FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Robert Watson needed a summer job like most college students. He let his coaches know and was setup with an interview with the help of the athletics department's 60+60=1 summer job campaign.
NAU Athletics and its football program targeted providing opportunities for its student-athletes to stay in Flagstaff to work and attend classes. It has been a success model for programs across the conference and nation and Watson is a shining example of the by-product of the program.
Watson, who is from Long Beach, Calif., was hired by the Northern Arizona University Marketing department to help with the development of the university's new web site. He has made an impact with his work ethic and productivity.
"Robert has been a major contributor to this process," said Sandra Kowalski, Director of NAU's University Marketing Department. "He was brought on board as a web publisher. Web publishing involves extreme attention to details, the ability to problem-solve on the fly, and persistence. Robert learned the process very quickly, and from day one has been a major contributor. He has trained other members of the team in the process, and makes himself available to assist when others encounter difficulty. To give you an idea of the scope of the project, the university's site is comprised of more than 300 individual sites."
The new website is scheduled to go live this weekend.
"Robert has been great," said Trey McCallie, the University Marketing webmaster. "He hit the ground running with publishing all these new websites. He has been great to work with and has fit right in with the team. He is great with the technology and took the initiative on several things. He has really enabled us to get all the content that we have for the launch. We would not have been able to do that without students like Robert."
Watson, a 2011 Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient, is proud of his efforts.
"It is going to be nice when my parents and other people go online to say I was part of that," said Watson.
Watson is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in anthropology and hopes to be an FBI agent or police detective after his collegiate career.
"I am pretty sure this computer experience will help me down the line," said Watson.
Watson hopes to have a similar impact on the field for the Lumberjacks this season. A 2010 graduate of Los Alamitos High School, he was a four-year letter winner and starter in high school. He made an early impact in fall camp last year but suffered a late injury that sidetracked his first season.
"The first year went pretty good," said Watson. "I was disappointed I got hurt in the last scrimmage right before the season started. But I am excited to get back out there and work hard. I want to get on the field, play some special teams and travel. I am excited for camp to start."