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The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 9 | October 6, 2009


With the semester underway and midterms approaching, graduation is right around the corner. Encourage your student to get prepared for this exciting milestone by joining us for the NAU Bookstore Gradfest, on October 8–9, between 9 AM and 4 PM.

At this time, students may begin purchasing regalia, custom announcements, and class rings, as well as obtain important information regarding commencement and the graduation process from the various campus departments involved, including Alumni, Financial Aid, Registrar, and the Bursar. Please contact the NAU Bookstore with any questions at 928-523-4041.

Orientation Leader

WANTED: Summer 2010 Orientation Leaders

by Zach Libby, Sophomore, Orientation Program Assistant

It was only a few short months ago that you and your student were arriving on campus not knowing what to expect out of orientation or the upcoming semester.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation is looking for your son or daughter to become an Orientation Leader for the summer of 2010. As you know, Orientation assists thousands of incoming students every summer and is looking forward to the largest class to date! We need dynamic student leaders to provide these incoming students important information and to assist in the transition from high school to college. That’s where your student comes in!

If you think your student could benefit from this opportunity or could help in our efforts, encourage your student attend an information session. The next session will be held in the Sechrist classroom on Thursday, October 8 at 6 PM! Have your student come by to get all the info he/she will need about the program and to pick up an application. Your student can also go online and apply now.

Applications are due no later than October 16! Contact me, Zach Libby with any questions. I would be happy to assist you in any way possible to help get your student in the orientation team pool this summer! We hope to see your student at the info sessions!!

Fitness Week: Oct 4-10

Health Tip

by Recreation Services

Need motivation to exercise? Here are seven ways exercise can improve your health:


  • improves your mood
  • combats chronic diseases
  • helps manage your weight
  • strengthens your heart and lungs
  • promotes better sleep
  • reduces stress and helps balance school and personal demands
  • can be FUN!

The Rec Center has exactly what students need to get into shape mentally, physically, and emotionally. Fitness Week is here, October 4–10. Students can participate in any or all of our FREE fitness events such as fitness assessments, LUNA BAR-sponsored group exercise classes, and small group training with our personal trainers!

Your Questions Answered

Q. Are tickets required for family members to attend graduation?

A. No tickets are required for family members to attend graduation. Commencement information for family and guests.

Q. Is there a shuttle to/from the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport to campus?

A. No, there is not a shuttle from the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport to the campus. However, there are several taxi services in town that provide transportation to and from the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.

Q. I see that the Residence Halls are closed between December 11, 2009 and January 9, 2010. Does that mean my student has to leave campus?

A. The residence halls close on December 11, 2009 at 10 AM. Your student will not be able to reside in his/her room, but students are able to leave his/her belongings in the room over break. The building is closed and secure during this time. Check-in occurs on January 9, 2010 at 9 AM. The only residence halls that are open during this time are McKay, Pine Ridge, Gabaldon, and Tinsley.

Q. My student is staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday and over Spring Break. Will the residence halls be open at this time? Will dining services be available?

A. The residence halls are open over Thanksgiving and Spring Break. Campus Dining does scale down our hours of operation during Thanksgiving weekend, but there is one resident dining location open all weekend. On Thanksgiving Day we close in the afternoon and we offer a "to-go" turkey dinner. Meal plans are active and fully functional through Thanksgiving weekend.

Spring Break is not part of the meal plan. As such, there are no meals allocated for this week, but Dining Dollars remain active and can be used at select Campus Dining locations throughout the week. Only a couple of units are open, but there are retail options available Monday through Friday, with normal operations resuming Sunday night.

Alternatively, students can use their NAUCard MSC Account to purchase food from participating on-campus vendors and off-campus restaurants.

Abandoned Bike Auction

When: October 7 from 8 AM–4 PM.

Where: The abandoned bicycle auction will be held in building 77A located at the southeast corner of the Capital Assets building on south campus.

More than 90 bicycles will be available at auction. Proceeds support NAU’s Yellow Bike program. For more information about the event please contact the Office of Student Life at 928-523-5181.

Event Highlights (Tue, Oct 6–Mon, Oct 12)

SUN Entertainment brings your student the Contrast Medium, an official “Noon Tunes” act on October 7 at the du Bois Center.

AfterHours brings home another slam dunk with ventriloquist Ian Varella, comedian Bob Kabota, and mentalist Banacheck on Friday, October 9 in the University Union Dining Expansion at 9 PM. This event is free to NAU students who show their NAUCard at the entrance. Each student will receive one free raffle ticket at the door for prizes such as a Dell laptop, 16 gig iPod touch, and a Bose speaker system. If your student sends a text prior to the event to 39649 and includes the words “Sun Events” he/she will receive five extra raffle tickets at the door. Your student must save the return text message to show upon entrance to the event with his/her NAUCard.

Vanities by NAU Theatre

Vanities opens in the Studio Theater on October 9. Written by Jack Heifner and directed by Dr. Mac Groves, Vanities chronicles and invites us to laugh at and cry with three Texas women: Joanne, Kathy, and Mary. From their 1963 high school cheer leading days to their college sorority escapades, we enjoy their friendships. In 1974 they reunite briefly in New York and there we watch as time reveals honest conversations with more substantial truth about each other and our world than the coordinated sweater sets and cheers of the past. Tickets are $9, and are available from the NAU Central Ticket Office.

Ice Jacks

NAU Hockey Fundraiser - Golf Outing: Clean up your clubs and get to the range! This first annual NAU Hockey Fundraiser will be held on October 9, 2009 at the Flagstaff Ranch Golf Course in a 4-Person scramble format with the shotgun start at 9 AM. The next home games are on October 9 and 10. Come out and support your NAU IceJacks!

Guitar Legend Michael Lorimer will play on Saturday, Oct 10 at 7 PM at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of the show.

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