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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.
Oumuamua:
A few articles about Oumuamua, the “Interstellar Cigar”:
Distance: 202,352,000 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)
Closest distance: 25,656,000 mi on Oct 8th
Velocity: 16.36 mi/s (1,414,000 mi/day)
This article discusses how “Implications for Planetary System Formation from Interstellar Object 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua),” was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in December—with four NAU faculty members and five graduate students as authors. Way t ogo Jacks!!!

Science:
This article discusses Frank von Hippel’s efforts to show us the scientific history behind many of the things we take for granted in our everyday lives. #NAUStrong
Science on Tap, which takes place downtown at The Green Room one Thursday a month, provides a relaxed atmosphere where scientists from Northern Arizona University, local science organizations and universities throughout the country can share new findings with Flagstaff residents.
More information on the series can be found on the Flagstaff Science on Tap Facebook page or by contacting Kara.Gibson@nau.edu.These events are free and open to anyone ages 21 and older.
Health:
The Journey for Underrepresented Medical Professions (JUMP), is a program that focuses on increasing diversity in and capacity of allied health and primary care professionals. The overall project goal is to strengthen the nation’s health and human services workforce by creating a pipeline for students to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions.
Off Campus Life:
Science on Tap, which takes place downtown at The Green Room one Thursday a month, provides a relaxed atmosphere where scientists from Northern Arizona University, local science organizations and universities throughout the country can share new findings with Flagstaff residents.
More information on the series can be found on the Flagstaff Science on Tap Facebook page or by contacting Kara.Gibson@nau.edu.These events are free and open to anyone ages 21 and older.
Time to hit the slopes! Snow Bowl is open (just make sure you don’t eat the snow, yellow or white)!
Sports:
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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 4-21, (1-11):
The beatings will continue until moral improves, apparently. The Jacks dropped their home game against Southern Utah 54-63 and will look to stop the losing streak against Northern Colorado tonight, or at North Dakota on Saturday. Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Basketball 5-18, (2-10):
The Lady Jacks pounded Southern Utah, 72-55. Way to go, Ladies! Up next, they will return home to take on Northern Colorado tonight and North Dakota on Saturday. Go Jacks!!!
Swimming and Diving:
The Aqua Jacks performed well at the NAU Quad Diving Meet in Flagstaff on the 2nd and 3rd. Up next, they’ll travel to Houston for the WAC Championships from the 21st through the 24th. Go AquaJacks!!!
Men’s Tennis 1-2 (0-0):
Utah was not as kind to the jacks as New Mexico was. The Men dropped both matchups in Utah to BYU (1-6) and Utah (0-7). Up next, they will come back to AZ (Tucson) to take on UofA (Saturday) and Nebraska (Sunday). #NAUStrong
Women’s Tennis 3-2 (0-0):
The women righted the ship on the road, taking down NMSU (5-2), Abilene Christian (4-1), and UTEP (5-2) on the road. Up next, they’ll try to keep it up when they face New Mexico in Flagstaff on Saturday. Go Jacks!

Golf:
The Lady Jacks finished 8th at the UC Riverside for the Battle at the Rock. Up next, they will play the Rebel-Beach in Las Vegas on the 26th and 27th. Go Jacks!!!
Football (7-5, 6-2):
http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his
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:
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx
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!
Winter 2017 Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 4-21 (1-11)
Basketball (Women) 5-18 (2-10)
Swimming and Diving –
First Place Finishes (Team) – 5
First Place Finishes (Individual) – 68 (Sarah O’Conner (5), Alina Staffeldt (10), Tonya Kurach (7), Roni Houck (5), Niamh McDonagh (4), Christina Torrente (12), Kimmy Richter (6), Monique King (7), Sam Milewski (1), Andrea Schmidt (2), Elisa Rodriguez (4), Sarah Takach (3) Raquel Gonzalez (2)).
Spring 2018 Sports Season:
Tennis (Men) 1-2 (1-0)
Tennis (Women) 3-2 (0-0)
Track and Field:
Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen:
Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan:
10,000 meter (Men): Baxter:
Golf:
Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic
Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4
Dance:
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))
Golf:
Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic
Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4
Spring 2017 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 2017 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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Science/On Campus Life/Memories:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/old-nau-dorm-makes-way-for-new-stem-building/article_1a283ca5-caa9-57ff-b81c-776e4be3fb6e.html

This article talks about NAU’s plan to demolish Peterson Hall to make way for a new STEM building.  As a former occupant of Peterson (one of the last ones), I’m sorry to see it go, but it’s for a good cause.

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-lab-opens–d-printing-to-the-public/article_f73b62e5-080b-518d-8d3d-98b7923d92b5.html

This article talks about NAU’s MakerLab being open to the public. Hooray for Science (and 3D printing!)!

