Homecoming paradeThe leaves have changed colors, there’s a chill in the air and flannel shirts have appeared. This can only mean one thing—NAU Homecoming is near.

This year you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share your Lumberjack pride during the “Forever Blue” themed festivities. From Tuesday’s Dedicatee Banquet honoring biology professor David Pierotti to Thursday’s Traditions Day to Saturday’s parade and football game—there are a host of activities to celebrate NAU’s past, present and future.

A complete Homecoming schedule, including various college events and reunions, is available online.

Among the highlights:

Tuesday, Oct. 15
Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet
6 p.m. High Country Conference Center

David Pierotti, two-time NAU alum and professor of biology, was selected Homecoming Dedicatee by leaders of student organizations from across campus for his dedication to providing exceptional service to the university and students. The campus community is invited to a banquet in his honor, where the 2013 Homecoming king and queen will be announced. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Central Ticket Office in the University Union.

Thursday, Oct. 17
Homecoming Traditions Day Activities
3-10 p.m. Wall Aquatic Center Field

  • Carnival, 3-10 p.m. Free fun for students. Bring your NAU ID.
  • Tug-of-war contest, 4:30 p.m.
  • Chili Cookoff, 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Best Beard on Campus Award, 6 p.m.
  • Bonfire, 6:35 p.m.
  • Mr. Lumberjack Competition, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19

  • Flannels and Flapjacks Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., North Quad
    Students will enjoy a free pancake buffet, barista station and lawn games.
  • Café au Louie, 9 to 11 a.m., Zane Grey Ballroom at the Hotel Weatherford
    Join NAU Alumni for breakfast and meet this year’s 2013 Alumni Award winners. Adults $9 adults, children $5. Contact Erin Bertelsen at (928) 523-8148.
  • Homecoming Parade, 11 a.m., downtown Flagstaff
    The perennial favorite starts at the corner of Aspen and North Verde streets.
Parade Route 2013

Watch the parade from the perfect vantage point along the new route starting at Aspen and North Verde. Note: Several roads will be closed in the downtown area the morning of Sat. Oct. 19th.

  • FanFest
    Noon to 4 p.m., parking lot 66 outside of the Skydome.
    Interactive game zone, food and fun for the whole family.
  • Tailgating and Football Game, Skydome
    The Lumberjacks take on Idaho State in a Big Sky Conference matchup. Kick-off is at 4:05 p.m. Buy tickets online or contact NAU Central Ticket Office at (928) 523-5661.