Love is in the air

Cupid’s arrow has been flying on campus— these Lumberjacks found love at NAU and shared their stories with us.

💛#LumberjackLove 💙

Martin and Corinne

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Martin Nilsen was visiting his brother, an international student at NAU from Norway, when he met Corinne Noble — and the rest is history as they say.

How did the two of you meet? While Martin was visiting his brother on a travel visa, we met at NAU and ending up spending most of his visit together! The day after he returned to Norway he applied to NAU and returned to study photography and spend more time with me 💘

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Where was the first place around Flagstaff you went on a date?

Martin and I used to meet at Starbucks and would talk for hours! We were there for 8 hours one day! I think meeting for coffee and talking allowed us to really get to know each other.

What is the secret to finding friends or love while at NAU?

Live on campus, especially as a freshman! Talk to people you have classes with and show up to group meetings etc. After a while you will start seeing the same people taking the same classes as you and then things just tend to work out!

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Amy and Chris

Amy Phillips is a coordinator with the office of Alumni Relations and Chris Phillips, is the assistant director of Admissions and Orientation’s Welcome Center.

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How did the two of you meet? We met while we were students working for NAU Athletics. Chris was overseeing game management and I was coaching the cheerleading program. We spent a multitude of hours working athletic events and found ourselves getting to know each other really well.

What are some of the pluses — and minuses — of being at the same university as your spouse?

There are a zillion pluses to working at the same university! As alum, we love being a part of the Lumberjack family.

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We also absolutely value working the same hours and holiday schedules. It’s really helpful to bounce ideas off of each other, solicit and provide advice and have a common understanding of the workplace — which helps make for a positive work, life balance. Carpooling to work and paying for one parking pass is not only cost effective, but excellent in colder temperatures when Chris shovels and scrapes the snow off of the car!

Are there special spots on campus that you think are especially romantic? We have a special connection with Old Main, where we were married seven years ago. The historic buildings, trees and landscape are beautiful. This is where we have enjoyed many picnics, anniversary coffee dates and it’s a great place for us to reflect upon our wonderful Lumberjack life.

Maddie and Jesse

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Maddie Rice, Strategic Communications and Advertising major & Jesse Sunderland, Electrical Engineering major

How did the two of you meet? We met our freshman year here at NAU in McConnell Hall. Our friend, Ryan, played matchmaker and plotted to get us to go out… his plan worked and we’ve been together ever since!

What are some of the pluses — and minuses — attending the same university?

  • Pluses — Eating lunch together, having the same breaks, being gym buddies, same friends, cooking together
  • Minuses — We can’t think of anything!

Update: Since graduating, these Lumberjack sweethearts are now married 🎉

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Have a Lumberjack love story to share? Send your story to social@nau.edu

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