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2013: A Year of (Good) Change

by Karen Pedersen
Associate Vice President

December 30, 2013

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 lot. 

We’ll keep moving forward, together, in 2014. 

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