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.
Share your life updates and photos in a future issue of Facetime, by emailing us.
This issue of Facetime we're starting two new features: Now and Then, a look at the campus now compared to some other point in our history, and our NAU Alumni/Employee Spotlight, which will recognize one of our alumni who currently works here at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to all of our updates, The W.A. Franke College of Business has released a newsletter chock full of news and happenings of interest to alumni. Check it out HERE
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Now and Then
Learn more about Lumberjack Stadium renovations and the new Health and Learning Center, which the stadium is now a part of, at nau.edu/hlc.
NAU Alumni/Employee Spotlight
Frank Prickett, BS `02
University Advancement Database Manager
Favorite NAU memory? I guess you would have to class me as a sports fanatic!! Honestly, my best and fondest memories of NAU were as a child growing up in the Flagstaff community. I remember seeing the Dome as just a 'big hole in the ground' during construction. NAU football was something I enjoyed from the 'student section' of Lumberjack Stadium and the Dome watching Allen Clark and Ray Smith, as my dad (class of 78) was attending NAU during the 70's. I remember watching Tom DeBerry and Randy Stratton playing basketball for NAU in the old gym which is now 'green space' by the Communications building. Then there was my biggest love, baseball. I remember snatching baseballs rolling down Beaver St. as I walked home from school while NAU was practicing or playing a game where the Wall Aquatic Center now sits.
Favorite thing about working for your alma mater? The best thing that could have ever happened to me was coming to NAU. After working at the Walgreens Distribution Center for 10 years and completing my Associates Degree at Coconino Community College, I began the final steps toward the completion of my CIS degree in 2000. I was expecting that I would have to relocate my family to a larger city, such as Phoenix, when I graduated. However, I was able to attain a student IT position within the University Advancement department during the summer of 2001. This eventually led to a permanent full-time position in 2002. I have since been promoted to my current position of Database Manager. I am very grateful to NAU for allowing me to raise my children in the 'small town' environment that I grew up in.
Favorite professor or class? I don't know if Larry Watkins remembers me, but I sure remember him. I only had Dr. Watkins as an instructor for one class, ACC 356 Financial Reporting II. Watkins was one of those instructors that you heard about away from the classroom as the 'instructor' that you didn't want because he was so 'tough'. However, it was this 'tough' side of Dr. Watkins that pushed me to be better than I expected and not to settle for 'average' or 'just trying to get by'. For whatever reason, I seemed to strive in this environment.
1960s and 70s
Rick Cables, BSF '76, is now head of the newly combined Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks. Rick previously served as Rocky Mountain Regional Forester since 2001. "I feel privileged to be joining the remarkable professionals of the newly created Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife," the Summit County Citizens Voice quoted Cables as saying. "Their passion, professionalism and dedication to Colorado's wildlife and state parks make our wonderful state even more special. I'm very excited to pursue this new challenge."
Read more '60s and '70s news...
Col. Amy Van Nortwick Arwood, BS '88, is the new 95th Air Base Wing vice commander (photo right). She comes to Edwards from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, where she served as the Cyber Operations Advisor to Headquarters U. S. Special Operations Command. Colonel Arwood was commissioned in 1988 through NAU's Air Force ROTC program. Her assignments have included tours in five major commands, a numbered air force, two unified commands and the Joint Staff.
Read more '80s news...
Christi Wagner Barth, BMUS '91, recently released her second novel. Act Like We're In Love (cover left) is a backstage peek at love in a theatre. Christi spent years performing in musicals, singing about love and giving people a happy ending in every performance. Then as a wedding planner she spent every day immersed in romance. Now she writes it. Check out christibarth.com for more details.
Read more '90s news...
Director Katie Curran, BA '00 & MA '10, has made a much acclaimed documentary Greening the Revolution that "examines the globalization of food, focusing on the grassroots response of communities in India, Kenya, Zambia, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti and the United States." She's shown a rough cut of the film at festivals in Milan, New York and Oaxaca, Mexico where she won `Best Female Filmmaker.' She was also featured in Flagstaff Live! when her documentary premiered at the Orpheum Theater in June. Watch the trailer.
Read more '00s news...
Congrats to Jason Pedersen, BS '10, who won the Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon Olympic race in June. He blogs about his running experience at runpd.com. Jason just wrapped up a five year running career with NAU's track and field and cross country teams. Watch an interview with him by NAU Athletics.
Read more '10s news...
Here are a few Alumni events to mark on your calendars:
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
Class of 1971 Blue & Gold Reunion
Stay tuned to our events page for more info on upcoming Alumni events! And check out the university calendar for more campus happenings.
NAU Alumni Facetime Archive
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