Facetime February 2013
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A Community of Culture
Despite crisp weather, the Flagstaff campus is bustling
with events and activities. Cultural events are a great way to pass the time
during the cold months, as well as to take in all the diversity NAU has to
offer. With dozens of performances,
exhibits and shows in the coming months, there is something for everyone.
Photography aficionados should check out pilot Greg Brown’s
exhibit called “Views
from the Flying Carpet, Fine Art Aerial Photographs” (above photo) in the
Dean’s Office of the Riles Building. Greg took pictures during his flights,
depicting an “aerial odyssey”. While his photos are widely published, this is
his first time displaying them in a gallery. The exhibit will be on display
until June 30th.
Right next door to the Alumni Relations Office, in the NAU
Art Museum, you can catch a glimpse inside the mind of architect Paolo Soleri
in an exhibit of his compiled sketches, three-dimensional models and aluminum-bound sketchbooks. The
gallery, entitled “Paoli
Soleri: Think. Draw. Build. Sustain.” spans over 40 years of his work and
addresses Soleri’s search for architecture that responds to its environment
and challenges of sustainability. The NAU Art Museum is located on the
second floor of Old Main. The exhibit runs from February 19 to April 13, with an opening reception February 21 from 5-7 p.m.
NAU's School of Music brings the US Navy Sea Chanters
to perform on March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.
As the United States Navy’s official chorus, the ensemble performs a variety of
music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic
fare, to opera, Broadway and contemporary
The US Navy Sea Chanters (pictured above) includes three NAU
alumni: Musician First Class Beth Strittmater Revell (’98 BM in Voice Performance), Musician First Class Caroline Koziol (’04 BS in Chemistry & ‘04 BM in Voice
Performance), and Chief Musician Adam Tyler (’97 BM in Voice Performance).
For a more dramatic evening, attend the NAU Theatre
Department’s play, “Dead
Man’s Cell Phone”. Performed by NAU
students, the play is done in the style of magic realism.
“This story is about our present day electronic media, but
it is about much more,” Director Bob Yowell said. “On the surface, many of us can agree that
with all of our technology we still have major problems in communicating with
each other. Do we really communicate
honestly with each other? Are we willing to reveal our
true selves to others?
The NAU Jazz Festival
is celebrating its 51st year Feb. 21-23. More than 50 big bands
and combos with hundreds of performers from junior highs and high schools
throughout the state of Arizona will perform in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium for
guest judges throughout the three days of the Jazz Festival. Guest artist Brice
Winston will perform with NAU’s Jazz Ensemble One on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Winston,
originally from Tucson, AZ, has spent many years touring with world-class jazz
artists. He spent much of his career in New Orleans and worked with mainstay
jazz artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and many others.
To learn about more campus events, visit the NAU Events calendar at
Heidi Robinson, '94 BS, Central Ticket Office Manager
Years working at NAU: 12
What is your favorite memory of NAU?
Looking back, my favorite memory is my first snow storm on campus. I grew
up in Phoenix and we didn’t travel north often to enjoy the snow. My
friends and I had a good-natured snowball fight on the way to the Union to eat
dinner. It was quiet, except for us laughing, and I thought the lights
turning the sky and the snow pink was the greatest thing I had ever seen.
What is your favorite part of working at your alma mater?
I love the students! I remember so well my
time as a student and I had such a great experience, I hope to pass on that
experience to others.
Who was your favorite professor as a student?
George Lubick, History. He was so kind and genuinely interested in his
course and his students. I was not a history major, but he entertained my
visits to his office hours as if I was one of his advising students. He
definitely contributed in a positive way to my feelings on higher education,
and I don’t think I could have finished on time without his
encouragement. He was a real treasure.
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