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

Sara Bogle

A very special shout out to a soon-to-be NAU Alumni: Congratulations to Sara Bogle!!!  Way to go!!!

Science:

http://news.nau.edu/tipsi/

This article outlines how NAU students developed a cost effective means for viewing asteroids in the infrared spectrum to gauge their proximity to Earth.  Way to go Jacks!!!

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-lab-allows-scientists-to-drive-on-mars/article_e1db08fa-fb96-5fbd-8ccd-d5f5e00e5afd.html

This article was missed last post, so I figured I’d bring it up now.  NAU has recently opened a lab that allows planetary scientists to control the Curiosity rover on Mars, and also lets them (through augmented reality goggles), experience the Martian landscape next to the rover.

Spring Sports Season:

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Right now, the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA starting are ongoing.  #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/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/20170508nvtjib
Congratulations to NAU Womens’ Basketball player Rene Coggins, who will be taking her finals this week and attempting to finish her collegiate career with a perfect 4.0 GPA in her triple major of accountancy, finance and hotel & restaurant management.  Way to go, Rene, we’re all pulling for you!  #NAUStrong

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)

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

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

It’s Over……Tuition

Campus Life:

http://news.nau.edu/nau-tuition-proposal/

Tuition is going up, but for 98% of current NAU students (according to the NAU News article above) will not see an increase.  This results from NAU’s “Pledge” which has been going strong for 10 years, that tuition not increase for current NAU students
Science:
http://news.nau.edu/nau-stem-education/
This article describes how NAU’s Pradeep “Max” Dass (the director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL)) is leading a movement to expose science, teaching, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators from a broad to US STEM teaching methods.

Health:

http://news.nau.edu/yuma-nursing/

This article describes how NAU Yuma’s Nursing program is expanding it’s enrollment, which will provide opportunities for more “Yumans”, which, as a Yuman (but in heart only, now) is great to see.

Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13): The Jacks were bounced from the Nig Sky Tournament by Portland State in the 1st Round, falling 80-67.  Thank you for a great (albeit sometimes frustrating) season, guys! Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13):  The Lady Jacks did no better than the Men against Portland State, losing 88-76 in the first round.  Thank for the great season Ladies!  Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Swimming and Diving: (3-7): Tanya Kurach‘s impressive debut season with the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team came to end on Thursday with a 49th place finish on 1-meter at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Kurach posted a six-round score of 218.40 in her first appearance at the Division I national championships. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 8-6 (4-0):  The Jacks have kept the Conference winning streak going.  Up next, they’ll be in Flagstaff to take on Weber St. and Idaho St.. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Tennis (Women) 10-3 (5-0): Not to be outdone, the Lady Jacks have their own Conference winning streak (currently at 5) going.  Up next, they’ll be on the road to take on ASU, and then return to Flagstaff to take on Eastern Washington.  #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  Up next, the 90th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, TX starting on March 30th. #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

Golf:  The Jacks finished 6th at the Sacramento State Invitational. Sofia Anokhina finished first overall!  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.

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New Recruits

Football Signing Day:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/college/nau/2017/02/01/northern-arizona-football-recruiting-class-2017/97367166/

Per the AZCentral article above, here is the Jacks’ 2017 recruiting class:

Cole Beaty, WR, 6-0, 170, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS)

Brandon Boyce, DT, 6-1, 283, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)

Chance Brewington, WR, 6-3, 185, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)

Terrell Brown, WR, 6-3, 170, Chandler, Ariz. (Basha HS)

Marcus Carrasco, LB, 6-3, 200, La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS)

Robert Hauck, S, 5-10, 170, San Diego, Calif. (Del Norte HS)

Gregory Jordan, DT, 6-1, 280, Windsor Hills, Calif. (Dorsey HS)

Matt Kempton, TE, 6-4, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Brophy Prep School)

Jonas Leader, T, 6-5, 261, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro HS)

Seth Long, DE, 6-4, 227, West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS)

Max Michalczik, TE, 6-2, 205, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills HS)

Jahlil Pinkett, CB, 5-10, 175, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Chaminade College Prep)

Brandon Porter, ATH, 5-10, 165, Victorville, Calif. (Oak Hills HS)

Eddie Rivas, T, 6-4, 288, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe HS)

Stone Smartt, QB, 6-4, 188, Antelope, Calif. (Del Oro HS)

