Welcome Back, Jacks!
Welcome Back, Jacks!
Vol. 18 Edition 2  |  August 10, 2021
Two NAU students welcoming students on move-in day and giving each other a high-five.
Dear Parent,
I am delighted to be writing to you and sharing in the excitement of a new academic year—indeed a year unlike any other. NAU faculty, staff, students, and family members like you have endured more than a year of the pandemic. You likely have great hopes for our new normal to take shape, including getting back to at least some parts of life we missed. We too are more than ready for some of our traditions to return this fall.
Our commitment to a vibrant experience this academic year is supported by robust measures informed by the latest science to help keep our Lumberjack community healthy and thriving. We encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated and support our Lumberjack tradition of a community of care by wearing masks indoors and participating in mitigation testing to ensure that we continue to deliver the quality NAU experience even as we adapt to dynamic changes from COVID-19.
The NAU community is geared up to welcome all our statewide, Flagstaff and online students to the 2021–2022 school year.  And it’s my hope you will join us in encouraging students to engage fully in connecting with other students and diving into their academics. The Jacks are back!
Move-in and welcome events of the Lumberjack Experience (LJX) are queued up to support your student’s transition to NAU. These kick-off events offer many opportunities for students to get involved, from the club fair to the Letters. Professional and student staff will be side by side with students as they settle on campus. Please let me assure you, we have spent the summer preparing for your student to be here and are eager to assist them as they arrive.
I imagine there will be a range of emotions as your student comes to campus. You will want to proudly watch your student spread their wings and yearn to stay closely connected, all at the same time. To that end, I encourage you to use this newsletter as a resource for staying up to date on campus activities and processes that your students will be experiencing during the semester.
While the anticipation may be high right now, your student will be immersed in rich learning experiences on our vibrant campuses before you know it. Right around the corner is Family Weekend, which is a great opportunity to support your student in person. 
I am looking forward to seeing your family at move-in and again in October for Family Weekend!
Go Jacks,
Margot Saltonstall, PhD
Interim Vice President, 
Student Affairs
Fall 2021 Important Dates, Aug. 15-22 – Residence Halls move-in (by appointment), Aug. 20 – The Lumberjack Experience (LJX) begins, Aug. 23 – First day of fall 16-week session, Sept. 6 – Labor Day, Oct. 1-3 – Family Weekend, Oct. 16 – Homecoming, Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day Observed, Dec. 10 – Commencement, Dec. 10 – Last day of Fall session
An NAU student getting their face painted at the LJX concert.

Experience the fall with LJX

The Lumberjack Experience (LJX) is the ultimate “can’t miss” event! Students are immediately immersed into the NAU community through festive and fun programming across ten days. LJX starts alongside move-in and continues through the first week of classes. Departments across campus partner together to ensure your student has a successful transition into Lumberjack life. Events are designed to foster connection and develop Blue & Gold Spirit! Events are open to both on-campus and commuter students. Some of the events you can expect are:
  • Films on the field
  • Student organization and club fairs
  • Zumbathon and yoga
One of our new events is the Fill-the-Van service event to assist Louie’s Cupboard—NAU’s foodbank that supports those in the NAU community struggling with food security. We invite our community to bring requested items to the van and help a Lumberjack in need.
As we continue to adjust to a post-COVID world, new events have been added, and traditional events were adapted to encourage and support safety guidelines. Many events will take place outside across various campus quads and spaces. This will be a great way to acclimate to Flagstaff weather with our comfortable days and cool nights. Be sure to encourage your student to check nau.edu/LJX to see our full schedule and get the most up-to-date event and programming details.
NAU students singing along with the performers at the LJX concert.

LJX Concert and Student Affairs Ice Cream Carnival

This year’s LJX Concert features Tai Verdes with Mob Rich. Students can visit the Student Affairs Ice Cream Carnival before the concert to learn more about resources available to them and get free ice cream! Join us from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on August 21. The Ice Cream Carnival starts at 4:00 p.m. and the first artist comes on at 7:00 p.m. There will be face painters, inflatables, and more, all on the South Quad!
An NAU student throwing balls at a dunk tank to try to dunk the NAU president.

President’s “Welcome Back, Jacks” BBQ

Students can eat lunch and try to dunk Dr. Cruz Rivera at the President’s “Welcome Back, Jacks” BBQ! This event features free food and activities, including a chance to dunk Dr. Cruz Rivera and other campus members in the dunk tank. Your student can grab food between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25 on Central Quad.
NAU students wearing NAU blue t-shirts gathered for the annual Letters photo while taking a selfie with Louie the Lumberjack.

The Letters

The Letters tradition continues this year on Sunday, August 22! Sophomores will get to take their NAU Letters photo at 9:00 a.m., and freshmen will take their photo at 10:00 a.m. Don’t let your student miss their chance to be part of this decade-long tradition!
An NAU family helping their student move-in while pushing a bike and carts with boxes.

Get ready for on-campus move in

The big move-in day is just around the corner! To prepare, your student will need to select a move-in appointment and print their confirmation page from the housing portal before their arrival. Move-in dates and appointments are staggered to ease traffic flow and the number of people arriving on campus and in the community. Remind your student to read their NAU email for updates and important information.
  • Check out the 2021 move-in website for more information.
  • Don’t know what to pack? NAU Housing and Residence Life has a helpful list of what to bring.
The on-campus Operation Vaccination site, NAU Fieldhouse, with people in line to get vaccinated.

Get vaxed, Jacks!

NAU’s Campus Health Services is working closely with Coconino County Health and Human Services to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. We encourage all students to consider getting vaccinated. While not required, vaccines have been successful in reducing the severity of COVID-19 and known variants (forms) of the virus to date. If you or your student still have questions about the vaccine, learn more! Healthcare providers and The Center for Disease Control (CDC) are great resources.
Vaccinated students who are enrolled in classes for the fall semester will be eligible to win exciting prizes as part of the "Jacks are Vaxed" campaign - learn more at the Jacks are Vaxed webpage!
An NAU student holding up their physical NAU ID card and their digital NAU ID card on their phone.

NAU Mountain Campus students can access JacksCard on iPhone and Apple watch

Your student can now add their JacksCard to iPhone and Apple Watch.
The JacksCard is the official NAU identification card for students and is used for building access, event admission, meal plans, and more. By adding their JacksCard to their iPhone or Apple Watch, students can now keep track of their JacksCard more easily than ever. Students can add JacksCard to Apple Wallet through the NAUgo app. JacksCard for other devices will be available in the spring semester.

Important Contacts

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 nau.edu/jacksareback for our current campus health safety guidelines.
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