2020 Family Weekend events
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Virtual Family Weekend 2020
October 3, 2020
There will be no in-person events . Some events require pre-registration: refer to event descriptions below. Some events have limited Zoom capacities: refer to event description below.
Thank you for your interest in Northern Arizona University’s Family Weekend. We are committed to providing current and future Lumberjack families with the information they need to support their students, while also protecting the safety of our community in light of the situation with COVID-19.
For more information and updates following the current events regarding COVID-19 and NAU please visit: COVID-19 Updates and Information
Virtual Family Weekend Schedule
First Gen Friday
The Office of First-Generation Programs in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion invites you to join us to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from 5:30pm-7:00pm on Friday, October 2, 2020. Hear from first-generation NAU alumni, staff, and faculty and network, ask questions, and celebrate the Hispanic/Latina/o/x first-gen college student identity!
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Annual Campus Recreation Family Weekend “Away” 5K
We are making plans for a little friendly virtual competition where you can run, jog, or walk the course of your choice and share your time and route with the Lumberjack family. Prizes will be awarded for:
Best Lumberjack Route Experience (Give us your best Lumberjack style pic from your route), Most NAU Spirit, and Most Creative Route.
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The Recognition of Academic Achievement ceremony
This is a virtual celebration of those students who have carried a minimum of 30 academic units and whose GPAs were in the top 10 percent of NAU’s class at the end of the spring 2020 semester. This virtual celebration will be available for everyone to view on the NAU Social YouTube channel beginning Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m. AZ/MST
Registration is required for student participation/recognition. Students were notified if they are eligible to participate via an email invitation. For questions regarding this event, please contact
Still in the works to provide our lumberjacks and their families opportunities to connect and be entertained. Please check back to see what our Virtual Family Weekend has in store.
Other Virtual Family Weekend initiatives
Recipes from Home
Share a little piece of your family with us! Parent and Family Services is collecting our Lumberjacks’ favorite recipes from home. Share a family recipe with the NAU community in our Fall 2020 Recipes from Home cookbook. Want to submit a recipe? The submission deadline is October 3rd at 10:00 PM. A PDF of the cookbook will be shared in the October 13 edition of The Backpack newsletter.
Home Made Treats
Since we know you’d spoil your Lumberjack with delicious food if you were here, Parent and Family Services will be giving away a special Family Weekend sweet treat to Lumberjacks. We’ll be out on the Pedway near the University Starbucks Saturday Oct. 3 starting at 11 AM until we run out.
NAU Spirit Wear
Visit the NAU Bookstore online and stock up on Lumberjack T shirts, hats, NAU Face coverings and other spirit items to rep NAU pride in your community. Your Lumberjack would love a Bookstore gift card or an NAU Sweatshirt to stay cozy warm as the temperatures drop. https://www.bkstr.com/northernarizonastore/shop/clothing-accessories
Creative ways to support your Lumberjack during Virtual Family Weekend:
Nothing’s better than a care package from home. Here are some ideas to support your student from a distance:
- A Taste of Home: Your best cookies, a postcard from a local restaurant and a photo of the family dog will warm your Lumberjack’s heart and fill their tummy.
- Digital gifts: An e-gift card, email updates, a funny ecard is a quick and easy way to connect.
- Holiday in a box: Fall holidays are coming up and some fun decorations will lift your Lumberjack’s spirits.
- Smooth transition: Help your student get that all important sleep with a gift of earplugs, sleeping mask and chamomile or sleepy time tea.
- The Essentials: Everyone needs to stock up on detergent, soap, shampoo, and first aid essentials: always appreciated when living on a student budget!
Other ways to show your Lumberjack love:
Send a gift card to a restaurant near campus or to DoorDash for a special meal delivery. (Look at a Google Map for restaurant ideas)
Schedule a Family Weekend video chat over coffee Saturday morning.
How about a gift card for one of our grocery stores near campus including Walmart, Target, Safeway, Sprouts, or Whole Foods.
Encourage friends and family to send your student a Happy Family Weekend cards, emails or texts.
Post some photos, over the years, of your student on Instagram or Facebook.