Facetime December 2014
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Alumni Class Notes
Nominate a Graduate for the 2015 Alumni Awards
(from left to right): Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach
Georgette Vigil, NAU President Rita Cheng, NAU Alumni Association President
Brian Koch, Dwight Patterson Alumna of the Year - Mary Lynn Coleman, Cliff
Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year - Tim Pawlak, Louie the Lumberjack,
Jeff Ferris Volunteer of the Year - Warren Sanford, and Recent Graduate Award
Recipient - Ryan Ewing.
Our 2014 Alumni
Association Award winners were honored on October 25 during a special ceremony
at halftime during the Homecoming football game. These Lumberjacks were
nominated by their peers and selected for distinguished excellence in their
careers, extraordinary community service and volunteerism promoting the spirit
of Northern Arizona University. Learn more about each recipient at: nau.edu/Alumni/Awards/
Meghan Remington, ’14 MA
Events Coordinator, University Events
What do you do and
how long have you worked at NAU?
I am an Events Coordinator within University Events at NAU,
and I’ve been a member of the team for a year and a half. I coordinate and
execute events that benefit NAU Alumni and donors, and I also help facilitate
events for the Office of the President.
What is your favorite
memory of NAU?
One of my first major NAU events was planning the football
tailgate at San Diego State. The tailgate sailed past expected attendance
numbers with more than 400 alumni and fans showing up. It’s one of my favorite
memories because I loved seeing how much spirit and enthusiasm our fans had for
the football team. We had people travel from Arizona, California, and even
Nevada to come out and be a part of what turned out to be an unprecedented fan
What is your favorite
part of working at your alma mater?
I love creating experiences for alumni at NAU. Sometimes
it’s easy to lose sight of your alma mater if you’ve moved away or lost track
of your time here. My favorite moments are when I see event attendees’ eyes
light up recalling their favorite moments as Lumberjacks and making connections
with other people over shared experiences. My job offers such a powerful way to
help people reconnect with some of their best memories, and I really cherish
Who was your favorite
professor as a student?
I’m laughing as I write this because I technically haven’t
graduated yet (December 12!). I’ve had
wonderful experiences working with the professors in my Master of Arts in
Applied Communication program. As I’ve
moved through the final stages of my capstone project, Jon Torn has been a
really great resource and facilitator for my experience. I still remember when
I sat through my first program orientation and he told us that his dad is
comedian Rip Torn–most notably the actor who played Patches O’Hoolihan in the
movie Dodgeball. All the other
professors laughed amiably about how unfair it was that he had captured
everyone’s attention so easily, but I thought it was pretty cool and something you’d
never have known if he hadn’t said it. He’s a knowledgeable and down to earth
professor and really exemplifies the quirky, fun, respectable characteristics
of NAU’s faculty.
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