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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. 22 | January 26, 2010
Healthy Campus

The Healthy Campus

The Healthy Campus web site is dedicated to promoting campus wellness by providing information that will help engender a safe, healthy learning environment for every student at Northern Arizona University.

Wellness includes intellectual growth, physical health, mental and emotional health, spirituality, environmental health, and healthy social interactions. The website provides basic information on six issues that have an important influence on NAU students’ wellness: Alcohol and other drugs, environmental health, physical fitness, mental health, nutrition, sexual health, stress management, and violence prevention.


Health Tip - Pedometer Challenge

by Jimmy Murray, Graduate Assistant, Fronske Health Promotion

Healthy Campus would like to announce the launch of our latest fitness initiative, the pedometer challenge. Our challenge to each member of the NAU community is to progress to walking 10,000 steps per day. Among many other things, the pedometer challenge is a great way to have fun, make new friends, increase activity and promote health.

On average, people take 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day but it is recommended that most of us walk at least 10,000 steps each day to achieve the health benefits associated with physical activity. Visit our website for more information on the challenge and to download software for tracking step count and monitoring progress.


Greek Sorority at NAU

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities have been a part of the Northern Arizona University community for more than 75 years. Greek organizations provide a social and academic support system designed to give students a well-rounded college experience. With our long-standing tradition of service, leadership, scholarship, and friendship, our Greek system offers the experience of a lifetime!

The majority of NAU Greek students are housed in Mountain View Hall, a 600 bed, suite-style living facility that encompasses 18 of the 22 social Greek organizations on campus. Mountain View is home to one professional Residence Life staff member, two Graduate Assistants, and 12 paraprofessional student Resident Assistants. Chapters unite under one roof to better the Greek community as a whole and work together to accomplish a shared vision.

According to the fall 2009 Freshmen Retention and Graduation Tracking Project, freshmen living in Mountain View or Freshmen Connection halls have a higher retention rate than all other freshmen living on or off campus. Also, freshmen living on campus tend to have higher graduation rates than those living off campus.

To learn more about Greek life visit the parent resources webpage.


Event Highlights (Tue, Jan 26–Mon, Feb 1, 2010)

♦ 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 Ardrey Auditorium. Free tickets are required and can be picked up at the University Union.

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

♦ The Department of Applied Indigenous Studies continues the Traditional Knowledge Scholar Lecture Series for spring 2010 with Ceremonial Alignments by Bob Lomadafkie in SBS West, building 70, room 115, from 11 AM to noon on Wednesday, January 27. All are welcome to this free presentation.

♦ The Traditional Knowledge Scholar Lecture Series continues with Sacred Mountains-Return to Dinehtah by Maybelle Little in SBS West, building 70, room 9 from noon to 1 PM on Monday, February 1. All are welcome to this free presentation.

♦ The EcoHouse Learning Community and the MA Sustainable Communities Program presents a FREE Solar Cooker Design Workshop from 10:30 AM–2 PM, Sunday, January 31 at the Applied Research and Development Building, building 56, in the Large Pod. Build your own solar box cooker! Materials and lunch included! Free local foods provided by Slow Foods! RSVP by Friday, January 29 to Rosa at arc56@nau.edu.


More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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