FACETIME MAY 2013 1970s & Earlier

James “Buck” Clark, ’50 BSED & ’54 MA, received the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation from the Lions Club International. The award was bestowed upon Buck for his continued support and service to the organization.

Joella Jean Mahoney, ’55 BFA 

Joella Jean Mahoney, ’55 BFA (above photo), who was honored as Distinguished Alumnae by NAU during the Centennial Year Celebration, spoke at the Sedona Art Museum about her passion for natural landscapes and their influence in her paintings and drawings. The beauty of the Colorado Plateau is the dominant motif of her works.

Dentist Dr. John Killip, ’64 BAwas awarded the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Distinguished Service Award, bestowed for significant contributions to the organization through education, research and service. John retired after a 40-year career at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry last December, where he still holds the title of Clinical Professor Emeritus. He was vital in developing programs for ADEA, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Special Interest Group.

Alumni Travel Opportunities 
From left to right: front row Donna Boe, ’86 EDD, Majorie Jones, Rita Oman, back row Steve Fletcher, ’73 BFA, Carl Jones, ’70 BS, & James Omar, ’65 BS,  recently took the Antebellum South Cruise, part of our Alumni Travel Opportunities, which offers discount travel rates for NAU alumni.

Dr. Mickey Urdea, ’74 BSwas appointed to the board of directors for Pressure BioSciences, Inc. He will additionally be responsible for leading the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Mickey has led companies in biomarker discovery, personalized medicine, and healthcare consulting. He has authored almost 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds more than 100 issued and pending patents.

Dr. Jeff Felix, ’75 BS
Dr. Jeff Felix, ’75 BS (pictured above), has been named 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators and the San Diego County School Boards. Serving as superintendent of the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) since 2008, Jeff, who carries 30 years of experience in education, was named Superintendent/Principal of the Year in 2003.  He discovered that he wanted to be an educator in the fourth grade, and has since instructed students, coached football and served as an administrator. 

Lawrence Vincent, ’77 MS

Members of Cellar Door, featuring Larry Vincent, '77 (right), brother Steve and wife Jeannie.

The Moapa Valley Performing Arts Council of Overton, Oreg. concluded its season this April with a performance by Cellar Door, a vocal group consisting of Lawrence Vincent, ’77 MS, his wife Jeannie, and brother Steve. Larry has traveled across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, touting performances across 45 operas and operettes and more than 1200 stage appearances. 

Dr. Larry Clark, ’78 MS

Dr. Larry Clark, ’78 MS (photo above), was recipient of the 2013 Monell Center’s Kerry-Manheimer Award. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions in chemosensory sciences, a field devoted to the taste and smell of chemicals. Larry is director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center.

Commercial Executive  Magazine featured Larry Downey, ’79 BSBA, in a recent article highlighting his 25-year business relationship with partner Jerry Jacobs. Vice-chairman of CBRE, Larry possesses decades of experience in real estate markets.

R. Carlos Nakai, ’79 BSED and ’79 BSAS
Native American flutist  R. Carlos Nakai, ’79 BSED & ’79 BSAS, was awarded an NAU Veteran’s Medallion by Dick Nothstein, ’59 BSBA & ’63 MBA (above), during a performance in Pennsylvania. All current students and alumni of NAU who served in the armed forces can receive this citation.