Facetime July 2012 - 2000s


Former Phoenix Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Ruiz, ’01 MED, has been selected as the new fire chief in Peoria. Ruiz worked for the Phoenix fire department for 37 years before retiring last December. Read more. 

mattchandlerandcraiglewisAlums Matthew Chandler, ’05 BS & ’06 MED, and Craig Lewis, ’05 BS & ’05 BS(photo right) are working to make a name for themselves in Hollywood. “We've taken acting classes, been in short films, and produced some of our own original work together,” Matt tells us, which includes a script for a new TV show called "Don't Take This The Wrong Way," a half hour comedy. “It's about three guys in their late 20's who will do anything but go with the flow of becoming an adult. After sending the script out to some industry people we know, we were eventually given only one note: Film the dang thing!” So that’s what they’re doing  this summer. "We will be done with shooting the pilot by the end of July and are hoping to have it ready for festival submissions by October 1st. The ball is rolling, and we're definitely excited," Matt says. The pair is also blogging about their experience HERE

Congrats to alumna Christina Hawkey, '05 MED. She's the new director of the AWC Foundation. Christina has been with AWC for 13 years. She’s previously served as Coordinator of Student Activities, Professor of Family Studies, and Associate Dean of Business and Liberal Arts. Read more. 


We enjoyed the recent article on alumnus Mike Konefal, '06 BS, in the Arizona Daily Sun. Mike is the founder/owner of  Rising Hy - creating tasty sauces & other products to spice up your meals. (photo left, credit: Josh Biggs/Arizona Daily Sun) 

Mike Getchis, ’07 BS, was among 25 rescuers to receive the Life Saving Award and two members of the Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit and Technical Rescue Team to receive the Meritorious Service Award for his involvement in a canyoneering rescue in Arizona’s Insomnia Canyon. Read an article on Mike from NorthJersey.com.

This summer, Brooke Wonders, '08 MA, and Patty Petelin, '08 MA, celebrated the fifth year anniversary of The Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase founded by Northern Arizona University creative writing professor Ann Cummins.  Read more about it. 

Dan Schiller, ’08 BS, works for the Department of Defense in Washington D.C. He also shared with us that he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in global security studies at Johns Hopkins University.



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