Facetime June 2015
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Alumni Class Notes
The Difference that Matters
When Isela Ramirez, ’14 BSED
& ’14 BA, first came to NAU, she wasn’t sure what
to expect. As a non-native English speaker from the small town
of San Luis, Ariz., she was shy and nervous, especially when
presenting class projects. Isela felt that the language
barrier separated her, both academically and culturally, from
other students. More than a first generation college student,
she was the first in her family to graduate middle and high
school. It was hers and her family’s dream to attend college,
so she dug her heels in and persisted.
NAU, she found the opportunity to get involved with several
groups on campus, including the Mathematics Club, Lumberjack
Alumni Ambassadors and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. In time
her communications skills grew, along with her confidence.
Isela went on to receive more than 16 academic scholarships
and became a facilitator and peer advisor to fellow
students. She also got involved in the community,
volunteering for groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and
Relay for Life. Last year, she graduated with a dual major in
Secondary Mathematics Education in order to teach others, and
Spanish, to learn from and be reminded of her own heritage. In
the fall of 2013, Isela received the President’s Prize, NAU’s
highest academic honor.
an algebra teacher at Winslow High School of Winslow, Ariz.,
Isela is now influencing a new generation of students to
achieve the unimaginable. “To do all the things I have done at
NAU, I had to step out of my comfort zone and now I am more
confident,” Isela says. “I believe I will make a difference as
a graduate, because I have already made a difference for many
as a student. I am proud to say that I am a
July 1 - Phoenix Mercury Meet and Greet - Phoenix, AZ - Join the NAU community to watch the
defending National Champion Phoenix Mercury practice, and take the
opportunity to meet the team afterward. Practice ends
at 1 p.m and a lunch will follow this complimentary event.
August 19 - Local Lumberjacks Happy Hour - Flagstaff, AZ - Save the
date for this alumni gathering in Northern Arizona's own backyard.
Join us on 5:30 every third Wednesday of the month. This event
series will kick off at Zane Grey Bar and Ballroom and rotate locations throughout
September 19 - UA Football Tailgate - Tucson, AZ - Football
season will be here soon and we're heading to Tucson to watch our
Lumberjacks take on the Wildcats. Save the date, more information
will be announced soon.
list of all NAU Alumni events at nau.edu/alumni/events/
Matt Tantau, '03 BS
& '05 MED
Director, Campus Services and
What do you do and how long have you worked at
After receiving my Bachelor’s degree from NAU, I started
working at the university in the summer of 2003 as a graduate assistant hall
director for Housing and Residence Life. Since 2009, I have worked for Campus
Services and Activities and currently serve as director. In this role, I
oversee the operations of the University Union & Student Activities, du
Bois Center and the Health and Learning Center.
Recently I was selected and will be adding on the
duties of director for the One Stop Shop. This innovative office will handle
front-line customer service for the Registrar’s Office, Student Accounts, and
Financial Aid. The goal is to provide a refined customer experience while
providing a responsive and coordinated level of service to students, parents and alumni.
What is your favorite memory of NAU?
My favorite memory of NAU has to be the annual Flagstaff Fourth of July parade. First, we all know
that Flagstaff is one of the best places on earth, especially in the summer.
But to walk in the parade and represent NAU in a traditional small town Fourth of July parade is pretty fun! I
think it really represents the type of connection between the university and
What is your favorite part of working at your
One of my favorite aspects of working at my alma mater is that I have the ability to impact the lives of students (future
alumni) and help make their NAU experience as good as mine, if not better! In
my role with Campus Services and Activities and in advising the undergraduates
of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, I hope to help students reach their full potential. NAU is
a great university and helping students grow, learn and become positive
citizens is an amazing opportunity.
Who was your favorite professor as a student?
There are so many to choose from, but Dr. W. Dale Hoskins
is number one. Any Broadcast Journalism alumni that graduated from about 1980 –
2015 knows that Dr. Hoskins has a sincere commitment to student success and to
the broadcast industry. Even more exciting is that Dr. Hoskins is retiring
from NAU this year after 35 years teaching with the university.
Benefits and Discounts
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