Jerry Emmett, ’37 BS and ’57 MS crop

Jerry Emmett receives the Distinguished Alumna Centenarian Award. Her family and friends were on hand to join in the celebration.

Earlier this month, one of the longest-living Lumberjacks, Jerry Emmett, ’37 BS and ’57 MS, received the first-ever Distinguished Alumna Centenarian Award for her lifetime dedication to education and community service. Jerry, who turns 100 in July, continues to epitomize the Lumberjack spirit of dedication, tenacity and kindness to others.

Campus Aerial

Jim and Bev Burns

During a recent trip to Prescott, we stopped by the home of Jim and Beverly Burns (pictured above), both graduates from the Class of 1950. They regaled us with campus memories and shared an aerial photo of campus taken in the late 1940s.

Espiridion “Speed” Castillo, ’58 BS & ’60 MED,was inducted into the Southern California Interscholastic Coaches Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Anaheim Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., at half time during the 6:30 CIF finals. Speed was honored for his unprecedented dedication to high school athletics for more than 50 years.


Richard Nothstein, ’59 BSBA and ’63 MBA, and Jason Miller, ’01 BSBA crop

Richard Nothstein, ’59 BSBA & ’63 MBA, and Jason Miller, ’01 BSBA (above photo), met during a charity event in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Jason hosted the event at the Hotel Las Palmas, a boutique resort that he owns. Thanks to the support of alumni like Jason and Dick, the charity is able to raise scholarship funds for local students.   

Robert “Bob” Bradford, ’73 BSF, wrote to inform us that he is still living in Louisiana. After his retirement from Weyerhauser Co. in December of 2009, he took a similar position with an electrical transmission line contractor because he liked the work so much. Bob then accepted the calling as second counselor/engineer in the presidency of the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple of Later Day Saints, a three-year assignment which will end in November. After this, he plans to spend his time visiting 18 grandchildren and two “greats”.

Jeffrey Roberts, ’73 BSJOU

Author Jeffrey Roberts, ’73 BSJOU, recently released The Healer, which concerns a doctor in 2181 who has been awarded a Harvard grant for a year-long sabbatical - on Mars. Here he will research the physiology of a long extinct race that once ruled Mars, when Neanderthal man roamed our world. And all their recorded civilization is contained within the incredible edifice known as The Face on Mars. But what he unearths inside ultimately shatters his life. While returning to Earth, terrorists destroy his means to return home, and he is flung into the past of 2013. He is then tasked with healing the sick, using 22nd century science.

Harry Hengl, ’76 MAED
Harry Hengl (on the left) has his photo taken with President Haeger.

NAU Alumni Association and Foundation Board member Harry Hengl, ’76 MAED (above on left next to NAU President John Haeger), received the Arizona Board of Regents’ Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education for decades of work in Yuma, Ariz. “I was surprised. I was very honored,” said Harry. “I’ve had a lot of help over the years. It just kind of felt like all the other people that helped me should have been there too, but it was a great honor. I really was speechless almost. I’m just glad I can do what I can do." Harry taught biology for 28 years at Kofa High School and has been organizer of the NAU Classic Golf Tournament for the past 21 years. He is a managing member of Western Financial Partners, LLC, a mortgage purchasing company in Yuma.

William Jenkins, ’76 BS, is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Coast Guard Foundation. He joined as a board member in 2009 and was elected treasurer in 2011. Before retirement in 2011, William was CEO of Exxon Mobile affiliates, leading the shipping and marine transportation efforts for Exxon Mobile worldwide.

In 2001, Brad Meuli, ’79 BSBA,  left a 17-year career in banking to run one of the oldest non-profits in Colorado. Under his leadership, Denver Rescue Mission has experienced growth in its impact, facilities, programs and relationships with the city and communities of Metro Denver and Northern Colorado as it fulfills its mission to empower the homeless to become self-sufficient. Brad has grown the Mission’s annual budget from $14 million in 2001 to $26 million in 2013. He has led increases in housing capacity and services provided to men, women and children in need,  making it a priority to build strong relationships in the communities where eight Mission facilities are located. Denver Rescue Mission has received numerous awards including Colorado Business Magazine Top Company and Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, Samaritan Institute Award.  Brad recently welcomed some current NAU students on a job shadowing project.

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