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Vol. 6 No. 10 | October 13, 2009

And the Winner Is…the Schroeder Family!

John Schroeder and his family joked throughout Family Weekend that they never win anything: “Ah well, this donation is for a great cause.” It is a great cause indeed. As a community we have raised more than $35,000 in direct support of student scholarships throughout Orientation, Welcome Week, and Family Weekend! Little did the Schroeder’s know that upon their return home to Tempe on Sunday of Family Weekend that they would receive the call—delivered by the entire Family Weekend Brunch ballroom crowd—congratulating them on winning one semester’s free tuition for their daughter Lexie Schroeder!

Lexie Schroeder

Lexie is an accomplished athlete who plays on the NAU Volleyball team. Look for her on the court in jersey number 1. She joins us from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe where she earned varsity letters and was named the team’s most valuable player. Her parents John and Paula, attend every home volleyball game and are very proud of her. True Blue NAU runs in her family as her cousin Nick Walton currently attends NAU and her cousin Lisa Mason recently graduated.

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Congratulations to Lexie and her family and thank you to all for supporting student scholarships!


Show Your Pride: Wear Blue on Fridays!

NAU Kayettes are True Blue

Be True Blue NAU by wearing your Northern Arizona University gear on Fridays. You can be True Blue NAU every day but especially on Friday because that’s TRUE BLUE FRIDAY. Become a True Blue fan on facebook. Want to spread your True Blue NAU spirit? Send a True Blue NAU E-Postcard. They’re great for showing your pride to family, friends, and colleagues.


Our NAU Family Photo Album

Family Weekend Photo Gallery

Speaking of NAU pride, thank you for sending your Family Weekend 2009 photos for our collective family album! If you have photos you would like to share, please forward them to parentandfamilyservices@nau.edu, along with a caption for each photo.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Family Weekend on October 8, 9, and 10, 2010!


Family Recipes

Event Highlights (Tue, Oct 13–Mon, Oct 19)

♦ It is not too late for your student to see the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats perform tonight, Tuesday, October 13 at 7 PM in Prochnow Auditorium. Tickets are $22 for adults without an NAUCard, $12 for students with an NAUCard or Coconino Community College identification, or $68 for the Family Four Pack that covers two adults and two children. If you can’t see them in person check out the latest on YouTube.

NAU Volleyball is heating up with two home matches this week. Don’t miss NAU vs. Eastern Washington on Thursday, October 15, 7 PM and NAU vs. Portland State on Saturday, October 17, 7 PM at the Rolle Activity Center. All NAU athletic events are FREE for NAU students with an NAUCard.

Theatrikos Theater Company presents Frame 312, by Keith Reddin, through October 24. Through the eyes of one woman, this contemporary play dramatizes the thought-provoking conspiracy theories surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Tickets are $17 for Friday and Saturday performances, $15 for Sunday matinees.

♦ The NAU School of Music Faculty Artist Series continues on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 PM featuring Roshan Bhartiya, Chad Hamill, and Abhiman Kaushal at the Clifford White Theater. This event is FREE for NAU students with ID and for children. Tickets for adults without a student ID are $10.

♦ Join Slow Food NAU on October 17 and 18 for a Film Festival centered around local and international food issues and stories. The food and film festivities will be held at the Cline Assembly Hall from 5–10:30 PM on Saturday the 17, and 12–8:30 PM on Sunday. Food, films, and fun are allĀ FREE!

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