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Vol. 6 No. 12 | October 27, 2009
Siena, Italy

New Study Abroad Opportunity For Students—Siena, Italy

by Alexandra Carpino, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

NAU in Siena is an opportunity for NAU students to spend a semester—or four weeks in the summer—in one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities. The program’s host institution is the Siena School for Liberal Arts, which emphasizes small classes, hands-on learning, individualized attention, and community engagement.

The program started spring 2009.

During the semester, the students participate in a three-week orientation session, during which they immerse themselves in an intensive study of the Italian language before they begin a customized course of study focused on Siena’s art and culture. Their classes include Medieval and Renaissance Art History and an Art Restoration internship. Depending on demand, NAU students can also take Book Art, Drawing, and Music, each of which is accompanied by internships in book restoration, jewelry/blacksmithing, and music performance.

Tuition is the same as NAU tuition, and all scholarships—with the exception of tuition waivers—apply. Students who are at least second semester sophomores with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible and encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit nau.edu/international. The next informational meeting will be held November 13 at 2 PM in the Riles Building, room 113.


Family Weekend 2009 Survey—We Need Your Input!

What was your impression of Family Weekend? What could we do to improve? Your feedback will help us tweak or overhaul our programming to make it a better experience. We are seeking feedback from both those who attended and those who did not attend. Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us through the Family Weekend 2009 Survey. The survey takes only a few minutes; thank you for your help!


Health Tip

by Tarryn DeBeer, Fitness Intern, Campus Recreation Services

While the weather chills, the programs at the Rec continue to stay hot! Our staff is committed to providing opportunities for healthy living and exercise during the winter months through a variety of indoor activities.

Small Group Training

Encourage your student to experience group fitness classes! There are more than 40 different classes to choose from that range from heart racing kickboxing to relaxing yoga and PiYo (a combination of yoga and Pilates).

Our certified personal trainers are also offering small group training sessions. This program is designed to work with groups of 3 to 6 people who are led through a challenging, full-body cardio and strength training workout program. Other activities available include treadmills, elliptical machines, weight room (designed for all weightlifting abilities), a 25-foot climbing spiral, tennis, volleyball, basketball, intramural sports, billiards, and ping pong in the game room area.

For those students who want to get out and enjoy the fresh, crisp, air we recommend these guidelines for exercising in the cold:

  • Check the temperature and wind conditions before you go out.
  • Keep your head, hands, and feet warm.
  • Dress in layers that can provide a trapped layer of dry air near the skin (avoid cotton, which retains moisture and can cause a chill quickly, because it dries so slowly).

True Blue NAU

Be True Blue NAU!

True Blue NAU is a campaign that was put into motion by University President John Haeger in 2007. The movement builds spirit and solidarity between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans by encouraging them to display officially licensed NAU gear. We encourage you to be a part of this tradition!

The largest selection of NAU gear can be found at the NAU Bookstore, although other stores also carry good selections of NAU gear, including Walmart and Target near campus, and Lids, JCPenney, and Just Sports in the Flagstaff Mall. Dillards, also located in the Mall, is the newest retailer of NAU apparel. Dillards is offering high-quality, vintage-inspired NAU men’s apparel.

True Blue NAU has been a great success as thousands of NAU supporters get into the spirit by wearing their NAU gear on a regular basis. Each Friday is True Blue NAU Friday, where we encourage everyone on campus to wear True Blue. We hope you will be True Blue NAU by visiting an NAU retailer during your next visit to Flagstaff.


Event Highlights (Tue, Oct 27–Mon, Nov 2, 2009)

The College of Arts and Letters Film Series presents “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” directed by Stephen Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfus and Teri Garr on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 PM in Cline Assembly Hall. FREE.

♦ The NAU School of Music Faculty Artist Series continues on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 PM with special guest Rita Borden at Ardrey Auditorium. The series is FREE to students with an NAUCard. Tickets are $10 for adults and children are free.

♦ The NAU School of Music brings your student NAU Band Day on Saturday, October 31 from 8 AM to 7 PM in the Skydome. FREE to students with an NAUCard. Tickets are $10 Adult, $5 children ages 4–12; under 4 free with adult admission.

♦ NAU Opera presents Opera Theater: Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" Ashurst Hall, October 31 at 7:30 PM and November 1 at 2 PM There will be a lecture in Ashurst Hall, 45 minutes before each performance. Tickets are $10 for faculty and students, $13.50 for seniors, and $15 for adults. For tickets call 928-523-5661.

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