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The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 1 | August 11, 2009
Moving in

Moving Out, Moving In

by Dianna Van Sanford

What should your student pack? How big will the room actually be? The Office of Residence Life is ready for fall 2009 move-in with a host of tools including a recommended packing list, communities at a glance including 360° model room cams and measurements of every item in the room, and an online chat feature to assist you in supporting your student as he or she prepares for university life. If your student has never had to share a room, it might not be a bad idea to pull out the masking tape and measure out the size of the new room to show the size of the space that will be shared with a roommate.

The Flagstaff community is a beautiful place to live. If your student is living off campus, there are resources to assist him/her in finding the right fit for housing close to campus. Specific questions can be directed to OffCampusHousing@nau.edu.

Whether you are preparing your student to leave the roost for the first time or the third time, it is a transition for everyone. Check out the Office of Parent and Family Services’ suggested parent reading list for helpful guides on what to expect and how to navigate this transition.


Getting connected

Get Connected

by Dianna Van Sanford

It's not too soon for your son or daughter to create a resume, participate in mock job interviews, and become aware of available internships, volunteer opportunities, and jobs. The Gateway Student Success Center provides students with academic advising, career advising, and employment services. Encourage your student to participate in workshops designed to help him/her succeed!

Welcome Week provides your student many ways to connect including the Student Employment Expo on Sunday, August 23 from noon to 3 PM and the Student Club and Organization Expo from 4 to 6 PM the same day. The Welcome Week schedule has all of the details!


Hot Spot

Health Tip

by Casey Fisher, Campus Dining

Food is fuel… Do you know where your student is eating next year? With more than 20 locations, dining on campus is the ultimate in convenience, value, and variety. In a recent NAU survey, students who retained meal plans beyond their first year reported greater academic success, felt more “connected” to campus, and reported better physical and emotional health than their peers without meal plans.

It’s not too late to sign up for a meal plan. And, students with upper class status or those who are not living on campus have several other options to choose from. Block plans offer either 150 or 100 meals per semester. Meals don’t reset each week—all 150 or 100 meals are available throughout the entire semester. Block meals can be used as transfers at most of our locations which allows for maximum flexibility. The plans also come with dining dollars to supplement meal purchases.

More information on 2009–2010 dining plans is available online.


Event Highlights

• USA Dance and NAU’s Swing & Latin Dance Club host “Dancing on the Square” at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff. Free lessons in salsa, swing, tango, ballroom, and country dance are offered from 7 to 10 PM on Wednesdays during the summer. 928-600-2450.

Climb to Conquer Cancer at Arizona the Snowbowl on August 15 starting at 7 AM. The AMerican Cancer Society is sponsoring this local walk up the seven-mile paved road to the Arizona Snowbowl. 928-526-2896.

• Support the NAU Athletic Scholarship Fund by enjoying Wine and Dine in the Pines at the Arizona Snowbowl from 2 to 6 PM on August 16. A wide variety of fine dinner and dessert wines will be served from Northern Arizona’s finest dining establishments. All proceeds benefit the NAU Athletic Scholarship Fund.

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