A Break From The Vacation
I took my own advice and did a last-minute spring break trip to Disneyland. We got a good deal on the tickets, the hotel, and the fun was all free (but, oiy! the food!). But after the rush trip, my head was swimming and I was ready for another break!
Do you ever find yourself wishing for a vacation after the vacation? I recently discovered a service on campus that can help bring balance to mind and body, and is an excellent resource for students: the Counseling and Testing Center.
The Counseling and Testing Center works with students on a variety of issues and helps with healthy choices; life skills; individual, group, and couple counseling; and even academic concerns. The professionals at the Counseling and Testing Center are supportive and engaging. The center’s services are designed for students who can benefit from short-term counseling and in a one-on-one meeting with a counselor can determine what appropriate services will be needed. In some cases, referrals to community resources will be made.
In addition to personal well-mind and well-body counseling, students can find help with adjusting to college life, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and stress, substance abuse, eating concerns, academic concerns, and even career and vocational issues.
In line with the Counseling and Testing Center, the Fronske Health Center has a great resource list to support a healthy campus.
For me? Well, I followed their links to the stress management resources and found some nice Classical music to relax to.
FREE Parents’ Reception in Phoenix
The Office of Parent Services and the Parent Services Board continue to host informal receptions in a variety of regions throughout 2009. Our next gathering will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street, in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. The Parent Services Board will be hosting this informal reception for Phoenix area family members of NAU students. Join us to meet families in your area and to enjoy light refreshments and casual conversation. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 3 so we can plan for your attendance.
March 30—April 6
To promote diversity within the campus and local communities, the Associated Students of NAU and several other campus organizations are hosting a series of educational events during Unity Week. There will be performances, group discussions, and presentations. Encourage your student to come join in on the fun! Events will be held in the University Union in the specified rooms between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the week.
Volunteer for Orientation
We are currently recruiting parent volunteers to assist with Freshman Orientation between May 26 and June 26, 2009 at the Flagstaff Campus. Orientation volunteers answer questions, sell merchandise in support of scholarships, and host our hospitality room. The time commitment is flexible based on your schedule! If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Orientation Co-Chairs: Judy Gray and Margo Brindley at email@example.com
Events and Happenings
Sustainable Communities Events
Mark your calendars for the following events:
College of Arts and Letters
Destry Rides Again (1939)
American Guild of Organists Concert
Apr 17, 24 May 1
HORIZONS CONCERT SERIES
Tianshu Wang, piano
Student Health Tip
Is your student getting enough sleep? Many don’t. In a recent study, more than half (56%) of NAU students reported they had three or fewer nights of adequate sleep during the previous week. As the semester progresses, many students begin to feel increasing stress to complete class projects and prepare for exams. As available time decreases, sleep deprivation becomes more common. Inadequate sleep can have many adverse affects on student life including: mental fatigue, poor school performance, mood swings, and weight gain.
Hectic schedules often contribute to sleep loss, but insomnia can also be a problem. The suggestions below may help your student fall asleep, remain asleep throughout the night, and stay well rested.
- Eliminate or limit caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks) late in the day.
- Keep set bedtimes and wake times, seven days a week.
- Do not eat a heavy meal right before trying to sleep.
- Plan challenging school projects/homework for the morning or afternoon hours, so you are not engaged in mentally demanding activities during the hours before bedtime.
- Reserve the bed for sleeping. Read or watch TV in another room or at your desk. The bedroom should be associated with sleeping, so do homework in a study area or at the library.
- Make a “to do” list before you go to bed to avoid thinking about what you need to do as you are trying to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. Try using a sleeping mask and/or ear plugs to decrease interference with sleep in the residence hall.
- Do something calming before bedtime (e.g., take a shower or bath, read for pleasure, meditate).
More information to help with sleep can be found at Healthy Campus Stress Management Resources.
—Jo Cahill, MS, RD
Fronske Health Center