Facetime August 2014

Welcome back to NAU Alumni Facetime, published by the NAU Office of Alumni Relations. Here you'll find news on your friends and classmates organized by decade, with links to more in-depth explorations of their lives and work.

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Alumni Class Notes

News from the 2010s
News from the 2000s
News from the 1990s
News from the 1980s
News from the 1970s and earlier

Welcome President Cheng

Rita Cheng

We are proud to share Rita Cheng will join us this week as the 16th president of Northern Arizona University. Cheng, who begins her tenure on August 15, visited the Flagstaff campus on June 12 to outline her vision to continue the success set by her predecessor, John Haeger. Most recently serving as chancellor at Southern Illinois University, Cheng spent 22 years with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as an educator and administrator. (Learn more about our new president)

Samantha WhiteAlumni-Employee Spotlight

Samantha White, ’14 BS

Events Coordinator, Alumni Relations & University Events

What do you do and how long have you worked at NAU?

I have been a full-time employee for a month now working as an Events Coordinator for the Office of Alumni Relations, but before that I had been a student intern for six months.   

What is your favorite memory of NAU?

There are so many great memories I don’t know where to begin, but I would have to say that my favorite memory would be the time I tipped out of my desk chair in Cowden Hall and flung ice water all over the door, as silly as that sounds.  It is one of those things where all of your friends are there, and seems relatively insignificant, but we still laugh about it to this day.

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

My coworkers!  I work with some of the best people, and it makes coming to work every day fun.  We are all one big team, which makes it easy to ask other for help or to have them show you something new. 

Who was your favorite professor as a student?

I was so blessed to have had Dr. Frances Hill for my HA 315W.  She is the most amazing professor one could ever have.  She has a true passion for her students so much so that by the end of the semester she feels like she is a member of your family instead of a professor.  She writes every one of her students a letter at the end of the class, and I had mine framed and it hangs on my wall at home.   I learned so much from her, and am so grateful for her influence in my life.