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The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 2 | August 18, 2009
Students walking at NAU

Welcome Back, Jacks!

by Dianna Van Sanford

“It makes me want to go to college!”—I hear it from parents throughout Orientation, Welcome Week, and Family Weekend; during finals week, not so much. Welcome Week is around the corner and we have a ton of activities for your student to become acclimated to his/her new environment. Whether your student is interested in Recreation Services, getting involved in the Residence Hall Association, exploring Greek life, engaging in Flagstaff’s religious communities through student clubs, or simply checking out entertainment options like the concert Cute is What We Aim For, outdoor movies through SUN Entertainment, or the mystifying hypnotist CJ Johnson there is something for everyone during Welcome Week. Don’t forget to join us for the free Welcome Week Family Reception on Friday, August 21 from 5 to 6:30 PM in the foyer of the W. A. Franke College of Business, building #81. Map.

Residence Halls open on August 20 at 9 AM complete with Welcome Jacks volunteers who will greet and assist your family with move-in. Let them do the heavy lifting. Not bad, eh? Maybe the college life is for you!

Mail in mailbox

You’ve Got Mail

by Dianna Van Sanford

Students love mail. They probably won’t admit it, but hearing from home in the form of a post card, letter, or package is very encouraging! You can send large packages with move-in items through UPS or FedEx by using your student’s Residence Hall physical address after August 20. If a package arrives at a Residence Hall prior to August 20 it will be returned to the sender. Throughout the next few weeks each student will be assigned a campus P.O. Box that will be displayed on the directory. All types of mail can be received by our campus Postal Service.

The Residence Hall Association hosts a Care Package program that may be of interest to you. The order form requires contact information for your student. If you don’t yet have your student’s contact information please just include his/her full name, cell phone number and university id number, or his/her university e-mail address. The stated deadline is mid-August but orders are taken throughout the year.

Textbooks and eBooks

With the imminent start of the new semester, students thoughts will soon turn to…textbooks! Finding the exact books a student needs for class is critical, but fortunately, it is also easy. Students need to shop with their detailed class schedule from their LOUIE account so that the department, class, and section information can be matched to the textbook information available in the NAU Bookstore. Once the schedule and book selections are matched up, students can then choose to purchase used or new text as they are available.

Cafe Scribe eBooks

In addition to the normal selection of used and new books, the NAU Bookstore is very pleased to announce that they will be featuring an exciting new digital textbook offering called CaféScribe starting this fall semester. This new digital offering has a number of features that students will be excited about.

Unlike many existing digital formats, CaféScribe is an interactive format that can be downloaded to any computer—Mac or PC—no additional hardware is required. The downloaded books look just like the textbook with full color content, illustrations, and graphs. The format also allows for note-taking and note-sharing with instructors and students. These eBooks can be bookmarked, highlighted, and have expanded search capabilities to help students delve into the subject matter. Perhaps best of all, CaféScribe titles will offer students a savings equal to or greater than the savings found by purchasing used textbooks.

Students and parents who are interested in finding our more about CaféScribe can visit cafescribe.com or contact the NAU Bookstore textbook department at 928-523-6670.

Health Tip

by Beth Applebee, Director, Campus Health Services

As Northern Arizona University prepares for the return of students, a comprehensive prevention and education campaign is under way to help prevent the spread of flu. The H1N1 virus—commonly known as the swine flu—has been declared a pandemic and remains a problem worldwide. Though the virus has proved to be highly contagious, it has remained a relatively mild form of flu.

To protect against the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu, encourage your student to follow these recommended precautions:

  • Wash hands frequently - especially after coughing or sneezing; use soap and water when available or an alcohol-based hand cleaner
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash immediately
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth - germs spread that way
  • Avoid using other student’s phones, desks, computer, etc. if possible

Don’t forget these important health supplies when your student packs for school: soap, alcohol hand sanitizers, tissues, and alcohol wipes.

For more information on the services offered at Fronske Health Center or information on our plans visit the Fronske Health Center website, our flu information website (nau.edu/flu), or call us at 928-523-6343.

Event Highlights

Student making a bowl out of ceramics

• The Biennial Juried Ceramics Exhibition Opening Reception at the NAU Art Museum will be held on August 21 from 6-8 PM. This juried exhibit of contemporary and traditional ceramics from internationally recognized artists can also be viewed on Tuesdays and Saturdays from noon to 5 PM until the exhibit closes on September 19.

• Don’t miss the Wild Mushroom Retreat hosted by The Arboretum at Flagstaff Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23. Spend the weekend at a cabin in the woods learning about the wild mushrooms found in northern Arizona during monsoon season.

Lecture at Elden Pueblo

• Learn about local archaeology, the Sinagua people, excavations, artifact analysis, and hunting games during the Elden Pueblo Public Day at the Elden Pueblo Heritage Site on August 23. Tours start at 10 AM, noon, and 2 PM.

More events can be found at the Flagstaff Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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