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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. 29 | March 30, 2010
Earth

Research Opportunity for Sophomores and Juniors

A new research opportunity in the area of climate change science, policy, and education encourages students to use their own observations and measurements as well as NASA models and data products to study the biophysical and biogeochemical interactions of terrestrial ecosystems and the climate system. Participants will enhance student understanding of global climate change obtained in existing courses and will focus on developing skills in research project design, data analysis, scientific writing, and presentation. Participants will present research at both local and national scientific meetings as well as to K-12 classrooms in the local school system in order to gain experience communicating studies to audiences with a range of scientific backgrounds. Each student participant (sophomore or junior level) will be selected on the basis of his/her academic record, a statement of interest, and a personal interview. Stipends will provide support during the two year project. The application deadline is April 23, 2010.


Outreach Internship

Is your student interested in outreach to Native American communities and/or considering a career in government service? The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Program is seeking applicants for Outreach Internships. RECA Program Outreach Interns will travel to Washington, D.C., for a two-week training session. After successful completion of the training session, interns will be offered part-time employment in the Four Corners region to inform Native American communities about RECA and to help claimants apply for benefits. If your student has any questions about this internship opportunity, the application process, or the RECA Program, please encourage him/her to contact RECA staff at 202-616-4304, or e-mail.


Money for Funny!

2009-2010 SAMUEL LARUE FINLEY HUMOROUS WRITING CONTEST

The NAU School of Communication is pleased to sponsor this annual competition that is the only endowed humor-writing competition in the country and that provides students with a unique opportunity to receive recognition for writing humor. Prizes range from $50 to $300. All student entries must be received in the School of Communication (bldg. #16), room 301, by 4 PM, Friday, April 2, 2010. If your student has any questions concerning the contest, encourage him/her to contact Thomas Carpenter at 928-523-8927.


Your Questions Answered

Q: I am driving from out of state to pick up my student after his/her finals. When are finals so I know the best time to arrive?

A: The general final exam schedule is posted on the Registrar’s webpage. Finals will occur from May 3-6, 2010. Touch base with your student and encourage him/her to look at the syllabus for every class. Final exam details including the date, time, and location are listed in each associated class syllabus. Some students’ final exams are scheduled for completion earlier in the week while others may extend through the entire week.

Q: When are students required to be moved out of the residence halls?

A: Residence Halls close at 10 AM on May 7, 2010

Q: When do residence halls open for Fall semester 2010?

A: Residence halls open on August 26, 2010 at 9 AM for the Fall 2010 semester. More important dates can be found on the Office of Residence Life webpage.


Event Highlights (Tuesday, March 30-Monday, April 5)

♦ 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 Forrest Gump and will screen tonight, March 30.

♦ The Northern Arizona Career Expo, hosted by Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology, will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 11 AM-4 PM at the Skydome. If your student has questions about the expo encourage him or her to send an e-mail for more information.

♦ The African Student Association is hosting several events for this year’s African Cultural Awareness Week from April 5-9. Renowned speakers, drummers, and dancers such as Dr. Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Dr. Lisa Aubrey, and the Mensah Brothers will present on campus. Tickets are available at the Central Ticket Office. Contact Moussa Tankari of the African Student Association for details.

NAU Opera presents the Magic Flute April 2-4. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office.


More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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