2/2006

Proposed tuition hikes At UA, ASU & NAU
The state's three public universities are proposing tuition hikes for all students for the 2006-2007 school year. The increases include an eight and a-half percent hike for in-state undergraduates at Arizona State University. The University of Arizona wants a four-point-six percent increase for in-state undergraduate tuition and a nine-percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students. At NAU, they're proposing a three-point-six percent increase for all students.
KGUN-TV (Tucson, AZ), 2/2/2006

[Clips like this appeared on TV stations and newspapers throughout Arizona]

Some like tuition hike less than others
When it comes to higher tuition, NAU students break down into two camps: Those who are paying their own way and those whose parents foot the bills. According to NAU officials, the increase will go toward faculty retention, building renovation and distance learning. "Although I'm getting a tuition waiver, so I'm not directly affected by the increase, I think it just makes it harder for students to afford a college education," Brian Baldi, a public relations major said.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/2/2006

Ant Hill Marketing names Jon Schneider art director
Ant Hill Marketing, a full-service marketing communications and public relations agency, announced it has named Jon Schneider as art director. Prior to his employment with Ant Hill Marketing, Schneider supported clients like Intel, Adidas U.S. and Tektronix as a graphic designer with a Portland-based agency. Schneider earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Northern Arizona University in 2002.
dBusinessNews Portland (Portland, OR), 2/1/2006

Lumberjacks sneak into national spotlight
The owners of the longest active winning streak in Division I do not reside in Durham, N.C., Storrs, Conn., or Austin, Texas. Nope, the only team in all the land to win its last nine games - and counting - is none other than the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona, right up Interstate 17 in Flagstaff. They're currently ranked 25th in's mid-major top 25. In part because of their start, the Lumberjacks were selected to play a nationally televised game against Western Kentucky as part of ESPN's BracketBuster Weekend Feb. 17-18 (more on that below). "There were plenty of other schools to choose from, but I think having the nation's longest winning streak right now was probably a factor in that," NAU coach Mike Adras told the Arizona Daily Sun. "The exposure the basketball program and this institution receives, playing in a national event, you can't buy that. It's priceless."
East Valley Tribune (Gilbert, AZ), 2/1/2006

Prairie View A&M improves network availability
Uplogix, the leading provider of automated network support solutions, announced that two additional public universities, the University of North Carolina and Northern Arizona University, are deploying the Envoy network management appliance from Uplogix to help reduce the management burden and costs of supporting their networks.
Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX), 2/1/2006

Sierra Club study links El Paso lead to ASARCO
A study by a university chemist links high levels of lead and arsenic in soil around El Paso to an Arizona copper mining company with a smelter in the border city, an environmental group said Tuesday. The Sierra Club study by Northern Arizona University chemist Michael E. Ketterer was released about a week before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is scheduled to hold a hearing on an air quality permit renewal for the ASARCO Inc. smelter. (San Antonio, TX), 2/1/2006

[This clip also appeared in the Dallas Morning News]

Undercover NAU prof to speak Thursday
Northern Arizona University anthropology professor Cathy Small, who made national headlines for enrolling in NAU as a student to better understand the student culture, will discuss the book she wrote pseudonymously about her experience during a public lecture Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 135.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/1/2006

Watch Olympics for a cause
Enjoy the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games while helping to raise money for the Flagstaff Olympic training center. The U.S. Olympic Committee and the Center for High Altitude Training at Northern Arizona University is hosting a 'Night of Champions' Friday, Feb. 10. NAU is home to one of only nine U.S. Olympic training sites and operates one of nine Community Olympic Development Programs
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 2/1/2006

Arizona universities raising tuition
Hold onto your wallets. All three public universities in Arizona want to raise tuition again. The UofA wants a 4.6 percent increase for in-state undergraduate tuition and a nine percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students. The proposed increases include an eight-and-a-half percent hike for in-state undergraduates at ASU. At NAU they're proposing a 3.6 percent increase for all students. The state board of regents will vote on the proposed increases during its March meeting in Tucson.
KOLD-TV (Tucson, AZ), 1/31/2006

