Facetime September 2015

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The Difference that Matters: Christopher's Cup

Christopher's Cup

When their friend Christopher Freeman, ’01 BS, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma as a student, Landen Lunsway, ’00 BS, Paul Peterson, ’00 BS, Jake White, ’01 BS, Wes Pudwill, ’00 BA, and Erik Rasmussen didn’t realize how much this event would impact their lives, or the lives of others. After Christopher passed away in 2003, they established the Christopher G. Freeman Tribute Scholarship. Each year, the group hosts a fundraiser to support gifts for students whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

What began as casual barbecues and bowling outings has since grown into Christopher’s Cup, an annual golf tournament that raised nearly $10,000 last year. “I’ve been able to stay connected and give back to the university in a very personal and meaningful way, and the NAU Foundation staff has helped us to craft what we wanted to do,” says Paul. “We came to them with an idea and said we want to find a way to give back to students and acknowledge our friend.”

On Saturday, November 7, the 7th Annual Christopher’s Cup Golf Tournament will be held at Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sponsorships are currently available to help reach this year’s fundraising goal of $25,000. Interested parties can download a registration/sponsor form online.

As a student, Chris was a Gold Axe Award winner, founding father of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and local president of the Association of University Residence Halls (now called Residence Hall Association), representing NAU on campus as well as at national events. Chris’s involvement on behalf of NAU now impacts a new generation of Lumberjacks. “We’ve been persistent with this, and though we’ve struggled along the way, it’s grown to be something so much bigger,” Landen shares. “It’s powerful to know that after a lot of work and energy, it’s grown in to something much larger that we could have imagined.”


September 19 NAU @ UA Tailgate - Tucson, AZ - The Lumberjacks are headed to Wildcat Country and need your southern Arizona support. Join us for fun, food and fanfare. Our tailgate will be located on UA's campus within easy walking distance of the football stadium. A map and parking information will be provided prior to the event. Register online by September 16.

October 24 91st Homecoming - Flagstaff, AZ - Bring it all back to Flagstaff with the 91st annual Homecoming celebration. Start the day with an alumni breakfast at 1899 Bar and Grill and catch the new campus parade route and football tailgate at the Skydome, all before NAU takes on Weber State.View a calendar of the weekend's alumni events.

View a list of all NAU Alumni events at nau.edu/alumni/events/

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