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Traditions

Spreading Lumberjack Spirit

When you participate in our Lumberjack events, you take part in celebrating more than a century of tradition. Join us and write your own chapter in NAU’s rich history.

Experience the people, the programs, and the community of Northern Arizona University! Every fall, during Family Weekend, parents and families of students visit campus and experience life as a Lumberjack.

Activities include:

  • live entertainment
  • pre-game BBQ
  • football game
  • casino night
  • Sunday brunch
A group of N A U cheerleaders stands on the sideline and watches the game, with the image focused on one in the front, smiling as she holds her blue and gold pom poms.

A beloved tradition since 1924, Homecoming connects NAU to the community as we welcome returning alumni to enjoy a week of campus events and activities.

Highlights include:

  • bonfire and pep rally
  • alumni awards
  • Lumberjack pageant
  • Homecoming Dedicatee banquet
  • Homecoming Day parade
  • football game

Greek Week To activate the Greek Week tab, press your spacebar.

Greek Week is all about the community. Our on-campus fraternities and sororities team up to win various awards centered on community service and philanthropy, and all money raised during the week is donated to local and national charities.

Events

Mr. Lumberjack Pageant To activate the Mr. Lumberjack Pageant tab, press your spacebar.

Male students compete in this mock beauty pageant to show their Homecoming pride. The winner receives an impressive prize package that includes gift certificates from local businesses and rides with the Kayettes in the downtown Flagstaff Homecoming parade.

Pageant Facebook

Taylor Haunted House To activate the Taylor Haunted House tab, press your spacebar.

Residents of Taylor Hall don’t just present the same old haunted house. Students and Flagstaff community members enjoy Halloween magic while raising money for charity and participating in a canned food drive.

Haunted House Facebook

Earth Week To activate the Earth Week tab, press your spacebar.

NAU’s Earth Week joins NAU with the community in celebrating fun, sustainable solutions that positively affect our environment.

Earth Week Calendar

Cultural Traditions To activate the Cultural Traditions tab, press your spacebar.

Celebrating the heritages and cultural traditions of all our Native American, Asian-Pacific American, African American, and Hispanic American students is a critical aspect of our commitment towards creating an inclusive campus community.

Native American Cultural Center  Clubs and Organizations  Multicultural Events

Holiday Week To activate the Holiday Week tab, press your spacebar.

Near the end of the fall semester, Holiday Week celebrates the change of seasons and sets the stage for  the upcoming winter break.

Festivities include:

  • residence hall decorations
  • parties
  • luminaries ling campus streets
  • clothing and food drives
  • holiday dance

True Blue Friday To activate the True Blue Friday tab, press your spacebar.

On August 30, 2007, a Presidential Decree proclaimed Friday of each and every work week ”True Blue Friday.“ Students, faculty, staff, and the community show their pride by wearing Northern Arizona University colors and gear.

Join us in showing your Lumberjack spirit and being part of this NAU tradition.

Gabapalooza To activate the Gabapalooza tab, press your spacebar.

Gabaldon Hall throws an outdoor party on their huge lawn every spring, and everyone is invited. The event includes:

  • concerts
  • free food
  • prizes
  • carnival games

Student Athlete for a Day To activate the Student Athlete for a Day tab, press your spacebar.

Every year our student-athletes pair up with elementary school students 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.