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Vol. 6 No. 13 | November 3, 2009
Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

by Sharon Doctor, Native American Student Services

All students are invited to learn more about Native American culture and activities throughout the month of November. These activities are sponsored by various student organizations, departments, and community members and are coordinated by Native American Student Services.

Encourage your student to take part in some or all of the activities, which include the Third Annual Veteran's 5k Run hosted by the Native American Business Organization. The City of Flagstaff's Commission on Diversity Awareness and the Coconino County Inter-tribal Advisory council are hosting a continental breakfast and discussion about "Shifting Identities: Maintaining Native American Values in Flagstaff." On November 12, the Hot Spot in the Union will be serving Indian Tacos and green chile with pork (tickets required).

The celebration continues with book signings, tribal elder presentations, musical performances, a film screening, and the Miss Indian NAU Scholarship Pageant. Our students represent more than 60 tribal affiliations throughout the United States. Tribes represented include the Cherokee, Choctaw, Hopi, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache.


Family Weekend Survey

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!


Even if [my parents] don't approve, it's important to have their understanding.

Home, Sweet Home

by Dianna Van Sanford

With Thanksgiving vacation and winter break right around the corner, many of you will be seeing your student at home for the first extended period of time since he/she moved away to college. It is an important time to think about the changing relationship between you and your student.

Striking the balance between mentoring and allowing your student to navigate his/her own experience is a delicate task. Your support and guidance are still needed even as your son or daughter becomes increasingly independent. As your student travels home, consider that he/she has experienced a great deal of independence over the past several months. Perhaps an enforced curfew over winter break will surprise your student. Perhaps the potential disregard for the assumed house rules will be equally surprising to you! Will your student be bringing any guests with him/her over the break? Does your student have a boyfriend or a girlfriend that might shake things up a bit? It is important to be clear about your expectations as your student re-enters the household so that everyone gets their needs met and has a good experience during the visit.


Northern Arizona Veteran Support Community (NAVSC)

by Chris Gunn, The Counseling Center

NAVSC is a network of resourceful people assisting returning veterans as they transition to the life within our communities and navigate their goals. The NAVSC network identifies existing resources for housing, employment, education, health care, behavioral health, financial assistance, legal aid, social activities, and volunteer opportunities. NAVSC informs veterans of available resources via information and outreach, and helps veterans utilize their resources via advocacy, mediation, and coordination.

NAVSC has created the Guide to Veterans Services in Northern Arizona to assist returning veterans in finding a place to live, searching for a job, learning what benefits are available, and seeking counseling, local peer support groups, or treatment for addiction. Dr. Chris Gunn, Counseling Center Director and NAVSC representative, would be happy to assist you with any additional information or assistance.


Motorist Assistance Program

by Erin Stam, Parking and Shuttle Services

The Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) provides services such as jump starts, unlocking vehicles, assisting vehicles stuck in ice and snow, and providing air for flat tires, if the vehicle is on unversity property. These services are provided free for students, Mon–Thu 7:30 AM–10 PM and Fri 7:30 AM–4:30 PM when the university is open, and may be requested by contacting Parking and Shuttle Services at 928-523-9066.


NAU Hockey Update

The Division II hockey team played two very exciting games against Long Beach State and won both of them; the first game 4–3 and the second game 6–5 in overtime! The record for the Division II Ice Jacks is now 7–1. The Ice Jacks return home to Flagstaff on Friday, November 6 at 8:30 PM to play Cal State Fullerton at the Jay Lively Ice Rink. Check out their schedule and see game photos on their Facebook site.


Hawaii—Your Volunteer Support Needed!

Hawaii Flower

by Dianna Van Sanford

As you know we value our alumni, parents, and family members greatly! We have found that parent to parent or peer to peer information is invaluable when a family is in the process of learning about NAU. We are in the midst of a series of Junior and Senior High School Information Sessions, and we would appreciate your volunteer support for about two to three hours in your area. Our events are typically held for any area high school juniors or seniors who have expressed an interest in NAU. A staff member will give a presentation to the prospective students and their parents about Flagstaff and the university. Your volunteer assistance is needed with setup and registration of students and families in attendance in addition to participating in a question-and-answer session or simply to mix and mingle with our future Lumberjacks.

I am currently recruiting volunteers for events in Maui, Hawaii on Sunday, November 15 and in Kona, Hawaii on Sunday, November 22. If you are willing to volunteer some time to inform another family’s transition to NAU please contact me at your convenience.

Thank you to the many volunteers who have already volunteered! Your support is invaluable to us and, as you know, is very much appreciated!


Event Highlights (Tue, Nov 3–Mon, Nov 9)

♦ November is Native American Heritage Month with a variety of activities celebrating Native American culture.

NoonTunes continues on Wednesday, November 4 with Cale Jones in the DüB.

Prochnow Movies continue with The Ugly Truth on November 5, 6, and 7 at 8 PM. Students with an NAUCard are admitted for only $3.

♦ The Beasley Art Gallery will hold a free artist reception for the Recycled Art Show on Friday, November 6 from 6–8 PM in the Fine Arts Building, #37.

AfterHours presents Casino Night on Friday, November 6 in the Union Dining Expansion at 9 PM. Free for students with an NAUCard. Students are given chips as they enter the event to play blackjack and poker. At the end of the evening a ticket is given for every one hundred chips for raffle prizes. Prizes include a projector and screen, a $500 bookstore gift card, an Amazon Kindle gift package, and a Snowbowl season pass.

♦ NAU Basketball season begins this Friday, November 6 with an exhibition game between NAU Women’s Basketball and New Mexico Highlands at 5:05 PM in the Rolle Activity Center. Encourage your student to stick around as the NAU Men’s Basketball team starts their season against Fort Lewis at 7:30 PM also at the Rolle Activity Center. All NAU athletic events are FREE to students with their NAUCard.

♦ Comedian Craig Robinson will crack up the Northern Arizona community on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 PM in Ardrey Auditorium. Tickets are $25.

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