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The Backpack
The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 6 No. 20 | January 12, 2010
Spring-Back Events


Spring-Back continues through Monday, January 18 as we welcome new and returning students to campus. Athletic events are free for those with a JacksCard (aka NAUCard) including basketball games early in the spring semester.

Recreation Services is hosting a rock climbing competition for beginners (tonight), a dodgeball tournament, personal training consultations, and Zumba classes!

Perhaps your student is more of an outdoors person? Encourage him/her to attend the Backcountry Cooking Clinic on Friday, January 15 at 3 PM with NAU Outdoors.

The Whiteout Party on Friday, January 15, hosted by Residence Life, will be held in the du Bois Ballroom from 8 to 11 PM.

Vertical Relief Climbing Center will offer NAU Students “Free Climb Night” on Sunday, January 17, from 8 to 10 PM.

Spring-Back will conclude with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march and “Renewing His Vision: Dream Big!” celebration. The march will start at 4:30 PM at the University Union parking lot and the celebration will begin at 5 PM in the du Bois Ballroom.

Academic Resources

by Gateway Student Success Center

As you probably know, last month's blizzard in Flagstaff resulted in a campus closure during finals week and the subsequent delay in posting of final grades and academic standing for the term. Although we have no control over the weather, we do have a desire to empower students to be proactive in addressing any concerns if they are on academic probation.

Students who are on academic probation have options and resources available to help them succeed. Below are some action items you can suggest to your student.

Freshmen and anyone else who has not declared a major should visit the Gateway Student Success Center during walk-in advising. All other students should contact their major’s professional advising office.

Gateway Student Success Center Walk-In Advising Schedule (Freshmen and Undeclared students only)

Gateway Student Success Cener

January 11–15, 19–22
Monday–Friday 8 AM–4:30 PM

A Gateway advisor can help students to:

  • reduce their course load appropriately
  • decide whether to repeat a course in which they have received a D/F
  • register for a Back on Track 1-credit course which is meant for students on probation
  • assess/reduce extra-curricular commitments and address personal issues
  • re-assess academic and personal goals
  • investigate other sources of support, both financial and emotional

Other resources include the Learning Assistance Centers where students can receive individual tutoring or have their study skills assessed. Encourage your student to take charge this semester! They can do it; we are here to help!

Save the Date—Family Weekend 2010

Family Weekend will be held during the weekend of October 15–17, 2010. Please mark your calendar and check our Family Weekend webpage for updates!

Undergraduate Personal Growth Group, Spring 2010 semester

Your student might be interested in the Personal Growth Group that meets on Mondays from 3–4:30 PM in the NAU Counseling Center. This small group meets weekly to provide the opportunity for support, exploration, insight, and learning. Students of all experiences, backgrounds, concerns, and ages have found this group to be helpful in their personal and interpersonal growth.

Group Membership costs $50. All groups require a FREE pre-group interview prior to joining. Your student can call 928-523-2261 to schedule an appointment with Megan Gavin, the group leader, for more information.

Preventing and Dealing with the Flu

by Jon Rudy, Health Educator, Fronske Health Center

Wash Hands

Although the second wave of H1N1 flu in on the decline, Arizona is still experiencing high levels of flu activity. When students return to campus, it is likely that we will see students coming down with either H1N1 or seasonal flu, or both.

To protect against flu, encourage your student to follow these recommended precautions:

  • Wash hands frequently - especially after coughing or sneezing; use soap and water when available or an alcohol-based hand cleaner
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash immediately
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth - germs spread that way

Our Healthy Campus website has some easy tips and reminders that you and your family can use to reduce your odds of getting the flu. These tips include ideas about how to wash hands conveniently, kill viruses on surfaces, do laundry to prevent infection, and how to clean a sick person’s dishes.

Be sure your student is supplied with soap, alcohol hand sanitizers, tissues, alcohol wipes, and other hygienic supplies.

