On April 12, 2019, Baylor University in Waco, TX sponsored its fourth annual Business Negotiation Competition strictly for undergraduate students. It is the only event of its kind in the United States and attracts participants from all over the globe including universities in South Korea and Hong Kong. The competition consists of two rounds of team negotiations tackling such issues as the purchase of a B&B after it had been featured on a reality television show. Students are judged by professional business executives and academics with a great deal of experience in negotiation. For the second year, NAU sent a team of two to compete. In our first showing, Richard Jones and Stanley Humphrey, Jr. finished as the fifth best team overall in a competitive field of twenty-six, and this year Kelly Shaeffer won the Best Individual Student Negotiator Award. She represented NAU proudly along with Bethany Clark under the coaching of Professor Jason Myrowitz. The round where Kelly really shined focused on obtaining free promotion for a local folk music festival. The award is a testament to Kelly’s hard work, diligent preparation, and integrative bargaining skills.
Yuma, AZ (March 14, 2019) – Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University-Yuma are hosting their third annual Startup Weekend from April 12-14, as a way to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch new business ideas.
Participants will take giant leaps in learning the skills needed to create a business, work on a startup team, and connect with people and resources all while experiencing the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that can come along with a startup business.
Attendees do not need to have a business idea to participate in a group. For those that are coming in with an idea in mind, it cannot be a venture that you’ve previously worked on. All disciplines of work and educational backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
The registration fee for Startup Weekend is $40, which includes seven meals throughout the weekend; benefits and discounts from global partners; one-on-one time with industry mentors; and a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. People can visit http://communities.techstars.com/usa/yuma/startup-weekend/13321 to register and to learn more about the event.
AWC & NAU-Yuma are actively seeking donations and additional volunteers from the community to mentor the participants. To make a charitable donation for the event, visit https://foundation.azwestern.edu/give-online and type “Startup Weekend” in the Scholarship/Program field. People can email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions.
The weekend will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in the Schoening Conference Room at the AWC Yuma Campus, 2020 S. Ave. 8E. Participants will pitch their startup on Friday, work to develop a business plan on Saturday, and present in front of local entrepreneurial leaders on Sunday.
Startup Weekend is part of the ongoing efforts of the AWC Matador Business Incubator and the NAU Yuma Business Innovation Accelerator to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in the southwestern region of Arizona.
Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services
Arizona Western College
NAU-Yuma 2019 Full-Time Teacher of the Year
Dr. L. Ruth Whisler, NAU-Yuma Assistant Clinical Professor, Arts & Sciences Department
Ruth Whisler earned an Associate in Arts degree from College of DuPage in Glenn Ellyn, Illinois and a BSW and MSW from George Williams College of Social Work, Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. She earned her Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University and her dissertation research was focused on Female Leadership in Hispanic Serving Institutions. For the past three years she has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work and the Director of Social Work Field Education for Northern Arizona University’s Yuma Branch Campus. She has also worked as part-time faculty for Arizona Western College. The first in her family to earn a college degree, she worked for private, government and non-profit agencies as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While working in a Trauma Level I hospital in the Chicago area, she started programs for family assistance, began groups for men recently released from prison who were living with HIV-AIDS, and provided in-home mental health care. She served as the Director of Community College Programs and University Internship Programs for a global non-profit organization where she traveled and worked internationally with students, schools and consulate officials to bring students to the United States for successful study. She served both NAU and AWC as part time faculty since 2004. She has also worked at Arizona Western College as the Coordinator of International Student Programs, Executive Director of the Arizona Western College Foundation, and Chief Human Resources Officer. In addition, she has served as a member of the Executive Board of Eurocentres Language School, San Diego.
