NAU Alumni Facetime

Welcome back to NAU Alumni Facetime, published by the NAU Office of Alumni Relations. Here you'll find news on your friends and classmates organized by decade, with links to more in-depth explorations of their lives and work.

Share your life updates and photos in a future issue of Facetimeby emailing us. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAUalumniFacebook, and YouTube for info and conversation on all things NAU. 

Lumberjack Olympians


NAU has three alumni and one student competing in the summer Olympic games in London (which start this week)! Lopez Lomong, ’11 BS, will represent the USA in the 5000m on Augusut 8. David McNeill, ’10 BS, will represent Australia in the same race. AminNikfar, ’09 MED, will throw shot put for Iran August 3. Current NAU student athlete Diego Estrada will represent Mexico in the 10,000m on August 4.


Lumberjacks have been represented in every summer Olympics dating back to 1984. NAU student athlete Angela Chalmers, six-time all American and 1986 NCAA women’s cross country champion, is our university’s only medal holder (so far). She won the bronze for Canada in the 3,000m at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 


Lopez became the first Lumberjack to represent the United States in the Olympics when he competed at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China, where he was also chosen as the Olympic flag bearer for the USA for opening ceremonies.

Read more about the Lumberjack-Olympics connection. 

(Photo top left: Dave McNeill, Coach Eric Heins and Diego Estrada; Photo right: Angela Chalmers; Photo top right: Amin Nikfar; Photo bottom left: Lopez Lomong at the 2008 Opening Ceremonies. All photos courtesy NAU Athletics.)

Watch the video below from NAU-TV featuring Diego Estrada:

True Blue NAU spirit is alive and well in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. The new "True Blue NAU" mural by local artist "Mural Joe" (aka Joe Cornelius) is slated to be completed by the start of the school year. Brian White, '95 BS, is one of the project's key investors, along with the True Blue NAU committee and the Northern Arizona University Foundation. Read more about the project in THIS recent story in Flagstaff Business News. Mural Joe is making videos of the project as part of his process. Watch the latest:

Alumni News 

News from 1970s and before
News from 1980s
News from 1990s
News from 2000s
News from the 2010s



Message from the NAUAA Board President

Michael Fronske, ’85 BS & ’89 MA, is the new president if the NAU Alumni Association Board of Directors. In the video below he talks about growing up at NAU, his goals for the association and more.

Alumni-Employee Spotlight


John Crawford McGregor, ’84 BS, Director of Regulatory Compliance

Years working at NAU: 6

Favorite NAU memory?  Field trips to Death Valley

Favorite thing about working for your alma mater?  Always try to take one class each spring and fall semester to continue my education. 

Favorite professor or class? Stan Swartz



    In case you missed it...

    Spring Pine Headlines:

    Check out this NAU-TV interview with Northern Arizona University's Mason Gerety about new buildings on campus. Includes some great shots of campus that you'll want to see, especially if you haven't been here in a while!

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