Facetime December 2015
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Alumni Class Notes by Decade
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The Difference that Matters
In late October, the American School Counselor Association
announced the six finalists for the 2016 School Counselor the Year awards
program. Imagine the excitement that Flagstaff resident Katherine “Kat” Pastor, ’99 BS & ’01 MED, felt last week upon
learning she had been selected
as the nation’s top school counselor. As high school counselor, counseling
department chair and student council advisor for Flagstaff High School, Kat is
in her eleventh year guiding and impacting local teenagers.
Kat recently visited Washington D.C. to be interviewed
alongside the other finalists, donning her True Blue colors in the spirit of
her alma mater. “It is an honor to be recognized for the work that I have
done with my department at Flagstaff High School,” Kat said. “Since I became a
school counselor I have advocated for our profession at the district, state and
national level to ensure that school counselors are seen as an integral role to
the education of our youth.”
She has lived in Flagstaff since the age of three, and despite
receiving several offers from out of state colleges, she decided to attend NAU.
“I was excited about the opportunities to get involved in
undergraduate research and also participate in athletics,” said Kat. “Within
the Department of Psychological Sciences, I had several opportunities to work
with the professors, including Dr. Wayment.”
At Flagstaff High School, Kat has also served as assistant
varsity track and field coach. She is a former staff member of NAU and served
as adjunct faculty with the College of Education. Kat faced one of life’s
toughest challenges in 2013, when she was diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma. She
underwent brain surgery and after months of rehabilitation, she learned to talk
and walk again. “Adversity was thrown my
way and I was given a new lease on life,” Kat recalled. “I am grateful for the people in my life, the
students that I serve and the road that I have traveled.”
"I try to learn from every dog I encounter. Whether
it's my neighbor's pet Maltese or a Special Forces canine that we are helping
to imprint, they all have something to teach us."
Lumberjack Q & A: Dog Training with George Daniolo
George Daniolos, '97 BS, is owner and director of training at K-9 Defense, LLC, located in Phoenix. He has won numerous titles and awards, including a national championship in protection work. George has developed the only Arizona P.O.S.T. certified decoy training course in Arizona and trains dogs for personal protection, law enforcement, private security and military applications.
After watching George's canine coworkers in action during a joint training seminar with the NAU Police Department on campus in August, we were 'begging' to learn more. George, who has been interested in dog behavior since an early age, sat down for an interview to share his passion for training, the psychology behind man's best friend and more.
Read the complete interview
Benefits and Discounts
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