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Tau Beta Pi (TBP) – Arizona Gamma (AZG) Chapter:


I was saddened to hear that the NAU Chapter of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) died in 2015 and was revived in 2016. I remember joining during the Spring semester of my senior year, having rejected several offers to join sooner. Now that I have graduated and have a family of my own, I wish I had been more involved in TBP when I was at NAU, but am proud to be able to tell my family that I was a member when in school! Unfortunately, there isn’t a website for AZG, but there is contact info for officers located in the website above.

AZG will be hosting this year’s District Convention on April 6th in Flagstaff.


A few articles about Oumuamua, the “Interstellar Cigar”:

Distance: 320,541,600 mi from Earth (disclaimer: these are my personal calculations, and may be off)

(For reference: Mars is 141,600,000 miles, Jupiter is between 365,000,000 and 601,000,000 miles from Earth)







Had to put this one on here, and it is loosely tied to NAU as there is a quote from Faith Walker, a genetics research professor at NAU. #NAUStrong

Off Campus Life:


Time to hit the slopes! Snow Bowl is open (just make sure you don’t eat the snow, yellow or white)!




If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above

article. You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the

TuneIn app. Go Jacks!!!


The Lumberjacks have bagged themselves a Cougar! Mike Marlow, the former Deputy Athletic Director at WSU (Cougars) was announced as NAU new Vice-President of Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU on Dec. 13th. Much success, Mr. Marlow, we’re all counting on you! #NAUStrong

Men’s Basketball 4-17, (1-7):

The Jacks finally got back into the Win column edging out Montana State on the road 77-75 after dropping home games to Eastern Washington (76-81) and Idaho (80-84). The will continue their trip to Montana as they take on Montana on Saturday. Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Basketball 4-15, (1-7):

The Lady Jacks match the fellas’ record by losing 3 straight to Eastern Washington (62-82), Idaho (68-83) and Montana State (56-78). Up next, they will face Montana at home tomorrow. Go Jacks!!!

Swimming and Diving:

The Aqua Jacks will travel to UCLA for the Bruin Diving Invitational and lost to Colorado State (120-123) but beat Northern Colorado (157-86). Up next, they will take on Boise State in Flagstaff on the 27th. Go AquaJacks!!!

Football (7-5, 6-2):





Update: Coach Sours apparently will be staying in the wake of Lisa Campos accepting the Athletic Director position at UT San Antonio.

NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this

season. The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university

and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the

remainder of the season. Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky

history (118 wins (81 Conf. wins) and counting). I remember playing

football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our

practice. We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did

remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never

known an NAU football program without Coach Sours. We wish you the best

Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us. You truly

are a Lumberjack Legend!

Well, that was embarrassing. The Jacks laid an egg in the Skydome in the playoffs, losing to the University of San Diego 10-41. Obviously not the way you want to end a season, but that’s just what happened. Thank you, Jacks for a great season! Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (9-10-1, 4-6-1):

They came up short (0-1) against Portland State in the Big Sky Championships. Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!

Volleyball (13-15, 9-7):

The Lady Jacks lost in the Big Sky Championships to Portland State (1-3) in Sacramento. Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!

Cross Country:


The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their

rings in Sept. Way to go, Jacks!

The Defending NCAA Champions successfully defended their NCAA National Title (74 pts) this past Saturday. Baxter, Day, Lomong, Trouard and Beamish also earned All-American honors with their performances. Way to go Jacks!!!! We are proud of you!!!! #NAUStrong #GoJacks


Cross Country Director Michael Smith was named National Men’s Coach of the Year! Way to go, Michael!


The Lady Jacks will be off until Feb. 12th when the go to UC Riverside for the Battle at the Rock. Go Jacks!!!

Winter 2017 Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 4-17 (1-7)

Basketball (Women) 4-15 (1-7)

Swimming and Diving –

First Place Finishes (Team) – 5

First Place Finishes (Individual) – 55 (Sarah O’Conner (5), Alina Staffeldt (8), Tonya Kurach (3), Roni Houck (5), Niamh McDonagh (4), Christina Torrente (8), Kimmy Richter (6), Monique King (6), Sam Milewski (1), Andrea Schmidt (2), Elisa Rodriguez (4), Sarah Takach (3)).

Track and Field:


Track and Field will get their season up and running today. They will travel to Ames, Iowa on the 9th for the Iowa State Classic.


NAU Dance finished 5th in both Hip-Hop and Jazz at Nationals in Florida. Way to go guys!

Football 2018:

I haven’t seen an official schedule release yet, but I have seen that NAU will take on the University of Texas – El Paso (UTEP) on Sept. 1st in El Paso. Hoping I can find a way to get to the game.

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

Football – 7-5 (6-2)

Soccer – 9-10-1 (4-6-1)

Volleyball – 13-15 (9-7)

Cross Country (Men’s) – Back-to-Back NCAA National Champions!

1st Place Finishes (Team) – 5

1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 3 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1), Tyler Day (1))

Cross Country (Women’s) –

1st Place Finishes (Team) – 2

Best Finish (Individual) – 3 (Paige Gilchrist (3))


Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic

Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 2016 Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4) 2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, if you’d like to contribute

to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

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