Apologies

My apologies, it’s a crazy few weeks in the Zombie household: funerals, car accidents (in that order), vacation, vehicle repo (we’re doing the repo-ing), missed trips.  Writing the blog hasn’t even been on the stove the last few weeks, let alone the front (or back burner).  One of the disadvantages of a one-zombie-band is that, if your zombie goes down, so does your whole band.

Science:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ross-128-mystery-radio-signals-134949402.html

This article talks about how Ross 128 (a red dwarf star 11 light years away) has been caught emitting strange radio waves.

http://news.nau.edu/nau-social-media/

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 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, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

May the 4th

May The Fourth Be With You!

http://news.nau.edu/cheng-diversity-award/

Last week, President Cheng was recognized with the Advocate for Educational Diversity Award by the Victoria Foundation for her support of Latino and Hispanic students.  Way to go President Cheng! #NAUStrong

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2):  The Jacks lost to Montana in the Big Sky Championships Semifinal match.  We are proud of you guys. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1): The Lady Jacks did better than the Men, making it to the finals in the Big Sky Championships.  Unfortunately, they lost to Idaho in the finals.  We are proud of you ladies.  Way to go!  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Up next, the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA starting on the 10th.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Golf:  The Jacks finsihed 5th (+28, 316), 5th (+43, 619) and 4th (+57, 921) in the Big Sky Championships.  Way to go Jacks, we’re proud of you!  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Soccer: They Lady Jacks have announced their spring schedule for next year:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/20170221jy82me
Cross Country: The Newest Lumberjack, welcome to the family, Luis Grijalva!

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/sports/grijalva-signs-letter-of-intent-to-reigning-ncaa-champ-northern-arizona/

Winter Sports Season:
http://nauathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170407nexrc5

The Lady Jacks Basketball team has a new coach.  Loree Payne has been named the 12th Women’s Head Basketball Coach for NAU.  Congratulations Coach Payne, and we all wish you much success!

Awards:

http://www.nauathletics.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170418s8oi97

Congratulations to Patrick Baldenegro (Sr. Football) and Rene Coggins (Sr. Basketball) for winning the 2017 (and 39th Annual) Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Spring Sports Season:

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

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

Winter Sports Season:

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

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

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 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, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Golden Jacks!

Nursing:

http://dailynurse.com/nurses-week-northern-arizona-university-nursing-students-save-lives-annual-mission-trips-guatemala/

This articles discusses the work of NAU Nursing students in Guatemala.  Keep up the great work, Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Science:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/04/19/planet-lhs-1140b-super-earth-life/100614094/

This USAToday article describes scientists’ latest discovery of a “Jumbo Earth (named LHS 1140b)”, a mere 39 light years away.  Astronomers  (none from NAU) believe they will be able to detect Oxygen and other elements essential to life as we know it.

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-7 (10-1):  The Jacks closed out the season strong (and in 1st place in the Big Sky).  Next, they’ll try to continue their dominance in the post season at the Big Sky Championships. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 16-4 (10-0): The Lady Jacks have their Conference winning streak (currently at 10) still going.  Up next, they’ll take on Weber State and then try to keep t going in the Big Sky Championships.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Up next, the Cardinal Classic in Palo Alto, CA starting on the 21st.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Golf:  The Jacks will play in the Big Sky Championships April 21-23.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong
Fall Sports Season:
Football:  The Jacks will hold their annual Blue-Gold Spring Game this Saturday at 2PM at the Skydome….football season is getting closer!  #GoJacks #NAUStrong

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/fball/2016-17/releases/20170418w24b8v

Soccer: They Lady Jacks have announced their spring schedule for next year:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/20170221jy82me

Cross Country: The Newest Lumberjack, welcome to the family, Luis Grijalva!

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/sports/grijalva-signs-letter-of-intent-to-reigning-ncaa-champ-northern-arizona/

Winter Sports Season:

http://nauathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170407nexrc5

The Lady Jacks Basketball team has a new coach.  Loree Payne has been named the 12th Women’s Head Basketball Coach for NAU.  Congratulations Coach Payne, and we all wish you much success!

