NAU has ‘probable’ case of swine flu
The Arizona Department of Health Services has said that a 19-year-old Northern Arizona University student has a “probable” case of swine influenza A, H1N1, also known as swine flu.
We are operating under normal business conditions with the consent of the county health department. The schedule for classes, final exams, convocations, and commencement remains unchanged.
The university has not seen a widespread outbreak of any flu, but continues to monitor the situation with the county and is following health guidelines from the CDC.
A 24-hour phone bank has been set up to address any questions from students or parents: 928-523-0007. More information is available at nau.edu/flu
—NAU Public Affairs
Spring Graduation Information
You made it! If your son or daughter is graduating next week, congratulations! This is a wonderful accomplishment and you are, no doubt, very proud. Spring 2009 Commencement activities begin in full on Friday, May 8, but don’t forget about some of the convocations earlier in the week and the Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. The commencement schedule is posted online, along with information about visiting campus, portraits and videos, and caps and gowns.
If you or any of your guests will require reasonable accommodation to participate in commencement activities, please contact Betty Zanot at 928-523-3312 or e-mail Betty.Zanot@nau.edu in the next few days to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Native American (3:30 p.m. at Ardrey Auditorium) or Hispanic Convocations (5:30 p.m. at du Bois Ballroom) May 7. To accommodate visitors, please RSVP by May 1 (Native American Convocation, call: 928-523-8086; Hispanic Convocation, call: 928-523-5656).
Mother’s Day Brunch
Time to nudge a subtle hint. NAU is sponsoring a Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 10! After the graduation celebration, wake up and relax to a brunch just for you. Students can apply left over Dining Dollars toward the meal.
WHEN: May 10
Residence Halls Closing
Take note! Residence halls close for spring semester by noon on May 8. Students need to have their belongings moved out before that deadline. For some, it makes sense to keep certain belongings in Flagstaff over the summer. There are several self storage options in Flagstaff to choose from. Students living in Tinsley Hall or those staying for summer terms do not need to clear their belongings. Check with Residence Life for any specific questions.
Bicycling on Campus
The City of Flagstaff, in collaboration with Flagstaff Biking, is offering a FREE Traffic Skills 101 course Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Thorpe Park Community Center, 245 North Thorpe Road, Flagstaff. Participants will learn how to predict and avoid crashes, on-bike skills, state bicycle laws, and more. To sign up for the course, please contact Martin Ince, Multi-Modal Transportation Planner, at 928-226-4850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your student will be in town Saturday, May 16, you may want to use your cycling prowess to support a good cause. Synergy Total Fitness is hosting an all-day indoor cycling ride—A Healthy Spin On Life—to benefit the Northland Family Help Center. Donations are collected for how long your ride ($1 per minute). One hundred percent of the donation will support the center.
Does your student want a bike but can’t afford one? NAU continues to provide the FREE Yellow Bike Program, allowing students to “borrow” a university bicycle to get around campus.
Important Dates For Students
College of Arts and Letters
All events are free unless noted.
Student Health Tip
Warm spring weather has finally returned to Flagstaff. Students are peeling off layers of clothing and basking in the sun. Exposure to sunlight—while it can be invigorating and a great source of vitamin D—can damage the skin. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can penetrate the skin and injure it, causing sunburns and suntans, both signs of skin damage. Students, especially those with fair skin, burn more easily at high altitude. Because Flagstaff is at 7,000 feet, the sun’s rays are 28-35 percent more intense here than they are at sea level. So, taking a few precautions to protect the skin, while enjoying the warmth and fresh air, may have long-term benefits. We suggest you encourage your student to generously apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher that provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to all exposed skin and to reapply sunscreen every two hours while outdoors, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Enjoy the sun and have a safe, healthy spring.
—Jo Cahill, MS, RD