2014 Spring Gold Axe Awards

Spring 2014 Gold Axe Awards     

We are so proud to honor our Gold Axe Award Winners, as well as the Joe and Marie Rolle Award, Distinguished Seniors and President's Prize Awards. We wish our graduates the best in their post-college lives and remind them that no matter where their paths take them, they are Lumberjacks for life! View the album on our Facebook page or download high-resolution photos at our Flickr page.

NAU-TV: Focus on Alumni Series

Blake Cain, '10

Our friends at NAU-TV have put together some great video profiles on notable alumni. Be sure to check them out:

NAU-TV Profiles: Focus on Alumni

Golden Graduate Reunion

Golden Grads 2013
The Class of 1964 50 year reunion is quickly approaching. Visit our Golden Graduate Reunion page to view event details.

Homecoming Photos

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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

Sam Borozan
Sam Borozan, '57 BS, '61 & '67 MED
Our 2013 Alumni Awards 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 Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumnus/Alumni 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 Dr. Cliff Harkins (1932) Distinguished Citizen 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 Jeff Ferris (1936) Volunteer of the Year

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.
NAUAA Joe and Marie Rolle (1941/1950) Spirit of NAU 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.
Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award
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!

Alumni Spotlight 

Profiles of alumni contributing to a community of distinction.