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The Backpack

A news source for parents and families of NAU students


A publication of the Office of Parent Services

Vol. 5 No. 27 | March 27, 2009

Unity Week

A Break From The Vacation

Find Balance

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.

—Derek Hansen
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

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 by April 3 so we can plan for your attendance.

Unit Week

Unity Week

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

Events and Happenings

Sustainable Communities Events

Mark your calendars for the following events:

Tue, Mar 31 from 7–9 p.m.
David Vasquez
An Environmental and Economic Magic Bullet?
A New Vision for the Future of American Transport
Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 110
NAU Campus

Thu, Apr 2 at 7 p.m.
Annette McGiveney and James Kay
Resurrection: Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West
Cline Assembly Hall, NAU Campus
For more information, contact Tamara Ramirez at or 928-523-0499.

Mon–Tue, Apr 6–7
Water Braiding Conference
Internationally acclaimed scientists, teachers, and artists will gather with Hopi traditional leaders and teachers, to discuss water conservation in the 21st century.
Registration: $175
FREE passes are available to the first 10 NAU students who register
Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff



FREE Reception at AZ D-Backs Game

Free reception

Join the Office of Parent Services for a FREE and informal reception at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, at 3 p.m. on April 11. RSVP’s are required and can be made at or by phone at 928-523-6267.

Immediately following the reception at 5:10 p.m. the D-backs take on the defending N.L. West Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Parent Services is proud to host its second annual family night at Chase Field. Tickets are available for $15 for the Infield Reserve rows 13-17, section 311. We have reserved 100 tickets available on a first come-first serve basis. All family and friends are welcome!

Important Dates


Housing reapplication
Summer session enrollment continues
Early enrollment for fall (continuing students only)

Apr 24

Undergrad graduation application deadline for fall ‘09 commencement

May 1

Instruction ends

May 4–7

Final exams

May 8

Residence halls close for spring semester

May 8–9


College of Arts and Letters
Events Highlights

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Films are shown at the Cline Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Apr 7

Destry Rides Again (1939)
Starring Jimmy Stewart and
Marlene Dietrich


Apr 19

American Guild of Organists Concert
Andrew Risinger, organ
Ashurst Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.


Apr 17, 24 May 1

BFA Exhibition
Beasley Gallery
Receptions each evening at 6 p.m.


Apr 6

Tianshu Wang, piano
Ashurst Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
This international Steinway artist has been acclaimed for her “prodigious technique and eloquent phrasing.”
Students: FREE!
Non-students: $15

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


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