Every fall, the parents and families of our students visit our campus and experience
life at our university during Family Weekend. Activities include:
- live entertainment
- a pre-game barbeque
- a football game
- casino night
- a Sunday brunch
Week, filled with activities and philanthropy projects, celebrates the
community service inherent to our on-campus fraternities and sororities. The fraternities and
sororities team up to win various Greek Week awards, and all money raised
during the week is given to local and national charities.
Homecoming, which has been a Northern Arizona University tradition since 1924,
we welcome alumni back to campus to enjoy a week of activities.
- bonfire and pep rally
- alumni awards
- Mr. Lumberjack pageant
- Homecoming Dedicatee banquet
- Homecoming Day parade
- football game
Mr. Lumberjack Pageant
Male students compete in this mock beauty pageant to show their Homecoming pride. The winner:
- receives an impressive prize package including a variety of gift certificates from local businesses
- rides with the Kayettes in the Homecoming parade in downtown Flagstaff
Taylor Haunted House
residents of the on-campus Taylor Hall don’t just put on the same old haunted
house. Students and Flagstaff community members enjoy the Halloween magic while
raising money for charity and participating in a canned food drive.
Week, which occurs near the end of the fall semester, helps students enjoy the
change in seasons and upcoming winter break. This festive week includes:
- residence hall decorations
- luminaries that line the streets around campus
- clothing and food drives
- holiday dance
Gabaldon Hall, a residence hall on campus, has an outdoor party on their huge lawn every spring, and everyone at the university is invited. The event includes:
- free food
- carnival games
Student Athlete for a Day
Every year our student athletes pair up with an elementary
school student for a day of bonding, inspirational talks, and physical
activity. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organizes this event to
make kids aware of the importance of being a good student and community member.
Student athletes take it upon themselves to spend this day cleaning up campus and the areas around it.
Native American Heritage Celebrations
In the fall, various educational and cultural events sponsored by Native American student organizations focus on Native American heritage. One of them is the Miss Indian NAU Scholarship Pageant. The program:
- promotes cultural awareness and understanding of tribal/indigenous nations
- represents Native American students at the university
- assists in strengthening the recruitment and retention of Native American college students
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebrations
This set of celebrations, sponsored by student organizations, focuses on Asian-Pacific heritage through various educational and cultural events.
African-American Heritage Celebrations
February is Black History Month. Sponsored by student organizations, it is a time to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in the development of this country. The month’s activities include:
Hispanic Heritage Celebrations
Sponsored by student organizations, this set of celebrations focus on the Hispanic heritage through various educational and cultural events.
For all of these celebrations, the dining halls make special arrangements to serve the foods unique to the occasion and culture.
Student Athlete Community Service
Our student athletes excel in their sports, their studies, and in the community. Last year, our athletes completed more than 4,500 hours of service. Some of those efforts include:
- St. Mary's Food Bank
- Flagstaff Marathon
- Special Olympics Flyer Night at Chili's
- United Way Kickoff
- Campus Move In
- Fit Kids of Arizona
- Flagstaff Schools for Red Ribbon Week
True Blue Friday
On August 30, 2007, a Presidential Decree was signed proclaiming Friday of each and every work week ‘True Blue Friday.’ Students, faculty, staff, and the community show their pride by wearing Northern Arizona University gear that elevates school spirit while raising awareness of the university, its athletic teams, and partnership with the Flagstaff community.
Examples of True Blue Spirit can be seen at all athletic events, school activities, and even the True Blue mural in downtown Flagstaff that underscores the longstanding friendship and mutual support between the city and the university.
Be a part of this NAU tradition and get your gear at the NAU Bookstore and participating retailers.