The College of Education Celebrates Our Outstanding Students – Spring 2014

Lumberjack pride was worth its weight in gold at a reception Tuesday night where dozens of students were recognized for their contributions to Northern Arizona University.

Three College of Education students received the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements, one student was singled out to receive the university’s highest honor—the President’s Prize while another received Joseph C. and Marie M. Rolle Award for Excellence.

The awards were announced at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Seniors awards banquet at the High Country Conference Center.

The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. It was then that NAU adopted the tradition of awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body. To this day, the gold axe pin is considered the official emblem of the Associated Students of NAU and is presented each semester to recognize students’ outstanding achievements and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.

Students selected for a Gold Axe Award also are eligible for the President’s Prize, considered the highest student recognition from the university. After reviewing all the Gold Axe nominations, a universitywide committee makes its recommendations to the University's President, who then selects the President’s Prize winners.