President's Prize Recipients Fall 2016

President Rita Cheng congratulates President’s Prize recipients Bailey Anderson, left, and Bridger Rodoni during the November ceremony.

Last week, dozens of graduating seniors received honors recognizing them for their contributions to Northern Arizona University.

Twenty-one students received the university’s coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements. Two of the winners—Bailey Anderson and Bridger Rodoni—also received the prestigious President’s Prize for their exemplary leadership, academic excellence and service to the NAU community.

Seven students also were named Distinguished Seniors by their college. The awards were announced at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Seniors awards banquet last week.

Chelsea Karnes

Chelsea Karnes
Theatre, Health Sciences – Fitness Wellness
College of Arts and Letters

Lily Islas

Lilly Islas
Early Childhood Education
College of Education

Sarah Brewer

Sarah Brewer
Nursing
College of Health and Human Services

Cheyanne Mumphrey

Cheyanne Mumphrey
Journalism
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Natelie Blasius

Natelie Blasius
Management
The W.A. Franke College of Business

Not Pictured: Emmett Tsosie, Environmental and Sustainability Studies major, was named the Fall 2016 Distinguished Senior for the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and Nayeli Gonzalez, Social Work major, was named the Fall 2016 Distinguished Senior for Extended Campuses.

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 university-wide committee makes its recommendations to President Rita Cheng, who then selects the President’s Prize winners.

Below are the winners of this semester’s Gold Axe awards, along with the NAU faculty or staff member the students named as having the most significant impact on them during their undergraduate career. View a photo album from the event online.

Bailey Anderson

Bailey Anderson
Elementary Education
President’s Prize Recipient
Dulce Soto, Inclusion and Multicultural Services

Katelyn Ayers

Katelyn Ayers
Biomedical Science
Angela Milkie, Student Learning Centers

Shelby Carlson

Shelby Carlson
Business Management
Sarah Uminski, Undergraduate Retention

Yoko Chavez

Yoko Chavez
Exercise Science, Spanish
Joseph Collentine, Global Languages and Cultures

Brittany Fat-Denatsosie

Brittany Fat-Denatsosie
Nursing
Karen Plager, School of Nursing

Martha Garner

Martha Garner
Psychological Sciences, Women’s and Gender Studies
Honors Program
Meredith Heller, Women’s and Gender Studies

Cameron Gaskin

Cameron Gaskin
Computer Science
Frederick Gooding Jr., Ethnic Studies

Devyn Gray

Devyn Gray
Strategic Communication, Public Relations Emphasis
Kimberly Ott, Assistant to the President for Executive Communications and Media Relations

Chelsea Karnes

Chelsea Karnes
Theatre, Health Sciences – Fitness Wellness
Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy, Theatre 

Andrea Luque Karam

Andrea Luque Karam
Music
Elena SV Flys, Comparative Cultural Studies

Devon McPeek

Devon McPeek
Exercise Science
Jerome Souers, Athletics

Heather Mead

Heather Mead
Microbiology
Bridget Barker, Biological Sciences

Cheyanne Mumphrey

Cheyanne Mumphrey
Journalism
Martin Sommerness, School of Communication

Bridger Rodoni

Bridger Rodoni
Biomedical Science
President’s Prize Recipient
Tinna Traustadottir, Biological Sciences

Isaac Romero, Jr.

Isaac Romero, Jr. 
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Adam Zickerman, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Alyssa Sisson

Alyssa Sisson
Elementary Education
Elizabeth Taylor, College of Education: Teaching and Learning

Cristian Tafoya

Cristian Tafoya
Civil Engineering
Edward Smaglik, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Gabriella Verdugo

Gabriella Verdugo
Strategic Communication
Amy Dryden, School of Communication

Alana Weber

Alana Weber
Environmental Science, Modern Languages
Honors Program
Cori Cusker, Housing and Residence Life

Miriam Zveitel

Miriam Zveitel
Biomedical Science 
Honors Program
David Pierotti, Biological Sciences 

Not Pictured: Nayeli Gonzalez, Social Work major, received the Gold Axe award and named William Pederson, NAU-Yuma, as her educator of influence.