2007 Award Recipients

07 Award Winners 

2007 Alumni Award recipients, L-R: Clifford Alexander, Jeanne Fisher, Rhian Evans Allvin, Dewey "Dick" Powell, John Campbell, NAU President John Haeger. 

John Campbell

NAUAA Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumnus of the Year 

1964 BS Physical Education
1969 BS Physical Education

John Campbell's nomination speaks of him as "a pebble in a pond changing the world one ripple at a time." His dynamic influence began with impressive personal and academic achievements at NAU, where he was president of Sigma Chi Omega fraternity, a member of Chain Gang, Homecoming King, and a Gold Axe Award recipient.

In his vocation, during 32 years as a teacher in the Phoenix Union High School District at South Mountain and Alhambra High Schools, John's talent and goodwill permeated the lives of his students, their parents, and his peer educators. He has demonstrated consummate commitment to each of his many roles: as a fair and enthusiastic umpire, coach, Boy Scout scoutmaster; as a skilled and dedicated negotiator and advocate for the Phoenix Union Classroom Teachers' Association; and as president, presenter and champion of senior issues for the Arizona Education Association (AEA)-Retired Association. A lifelong educator, he continues to participate in the Intergenerational Mentoring Program, an AEA-sponsored project. Whether mentoring young teachers or volunteering as a "cuddler" of sick and premature infants at Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital, his compassionate and effective volunteerism has often served as an answered prayer.

John Campbell's contributions to his community, gracing the lives of his fellow citizens across the full spectrum of generations, make him a worthy and extraordinary heir to the legacy of Dwight Patterson, and the NAU Alumni Association is indebted to him for his nonpareil example of genteel, proactive citizenship.

Dewey "Dick" Powell

NAUAA Dr. Cliff Harkins (1932) Distinguished Citizen of the Year 

1966 BS Marketing

There is an old Russian proverb: "Don't buy the house; buy the neighborhood." With a powerful personal investment in his beloved community of Casa Grande, Arizona, Dewey Powell may very well be the quintessential good neighbor.

As owner of Powell Feed & Supply & Western Wear, a 57-year fixture in Casa Grande, Dewey has certainly boosted area commerce. Thinking of both present and future, however, he has journeyed beyond his own personal concerns to labor in the city's economic trenches as both a member of the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Greater Casa Grande Valley Economic Development Association. Dewey is not one to shy away from a challenge, and his committee work has delved into the intricacies of city budget and planning, building and development, and public safety. His communal diligence has also extended to youth advocacy as a 4-H Club Adult Leader; to law enforcement as a Life Member and Past President of the West Pinal County Sheriff's Posse and an officer in the Arizona National Guard; and as an ambassador of diversity for the O'Odham Tash Indian Days Celebration.

In his award nomination, Dewey Powell is lauded as an unquenchable resource to his community, a talented policy maker, and a distinguished civic-minded person who exempts nobody from his good offices. The NAU Alumni Association thanks Dewey for his integrity of service, and his implicit philosophy that with good neighbors, there will be no need for good fences.

Rhian Evans Allvin

NAUAA Jeff Ferris (1936) Volunteer of the Year 

1994 BS Hotel & Restaurant Management

Any graduate of NAU would be proud of the compliment bestowed on Rhian Evans Allvin in her award nomination: "She epitomizes the NAU image: extremely effective but caring." Rhian's enthusiasm and empathy have already become trademarks of her outstanding professional and volunteer efforts.

At NAU, Rhian won the coveted President's Prize and served as a student regent on the Arizona Board of Regents. She demonstrated her dedication to the body politic by working as Southern Arizona Field Coordinator for Eddie Basha's gubernatorial run. True to her spirit of stewardship, she helped donors connect their philanthropic interests with community needs at the Arizona Community Foundation. In key positions at Libraries for the Future and Children's Action Alliance, Rhian became a fierce proponent of high quality early childhood education. She spent four years nurturing Arizona's recent successful Ballot Initiative on Early Childhood Education, and was then appointed by Governor Napolitano to the implementation board. Rhian currently heads the Brecon Group, consulting in public and financial policy, advocacy and philanthropic advisory services.

From extensive work throughout the state of Arizona, Rhian Evans Allvin has an instinctive, intimate knowledge of both urban and rural communities, and has developed strong personal relationships at every community level. Her nomination commends "an accomplished, amazing person, who inspires hope for the future." The NAU Alumni Association is proud of Rhian and grateful for her ability to effect positive change, her superlatively intelligent focus on our future, and above all the enduring gift of her human touch.

Clifford Alexander

1994 BS Political Science

Jeanne Fisher

1992 BA Psychology
1994 MA Psychology

NAUAA Joe and Marie Rolle (1941/1950)Spirit of NAU Award 

Special congratulations from NAU's own beloved Joe and Marie Rolle to Cliff Alexander and Jeanne Fisher, whom they have hand-selected to honor with their eponymous Spirit of NAU Award. Jeanne and Cliff have been involved in key university organizations: Jeanne is in her second term on the NAU Foundation board, and Cliff is current president of the Alumni Association board, serving in the sixth year of his term. Frequent patrons of campus events and annual donors, their commitment and spirit for NAU is to be celebrated.