Facetime December 2014

Welcome back to NAU Alumni Facetime, published by the NAU Office of Alumni Relations. Here you'll find news on your friends and classmates organized by decade, with links to more in-depth explorations of their lives and work.

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News from the 2010s
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Image (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/

Know an outstanding graduate? We invite you nominate them for a chance to win one of these prestigous awards. Download the nomination form.

Meghan Remington - Spotlight

Alumni-Employee Spotlight

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 showing.

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 that opportunity.

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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