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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. 30 | April 6, 2010
Botany Club Awarded Moneys

Reclaiming Teaching Gardens

For the past 30 years a small plot of land has been used on the Northern Arizona University campus for teaching gardens. In the last few years it was forgotten and eventually became covered in weeds and trash. The NAU Botany Club, in conjunction with the Applied Botany course, developed and implemented a permanent campus herb, vegetable, and fruit garden to occupy the vacant plot. The students designed the hardscape with pathways to encourage movement throughout the garden and obtained a picnic table with benches where students may eat and socialize.

One of the challenges associated with this garden is providing a source of water that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The solution is to harvest and store roof runoff rainwater in tanks and deliver the water through low evaporation soaker hoses. This project will give students hands-on involvement in an accessible, student-created vegetable, fruit, and native edibles garden. It will also provide a public demonstration site in local food sustainability.

The Parent Leadership Council, using gifts from NAU parents, has donated $3,150.00 to the project. This money will be used to purchase storage tanks, water harvesting hardware, and soaker hoses. Matching gifts in the form of unlimited manure from local horse and llama owners and proceeds from the Botany Club plant sale will add to the total.

The Parent Leadership Council has received requests from other student organization and faculty looking for grant money to “Enhance their Classroom Experience”. A list of wonderful and unique opportunities for your gift that will benefit our NAU students can be found online.

If you would like more information, please contact Bob Beck, Director of the Parent Leadership Council at bob.beck@nau.edu.

PHOTO | LEFT TO RIGHT: Krista Beerling, Alden Carr, Bruce Wilmarth, Dr. Peggy Pollak, Susannah Tysor, Debra Larson.

Spring Fling


Spring 2010 Commencement will be held on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 in the Skydome. Your student’s specific ceremony date and time is determined by the college in which his/her major is housed. For example, if your student is graduating with a major in biology he/she will graduate during the scheduled time for the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences.

The most comprehensive information about commencement can be found on the Commencement webpage. Details for bachelors and masters candidates, specific information for families and guests, the purchase of caps and gowns, in addition to, how to view the ceremony on-line are all available to you on the Commencement webpage.

Convocation Day

Convocation Day

Convocation day is on May 6, 2010. Families, guests, and students are invited to celebrate at the Native American Convocation a 3:30 PM in Ardrey Auditorium, the Hispanic Convocation at 5:30 PM in the du Bois Center Ballroom, and the Black Convocation at 7:30 PM in Ashurst Auditorium. In order to plan for your attendance RSVP’s are required. For more information please contact the LEADS Center Convocation webpage.

Event Highlights (Tuesday, April 6-Monday, April 12, 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 Richard III and will screen tonight, Tuesday, April 6.

Mensah Brothers

♦  The African Student Association continues to host several events for this year’s African Cultural Awareness Week through April 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.

♦  Every AfterHours brings great entertainment and a chance for your student to win great prizes such as Dell laptops, PS3’s, mountain bikes, MacBooks, iPods, Wii’s, Disneyland passes, and much more. A Poker Tournament will be held on April 9.

♦  John Borham is our next Noon Tunes performer and will be featured on April 7 at the DüB. Encourage your student to stop by and catch his performance in between classes or during lunch.

♦  The School of Music Horizons Concert Series presents “Tres Vidas” featuring the Core Ensemble with actress Roseanne Almanzar, April 12, Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Call 523-5661 for tickets. Adult $17.50; Senior (65 yrs. and over)/NAU faculty and staff) $12.50; Child (17 yrs. and under) $5; NAU student with ID FREE.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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