Masks Up, Jacks!
Masks Up, Jacks!
Vol. 18 Edition 3  |  August 24, 2021
An NAU student being embraced by their parent before their first day of college near McConnell Hall on the NAU campus
Dear Parent,
Marrying my best friend and the births of my children are examples of the times of my life where I feel like I do this week. I am excited, anxious, and proud, as fall semester gets underway. I bet you are having the same feelings as a parent of a Lumberjack.
I also feel a deep sense of gratitude to you for trusting us with your student’s education and their future. Thank you for your enthusiasm for the year ahead and all the hope and opportunity it brings for your student. Since this is my first year as President of NAU, I am a freshman myself, and I share in that excitement.
A community of care supports each and every one of our Lumberjacks. It is a culture deeply embedded in the NAU DNA. I see it everywhere—Lumberjacks getting vaccinated, tested, and masking up to protect each other’s health. I see it from our faculty and staff who are dedicated to your student and this university. I see it in our student leaders who strive to support and mentor your student by helping them engage in activities that make NAU a true home, foster essential social connections, and be role models for the pursuit of learning and knowledge.
Amidst the ever-changing landscape around COVID-19, we are prepared to deliver the exceptional academic and personal experience that makes NAU unique. I can assure you that throughout the semester we will continue to follow the science and guidance of experts, adapting as necessary to deliver on our educational mission while promoting health and wellness for all.
I encourage you to read the Backpack and check the Jacks are Back website for updates throughout the semester. And I look forward to seeing you back on campus for Family Weekend!
Go Jacks!
José Luis Cruz Rivera, NAU President
The letters N A U painted in blue and gold on a wood cookie.

Meet the Lumberjack Activities Board (LAB)

The Lumberjack Activities Board (LAB) is committed to providing NAU students with programs ranging from movies and concerts to speakers and game nights. There is entertainment for everyone with activities and programs planned by students for students. Learn more about events from the Lumberjack Experience Board. Here’s a highlight of what’s happening this week:
  • Zoom IRL: An event designed just for Sophomores that will feature a photo station, comment wall, snacks, and speed friending. This event happens today (August 24) from 6 p.m to 7 p.m in the South Bowl.
  • Make it Blue and Gold: Join the Lumberjack Activities Board on Wednesday, August 25 between 3 p.m and 5 p.m. to create your own blue and gold items. We will provide bags, mini megaphones, foam axe wavers, light-up dry erase boards, keychains, beads, and decorating materials. This event is a come-and-go event, but all materials are first come first served. The event is set right off the pedway, across from Starbucks on North Campus.
  • Wood Cookie Paint Night: Friday, August 27 features the Wood Cookie Paint Night available to the first 300 people that arrive. This event will take place in the DuB ballroom, which is on the second floor of the DuBois Center.
  • Prochnow Movies Return: Join LAB for Raya and the Last Dragon on August 26, 27, and 28 in the Prochnow Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m.
An NAU student receiving assistance with a laptop at the Student Technology Center.

Does your student need tech support?

The Student Technology Center (STC) provides 24/7 phone and email support during the fall and spring semester and extended hours in-person at the STC@Cline service point for all NAU students. Some of our services include password reset, LOUIE, BbLearn, Gmail, computer repair, Wi-Fi, security, and printing. NAU students can download Office 365 products for free.
NAU students studying in Cline Library on the NAU campus.

Explore the Cline Library

The Cline Library provides a positive learning environment that assists new students with the transition from high school academics to college-level academics at NAU. We can help establish best practices with a mindset for success and we embrace the unique traits of a diverse student body that makes NAU a more inclusive place to live and learn.
The library emphasizes high-touch services, collections, and maker and study spaces that build a sense of belonging within the university and a place where students can relax, explore, and find their sense of place within their academic community. Cline Library’s specialized services include:
  • Cline Library Staff and Research Assistance
    If your student has a question or is looking for guidance with things like finding relevant resources or tips on conducting research, we’re available online or in-person at the front desk. Either way, we have your student covered!
  • Study Spaces and Resources
    The library has a mix of quiet, collaborative, and high-tech study spaces with comfortable seating, high-speed internet, and resources such as laptops, chargers, and cables available for checkout. As the largest computing space on campus, the library is the popular location to meet, discover, study, and prepare.
  • Staying Connected
    With a great diversity of offerings, check our web page and social media early and often for library-related resources and information. And if you're in town with your student at any time, please come on in, take a walk around, and take a look at our academic and learning spaces!
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NAU student government members meeting in-person while wearing masks.

