Fall Season Wrap


Health – Pretty cool to see NAU and UA (Phoenix) working together to see how chronic medical conditions can impact patients and provide a different perspective.

Football – 5-5 (4-3)  The Jacks have been doing better, but it is a case of too little, too late, as they sit at 0.500 with only 1 game left (against SUU).  A disappointing season, to be sure, but as they say, that’s why they play the games.

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) The Lady Jacks did very well, but were unable to bring home the hardware, losing a penalty kick shootout against EWU for the Big Sky Soccer Championship.  We are proud of you, Lady Jacks!  Way to go!

Volleyball – 23-7 (12-4)  The Lady Jacks are still alive in the Big Sky Championship Tournament Semifinal, taking on Sacramento State this afternoon.  (Go Lady Jacks!!!) #NAUStrong

Basketball (Men) 1-3 (0-0) A rough start for the Jacks, as they’ve dropped 3 of their first 4.  It won’t get much easier in the near term, either, as they play at Washington on Sunday and at UNLV on Tuesday.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 2-0 (0-0)  The Lady Jacks upset the Lady Miners of UTEP 65-51 and Antelope Valley, starting the season off 2-0.  Tonight they take on Cal Poly in California (Go Lady Jacks!!!) #NAUStrong


Athletics – NAU Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 84 leads the Big Sky, according to a national report released Tuesday.  Women’s Golf, Tennis, and Soccer all received perfect scores.  Way to go JACKS!!!

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


Jacks picking up

Ok, so here we go:  http://news.nau.edu/nau-joins-lowell-observatory-honor-legacy-founder/#WAjlnHm7q70

Science – Although this did happen last weekend, I believe it still deserved to be mentioned.  October 15th, 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of Percival Lowell’s death.  Lowell was an astronomer and mathematician who built the Lowell Observatory (named after Percival), he studied Mars and laid the foundation for the discovery of Pluto (which will always be a planet, as far as I am concerned).  Lowell also helped astronomy by being one of the first to place telescopes where they would function more efficiently (elevated areas away from populated areas (lights)), which has become common practice, and also his theories of Mars as a dying planet, although disproven, laid the ground work for many sci-fi stories.

Football – 3-4 (2-2) The Jacks have finally turned things around, winning at Montana State and at Home against Idaho State (for Homecoming).  They will take on #10 Montana this Saturday at the Walkup Skydome.  Let’s go Jacks!

Soccer – 6-7-3 (3-2-2) The Lady Jack Lost to N. Colorado, Tied with Montana, and defeated Eastern Washington, and will now hit the road to Idaho where they will face off against Idaho on Friday, and Idaho St. on Sunday.

Volleyball – 17-4 (7-1)  The Lady Jacks are still doing very well in Conference play, and have gone undefeated since the last post (3-0) winning at Idaho, and defeating Portland St. and Sacramento St. in Flagstaff.  Up next, the Lady Jacks will face off against Montana (tonight) and Montana St. (Saturday).

Let’s keep up the great work Jacks! #NAUStrong

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

50 Years of Awesome Jacks!

To those of you who may actually look at this blog, I apologize for the delay in posting.  http://news.nau.edu/naus-new-exhibit-celebrates-50-years-university/#.V_Z-4Xma271

NAU – I found the above article interesting, I knew NAU had been around (under one name or another) since 1899.  The 100 celebration happened just as I was getting ready to start college.  I didn’t know that NAU became a university in 1966.  I tried the link in the article for the virtual exhibit, but it didn’t work as of Oct. 6th.  Hopefully they get it fixed, since I’d like to check it out virtually (going in person before Aug. 2017 doesn’t seem very likely).

Northern Arizona University: Cline Library Opens MakerLab With First MakerBot Innovation Center in the Western US

Science – The 3dprintboard.com article above is awesome!  The MakerLab opened on Aug. 29th in Cline Library at NAU and is the first such MakerLab in the Western US.  I’m glad to see NAU continuing to do new exciting things in the STEM areas, and glad to see one of my former professors getting some (much deserved) credit.  Way to go , Dr. Tester!  I only wish this had opened when I was a student at NAU….it would have made our Senior Design Project way easier!

Football – 1-4 (0-2)  Well, after losing to Eastern Washington 50-35, the Jacks then played a more competitive game at Northern Colorado, but still fell 18-21.  The Jacks will continue to seek a W on the road at Montana St. on Saturday. GO JACKS!!!

Soccer – 4-6-2 (1-1-1)  First, congratulations to the the Lady Jacks who have, for the 14th straight year, earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award. Per the article below, the Lumberjacks posted a cumulative team grade point average of 3.40 for the 2015-16 academic year.


The Lady Jacks have done alright since the last post, going 1-1-1 (all conference play).  Up next, the Lady Jack continue Big Sky conference play on the road at North Dakota on Friday and at Northern Colorado on Sunday.  GO JACKS!!!

