Special thanks to Tom Miller, ASU, who made this video!
Monthly Archives: September 2010
The first time I set foot on a college campus, I was 18. The campus was Yavapai College, and although I was excited for all that I would learn, I was also completely terrified! Gone was the comfort of having it all mapped out before me, gone were the days of carefree study… Suddenly, it all meant something, and I had no idea how I was going to make sure I didn’t screw it up.
Fast forward an (undisclosed) number of years, and I’ve had these feet all over the place! From campus to campus, and study abroad, I’ve added on the miles… but always with the same excitement, the same anticipation, and no longer gripping my backpack with terror…
Because college, although a great adventure, is just the beginning. You will learn all manner of skill to help you along your journey, and it instills in you the calm confidence of knowing that YOU are now the captain of your ship.
I look around at all the students, our first students, taking hold of their destinies and I am delighted by their perseverance, their joy, and their dedication. They have jumped on board a vessel just leaving port and they will see great and wonderful things along this maiden voyage.
I can’t imagine better company to be in than these students. Welcome, class of 2013!
Learning Center Coordinator/Student Activities
If there is one value that we at NAU-Yavapai are committed to, it is STUDENT SUCCESS! We are putting many systems in place so that students have maximal opportunity to “make good” on their education opportunity! We have excellent, motivated, caring faculty who are experts in their fields. “The Think Tank,” our learning and resource center, is in full swing. In the Spring, we are instituting “Learning Communities” that allow students to take advantage of the strengths of other students, as well as faculty, staff and the up-to-date technology we have here on campus. All this and more is being instituted so that students can get the most out of their NAU-Yavapai experience.
There is one thing that we CAN’T do, that students have to bring with them. Students have to WANT to succeed. “You have to want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe!” The accompanying videos are motivational and inspirational. And they are RIGHT ON! Ultimately, THE STUDENT is responsible for their learning and their success. We can provide the environment, the opportunity and the tools. Students have to bring the motivation, desire and effort.
As a team—NAU-Yavapai faculty/staff and student—we hope to be in the business of making some dreams come true. Watch and enjoy the videos. Drink in the messages. And JOIN US for the most mind-expanding, exciting three years of your life!
And follow this link to watch The Extra Degree
Looking UP and FORWARD!
Dr. Mark Shelley
Campus Dean, NAU-Yavapai
It’s great to have classes underway at NAU-Yavapai, and to see this new campus coming to life. As I write this, we’ve got students working in the computer lab and others hanging out in the commons, eating lunch and playing guitar.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are especially busy days here. With our hybrid courses, students are in class just two days each week, so the social highlights are definitely on those days. (Hybrid courses have online components, too, so students need to plan for that in their schedules.) Of course, as assignments are due, we see students come in every day for study groups, advising, and computer access.
Jeffery Liu was our first contest winner, guessing with impressive accuracy the number of jelly beans in a jar. And congrats to his classmates, who were the beneficiaries of those jelly beans. Jeffery, it turns out, does not eat candy!
I want to give a big, loud thanks to the staff at NAU-Yavapai, for all they’ve done to make this happen. Special thanks to the stellar summer crew of Jessica Falk, Anna Aper, Kelly Gallagher, and future blogger Martika Flores, who carried the banner for our new campus in all kinds of ways.
It’s an honor to work with a team of people who bring enthusiasm and commitment to all they do. These are exciting times…but we’re just getting started!
~ Susan Johnstad, Ph.D.
Campus Executive Officer
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NAU-Yavapai is finally up and running! The students are settled in their classes, and are ready to learn. The school was buzzing with reporters at Orientation and the first week of class. The “paparazzi” included reporters from the Daily Courier and the Arizona Republic. We are all very excited that this opportunity is now available to everyone. Many students commute from Cottonwood, and a few students are from the tri-city area. At Orientation, we had a wonderful breakfast and had our ID picture taken, introduced ourselves and had an inspirational talk with Nancy Jensen (Student Advisor). We had fun participating in an icebreaker activity called “Move Your Butt,” in which we all learned a little bit more about each other. Next we had a presentation with Susan Johnstad (C.E.O.) and Mark Shelley (Campus Dean) about how to become a successful student. Then we had a delicious lunch provided by Arturo’s. After we were rejuvenated, we were placed in groups and we all enjoyed a scavenger hunt created by Tiffany Antone (Student Activities Coordinator), looking for certain statues, taking pictures, and enjoying the thrill of trying to beat the other teams. We all regrouped, bought our books for the new semester, and then went home. We are already half-way through our first class term, and time is flying by! For upcoming events we are having an essay contest for the month of September. A word of the day is being provided twice a week throughout this month and all Read more »