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N A U L i n k s

NAUAA Jeff Ferris (1936) Volunteer of the Year Award

Rhian Evans Allvin, ’94 B.S.

Rhian’s award nomi- nation states: “She epitomizes the NAU image: extremely effective but car- ing.” Clearly, enthusiasm and

empathy have already become trademarks of every endeavor Rhian approaches.

At NAU, Rhian won the President’s Prize and served as a student regent on the Arizona Board of Regents. After working as a field coordinator for Eddie Basha’s gubernatorial run, she helped donors connect their philanthropic interests with community needs at the Arizona Community Foundation. Also, at Libraries for the Future and Children’s Action Alliance, she supported high-quality early childhood education. She spent four years nurturing Arizona’s Ballot Initiative on Early Childhood Education, and was appointed to the governor’s implementation board. Rhian currently heads the Brecon Group, consulting in public and fiscal policy, advocacy and phil-

anthropic advisory services.

Rhian has an intuitive knowl- edge of Arizona’s communities and has developed strong rela- tionships at every community level. The NAU Alumni Associa- tion is grateful to Rhian for her ability to effect positive change,

her intelligent focus on our fu- ture, and above all the enduring gift of her human touch.


Spring 2008 I naualumni.com

Now Voyagers

Photo by Pat Hux

Close to home or across the sea, find an adventure for every taste with the NAU Alumni Association’s travel options. This year we offer a yearly favorite, the San Juan experience, plus two international trips certain to excite and educate. And the best part is you get to travel with

family—the NAU alumni family! A Floatin’ We Will Go / June 5-8

Buoyed on the San Juan, 2007

The river rats are at it again. Join the NAU Alumni Association for our third annual trek down the amaz- ing San Juan River in southern Utah. Spend three nights camping under the stars with us, June 5-8. Our faculty expert, Wolf Gummerman, along with guides from NAU’s own Outdoor Recreation Program, lead the way on this exciting educational journey. Contact Toni Fox at 888-NAU-ALUM or email Toni.Fox@nau.edu. Space is extremely limited, so reserve quickly.

Alumni Campus Abroad: Italy’s Magnificent Lake District / Aug. 5-13 An area known for its spectacular scenery, Italy’s Lake District boasts a mild climate, lush valleys, majestic mountains, and the sapphire waters of the lakes themselves. Spend eight days and seven nights where Italy kisses Switzerland! Highlights include a cruise by private boat on the Maggiore and Como and a visit to the vibrant city of Milan.

Alumni Campus Abroad: Andalucia / Oct. 16-25 From the Mediterranean Sea to the craggy heights of the Sierra Ne- vada Mountains, marvel at the blue sky that stretches across breath- taking Spain. Spend eight nights between Granada and Seville, with excursions allowing exploration and immersion in the local culture.

For brochures and information, email Beth.Martin@nau.edu or call 888-628-2586.

The High Altitude Road to Beijing

This year at Northern Arizona University’s Center for High Altitude Training, there is a heightened level of energy.With the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing looming, the center— one of the world’s leading multisport, altitude training facilities—serves as a U.S. Olympic Training Site for distance running, preparing postcollegiate athletes in events from the 800m to the marathon.

Since the 1996 Atlanta Games, 191 Olympic and Paralympic medals have been won by athletes who trained on the Mountain Campus.This year, more than 100 participants from around the world are expected to make the cut for Beijing. Most of the foreign athletes who qualify will be swimmers, but the center is also expected to produce a targeted group of the finest distance runners in the U.S.

With the heightened excitement of the Games, there is also an undercurrent of apprehension, as athletes feel the pressure of high-intensity training and strive to avoid injury. Coaches also feel the responsibility of strategic preparations for peak perfor- mance. But when the eyes of the world turn to Beijing Aug. 8, the NAU family will eagerly cheer for our Olympic athletes.Watch for an Olympic roster at nau.edu/highaltitude.


Feeling Blue for the Right Reasons

If you’ve spent time in Flag recently, it’s hard to avoid the blues. It turns out that the sale of NAU-branded gear is on pace to shatter the record set last year, partly because of a new grass-roots campaign: True Blue Fridays.

In August, NAU President John Haeger signed a decree encouraging the NAU com- munity to wear the university’s colors and gear every Friday. Finding NAU accessories has never been easier; in Flagstaff alone, 10 retailers now offer licensed products.Also, in great news for all alumni and friends, the NAU Bookstore offers many products online at nau.bkstr.com. So show your pride, be true, wear blue, go NAU!

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