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N A U L i n k s

NAUAA Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumnus of the Year Award

John Campbell, ’64 B.S., ’69 M.S.

John Campbell’s nomi- nation speaks of him as “a pebble in a pond changing the world one ripple at a time.” His dynamic influence began at NAU, where he was president of Sigma Chi Omega frater- nity, a member of Chain Gang, Homecoming King and a Gold Axe Award recipient.

During 32 years as a teacher in Phoenix, John’s talent and goodwill permeated the lives of students, parents and peer

educators. He has served as a fair and enthusiastic umpire, coach and Boy Scout scout- master; a skilled negotiator for the Phoenix Union Classroom Teachers’ Association; and president and champion of senior issues for the Arizona Education Association (AEA)- Retired Association. He also participates in the AEA’s Intergenerational Mentoring Program. Whether mentoring young teachers or volunteer- ing as a “cuddler” of sick and premature infants, his compas- sionate volunteerism has often served as an answered prayer.

Gracing the lives of his fel- low citizens, John is a worthy and extraordinary heir to the legacy of Dwight Patterson. The NAU Alumni Association is indebted to him for his non- pareil example of genteel,

proactive citizenship.

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Spring 2008 I naualumni.com

Defeat‘quiet crisis’through support of

Higher Education

T and Science Initiative, ExxonMobil and the Helios Education Foundation has the potential to more than double the number of math and science teachers NAU is currently producing. However, we cannot at- tain our goal for NAU or for the U.S. educational system without a massive commit- ment from the public. I’m challenging you to help me give this quiet crisis a loud voice. Gov. Janet Napolitano and the state Legislature have been solid partners in our efforts to make educa- tion affordable and accessible to all Arizona residents. Yet we cannot rely solely on govern- ment support and student tuition. I urge you to take some time to visit the Solutions through Higher Education website at highereducationsolution.com and watch a video that truly brings the message home. There are also links that will explain how you can help. As alumni, you have learned through your successes the value of higher education. Now it’s time to teach the rest of the nation how higher education is the solution for our future. here was a time when all you had to do to achieve success was graduate from high school and enter the workforce. That’s no longer true in our 21st-century economy. As a result, our country is facing a quiet crisis in which our di- minishing educational status threatens America’s global economic standing and even our standard of living. America’s college completion rates are 15th in the world out of 24 countrie Arizona college completion rates are 46th in the nation. s. Dr. John D. Haeger NAU President In Arizona, out of every 100 ninth-graders, only nine go on to complete a bachelor’s degree. We call it a quiet crisis because most Ameri- cans don’t even realize there is a problem. With that in mind, my message to you is simple yet critical: To remain a world leader, America must significantly improve its competi- tiveness—and higher education is the solution. Some positive steps must be noted. Northern Arizona University is poised to attract and re- tain qualified teachers who will draw students into the seriously underrepresented fields of science and math.

As you will read in this issue of PINE maga- zine, a major grant funded by the National Math

John D. Haeger President

NAUAA Joe and Marie Rolle (1941/1950) Spirit of NAU Award

Clifford Alexander, ’94 B.S., and Jeanne Fisher, ’92 B.A., ’94 M.A.

Special congratulations from NAU’s own beloved Joe and Marie Rolle to Cliff Alexander and Jeanne Fisher, whom they have hand-selected to honor with their eponymous Spirit of NAU

Award. Jeanne and Cliff have been involved in key university organizations: Jeanne is in her second term on the NAU Foundation board, and Cliff is current president of the Alumni Association board, serving the sixth year of his term. Frequent patrons of campus events and annual donors, their commitment and spirit for NAU are to be celebrated.

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