Congrats to James Ward Byrkit, '91 BFA. Rango swept the Animation awards -otherwise known as "the Annies" - this month. Gore Verbinski, John Logan and James won best for best writing and the movie won best animated feature! Rango is also up for an Oscar.

photo Dr. Moody Jackson, '92 EdD, has been inducted into the Phoenix College Hall of Fame. Moody is a well-respected educator, professional athlete, and community advocate. After college he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent and later played in the Canadian Football League. Moody retired as a player in 1978 and began coaching at his alma mater, South Mountain High School, where he later became principal. Moody was also athletic director for the Phoenix Union High School District.

Oran Tkatchov, '96 BA & '03 MED, has written a new book, A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning (image right). Oran tells us that after getting his first degree he became a middle school and high school teacher. After returning to NAU for his masters he went on to be a charter school director as well as the Director for School and LEA Improvement for the Arizona Department of Education.

photo Linda Jordan, '96 BS, (photo right) is now the executive director of the Yuma Visitors Bureau. Linda was previously a business services officer with Yuma Private Industry Council and general manager and director of the long haul department for Horizon Moving Systems in Yuma and Tucson.

photo Charles Clement, '97 BS, (photo left) is the new president and CEO of The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Previously Charles served as the vice president of operations/chief operating officer for Southcentral Foundation, the regional tribal health care organization based in Anchorage. He is also treasurer of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors. In 2008, Charles was honored as one of Alaska's "Top Forty Under 40" by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

photo Eric Westphal, '99 BS, wrote to tell us about life since graduation. He and wife Shari (Husney) Westphal, '98 BS, have three children - Justin (9), Nicholas (4) and Andrew (2). He was a platoon leader in Fort Bragg for about two years and served in Iraq in 2004-05 and 2007-09. Eric is currently serving as Major in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is in training for added responsibility in the military as well as pursuing his master's degree. (photo right)

Congrats to Carson Heussner, attended. He has been inducted into the 2012 Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. Heussner was a 1997 graduate of Chandler High School, where he won the Arizona State Championship in the 1m dive event. While at NAU, Carson won the 1998-99 Conference Championship in both the 1m and 3m Dive events. That same year he was named the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference Diver of the Year.

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