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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. 28 | March 9, 2010
Living On Campus

Reapplication for On-Campus Housing

by Alicia Stewart Voytek, Residence Life

With spring break next week, many parents will have a great opportunity to spend some time with their students at home. On-campus housing reapplication is just around the corner, so this would be an ideal time to talk about housing for next year. Watch your mail for a Reapplication postcard to arrive later this week.

Current on-campus residents have priority to reapply to live on campus at nau.edu/reapp starting on March 29. Please review the following for important dates and process information:

Same Hall/Same Room Day - March 29 (9 AM) to March 30 (9 AM)

Students in non-Freshman Connections halls can reapply online to their current room and pull in roommates who live in their current hall only.

Same Hall/Different Room Day - March 31 (9 AM) to April 1 (9 AM)

Students in non-Freshman Connections halls can reapply to a different room in their current hall and pull in roommates from their current hall only.

Different Hall/Campus Lottery - April 6 (9 AM) to April 9 (9 AM)

Current residents in all halls on campus who do not reapply for their same hall will be given a randomly-assigned lottery time to reapply to all remaining space on campus. On April 2, notification will be sent to students through their individual NAU e-mail accounts detailing their specific assigned lottery time to reapply the following week. During this process students can pull in roommates from any hall who have not yet reapplied. Immediate confirmation of hall placement and roommate pull-in will be received at that time. Specific room assignments will be received in mid-July, maximizing roommate and hall requests.


Students who reapply and later cancel will be charged a cancellation fee:

  • Cancel by May 1st - $500 cancellation fee
  • Cancel between May 2nd - June 30th - $750 cancellation fee
  • Cancel on or after July 1st - $1,000 cancellation fee

Additional Information

  • To participate in reapplication, all housing account charges must be paid current by March 25. Students should check their LOUIE accounts for any outstanding charges.
  • To assist students moving off campus, helpful resource information related to living off campus is posted on our website.
  • If you are on Facebook, join our NAU Residence Life Parent and Family Group for regular housing updates and tips, and a place to connect with other families of our residential students.
  • Reapplication details and commonly asked questions are available at nau.edu/reapp.

If you have any questions, please contact Residence Life at reapp@nau.edu or 928-523-3978.

Dining during spring break

Spring Midterm Grades

by Lucy Hegg, Assistant Registrar

Spring is almost here! The snow is melting and the wind is blowing. It also means that half of the spring semester is over. Most students should have completed their midterm exams by now. We encourage professors to post midterm grades for lower division classes so that students can check their progress in a class. Grades from professors are now posted in LOUIE. These grades are viewable in their Student Center under the “grades” link. This is the time to talk with your student about his/her midterm grades and to reflect on their academic progress and achievement.

If your student is not receiving the grade that he/she is expecting, there are many options available. First, students should visit with their professors during office hours to talk about their current grade(s). Second, we would encourage your student to visit the Learning Assistance Centers on campus to get signed up for tutoring or study groups.

Encourage your student to take an active role in his/her education. Please let us know if we can be of assistance or if you need any additional resources.

Motor Assistance - Jumping a Car

Motorist Assistance Program

The Motorist Assistance Program, or MAP, is an on-campus service that provides jump starts, air for flat tires, unlocks vehicles, and assists vehicles stuck in ice and snow. Your student can request these services, as available, by contacting Parking Services at 928-523-9066.

Your Questions Answered

Q: Where can my student store his/her belongings for the summer?

A: The Flagstaff community has a number of storage companies. Encourage your student to search the internet for “Flagstaff Storage” to learn about availability. The smaller, less costly, units will fill up very soon. There can be a cost savings if students from out of state pair up and share the cost of a larger unit.

Q: When is commencement?

A: Visit our Commencement webpage to learn all of the details including the schedule and key information for guests and family members.

Q: When can my student register for summer courses?

A: Registration for summer courses is available right now.

Q. My student plans on staying on campus during Spring Break. What campus dining options and retail facilities will be available during Spring Break?

A. While Campus Dining meal plans do not include “meals” for the week of Spring Break, there will be a couple of retail dining options available Monday through Friday (March 15-19) at which students can purchase menu items with Dining Dollars, cash or credit.

Q. Can my student use their JacksDebit Express account off-campus during Spring Break? If so, which off-campus restaurants take the JacksDebit Express as payment?

A. Yes, your student can use their JacksDebit Express account at our partnering off-campus restaurants during spring break. We partner with a variety of off-campus merchants including Campus Coffee Bean; Cheba Hut; Chili’s; [China Garden Restaurant; Delhi Palace; Domino’s Pizza; El Capitan Fresh Mexican Grill; Granny’s Closet; Himalayan Grill; IHOP; Macy’s European Coffee House; Monsoon on the Rim; Papa John’s Pizza; Pita Jungle; Pita Pit; and Quiznos.

Health Tip

by Tarryn De Beer, Campus Recreation Services Intern

With spring approaching, temperatures slowly rising, and snow melting, it's time to shake off that winter dust, stretch those muscles, and spring into fitness! The benefits of an exercise program are numerous both physically and mentally. All your student needs to make his/her exercise routine successful is the right attitude. Encourage your student to start with baby steps and make exercise fun and fresh.

Campus Recreation Services can help your student fire up a workout routine with the numerous programs, events, and equipment that the facility has to offer. Our fitness programs will get your student into tip-top shape with our diverse group fitness classes and our personal training programs. For those who prefer more individualized training, there is the choice of working with a certified trainer one-on-one or with a small group in our popular “small group training programs” that are held twice-a-week, every month.

Is your student ready to take the plunge and try a new fitness activity? How about water exercise? Also known as aquatics, water exercise is one of the best low-impact fitness activities around and just about anybody can participate. Pregnant women, the elderly, overweight, individuals with arthritis, or those recovering from an injury can all benefit from the wide variety of aquatics classes currently available. The Wall Aquatic Center offers Aqua Fit classes in the evenings Monday through Thursday.

Event Highlights (Tue, Mar 9-Mon, Mar 15, 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, Sleeper, will screen on March 9.

SUN Entertainment’s Noon Tunes program features the best local and regional musical acts. Your student can catch great acoustic and electric performances to and from class, or stick around and listen during lunch. Leah Nobel plays on March 10 at the DüB.

Macbeth at NAU

♦ The NAU Theater Department presents Macbeth directed by Dr. Mac Groves through March 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office. Tickets for students are only $2.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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