End of an Era

Science:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/world/cassini-mission-ending/index.html

The 13 year Cassini mission to Saturn will be ending in a fireball early Friday morning (if everything goes as planned).

http://news.nau.edu/science-engineering-day/#.WagooLAUnxg
Shear awesomeness in this one, as this article talks about NAU’s Science and Engineering Day (Sept. 23rd).  This coincides with the Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science (Sept 22nd – Oct. 1st).

http://news.nau.edu/cryosphere-report/
Accolades:
http://news.nau.edu/research-citations/

Researchers from around the globe cite research conducted at NAU frequently (in the top 10%, according to the World University Rankings)
On Campus/Off Campus Life:
https://ktar.com/story/1725903/flagstaff-student-temporary-employees-see-pay-raise/
Good news for NAU student and temporary workers.  They’re getting a raise ($8.50/hr by the end of Oct.).    Right now, the lowest paid workers receive $8.05/hr, and 25% of the student workers will see an increase, according to NAU President Rita Cheng.

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 (0-2, 0-0):

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 (112 wins (76 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!

9 days until NAU hits the road to take on Cal Poly!  Go Jacks!!!

Well, 57 yards rushing (and 278 yard of total offense) will usually not win yo a football game, which is what happened last Saturday.  Hopefully, the Jacks will take the week off and come back refreshed and get that first W of the season!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (5-2-0, 0-0):

The Lady Jacks lost to UNLV (2-1) but bounced back against Pacific (2-1).  Tomorrow, they kick off their New Mexico tour in Las Cruces to take on the Aggies before heading up to Albuquerque to face the Lobos (and close out non-Conference play).  Go Jacks!!!

Volleyball (4-5, 0-0):
Volleyball started the Lumberjack Classic in Flagstaff with 2 losses against Utah St. (1-3), ASU (1-3) and then got some payback (from the Jackrabbit Invitational) against CSU Bakersfield (3-1).  Up next, a trip to Hawaii to take on the Warriors! 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 last week.  Way to go, Jacks!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/5/cross-countrys-lomong-named-big-sky-athlete-of-the-week.aspx
Way to go Peter, congratulations!
The Defending NCAA Champions began their title defense on the right foot with 1st place finishes at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff!  Up next, the Greater Louisville Classic on the 30th.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

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 – 0-2 (0-0)

Soccer – 5-2-0 (0-0-0)

Volleyball – 4-5 (0-0) 

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

     1st Place Finishes – 1

Cross Country (Women’s) –

     1st Place Finishes – 1

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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Starting on the Right Foot

Science:

http://news.nau.edu/science-engineering-day/#.WagooLAUnxg
Shear awesomeness in this one, as this article talks about NAU’s Science and Engineering Day (Sept. 23rd).  This coincides with the Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science (Sept 22nd – Oct. 1st).

http://news.nau.edu/cryosphere-report/
Ted Schuur, an Ecology professor at NAU will be a busy man for the near future.  Mr. Schuur (and 100 other scientists from around the world) will be working on a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.  Way to go, Ted!  Make NAU proud!
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-mapping-technology-pinpoints-harvey-s-unexpected-impacts/article_5bcffee2-06d3-508b-b8d4-5d59abe838a7.html

Ben Ruddell of NAU is using a project he directs called FEWSion to predict the unexpected impacts of Hurricane Harvey on other cities in the US.  Much success, Ben!
On Campus/Off Campus Life:
http://news.nau.edu/passport-day-2/
Lumberjacks (and non-Lumberjacks) can renew their passports on Sept. 14th in the Blome Building at NAU.  Processing fees are waived for NAU affiliates, but they are still responsible for the Dept. of State fees.  Non-Affiliates can also get their passports renewed, but the fee will not be waived.

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 (0-1, 0-0):

2 days until NAU returns to the Skydome to take on Western Illinois!  Go Jacks!!!

Well, at least we scored 24 (too bad we gave up 62) in Tucson.  Apparently, this game was pretty offensive NAU had 562 yds on offense while the ‘Cats had 595.  One of the big differences: turnovers.  NAU had 3, UA had none.  On to Western Illinois!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (4-1-0, 0-0):

The Lady Jacks took down the Detroit Mercy Titans (1-0) and Nevada (1-0), and will play UNLV tomorrow.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/6/womens-soccer-junior-madeline-waszak-named-big-sky-offensive-player-of-the-week.aspx
Junior Maeline Waszak was named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week.  Way to go Madeline! #NAUStrong
Volleyball (3-3, 0-0):
Volleyball started the Hampton Inn Jackrabbit Invitational off strong with a victory (3-0) over Valparaiso, but then dropped their next matchup to CSU Bakerfield (1-3) and then took down the hosts (SD St.) 3-0. Tomorrow, they will begin the Lumberjack Classic in Flagstaff against Utah St. (Fri), ASU (Fri) and will look for some payback against CSU Bakersfield (Sat).  Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
The Defending NCAA Champions began their title defense on the right foot with 1st place finishes at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff!  Up next, the Dave Murray Invitational down in Tucson on the 15th.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

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 – 0-1 (0-0)

Soccer – 4-1-0 (0-0-0)

Volleyball – 3-3 (0-0) 

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

     1st Place Finishes – 1

Cross Country (Women’s) –

     1st Place Finishes – 1

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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Upset City

Eclipse 2017 (Aug 21st):

Article describing NAU student’s and faculty’s observations during the partial solar eclipse that occurred on Aug 21st:

http://news.nau.edu/eclipse-story/#.WagjZbAUnxg
Science:
http://news.nau.edu/science-engineering-day/#.WagooLAUnxg
Shear awesomeness in this one, as this article talks about NAU’s Science and Engineering Day (Sept. 23rd).  This coincides with the Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science (Sept 22nd – Oct. 1st).