On Campus/Off Campus Life:

Las Vegas – Words cannot express how horrible this is.  The mother of one of our fellow Lumberjacks was one of the victims:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2017/10/03/las-vegas-shooting-mother-northern-arizona-university-student-among-those-killed-lisa-patterson/728021001/
Tom Petty passed away earlier this week.  You’re on your own finding links to that one, though.

Sports:

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/1/general-nau-football-and-mens-basketball-gameday-audio-broadcasts-on-tunein-for-free.aspx

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!!!

Football (2-2, 2-0):

https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/sep/11/breaking-nau-longtime-football-coach-jerome-souers/

http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his

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 (114 wins (78 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!

2 days until NAU defends the Skydome against Illinois State and tries to keep their winning streak (2 wins) going!  This will be the Hall of Fame game during Family Weekend! Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (8-5-0, 3-1):

The Lady Jacks did better at home, beating both Northern Colorado and North Dakota 1-0 in Flagstaff.  Tomorrow, they hit the road to take on the Portland State and then Montana on Sunday.  Go Jacks!!!

Volleyball (6-9, 2-2):
The Lady Jacks split their last two games, beating Idaho State 3-0, but losing to Weber State 0-3).  Up next, the Lady Jacks will return home to take on Eastern Washington (today) and Idaho (Saturday) in Flagstaff. Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx
The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their rings in Sept.  Way to go, Jacks!

The Defending NCAA Champions keep up the good work with a 1st place finish (19 pts) at the Greater Louisville Classic.  The women finished in 5th place with 181 pts.  Up next, the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational for the Men on the 13th and the Pre-National Invitational on the 14th (both are away, in Madison and Louisville, respectively).  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx
Golf:

Two members of the Lumberjack Golf team played in the Cowgirl Desert  Intercollegiate on the 30th and 1st.  Loren Skibba finsihed tied for 56th (248) and Emma Reyes (251) both played as individuals.  Up next, the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate in Fort Collins, CO on the 6th through the 8th.Go Jacks!!!

Men’s Basketball:

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/full-schedule-announced-for-nau-men-s-basketball/article_9c47da29-1fd8-5699-878d-467f4d253722.html

This article talks about the release of the schedule for the Men’s Basketball this upcoming season.

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

Football – 2-2 (2-0)

Soccer – 8-5-0 (3-1-0)

Volleyball – 6-9 (2-2) 

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

     1st Place Finishes (Team) – 2

     1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 2 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1))

Cross Country (Women’s) –

     1st Place Finishes (Team)  – 1

     Best Finish (Individual) – 2 (Paige Gilchrist)

Golf:

     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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History

Pearl Harbor –
The first article above (NAU News, 2009) discusses NAU Alum Virgil Hengl (December 3, 1921 – August 1, 2011) who witnessed Pearl Harbor and later received a Master’s degree in education from NAU.
The second article discusses the Navajo Code talkers, who were an integral part of the US victory in the Pacific during WWII.
Science –
NAU Wildlife Endocrinologist Kathleen Hunt is using some novel ideas to study baleen whales.
This was an interesting article from NPR about the history of Smallpox, and although it’s not directly related to NAU, Dr. Paul Keim from NAU is quoted at the end of the article.
Great to see NAU working with Willow Bend Environmental Education Center to provide exposure to science to families that may not be able to experience these types of educational experiences on their own.
Campus Life –
Per the AZ Daily Sun Article above, NAU’s Faculty Senate approved Sanctuary (re-named “Universal Safety” for fear of funding reprisal) for NAU.
Also, stumbled upon the website for the NAU School of Communications news (Northern AZ Today, http://www.naztoday.com/site/about.html) and thought I should share, just in case anyone was looking for a local news source.
Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 2-8 (0-0) The rough start continues for the Jacks, as they’ve dropped 8 of their first 10 (that’s 80% of their games for you Mathematicians and Engineers out there 😉 ). They will look to get their first win in December as they play and Arkansas – LittleRock (Dec 14th) at the Skydome, then go to West Texas to face the UTEP Miners.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 4-4 (0-0)  The Lady Jacks get back to 0.500 on the year with a win over Denver.  Sunday they take on the New Mexico State Aggies in Flagstaff. (Go Lady Jacks!!!) #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!!!

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NCAA National Champions!

http://www.ncaa.com/news/cross-country-men/article/2016-11-19/di-mens-xc-northern-arizona-takes-home-schools-first

This is a special event for NAU and I feel that it deserves special recognition.  The Men’s Cross Country team won the NCAA National Championship on November 19, 2016!  This was a classic underdog story, and the first National Championship for the Lumberjacks (in any sport)!

In my posts, I continually neglected the Cross Country team in favor of Football, Volleyball, etc. and for that I apologize.  The Men’s XC team finished 1st in 7 of 8 events this year (including Nationals).

Way to go, gentlemen, we are proud of you!  #NAUStrong #NationalChamps