Golden Jacks!


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


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

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

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

Winter Sports Season:

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!


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:

New Recruits

Football Signing Day:

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)


*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:

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.


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:

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:
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.

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 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:

And finally, Homecoming week for the Lumberjack will take place from Oct. 10 – 15.   The article below has all the details:

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!!!