Facetime February 2013

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A Community of Culture

Despite crisp weather, the Flagstaff campus is bustling with events and activities. Cultural events are a great way to pass the time during the cold months, as well as to take in all the diversity NAU has to offer.  With dozens of performances, exhibits and shows in the coming months, there is something for everyone. 

Greg Brown's Aerial Photography

Photography aficionados should check out pilot Greg Brown’s exhibit called “Views from the Flying Carpet, Fine Art Aerial Photographs” (above photo) in the Dean’s Office of the Riles Building. Greg took pictures during his flights, depicting an “aerial odyssey”. While his photos are widely published, this is his first time displaying them in a gallery. The exhibit will be on display until June 30th.

Right next door to the Alumni Relations Office, in the NAU Art Museum, you can catch a glimpse inside the mind of architect Paolo Soleri in an exhibit of his compiled sketches, three-dimensional models and aluminum-bound sketchbooks. The gallery, entitled “Paoli Soleri: Think. Draw. Build. Sustain.” spans over 40 years of his work and addresses Soleri’s search for architecture that responds to its environment and challenges of sustainability. The NAU Art Museum is located on the second floor of Old Main. The exhibit runs from February 19 to April 13, with an opening reception February 21 from 5-7 p.m.

NAU's School of Music brings the US Navy Sea Chanters to perform on March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.   As the United States Navy’s official chorus, the ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway and contemporary music.

US Navy Sea Chanters

The US Navy Sea Chanters (pictured above) includes three NAU alumni: Musician First Class Beth Strittmater Revell (’98 BM in Voice Performance), Musician First Class Caroline Koziol (’04 BS in Chemistry & ‘04 BM in Voice Performance), and Chief Musician Adam Tyler (’97 BM in Voice Performance).

For a more dramatic evening, attend the NAU Theatre Department’s play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”. Performed by NAU students, the play is done in the style of magic realism.

“This story is about our present day electronic media, but it is about much more,” Director Bob Yowell said.  “On the surface, many of us can agree that with all of our technology we still have major problems in communicating with each other.  Do we really communicate honestly with each other? Are we willing to reveal our true selves to others?  

NAU Jazz Band

The NAU Jazz Festival is celebrating its 51st year Feb. 21-23. More than 50 big bands and combos with hundreds of performers from junior highs and high schools throughout the state of Arizona will perform in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium for guest judges throughout the three days of the Jazz Festival. Guest artist Brice Winston will perform with NAU’s Jazz Ensemble One on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Winston, originally from Tucson, AZ, has spent many years touring with world-class jazz artists. He spent much of his career in New Orleans and worked with mainstay jazz artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and many others.

To learn about more campus events, visit the NAU Events calendar at events.nau.edu.

Events

2013-2014 Alumni Travel Opportunities
Golden Graduate Reunion (50 Year)
Regional Events
Tempe Center for the Arts, NAU Concert - February 28 
San Francisco Alumni Reception - February 28
San Diego Zoo - March 7

Heidi Robinson, '94 BS

Alumni-Employee Spotlight

Heidi Robinson, '94 BS, Central Ticket Office Manager

Years working at NAU: 12

What is your favorite memory of NAU?  

Looking back, my favorite memory is my first snow storm on campus.  I grew up in Phoenix and we didn’t travel north often to enjoy the snow.  My friends and I had a good-natured snowball fight on the way to the Union to eat dinner.  It was quiet, except for us laughing, and I thought the lights turning the sky and the snow pink was the greatest thing I had ever seen. 

What is your favorite part of working at your alma mater?  

I love the students!  I remember so well my time as a student and I had such a great experience, I hope to pass on that experience to others. 

Who was your favorite professor as a student?  

George Lubick, History.  He was so kind and genuinely interested in his course and his students.  I was not a history major, but he entertained my visits to his office hours as if I was one of his advising students.  He definitely contributed in a positive way to my feelings on higher education, and I don’t think I could have finished on time without his encouragement.  He was a real treasure.  

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