Arizona's three major universities want to raise tuition rates
Arizona's three major universities want to raise tuition rates: ASU by 8 percent. UofA a 4 percent hike for in-state, a 9 percent for out of state and NAU a 3.6 percent for all students. The board will vote on the hikes in March.
KPNX-TV (Phoenix, AZ), 1/31/2006

ASU, UA, NAU seek increases in tuition
The state's three universities proposed tuition hikes for all students on Monday for 2006-07. Some students at ASU, UA and NAU urged the Legislature to provide more money for financial assistance. To that end, NAU's student government tried a different tack this year when negotiating with the school's administration on tuition increases. "We pushed for an increase that would equal the rate of inflation," said Travis Shumake, 21, president of the Associated Students of NAU. The students got it. President John Haeger decided to recommend a 3.6 percent increase for all students. That's the lowest tuition hike in eight years. The Arizona Board of Regents will vote whether to approve the proposed increases during its March 9-10 meeting in Tucson. "We are tickled pink with the way it turned out," Shumake said. "We came in this year and told the administration, 'We know you have needs.' We came to a nice middle ground. We're so excited." Shumake and his peers said they think Haeger is taking a significant gamble, which they appreciate. The slight tuition increase offers the Legislature the chance "to say we care about education," Shumake said. If the Legislature decides not to spend more on helping students, Haeger might be forced to impose a double-digit percentage increase next year. "With the state's surplus, (legislators) can afford to give universities a break for one year," he said.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/31/2006

NAU breaks into national poll
The good news just keeps on rolling in for the NAU men's basketball team. The Lumberjacks, who own the nation's longest current win streak at nine games, broke into the's Mid-Major Top-25 poll at No. 25 Monday. NAU coach Mike Adras, who is among the 31 coaches who cast a vote in the weekly poll, believes this is the first time in the seven-year history of the poll the Lumberjacks have made the cut. "It's flattering to be recognized by your peers for the success you're having on the court. And I think it's well-deserved," he said. Adras was much happier about the Jacks' second bit of good news. NAU was chosen Monday as one of 26 mid-major teams to play in one of the nationally-televised ESPN BracketBuster games in late February.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/31/2006

NAU cheer, dance teams to put on free exhibition on campus
The NAU cheer and dance teams will be showcasing their national competition routines for friends, family and the Flagstaff community at the Rolle Activity Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The exhibition will be the final tune-up for the 2006 United Spirit Association Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Nationals held at the Cashman Center this weekend in Las Vegas Feb. 5-6. "We are going in confident in our abilities to make it to the finals and the second day of competition," ssenior cheerleader Travis Shumake said. "In comparison to years before, we are leaps and bounds ahead of where we have been going into competition—talent-wise, routine-wise and confidence-wise. We are hitting our routine."
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/31/2006

Nonprofit group serves snowbirds
Arizona Winter Visitors Association President Dan Austin said his Apache Junction-based organization is suffering an identity crisis. "We're the best-kept secret. Nobody knows we're here. Nobody knows what we do," the enthusiastic Mr. Austin said. "We're here to help support the winter visitors in Arizona." Although winter visitors number 330,000, according to a Northern Arizona University study, Mr. Austin has watched his statewide group's membership drop from a peak of 10,000 visitors two years ago to the current 5,000.
Independent Newspapers (Scottsdale, AZ), 1/31/2006

Tuition may be going up at Arizona universities
Arizona's universities want more dough. If you are paying your kid's tuition the schools are going for another tuition hike. NAU is looking for 3.5% for in-state kids. ASU wants 8.5%. The board of regents will vote in March on the increases.
KSAZ-TV (Phoenix, AZ), 1/31/2006

Dorm doyens
In the place Georgia Totress calls home, loud music blares and 20-something hormones rage. People come and go at all hours of the night, occasionally with strangers or six-packs in tow, and days are spent putting out fires. Yet Totress, a dorm director at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, can't think of any place she would rather live. Unlike most hall directors, Totress is a grandmother, raising two grandchildren in her two-bedroom apartment at Pine Ridge Village, which houses 322 NAU juniors, seniors and graduate students. Sarah Nebel views Totress as both mentor and pal. Totress offered Nebel, a 21-year-old senior who's applying to graduate school, advice on getting in and rejoiced with her when good news arrived about her applications. "She's the kind of person who's willing to let you get to know her," said Nebel, who lives in Pine Ridge. "She doesn't shy away from making connections, and she makes you feel connected to where you are, too."
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/30/2006

