Facetime November 2013 - 2010s
Kastelic, ’10 BS, created 11th Loop Graphic Textile Design with his brother Benjamin.
The business focuses on designs and photography printed on
environmentally-friendly and sustainably-sourced textiles. As a
photojournalist for the Prescott’s The
Daily Courier, Nathaniel won the Best Photographer for Western Newspapers
Award. He also won the Black Mountain
Photo Contest in Cave Creek, Ariz. His website
contains more of his acclaimed work.
Engineering graduate Marilla
Lamb, ’11 BSE, was featured in an article by ABC15.com for her work developing a bicycle generator which could power devices such as a blender,
as well as charge cell phones. The idea was to tangibly demonstrate energy to
Dylan Patterson, ’11
BS, is vice principal of Kalamazoo Central High School of Kalamazoo, Mich,
after being approved by the Public Schools Board. Dylan most recently served as
dean of students for Tres Rios Elementary School of Tolleson, Ariz. The
Michigan native has also instructed science and physical education.
Dr. Katie Pierce, ’11
DPT, is engaged to current graduate student David McCain. Katie works for
Core Balance Physical Therapy in Flagstaff.
International teacher Chloe
Hudson, ’12 BSED, completed her first year instructing English as a second
language in Abu Dhabi. From her home base in the United Arab Emirates, Chloe
has launched off to travel to London, Paris and Beijing. This lucky
globetrotter also spent five additional weeks traveling through Europe before
returning to begin her second year of teaching.
Weston “Mana” Purdy,
’12 BS, is manager associate for the Queen Liluokalani Trust in Kailua-Kona,
Hawaii. The Queen Liluokalani Trust was established to preserve and direct land
use by Hawaii’s last ruling monarch. Mana specializes in land planning and
conservation efforts. He previously served an internship at Kohanaiki, where he
restored anchialine ponds, culturally and environmentally delicate coastal
aquifers that have subterranean connections to the ocean.
Canyon Del Oro High School band director Grant Studer, ’12 BMED, enters his
second year of musical instruction in Oro Valley, Ariz. He instructs guitar and
band classes, and hosted a band camp for freshmen through seniors, an intensive
program which covers a week of classroom work each day. “It’s a time for the students
to completely immerse their brains into it and so they get time to just focus
on band before homework kicks in or classes and sports,” said Studer.
Adam Nelesson, ’13 BS,
completed his second internship at National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National
Wind Technology Center in Golden, Colo. He works with the Offshore Wind and
Ocean Power Group, developing a computer modeling tool for wave energy
research. The goal is to accurately
model the performance of wave energy devices in real-world conditions, which
will help to provide alternative energy solutions. He attends Georgia Tech
University, studying aerospace engineering.
Recent graduate Alex
Thomas, ‘13 BS, is a short-filmmaker with a passion. He recently won the
Audience Choice Award at NAU’s annual 73-Hour Film Festival. His film, entitled
“Retrograde,” features the difficult decision facing a young woman who learns
she has become pregnant. Having only 73 hours to complete the film from
brainstorming to submission, Alex got by on very little sleep during that week.
But his team’s hard work has paid off, and the film will be screened in
February at the Sedona Film Festival next February.