2003 Award Recipients

Louise M. Scott

NAUAA Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumna of the Year

1978 BSEd Elementary Education
1984 MEd Elementary Education

Louise Scott completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at NAU. As principal of Greyhill Academy High School in Tuba City, Ariz., Ms. Scott was instrumental in establishing a federal grant-funded educational program for creating a drug-free environment in Arizona reservation schools. In addition to enrolling both her faculty and administrators in the program's training sessions, Ms. Scott sent students to NAU for similar training. She then established a "peer assistance" program, which empowered her students to aid their fellow students with drug abuse prevention and education.

In 1999, Ms. Scott became principal of Leupp School, a public K-8 school in Leupp, Ariz. Recognizing the need to improve student achievement at this 300-student Navajo Nation school, she launched a comprehensive campaign to boost student morale and elevate their expectations regarding their own academic performance. By 2001, Leupp School averaged in the 59th percentile on the Stanford 9 test, a dramatic improvement from the 1999 27th percentile average. Last year Ms. Scott resigned from Leupp School due to health concerns and accepted a position with the Flagstaff Unified School District's curriculum and instruction department.

Debra L. Himes

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

1975 BS Interior Design

Debra Himes received a B.S. in interior design from NAU in 1975 and currently operates a design studio, Debra May Himes Interior Design & Associates, in Mesa, Ariz. Throughout her 27-year career, Ms. Himes' professional and charitable efforts have led to numerous recognitions for her interior design work and as a community leader. She has received many excellence awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and served as its local chapter president, and her work has been featured in prestigious national design publications.

Ms. Himes lives in Gilbert, Ariz. with her husband Gary and two sons, David and Jonathan, and is active as a community leader with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. She is a founding member of the Chamber's Gilbert Leadership Program which promotes professional development in future civic leaders. For many years, Ms. Himes has participated in designer showcases that raise funds for public charities. Her showcase contributions have supported a variety of causes including the Phoenix Symphony, the Harrington Arthritis Research Foundation, and Mercy Hospital. In 1996, Ms. Himes was part of a team of designers who renovated the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix. The renovation, which added ten more bedrooms, a playroom and library, and expanded kitchen facilities, allowed for more families to be served at this valuable facility.

Robert E. Crozier, Jr.

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

1953 BSEd Teaching of Social Science
1973 MEd Counseling 

For nearly 40 years, Bob Crozier has been a loyal NAU employee and leader in the offices of Alumni Relations, Student Services, Career Services, and the NAU Foundation. As an undergraduate Bob served in the Blue Key Honor Fraternity and was 1952 Homecoming King, and maintained his extraordinary connection with the student body as advisor of Chain Gang from 1972-1987. While employed with NAU, Bob has been instrumental in helping the university secure lifetime relationships with Flagstaff's business and residential community, NAU alumni, statewide organizations and educational facilities, and legislative leaders. He has also been a consistently enthusiastic booster at athletic events and key alumni functions.

Most recently, Bob delayed his long-awaited retirement to step in as Interim Alumni Director in 2002-2003. Even after retiring in April he is still frequently consulted as the university's "institutional memory," and in July of 2003 was appointed a Lifetime Member of the NAU Alumni Association National Board of Directors.