Elluminate empowers live online teaching and learning at Northern Arizona University
Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and web collaboration solutions for the real-time organization, announced today that Northern Arizona University (NAU) has implemented Elluminate Live! Academic Edition(TM). The university is using Elluminate Live! to enable synchronous interaction for online courses, instructor virtual office hours, real-time collaboration for researchers, and statewide administrative meetings. "While technology like interactive TV and content management systems enhance distance learning, people still want human interaction," said Don Carter, director of the E-Learning Center at NAU. "We recognized that the time was right to bring in technology that would allow faculty to control their interactions with each other and with students. Elluminate Live! enables us to offer a broader solution that can support all campus activities, not just online courses."
PR Newswire (New York, NY), 1/30/2006

Miss Yuma County 2006 spins into the spotlight
The 2006 Miss Yuma County wants Yuma's young people to start shaking their stuff. By using dance as exercise, students can form healthy habits today that will carry on through their lives, said Danielle Lee, Miss Yuma County 2006. Lee was awarded her title during the Miss Yuma County Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. Lee, 24, is a secondary education major at Northern Arizona University-Yuma.
Yuma Sun (Yuma, AZ), 1/30/2006

NAU Proposing lowest tuition increase in 8 years
The president of NAU is proposing the lowest tuition increase in 8 years. The 3.6 percent rise means about $150 increase each year. It's also the lowest of any Arizona school evident for the 06-07 school year.
KNXV-TV (Phoenix, AZ), 1/30/2006

Free tuition enticing students to redo AIMS
More students than ever expected are retaking the state's AIMS test, even though they have passed, hoping to improve their scores and earn themselves free tuition to one of Arizona's state universities. Starting with the Class of 2006, students who score in the 'exceeds standards' category on all three portions—reading, writing and math—of the mandatory exit exam will be rewarded with a tuition waiver to any of the three universities.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/29/2006

Home-grown education
Marcy White, a 34-year-old registered nurse and single mom, had to cut her education short because the local community college, Eastern Arizona College, doesn't offer a bachelor's degree in nursing. White's plight is not unique. She's one of thousands of people in rural Arizona who say they can't travel to the state's universities because of their families, jobs and financial situations. They would prefer to pursue four-year degrees at the nearest community college, but the options are few. Students can earn a bachelor's in teaching at EAC through its partnership with Northern Arizona University. Thirty-four have done so in the past two years.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/29/2006

McCurdy helps NAU extend nation's longest win streak
The Northern Arizona's men's basketball team extended the nation's longest current winning streak to nine games with an 89-83 victory over Sacramento State in front of 4,198 fans at the Walkup Skydome.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/29/2006

NAU chief notes issues with 4-year proposal
Opponents of four-year degrees at community colleges cite several reasons for their objections, but a key, barely mentioned one is money. John Haeger, president of Northern Arizona University, said he isn't certain if NAU would lose money if such degrees were granted, but he acknowledged that financial concerns exist. "All of higher education competes for resources from the same (state) General Fund, and unless there is a separate funding source (such as the property tax for community colleges), the same slice of the funding pie will need to be divided between more people for more services," he said. "That could mean less all around."
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/29/2006

Advisers at forefront of environmental construction
Arizona is in the forefront of states with projects that follow the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles, set out by the U.S. Green Building Council. Charles Popeck and Mark Wilhelm have consulted on many of those projects, from the General Dynamics plant in south Scottsdale to Northern Arizona University.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 1/28/2006

Holocaust rescue
The room was packed. A cross section of community members came to Northern Arizona University's Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance and Humanitarian Values Friday in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Melissa Cohen, program coordinator for the Martin-Springer Institute, said she was "ecstatic" that about 60 people attended.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ), 1/28/2006

Owners find window of opportunity
In 1987, Steve Hoberg and his younger brother, Bill, were working in Atlanta and looking for jobs that would bring them back to the Southwest. Instead, sensing opportunity, they bought Glass-Rite, the only window manufacturer in New Mexico. Steve earned a degree in biology from Northern Arizona University.
New Mexico Business Weekly (Albuquerque, NM), 1/28/2006