Student Activities


Walkup Skydome (West Side), (928) 523-5353,
NAU Intercollegiate Athletics offers exciting competition in fifteen different sports programs for men and women at the NCAA Division I Level. The men participate in football (Championship Subdivision), basketball, tennis, cross country, and track and field (indoor and outdoor). The women compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, and track and field (indoor and outdoor). Both the men and women are members of the Big Sky Conference (with the exception of swimming and diving. Women's swimming and diving compete in the Western Athletic Conference.). The NAU Department of Athletics has a commitment to excellence in academics and strives to maintain a balance between athletics and academics. 

There are over 50 home athletic events each year for you to attend. Combining your enthusiasm with the talent and determination of the Jacks, NAU will continue to develop programs in which you can take pride. 

Tickets for Athletic Events

All regular season home sports events are free for NAU students (by presenting a valid NAU ID). Any other spectator may obtain tickets at the Central Ticket Office or the event site. For further information, call the Central Ticket Office Information line at (928) 523-5661 (/cto), or the Department of Athletics at (928) 523-5353 ( 

NAU Jack Pack

The Jack Pack is the official NAU athletic student booster club where students can earn great prizes and benefits for coming to NAU athletic events and showing their school spirit. For more information and to sign-up, log onto facebook- it's FREE to NAU students.

Fields and Facilities

Northern Arizona University’s recreational fields, Rolle Activity Center and Walkup Skydome, are reserved through the Walkup Skydome. Any group or organization interested in using one of these areas must complete a field/facility reservation form. To reserve a field/facility for an organized event, please contact the Walkup Skydome. 

Rob Morrison • Assistant Skydome Director

NAU Walkup Skydome • NAU Box #15096 
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5096 
Phone: (928) 523-9471 • FAX: (928) 523-7588

du Bois Center, Building # 64, NAU Box 15003, Phone: (928) 523-3321, Fax: (928) 523-1440
The Main Floor features an information desk, six meeting rooms, a fireplace, mailroom, dining hall, food court, and Campus Market. A ballroom (over 9,500 square feet) and three breakout rooms are located on the Second Floor. 
Fields (grass / turf fields) can be booked by contacting the Recreation Center staff during the academic year at (928) 523-1732 ( ). During the Summer, contact the du Bois Center to book the fields.

Rolle Activity Center, (928) 523-9471,
The Rolle Activity Center is designed for the college of Health Professions, NAU Athletics, and Intramural use. The Rolle Activity Center is located south of the du Bois Conference Center and features three basketball, four volleyball, and four racquetball courts. For information call 523-9471.

University Union, (928) 523-INFO (523-4636) 
The University Union offers a variety of food services, lounges, conference rooms, entertainment and recreational areas, information boards and an art gallery. The Union is also home to the NAU Central Ticket Office, the Fieldhouse, the Cue Thirty game room and many student support offices including Student Life, the Multicultural Student Center, Unions and Student Activities, NAU Card, Student Support Services, the North Learning Assistance Center and NAU Dining Services.  University Union conference rooms are available for use by recognized university departments, clubs and organizations - call 523-8866 for more information.

Walkup Skydome, (928) 523-3449, 
Weather is rarely a factor for many of NAU's special events, thanks to the the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. This is the University's largest multi-purpose facility, and it houses a variety of events such as football, men's and women's basketball, and track and field. It also accommodates events and activities such as town events, concerts, jogging, weight lifting, intramural sports and commencement.

Wall Aquatic Center, (928) 523-4508,
Swim Where the World Comes to Train.  The Wall Aquatic Center, one of the finest high altitude swimming facilities in the world, serves the campus, the Flagstaff community, and visitors.  Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to enjoy the aquatic center, which houses an Olympic-size pool complete with eight 50-meter lanes, two 1-meter and two 3-meter diving boards, and underwater viewing and filming windows.  There is also a shallow instruction/therapy area, a weight room, and a classroom.  The pool ranges in depth from three to 13 feet and holds 750,000 gallons of water.  The spectator area holds 400 people. The pool accommodates recreational swimming, P.E. and special interest classes, intramural programs, the NAU women's swimming and diving program, U.S.A. Swimming Club, U.S.A. Diving Club, Hydro Aerobics, Masters Swimming, Water Polo, and community programs.

The Wall Aquatic Center is an integral component of the Center of High Altitude Training experience.  Some of the world’s finest swimmers train at the aquatic center.  National swim squads from countries such as Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Norway train at the aquatic center to heighten their performance and prepare for – and in many cases win – some of the most prestigious swim competitions in the world.

