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Cheryl Peachey, Assistant Professor of Northern's Radiologic Technology Program, Wins Elsevier Award

Cheryl Peachey and Mike FrainCheryl Peachey is a full-time assistant professor and clinical coordinator of the radiologic technology program. This past semester she answered a call for essays and entered one through the ACERT (Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology) and Elsevier publishing faculty development scholarship committee. The essay was on the use of technology in both didactic and clinical aspects regarding student learning in the radiologic technology program.
During the presidents luncheon at this year’s ACERT conference Cheryl was awarded a $1,000.00 check from Elsevier for innovation in connection with clinical and didactic instruction. This award will go to good use as Cheryl continues working on her master’s degree in radiologic science from Weber State.

Ms. Peachey is pictured above with Northern's radiologic program director, Mike Frain.


Matt Leder New Director of Music at Northern

Picture of Matt LederFebruary, 2013
From the International Trumpet Guild's "News From The Trumpet World"

Matt Leder has recently been appointed Director of Music/Assistant Professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española, New Mexico.

Prior to this appointment, Leder served on the faculties of Brown University, Community College of Rhode Island, St. George's School (RI), Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Camp (MI), the University of Colorado at Denver, and is frequently requested as a guest artist/clinician throughout the United States. Leder served over eight years as an active duty musician in the United States Navy and served almost four years in the Air National Guard Music Program.

He is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans and a BM in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University. While at UNO, he was a member of the acclaimed Louis Armstrong Quintet. Leder has studied with Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Irvin Mayfield, Clyder Kerr, and many others.

Leder has a wide variety of experiences including selection into the International Association of Jazz Educators All Star Collegiate Big Band, performances at Carnegie Hall, Birdland and Symphony Hall (Boston, MA), a theater stint in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (shows with Steve Gatlin and the stars of the Lawrence Welk Show), a national tour with "In the Mood", and has performed in supporting ensembles for Bob Mintzer, Benny Green, Melton Mustafa, Nicholas Payton, and Ellis Marsalis. He has also been recognized in Down Beat, All Hands, and the ITG Journal. More information can be found on his web site (

Retiring Business Administration Chair Drucilla Duran has served Northern for 41 Years

Retiree Drucilla DuranMay 22, 2012

Drucilla Duran started working for Northern in 1971, back when it was a vocational-technical school. She has seen the institution through many changes. This month she will retire from her position as chair of Business Administration. Lori Baca will become the new Chair of that department.

Although she will be officially retired, Duran will continue to teach some classes at the College. In fact, she says, “I kind of hate to leave. I feel a lot of positive energy because of all the innovations that are going on here. I see this college going into a new era.”

Duran will use her time off mostly to spend time with her family, do some gardening, maybe even take a trip to Spain…but mostly, she says, she will just enjoy herself. She also plans to re-read some of “the classics,” such as Moby Dick and Don Quixote. She specified that she would especially like to read Don Quixote in Spanish. Duran is pictured, above right, with administrative assistant, Adela Chavez. She was honored at a reception for all retirees on May 22, 2102.

NORTHERN Engineering Faculty selected for 2011 NSF CAREER Award Regional Forum 

Jorge CrichignoOctober, 2011

Dr. Jorge Crichigno, assistant professor in Northern’s Engineering Department, has been awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2011 CAREER Award Regional Forum.

The forum will be held at Louisiana State University on November 8th and 9th, 2011. This NSF-funded program offers awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. These activities build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. The New Mexico EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Collaborative Research) program is partnering with the CAREER program to help New Mexico universities expand their research capacity and assist new faculty in developing a strong foundation for their research and educational programs.

Dr. Crichigno joined the Northern faculty shortly after receiving his PhD degree in computer engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2009.  His current research interests include wireless and optical networks, graph theory, mathematical optimization, and undergraduate STEM education. He has served as a reviewer for a number of journals in his discipline and as a review panelist for NSF STEM undergraduate education initiatives.