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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. 31 | April 24, 2009

In-hall tutoring: getting ready for finals

In-Hall Tutoring! Ace Those Finals!

by Jessalyn Carpino, from Plaid

Finals! Finals! Finals! With reading week NEXT week, studying for finals is underway!

Does your student need to figure out that last minute equation? Or perhaps he or she just doesn’t understand the new concepts taught in biology. Whatever your student’s academic struggle there is help available so he or she can ace that tough final! This help is available not only through the North and South Learning Assistant Centers and S.I. sessions but through our very own freshman connection residence halls! In these halls there are individual students to help tutor students…and the best part is IT’S FREE! And from a personal level, I go and visit my in-hall tutor all the time. Eric is fantastic! (He’s the tutor in the picture above helping students in Allen Hall on the second floor). So definitely encourage your student to get the help he or she needs! These smart tutors are here to help! Oh, and don’t forget to brush up on those study skills.

Tutoring availability for this semester: 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Make sure to check out the schedule and classes offered for in-hall tutoring!

Thanks For Coming!

Diamondback Reception

We had an amazing turnout at our recent Parent Services reception in Phoenix, prior to the Diamondback’s game. Thank you to everyone who participated; we had an amazing time!

Welcome Jacks

Welcome Jacks

Is your student interested in welcoming the NAU community next fall? Then encourage your student to sign up to be a Welcome Jack, and join us as we welcome back the campus community and kick off the new school year. Welcome Jacks assist with move-in, the outdoor concert, and many of the exciting Welcome Week events! Plus, with a four hour commitment, students can move into their residence hall early. Welcome Week starts August 20. Sign up at and spread the word. For more information contact LeAnne Jones 928-523-6019 or e-mail at

Events Around Town

Running Dry

Award-winning documentary film

The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?
Sun, Apr 26 @ 6 p.m.
The Orpheum Theater
Downtown Flagstaff, AZ
Entrance by donation

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on “The essential components of a local and national water policy” hosted by filmmaker Jim Thebaut. Discussion participants and featured non-profits include Lena Fowler, Loris Taylor, Black Mesa Trust, Water Advisory Council, Friends of Flagstaff Trust, and many more.


Anarchist Authors

Anarchist Authors of Northern Arizona
Sun, Apr 26 @ 5:30 p.m.
Flagstaff Photography Center (located on the east side of Heritage Square in the Babbitt Building).

The symposium features authors Randall Amster, Luis Fernadez, Ilse Asplund, Joel Olson, and Kyle Boggs. For more information call 928-527-1731 or e-mail



Important Dates For Students


Summer session enrollment continues

Apr 24

Undergrad graduation application deadline for fall ‘09 commencement

May 1

Instruction ends

May 4–7

Final exams

May 7

Native American Convocation
RSVP by May 1 to 928-523-8086

May 7

Hispanic Convocation
RSVP by May 1 to 928-523-5656

May 8

Residence halls close for spring semester

May 8–9


May 10

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 11

3- and 12-week summer sessions begin

May 25

Memorial Day Holiday

Jun 1

First 5-week and 10-week summer sessions begin

College of Arts and Letters

Event Highlights

For a full listing of events and information visit, or subscribe to

All events are free unless noted.



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

Apr 28

Holiday (1938)
Starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayers, Doris Nolan



Apr 26

Spring Festival of Choirs
Ardrey Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Apr 25

Vocal Jazz Night
Ashurst Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Apr 28

Student Ensemble Music Series
NAU Bass/Cello Studio Recital
Ashurst Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

May 1

Student Ensemble Music Series
Percussion Ensemble Concert
Ashurst Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

May 2

Faculty Artist Series
20th-21st century music
Mary Frances DiBartolo, cello;
Shelley Rich, violin;
Chen-Ju Chiang, piano
Ashurst Auditorium, 3 p.m.

May 3

NAU Symphony Orchestra featuring the 2008 NAU Concerto Competition Winners
Ardrey Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Berlioz - "Villanelle," "Sur les Langunes," and "Absence," from Les Nuits D'Ete; Villa-Lobos - Fantasia; Mendelssohn - Concerto No. 1; Hanson - Symphony No. 2, Romantic

May 4

Student Chamber Music Series
String and Piano Chamber Music Recital
Ashurst Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.



Apr 25

The Bald Soprano and The Lesson
Two plays by Eugene Ionesco
Clifford E. White Theatre, 8 p.m.
Tickets available at 928-523-5661



May 1

BFA Exhibition
Beasley Gallery

Internships and Opportunities

Museum Logo

The Museum of Northern Arizona has several internships and assistantships available for college students. You can get more information by visiting their employment page or by calling 928-774-5211 x222 or e-mailing


The Grand Canyon Trust is looking for “volunteers who are committed to preserving the landscapes and ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau.” Volunteers can participate in on-the-ground restoration projects as well as science-based research.


Local Flagstaff events Commencement May8-9 NAU events this week

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