NPC's Todd Butler, Nathan Chase named to All-Arizona Academic Team

April 5, 2013 by Anonymous

Northland Pioneer College students Todd Butler and Nathan Chase and 56 other outstanding Arizona community college students received two-year tuition waivers to the state's three public universities as members of the All-Arizona Academic Team.

The state's top two-year college students were recognized at a luncheon Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Fiesta Inn Conference Center in Tempe. The audience of over 330 included family members or guests, university enrollment officers, community college presidents, chancellors, academic officers, governing board members and representatives of the university's Board of Regents. This was the 14th year for the recognition program. Read more | Previous NPC Nominees

All-Arizona team members are automatically considered for the All-USA Academic Team, co-sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and USA Today.

Butler and Chase were extremely thankful for the tuition waivers from the Board of Regents to complete their bachelor's degree at one of the three state universities and scholarship checks from NPC.

NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout places the All-Arizona Academic Team medallion around the neck of Todd ButlerButler is pursuing a business degree at NPC, with the goal of teaching English literature once he completes his master's degree. He is planning to enroll at Arizona State University. Raised in Pinetop, he was home-schooled and earned admittance to NPC's President's Scholars Program based on his academic achievement.

"I chose to attend NPC because I believe it is where the best foundation for a progressive education can be obtained," noted Butler. Another major factor "was the opportunity to earn the equivalent of a university education while remaining in my hometown."

Todd is an active leader at Grace Church in Show Low. He serves as the assistant worship coordinator for multimedia needs, food buyer for the Faith in Action outreach, and volunteers with the youth group. He also works part-time for the 9 Pines Motel, doing a little of everything from housekeeping, to reservations and bookkeeping. He also self-contracts yard and lawn maintenance.

He is the son of June and Ken Butler.

Dr. Swarthout with Nathan ChaseChase was also raised in Pinetop and is a President's Scholar. He is studying biology at NPC as the foundation for a master's degree in biology, with an emphasis in fish and wildlife management. He has already been accepted at Northern Arizona University.

"I chose to go to NPC because it offers the variety of classes I need in order to obtain an associate's degree. The campus is close by so I am able to live at home, maintain the job I have had for three years, and save what I can toward my upcoming university enrollment," noted Chase. While this allowed him to save for that step, "the price of tuition still makes the next step very difficult."

Nate is a member and treasurer of NPC's Outdoor Club and enjoys becoming familiar with the many trails, lakes and streams in the area. He enjoys the cultural opportunities through the President's Scholars program, but also takes his studies very seriously. "I strive to do my best in everything. I feel that if I don't, I am wasting my time and energies, plus the monies I'm working so hard to earn for college."

Chase worked his way up through the ranks to become a server and "second in command" at the Chalet Restaurant in Pinetop. He credits his psychology, anthropology and sociology classes for giving him the skills needed to deal with displeased or unruly customers.

He also helps care for his elderly grandparents and is learning about renewable solar energy by helping with a family remodeling project.

He is the son of Matt and Tracy Chase.

NPC can nominate up to 8 students for the All-Arizona team. Applications are made available in the fall for students graduating or completing degrees the following spring semester.