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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. 34 | May 15, 2009

Summer Term

Tuition Payment Plan

—by Jaime Smith, Office of the Bursar

Do you have a student enrolling in fall ‘09 classes? Do you want to budget tuition expenses?

Have your student sign up for the tuition payment plan! The payment plan offers the opportunity to budget tuition expenses with an interest-free, predictable monthly payment option. If your student has enrolled in fall '09 classes, encourage him or her to sign up for the tuition payment plan early, before August 1st, to ensure the lower service fee rate of $70.

If payment is not received by the payment due date or the request form to be enrolled in the tuition payment plan is not submitted by the payment due date, the university will place your student in the payment plan automatically and the service fee will be $100. Students who are automatically placed on the payment plan are not eligible for the $30 savings.

Students who enroll in fall ‘09 classes after August 1st must pay for classes the same day they enroll or submit the tuition payment plan enrollment form the same day they enroll in classes to avoid the $100 automatic payment plan service fee. For further details about your student’s due dates, he or she should review the Student Center in LOUIE, and look under Finances > My Account > Account Inquiry > Charges Due.

Visit the Office of the Bursar for information and to sign up.

Commencement DVD

Grad and Dad

Did your son or daughter graduate last week? Keep Northern Arizona University memories alive by purchasing your very own 2009 Commencement DVD. Cost per DVD is $19.95, plus $3.00 for shipping. Or you may buy two for $29.95, plus shipping. If you are in the area and want to save on shipping, you can pick up your DVD on campus. You can even purchase Commencement DVD’s from years past!

For additional information please contact Janice Johnson 928-523-9484.

Summer Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

There are still many volunteer and internship opportunities available this summer or to consider in the near future. I have compiled a short list of some local and Arizona-based organizations seeking student help.

If you know of any internship opportunities or work for an organization seeking student intern, please contact Parent Services.

—Derek Hansen

Nonfiction Workshop

David Shields

The university English department is hosting a nonfiction workshop with David Shields May 28-30 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dean’s Conference Room in the Riles Building with a reading on Friday, the 29th in the Weiss Wing of the Art Gallery. There are only 20 slots available and they’re going fast!

If you’d like to join us, please remit a check for $95 payable to The NAU Foundation, to Nicole Walker, Box 6032, English Dept., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011.



Important Dates For Students


Review the summer enrollment calendar and grading schedule for specific deadlines for each session

May 25

Memorial Day Holiday—university closed

May 30

Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for pre-session residents only

May 31

Residence halls open at 12 p.m. for FIRST 5-week summer session

May 31

Rent payment due for FIRST 5-week summer session

Jun 1

Instruction begins for FIRST 5-week summer session

Jul 1

Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for FIRST 5-week summer session residents

Jul 5

Residence halls open at 12 p.m. for second 5-week summer session

Jul 5

Rent payment due for second 5-week summer session

Jul 6

Instruction begins for second 5-week summer session

Aug 1

Fall semester rent and dining payments due

Aug 1

Tuition payment deadline

Aug 5

Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for all summer sessions

College of Arts and Letters

Event Highlights

For a full listing of events and information visit, or subscribe to the CAL Events newsletter by sending an e-mail to

All events are free unless noted.



Jul 10–
Jul 26

The Odd Couple
A Town and Gown Summer Theatre Production
Clifford E. White Theatre
July 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25 at 8 p.m.
July 12, 19, and 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets ($10 general admission/$8 students) will be available soon at



Jun 2–
Jul 31

"Reflections of the Land"
Art from the Diablo Trust
NAU Art Museum


May 28–30

Summer nonfiction workshop with David Shields
Riles Building, Room 206
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Registration is $95. For more information or to register contact Nicole Walker at 928-523-6207. Presented by the Department of English.

Events Around Town

Zuni Festival

Zuni Festival

Zuni artists, musicians, educators, and scholars will bring to Flagstaff an opportunity for cultural exchange at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s 19th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.

Willow Bend: Calling All Artists

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is holding a fundraiser on Friday, June 5 at Old Town Shops in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk.

Willow Bend will provide an unfinished birdhouse for you to work your magic on, or you can create your own birdhouse or other bird-themed art. We ask that all artists please pay a $20 refundable deposit that will be returned when the birdhouse is complete.


Local Flagstaff events University News: InsideNAU NAU events this week

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