Homecoming is BACK!
Homecoming is BACK!
Vol. 18 Edition 7  |  October 12, 2021
An NAU student wearing a flannel shirt and adding syrup to their flapjacks during homecoming.

Message from the President

Dear Parent,
Since my last message to you, we have already begun to see hints of winter, with a dusting of snow on the San Francisco Peaks this past week mixed with the brilliant fall colors of yellow, orange, and red. The beauty is breathtaking, and I hope your student is able to take some time to recharge from their hard work and enjoy this truly remarkable place.
When I began my tenure at NAU in June, many people shared with me that I would love the exceptional fall experience at our Flagstaff campus. I have found that everything is living up to – and exceeding – expectations. Family weekend was amazing and I truly valued the opportunity to say hello to so many of you. If you were not able to take part in Family weekend, I invite you to come to campus any time. I want you to know that you are not limited to special occasions – as devoted members of our family this is your home as much as it is ours.
NAU Homecoming is this weekend and I encourage you to join this fall tradition. There are many fun and engaging activities planned, including a bonfire, carnival rides, flapjacks (AKA pancakes), parades, alumni recognitions events, and football, volleyball, and soccer games. Alumni will find their way back home and our students will experience the best of Lumberjack traditions. Here is a full schedule if you’d like to join us.
Believe it or not, we are now nearly halfway through the fall semester and the second half will go by faster than the first. Please continue to reach out to us – we are committed to being here for your student and for you at every step in this journey.    

José Luis
NAU students and their families cheering and smiling for the camera at an NAU Volleyball game.

Homecoming Traditions

Homecoming is BACK! Please join us Saturday, October 16 for the annual Homecoming Day Parade on the NAU campus perimeter. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and will consist of floats, marching bands, invited guests, and more!
Sporting Events:
  • Women’s Volleyball: Our Lumberjacks will be facing off against the Idaho State Bengals on Thursday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. They will also be facing off against the Weber State Wildcats on Saturday, October 16 at 6 p.m. Weber State is defending Big Sky Champions and currently undefeated. Games are in the Rolle Activity Center.
  • Football: Our Lumberjacks will be facing off against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday, October 16 in the Walkup Skydome. Tailgating will begin at 10 a.m., with kickoff beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Swimming & Diving: Our Lumberjacks will be facing off against the Arizona Christian Firestorm and the Ottawa University Spirit on Saturday, October 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex.
Explore all of the events that will be happening! You will also find information for all your Homecoming ticketing needs.
Let’s celebrate the Lumberjack spirit together! GO JACKS!
Fall 2021 important dates, Veteran’s Day Observed: November 11, Thanksgiving Break: November 25 - 26, Finals: December 6 - 9, Winter Commencement: December 10, Residence Halls Close*: December 10 at 9 a.m.
*Most residence halls close during winter break and reopen in the spring. Continuing residents may leave their belongings in their rooms over break. More information is available on the Housing and Residential Life website.
NAU students crossing the street in front of the Health and Learning Center building.

Updated CHS Parent Resource Guide!

Campus Health Services has released an updated Parent Resource Guide. This guide provides information on how you can support and empower your Lumberjack to make healthy lifestyle choices while away at college. Find valuable information about BOTH the physical and mental health resources available to your Lumberjack. Learn more about Campus Health Services on the CHS website.
Two NAU students studying and using a whiteboard for formulas.

Midterms are coming. Here is how you can help!

  • Encourage your student to try academic resources, even if they think they don’t need them. Tutoring can help students get an A instead of a B.
  • Inform students of the resources available to them.
  • Discuss how asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness. Over 40% of NAU students use Academic Success Center (ASC) services each year!
  • Ask questions about their academic experience, such as:
    o   Where is your favorite place to study?
    o   Do you ever have a hard time attending class?
    o   Have you utilized your professors’ office hours?
    o   What academic resources are available and have you used them?
    o   What goals do you have for the semester?
  • Remember…
    o   Faculty, staff, and peer students are invested in your student’s success and willing to help. Please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Success Centers for more information.
NAU students using computers and receiving academic advising at the Gateway Student Success Center.

Is your Lumberjack struggling to enroll?

What is Gateway Advising?
Our Academic Advisors are eager to work with all First Year or Exploratory students to select a major, pick classes, and build an academic plan! If your student is an upper division or transfer student, check out the Advisor Directory for their advisor’s information.
Spring 2022 enrollment is open! Advisors are looking forward to working with students as they enroll themselves in classes for the next semester. 
What resources are available to your students?
Are students required to meet an Academic Advisor before they enroll?
In most cases, no! While we recommend students check in with their advisor to make sure they are on track, most students can enroll in classes before meeting an advisor. Students can use these great online resources to get started. 
Communicating with Advisors
Students can expect bi-weekly updates to their NAU email from their Academic Advisor with important information, deadlines, and details on how to seek Advising help. Advisors are also available over email or phone if students get lost along the way. Every student has an assigned advisor listed in their LOUIE Student Center.
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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