Facetime December 2015

Welcome back to Alumni Facetime. 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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Kat Pastor

The Difference that Matters

In late October, the American School Counselor Association announced the six finalists for the 2016 School Counselor the Year awards program. Imagine the excitement that Flagstaff resident Katherine “Kat” Pastor, ’99 BS & ’01 MED, felt last week upon learning she had been selected as the nation’s top school counselor. As high school counselor, counseling department chair and student council advisor for Flagstaff High School, Kat is in her eleventh year guiding and impacting local teenagers.

Kat recently visited Washington D.C. to be interviewed alongside the other finalists, donning her True Blue colors in the spirit of her alma mater. “It is an honor to be recognized for the work that I have done with my department at Flagstaff High School,” Kat said. “Since I became a school counselor I have advocated for our profession at the district, state and national level to ensure that school counselors are seen as an integral role to the education of our youth.”

She has lived in Flagstaff since the age of three, and despite receiving several offers from out of state colleges, she decided to attend NAU. “I was excited about the opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research and also participate in athletics,” said Kat. “Within the Department of Psychological Sciences, I had several opportunities to work with the professors, including Dr. Wayment.”

At Flagstaff High School, Kat has also served as assistant varsity track and field coach. She is a former staff member of NAU and served as adjunct faculty with the College of Education. Kat faced one of life’s toughest challenges in 2013, when she was diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma. She underwent brain surgery and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to talk and walk again.  “Adversity was thrown my way and I was given a new lease on life,” Kat recalled.  “I am grateful for the people in my life, the students that I serve and the road that I have traveled.”  

George Daniolos 5
"I try to learn from every dog I encounter. Whether it's my neighbor's pet Maltese or a Special Forces canine that we are helping to imprint, they all have something to teach us."

Lumberjack Q & A: Dog Training with George Daniolo

George Daniolos, '97 BS, is owner and director of training at K-9 Defense, LLC, located in Phoenix. He has won numerous titles and awards, including a national championship in protection work. George has developed the only Arizona P.O.S.T. certified decoy training course in Arizona and trains dogs for personal protection, law enforcement, private security and military applications.

After watching George's canine coworkers in action during a joint training seminar with the NAU Police Department on campus in August, we were 'begging' to learn more. George, who has been interested in dog behavior since an early age, sat down for an interview to share his passion for training, the psychology behind man's best friend and more.

Read the complete interview

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