Welcome back to NAU Alumni Facetime, published by the NAU Office of Alumni Relations.

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. We've also included a listing of class note blurbs sent out on Twitter; most of these link to the original publications from which we pulled the news.

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1960s and earlier

Arizona "Culturekeeper" and "Official State Liar" Jim Cook, '58 BS, has a new book out. His memoir Half a Sack of Cats tells of his "unlikely childhood in Arizona, as Arizona used to be," as he puts it. Cook has been writing about the Grand Canyon in books, magazines and newspapers for sixty years.

Read more '60s news and Tweets...


Blair Moody, '75 BSF, has been appointed as The Southern Oregon University Foundation's new board president. He previously served as vice president. Moody is a Certified Forester and Fellow in the Society of American Foresters. He works for the BLM and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Moody is also chair of the SOU Environmental Studies Program Advisory Council.

Beverly Hurley, '76 BS, '81 MA, '01 HON, has been named Arizona Superintendent of the Year. She has been head of the Buckeye Union High School District in the Phoenix metro area since 2003.

Read more '70s news and Tweets...


Harmonikids founding director Gary Allegretto, '82 BSF, was honored with the Blue's Society's prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Award and an Artists For a Better World Award. Harmonikids is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing harmonicas and the joy of music to special needs children. They also help children in need all over the world, including those impacted by Haiti's earthquake.

Al Givens, MED '83, is the new head volleyball coach at Texas A&M International University. The 2010 season marked the 18th season for Givens as head coach at Weber State. He has coached volleyball for 34 years.

Read more '80s news and Tweets...


Artist Joe Sorren, '93 BFA, has released a book of his works. Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004-2010 was published in conjunction with the exhibition Joe Sorren Interruption, for the Grand Central Art Center at CSU Fullerton. Sorren is one of Flagstaff's most celebrated and successful artists.

Mary Ellen "Robin" Barwick Barker, '94 MED, has been added to Central Arizona College's Wall of Success. She also received the Extraordinary Alumni Achievement Award. She is the co-owner of the Apache Junction/ Gold Canyon News.

Read more '90s News and Tweets...


Terry Garrison, '00 MED, now serves the city of Houston, Texas as their Fire Chief. He began his firefighting career in 1977 with the Phoenix Fire Department. He also served as a Fire Science Instructor from 1996-2004 and Department Chair/Instructor of the Fire Science Faculty at Phoenix Community College. Garrison co-authored Chief Brunacini's Fire Command 2nd edition Workbook, which outlines incident command procedures, and created Fire Smart Kids, a company that teaches children fire safety education through the use of the Fire Smart Kids board-game.

Travis Lingenfelter, '00 BS, is the new director of Mojave County's Economic Development Department. He spent the previous six years as head of the Mohave County Procurement Department.

Read more '00s news and Tweets...


Susan Marks, '10 MA, is the new director of the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence in Washington state. Marks was previously the executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth in Flagstaff. She has worked to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse for more than eight years.

Read more 2010 News and Tweets...

Upcoming Events

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Denver Alumni Gathering, 8/4/11
NAU vs. U of A Tailgate, 9/3/11
NAU vs. Portland State, 9/17/11
Family Weekend, 9/24/11-9/25/11
Homecoming, 10/22/11

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