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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. 36 | June 26, 2009

Fall 2009 Orientation

Welcome to our new readers!

On behalf of the Office of Parent Services, welcome to Northern Arizona University and the Backpack newsletter. As you know, the Backpack is written specifically for you. Through the Backpack, I'll bring you news, tips, and events to help keep you connected with what's going on at the university and with your student. If you have any feedback or suggestions, I would love to hear them! Please send critiques, praise, and submission ideas to me at

The next scheduled summer issue will be in mid-July. Once the fall semester begins, I will publish the Backpack every Tuesday throughout the academic year.

—Derek Hansen, Enrollment Managment and Student Affairs

Family Weekend, October 2-4, 2009

Family Weekend

Some of you may have already received your “save-the-date” postcard for this year’s Family Weekend event in October. If you haven’t yet seen the card, let me be the first to invite you to the celebration. The event-packed weekend is designed to bring parents, families, and students together again once the first brush with the semester is over. Experience a vibrant campus and participate in a variety of activities.

Family Weekend provides opportunities to catch up with your student, meet university faculty and staff, explore the beautiful Flagstaff campus, and much more.

I’ll be posting more information when registration becomes available, so for now, please save October 2-4 on your calendar.

—Derek Hansen

Fronske Health Center—Online

by Lindsey Gregor, BA ‘10

Being a student, I understand what it’s like to not feel well. All I want is to recover soon so I won’t miss class or time with friends. But when I call a clinic and try and make an appointment, I often wait on hold for what seems like forever. I normally just hang up because even sitting on hold takes more energy than I have.

I recently discovered that the Fronske Health Center on campus has implemented a new online appointment system: Campus Health Services Online. I can book my appointments in about a minute and if I have had lab work done, they will send the results to me through their secure website.

Campus Health Services Online

All students have do is go to and click on “Log on to ‘CHS Online’ now!” and authenticate with their univesity username and password. They follow the instructions and choose what options they have that fit their symptoms. The website has seven different symptom choices to choose from, excluding urgent care (for urgent care, you don’t need an appointment—just walk in!).

So, even if I get hurt during an intramural sport, or happen to fall on ice in December, Fronske is my one-stop shop for getting better. One of the coolest parts about this new web service is I get a variety of appointment dates and times to choose from and it even lists the doctors available, so I can even choose the doctor I see!

While I don’t enjoy getting sick, I am grateful for this new, easy-to-use system. I think this new appointment system will benefit all students and save them time as well as anyone else wanting to go to Fronske.



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 14

Financial aid disbursement

Aug 20

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

Aug 20–28

Welcome Week

Aug 24

$50 late enrollment fee in effect

Aug 24

First day of instruction (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

Admission will be $2 more at the door. Additional Central Ticket Office fees may apply.



Jul 31

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

Events Around Town

Flagstaff Photography Club

Flagstaff Photography Club

You are invited to join the Flagstaff Photography Club for the 1st Friday Artwalk Show and Sale, July 3, 2009, from 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m., at LaBellavia Restaurant, 18 S. Beaver St., Flagstaff, Arizona.

Riordan Mansion State Park

Railroad Tunnel

Jun 27 “Arizona Mineral Belt Railroad”

Join historians Richard and Sherry Mangum as they relate a fascinating chapter in the history of Flagstaff: the failed railroad spur from Flagstaff to Globe, Arizona. Learn about Col. Eddy, who in 1883, dreamed of building a line that would connect a huge region of central Arizona, only to be stopped after building a tunnel half-way through the Mogollon Rim.


Local Flagstaff events University News: InsideNAU NAU events this week

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