Explore tips for academic success, outdoor adventures, and more.
Explore tips for academic success, outdoor adventures, and more.
Vol. 18 Edition 14  |  March 08, 2022
An image of flowers growing on the Flagstaff campus.

Message from the President

Dear Parent,
Happy Spring to all Lumberjack families!
While morning temperatures remain cool and enthusiasts are still flocking to Flagstaff to play in the snow for the weekend, it really is starting to feel a lot like spring. 
Spring break being right around the corner feeds our optimism, but so does the fact that COVID-19 cases are low and continue to trend downward and that the CDC has issued new guidelines for managing COVID-19.  At NAU, we have monitored these developments closely, remaining committed, as we have throughout the pandemic, to following the latest science and public health guidance. Together, we are united in our work every day to secure the conditions for an exceptional learning environment and healthy community that allow us to deliver the NAU mission.
After careful consideration of this guidance, assessment of local and regional conditions, and consultation with our Public Health and Steering Committees, we have updated our COVID-19 management protocols at NAU.
Per current CDC guidance, masks are optional in Flagstaff and at statewide sites operating in a Low or Medium Community Level, with the following exceptions, where masks continue to be required:
  • NAU buses
  • Campus Health Services and other clinical/health care settings
  • Fieldhouse testing and vaccination site

As we look to embrace the move from controlling the pandemic spread to managing an endemic phase, it is more important than ever that our Lumberjacks be respectful and supportive of each other as individuals make masking choices that fit their comfort and needs in this changing environment.    
As we all return safely from Spring Break, let’s make the remaining weeks of the spring semester to be most excellent and memorable. The home stretch is in sight.
Warm regards,
José Luis

Important dates

Spring 2022. Mar. 14—18: Spring Break (no classes). Mar. 21: Last day to drop individual courses without a petition. Apr. 21: Last day to withdraw from ALL classes in a session. Apr. 25—29: Last week of instruction. May 2—5: Finals week. May 6: Last day of term. May 6—7: Commencement.
Two students with clear bags walk together on the NAU campus.

Commencement information

Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, in the Walkup Skydome on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus. The times for each ceremony are listed below: 
Friday, May 6
11 a.m. Ceremony: 
  • College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
  • College of Arts and Letters
4 p.m. Ceremony: 
  • College of Education
  • The W.A. Franke College of Business

Saturday, May 7
10 a.m. Ceremony: 
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences.
3 p.m. Ceremony:
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • NAU Online, NAU-Yavapai, and NAU-Yuma
There will be open seating in the Skydome for guests. No tickets are required, but the number of guests should be limited to 8. During Commencement, the clear bag policy will be in effect.
Please visit the Commencement website for more information. Questions? Email commencement@nau.edu.
A small group of students sit together in a room writing on whiteboards.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of peer-facilitated weekly review sessions for students taking historically challenging courses. This semester, SI is being offered in-person. SI is offered for over 30 courses on campus and over 100 sections. SI is FREE and open to ALL students. Students who attend SI regularly earn fewer Ds and Fs than students who don’t utilize SI, and on average, students who attend SI get a higher final course grade.
Your Lumberjack can check the SI schedule to see if they are in any courses that are supported by supplemental instruction!
A group of students walk together in an Arizona canyon

NAU Outdoor Adventures

Flagstaff is a prime location for outdoor recreation! Northern Arizona has an abundance of natural beauty to explore! Your student can summit peaks, boat rivers and lakes, climb massive spires, or mountain bike miles of trail, all within a few minutes of town. Lumberjacks can come into NAU Outdoor Adventures to check out our Map Resource Center and build a personalized trip with our knowledgeable staff. If your student is a beginner or wants to join in with a group, NAU will have guided trips coming soon
NAU Outdoor Adventures has your student covered with trail information and outdoor gear for wherever their next adventure may take them! 
Rental equpment: All rental equipment is first-come-first-served:
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Tents
  • Snowshoes
  • Paddle boards
  • Mountain bikes
  • Kayaks
  • And so much more!
For more information, please call 928-523-3229 or email Outdoors@nau.edu.
Student sit together while smiling and working on laptops by a large window looking out on the Flagstaff campus

College-Wide Events

The Residential Colleges Program hosts College-Wide Events in first-year residence halls across campus every semester. College-Wide Events are an opportunity for your Lumberjack to interact with their peers, connect with staff, and network with faculty from their academic college. Students can learn about academic skills and resources, build friendships, and share memorable experiences during these events!
Our Residential College Ambassadors (peer mentors) and Faculty Fellows (academic instructors) will host these events. To find out when these events are happening, your student can follow us on social media (@NAUResColleges), look at the Residential Colleges event calendar, or email their Residential College Ambassador. All College-Wide Events will be taking place in March. More information on specific academic college events will be sent to your student directly.
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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