LC Voice Fall 2012
A Magazine by Residential Learning Community Students.
FEATURES CONTRIBUTORS Abrahan Garibay & Lauren Adoram-Kershner Alex Clemens Amber Diagostine Tomie Barrio table of contents 08 Eco House Learning Community Gets Their Hands Dirty 09 Business Learning Community’s Trip to Purina PetCare 09 Criminal Justice Hears from a Judge 09 Jail Is Pretty Fun- From the Outside of Course! Sue Belatti assistant director of residential learning communities Hello! Welcome to the first edition of “LC VOICE.” We are excited to offer this on-line magazine regarding our Residential Learning Community program here at NAU. As indicated by the title, this magazine contains stories BY current residential learning community students FOR all members of our community. Within these pages you’ll read about exciting opportunities this semester that have brought members of our communities together. Although different in their experiences, the common theme running throughout all is a sense of camaraderie that exists among the learning community students. We hope you enjoy this edition of “LC VOICE.” As members of a residential learning community, we welcome stories about the programs and trips you are sharing with your group. Thanks for being a part of our Community. Eco House Writer Abrahan Garibay & Lauren Adoram-Kershner n Saturday, September 29th, National Public Lands Day, nine Eco House Learning Community members went to work with ecological restoration programs at Grand Canyon National Park. The volunteers spent two days exploring and restoring the natural environment. While some of the volunteers removed the nonnative plants, others re-potted endangered and indigenous plants in the canyon nursery. For the past few decades, invasive plants such as pigweed and horseweed have threatened the native species local to the area. David M., one of the Eco-House volunteers, described the work process, “It was really tough taking out some of the weeds. They had thorns, but we had geopicks! Picks were thrown, and blood was shed!” Yet, beyond the hard work, another Eco-House member summed up the experience, “We slept out under the stars and saw the canyon in the moonlight. It was truly astonishing!” Abrahan G. So in the end, not only did the group help ecologically restore the landscape but they also had a great time! If you are interested in meeting the coolest people around, the Eco House Learning Community meets Tuesdays at 8 pm in the 5th floor Reilly lounge. Writer Kellyanne Brown tudents from the CAL Secondary Education LC got the chance to go to the “Wall Draw” event and draw on the walls. Chyanna Miller commented, “I have so many ideas! I don’t know which one to pick!” Many of the students were excited to express themselves and to draw on the wall without getting in trouble! he CAL Secondary Education LC also had eight faculty members join them for dinner on September 11th. The students mingled and got to know their faculty better and talked about their degrees. Many of the students were eager to know more about the College of Arts and Letters. Faculty cannot wait to work with this group of students. Outdoor Recreation hikes pumphouse wash Criminal Justice goes to jail Writer Tomie Barrio ow would you feel about going to jail, meeting officers, and learning about the criminal justice system? This is what we did in the Criminal Justice Learning Community. We recently visited Coconino County Jail and it was a great learning experience. We took a tour observing inmates, hearing stories about the goings on in the jail, and were able to ask questions freely about anything that came to mind. We looked into their holding area where, depending on their criminal status, people will be put into different “chambers”. When the time comes, they will be moved to a separate and permanent holding area if they proceed within the system. Then we journeyed to areas such as the gym, kitchen, and medical quarters and so on. There were inmates that had visitors and we saw inmates in their daily incarcerated lives. There are 3 cell areas for inmates and the officers code them by their offenses. Misdemeanors are in a different cell than the maximum offenses. There is an area just for juveniles that are tried as adults, yet they are the only ones in the entire jail that get to play basketball. Amazing isn’t it? When we wrapped up with the tour, the officers were very generous in giving us their card in case we wanted to fill out an ap plication! Jail is pretty fun, from the outside of course. Criminal Justice hears from a judge Writer Amber Diagostine he Criminal Justice Learning Community attended the CCJ Club meeting on October 2nd. The club offers many educational and professional events that benefit students within the criminal justice major. This time, we had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker- a retired judge from Flagstaff Superior Court. Judge Van Wyck spoke about his experiences as a judge and more recently as a mediator. He had numerous funny stories and insights about becoming a judge and working in the criminal justice field. It was interesting to learn how varied the job of a judge can be, from ruling on parole violations to hearing a divorce case. The students were able to ask questions and connect with the judge on an informal level. It was a great experience! LC photoshoot!!! Rebecca Swain Thanks to those of you who joined us for the Photo Shoot on October 4, 2012. For those of you who were not able to make it, almost 20 students came to represent the following Learning Communities: CAL Secondary Education, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Education House, Engineering, English, Global Village, Health and Human Services, and Leadership. If you were there, you will probably start seeing your photo showing up on the website or other marketing materials. visits purina Business RLC Writer Alex Clemens f you have ever been on the east side of Flagstaff then you’ve most likely gotten a strong whiff from the Purina PetCare Company. But what exactly is in the factory to produce such a malodorous smell? Recently, students from the Business Learning Community had the opportunity to see how one of Flagstaffs’ top employers operates. The tour of the factory started inside their giant warehouse where we saw stacks of pet food stacked sky high with over fifty forklift trucks rushing around to fill orders for distributors. The warehouse is massive and seemed like an ideal place to play hide and seek. Purina PetCare Company, inclusive of the Flag- staff plant, became the first U.S. manufacture to use renewable solar energy. The tour continued to the quality assurance laboratory and a room that overlooked where the pet food is made from a highly technological advanced machine that is unique to the Purina operation. The tour concluded with the packaging area of the plant and a very cold room that stores ingredients that are used in the pet food. The Flagstaff plant provides its pet food product to five states and sends food as far as New Zealand. That smell from the plant is mainly from the baking of corn and will vary depending on what product they are making that day. Hotel Restaurant Management tours enchantment resort