Science/On Campus Life/Memories:

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.–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:
Tom Petty passed away earlier this week.  You’re on your own finding links to that one, though.


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):

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:
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!!!

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:

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)


     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!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:


Going Rogue

Star Wars:
I went and saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this past weekend.  The movie was excellent, I would highly recommend it.  It also reminded me of my time at NAU (when Star Wars Episodes II and III came out).  As a child, I was into Star Wars, but there were only the original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI).  By the time Episode I came out, I had grown up, and didn’t have time for “nerdy” Star Wars movies anymore.  Fast forward several more years, and Episode VII (The Force Awakens) comes out.  Due to family changes, Star Wars movies are “cool” again, so I watched all of them in order.  I’m not too sorry I missed Episodes I – III while in college, they just don’t seem as good.
This article discusses the impact the bitumen (tar-like fuel extracted from oil sands) could have on the ocean in the case of a spill.  I mention the article because Dr. Thomas Sisk of NAU was one of the contributing authors to the study.
Off Campus Life:
Missed this one a few weeks ago, but thought I should share.  I remember frequenting Granny’s Closet during my years in Flagstaff, and it makes me sad that I will never be able to introduce my family to this wonderful restaurant.  Thank you, Zanzucchi family, for giving us such a great place to grab some wings and beers over the years!
Campus Life:
NAU keeps it green by being awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status for the Aquatic and Tennis complex.  This is NAU’s 13th LEED-certified building.  Way to go Jacks!
Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 3-10 (0-0) The Jacks got their first win in December as they defeated UTEP but then stumbled against Illinois – Chicago.  Up next Big Sky Conference play against Southern Utah on Dec. 31st.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 4-7 (0-0)  The Lady Jacks are taking notes from the Men apparently, losing to Grand Canyon University and Utah.  Up next, Conference play, as they will travel to take on Southern Utah on the 31st. 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

Merry Christmas!

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

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:


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, 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!!!

If you’re Gabbing:

NCAA National Champions!

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

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!!!

Tricky Little Jack

My son’s “X-Box” in the bed of my “truck”.

Tonight, my son played a pretty good trick on me: He gave me a toy truck.  He’s been asking for an X-Box for months, so I promised him a while back that if he got me a truck, then I would get him an X-Box.  After he gave me the truc, I quickly put an “X” on a medicine box and gave him his “X-Box”…he was not amused.  This reminds me a little bit of a trick I pulled on NAU when I went there (completing most of my Master’s while still an undergrad).  Let’s hear about the best trick you pulled on NAU (or that NAU pulled on you) in the comments section. Go Jacks!!!

For those of you that will be protesting and/hunting Pokémon: be careful out there.

NAU or AZ Tech?

On the eve of #Brexit (Britain’s referendum on leaving the European Union), I am reminded of my days at NAU.  While in Flagstaff, NAU decided to rebrand itself from blue and gold mountains to a sage, blue, gold, and white tree on a shield.  As I recall, the students’ thoughts on this new design were not requested, and most of my colleagues we not all that pleased with the new image.  Also in the early 2000’s, there was a rumor floating around that NAU would change its name to Arizona Technical University and become “Arizina Tech.”  As an engineering major, I liked this idea, however, it never came to pass.  Since its founding in 1899, NAU has had sevral names:  Northern Arizona Normal School, Northern Arizona State Teacher’s College, Arizona State Teacher’s College of Flagstaff, Arizona State College of Flagstaff, and Northern Arizona University.  What do you think, should NAU have changed its name to AZ Tech? Or something else?  Share your ideas in the Comments section below.  Go JACKS!!!