Message from the President
Please accept my heartfelt thanks as we approach the end of the fall semester and the holiday weekend. We have much to be grateful for at NAU, starting with the trust of our Lumberjack families as our students continue to pursue their studies.
We are deeply grateful for your and our students’ efforts to keep our communities safe during the pandemic. Students have done a great job of being mindful of others and staying healthy.
We are excited to have celebrated more than 2,500 Lumberjacks who graduated this past weekend. Our students have been truly inspiring in their resilience and commitment to their studies.
I recently spoke to a group of NAU students who were summoned home from overseas studies programs at the start of the pandemic last spring. Many of them prepared for and looked forward to these experiences for years and had to cut them short, completing their programs through a combination of efforts with NAU and host country mentors online.
They presented their final projects a few weeks ago, some in their chosen languages on subjects of study that included chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, and marketing. I encourage you to watch their presentations. I think you’ll find them compelling, especially given the challenges many faced to complete them.
This is just one example of the resilience I’ve seen from our students over the past 10 months. I hope you are inspired, too.
I thank you again for your support as Lumberjack families. Tom and I wish you happy and safe holidays.
We look forward to seeing everyone in January.