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Outstanding seniors earn
high honors at Gold Axe Awards

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

Jessalyn Carpino, Dennis Kan, Mary Zuniga and Andrew Sarracino, pictured right, were singled out among 45 students receiving the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements. The four also received 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 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 President John Haeger, who then selects the President's Prize winners.

Also at the reception, six students were named as Distinguished Seniors by their college. Pictured at right are marketing, finance and management major Pascal K. Tang for The W.A. Franke College of Busines; mechanical engineering major Adam Yoder for the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences; advertising major Chelsea Bednarz for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; elementary education major Damon McHenry for the College of Education; dental hygiene major Laurel George Hargis for the College of Health and Human Services; and Hayley Fenton, English, political science and history major for the College of Arts and Letters.

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.

Photos by Bianca Gonzalez and Rene Munoz.

Alcorn_Nathan
Nathan Alcorn

Journalism
Sara Jean Gilbert
Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation

Appleton_Emily
Emily Appleton

Psychology
Andy Walters
Psychology

Bianca Borbeck
Bianca Borbeck

Anthropology
Michael Vasquez
Anthropology

Brunson_Christine
Christine Brunson

Social Work
Jamie Patton
Multicultural Student Center

Byers_Chelsea
Chelsea Byers

Political Science
Jennifer Musial
Women's and Gender Studies

Jessalyn Carpino
Jessalyn Carpino

Art Education
Pamela Stephens
School of Art

Roberto Cruz Esparza
Roberto Cruz Esparza

Biology and Spanish
Jamie Patton Multicultural Student Center

Cwiekowski_Allyson
Allyson Cwiekowski

Biomedical Science
Andre Luciano
Athletics

Davis_Briana
Briana Davis

Speech-Language Sciences and Technology
Shari Ross-Altarac
School of Communication

Frost_Holly
Holly Frost

Political Science
Diana Ulrey
Athletics

Gonzalez_Christian
Christian Gonzalez

Psychology
Valeria Chase
Multicultural Student Center

Greene_Ciarra
Ciarra Greene

Chemistry
Jani Ingram
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Harbison_Samantha
Samantha Harbison

Interdisciplinary Studies
Ulysses Campos
Residence Life

George_Laurel
Laurel George
Hargis
Dental Hygiene
Tricia Moore

Dental Hygiene

Kristen Hughes
Kristen Hughes
Spanish and English
Katie Sheridan
Honors

Hunt_Chase
Chase Hunt

Public Relations
Art Farmer
Student Life

Maria Hunter
Maria Hunter
Criminal Justice
Rebecca Maniglia
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Megan Hunter
Megan Hunter
Psychology
Traci Harvey Multicultural Student Center

Imonode_Janet
Janet Imonode

Public Health
Deborah Harris
Student Life

Johnston_Sara
Sara Johnston

Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology
Karla Hackstaff
Women's and Gender Studies

Kagwa_Faith
Faith Kagwa

Political Science and Sociology
Pete Yanka
Health and Learning Center

Kamper_Joseph
Joseph Kamper

Biomedical Science
Stan Lindstedt
Biological Sciences

Dennis Kan
Dennis Kan
Nursing
Wendy Wallace
Educational Support

Kimoto_Bryan
Bryan Kimoto

Philosophy
Julie Piering
Philosophy

Lee_Quentin
Quentin Lee

Vocal Music
Judith Cloud
School of Music

MacLennon_Eric
Eric MacLennan

Physics and Astronomy
David Trilling
Physics And Astronomy

McGillicuddy_Colleen
Colleen McGillicuddy

Elementary Education and Spanish
Bob Neustadt
Modern Language

McHenry_Damon
Damon McHenry

Elementary Education
James Manley
College of Education

Lisette Michaels
Lisette Michaels
Speech-Language Pathology
William Culbertson
Health Sciences

Ojeda_Yemile
Yemile Ojeda

Marketing and Spanish
Karen Schairer
Modern Language

Olson_Chloe
Chloe Olson

Business Marketing
Rick Brandel
Student Life

Deanna Peterson
Deanna Peterson
Dental Hygiene
Tricia Moore
Dental Hygiene

Price_Lauren
Lauren Price

Advertising and Public Relations
Daniel Foster
School of Communication

Rimsza_Rebecca
Rebecca Rimsza

Biomedical Science
Glenn Hansen
Honors

Kristina Rodriguez
Kristina Rodriguez
Biomedical Science
Jamie Patton
Multicultural Student Center

Sarracino_Andrew
Andrew Sarracino

Management and Computer Information Systems
Daisy Purdy
Ethnic Studies

Katie Shea
Katie Shea
International Affairs and Political Science
Robyn Martin
Honors Program

Soma_NoelNoel Soma
Applied Indigenous Studies and Political Science
Kathleen Frank
Native American Cultural Center

Steuby_Samantha
Samantha Steuby

Anthropology
Rebecca Scarnati
School of Music

Talkington_Lauren
Lauren Talkington

International Relations and Business Economics
Wendy Campione
The
W.A. Franke College of Business

Thompson_Kaitlin
Kaitlin Thompson

Political Science
Naomi Pinion
Politics and International Affairs

Wendt_Erin
Erin Wendt

Choral Music Education/Vocal Performance
Edith Copley
School of Music

Hong Yu
Hong Yu
Computer Information Systems
Pin Ng
The W.A. Franke College of Business

Zaad_Roxanne
Roxanne Zaad

Criminology and Criminal Justice
Christine Arazan
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Zuniga_Mary
Mary Zuniga

Biology
Diane Stearns
Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

 
 

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