Facetime November 2013 - 1970s and Earlier

Arizona State Teachers College basketball star Sturgeon Cromer, ’32 BS & ‘81 MS (deceased), was inducted into the Flagstaff Sports Foundation Hall of Fame. Also a football player, Sturgeon later coached football, basketball, and baseball in Globe, Ariz., with his 1938 football team winning the Arizona State Championship. He later served as Flagstaff School superintendent for 27 years. A founding member and president of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, an elementary school in Doney Park and the Coconino High School football field bear his namesake.

Emil Nasser, ’47 MA, was also inducted into the Flagstaff Sports Foundation Hall of Fame. A former Arizona Interscholastic Association official, he was also an AIA commissioner and World War II veteran. 

Pilon and friends
Recently, seven alumni met at the home of Marva and Jake Watters in Oak Creek Canyon. All seven  grads have known each other and have been friends since 1955.
Standing from left to right are: Chuck Pilon, ’59 BS & ’66 MA, Joe Worischeck, ’58 BSBA, Marva Watters, ’57 BS, and Roy Morey, ’59 BS. Seated in front are: Linda Pilon, ’60 BS, Jake Watters, ’59 BS, and Delores Morey,  ’59 BS.
Dr. James Sherman, ’64 BSED

NAU Foundation Board member Dr. James Sherman, ’64 BSED (pictured above), was featured in an article by the U.S. Army for his dedicated volunteer work as a FEMA reservist.  He has served in the Army Reserve as unit training sergeant, later receiving a direct captain commission as a military intelligence Army Reserve officer. James retired in 2001 as a colonel and then served as an Army Reserve ambassador beginning in 2002, developing relationships and community awareness as a volunteer.  He also began working part-time with FEMA, and has since been sent on nine disaster deployments, including Hurricane Sandy.   

Naomi (Fassler ) Theisz, '70 BS,  and her husband Nick Theisz are happily retired and spend as much time as possible traveling in their motor home.  Both have now visited all of the 50 states and much of Canada. They are happy to share their pictures and stories. Their daughter Michele teaches in Tucson so Tucson has become a regular winter stop while they attempt to visit each of the 59 national parks. When not traveling, they’re deeply involved in various volunteer programs including the  local ambulance corps and the Red Cross.

Rick Cables, ’76 BSF, has been appointed vice president of natural resources and conservation at Vail Resorts, of Vail, Colo. In this role he will manage land use, water and wildlife resources located on the company’s land, much of which is leased by the U.S. Forest Service. Rick will develop relationships with key Forest Service administrators and spearhead Vail Resorts’ environmental conservation efforts. He spent 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service promoting awareness of national forest issues. Rick previously was director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

Dr. Kenneth James

Former Arkansas commissioner of education Dr. Kenneth James, ’76 MA (pictured above), has been selected as the new president of Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science. The seasoned educational leader will work to improve Advanced Placement math, science and English education programs across Arkansas.  Ken has more than 35 years of experience working in public education management, and he has also represented national educational leadership as a board member and president of the Council of the Chief State School Officers. He was superintendent across five districts in Kentucky and Arkansas.

After more than 35 years with the U.S. Forest Service, the last 17 of which spent in Washington, D.C., Ken Karkula, ’76 BS, is retiring and returning to Arizona. He and his wife Barbara will be making their retirement home in Prescott where he hopes to reconnect with the School of Forestry.

Harry Hengl

Three generations of Lumberjacks! Harry Hengl, ’76 MAED, shows off his Lumberjack spirit with his son Ryan, ’01 BS, and his new grandson Harrison, born May 24.

Rev. Dr. Curt Miner

Rev. Dr. Curt Miner, ’76 BSED, sent us a photo with his wife Linda at a rehearsal for a Springfield Summer Arts Festival production of The Wizard of Oz. Curt played Professor Marvel/The Wizard and Linda was Auntie Em.

Gerald “Jerry” Tuskan, ’78 BS 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory distinguished scientist Gerald “Jerry” Tuskan, ’78 BS (above photo), has been named the Forest Biotechnologist of the Year by the Institute of Forest Biotechnology.  Jerry, a member of the Biosciences division at Oak Ridge, a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy, was selected for his leadership and extensive knowledge of forest biotechnology. He has more than 120 publications in the area of genetics and genomes of perennial plants, and has been cited more than 1,000 times during the past five years.  Jerry specializes in plant microbe interaction and his area of research centers on woody crops in biomass energy deployment.