NAU-Yuma 2019 Part-Time Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Judith M. Watkinson, NAU-Yuma Adjunct Professor, Education Department
Mrs. Watkinson grew up in the United Kingdom. She obtained her Teaching Degree in Nursery/Infant Education from London University in 1978, and her Master’s Degree in Early Education from NAU-Yuma in 1998. She worked as a lower grade teacher in a village school in Kent, England from 1978 to 1980. At this time the whole family relocated to Modesto, California, where her husband worked for an eighteen-month period. The family returned to the UK and Mrs. Watkinson continued teaching in the lower elementary school until 1983 when the family returned to California. In 1986, Mrs. Watkinson worked for Head Start as an education coordinator for three years. Following a move to Chicago, after three years the family finally settled in Yuma, Arizona, where Mrs. Watkinson secured a position teaching early care and education at Arizona Western College. She remained in this position for twenty years as Professor of Early Childhood Education and retired from her full-time position in 2013. She has been an adjunct for NAU teaching early childhood education from 1998 until today. Mrs. Watkinson has been active in the area of Early Childhood Education in Yuma. She has presented at numerous local conferences and has sat on the Arizona articulation task force committees for Early Childhood Education and for Education for twenty years. She has been an active member of the local affiliate of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Mrs. Watkinson was on the local YMCA Board for eight years and was a founding member of the First-Things-First Family Resource Network, a statewide organization that funds early education and health programs. She served on the board of the First-Things-First Yuma Regional Council for nineteen years.
NAU-Yuma is happy to announce that it is offering 2 degree programs in Special Education: the Bachelors of Science in Special and Elementary Education and the Masters of Education in Special Education with certification. Also, Yuma residents will have an opportunity to apply to a grant-funded Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Special Education focus.
There continues to be a critical need for special education teachers in the Yuma region and university faculty in special education in Arizona and nationally. The bachelor’s dual-certification degree provides K through 12th grade special education certification and K through 8th grade in elementary education. The master’s degree results in mild to moderate disabilities certification. You can find detailed information on the programs, contact information, deadlines, and on the public information sessions for these programs by emailing Dr. Prust at Russell.Prust@nau.edu
Click on the program titles to download the flyer for each degree: CREATE (Bachelors degree in Special Ed & Elementary Education), ASSET (masters in Special Ed Mild to Moderate Disabilities with cert.), and LEADERS (Ph.D. grant in CLDE for Special Educators).
You can also attend the info meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the AWC downtown center in room DC 170. Info for that can be downloaded here.
Rick Mires (right), Yuma County Area Manager at Pioneer Title Agency, presented a $25,000 donation to Harry Hengl, president of the Yuma Chapter of the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association. The monetary gift was part of a challenge for the Alumni Association to raise matching funds during the 25th annual NAU Golf Classic at Desert Hills Municipal Golf Course in November 2017. All proceeds benefit scholarship funds to help Yuma-area students attend NAU. Thank you Pioneer Title Agency!
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Grants National Accreditation to NAU Yuma Social Work Program—the First and Only in US to Focus on US Mexico Border Issues and Populations
CSWE President and CEO Delivers Keynote Address at BASW Annual Event
WHAT/WHY: The NAU Yuma Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) Program honors current graduates and welcomes incoming students at its 2018 community potluck, where the CSWE grants accreditation and delivers the keynote address. The BASW program has contributed over $1 million in service learning, community change projects, and community engaged research projects. It is the only accredited social work program in the nation that focuses on US Mexico border issues and populations, and was the recipient of the 2017 Rodney Mather Service Learning Award for its human trafficking project. Twenty-eight BASW students have presented scholarly research papers at international and national conferences. The program recently completed a team teaching project with UABC Guadalupe Victoria and is currently conducting collaborative research on the relationship between social media and staph infection. The program has the best assessment data of any social work program in Arizona of student mastery of the CSWE Core Competencies.
WHO: KEYNOTE SPEAKER—Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, president and chief executive officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
William “Bill” Pederson, principal lecturer and BASW program director at NAU Yuma
Dr. Michael Sabath, NAU associate vice president and CEO at NAU Yuma
Mark Homan, professor and author
Jeremy Arp, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers-Arizona Chapter
Rep. Charlene Fernandez, Arizona House of Representatives
Dr. Larry Gould, professor emeritus at NAU
Dr. Alfredo Padilla, UABC
Dr. Gilberto Aldana, UABC
Dr. Luis Ledesma, UABC
WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2018 from 12-3 p.m.
Media Interview Opportunity: 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Schoening Conference Center—North Wing
3C Building (parking near campus south entrance on E 24th St.)
NAU Yuma/AWC Main Campus
2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
1. Keynote speaker Coffey addressing audience
2. VIPs engaging with social work students, community members during lunch