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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. 16 | November 24, 2009
Finals Week

Preparing for Finals

by Dianna Van Sanford

Believe it or not Finals Week is less than two weeks away. Your student’s final exams will occur between Monday, December 7, and Thursday, December 10, 2009. Many families want to know when their student’s last final is in order to make travel arrangements for winter break. Encourage your student to review each of the syllabi received during the first week of classes to determine his/her specific finals week schedule. A general schedule also can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.

The Learning Assistance Center has timely and relevant workshops throughout the year to help students succeed academically. Your son or daughter might benefit from the one-hour Final Exam Preparation Workshop offered on December 1, 2, or 3. This workshop teaches students strategies on how to review a large amount of material. Students also will learn how to devise a study schedule for finals as well as how to stay focused and motivated through an academically rigorous time. Encourage your student to contact the Learning Assistance Center today to sign up!

Winter Session begins December 18

If your student would like to get a step ahead toward his/her degree, a Winter Session class is a good option. Enrollment is underway for NAU’s Winter Session, the four-week period between the end of the fall term and the beginning of the spring term. Classes begin December 18. The session continues to be popular among students seeking to make faster progress on a degree program. Most classes are offered online, making it a convenient option for students who leave the Flagstaff campus during the winter break.

Winter Fair 2009

by Pamela Lee Anastassiou, University Registrar

Please encourage your student to join us for NAU’s Winter Fair 2009 on Wednesday, December 2, from 11 AM to 2 PM in the University Union (2nd floor dining expansion area).

The fair is designed to help prepare students for Flagstaff’s upcoming winter season with information on such topics as physical wellness, driving tips, outdoor recreational activities, etc.

Participants will include the Arizona Snowbowl, NAU Bookstore, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), NAU Parking Services, Fronske Health Center, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation, and NAU Recreation Center.

Sports Highlights

NAU Ice Jacks

The Division II NAU Ice Jacks improved their record to 12-3 after winning the South Valley Physical Therapy Showdown in San Jose by defeating Texas Tech 7-2, Utah Valley University 9-1, and #8-ranked San Jose State 3-1. The team had very few penalties in three hard fought games. Freshman goalie Quinn Mason only allowed four goals over the course of the three games! The Ice Jacks are headed to Denver from December 3-6, where they will take on the highest ranked teams in the country.

The NAU Men’s Club Volleyball Team looked sharp as they finished at a very close second in the San Diego State tournament. The tournament featured top teams from Colorado, UCLA, USC, UCSD, and Cal State Fullerton. Keep your eye on our team as our level of play makes us one of the better college club volleyball teams in the country.

Health Tip

by Casey Fisher, Campus Dining

As we enter the holiday season, it’s important to recognize the significant role food plays in our lives and that of our students. Many times we forget that dining is not merely about sustenance, but also provides an important social connection. This is true for families during the holidays and it's also true for our students during the academic year.

Turkey Dinner

Most students return home for Thanksgiving, but for those who will remain on campus, the Hot Spot (all-you-care-to-eat resident dining hall) will be open throughout the weekend. On Thanksgiving Day, the Hot Spot will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM and will feature a traditional roast turkey dinner as well as a “take-out” option available for those who wish to eat later. Meal plans, cash, credit, and dining dollars will all be accepted.

If your student does not have a meal plan for next semester, now is the time to act. There are some great options available, for both resident and commuter students. You can e-mail us or visit our website for more information on semester meal plans and the Dining Dollars account.

Event Highlights (Tue, Nov 24–Mon, Nov 30, 2009)

NAU Women’s Basketball hosts the Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28 at the Rolle Activity Center. Free.

Womens Basketball

Friday, November 27, 2009

4:05 PM Belmont vs. Oregon State
6:35 PM NAU vs. Siena

Saturday, November 28, 2009

2:05 PM Consolation Game
4:35 PM Championship Game

♦ Celebrate the recently proclaimed (PDF download) National Native American Heritage Day on Friday, November 27.

♦ Bring the family and kick off the holiday season at Little America’s Annual Holiday Lights Festival on November 28 from 3 to 8 PM. The Junior Master of Ceremonies will flip the switch on more than one million lights on their beautiful forested grounds. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cider plus performances from local choirs, and you can’t forget a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enter the raffle for a magnificent gingerbread house and great vacation getaways with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Northern Arizona.

Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory will dish up a Thanksgiving Star Fest for you and your whole family with indoor programs and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell campus on November 25, 27, and 28 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

♦ More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.


What's the Flagstaff weekend forecast? Check out Flagstaff Weather, courtesy of Northern Arizona University Weather Service.

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