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The Backpack

A news source for parents and families of NAU students


A publication of the Office of Parent Services

Vol. 5 No. 35 | June 12, 2009

Fall 2009 Orientation



—by Derek Hansen, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

The weather in Flagstaff has been just about perfect during the orientation sessions so far, and I am hopeful the remaining sessions will be equally beautiful. The sun has been shining, the birds have been chirping, and the campus has been a beehive of activity.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of you during orientation as you’ve walked through the expo enroute to lunch. Many of you are already signed up to receive the Backpack newsletter and I am excited to share this journey with you. I am also eager to meet more parents and students as they come to Flagstaff for the remaining orientation sessions.


I wanted to let you know that orientation has been wildly successful, and as of this writing, all sessions are full (please check the website for possible openings). University enrollment is also going very well. Summer term undergraduate enrollment grew 16 percent this year and projections for fall ‘09 are also up. This is great news for everyone, especially in the current economic climate, and it means a greater number of opportunities and connections for your student when he or she arrives in the fall.

For those of you who will be coming to Flagstaff for orientation there are great discounts on lodging, retail, and services available to you. Visit the Community Discounts page to learn more. If you have just returned from orientation and missed picking up an NAU Mom or Dad t-shirt, visit the merchandise page to find out how to get yours. Proceeds from each sale support annual scholarships in the amount of $500–$1000 per student for 25–35 students.

Tuition Payment Plan

—by Jaime Smith, Office of the Bursar

Do you have a student enrolling in fall ‘09 classes? Do you want to budget tuition expenses?

Have your student sign up for the tuition payment plan! The payment plan offers the opportunity to budget tuition expenses with an interest-free, predictable monthly payment option. If your student has enrolled in fall '09 classes, encourage him or her to sign up for the tuition payment plan before August 1st to ensure the lower service fee rate of $70.

If payment is not received by the payment due date or the request form to be enrolled in the tuition payment plan is not submitted by the payment due date, the university will place your student in the payment plan automatically and the service fee will be $100. Students who are automatically placed on the payment plan are not eligible for the $30 savings.

Students who enroll in fall ‘09 classes after August 1st must pay for classes the same day they enroll or submit the tuition payment plan enrollment form the same day they enroll in classes to avoid the $100 automatic payment plan service fee. For further details about tuition and fee due dates, have your student review the Student Center in LOUIE, and look under Finances > My Account > Account Inquiry > Charges Due.

Visit the Office of the Bursar for information and to sign up.



Important Dates For Students

Jul 1

Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for FIRST 5-week summer session

Jul 5

Residence halls open at 12 p.m. for second 5-week summer session

Jul 5

Rent payment due for second 5-week summer session

Jul 6

Instruction begins for second 5-week summer session

Aug 1

Fall semester rent and dining payments due

Aug 1

Tuition payment deadline

Aug 5

Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for all summer sessions

Aug 20

Residence Halls open at 9 a.m. for fall semester

College of Arts and Letters

Event Highlights

For a full listing of events and information visit, or subscribe to the CAL Events newsletter by sending an e-mail to

All events are free unless noted.



Jul 10–
Jul 26

The Odd Couple
A Town and Gown Summer Theatre Production
Clifford E. White Theatre
July 10–11, 17–18, and 24–25 at 8 p.m.
July 12, 19, and 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets ($12 general admission/$10 students) are available at



Jun 12–
Jul 31

"Reflections of the Land"
Art from the Diablo Trust
NAU Art Museum

theatre Department stays strong

Theatre at NAU

Northern Arizona University has a vibrant, award-winning theatre Program that offers our students a hands-on education.

Our students are given opportunities to work in all capacities, including major roles, stage management, assistant directing and student-directing projects, technology, leadership positions, and design opportunities.

We have many options available for students. We offer the following degrees:

  • BA in Theatre
  • BS in Theatre

In both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science program, students can focus on theatre performance, or design and technology, or theatre studies. The difference between the two degrees is that students in the Bachelor of Arts program are required to take two years of a foreign language.

NAU theatre is alive and well, and we are looking forward to another banner year.


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