NAU Summer Seminar Series 2016

The summer seminar series presents a variety of lectures on current political, environmental and health issues. These events are free and open to public. All sessions are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at SBS West in room 200! More information and the flyer can also be found here.  
Cycles of the Sun: Our Variable Star and its Effects on Earth
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Presenter: Jeff Hall, Director and CEO, Lowell Observatory
Zika, Ebola and Other Emerging Infectious Diseases in a Highly Interconnected Global Communty
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Presenter: Paul S. Keim, Regents Professor and Cowden Chair
A Citizen Army or Armed Citizen? The Second Amendment from Madison to LaPierre
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Presenter: Larry Gould, Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Asian Geo-Politics: China and the South China Sea Territorial Dispute
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Presenter: Derek Heng, Professor and Chair of History
Opinion Polling and the 2016 Presidential Election: Trends, Opportunities and Limitations
Thursday, August 6, 2016 - Presenter: Fred Solop, Professor of Politics and International Affairs


Johnathon Nez (MPA 2005) was just elected Vice President of the Navajo Nation. 

UCLA MUN Conference 2015 

UCLA MUN Conference
UCLA MUN Conference

NAU's Model United Nations club just returned from its last conference of the year. Thirty students traveled to California to take part in the UCLA MUN conference.

Not only were 7 students given individual awards, but the entire delegation was awarded Outstanding Large Delegation. This is quite an accomplishment, as the list of other universities competing included USC, University of Minnesota, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Stanford, and a number of international universities.

The award winners are: John Murphy, Connor Mullins, Scott Brownell, Claire Bergstresser, LaShae Brown, Victoria Ziegler, and Sage Knapp.

Congratulations to our NAU team!

Congratulations to the Northern Arizona University GRAIL & CST&L and NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning have been selected to receive a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award at the 2015 Esri User Conference. This award is given to user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology. Your organization stood out from more than 100,000 others.
Esri Honors SAG Winners
Organizations That Use GIS to Improve Our World By embracing geographic information system (GIS) technology, these organizations have used GIS to improve our world—and set new precedents throughout the GIS community.
The SAG Award ceremony is held at the annual Esri International User Conference and presided over by Jack Dangermond, the president and founder of Esri. During the reception, winners are invited to have their pictures taken with Jack.
Recipients of the Special Achievement in GIS award are submitted by Esri staff from thousands of organizations worldwide, then personally reviewed and selected by Jack.

NAU Model UN team wins at National MUN conference in NYC

A team of 8 NAU students has just finished competing for the first time at the National MUN conference in New York City. Representing the state of Tonga, the team was just awarded the honor of Distinguished Delegation! The closing ceremonies were held at the UN (see the attached photos), and the team was honored to represent NAU at such an important international location.

The team was made up of (from left to right in the picture taken outside the UN): John Bower, Will Wolf, McKenzie McLoughlin, Josh Demakovsky John Murphy, Matt Dotzler, Gretchen Gee (faculty advisor), Caitlyn Ratliff, and Liam Bewick.


 Model UN 

Please join me in congratulating these members of the NAU Model United Nations team!

NAU senior (and Gold Axe winner) Claire Bergstresser just won the Outstanding Diplomacy Award at the World Model United Nations conference in Seoul, South Korea. This marks the second year in a row that a NAU student has won the highest award at this international competition.

Claire led a team of 7 NAU students to the conference from March 16-20, 2015, where they spent the week representing the state of South Korea on a committee discussing numerous international issues.

The team included (from left to right), Erin Hodges, Emily Ross, Cheyenne Franklin, Claire Bergstresser (seated), Jasmine Jewell, Connor Mullins, and Landon Richards.

Congratulations to the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative  

The Mary Byron Project announces “Celebrating Solutions” and Roth Award winners; Agencies rewarded for innovative domestic violence prevention efforts Louisville, Ky. — The Mary Byron Project, fostering innovations and strategies to end domestic violence, has named four programs as recipients of the prestigious 2014 Celebrating Solutions Awards, and one program for the Roth Award. This is the twelfth year for the annual recognition, which showcases innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Local and national experts help select programs they believe serve as models for the nation. The 2014 honorees are: National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, Flagstaff, AZ. The mission of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative is to provide technical assistance for the reviewing of domestic violence related deaths, with the underlying objective of preventing them in the future, preserving the safety of battered women, and holding accountable both the perpetrators of domestic violence and the multiple agencies and organization that come into contact with the parties. The mission is fulfilled by conducting national, regional and local training conferences and workshops; providing onsite, teleconference and videoconference technical assistance to community groups all over the United States; offering extensive on-line services through the website, newsletters and film library; and, working with an array of national, international, regional, and state level partners.

NAU learning outcomes

Explore the University’s Learning Outcomes, and the benefits of completing your education at NAU.  

A new website is now available featuring these outcomes and can be accessed at The website lists the student learning outcomes as “NAU Graduates Can...." statements and describes the benefits of the outcomes to students, faculty, the institution, the state of Arizona, and future employers. The University Learning Outcomes articulate NAU’s shared expectations for student learning, including goals and values of liberal studies as well as those of degree programs, diversity, and the global learning initiative.