Seniors Recognized at the NAU Gold Axe Awards for Spring 2016

Posted: Wednesday, April 27th 2016 at 12:07 PM

Each semester Northern Arizona University gives the Gold Axe Award to seniors who have made outstanding contributions to the university in the areas of academic performance, service, and activities.

The Spring 2016 awards were presented at the Gold Axe Award Reception on Monday, April 25, 2016, co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Office of Alumni Relations. Students selected for a Gold Axe Award are also eligible for the President’s Prize, considered the highest student recognition from the university. Of the four students chosen by President Cheng, SHRM students Rogelio Barroga, Jr. and Amy Edgerton received the prize for their exemplary leadership, academic excellence and service to the NAU community.

Barroga is the vice president of Lumberjack Alumni Ambassadors, secretary of Phi Sigma Kappa and the social media director of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality.

“Three years ago, I never thought I would make it this far but in just a couple weeks I will be the first in my family to be graduating from college. In short, this award was unexpected and certainly a far fetched dream come true,” he said. "This event made me grateful for my decision of attending this institution and excited to soon be an alumni of NAU."

Edgerton is the senior vice president of Delta Sigma Pi, Zeta Omega Chapter and the president of Club Managers Association of America.

“I feel entirely blessed and privileged that the work I've done here at NAU during my time is worthy of such a great achievement,” she said. “I have gained so many influential and positive skills through my education at the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Specifically, I feel that SHRM has given me my time management skills, my love for customer service and relationship building, and the positivity that I bring to everything I do.”
 

Rogelio Barroga, Jr.
Hotel and Restaurant Management
President’s Prize Recipient
Beth Bourget, Alumni Relations
Amy Edgerton
International Hospitality Management
Honors Program
President’s Prize
Frances Hill, School of Hotel Restaurant Management

At the banquet, Noelle Francois was named the Distinguished Senior for SHRM and Sarah Nicholas was named the Distinguished Senior for the FCB business college.

Francois shared what this meant to her.

“To be awarded this prestigious award was a surprise and a true honor. I’m glad I was able to share this event with my parents, peers, and mentor, Chef Mark Molinaro,” she said. “This award definitely reflects all of the things that SHRM provided me.”
 

Noelle Francois
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Mark Molinaro, School of Hotel Restaurant Management

Sarah Nicholas
Accountancy, Computer Information Systems
The W.A. Franke College of Business

Of the 400 students who applied for the Gold Axe Award, 43 were chosen (approximately 10%), and seven are FCB students. Faculty members Dean Van Slyke, Frannie Hill, Mark Molinaro, Margaret Dunfee, and Bev Amer were named by awardees as “Educators of Influence,” faculty having the most significant impact on them during their undergraduate career.
 

Rogelio Barroga Jr.
Hotel and Restaurant Management
President’s Prize Recipient
Beth Bourget, Alumni Relations

Alexandria Buchta
Finance, Political Science
Gretchen Gee, Politics and International Affairs

Ryan Cook
Economics, Management, Finance
Craig Van Slyke, The W.A. Franke College of Business

Amy Edgerton
International Hospitality Management
Honors Program
President’s Prize
Frances Hill, School of Hotel Restaurant Management

 

Noelle Francois
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Mark Molinaro, School of Hotel Restaurant Management

Alexander Hayes
Management, Marketing
Margaret Dunfee, The W.A. Franke College of Business

Jennifer Hill
Management
Honors Program
Beverly Amer, The W.A. Franke College of Business

 

Professor Frannie Hill was proud and delighted to be chosen as one of the Educators of Influence by Edgerton.

“I am keenly and gratefully aware of the depth and breadth of that Honor," she said.

Dean Van Slyke congratulated these hard working seniors for their outstanding achievements.

NAU News article HERE

View the NAU photo album from the event HERE.



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