Fall 2012 Gold Axe Award winners

 

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

Fall 2012 President's Prize winnersMissy Hoffman, Francisco Naranjo Jr. and Sarah Tang, pictured at right, were singled out among 19 students receiving the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements. The three 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.

Fall 2012 Distinguished SeniorsPictured at right are journalism/ merchandising major Alexa DuMity for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; art education major Jessalyn Carpino for the College of Arts and Letters; hotel and restaurant management/accountancy major Allison Wiltfong for The W.A. Franke College of Business; early childhood education major Marisa Wong Byrnes for the College of Education; and geology major Sarah Bremmer for the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences. Not pictured is public health major Martina Guy for the College of Health and Human Services.

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 GonzalezRene Munoz and David Slipher.

Matthew Bovyn

Matthew Bovyn
Physics and Mechanical Engineering
Stephen Tegler, Physics and Astronomy

Heather Davis

Heather Davis
Mechanical Engineering
Brent Nelson, Engineering

Daniel Driss

Daniel Driss
History
Andrew Griffin, Veterans Affairs

Sariah Faith

Sariah Faith
Computer Information Systems
Mandy Dang, Computer Information Systems

Nathania Garcia

Nathania Garcia
Sociology
T. Mark Montoya, Ethnic Studies

Missy Hoffman

Missy Hoffman
Accountancy
Kathe Shinham, Accounting

John Hunt

John Hunt
Secondary Music Education
Edith Copley, Director of Choral Studies

Catherine Hunter

Catherine Hunter
Elementary Education
Emilie Rodger, College of Education

Haley Lawrence

Haley Lawrence
Physical Education
Ellen Larson, Health Sciences

Alysyn Leonard

Alysyn Leonard
Secondary Art Education
Pamela Stephens, Art Education

Francisco Naranjo

Francisco Naranjo Jr.
Instrumental Music Education
Frank Scott, Piano Studies

Brianna Oliphant

Brianna Oliphant
Psychology
Andrew Walters, Psychology

Andres Preciado

Andres Preciado
Elementary and Special Education
Patricia Peterson, College of Education

Samantha Roan

Samantha Roan
Psychology and Sociology
Andrew Gardner, Psychology

Arianne Rogers

Arianne Rogers
Biology
Maribeth Watwood, Biological Sciences

Richard Schweichler

Richard Schweichler
Music Education
Linda Stamer, School of Music

Marina Smith

Marina Smith
Nursing
Jason Bradley, Nursing

Sarah Tang

Sarah Tang
Biomedical Sciences/ Economics
Kiisa Nishikawa, Biological Sciences

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams
Secondary Education/History and Social Studies
Rick Brandel, Student Life