Justis Stokes, WR, 6-1, 175, Gilbert, Ariz. (Williams Field HS)

Rodney Thompson, QB, 6-1, 185, San Diego, Calif. (Saint Augustine HS)

Damahny Whittle, LB, 6-1, 200, Las Vegas, Nev. (Liberty HS)

Transfers

*Aaron Andrews, DE, 6-2, 245, Livermore, Calif. (Chabot)

*Jaeren Burch, WR, 6-0, 185, Peoria, Ariz. (Phoenix College)

*Joshua Clarke, S, 6-2, 185, Fremont, Calif. (College of San Mateo)

Sirgeo Hoffman, RB, 6-0, 215, Portland, Ore. (Pima CC)

*Spencer Lewis, T, 6-4, 260, Mesa, Ariz. (Phoenix College)

*Elijah Orr, S, 5-10, 170, Sacramento, Calif. (College of San Mateo)

Quentin Robinson, DE, 6-1, 280, Plant City, Fla. (Butte College)

*Anthony Sweeney, S, 5-10, 170, American Canyon, Calif. (De La Salle HS)

Sione Talakai, DT, 6-0, 280, Salt Lake City, Utah (Eastern Arizona College)

*Hamilton To’o, DT, 6-1, 260, San Leandro, Calif. (College of San Mateo)

*Cory Young, RB, 5-10, 160, Corona, Calif. (Boise State)

* – Midyear transfer and currently enrolled at NAU.

Welcome to the #NAUFamily #GoJacks

Campus Life:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-high-schools-partner-for-art-exhibit/article_8357cf80-d76f-524f-9a20-effb90d9fa12.html

This article talks about how NAU’s Beasley Gallery (Curator Christopher Kane Taylor) is displaying artwork from several Flagstaff area high schools to give the students a chance to experience what having their work displayed in a professional setting (and exposing them to each others’ work) is like.

Science:

http://news.nau.edu/nau-scientist-uses-remote-sensing-technologies-detect-groundwater-drought-stricken-east-africa/#.WJNSXXm7q70

This NAUNews articles talks about how NAU adjuct research professor Pat Chavez has been awarded a grant recently to “Investigate the Use of Remote Sensing to Detect and Map Potential Ground Water Resources in Eastern Africa.”  Chavez is working with NAU Geospatial scientist Scott Kelly on the project to see if remotely sensed satellite data can be used in conjunction with other data to generate models that would depict potential groundwater locations in East Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia).

Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 6-16 (3-6): The Jacks are currently in the middle of their longest winning streak of the season at 2 straight wins.  They will try to keep it going and get win number 3 against at Idaho State and then at Weber State.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 6-14 (2-7):  The Lady Jacks are not enjoying the same fortune as the Men, having lost 3 straight.  They will have home games against Idaho State and Weber State to try to work out the kinks.  Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Swimming and Diving: (3-7): The Aqua-Jacks dropped match ups with Boise State and Nevada.  hey held their own in the Air Force Inivtational with Tatianan Kurach (#4) and Alexa Geiger (#9) finishing in the top ten.  Up next are the WAC Championships at the end of the month. Keep up the good work, Jacks! #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

Shooting for the Stars

Campus Life:
Great article from AZ Daily Sun, about NAU’s new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science.  Having been in the works for the past 10 years, the PhD program is finally up and running and should serve to boost NAU’s status as a research university.  Way to go Jacks!
Science:
This NAU News articles explains how NAU Professor Scott Anderson is working with a team to de-bunk a mass extinction theory.
Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 3-13 (0-4): The Jacks are still looking for that elusive first conference win (and first win in 2017). Up next are Sacramento St. and Portland St. at home. Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong
Personal note: At least we’re ranked ahead of the UTEP Miners (who we beat earlier this year) in RPI (NAU is #345, UTEP is #347).

Basketball (Women) 5-9 (1-2):  The Lady Jacks are following in the Men’s’ footsteps, apparently, and have dropped 2 straight games after winning their conference opener.  Hopefully they can get back on track on the road against Sacramento St. and Portland St.  Go Lady Jacks!  #NAUStrong!

Swimming and Diving: (3-5): The Aqua-Jacks(?) have been doing their thing since September, and will keep going through March.  They’ve picked up 1 win (Oregon St.) and 1 loss (UofA).  Keep up the good work, Jacks! #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!!!

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