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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. 38 | July 24, 2009


Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend: Oct 2-4

Order forms for the 2009 Family Weekend are beginning to arrive in mailboxes—be sure to look for yours soon. I am eager to spend time with you in October during this event-filled weekend as you re-connect with your student and visit our beautiful campus. Family Weekend events encourage parents and students to experience NAU together through a series of cultural, educational, athletic, and entertainment activities.

You can begin submitting your registration immediately. If you have not yet received your order form in the mail, you can download a form and see a list of events on the Family Weekend webpage.

See you in October!

—Dianna Van Sanford

Priority Enrollment

Record Enrollment at NAU

If your student is registered for the August 20–21 Orientation and has not participated in Priority Enrollment please encourage him/her to do so before August 3 at Noon. It will give your student the priority class selection. Students can complete the personal profile for Priority Enrollment at

Financial Aid - Scholarships

Paths to Financial Aid

—Office of Student Financial Aid

Fall semester begins on August 24 and tuition and fee charges (as well as room and board, if applicable) are due August 1. If your student has enough financial aid to cover tuition and fee charges, then a tuition payment will not be due at that time because financial aid will be disbursed (releasing to your student’s account and applied to charges) beginning August 15. If your student does not have enough financial aid to cover these charges, he/she will need to pay the difference in full or sign up for a payment plan before August 1 (please refer to the Bursar information).

Please have your student review her/his LOUIE account to review and accept financial aid awards, ensure that “to-do” list items have been completed, and that any account holds are resolved. If your student’s financial aid for the term is more than term charges, your student will receive a refund (funds remaining after all financial obligations have been paid to the university). We encourage your student to sign up for direct deposit via his/her LOUIE account. Direct deposit refunds will be reflected her/his bank account 48–72 hours after aid has been disbursed. If your student does not sign up for direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the permanent mailing address on file.

Please note, your student will not receive a refund in his/her bank account on August 15. The financial aid refund will take 48–72 hours to reflect in his/her bank, and paper checks may take up to two weeks to arrive in the mail.

Also, bookstore charges will not show up on your student’s invoice, nor can your student charge books to their student account. If your student receives a financial aid refund, it may be used to purchase books. Books also may be purchased on line using a credit card at

Your student may verify that aid has been disbursed (released to his/her student account) and whether a refund is available by logging into LOUIE and clicking on the “finances” tab.

We look forward to seeing your student on campus soon!

Freshman Survey Results

If your freshman student attended orientation this year, he or she took the Freshman Outreach Survey, which helps identify success strategies of interest to your student. In August, we will mail a postcard with an appointment time for your student to meet with a staff member to review the results of his or her survey and get connected with resources on campus.

When your student comes to the one-on-one meeting, he or she will receive information about campus resources, have a chance to ask questions, and get set up for a successful freshman year.

The offices within Student Affairs are committed to helping your student succeed. For more information about the Freshman Outreach Survey, please contact Student Affairs at 928-523-6116.



Important Dates For Students

Office of Parent Services Calendar

Aug 1

Tuition payment deadline

Aug 1

Fall semester rent and dining payments due

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)

Sep 1

Credit card payments (tuition, housing, etc.) accepted ONLY through the LOUIE Student Center (cash and checks are still accepted in person)

Event Highlights

College of Arts and Letters

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 24–26

The Odd Couple
A Town and Gown Summer Theatre Production
Clifford E. White Theatre
July 24–25 at 8 p.m.
July 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets ($14.50 general admission/$12.50 students/seniors) are available at

Admission will be $2 more at the door. Additional Central Ticket Office fees may apply. Call 928-523-5661 for tickets.



Jul 31

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

Wilderness Welcome

Wilderness Welcome at NAU

Transitioning to campus life can be a challenge, but some departments on campus offer orientation programs for incoming students to make it easier. These programs help connect your student with other new students to develop leadership skills, experience campus life, and even earn college credit—all with an outdoor twist.

Many of these programs still have openings if you or your student is interested.

NASS Pathways to Success

NASS Pathways to Success — Spaces are still available for this four-day, fun-packed orientation program designed specifically for new incoming Native American freshmen and transfer students. This FREE program, offered by Native American Student Services, includes activities designed to build confidence, communication, and connections with students, faculty, and staff. Call 1-877-523-8125 or visit the Pathways to Success website for more information and to download the application form.

NAU Outdoors — Spaces are still available for NAU Outdoors’ Wilderness Welcome—an adventure-based, student-led orientation program for incoming freshman and transfer students. There are three unique experiences available that offer a five-day learning opportunity to meet classmates, face challenges, and connect with the outdoors: San Juan River Adventure, Canyonlands Exploration, and Northern Arizona Climbing. Spaces are filling fast so call 928-523-3229 now, or send an e-mail to to reserve your place.


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