Football:

2 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!

http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ncaaf/asu/2017/08/28/new-mexico-state-partied-1999-asus-expense/605319001/
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2012/9/8/9_8_2012_614.aspx?path=football
Just in case you are thinking that there’s no way the Jacks can take down the Cats, I found the above article, which, although it doesn’t involve either team, and NMSU is (technically) a FBS football program, shows that upsets do happen. 
The second article is a little closer to home.  It talks about NAU’s upset of UNLV (FBS football team) in 2012.
Huge upsets can happen.  Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Soccer:

The Lady Jacks took down Canyon University 1-0, and will face the Detroit Titans tomorrow, and Nevada on Sunday.  Go Jacks!!!
Volleyball:
Volleyball started the season (and the Miami Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational) off strong with a victory (3-2) over Southern Illinois, but then dropped 2 straight to Western Kentucky (0-3) and Miami, Oh (1-3). Tomorrow, they will begin the Hampton Inn Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, SD against Valparaiso (Fri), CSU Bakersfield (Sat) and South Dakota St (Sat).  Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
2 days until the Defending NCAA Champions begin their title defense at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

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 – 0-0 (0-0)

Soccer – 2-1-0 (0-0-0)

Volleyball – 1-2 (0-0) 

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

Cross Country (Women’s) –

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!

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Kick Off

Eclipse 2017 (Aug 21st):

Article related to the partial solar eclipse that occurred on Aug 21st:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/total-solar-eclipse-looked-amazing-221903357.html

Found this article and thought I would share.  There was a lot of info about the eclipse from Earth, but figured a from-space point of view would be something a little different.

Off Campus/On Campus Life:

http://news.nau.edu/flagstaff-named-no-1-small-college-town-great-quality-life/?utm_content=bufferca71c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.WZ96PhlMFAg

Great news about NAU and Flagstaff as the school year kicks off!  Way to go Jacks!!!

Football:

9 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer:

The Lady Jacks split their first 2 games and will face Grand Canyon University tomorrow.  Go Jacks!!!
Volleyball:
1 day until NAU takes on Southern Illinois!  Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
9 days until the Defending NCAA Champions begin their title defense in Flagstaff.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

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 Sports Season:

Football – 0-0 (0-0)

Soccer – 1-1-0 (0-0-0) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 0-0 (0-0)  2nd Big Sky

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

Cross Country (Women’s) –

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

A Plague Upon Us

Off Campus Life/On Campus Life:

http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2017/08/plague-carrying_fleas_confirme.html

http://www.kyma.com/news/fleas-test-positive-for-the-plague-in-two-arizona-counties/605666582

Both of these articles are pretty clear, the Bubonic Plague (yes, the same plague that ravaged Europe and Asia almost 700 years ago), is back in Northern Arizona and New Mexico.  Navajo and Coconino Counties in Arizona have produced plague positive fleas, according to tests performed by NAU’s very own Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute.  Try to stay plague free out there, and if you have flu-like symptoms, go see a doctor.

Eclipse 2017 (4 days):

Articles related to the partial solar eclipse on Aug 21st:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

https://www.arizonahighways.com/blog/eclipse-2017-how-see-it-arizona

http://fox8.com/2017/07/23/nasa-wants-all-of-us-to-be-citizen-scientists-during-august-solar-eclipse/

http://www.wmdt.com/solar-eclipse/how-to-make-your-own-solar-eclipse-viewer-from-a-cereal-box/590439506

Football:

15 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer:
1 day until NAU takes on the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos, TX!  Go Jacks!!!

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/6/12/6_12_2017_533.aspx

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/8/9/soccer-preseasonpoll.aspx

Volleyball:
8 days until NAU takes on Southern Illinois!  Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
16 days until the Defending NCAA Champions begin their title defense in Flagstaff.  Go Jacks!!!

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

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.

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

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

That’s a Wrap

Science/Off Campus Life:

http://knau.org/post/brain-food-milkweeds-monarchs

This article from KNAU describes how Flagstaff entomologist Mike Wagner has established a program to work with Flagstaff master Gardeners to grow more Milkweed (a pollinator and nursery for monarch butterflies) in hopes of increasing the monarch butterfly population.

Spring Sports Season:
http://www.nauathletics.com/sports/track/2016-17/releases/20170608w1ct70

Track and Field:  Still need to figure out a good way to display Track and Field results.  NAU’s Brooke Andersen took second place at the NCAA Division I National Championships on June 8th with a hammer throw of 68.62 meters. Matt Baxter (10,000 meter) finished 7th with a time of 29:09.83.  NAU’s Adam Keenan finished 11th with a meet best throw of 68.98 meters.  Way to go Jacks!  We’re proud of you! #GoJacks  #NAUStrong

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