Fine Arts

NAU Art Museum
The NAU Art Museum (north campus, Old Main building, 2nd Floor, Knoles and McMullen Circle), 523-3471.  Website:

Hours: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: Free - $2.00 suggested donation. As a teaching institution, the NAU Art Museum emphasizes the diversity of voices, media, themes, and creative impulses at work in today's art. The NAU Art Museum believes in the centrality of artistic expression in all communities and cultures and in the incalculable value of art as an educational experience. The Museum sustains its role as a leading cultural institution in Northern Arizona through its acquisition of challenging, contemporary art for permanent collection.

Beasley Art Gallery

The Beasley Gallery located on the second floor of the School of Art Building 37. 523-3549 website:

The Beasley Gallery exhibits artwork from students, faculty and artists from outside the NAU community.We are pleased to show the exciting artwork created by the students in the Art Department. Twice a year the graduating students have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork which leads to the completion of their BFA degree. We encourage the community to visit the gallery. Please look at the Beasley Gallery website to see gallery hours during exhibitions.

School of Music

Performing and Fine Arts, CAL (Building 37A, Room 180), (928) 523-3413

Wind Symphony (MUP 352) is NAU’s premiere wind ensemble and is recognized nationally for high performance standards of outstanding literature. The ensemble’s primary conductor, Dr. Daniel Schmidt, Director of Bands, selects diverse and contemporary repertoire to challenge students and bring out their highest level of performance. This ensemble has commissioned and premiered many pieces by composers of international fame. The Wind Symphony has performed at national and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association and the Arizona Music Educators Conference, frequently records CD’s for Carl Fischer Music of New York and Daehn Publications, and traveled to Europe in May 2007. Performers in this ensemble are placed by audition only, taking place prior to the beginning of each semester. Contact the Instrumental Office for further information, (928) 523-3413.

Symphonic Band (MUP 353, Section 01) performs a variety of literature that is considered to be the core repertoire of the wind medium. Works performed by this ensemble are considered to be essential knowledge for music performance majors and music education majors. This band is conducted primarily by Mr. Elliott Tackitt, Associate Director of Bands. Performers in this ensemble are placed by audition only, taking place prior to the beginning of each semester. Contact the Instrumental office for further information, (928) 523-3413.

Collegiate Band (MUP 353, Section 02) (Spring only) is conducted by NAU’s graduate wind conducting assistants along with Dr. Daniel Schmidt. These conductors strive to provide an enriching and educational musical experience for wind and percussion performers. No audition is required, and non-major participation is strongly encouraged.
The Lumberjack Marching Band 
(MUP 354, Section 01; Fall only) provides an opportunity for NAU students of all majors, from accounting to zoology, to participate in an exciting musical experience. The solid sound and visual performance of the Lumberjack Marching Band builds energy and enthusiasm at NAU’s home football games, as well as representing NAU at select performances in the region, including the Arizona State University game in Tempe and host/exhibition band performances at NAU Band Day. No audition is required, and non-major participation is strongly encouraged.

Performing and Fine Arts, CAL (Bldg. 37, Room 127), (928) 523-2642

Shrine of the Ages Choir (MUP 356) is a large, advanced, mixed ensemble of sophomore through graduate singers chosen by select audition. The ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of outstanding choral repertoire. The Shrine of the Ages Choir, under the direction of Dr. Edith Copley, has been featured at national and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. Shrine tours the Southwest each year and internationally every three years, including concert tours to the People’s Republic of China (1998), Western Europe (2000 & 2004), Australia and New Zealand (2007), and South Africa (2010). Shrine also has produced several CD recordings. Auditions for Shrine are held at the end of spring semester for the following academic year. Final placement auditions for Shrine are held the Thursday evening before classes begin in the fall. For more information, please contact the conductor, Dr. Edith A. Copley.

Women’s Chorale (MUP 362) is open to music majors and non-music majors from all disciplines across the University by audition. The ensemble performs a wide variety of distinctive and challenging repertoire for women’s voices. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. For more information regarding auditions, please contact the conductor, Dr. Ryan Holder.

Men’s Chorale (MUP 361) enjoys widespread popularity with its thrilling sonorities unique to the male chorus. The ensemble is open to music majors and non-music majors from all areas of the University. The Men’s Chorale performs two formal concerts each semester as well as performances at campus sporting events. Choral interviews are held at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please contact the Choral Studies Office at 928-523-2642.

University Singers (MUP 357) is a large mixed chorus of primarily undergraduate students who love to sing and represents various majors throughout the University. The choir meets one night each week and performs two concerts each semester that feature a wide variety of choral literature. Choral interviews are held at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please call the Choral Studies Office at (928) 523-2642.

