NAU Alumni Facetime - February 2012

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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 Mark your calendars - NAU Homecoming 2012 is set - Saturday, October 20th! We're looking forward to seeing you and your friends at the parade, tailgate, and game!

Show your NAU spirit on your computer desktop all year long with our FREE downloadable 2012 calendar featuring NAU images.

1962 graduates, save the date for your 50th reunion!

Employee spotlight

Abraham Kelley, '99 BA
Coordinator, The NAU Fund
NAU Employee since 1996

Favorite NAU memory?
Turning in my last final my senior year. The sense of accomplishment really set in at that moment, and it made me realize exactly what NAU had done for me.

Favorite thing about working for your alma mater?
Working for NAU allows me to see all the new students come to campus each year. The excitement in their eyes reminds me of my first year here, which was a very special time.

Favorite professor or class?
Spanish 101/102 with Professor Carolina Mauz.

Now and then

This issue's "Now and Then" takes a look at the building that started it all - Old Main.

old main 1913 


1960s and earlier

Mildred "Milli" West Wiseman Packard, '43 BS & BMUS, was featured in a story in the East Valley Tribune. Milli's music was featured in the Symphony of the Southwest holiday concert this winter.

Toni-Sue Lua
Toni-Sue Lua, '69 BS, wrote to us to give everyone an update on what she's been up to since graduation. "After graduating, I was a teacher for nine years in Arizona and in the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga. I recently retired from Brigham Young University after 30 years. While there, I worked in Dining Services. I ended up a long way from teaching, but was able to work with young people in a career that I loved more. I am looking forward to the new challenges that I have in mind for my golden years."

Read more news from the 1960s and before... 

1970s & '80s

Congrats to Dr. Dennis Brown, '73 BS. He is now president of Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, '87 BS, gave a presentation on campus in February as part of the university's Arizona Centennial celebrations. She discussed her book Arizona: 100 Years Grand (below). Lisa's family history in Arizona goes back generations. The city of Sedona was named after her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly. She's written extensively about Arizona for Arizona HighwaysThe Arizona Republic, and in many books.

AZ 100 years grand book cover  

Read more 1970s & 80s news... 


Dr. Moody Jackson, '92 EdD, has been inducted into the Phoenix College Hall of Fame. Moody is a well-respected educator, professional athlete, and community advocate. After college he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent and later played in the Canadian Football League. Moody retired as a player in 1978 and began coaching at his alma mater, South Mountain High School, where he later became principal. Moody was also athletic director for the Phoenix Union High School District.

Charles Clement, '97 BS, is the new president and CEO of The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Previously Charles served as the vice president of operations/chief operating officer for Southcentral Foundation, the regional tribal health care organization based in Anchorage. He is also treasurer of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors. In 2008, Charles was honored as one of Alaska's "Top Forty Under 40" by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Read more news from 1990s alumni... 


Irma Regalado, '00 MED, was honored with the Esperanza Latino Teacher Award from Chicanos Por La Causa this fall. Irma has taught structured English immersion and English for 15 years. "Winning this award is unbelievable, I feel honored to be recognized for doing what I love," she told the Peoria Times. "Receiving this award validates that what I do is valuable, not just for the students that I serve, but for the community as well. This is truly an honor that I will never forget."

Chris Holmstrom, '08 BA, has been named the anchor of the weekend newscasts at 5:30 and 10pm on Tucson's KOLD and at 9 pm on KMSB-TV. He came to KOLD in August as a reporter. Previously Chris had been in southeastern Washington state working for the NBC affiliate serving the cities of Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.

Read more news from 2000s alumni... 


Joshua Lavar Butler, '10 BS, (aka @joshualavar) twittered us that he was elected to the 22nd Navajo Nation Council and is now serving a four-year term representing the community of Tuba City, Arizona. Previously, he was press officer/communications director for the Navajo Nation. Joshua has also served as executive director of the Navajo Government Development Office in Window Rock. Congrats!

Citlali Cortés-Montaño, '11 PhD, recently accepted a position to work as a postdoc with Ernesto Enkerlin at ITESM (also known as "Tec de Monterrey") in Monterrey, Mexico. The position is very open-ended and it will entail helping him develop a biodiversity and conservation research line at TEC.

Read more news from the 2010's...

Upcoming events

Here are a few Alumni events to mark on your calendars:

Alumni Gathering in NYC - March 2012 
Theatre Reunion - April 2012
Class of '62 Golden Graduate Reunion - May 2012
Alumni Travel Opportunities - Summer 2012 
Homecoming 2012 - October 20th

Stay tuned to our events page for more info on upcoming Alumni events! And check out the university calendar for more campus happenings.

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