For more information on the services offered at Fronske Health Center or information on our insurance plans, visit the Fronske Health Center website, our flu information website, or call us at 928-523-6343.

Health Tip

by Tarryn De Beer, B.S Exercise Science, ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, Northern Arizona University Fitness Intern

Small Group Training

Are you ready to live out your New Year's Resolutions? Starting an exercise program can be challenging, but it’s also very rewarding and one of the best things you can do to live a healthy life!

The Rec Center helps students achieve a healthy life style by offering many different exercise options, and helping students make and achieve attainable goals, including finding an exercise program that is time-efficient and beneficial.

Our trainers design specialized individual exercise programs and one-on-one training. We also offer monthly small group training for those who prefer working out in a group but still want the benefits of a personal trainer. Additional information and schedules can be found at Recreation Services.

Undergraduate Writing Competition

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to write an essay for NAU’s annual Louis Agassiz Prize for Excellence in Writing competition that addresses this year’s theme. The first-place prize is $1,500, with a possible second-place prize at $1,000 and third-place prize at $500, depending on the quality of entries received.

THEME: “Should media coverage of important scientific issues reflect traditional journalistic ideals of balance or the consensus of the scientific community?”

LENGTH: No more than 2,000 words

DEADLINE: January 22

SUBMISSIONS: e-mail your entry by the deadline to Paula Logie

More information about the essay contest can be found on the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences website.

IceJacks Hockey Schedule

This will be the BIGGEST and BUSIEST Hockey Month ever at NAU! The IceJacks have a full month of exciting Home Games!

NAU Ice Jacks

Division-II Team

Fri Jan 15 vs. Metro State
Sat Jan 16 vs. Metro State
Sun Jan 17 vs. University of Oregon

Fri Jan 22 vs. ASU
Sat Jan 23 vs. ASU

Division-III Team

Fri Jan 29 vs. Fort Lewis
Sat Jan 30 vs. Fort Lewis

Event Highlights (Tue, Jan 12–Tue, Jan 26, 2010)

Recreation Services is offering a Rock Climbing Competition for Beginners on Tuesday, January 12 at 6 PM in the Fieldhouse, a Dodgeball Tournament on the Rec Center Tennis Courts on Wednesday, January 13 at 7 PM and Personal Training Consultations from 6:30–8:30 PM in the Fieldhouse on Wednesday, January 13.

NAU Women’s Basketball plays Eastern Washington at 6:35 PM on Thursday, January 14 at the Walkup Skydome. Free admission with JacksCard (aka NAUCard).

♦ A free Backcountry Cooking Clinic will be offered on Friday, January 15 at 3 PM by NAU Outdoors in the Fieldhouse in addition to Zumba Class at 6 PM in the Fieldhouse, Kaibab Room.

♦ The traditional Whiteout Party, hosted by Residence Life, will be held in the du Bois Ballroom from 8 to 11 PM on Friday, January 15.

Vertical Relief Climbing Center will offer NAU Free Climb Night on Sunday, January 17, from 8 to 10 PM.

Renewing His Vision: Dream Big. On Monday, January 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will begin with a march at 4:30 PM starting at the University Union parking lot and walking to the du Bois Ballroom, where the celebration will continue with a reception at 5 PM.

♦ The Spike Lee Film Festival, coordinated by the Martin Springer Institute, begins on Friday, January 22.

♦ On Tuesday, January 26, STEP AFRIKA!—sponsored by the Black Student Union—will host a workshop at 12 noon at the du Bois Ballroom and perform at 8 PM at the Aurdrey Auditorium. Free tickets are required and can be picked up at the University Union.

♦ Mr. Spike Lee will be speaking at the Ardrey Auditorium on Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM. For ticket information please call 928-523-5661.

♦ More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.


What's the Flagstaff weekend forecast? Check out Flagstaff Weather, courtesy of Northern Arizona University Weather Service.

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