What is your favorite month of the year?

August because it is the start of a new school year 🙂

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What is your favorite Halloween costume?

The Gaucho! We think everyone should have dressed as a Gaucho this year.

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Season Opens for Lobsters in Japan: Ama Dive

Ise-ebi (Panulirus japonicus, lobster) season opened October 1 in the Ise-Shima area of Mie Prefecture. Whereas most fishermen use nets to catch these animals at night, the Ama of Goza Town dive for lobster during the day. One Ama in particular has developed her own specialized tool to catch these spiny crustaceans (see Photo 1). Continue reading

Fushimi Inari Taisha Celebrates 1300 Years

Fushimi Inari Taisha (head shrine) honors Inari – the Shinto god of rice. Established in 711 AD, Fushimi Inari’s 1,300th anniversary was celebrated last weekend: October 8, 9 and 10.  Tens of thousands of people came to celebrate with prayers, traditional music and dances, as well as more modern entertainment (Photos 1-4, and Taiko drum video, parts 1 and 2)

Photo 1: The go-honden (main shrine) of Fushimi Inari Taisha. The fresh wooden signs (lower left) carry the names of Tennou Heika (the Emperor, the largest sign on the left) and his family. Continue reading

NAU Student voices

In April of 2010 I attended the ACA conference held at GCC which highlighted the true beauty of the GCC/NAU connection. It was both an honor and a privilege to attend as an NAU Alumni and support the students who were approaching their culmination of their undergraduate experience with NAU.  It was an emotional day for me… I miss that community terribly and loved to see the growth, competence and confidence of the graduates.

The greatness of the day was solidified with the attendance of Dr. Michael Hyde as the keynote speaker for both the conference and the Honors Induction Ceremony for the NAU Students. After working so long in research and science he was stunned to see such a close and supportive community of colleagues and faculty between the NAU and GCC community. He gave pause to question… “Why aren’t more collegiate communities like this one?” What a great testament to the success of NAU!

I give great credit to the openness, care and support of Dr. Baker, Norma Peru-Ray and the GCC faculty, namely Dr. Reed and Dr. Joraanstad who stayed till the very end of the day to celebrate with each student. I also give my thanks to this 2+2 program and this NAU community. I wouldn’t be where I am today or have the hope for the possibilities of tomorrow without it.

~ Liz

Elizabeth Elkes, 2009 graduate