Facetime March 2015
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Alumni Class Notes
The Difference that Matters
In 1979, for his first Thanksgiving in Flagstaff, Al Trujillo, ’82 MS,
was invited to a geology faculty member’s home for dinner. During that
dinner, Al's apartment caught fire due to a neighbor's faulty furnace.
The building was completely burned, and all of his personal items;
clothes, books, papers, school work–everything was gone. He had nothing
but the clothes on his back. He was able to stay with a fellow geology
graduate student while he sorted things out. Al said it was the toughest
weekend of his life and he considered leaving NAU.
On the following Monday, Al came to class
for the last time, planning to drop out and return home. Professor
Chuck Barnes explained to the class that one of their own had suffered a
tragedy that weekend and the Geology Department had organized a bake
sale to generate funds for the needy individual. Sitting in class, Al
did not realize Dr. Barnes was talking about him. Many pooled money
together, including faculty and university president, J. Lawrence
Walkup. Al used the money to purchase new clothes and new books for
himself and his professors allowed him to turn in classwork late. Al
obviously stayed–he said it was such an amazing show of support and that
he felt like part of a family. He’d always be grateful for how the
university community rallied support during his time of need.
Since graduating from NAU, Al has worked
as a developmental geologist, hydrogeologist and computer specialist.
Currently, he teaches oceanography, geology and geography at Palomar
Community College in San Marcos, Calif., where he is a distinguished
teaching professor of earth sciences and co-director of the oceanography
program. Al is also a co-author of two leading collegiate oceanography
textbooks: Essentials of Oceanography and Introductory Oceanography.
April 18 - Local Lumberjacks Family Fest - Tempe, AZ - Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic
lunch. We’ll provide dessert and a variety of entertainment at this
family-friendly outdoor event at PERA Club. Register online.
May 16 - NAU Near You - Austin, TX - Join
fellow Lumberjacks and friends of NAU to reminisce, reconnect and
network. If you plan to attend or have an idea for a venue location,
please complete this short survey.
June 20- NAU Near You - Napa, CA - We're headed to wine country to
socialize and connect with Califorinia Lumberjacks. If you plan to
attend or have an idea for a venue location, please complete this short survey.
View a list of all NAU Alumni events at nau.edu/alumni/events/
Light Up a Yellow Bike
The Yellow Bike Program is a free
service which allows students, faculty and staff to check out bicycles
for use on and off campus.
improve cyclist safety at night, a crowdfund project has been launched
to equip all 150 Yellow Bikes with front and rear LED lights. Your gift
of $39 funds one set of lights and keeps a student rider safer. Make a gift online.
Maraka Mason, '05 BS & '06 MED
Assistant Director, Annual Fund, NAU Foundation
What do you do and how long have you
worked at NAU?
I am assistant
director for the Annual Fund and I am brand new to the team – going on 3 months!
What is your favorite memory of NAU?
immediately come to mind. The first was a particularly dry winter and my
roommates and I were so fed up with not being able to do any snow activities,
so we went and purchased huge ice blocks from the gas station and used them as 'sleds' down the slopes of the practice field.
favorite memory is singing for standards with my sorority, Delta Delta Delta.
We had such a fun time coming up with silly words to mix in with songs and it
was both thrilling and embarrassing all at the same time. It definitely brought
a sense of sisterhood when you have to belt out goofy songs in front of a bunch
What is your favorite part of working at
your alma mater?
joy of being back in Flagstaff and on this beautiful campus, I would say being
able to get out there and meet tons of successful and interesting people who
think NAU is as awesome as I do!
Who was your favorite professor as a
professor was (and still is) far and away my graduate advisor, Dr. Lee Johnson.
Dr. J, as we affectionately called him, took such an interest in my academic
career and was a huge influence on my successful Department of Defense Dependents Schools teaching experience in Italy. I
cannot thank him enough for his extra time and effort and am so grateful that
we still keep in touch and I can call him my friend.
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