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

Current award winner

Kimberly Ott, is the 2016 Joe and Marie Rolle Spirit of NAU Award Winner.


This award recognizes an alumna or alumnus who radiates the spirit of Northern Arizona University.

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.

About Joe and Marie Rolle

Joe was a member of Chain Gang, played basketball, and was both student body president and homecoming king.

As an alumnus, he was a member of the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association Past President's Club and, together with wife Marie, received the Distinguished Alumni Couple Award in 1998. Joe was administrator for Arizona State College/Northern Arizona University for 36 years, with his last post as dean of Student Services.

Marie managed the Northern Arizona University bookstore and worked in career placement. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she and Joe 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.