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Lumberjack News from the AD, Edition 29

Lumberjack News from the AD, Edition 29

Welcome to the bi-weekly summer edition of Lumberjack News from the Athletic Director for our alumni, boosters, fans and former student-athletes.


The full 2011 Arizona Cardinals camp schedule is still to be released, but the team will begin training camp Thursday when players officially report to the team's Tempe facility. Players will undergo physicals the next day and then head to Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University.

Practice begins at NAU Saturday afternoon, and the team will also have an afternoon practice Sunday as the Cards get their first on-field work since the 2010 season ended in San Francisco in early January.

Practices will be held on the grass fields across from the Walkup Skydome on South San Francisco Street. In the event of inclement weather, practices may be moved inside the Skydome, which is in the final stages of a major renovation. Those practices will be closed to the public. All other training camp practices are open to the public at no charge. For a detailed listing of practice dates and times, visit The site also includes visitor information, with a map for parking at NAU.

The return of the Cardinals is good news for sports fans and the local economy. An economic impact report prepared last year by NAU said that more than 38,000 people attended training camp sessions or the Red and White Scrimmage, 81 percent of them being out-of-town visitors. As a result, the camp contributed nearly $7 million to the local economy, with a total impact of nearly $10 million.

Less easy to calculate, but no less important for NAU, are the intangible benefits of an NFL team spending a few weeks on campus. Not only does the event draw national media coverage (for example, NAU recently being named "Best training camp venue"), but the daily visits to campus by Cardinals fans from around the state and region may also contribute to future enrollment at the university.


Congratulations to Dr. George Hershey for his selection into the Flagstaff Sports Foundation Hall of Fame. Hershey will be inducted on Aug. 2 at the Little America Hotel. The event begins with a no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, contact Dave Brown at 523-3440. Tickets are $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10.


The Wine and Dine in the Pines Special Event sold out on Monday. Special thanks to Kevin and Scott Heinonen of the Tinderbox and Alliance Beverage for their support of the event. I also would like to thank our honorary waiters and waitresses: Andy Johns, Nikki Huffman, Jeana Fucillo and Kim Bruno for their efforts. The 15th Annual Wine and Dine in the Pines will be held at the Hart Prairie Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl and is less than a month away. General event ticket prices are available for $75 per person, but are limited due to venue capacity.  You must be 21 for admittance, no children or pets allowed. To purchase tickets to Wine & Dine in the Pines or for more information, contact Director of Annual Giving Andrew Kempe at 928-523-7805 or

Wine & Dine in the Pines August 21, 2011
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Wine Tasting and Food Service
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Coffee and Dessert
Hart Prairie Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl


This is the last week to take advantage of the Early Bird special for football. Purchase your season tickets by July 31 and receive a free ticket for the Arizona vs. NAU game in Tucson on September 3.  Great seats are still available so call 928-523-5353 today to renew or pick out your seats for 2011 NAU Football. Remember, purchase your season tickets for this year and we will guarantee that your season ticket price will not increase over the next 4 years!  With a six-game home schedule featuring a visit from defending national champs Eastern Washington along with Big Sky Conference rival Montana, you won't want to miss any of the action in the newly renovated Skydome this year.

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Congratulations to wide receiver Daiveun Curry-Chapman (Arizona Cardinals) and safety Matt Estrada (Jacksonville Jaguars). They both agreed to sign free agent contracts with NFL teams on Monday and are expected to sign with their teams this week after the Tuesday deadline when the free agent signing period begins. Welcome to Flagstaff to our newest women’s basketball signees: Raven Anderson (Tempe, Ariz. – Chandler HS), Erikka Banks (Fresno, Calif. – Clovis East HS) Chanel Smith (Oxnard, Calif. – Santa Clara HS), Jasmine Sneed (Tarzana, Calif. – Sierra Canyon HS) and Paige Haynes (Riverside, Calif. -- San Bernardino Valley College). Read the complete release on our website. Fall is in the air with our teams reporting next week: Soccer on Aug. 4, volleyball on Aug. 8 and football on Aug. 9. Today is move in day for the Health and Learning Center for our coaches and Thursday the athletic training room and equipment rooms move into the Skydome.


Congratulations to football student-athlete Robert Watson, who has worked on the launch of the new University website with the school’s marketing department this summer. The Long Beach, Calif., native redshirted his initial season at NAU. He plans to study criminal justice and was a 2011 Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete recipient. SID Steve Shaff will be highlighting him on the Athletics website this week.


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Go Lumberjacks,


Jim Fallis

Athletics Director