Awards:

http://www.nauathletics.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170418s8oi97

Congratulations to Patrick Baldenegro (Sr. Football) and Rene Coggins (Sr. Basketball) for winning the 2017 (and 39th Annual) Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year.  Way to go Jacks!

Winter Sports Season:

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

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

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 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, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Some good news

http://news.nau.edu/nau-dance-champions/


This article talks about how the NAU Dance team won another National Title at the  USA Collegiate Championships last week.  Way to go Jacks!!!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154962257876068&id=153893171067

This video talks about NAU’s results this past week, where Shanice McPherson broke an NAU and Big Sky record in long jump which was previously set in 1984.  Way to go Jacks (and especially Shanice)!!!

http://news.nau.edu/goldwater/

Congratulations to Etude O’Neel-Judy and Robert Voinescu, both Juniors at NAU majoring in Mathematics and Physics.  Etude is one of three students from Arizona selected as a Goldwater Scholar in 2017.  Robert was an honorable mention for the prestigious award.  Way to go Jacks!!!

http://nauathletics.com/sports/wswimdive/2016-17/releases/20170406m376hj

The NAU Swimming & Diving team placed 10 student-athletes on the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Winter All-Academic team.  Way to go, Aqua-Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

The WAC All-Academic Honorees are:

Alexa Geiger – Senior

Claire Hammond – Junior

Sara Lenhoff – Senior

Allison Mann – Junior

Audrey Mann – Junior

Logan Neal – Sophomore

Kimmy Richter – Junior

Andrea Schmidt – Sophomore

Alina Staffeldt – Junior

Sarah Takach – Sophomore

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 11-7 (6-1):  The Jacks will look to move on from their first Big Sky Conference loss against Portland St. and Eastern Washington this week. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 13-4 (7-0): The Lady Jacks have their Conference winning streak (currently at 7) still going.  Up next, they’ll take on Idaho.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Up next, the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson starting on April 6th. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Golf:  Next, the Jacks will head to Tempe for the PING/ASU Invitational.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong
Fall Sports Season:
Soccer: They Lady Jacks have announced their spring schedule for next year:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/20170221jy82me

Winter Sports Season:

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

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

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 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, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, if you’d like to contribute to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Big Science News…and the End is Near

IGP-egr-students-SMALLCampus Life:

http://news.nau.edu/frontier-set/

This article describes how NAU has been selected to be a part of the Frontier Set, which selects Universities that have shown promise in getting students from under-represented areas (minorities, first generation college students, etc.) to graduate and provides the universities with more resources to focus on increasing these graduation rates.  It is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Keep up the great work, Jacks! #NAUStrong

http://news.nau.edu/nau-doctoral-student/

This article discusses how NAU PhD student Tommy Rock is investigating the impact of abandoned Uranium mines on the Navajo Reservation.

http://news.nau.edu/heiskell-award/

This article is about NAU’s Interdisciplinary Global Program.  NAU is one of eight honorees for the 2017 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.  Way to go Jacks!

Off Campus Life:

http://www.12news.com/news/local/arizona/arizona-a-dark-sky-oasis-in-a-world-of-light-pollution/409491241

This 12news articles talks about how Flagstaff is a low light pollution area.  Before you leave the Flagstaff area, you should really go out and look at the night sky on a clear night.  It is truly amazing, which leads (kind of) to my next article:

Science:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-spot-seven-earth-sized-exoplanets-around-nearby-dwarf-star-180962255/

Big news from outer space.  Scientist discovered 7 Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting their small sun (TRAPPIST-1) which is a mere 39 light years (the distance light travels in 1 year, meaning the star is 235 trillion miles away) from Earth.  As the article says, this discovery will be researched for years.  This isn’t really NAU related, but I figured it was big enough to get mentioned.

Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 7-20 (4-10): The end is near!  Only 4 more games to go.  The Jacks will be on the road against Sacramento and Portland State, and then finish out the season at home against Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 7-18 (3-11):  Only 4 more games for the Ladies.  They’ll be at home to take on Sacramento and Portland State, and then on the road to take on Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Swimming and Diving: (3-7): The Aqua-Jacks were in 1st place at the end of Day One of the Big Sky Champioships with 120 pts. Keep up the good work, Jacks! #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Men) 1-4:  The bad luck continues for the Jacks, who find themselves sitting at 1-4.  Up next, they’re headed to the Air Force Academy, where they’ll take on Air Force, and then Seattle (at Air Force). #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 3-2 (1-0): The women have been on a tear lately, winning 3 straight.  Up next, they’ll take on Southern Utah and Portland State in Flagstaff.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Up next, the 2017 Big Sky Indoor Championships in Pocatello, Idaho. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Fall 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, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Wages

Campus/Off Campus Life:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/jobs/2017/02/06/prop-206-minimum-wage-hike-arizona-university-students-underpaid/97106816/

This article discusses how Arizona’s new minimum wage law will impact (or not impact) student workers in the state.  To rub salt in the wound, Flagstaff will also increase its minimum wage in July, but student workers are exempt.  Having been a student worker (coincidentally also for the Ground department), I can relate to the experience of Mr. Dickey.  I find it interesting that the story brings up a point that was present when I attended NAU as well:  that President Cheng will be eligible for a large (6 figure) bonus this year, while the student workers will be earning less than minimum wage.  Back in my day (when we had to walk 5 miles in the snow, uphill (both ways) to get to class), the issue was tuition.  Tuition was increasing every semester it seemed (or at least every year, well before “the Pledge” in 2007).  At the time, President Haeger told us that he needed his salary to be commensurate with the Presidents of ASU and UA.  We all wondered why, since we were a much smaller school.  Anyway, this seems that the AZ voters, the school, as well as the student workers are at fault here.  The voters chose to exempt the state employees, rather than include them.  The school failed to (be nice and) plan for raises anyway, and the student workers assumed a raise was coming when the university had no legal obligation to do so.  Hopefully this will serve as motivation for the student workers to graduate (or even go before graduation) and find non-minimum wage jobs out in the work force (which is easier said than done).

Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 6-18 (3-8): The beatings will apparently continue until moral improves.  The Jacks dropped 2 on the road (and they led by 20 at Idaho State!). They will try to keep their home winning streak (still at 2) going this week with matchups against Montana State and Montana.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 6-16 (2-9):  The Lady Jacks continue to outdo the Men in conference play losses, also dropping 2 games at home.  Up next, road games against Montana State and Montana.  Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Swimming and Diving: (3-7): The Aqua-Jacks are still waiting for the WAC Championships at the end of the month. Keep up the good work, Jacks! #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Men) 0-2:  Utah has not been kind to the Jacks, dealing them road losses to both BYU and Utah.  Up next, San Diego State on Friday. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 0-2: The women lost to UC Davis (at ASU) and at Arizona, but will be taking on Grand Canyon University this Friday in Flagstaff.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong
Track and Field:

http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/track/2016-17/releases/20170206p6xbox

I don’t have a good feel for how to display the Track and Field information, but thought I would share this NAU Athletics article, as it seems the Lady Track Jacks are doing well.  Both Brooke Andersen and Paige Gilchrist were awarded Big Sky “Women’s Field Athlete of the Week,” this past Monday.  Way to go, Ladies!  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Fall 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, would you like for these articles to be posted as blogs, or as separate websites?  I’m trying to get a feel for how to keep going here.  Also, any topics you’d like to see are welcome in tge comments section.

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51

Fall Season Wrap

http://news.nau.edu/nau-ua-health-profesion-students-collaborate-improve-patient-care/#.WC9Dt3m7q70

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

http://www.nauathletics.com/general/2016-17/releases/20161115r254x8

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!!!