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The Backpack
The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 15 | November 17, 2009
Resident Assitants

Resident Assistant Selection for 2010–2011

by Gretchen Wesbrock, Assistant Director for Hall Staffing, Office of Residence Life

The Resident Assistant (RA) selection process for our 2010–2011 positions has begun and your student may be interested in applying. Being an RA is a great leadership experience for those students who wish to help others get connected to the university and the community. RAs help direct students to the resources that will help them be successful at Northern Arizona University and to experience a positive living environment while they are here.

Beyond the financial benefits including free room, meal plan, and a stipend, RAs gain experience in working with community development, program planning and implementation, time and resource management, communication skills, crisis response, and conflict mediation.

Applications are available online or at the Residence Life office. Applications are due on January 29, 2010. More information can be found at the Residence Life webpage.

Michelle’s Law

by Jamie Axlerod

“Michelle’s Law” went into effect in October 2009. If a full-time college student loses full-time status due to a physician-certified medical condition he/she can now stay on a parent’s health insurance for one year. On October 8, 2008, President Bush signed H.R. 2851, making Michelle’s Law a federal law effective October 9, 2009. More information can be found online including commonly asked questions and answers.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO)

Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in environmentally related studies are encouraged to apply for GRO Fellowships. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 10, 2009. The EPA plans to award approximately 30 new fellowships by July 30, 2010. The fellowship provides up to $19,250 per year of academic support and $8,000 for internship support for a combined total of up to $46,500 over the life of the fellowship. The GRO program enhances and supports quality environmental education for undergraduates, and thereby encourages them to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level and pursue careers in environmentally related fields.

Health Tip: Manage Healthy Living

by Tarryn DeBeer, Fitness Intern, Campus Recreation Services

Eating Right

During this time of year it is easy to increase our caloric intake and before we realize it we’ve gained a few unwanted pounds. Campus Recreation Services is dedicated to providing opportunities for our students to manage healthy living through a variety of activities and educational workshops.

The key to eating right is controlling portion sizes and maintaining a well-balanced diet. With this in mind, the Freshman Fusion program has dedicated the month of November to eating right. We have fitness education events all month that will coach students in making healthy food choices and how to avoid excessive weight gain during the holidays and heightened stressful times.

You can check out our Freshman Fusion schedule at nau.edu/recreation.

Small Group Fitness Training

Small group training

A great way to keep in shape and overcome stress-related fatigue is to engage in physical activity for 30 minutes three to four times a week. Campus Recreation Services offers certified Personal Trainers and small group fitness classes for all students.

This month’s small group training is for all fitness levels from the beginner, who’s never set foot in a weight room, to the fit gym junkie, who's looking to “up the ante” for physical gain and/or advance his/her fitness knowledge.

Classes will continue through final exam week in December so encourage your student to take a break and visit the Rec Center for a workout.

Event Highlights (Tue, Nov 17–Mon, Nov 23, 2009)

The Traditional Knowledge Scholar Lecture Series continues in room 9 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences West building in with “Transitions from Traditional Ways to Contemporary Ways” by Bob Lomadafkie from 10–11 AM on Wednesday, November 18. Free.

A Christmas Carol

♦ The NAU Theater Department brings the whole family A Christmas Carol opening on Friday, November 20 at 8 PM in the Clifford E. White Theater. Purchase tickets in advance: $7 for students; $11 for staff, seniors, and faculty; and $12 for the general public. Tickets will be $2 more at the door.

It’s Elemental Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 21 from 6–8 PM at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Free.

♦ Thomas Sheeley, NAU Guitar Professor performs as part of the Grand Canyon Guitar Society classical guitar series on Saturday, November 21 at 8 PM at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of the show.

♦ The final 2009 Traditional Knowledge Scholar Lecture will be held on Monday, November 23 at 4 PM in room 9 of the Social and Behavioral Science West building in on “The Fast Track and the Spiritually Balanced Life” by Marina Vasquez. Free.

♦ The Native American Film Series continues with “Mohawk Girls” presented in the Cline Assembly Hall at 7 PM on Monday, November 23. This free film screening captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future.

♦ More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.


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