Volleyball – 14-3 (4-0) These lady Jacks have continued to win, remaining undefeated in conference matches.  Up next are matches and Eastern Washington tonight, and at Idaho on Saturday.  Keep up the great work ladies! Go Jacks!!!

In other news, the Phoenix Suns held their 14th training camp at NAU, and wrapped it up on Oct. 1st.  See article below for more info:   http://news.nau.edu/phoenix-suns-wrap-week-training-camp/

And finally, Homecoming week for the Lumberjack will take place from Oct. 10 – 15.   The article below has all the details:  http://news.nau.edu/homecoming-2016-upon-time-nau/#.V_aEA3ma270

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

Winning ways.

Sorry about taking so long to get this post up, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks at work (with a few more weeks of craziness in the coming weeks as well).  I will try to do a better job of getting these posts up though.
Science – Pretty cool article by 12 news (link above) about virtual reality in the chemistry department.  I wish they would have had this when I was up in Flagstaff, but at least future generations will get to enjoy it.  Go Science!!!
Football – 1-2 (0-0)  Well, the Jacks finally got into the W column, and boy did they make a splash when they did.  In the Jack’s home opener last Saturday they DESTROYED New Mexico Highlands 73-3.  Up next, Eastern Washington at the Skydome….GO JACKS!!!
Soccer – 3-5-1 (0-0-0)  The Lady Jacks have done better since the last post, going 2-1-1.  Up next, Conference play as Portland State and Sacramento State come to Flagstaff.
Volleyball – 11-3 (1-0) These lady Jacks have started conference play on the right foot by taking down Northern Colorado 3-1.  Up next are Southern Utah AND Idaho State.  Go Jacks!!!
Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

Busy Weekend

Sorry about the week off, I was super swamped at work and didn’t get a chance to write last week’s post.  Maybe this week’s will make up for it.  A lot to write about this week:

Football – The Jacks came up short last weekend, falling to the Sun Devils 44 – 13 in Tempe.  This is pretty much par for the course (except for 2012 when they beat UNLV in Las Vegas).  As usual, the Jacks played good until about half-way through the 3rd quarter, when ASU opened the flood gates. One thing I found disappointing (besides ASU targeting the Jacks) was when NAU had 1st and goal on the 1 yard line and then shot themselves in the foot.  It’s hard to score from the 1 against your peers, let alone a superior team; but don’t make it easier for them by getting dumb penalties.  Hopefully the Jacks will learn from this and do better against their FCS opponents.   The local college team here (not NAU) is getting ready for their “money game” against a much better opponent this weekend.  The local radio sportscaster was suggesting that they tear down the goal-posts if they pull off the upset.  If the Jacks win one of their “money games” one of these years, how should they/we celebrate?

Basketball – On Aug 24th, NAU released the Men’s Basketball schedule ( http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/releases/20160824qh4qbb). Personally, I’m looking forward to the Washington and UTEP games….Go Jacks!!!!

On the 25th, the Women’s schedule was released ( http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20160825qv8ff5). Looking forward to the UTEP and NMSU games from their slate.

Soccer – The Lady Jacks are off to a rough start (1 – 4) and will be looking to right the ship this weekend as they host the Annual Mountain Classic…let’s go Ladies!!!

Volleyball – The Lady Jacks are now 5 – 2, and will be hosting Bethune-Cookman tonight and Saturday night at the Rolle Activity Center for their home opener. Go Lady Jacks!!!


School – Per the article above, NAU has once again broken its enrollment record from last year, enrolling nearly 30,000 students across Arizona.

Way to go Jacks!  Keep up the great work, let’s get some W’s this weekend!

So, what do you guys think? What are you looking forward to most this weekend? What would you do if the Jacks won a “money game”? What about NAU’s latest enrollment numbers? Let us know in the comments section. This is now an open thread……Go JACKS!!!

Kick Axe


Late August, the time of year when students are starting (or returning #WelcomeBackJacks) to school, football is starting to be played, and it’s starting to cool off.  For today’s post, I’m going to talk about NAU Women’s Soccer.  The Lady Jacks started their season off with a tough loss to last year’s WAC Champions, Utah Valley University.  But the ladies bounced back and took down the Aggies from New Mexico State 1-0 (on a personal note, I really enjoyed this, since most of my co-workers have ties to NMSU in one way or another).  Now the Lady Jacks are on to Las Vegas 2016 UNLV Invitational.  Good luck ladies!  And GO JACKS!!!

To wrap up another sports related item, according to http://www.hypo2sport.com/, the 202 athletes that trained for the Rio Olympics (from 30 countries) won 33 medals, which, by itself, would place the “country” of Flagstaff #8 in the final medal standings.  Way to go Flagstaff, and Hypo2!  Keep up the great work!