Whew! This has been a year of big changes, both for NAU-Extended
Campuses and for our graduates.
This year, we were the first public university to offer
competency-based degrees that let your earn credits based on what you know,
not how long you sit in class.
We celebrated the first graduates of NAU-Yavapai, the
concurrent-enrollment nursing program, and the new Logistics &
Supply Chain Management program.
NAU was also ranked as the #1 school in Arizona for
online affordability as well as the top school for military veterans
in the state (and the Southwest). Oh, and we launched this new website.
But, of course, my favorite changes of 2013 were the ones
you made. Here are a few of the big changes some NAU-Extended Campuses alumni
made this year:
Randy Mahlerwein became principal of Cooley
Middle School in Gilbert.
Mark Engle became the business services director
for the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center.
Jenny Torres became the community development
director of San Luis.
Dan Hurst became the assistant principal at Muir
Middle School in Huron Valley.
Amy Conover became a room teacher at Sturgis
Elementary in Sturgis.
David Luna was appointed to serve as a council
member from District 5 by the Mesa City Council.
Brian Johnson was honored for his successful
peer-tutoring program at Desert Valley High School in Phoenix.
Sean Murray became Family Nurse Practitioner at
Verde Valley Guidance Clinic in Cottonwood.
Namsey Bridgeford became a kindergarten teacher
at Cambridge Preparatory Academy in Arizona City.
Danielle Isabelle-Berrien became the director of
Career Services at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville?.
Gail Rankin found innovative ways to help older
adults age well.
Scott Tiffany became the executive director of
the Mid-Valley Behavior Care Network in Salem.
Lavender Gee received NAU's prestigious Gold Axe
award for outstanding achievements and distinguished service.
Tom Cox became principal of Fountain Hills
Charter School in Fountain Hills.
What did you accomplish in 2013? Tell us your story.
While we all take this short break to catch our collective
breath and be with friends and family, please take a moment to reflect on all
that you have personally accomplished this year. I am sure it was quite a
We’ll keep moving forward, together, in 2014.