The Graduate College

Spring 2012


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Reflections from the Dean
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Program Notes: New Grad Programs for Fall!
GSG Update
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Time in Tibet
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Collaborative Learning: Problem-Solving in Groups
Finding the Ideal Internship
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Share Your Research/Intern/Performance Photos

The Graduate College would love to receive a few of your best research, internship, or creative activity photos from the coming summer or past year to use on our website and publications, to give us ideas for feature articles, and just to let us know about and share in the exciting things you're doing!

If you're willing, please send original (largest) photo files to Melissa Riggs. And thank you so much!

Help for the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Online Submission Process

A final copy of your finished thesis or dissertation should be submitted online following your defense. There is a new resource to help you through the process smoothly. See an Elluminate ETD training session and other materials at

Reminder: May 9 is the final thesis/dissertation submission deadline for May graduation.

Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony
and Reception

There will be a separate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2 pm for all NAU master's and doctoral students, guests, faculty, and advisers in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.

Graduating students and their families are invited to a reception hosted by the Graduate College immediately following the ceremony in the duBois Center Ballroom. Please join us!

See the graduation website for further details.

Dean Mellott Part of the National Discussion

Ramona Mellott, dean of the Graduate College, serves as a governing board member for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). For more than five decades, CGS has been the national voice for the graduate dean community. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. 

Mellott also has assumed the presidency of the Western Association of Graduate Schools after having served for three years as a member and as president-elect on the executive committee. The association works to improve standards, encourage research, and assists accredited institutions in the western United States, Canada, and the Pacific Rim that offer graduate and doctoral degrees.

Goodbye, and Welcome!

Many of you have worked with Shirley Robinson, NAU Graduate Admissions coordinator. She has been with the Graduate College for more than 25 years, and we have long thought of her as the fount of all knowledge. Robinson will be retiring this June, and we will miss her! Thank you for everything.

April Sandoval
April Sandoval

We are very lucky, however, to have April Mars Sandoval, formerly the administrative associate working with graduate students and faculty in the Department of Forestry, joining our staff in this position. In fact, we are both lucky and absolutely delighted! Welcome to the Graduate College.