Honoring our student’s achievements

April 23, 2014, 11:24 am

Social Venture Plan team takes second at SPU competition
Curilight team 4-21-14Last week, April 16, NNU’s Social Venture Plan Team competed at Seattle Pacific Competition and won the Pioneer Award, including a $2,000 prize, and placed the highest ever for an NNU team in the event!

They developed a product that purifies water with a UV light source and provides light from an LED flashlight–both powered by a battery source that is rechargeable using kinetic energy. The result is a creative and practical water purification solution for uses as diverse as backpacking all the way to water needs in developing countries.

The Curilight Team, comprised of Elli Winslow, Todd Carlson, Drew Johnson and Darci Curtin (see pic attached), wanted to find a way to help meet a specific social need around the world, and water purification is a large and fundamental need everywhere.

“The Social Venture Plan Competition is a perfect way to wrap up four years in the NNU School of Business as it brings together all of the theories that we have learned into one tangible project. Through creating a business as a team, we realize and further develop our leadership skills, begin to understand how we react to big changes and high-stress situations, and appreciate how much work it truly is to create and run a sustainable business. The team had a blast working together and designing our business and the Curilight. We utilized new resources, learned the importance of communication, and created something that we are incredibly proud of,” said Darci Curtin.

“I am so proud of the Curilight Team,” said Dr. Mountjoy. “They worked incredibly hard to develop a creative and powerful way to purify water that has a wide range of uses around the world. They performed beautifully as a team at the Seattle Pacific Competition and represented NNU and the School of Business wonderfully. I am proud to be associated with them!”

AMA Collegiate Chapter wins two awards at international collegiate competitionAMA pix
The School of Business is pleased to announce the accomplishment of AMA (American Marketing Association) Collegiate Chapter as a recipient of the “Outstanding Community Service”  and “Outstanding Professional Development” awards.

NNU’s AMA Collegiate Chapter competed in New Orleans against over 350 universities and placed in the top 5% in these categories. Since 2011, the chapter has received recognition for its community service, and this year the AMA chapter increased its efforts to prepare our students by offering marketing certifications in  the areas of market research and networking. Beyond the competitions, the conference provides academic opportunities for our students to learn from industry leaders from companies such as Facebook, Coke and Hershey on relevant marketing issues.

At this year’s conference, Erick Gutierrez (President) and Shantay Swanson (President Elect) represented NNU’s Chapter under the leadership of Dr. Konya Weber as the faculty advisor.

Melodee McGregor recital–only the third freshman recital in NNU’s historyMelodeePhoto resized
The Music Department will present Melodee McGregor in a freshman piano recital Friday, April 25, at 7:30 pm in Rm. 222 of the NNU Fine Arts Building.

This will be only the third freshman recital in the 100-year history of NNU. The first freshman piano recital was played by Dr. Walden Hughes (Melodee’s piano teacher at NNU) in the spring of 1974.  The second freshman recital was performed by Hughes’ student Jeri Keech in the spring of 1983.

Melodee McGregor is a multiple award winner from the Magic Valley who has studied piano for 13 years.  She is the Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholarship Fund Finals 3rd Place Winner (2014); the Magic Valley Symphony Youth Soloist Competition Winner (2012); and the State of Idaho representative for the MTNA Regional Senior Duet Competition (2010 and 2011).

She has received superior ratings for solos, duets, duos, quartets, and a concerto in numerous Twin Falls Music Club Spring Festivals over the years as well.  Melodee has also accompanied choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists, and has performed duets, duos, trios, and quartets for a variety of ensembles and audiences.

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