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Bruce Greco, '73 BS- Forestry
Director of Outreach at NAU's Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI)
NAU Employee since 2008
Favorite NAU memory?
Spending "study time" on the grass around Old Main and attending football games at Lumberjack Stadium.
Favorite thing about working for your alma mater?
Experiencing the spirit and excitement of NAU campus every day and representing ERI/NAU across the western US.
Favorite professor or class?
Charles O. Minor, Dean of School of Forestry (For. 421 Forest Management)
Now and Then
This issue's "Now and Then" takes a look at Homecoming fun, last month and in 1956.
Relive some of this year's Homecoming memories.
Browse through our Homecoming albums.
John Fronske, '68 BS & '71 MA, stopped by to share his experience completing the world's largest crossword puzzle. He worked on the 15 foot by 5 foot puzzle with 24,000 pieces for about 550 hours, six days a week, for about five hours per day. His masterpiece is on display at the Party Place in Pocatello, ID, where he lives. Fronske told us, "I've spent my life solving people's puzzles as a counselor. This is the big finale."
"The worldly photographic adventures" of Stewart Aitchison, '69 BS, were featured in an exhibit at the Flagstaff Photography Center and in an article in Flagstaff Live this September. The article features Stewart's work as well as his background. He was a naturalist for 30 years with Lindblad Expeditions, traveling the globe. He also worked as a photography instructor on the "National Geographic Explorer" ship.
Read more news from the 1960s...
Rod Gloss, '79 BS, has joined Atna's management team as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Gloss is a senior financial executive with an extensive background in the global mining and manufacturing sectors with experience in managing all aspects of accounting and finance.
Dr. Kate Berry, '79 BSF, associate professor of geography with the University of Nevada Reno, has been named director of Core Curriculum, a newly redesigned program at UNR. In her position as Core Curriculum director, Berry will advise University administration on matters regarding the academic core curriculum, work with the General Education Task Force throughout the year and continue to teach in the Department of Geography. Berry has been with UNR for 18 years.
Read more 1970s news...
Congratulations to Rhonda Gonzalez, '81 BS. A Cottonwood Middle School American history teacher, Rhonda was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award by the National Council for Geographic Education. She was one of only 13 teachers nationally to receive the honor during the awards ceremony at the 2011 National Conference on Geographic Education in Portland. "It just thrilled me to death," Gonzalez told the Verde Independent "It was fabulous. I was so honored." (Photo, left, is Rhonda with her son Jordan.)
Dr. Katrina Rogers, '88 MA & '92 PhD, is now provost at Fielding Graduate University. Since 2005, Rogers has been an associate dean in organizational development at Fielding and its director of the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), a university-wide academic center that supports research, leadership, and community engagement. Read more about her appointment.
Read more news from 1980s alumni...
Stacy Iveson, '96 MED, is now a softball assistant at the University of Arizona. Iveson, a former Wildcat player and coach, won two NJCAA titles while at Pima Community College from 2002-07 and two in her most recent post as head coach at Yavapai College, including this past year with a 67-4 Roughriders club. She was head coach at Yavapai for four seasons and took all four teams to the national tournament's final weekend. Read more about Iveson. (Photo left)
Don McClellan, '99 BS, is now an executive chef for Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE). McClellan has brought his expertise as a chef to restaurants and hotels in Washington D.C., New York, California, Louisiana and Arizona. He is known for his simple, flavorful, southwestern-influenced fare. This past July, his culinary talents were on display in an Iron Chef-style cook-off at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., as part of the museum's celebration of the 2011 Living Earth Festival. Read more about McClellan.
Read more news from 1990s alumni...
Bonnie Holman, '03 BA, is in Ecuador this fall on a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. She is doing research with the Ministry of Environment in a forest partners program. "It's like an environment in development program. It has components that meet climate change objectives, bio-diversity conservation objectives and poverty alleviation objectives," Holman told The Sierra Vista Herald. (Photo right)
Katie Dabney, '04 MED, principal at Mesquite Elementary in Vail, Arizona, was featured in a video on the successful programs at her school on edutopia.org, which is run by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. She was also featured in an article on her success in the Arizona Daily Star.
Read more news from 2000s alumni...
Former NAU football player Matt Estrada, '10 BS, is now with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. Matt plays safety on the Jags practice squad. He talked about playing with the Jaguars this summer. Watch the interview on NAU Athletics' YouTube page (Photo, left, courtesy Jacksonville Jaguars).
Kelli Westerdahl, '11 BS, is now the Phoenix Campus Coordinator for the Global MBA Latin America program at Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Read more news from the 2010's...
Here are a few Alumni events to mark on your calendars:
Prescott alumni & friends event before the NAU vs. BYU game, 11/30/11
Arizona Centennial Celebration Events at NAU, February 2012
NAU Theatre Reunion, 4/13-15/12
Stay tuned to our events page for more info on upcoming Alumni events! And check out the university calendar for more campus happenings.
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