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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. 24 | February 9, 2010
Gateway Advisor

What if your student wants to change his or her major?

Approximately three-quarters of all college students do change their major and some students change majors as many as four times. Students will find new areas that interest them and in which they excel.

The Gateway Student Success Center can be a great place to start when interests change. Advisors are available to help students identify their strengths and aptitudes and then help identify an academic major leading toward a career path. Students should consult with a Gateway advisor as soon as they have questions or are beginning to contemplate a change in direction. For students who are not certain about direction and goals, the career fairs that are held each semester provide an opportunity to meet employers and explore career opportunities.

Louie the Lumberjack with jobs

Spring Fair

The Gateway Student Success Center is hosting their annual graduate and career fair on March 3 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The fair will be open to students and alumni at 10 AM and the public are welcome at noon. The fair concludes at 3 PM.

Local and national employers, graduate schools, and bio-medical professions will be represented at the fair. Also, the fair is not limited to graduating seniors—all classmen are welcome. Undeclared students may find the Fair a useful way to explore career paths.

Scholarship Applications

The 2010-2011 Scholarship Application is available at the Office of Financial Aid webpage. The scholarship application is used to award hundreds of foundation scholarships that are available to our students. It is very beneficial to students to complete this application prior to March 5, 2010.

NAU Hockey

In light of the recent roof collapse at the Jay Lively Ice Rink, the 4500-seat Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona has agreed to help NAU Hockey host the hockey games and sell tickets for the two games vs. UNLV on Sunday, February 14 at noon, and Monday (Presidents Day), February 15 at noon. Proceeds will benefit and support NAU Hockey.

Event Highlights (Tue, Feb 9-Mon, Feb 15, 2010)

♦ The College of Arts and Letters Classic Film Series continues to screen free films on Tuesday nights at 7 PM in the Cline Assembly Hall until April 27. The next film is To Live (Huozhe), which will screen on February 9.

The Associated Students for Women’s Issues (ASWI) raises money to support local programs fighting violence against women and children. Please help take a stand against violence and join us for the performance of this year’s The Vagina Monologues February 11-13 at 7:30 PM in Cline Assembly Hall. The doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased for $10 for students from the Central Ticket Office. Group rates are available for 10 or more. All proceeds will be donated to NAU’s Sexual Assault Relationship Violence Prevention Program, Victim/Witness Services, Northland Family Help Center, NACASA, and the campaign to end rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Please contact ASWI at 928-523-6946 for more information.

♦ Every AfterHours brings great entertainment and a chance to win great prizes such as Dell laptops, PS3’s, mountain bikes, MacBooks, iPods, Wii’s, Disneyland passes, and much more. AfterHours events are free to students, faculty, and staff, but only students can win prizes. AfterHours features fun, free events for NAU students throughout the year. Encourage your student to text ‘sun events’ to 39649 for extra raffle tickets. The next AfterHours event will include a Comedy Musician, a Chainsaw Juggler, and a Dating Game Show on February 12, 2010.

SUN Entertainment’s Noon Tunes program features the best local and regional musical acts. Students can catch great acoustic and electric performances to and from class, or can stick around and listen during lunch. Encourage your student to catch Tiff Jimber at the DüB on Wednesday, February 10!

NAU Women’s Basketball competes against Weber State on February 11 at 6:35 PM in the Skydome. This event is free to students with their JacksCard.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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