Vocal Chamber Ensemble (MUP 377) is a small, select ensemble of undergraduate and graduate singers that performs challenging repertoire for the lecture recitals and performances given by graduate choral conducting students each spring semester. Auditions are typically held during the fall semester in October for the spring term. For more information, please contact the Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Edith A. Copley.

High Altitude (MUP 378) is a select vocal jazz ensemble of eight singers and offers an opportunity for advanced, in-depth study of vocal jazz in a variety of styles. Undergraduate and graduate students with strong vocal jazz experience are encouraged to audition at the end of the spring semester. High Altitude performs frequently on and off campus. The ensemble appeared at the 2008 Arizona Music Educators Conference, 2010 ACDA Western Division Conference in Tucson, and hopes to participate in the Monterey Jazz Festival in Spring 2011. For more information, please contact the Associate Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Ryan Holder.

Northern Voices (MUP 378) is an auditioned vocal jazz ensemble of 12-16 singers and offers students an opportunity for study in the vocal jazz idiom including vocal improvisation, extended jazz harmonies, and jazz solo singing. Undergraduate students are encouraged to audition the weekend before classes begin. Northern Voices performs frequently on and off campus and tours frequently around the state. For more information, please contact the Associate Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Ryan Holder.

Harter Memorial Handbell Choir (MUP 365) was founded in 1988 with a generous donation of a five-octave handbell set by the children of Harold M. Harter. The ensemble performs challenging handbell literature on six-octaves of handbells and choral chimes and is open to all students by audition at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please contact the Choral Studies Office at (928) 523-2642.

All the ensembles in the choral area perform on campus each semester, including the annual Holiday Dinner. For more information about choral singing opportunities at NAU, please call the Choral Studies Office at (928) 523-2642.

Performing and Fine Arts, CAL (Building 37, Room 139), (928) 523-3779

Jazz Ensemble One (MUP 375) and Jazz Ensemble Two (MUP 376) are big bands open to all students by audition. The jazz ensembles perform several concerts during the year, included appearances at the annual NAU Jazz Festival, often with today’s leading solo artists. For more information, please contact Prof. Joel DiBartolo, Director of Jazz Studies, at (928) 523-3779.

Performing and Fine Arts, CAL (Building 37A, Room 148), (928) 523-4760

Opera Theatre Performance (MUP 364) provides a multitude of enriching operatic experiences for both graduate and undergraduate performers with operatic potential. Prof. Nando Schellen oversees and directs both opera scenes performances and full productions within the vocal area of the School of Music. Our goal is to provide singers with the skills necessary to perform on the operatic stage with confidence and to prepare them for further study in the field of opera. Singers have the opportunity to work with artist teachers and dedicated educators who bring a wealth of international professional experience into the academic setting. Full opera productions and opera scenes programs are performed in the original language. All roles to be performed within NAU Opera productions are double cast whenever possible, and students for smaller productions as well as scenes are selected from within the program in an Opera Studio format. Open to all qualified students; membership chosen by audition. For more information about NAU Opera Theater, please contact Prof. Schellen at (928) 523-6749.

Performing and Fine Arts, CAL (Building 37A, Room 180), (928) 523-3413

Symphony Orchestra (MUP 350) is dedicated to providing the finest musical and educational opportunities for qualified individuals from the NAU student body interested in the study and performance of orchestral music. Students in this 75-member ensemble perform 4-6 concerts per year, and will develop a thorough working knowledge relevant to the performance practice of standard orchestral repertoire ranging from music of the baroque through the twentieth century, as well as contemporary music of our time. In past years, performances have included major works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Beethoven, Ravel, Smetana, Wagner, and others. The Symphony Orchestra is thoroughly committed to preparing students for professional careers in the field of music in today’s complex society of ever-changing cultural and musical tastes. The Symphony Orchestra also strives to educate and develop new audiences for the unique experience of live symphonic music, in addition to supporting the life and work of Northern Arizona University and the surrounding Flagstaff community. Membership in the NAU Symphony Orchestra is open to all NAU students by audition. Auditions take place in the first week of classes in the fall and spring semesters. Audition information and repertoire is available on the NAU Orchestras website.

Chamber Orchestra (MUP 349/649) is dedicated to the performance of repertoire of an intimate character. The select members of the ensemble are afforded the opportunity to perform in a true chamber setting where the emphasis is on active collaboration and shared leadership. Each semester there are numerous readings focusing on chamber music from all time periods with specific emphasis on the stylistic performance practice of the period. The orchestra performs 1-2 concerts per semester, often combining with a small wind and percussion section to explore the vast quantity of chamber ensemble literature. Membership in the NAU Chamber Orchestra is open to all NAU students by audition. Auditions take place in the first week of classes in the fall and spring semesters. Audition information and repertoire is available on the NAU Orchestras website.