New Student Government (NSG): Branch of ASNAU for first-year students

As the Undergraduate Student Government, ASNAU plays a huge role in representing and advocating for students. You might also know us as the organization that puts on the Homecoming Carnival and Lumberjack Concert Series. While our Staff and Senate mostly consist of upperclassmen, NSG is an amazing opportunity for first-year students (freshmen, transfer, and international students) to get involved with ASNAU and meet other first-year students.
What do students do in NSG?
  • Hold weekly meetings
  • Plan events for first-year students
  • Advocate for fellow students
  • Shadow ASNAU staff and Senate
  • Serve the community
How can my student get involved?
For more information visit our website.

Learn more about Two-Step Verification

Later this fall, Two-Step Verification will be required for all NAU students to access their NAU-related accounts, including but not limited to NAU’s Central Authentication System (CAS), NAU Gmail, PeopleSoft (LOUIE), BbLearn, and all Microsoft Office 365 products.
What is it?
Two-Step Verification, also known as Multi-factor Authentication, is an extra layer of security to help protect your Lumberjack’s NAU account from unauthorized access and limits exposure to attempts of tax and unemployment fraud. It combats compromised passwords (phished, guessed, shared, stolen) from being used to log in to valuable university resources and protects personal and student data. Two-Step Verification prevents attackers from accessing your accounts, even if they have your password.
How does it work?
When logging in to any of NAU’s supported systems with their NAU User ID and password, students will be asked for a secondary confirmation. This secondary form of authentication could be a push notification to their smart phone or a fob to provide an additional level of verification when logging into NAU systems.
What if I need access to my student’s financial data?
As a parent/guardian of an NAU Lumberjack, your student can grant you Authorized User access. As an Authorized User, you can view your Lumberjack’s student financial data, as well as make payments on behalf of the student. Your Lumberjack will need to grant authorized user access, which is done through the online payment system via LOUIE. Visit SDAS for more information. Once your student grants you access, you will receive your user ID and password, and you’re ready to log in!
An NAU student and their parent embracing and smiling during a campus tour.

Looking Forward to Speaking with You

In the coming weeks, a student engagement officer will be reaching out to you to talk about your student’s experiences here at NAU, provide you with some great resources, offer information about Family Weekend, and invite you to participate in our parent giving campaign. The parent campaign has a direct impact on students, providing support for scholarships, projects, and programs not covered by tuition or state funding. It is a great way to be involved in your student's education and academic success.
You will receive a call from a current student from the Lumberjack Engagement Center during the first few weeks of the fall semester. Please take the time to talk with one of our students and consider making a gift. It would make our student engagement officers’ day to chat with you, and your generosity will make a difference across campus. Thank you in advance for picking up!
An NAU student masks up while throwing up LJs.

Masks Up, Jacks!

In order to support a safe and healthy campus, we are strongly recommending that everyone wear a face covering indoors at all times in all NAU facilities, regardless of vaccination status. NAU will require face coverings in settings where physical distancing may not be possible, including classrooms and teaching or research labs, as well as other indoor and outdoor settings. Visit the Jacks are Back webpage for the most up-to-date recommendations and requirements for the fall semester.
NAU is committed to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff and follows CDC’s recommended guidelines on COVID-19. Not every photo in this e-newsletter will precisely represent these guidelines, as we aim to accurately present the NAU experience for you and balance that need with imagery that reflects the COVID-19 policies we have in place. Visit for our current campus health safety guidelines.
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