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By Student Blogger, James Moench In an effort to integrate NAU-Yavapai students with various city governments and policies, the school has sought out guest speakers to host open discussions in the lounge at the school. Previously, Prescott Valley town manager Larry Tarkowski was invited to speak on behalf of the town of Prescott Valley. Mr. Tarkowski presented the group of NAU-Yavapai students with a wide variety of issues, ranging from water management to the debate over the construction of a private prison. The students’ reactions were very positive. Josh Kunze, an Entrepreneurship student, remarked on the discussion, “I felt what we were discussing was very applicable for my degree and future career.” The other students were in agreement; everyone enjoyed the guest speaker and thought the information was pertinent and interesting. Afterwards, it was decided that the school should continue inviting guest speakers to host discussions with the students. Recently, another town manager was invited to host a discussion at NAU-Yavapai. Michael Scannell, the new Chino Valley town manager, visited NAU-Yavapai this past Tuesday to discuss similar municipal issues. The students gathered in the lounge again, and prepared to engage in another Socratic discussion. Mr. Scannell began by introducing himself and talking about his experience. He then transitioned into talking about issues similar to what Mr. Tarkowski had mentioned a couple weeks prior, speaking about sustaibability and water management in our region. “The consciousness [on sustainability] has grown as of late,” he continued, “and is becoming more mainstream, out of Read more »