Dear colleagues,

Over the past several days northern Arizona faced a snowstorm unlike any storm in 40-plus years. Record amounts of snow brought disruption and hardship to the Northern Arizona University community.

I want to thank all of the staff who kept the students safe and as comfortable as possible during this extraordinary weather. Capital Assets, the unions’ grounds crew and Residence Life worked around the clock to move snow and keep power on. The Recreation Center, Residence Life, Dining Services, staff from High Country Conference Center and Cline Library made sure students were fed and had both academic and other activities to partake in while the university was closed. The Fronske Health Center was on call Thursday and Friday and open on Saturday.

Of course, the NAU Police Department—as always—was on hand to keep campus safe, meeting with county and state officials to ensure emergency plans were in place.

I also want to thank the faculty and staff for their continuing cooperation during this difficult time and especially for their patience while wrestling with the troubles this type of storm invariably will bring.

Northern Arizona University has always been a tight-knit community, and dealing with adversity again reminds me of this.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

John Haeger
President