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There’s a lot to be excited about at NAU-Yavapai this week- We just launched our totally revamped and totally awesome Website, our students and faculty are wrapping up the Spring II Session with enthusiasm to spare, and we have a whole new cohort of incoming students prepping to join our Summer Session in two weeks… Plus (and here’s the really fun part) we’re on the cusp of a two-week break that I am lovingly dubbing “Sprummer Break” (until someone comes up with a better name than that – please, someone?) And, since many of our students, faculty, and (hopefully) staff too, will be taking advantage of the beautiful Prescott Valley weather, we thought it fitting to offer up a list of “Must Reads” to accompany your lazy Sprummer Break days by the lake, the pool, or the spa. (* summaries re-posted from Amazon.com) Susan Johnstad reads A Prayer for Owen Meany every spring: Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend’s mom with a baseball and believes–accurately–that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. John Irving’s novel, which inspired the 1998 Jim Carrey movie Simon Birch, is his most popular book in Britain, and perhaps the oddest Christian mystic novel since Flannery O’Connor’s work. Irving fans will find much that is familiar: the New England prep-school-town setting, symbolic amputations of man and beast, the Garp-like unknown father of the narrator (Owen’s orphaned best friend), the rough comedy. The scene Read more »
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By Monica Guiterrez, student blogger This past Thursday, March 31, NAU-Yavapai had the pleasure of hosting Laurie Hadley at the Brown Bag Speaker Series. The day brought with it an air of excitement in having a female speaker talk to the students about leadership, especially in a predominately-male field such as government. She brought with her many years of experience in a variety of professional positions, including her current position as Interim City Manager of Prescott, AZ. She spoke to us about putting our face out there and searching out new opportunities to get involved in whatever it is that interests us. The more doors that you knock on, the better chance you have of finding the one that suits you best. Ms. Hadley also addressed a question asked by NAU-Yavapai Community Development & Sustainability student, Jason Studley: If you’re not exactly sure of what you want to do and are possibly interested in government, get your foot in the door. Try out the position, meet people from other departments, and keep your eyes open for opportunities in any department that piques your interest. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and meet someone. Make that first impression and you have a better chance of that person remembering your face and/or name. It was immensely inspiring to hear Lori Hadley speak. NAU-Yavapai has given its students such wonderful opportunities to hear several superb speakers, such as Larry Tarkowski, Richard Parker, and Michael Scannel. Each one has shared their experiences and Read more »