Department of Theatre
Performing & Fine Arts, Building 37, Room 120, (928) 523-3731,
The Department of Theatre produces four mainstage productions, and numerous second stage (student) productions each year. In addition, a summer theatre season offers two productions each summer. All NAU students are encouraged to become involved with NAU Theatre as a member of the cast or crew. Both faculty and student directed productions are open to all students regardless of major or experience. Opportunities to perform, or work backstage are available each semester. Auditions and crew assignments take place the first week of classes at the beginning of each semester. Contact the Department of Theatre for more information. 928-523-3765

Speech and Debate (Forensics)COM 305,  (928) 523-0457
Intercollegiate forensic competition includes participation in parliamentary debating, platform speaking and oral interpretation. The forensic team travels extensively in the western United States and outstanding students may expect national exposure. Credit may be obtained by taking SC 166 or SC 316 (forensic workshops). For additional information, inquire at School of Communication Office, Room 118.

Recreation Center

Recreation Center, (928) 523-1732,
The NAU Recreation Center open to the NAU community featuring fitness, wellness, and lifestyle classes, industry-quality equipment, rental services, and a multi-purpose facilities including squash, racquetball, wallyball, basketball/volleyball courts, a weight room, a group x-ercise room, and full service locker rooms. Comprehensive fitness programs includes classes such as, but are not limited t Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, pilates, step, dance and martial arts, and are free to our students. Massage therapy; personal training and preparatory class work for Fitness Instructor Training are also popular services among our members as are the First Aid, CPR, and AED certification programs.   
The facility is open daily during the academic sessions with a valid NAU ID card and family memberships are also available. Visit us at for program details and fees, as well as schedules, hours, and employment opportunities.

Intramural SportsRecreation Center (Building 25), (928) 523-3111,
Build your community of friends and become a sport legend through Intramural Sports. Our programs generate a buzz for recreational fun and feeds your thirst for competitive spirited action. The sports calendar is designed for individual, dual and team rivalry for men, women, and co-rec league play through a variety of traditional and emerging sport activity. League divisions includes residence halls, Greek Life and independent associations that battle for the championship title, bragging rights and awards.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate relative to their personal interests, time, and abilities. For a current sports schedule, fees or employment information visit us and begin creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

Outdoor Recreation Programs
Outdoor Adventures (located in the Recreation Center), (928) 523-3229,
Outdoor Adventures is ranked among Outside magazine’s top 10 schools in the nation for outdoor adventure. Outdoors Adventures introduces students, faculty, staff, and community members to the best that the West has to offer. We use first-hand adventure programming to help individuals grow and develop character and life skills. Whether you are a novice or veteran outdoorsman, our program can provide you the means for a quality adventure experience, through guided programming, equipment rental, or access to our resource center. Check out our current schedule online and plan your next adventure with us!  
The Climbing Wall has over 550 square feet of surface area and features 6 top-rope belay anchors. Quality routes are set and regularly changed by gym staff and one-on-one instruction is a primary focus of the program. Open House events and competitions are hosted each semester and open climb times, can be found on our website. 
NAU Challenge Course program coordinates an organized and exciting experiential education based opportunity for groups, clubs, and organizations to develop team work, leadership, and confidence and communication skills among peers in a dynamic outdoor or indoor classroom.  Contact us for more information or to begin planning your group's next outing for result-focused customized programming.  

Unions and Student Activities

University Union, 523-4313,
The Office of Unions and Student Activities provides information regarding events, activities, and programs in student  union facilities. This office offers support for campus wide events such as Block Party, Family Weekend, commencement and many other activities. The Office of Unions and Student Activities also offers several entertainment programs such as AfterHours, Movies in Prochnow Auditorium, Concerts and Events.  In addition, The Office of Unions and Students Activities publishes a monthly Campus Events calendar distributed throughout campus.
SUN Entertainment
University Union, (928) 523-5638,
SUN Entertainment, also know as the Student Union Network, is NAU's student entertainment production and promotion organization. Since 1982 SUN Entertainment has been committed to providing social, recreational and cultural activities to the NAU community. In addition to presenting major concerts and comedians, SUN provides various student union programs including Noon Tunes, the SUN Scenes Gallery and the popular Friday AfterHours program. 
Contract Note
Students, faculty, or staff members of the University may not contractually bind the University without written authorization of the Arizona Board of Regents, the President of the University, or their designee. All entertainment/performance related contracts must be issued by the Office of Unions and Student Activities (University Union Bldg. 30, Room 111, 523-4313) to an appropriate faculty or staff member. Requests for contracts must be submitted to the Unions and Student Activities office no less than six weeks prior to the event date.