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Kenny Acord Memorial Silent Auction
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In June of 2006, students and faculty of the Northern Arizona University Anthropology Department were greatly saddened by the death of Kenny Acord, one of the Department’s most promising students. To those who knew him, Kenny was an exceptional person who embodied the best qualities of a professional archaeologist and Southwestern scholar. Kenny was a gifted academic, a determined adventurer and outdoor enthusiast, and an authority on the cultural and natural resources of the Colorado Plateau. He cultivated his love of the Southwest through years working as a river guide, as a professional archaeologist for the National Park Service and other federal agencies, and by completing a Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Northern Arizona University in 2005.

During his tenure at NAU Kenny produced a remarkable example of student research through his thesis, “A Ceramic Inventory and Chronological Analysis of Sinagua Settlement at Walnut Canyon National Monument.” This 300-page study is a ground-breaking contribution to the prehistory of the Flagstaff area that promises to be an important component of the interpretation of Walnut Canyon for many years to come.

The Kenny Acord Memorial Award provides funds to support southwest archaeological field research. To receive the award, students submit proposals and budgets to enhance their field research. Your contribution to this award will help to ensure the continued success of the NAU Anthropology program by attracting bright men and women like Kenny who are the best students in Anthropology. Please join our cause and make a donation to honor Kenny.

A silent auction to benefit the Kenny Acord Memorial Award will be held in Branigar Hall, Thursday, August 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in conjunction with the opening reception for the 2008 Pecos Conference.