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President's Prize May 2010
President’s Prize winners, from left, Paloma Ibañez, Jason Simpson, Aleigha Delaney and Arron Shiffer, pose Tuesday night during the Gold Axe Awards Banquet. Photo by Amanda Voisard
Stellar seniors recognized

Four graduating seniors have been singled out to receive the prestigious President's Prize for their exemplary leadership, academic excellence and service to the NAU community.

The awards were announced at the Gold Axe Awards Banquet on Tuesday night at the High Country Conference Center, where the four—Aleigha Delaney, Paloma Ibañez, Arron Shiffer and Jason Simpson—were among 37 students receiving the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements.

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 to recognize students’ outstanding achievement 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 President John Haeger, who then selects the President's Prize winners.

Also during the ceremony, six students were named as Distinguished Seniors by their college:


College of Education
Sara Hernandez   
Elementary Education

College of Health and Human Services
Kristina Schneider
Speech Language Sciences and Technology

College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
Lise Tchouta
Chemistry and Biology

College of Arts
and Letters

Brenda Hooser
Humanities

College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences

Blake Miley
Psychology
Not pictured: The W.A. Franke College of Business' Alex Grasser, Business Economics/Finance

Below are this year’s Gold Axe Award winners, along with the NAU faculty or staff member the students named as having the most significant impact on them during their undergraduate career.

Brittni Aponte
Brittni Aponte
Marketing
Adiam Tesfay
Coordinator
Educational Support
Rachael Biggs
Rachael Biggs
Forestry
Thom Alcoze
Forestry professor
Katie Brooks
Katie Brooks
Nursing
Donna Price
Nursing professor

Aleigha Delaney
Exercise Science
Kevin Gemoets
Coordinator, Greek Life
Marcos Enriquez Jr.
Marcos Enriquez Jr.

English
Gabriel Gurrola
General Maintenance Mechanic, Capital Assets
Joseph Gray
Joseph Gray
Electronic Media and Film, Psychology
Adiam Tesfay
Coordinator
Educational Support
Krystine Haglin
Krystine Haglin
Exercise Science
Wendy Wallace
Director, Educational Support

Kellie Hascall
Psychology
Wendy Wallace
Director, Educational Support
Melvin Hunter
Melvin Hunter
Forestry
Pete Fulé
Associate Professor, Ecological Restoration Institute
Paloma Ibanez
Paloma Ibañez
Environmental Studies
Shelley Silbert
Development Officer, University Development

Jessi Jones
Jessi Jones
Health Sciences: PhysicalEducation/
School Health

Ellen Larson
Senior Lecturer, Health Sciences


Melissa Kucharski
Health Sciences:
Community Health

Amy Laxton
Program Coordinator, Campus Recreation Services
Brie Lieber
Brie Lieber
Chemistry
Wendy Wallace
Director, Educational Support
Wai Kit Ma
Wai Kit Ma
Biology/Chemistry
Matthew Gage
Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Constance Mapoles
Constance Mapoles
Civil Engineering/
Mathematics

Debra Larson
Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Jennifer McClearn
Jennifer McClearn
Elementary Education
Paula Greene
Associate Professor of Education
Megan McPherson
Megan McPherson
Biology
David Pierotti
Biology Professor
Kathleen Mendoza
Kathleen Mendoza
Psychology
Amanda Loveless
Coordinator, Student Life

Kristin Molina
Kristin Molina
Marketing/Management
Susan McKinnon
Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services

Eric Moon
Eric Moon
Finance
Mary Bowers
Senior Lecturer, The W.A. Franke College of Business
Lisa Munson
Lisa Munson
Elementary/
Special Education

Jennifer Prior
Associate Professor
of Education
Marissa Navakuku
Marissa Navakuku
Public Health
Kathleen Frank
Administrative Associate, Applied Indigenous Studies
Megan Oechsner
Megan Oechsner
Music Education
Nancy Sullivan
Senior Lecturer, School of Music

Brandon Rabidou
Public Planning
Rebecca Dawn Hawley
Professor, Geography, Planning & Recreation
Lauren Salter
Lauren Salter
Parks and Recreation Management
Marieke Taney
Instructor, Geography, Planning & Recreation
Arron Shiffer
Arron Shiffer
Physics/Astronomy/
Philosophy

David Cornelison
Chair, Physics and Astronomy
Danielle Shipley
Danielle Shipley
Health Sciences: Community Health
Adiam Tesfay
Program Coordinator, Educational Support
Kaitlin Simonson
Kaitlin Simonson
Choral Music Education
Edith Copley
Professor, School of Music
Jason Simpson
Jason Simpson
American Political Studies
David Schlosberg
Professor, Politics and International Affairs
Sasha Solomonov
Sasha Solomonov
Journalism/Advertising
Julie Schutten
Lecturer, School of Communication

Rachel Swinkey
Rachel Swinkey
Marketing/Finance
Lisa Majure
Associate Professor,
The W.A. Franke College
of Business


Lise Tchouta
Chemistry/Biology
Cindy Browder
Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Tyson Tomao
Tyson Tomao
Hotel and Restaurant Management/Business Management
Wendy Wallace
Director, Educational Support
Stephanie Toner
Stephanie Toner
Nursing
Nora Webster
Adjunct Faculty, Extended Campuses
Susannah Tysor
Susannah Tysor
Biology
Amy Whipple
Assistant Research Professor, Biology
Alison Walker
Alison Walker
Accounting
Craig Bain
Professor, The W.A. Franke College of Business
Emily Ziemba
Emily Ziemba
Merchandising
Judy Everett
Professor, School of Communication
     

 

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