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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. 25 | February 16, 2010

2010 Housing Reapplication

High demand for on-campus housing is anticipated next year. Here is a preview of what your student can expect.

Reapplication will be held online March 29 through April 9, 2010. All processes will take place online and begin at 9 AM on the first day listed and run through 9 AM on the final listed day. Students in non-Freshman Connections halls can reapply online to their current room and request roommates from their current hall only during our Same Hall/Same Room Day from March 29-30. Students in non-Freshman Connections halls can reapply online during our Same Hall/Different Room Day from March 31 through April 1.

Current residents in all halls on campus who do not reapply for their same hall or same room will be given a randomly-assigned lottery number and time to reapply to all remaining space on campus (credit hour or GPA requirements apply to some halls). Students may sign up for the hall of their choice and can request roommates from any hall. Immediate confirmation of hall placement and roommate request will be received at that time. Specific room assignments will be received in July, allowing maximum roommate and hall requests. Students who are changing halls will receive an e-mail on April 2 to their NAU account detailing their lottery time to reapply online between April 6-9.

Off-campus housing information and resources related to living off campus can be found on the Office of Residence Life website. Specific questions about off- campus housing can be addressed to OffCampusHousing@nau.edu.

The Office of Residence Life offers an on-line live chat feature during most business hours. If you have a quick question regarding Residence Life, simply type your question into the chat box and we will answer your question as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Off-Campus Housing Fair

An Off-Campus Housing Fair will be held February 24 from 6-8 PM in the Union Point (formerly known as the Expansion) where students can meet representatives from Flagstaff area apartment complexes.

Your Questions Answered

Q. My insurance company needs documentation that my student is enrolled at NAU. How do I get that information?

A. Your student can complete a Verification Request Form on the Office of the Registrar’s website or download this information directly through his/her LOUIE account.

Q. My student is on track to graduate in December. How does he/she apply for graduation?

A. Your student needs to apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Application Packet in the forms section on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Q. Will the residence halls be open during Spring Break from March 15-19?

A. Yes, residence halls will be open during Spring Break and, of course, on the weekends prior to and after Spring Break.

Healthy Eating with Campus Dining

by Casey Fisher, Campus Dining


Choosing to dine on campus really does “make a difference” according to Northern Arizona University students. In a recent survey, those who had a meal plan for at least one year rated their eating habits as healthier than those who did not. And, the percentage of students who developed healthy eating habits increased for each additional year that students remained on a meal plan. Similar correlations were reported in questions relating to health and well being.

When asked about establishing rewarding relationships with peers, students who had a meal plan for three years reported success in this area at a much higher rate than students who never had a meal plan (18.7 percent higher), and 16.6 percent higher than those having had a meal plan for only one year. What does all of this mean? Where and what your student eats affects the mind, body, and emotional connections that are essential to college life.

Health Tip

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

Physical fitness is the ability to function effectively throughout your work or school day, perform routine activities and still have enough energy left to respond to unplanned situations that may create extra stresses. There are five components to physical fitness: cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Campus Recreation Services provides a variety of diverse opportunities to aide in achieving one or more of the five components of physical fitness to balance healthy living. Encourage your student to explore and try new activities such as an outdoors program, fitness class, or sporting event.

Your student can explore, energize, and improve one or all five components at the Rec Center, by using our cardio machines, treadmills, or trying a group fitness class, scaling the 25’ climbing spire, or registering for intramural sport.

Event Highlights (Tue, Feb 16-Mon, Feb 22, 2010)

♦ The College of Arts and Letters Classic Film Series continues to screen free films on Tuesday nights (with one exception,) at 7 PM in the Cline Assembly Hall until April 27. The next film is Sense and Sensibility and will screen tonight, Tuesday, February 16.

♦ 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 is Casino Night and will be held on February 19.

Black History Month continues with three presentations this week. An Education Abroad Opportunities for African American Students presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 6 PM in Aspen Crossing Learning Community (bldg. 29), room 110. A presentation about Women with Fistula in the Republic of Niger (W. Africa) will be held Thursday, February 18, 9 AM to 10:30 AM at Aspen Crossing, room 110. Psychological Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Africa will be held on Thursday, February 18, 10:30 AM to 12 PM in Aspen Crossing (bldg. 29), room 110.

♦ Two NAU Men’s Basketball games may interest your student this week. The NAU vs. Portland State game is on February 18 at 6:35 PM. NAU vs. Eastern Washington is on February 20 at 6:35 PM. Both games are in the Skydome. Athletic events are free to students with their JacksCard.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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