Calling All Northern Arizona Alumni
We're teaming up with the Arizona Daily Sun
to bring you a special edition insert of local alumni profiles. Promote yourself in your local community by sending us an updated profile with your favorite NAU memory. The publication will run in early May and the deadline for submissions is April 4. We'll run your profile free of cost, so what are you waiting for? Download the Alumni Profile submission form
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Fall 2013 Gold Axe Awards
Congratulations to all of the Gold Axe, President's Prize, and Distinguished Senior Award Winners who were honored on November 13 in Ashurst Auditorium. Your success and accomplishments are deserving of acknowledgement and we are proud to recognize you! View the album and download hi-resolution images on our Flickr page
Be sure to check out all of the memorable events from the 89th Annual Homecoming on our Flickr Page
, including the Weatherford Breakfast, Homecoming Parade, Tailgating, and the Halftime Recognition and Awards!
NAU Alumni Association Alumni Awards
NAUAA Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumnus/Alumni of the Year
Read all about our 2013 Alumni Award Winners: Ralph Hopkins, '86 MS
, Anthony "Tony" Agnello, '71 BS
, Tom Bremser, '73 BS
, Sam Borozan, '57 BS, '61 & '67 MED
, Chris Petroff, '03 BS
and Josh Aldred, '03 BSE
It's that time of year again, and we are finished reviewing submissions for the 2013 Alumni Awards. The winners were announced during halftime at the Homecoming football game. This year, we added a new award, the Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award, bringing our total to five different award categories:
NAUAA Dr. Cliff Harkins (1932) Distinguished Citizen of the Year
Dwight was president of the Alumni Association in 1946. He won both the Alumni Service Award and the Distinguished Citizen Award. He was responsible for bringing major league baseball to the state and was chosen to toss out the first ball at BOB to initiate big league baseball in Arizona when the Diamondbacks played their very first game. He was also called "Mr. Mesa," because he was the driving force for Mesa clean government. He was a landowner and financial investor. He was a giant in education, serving on the Board of Regents, State Board of Public Instruction and Community College Board. Dwight was also a great football player for NAU, inducted into the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 1999.
Award Description: This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has achieved outstanding success in his or her professional career. Service to NAU or the Alumni Association is not a requirement. Preference is given to those who have earned degrees from NAU.
NAUAA Jeff Ferris (1936) Volunteer of the Year
Cliff was president of the Alumni Association in 1938. He was State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Arizona, as well as the Superintendent of Madison District in Phoenix during his 50-year career in education. He pioneered education advancement for the state of Arizona and won the Distinguished Citizen Award. Cliff died in 1992.
Award Description: This award recognizes distinguished service to nonprofit organizations; governmental assignments at the municipal, county, state or federal level; or other outstanding service as a citizen.
NAUAA Joe and Marie Rolle (1941/1950) Spirit of NAU Award
Jeff is a past president of the Alumni Association, serving in 1977. He also was one of the original artists for the Lumberjack logo used by the University today. While in school, Jeff participated in AZ Playmakers, Pi Kappa Epsilon and was a PINE editor. He received the Alumni Service Award and worked for the State of Arizona Tax commission. Jeff died in 1999.
Award Description: This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated sustained interest and loyalty to the NAU Alumni Association and/or the University as a whole. Individuals who have shown initiative in serving NAU receive extra consideration. The nominee need not be a graduate, although he or she must have attended NAU.
Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award
Joe was a member of Chain Gang, played basketball, and was both student body president and homecoming king. He is a member of the NAUAA Past President's Club and, together with wife Marie, received the Distinguished Alumni Couple Award in 1998. Joe was administrator for ASC/NAU for 36 years, with his last post as Dean of Student Services. Marie managed the NAU bookstore and worked in career placement. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where they met, and a longtime booster of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. Supporters of alumni scholarships and athletics, the Rolle family established the Joseph and Marie Rolle Award for Excellence. Joe passed away in February 2011.
Award Description: This award recognizes an alumna or alumnus who radiates the spirit of NAU. They should consistently show their support to the university, whether by attending all athletic events or staying involved with legislative matters or other efforts. This person's devotion to the university should be prominent and ongoing throughout his or her life.
The NAU Alumni Association created this award in 2013 to recognize those who have demonstrated accomplishments of significant importance at an early state in his/her career. Examples of award worthy accomplishments are achievements in their respective vocational field that brings distinction to the individual, recognition to Northern Arizona University, innovations to industry, or benefits to communities.
Award Description: This award recognizes a young alumnus/alumna who has achieved outstanding success in their professional career in a relatively short amount of time. Service to NAU or the NAU Alumni Association is not a requirement. Nominees must have graduated within the last 10 years. Alumni of both graduate and undergraduate degrees are eligible for this award.
To make a nomination, please complete the Alumni Awards Nomination Form (Word Doc). Please submit form as an attachment via email to Rosanne.Burton@nau.edu. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014. Winners will be notified prior to the public and will be asked to join us during Homecoming Weekend for the official public announcement. We look forward to reviewing the nominations!
2013 Spring Gold Axe Awards
A very special congratulations to all the students and faculty/staff mentors who attended the event. It was great to see you all recognized for your hard work and contributions. Photo highlights from the event can be found at the bottom of the page, or at our Facebook page
Homecoming 2012 - Thanks to All the Alumni, Friends, Family, and Volunteers for Your Participation
Photos: Be sure to check out the NAU Alumni Flickr Page
and view pictures from the weekend's events, including: the Annual Recognition Lunch, Alumni Breakfast at the Weatherford, Homecoming Parade, V-12 Memorial Dedication, Tailgate Party, Football Game, and much more.
Other Alumni News
Watch a video of the signing of the True Blue NAU mural location in downtown Flagstaff.
Alumni & Friends Events
Alumni Travel Opportunities for 2013 and 2014.
Profiles of alumni contributing to a community of distinction.InnovatorsAdvocatesMentorsAchieversPioneers