FACETIME DECEMBER 2012 - 2010s
While Alex Oden, BS
’10, is well known for his remarkable fight with cancer, his contagious
positive attitude and an award through the LiveStrong Foundation. He’s also
made quite an impression during his continued time as a student. While an
undergrad, Alex served on the scholarship committee of Carolyn’s
Compassionate Children, he co-founded NAU Trijacks, the highly successful
triathlon club, and implemented a research study with resident halls to find
out what makes people behave sustainably. Now, he is a graduate student in the
Climate Science and Solutions program at NAU, with a special interest in
finding a solution to energy problems through waste-to-energy plants using
Competing in his second Olympic Games, Lopez Lomong, ’11 BS, (photo on left) placed 10th in the Men's 5,000-meter run in London, finishing in 13:48.19. In the 2008 games he was eliminated in the semifinals of the 1500 meter race. Lopez is one of thousands of Lost Boys from Sudan who were taken to serve as child soldiers in the war-torn country. He became a U.S. citizen in 2007 and attended NAU where he earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management and broke numerous track and cross country records for the university. He recently received the Visa Humanitarian of the Year Award. He also wrote a book about his life and childhood in Sudan, called Running for My Life.
Waddell, ’11 MM, was recently hired as the assistant conductor of the Canton
Symphony in Ohio, as well as the musical director of the Canton Youth Symphony.
Rachel is pursuing her doctorate of musical arts in orchestral conduction at
UNLV, where she works as the assistant conductor of the UNLV Symphony and
Chamber Orchestras and Opera.
Williams, ’12 BA, has turned her Arts and Cultural Management
Minor to great advantage in her job as Office Manager of the Flagstaff
non-profit JLB Project.
Utilizing the skills she learned in her arts and cultural management classes,
she applied for a $10,000 grant from Flagstaff Community Foundation
for JLB Project's Bereavement Support Services. The funds will be used in
2013 to provide families with supportive services after the loss of their
Combining his love for art and hunting, Russell Flores, ’12 BA, (photo above) uses his fine
art degree in his daily life as a taxidermist in Flagstaff. Russell specializes
in finish work and detailing. He told the AZ Daily Sun that the practice starts out as a craft when piecing everything
together, then art takes over. The goal is to recreate the animal in natural