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PUBLISHER, Susan Schroeder
MANAGING EDITOR, Krista Perkins, ’98 KRISTA.PERKINS@NAU.EDU
EDITOR, Anne Walden ANNE.WALDEN@NAU.EDU
NAU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT Clifford E. (Kip) Alexander III, ’94, Flagstaff
VICE PRESIDENT Barbara McCloud, ’78, Phoenix
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Sam Leyvas, ’97, Phoenix
TREASURER Wayne L. Connelley, ’76, Phoenix
SECRETARY/PARLIAMENTARIAN Ira Greenspan, ’71, Phoenix
Marc Atonna, ’95, Tempe LaTrice Brewster, ’92, Denver, Colo. John Clark, ’77 & ’80, Oracle Joy Gaeraths, ’98 & ’05, Chandler Heidi Harvey, ’72, Tonto Basin José E. Herrera, ’96 & ’01, Gilbert Debra Himes, ’75, Gilbert Yvette Martin, ’92, Phoenix Dick Nothstein, ’59 & ’63, Palmerton, Pa. Kimberly Ott, ’82, Flagstaff Veronica Perez, ’94, Phoenix Marvin Peterson, ’61 & ’70, Redding, Calif. Paul J. Peterson, ’00, Phoenix Colleen Ragland, ’68 & ’71, Somerton Doug Rutan, ’71, Somerton Dan Slayton, ’78, Flagstaff David Will, ’61 & ’64, Prescott
NAU PRESIDENT, Dr. John D. Haeger
INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT, Susan Schroeder
NAU ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, Jim Fallis LIFETIME MEMBER, Dr. Joseph C. Rolle, ’41 LIFETIME MEMBER, Robert E. Crozier Jr., ’53 & ’71 STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, Tom Wahl
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DIRECTOR, Neil Goodell, ’76 & ’96
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Krista Perkins, ’98
COMMUNICATIONS, Anne Walden
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Vol. 9, No. 2.
N A U T h o u g h t s
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.—Jane Howard
R ather than scripting the usual spring let- ter, we’d like to share some thoughts with you—our alumni and friends. As you may remember, we sponsored a fall contest, NAU Nth Degree, asking our alumni to share their family trees, detailing who in their family has attended
NAU. Over the years we have been asked: Who is the oldest living alum? Who was the youngest to gradu- ate? The oldest alumni couple? While we still can’t answer some of these questions, you’ve answered a vital one for us. We are so impressed by the re- sponses we received from you. While we knew we had plenty of generational alumni, we were in no way prepared for the outpouring of caring response. Our humble Lumberjack “hats off” to you!
In this issue, we announce another exciting uni- versity initiative, NAUTeach (pg. 10). From sunny, phantasmagorical Hollywood we bring you NAU’s own James Ward Byrkit (pg. 7). Meet NAU’s most enthusiastic advocate for wine, master sommelier Richard Betts (pg. 14). In Journeys (pg. 16) we bring you the impressive results of the NAU Nth Degree contest. And, as always, join us in celebrating your fellow alums’ successes in Connections (pg. 18), and
Seen here on the lawn of Old Main, the fully restored and revitalized NAU Logging Wheels were on cam- pus and ready to resume their iconic status in time for Homecoming.
remember those we have lost in Memoirs (pg. 22). And please make sure you check out the Links section immediately following this page, where you’ll find information and opportuni- ties about how to get involved with your alma mater.
About our inability to answer some of your tough statistical questions: please watch for more contests and opportunities in both the PINE magazine and online at naualumni.com. We are YOUR alumni relations office; we are here to serve YOU, our alumni. Help us by par- ticipating and letting us know what you want. We’ll do our best to keep you in the know.
On behalf of your entire alumni relations staff,
Krista Perkins, ’98 Managing Editor
Anne Walden Editor
Correction: In the winter issue of PINE Faces, we misstated two titles. Aaron Fried, ’05 B.S., is Head Athletic Trainer at Glendale Community College and Katharine Rager, ’87 B.S., is Production Coordinator for Everybody Hates Chris.
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