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Vol. 8 No. 7 | October 13, 2011


On October 22, alumni from all over will return to celebrate the university's 87th Homecoming, "AXEcents of NAU: Louie's Top 99." Your student will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events during Traditions Week, leading up to Saturday.

And this year's dedicatee is...

Since 1936, leaders of student organizations from across campus have selected a Homecoming dedicatee--a faculty or staff member, here for at least 10 years, who students feel has demonstrated exceptional service to the university and interest in its students. Dedicatees are honored during major events during Homecoming Week, which includes a banquet in their honor and a place in the Homecoming parade.

This year's dedicatee is Mary Bowers, a business communication instructor and the director of the W. A. Franke College of Business Communication Center. Bowers has been employed at the university since 2000 and was named Teacher of the Year for the W. A. Franke College of Business in 2009.

She will be honored at the dedicatee banquet on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 PM at the High Country Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased through the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU) in the University Union. Tickets are $8 for students and $16 for non-students.

Traditions Week

Monday, October 17 is the kick off to Traditions Week. Events for the week include a dodgeball tournament on Wednesday, October 18, the ASNAU carnival and Mr. Lumberjack Pageant on Thursday, October 20, and the parade on Saturday morning through downtown Flagstaff. Alumni Relations will also be hosting various events.

Interested in Homecoming history? Check out a list of themes from past years.

Help Us Grow The Peer Jack Family

by Kelley Horn, Peer Jacks Mentoring Program

Peer Jacks is a program specially designed for out-of-state Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) freshmen. We know that students who participate in Peer Jacks freshmen are more successful than those who do not. It's true: Peer Jacks gives students a head-start on getting connected to campus and in establishing a strong academic and social foundation.

The program can assist your WUE freshman by providing the following opportunities:

  • One-on-one connection with an upperclassman or an experienced out-of-state-student
  • Events just for participants
  • Opportunities to meet other out-of-state freshmen with similar interests
  • Knowledge of campus and community resources

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Forgot Your Shirt?

Did you pay for your "I Survived Family Weekend" t-shirt and didn't pick it up? Please contact Parent and Family Services by phone at (928) 523-6267 or email to claim your pre–paid shirts.

Event Highlights

Los Hermanos Escamilla, roping workshop, Thursday, October 13, 2 PM, du Bois Center; Escamilla Entertainment performance, 6 PM, Ardrey Auditorium; in celebration of Latin@ Heritage Month

• NAU Theatre presents "Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical" staged Oct. 14-23 at the Clifford E. White Theatre. Call 928-523-5661 for tickets.

Women's Volleyball vs. Idaho State, Thursday, October 13, 7:30 PM, Rolle Activity Center

Women's Volleyball vs. Weber State, Saturday, October 15, 7 PM, Rolle Activity Center

"Better Hot Than Caught: What the archaeology of undocumented border crossings tells us about the immigration debate," Monday, October 17, 7-8 PM, Wettaw Chemistry and Biochemistry Building

See a complete listing of university events on the official university calendar website. More Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff and Flagstaff Happenings. More travel, dining, shopping, and event information is available from