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Photography by Jason Bullard

You’re Going Out There a Lumberjack, But You’re Coming Back a Star!

“The movies,”said Will Rogers,“are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.”True or not, the approving roar of the crowd was heard during NAU’s 83rd Homecoming celebration,“Lights, Camera,Axe-tion: NAU Goes Hollywood!”Students took advantage of the theme to show off their star power downtown, where people-watchers enjoyed a bird-nipped Tippi Hedren wannabe, a Lumberwood sign, a Scream-inspired residence hall float (“McKay Village: Even the dead’s first

Homecoming Royalty,

choice”), and the parade winner, Cowden Hall’s bovine“MOO-vie Stars. It was impossible to upstage the members of 1967’s Blue and Gold

Matt Spilsbury and Ashley Bedwell

Reunion, who should have been awarded statuettes for“Best Performance by a Class Act.”Forty-year honorees included Bobbie Schauer Balthazor, Norm Barnhard, Diane Brady Black, John Blount, Jerry DaDurka, Lee Ferguson, Betty Flowers, Mike Graham, Don Hahenkratt, Bill Keebler, Richard Kevin, Dave Klensin, Eric Lewis, Marty Lewis, Charlotte Thevenot Madden, Pat Madden, Dennis Meador, Susan Ashwood Sisson, Kermit Smith, Ned Stageberg, John Tomlin, Nick Weil, Bob Welch and Stephen Windward.A Blue and Gold/Homecoming sequel is already in preproduc- tion with an Oct. 25 release date. For news, have your people contact Beth Martin at 928-523-3358.

Fellow icons: Marie and Joe Rolle, and Louie the Lumberjack

Tailgating at the Dome—it was packed

Yuma Alumni Add Bang to Scholarship’s Bucks

In a program funded by NAU’s Rural Inclusive Special Education grant, 18 prospective educators from Yuma received scholarships to cover five semesters worth of tuition and book costs. According to an article in the Yuma Sun, “by the time this group of students graduates, the RISE grant will have produced 56 educators with a dual major in elementary and special education with endorsements in English as a second language.”

In December, Harry Hengl, ’76 M.A.ED., and his wife, Maureen, who is an NAU faculty member, hosted the scholarship presentations at their home.

“Over the past three years, Maureen and I have come to know the students both profes- sionally and personally,” Harry says. “They’ve worked very hard to obtain their degrees, with full-time jobs and going to school every evening and weekends. Because the students can’t work during the semester that they student teach, the NAU Alumni group in Yuma decided to help pay for their expenses while they were student teaching. There were a lot of tears of joy when they opened their envelopes and saw the checks. I don’t think they had any idea that they would receive as much as they did.”

Sponsors of each $1,500 scholarship include AEA Federal Credit Union, Southwest Gas, Citizens Title, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Yuma Title, Kim and Larry McDonald, Pacific Steel, Sign Pro, Westmoor Electric and the NAU Yuma Alumni Chapter. For further information on the RISE program, please contact grant co-director Nancy Blitz at 928-344-7677, nancy.blitz@nau.edu.

NAUAA Dr. Cliff Harkins (1932) Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award

Dewey “Dick” Powell, ’66 B.S.

With a powerful per- sonal investment in his beloved community of Casa Grande, Ariz., Dewey Powell may very well be the quintes- sential good neighbor.

Owner of Powell Feed & Supply & Western Wear and a 57-year fixture in Casa Grande, Dewey has journeyed well be- yond his own concerns to labor in the city’s economic trench- es as a member of the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Greater Casa Grande Valley Economic Development Association. His committee work has delved into the intricacies of city bud- get and planning, building and development, and public safety. Other civic roles include stints as a 4-H Club Adult Leader, a Life Member and Past Presi- dent of the West Pinal County Sheriff’s Posse and an officer in the Arizona National Guard.

Dewey is lauded as an unquenchable resource to his community, a talented policy-

maker, and a civic-minded per- son who exempts no one from his offices. We thank Dewey for his integrity of service, and his implicit philosophy that with good neighbors, there is no need for good fences.

naualumni.com I Spring 2008


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