#NAUHomecoming 2020
#NAUHomecoming 2020
Vol. 17 Edition 6  |  November 03, 2020
Image of colorful mosaic of current NAU students and alumni participating in various homecoming events. Homecoming 2020 together, in Lumberjack Spirit.

Message from the President


Dear Parent,
A warm welcome as we approach Homecoming Weekend!
Homecoming is one of our most important NAU traditions and an opportunity for alumni and students to reconnect and share their pride with Lumberjack families, friends, classmates, professors, and staff.
This year, NAU Homecoming will be celebrated virtually with a number of exciting activities you may take part in November 5–7 from home or wherever you may be.
We are celebrating NAU's best in a unique and special way, culminating with an Honored Alumni and Hall of Fame Ceremony. Preview the fun you can expect and check out the schedule of events. To honor their perseverance and accomplishments, this year's Homecoming celebration is dedicated to the Class of 2020.
We recently shared our spring semester calendar, making it possible for students and families to start planning for next semester. To mitigate risks and having consulted with stakeholders and public, state, and health officials, we will use an approach similar to fall semester.
Classes begin January 11 with limited in-person instruction at the start of the semester. We will use NAUFlex's remote delivery to hold the majority of classes virtually for the first two weeks. We will hold an extended move-in to residence halls January 10-24 to allow for physical distancing. The semester will conclude by April 29.
This extended move-in process and remote delivery strategy has been successful for us, allowing us to continue delivering quality education while helping to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.
This month, we also celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Veterans Day. NAU has a long history of supporting Native American and Indigenous communities and our Armed Forces veterans. Please watch for more information on celebratory events.
I would like to thank all of our Lumberjack families for your perseverance, patience, and determination over the past few months. We feel a great deal of pride that we have been able to provide our students the high-quality education they expect, allowing them to stay on track while continuing to celebrate important traditions and milestones.
Stay healthy and be safe.
Very best,
First name signature of NAU President Rita Cheng.

Rita Hartung Cheng

NAU President

#NAUHomecoming 2020 Events

Joey Ruiz, Leadership, Engagement, Activities, and Peer Mentoring
It’s the perfect time for Lumberjacks to connect. NAU students and alumni will come together on November 5-7 to virtually celebrate Homecoming. Homecoming is a time for all Lumberjacks to re-connect, share their blue and gold spirit, and be proud of their alma mater.
Put on your NAU gear and join us as we look forward to two ASNAU virtual concerts, Flannels & Flapjacks, and a virtual float parade. From near or far, your student can join their Lumberjack community in a weekend of fun events celebrating Lumberjack life.
After all, even virtually, Lumberjack life is the best life. #NAUHomecoming

Meet the New Dean of Students

Please join us in welcoming Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University’s Interim Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Brown most recently served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Brown joins NAU for a year-long term that ends in fall 2021.
Learn more about the Office of the Dean of Students on their website.
“Thank you for welcoming me to Northern Arizona and the Lumberjack community. I arrived just in time to see the fall aspen trees and experience our exceptional fall weather.

As I start my first semester at NAU, I recognize that most of us are experiencing a time of great transition and change. I am the parent of young adults who have made the decision to pursue higher education. I greatly value the importance of parents, guardians, and families in the university environment. I am looking forward to meeting many of you virtually and in-person.

I am here to support and advocate for Lumberjacks and the NAU community. I am proud to lead a team that is already equipped to support your students through our campus resourcespersonal connections, and intentional care.”
Profile black and white image of Dr. Scott Brown.

Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.

Dean of Students
NAU AFROTC Color Guard saluting during the Veteran Flag Tribute ceremony.

Veteran Flag Tribute

Pete Yanka, Veteran and Military Services
On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., NAU will be presenting the Veteran Flag Tribute to humbly say thank you to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. During this time, we will also be sharing the diversity of the Veteran Experience. Please join our livestream event to honor those who have and are serving, along with their families and our Veteran guest speakers as they share what Veterans Day means to them.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us or call 928-523-8387. 
On behalf of the Department of Veteran and Military Services, thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, and their families for the sacrifices that you have made for us and this country.
NAU student wearing a gold NAU tshirt smiling for the camera while standing next to a bunch of Costa Rican bananas.

Learn More about Education Abroad

Amanda Williamson, Education Abroad
Education Abroad is excited to launch a new website with a variety of resources for both students and parents. This website will include a Frequently Asked Questions page with information for parents and family of students who study abroad, a detailed overview of the application process, and the requirements to study abroad. It will also list various resources for parents and families to learn about study abroad. In addition to supporting students, Education Abroad is happy to answer questions from parents of NAU international adventurers!
The new EA website will also include expanded resources to support First-Generation students, the LGBTQIA+ population, students with disabilities, Latinx students, and other identities of students who study abroad. The website will be released in the coming weeks.
NAU student enjoying NAU virtual events from the comfort of home.

Make the Most of Quarantine or Isolation

Melissa Griffin, Health Promotion
If your student is quarantining or isolating due to a positive COVID test, we understand that the adjustment can be tough. But don’t despair—there are a ton of ways that students can stay connected to their Lumberjack community even from a distance! Here is a short list of opportunities that they can take part in:
Remember: if your student is quarantining or isolating, they are doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID to others in the community!

Flagstaff Winter Parking Ordinance Began Nov. 1

Valeria Chase, NAU Office of the Dean of Students/City of Flagstaff
If your student has a car in Flagstaff, and especially if they currently live off-campus, they need to be aware of the city’s winter parking ordinance to avoid being cited or towed. The City of Flagstaff enforces the winter parking ordinance Friday, Nov. 1 through Apr. 1. This means that parking on city streets or alleyways from midnight to 7 a.m., seven days a week is prohibited. This parking restriction is enforced whether it is snowing or not.
This ordinance allows Flagstaff’s street crews to thoroughly plow streets for safe travel and aids street sweepers in the removal of cinders following a snowstorm.
The Flagstaff Police Department enforces the ordinance throughout this five-month duration. Cars that are parked in violation of the ordinance when it is not snowing will receive a ticket. Those in violation during inclement weather will receive a ticket and could be towed.
For more information about the seasonal parking ordinance, visit the Flagstaff Traffic Code or contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414.
Valeria Chase is the Program Manager for Off-Campus Life and Neighborhood Liaison and can be reached at 928-326-6908, or by email at valeria.chase@nau.edu or valeria.chase@flagstaffaz.gov.
It's your student's time to shine. Enroll in winter classes today. Image: Sunset over a white snowy landscape near Flagstaff.

NAU’s winter term helps your student stay engaged and on track

Did you know that completing 30 units per academic year is recommended? Winter term offers your student a great opportunity to catch up, stay on track, or get ahead.
With hundreds of winter term classes to choose from and free academic support to help your student succeed, your student can learn online from anywhere with an internet connection this winter.
Not sure if winter term is right for your student? Encourage them to set an appointment with their Academic Advisor to discuss their options. Although winter term courses are not covered by scholarship funds, students may qualify to defer winter term charges until spring semester, based on their spring financial aid award.
In addition to staying on pace academically, we’ve also got virtual activities to help your Lumberjack stay connected to friends and classmates during the winter break. They can live life in motion with virtual or at-home fitness classes offered by Campus Recreation, or take advantage of virtual health care appoints, mental health resources, wellness programs, zoom counseling sessions, and more through Campus Health Services.
With so much to help set your student up for success, your student can tailor their winter term experience to suit their unique needs.
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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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