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Fall 2008


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Program Notes: M.A. in Sustainable Communities
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Weaving Parachutes
In Good Hands
Why Wait? Dissertations and Theses From Day One
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Nicole Tracy-Ventura

Nicole Tracy-Ventura, '08 Ph.D. in applied linguistics, received an appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow in Spanish linguistics at Southampton University in the United Kingdom. She will work on a project related to the acquisition of grammatical forms needed to express tense and aspect in the Spanish of second language learners.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, the UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns on issues of importance to business, the public sector, and government. As a postdoctoral fellow, Tracy-Ventura will work on collection, analysis, interpretation and publication of additional primary data from users of Spanish.

During her graduate career at NAU, Tracy-Ventura was a research assistant, a teaching assistant in Spanish, an instructor in composition and the Program in Intensive English, and an instructor of graduate applied linguistics courses during summer sessions.


Adaline Lacy Tsingine

The Association of American Indian Physicians selected Lacy Tsingine, '08 M.Ed. in school counseling and a drug and alcohol counselor at Gray Hills High School in Tuba City, as one of 12 counselors nationwide to attend the Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative June 21-29 in Washington, DC. The program prepares American Indian/Alaska Native high school students to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a career in the health professions or biomedical research.

"It was an honor being selected to work with American Indian high school students from around the country," Tsingine said. "I believe this opportunity will expand their minds to areas of concern that should be addressed in Indian Country to promote positive tribal building, sovereignty, and unity. The experience also strengthened my skills and knowledge about being a counselor. I will take what I have learned back to my community to better serve our students, parents, and faculty."

Lacy Tsingine and students 
Michaelle Tauson
Michaelle Tauson in Ecuador with the Peace Corps

NAU alumna Michaelle Tauson, '06 B.A., is one of 35 new Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars selected from 957 nominations submitted by colleges and universities across the country. She is the first NAU student to be selected for this award, which funds as much as $50,000 per year for up to six years of graduate study.

With the support of the JKCF scholarship, Tauson will pursue a master’s degree in international development and human rights at the University of Denver next fall followed by doctoral work at a university of her choice. See her story.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established in 2000 to help individuals of exceptional promise who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. The foundation receives approximately 1,000 nominations each year for its graduate scholarship program, making it among the largest and most competitive scholarships in the U.S.