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The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 6 | September 15, 2009
LEADS Center

The LEADS Center

by Erin Grisham, LEADS Center

Leadership. Engagement. Achievement. Diversity. Service.

The LEADS Center combines three campus departments to bring your student the best in advising, mentoring, and cultural celebrations.

The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) is a safe and inclusive multicultural community that prepares students for global leadership, support, and advocacy through education. Its goal is to provide culturally-relevant services and support to historically underrepresented students.

The MSC kicks off “Latin@ Heritage Month” today with Café y Pan from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the University Union, LEADS Center. The month-long celebration continues with a “Latin@s in Action” meeting, Baila Conmigo (Dance with Me) during Family Weekend and a Closing Celebration on Monday, October 12 at 4 PM at the LEADS Center. Contact 928-523-5656 for more information.

Native American Student Services (NASS) is committed to providing culturally-sensitive support services to our Native American and Alaskan Native students. Our students represent more than 60 tribal affiliations throughout the United States. Tribes represented include the Cherokee, Choctaw, Hopi, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache. NASS events and celebrations include American Indian Heritage Month at NAU in November.

Student Support Services (SSS) provides academic support and educational services for eligible NAU undergraduate students who are low-income, the first generation to attend college, and/or who are registered with Disability Resources. SSS services include academic, financial, career, and personal assistance.


Yes! Use your NAUCard Here.

Off-Campus Dining

by Dianna Van Sanford

If your student has money on his/her Mountain Campus Express (MCE) account on his/her NAUCard it can be used to enjoy off campus dining. Even after living here for twelve years I am still charmed by events held at Flagstaff’s Heritage Square. Of course after checking out a free movie, performance, or concert there, I am always hungry. It is a good thing that Pita Pit is right across the street from Heritage Square and they accept the NAUCard as payment. It's easy and convenient.

You can deposit money onto your student's MCE account online through the Guest Deposit feature. We have partnered with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the university including The Himalayan Grill, Macy’s European Coffee House, and El Capitan Fresh Mexican Grill.

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The next time you visit Flagstaff, ask your son or daughter to take you out for a night on the town! If they are buying you might even consider a lovely evening at Pesto Brothers Piazza.


Got Balance?

Health Tip - The Elusive Search for Balance - Part I

by Melody J. Hicks, MC, LPC, Counseling Center

Most students come to college eager and ready to work hard and do well. It is not unusual for students—full of energy—to commit to taking 15 or more credit hours while working at a job 25 to 30 hours a week. When asked about sleeping, studying, and socializing many will dismiss the need for all three citing previous experiences or friends who managed to handle the same demands “just fine” last year.

Actually, for students who take on such full schedules, it often does work for about a month or so, but then it starts to take its toll: missing classes or work; attending classes only to fall asleep or “space out”; drinking or using substances to relax, “unwind,” or to catch up on sleep; sporadic studying and forgotten or incomplete assignments.

By midterms, many students are overworked, stressed-out, functioning poorly, and are counting the days until the end of the semester and winter break. Some start dropping their classes or trying to negotiate with professors for incompletes or opportunities to make-up work or exams. The Counseling Center becomes an even more popular place as students seek support, help, or guidance in dealing with stressors that are overwhelming them.

This cycle of energy, distress, and depletion is entirely preventable, but it requires students to make choices about classes and work that are more long-term, and to be wise about their own resources and needs. Students don’t often think they will run out of energy when the semester begins, but without finding the balance between school, work, studying, socializing, and rest, they will deplete their resources.

Check next week’s Backpack for tips on balancing…


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Family Weekend Highlights (Oct 2–4)

♦ Throughout Family Weekend, enjoy free use of the Recreation Center in the Fieldhouse (guests 14 years and older), including the weight room, basketball courts, and more! The Wall Aquatic Center also has open swim times during Family Weekend: enjoy a free dip where Olympians swim! Check the full schedule for specific times.

♦ On Saturday, October 3, be sure to visit A Celebration of Academic Achievement, which brings students, professors, deans, and instructors together from the different colleges on campus to showcase student projects and accomplishments. The celebration will begin at 9:30 AM in Ardrey Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.


Tickets and packages can be purchased in advance by submitting the Family Weekend Order Form. Pick up your tickets at Will Call at the University Union, or have them mailed in advance for $2. Mailed orders must be received by 5 PM on Monday, September 21 to ensure delivery.

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Event Highlights

♦ Next week, KNAU kicks off a new monthly series of book reviews with Flagstaff author and Northern Arizona University professor Ann Cummins. Every month Cummins will review books about Arizona and the Four Corners region that evoke the rich landscapes and cultures of the southwest. If you live outside of the Flagstaff listening area you can still tune into the book reviews via podcast.

♦ The Department of Applied Indigenous Studies continues The Traditional Knowledge Scholar Lecture Series with Foundations for Native Arts by Bob Lomadafkie, Wednesday, September 16 from 10–11 AM in room 9 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (bldg. 70), bottom floor. For more information about this lecture please call or e-mail Bob Lomadafkie at 928-523-5929 or bob.lomadafkie@nau.edu.

Prochnow Movies brings your student “The Proposal” this week on Thursday, September 17 and Saturday, September 19 for only $3 with his/her NAUCard.

♦ Catch Howie Day in concert on Friday, September 18th at 7:30 PM at Prochnow Auditorium on campus. Tickets are available at the NAU Central Ticket Office.

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music brings you Pickin’ in the Pines Friday, September 18–Sunday, September 20, 2009. This three-day bluegrass and acoustic music festival features concerts by national touring bands and local and regional musicians, plus workshops, contra dance events, a band contest, kids’ activities, informal jamming, and more.

♦ Dancing with the Stars dance champion and country music singer Julianne Hough will perform live on Monday, September 21 at 7 PM at Prochnow Auditorium. Tickets are available at the NAU Central Ticket Office

♦ The Department of Applied Indigenous Studies continues The Traditional Knowledge Scholar Lecture Series with The Importance of Higher Education: Tips for Freshmen Dealing with the Cultural Shock of the First Semester while Maintaining a Cultural and Spiritual Balance and Identity by Marina Vasquez, Monday, September 21 from 4–5 PM in room 9 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (bldg. 70), bottom floor. For more information about this lecture please call or e-mail Marina Vasquez at 928-523-5927 or marina.vasquez@nau.edu.

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