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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. 31 | April 13, 2010

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2010 Undergraduate Symposium

NAU Undergraduate Symposium

Students Sharing Creative Ideas, Research and Discoveries

Encourage your student to attend the 2010 Undergraduate Symposium from Thursday, April 22 through Saturday, April 24. Anthony D. Cortese, ScD, co-founder and president of Second Nature, will present the keynote address.

The College of Arts and Letters offers a variety of student presentations including the BRFA Exhibition, musical recitals, theatrical performances, and history and comparative cultural studies student presentations. The College of Education, W. A. Franke College of Business School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, the University Honors Program, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences present student posters in addition to a variety of celebrations.

The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences offers Eileen Friel, Lowell Observatory Director, as its keynote speaker in addition to student posters and oral presentations. The College of Health and Human Services brings the community Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, author of The Scalpel and the Silver Bear in addition to poster and award presentations.

Traffic Signals Engineers Donation

Traffic Signal Hardware Donation

Traffic Signal Engineering was recently awarded $3,500 from the NAU Parent Leadership Council. The donation will help to spearhead research projects—in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation—that implement ways to effectively measure traffic flow. This data is critical for future transportation planning. Updated hardware and software ensures the latest technology for civil engineers. Visit the Civil and Environmental Engineering website to learn more or e-mail Edward J Smaglik.

PHOTO | LEFT TO RIGHT Jeanette Garretty, Chair, Parent Leadership Council; Zach Davis, Mechanical Engineering Student; Will Nau, Civil Engineering Student; Debra Larson, Associate Dean CEFNS; Bruce Wilmarth, Micro-Grant Committee, Parent Leadership Council.

NAU 2010 Master Plan Project


2010 Campus Master Plan

All students are invited to the open forum Wednesday, April 28, from 3 to 5 PM at the University Union Havasupai room. The planning team will be presenting the 2010 NAU Campus Master Plan. The plan will go to the AZ Board of Regents in September. This is an opportunity for students to help plan and define the future of Northern Arizona University! Refreshments will be provided.

Student Connections

Student Connections

If your student is looking for a career related to the environment and wants to get the most out of his/her NAU experience, check out Student Connections in the ‘For Students’ section of the Green NAU website.

Student Connections is a diverse online listing of jobs, internships, scholarships, and other resources for students from any major who are interested in the environment. The online publication lists summer jobs, paid internships, volunteer opportunities, environmental courses, workshops, conferences, student organizations, and other events and resources available on campus, in Flagstaff, and across the Colorado Plateau.

For more information, e-mail Shawn Newell, or call 928-523-8285.

National Science Foundation

Summer 2010 Research Internships

Social Psychophysiology of Compassion

The Department of Psychology is accepting applications for 40-hour-per-week research intensive internships. Internships begin on June 7 and continue through August 13, 2010 in Flagstaff. The internship includes individualized research collaboration with Psychology Department doctoral faculty, creating and presenting a professional conference presentation, an opportunity for manuscript submission, travel support to and from Flagstaff, and partial conference travel. Additional benefits include a $5,000 stipend; room and board; a $550 laboratory allowance; tuition for six credit hours in PSY 485; picnics, lunches, and recreational travel around Northern Arizona.

If your student would like further information and to apply, encourage him/her to visit the Department of Psychology webpage or e-mail Dr. Larry Stevens with the subject identifier “REU” (Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students), or call (928) 523-6530.

NAU TriJacks going to Nationals

NAU Trijacks Club Going To Nationals

The NAU Trijacks is an affiliated sports club which competes in the multi-sport event combining swimming, biking, and running. Club members participate in an Olympic distance triathlon including the 0.9-mile swim, followed by a 25-mile ride, concluded with a 6.2-mile run. Our team will be participating in the Collegiate Triathlon Nationals on April 17 in Lubbock, Texas! Go Trijacks!

Event Highlights (Tuesday, April 13-Monday, April 19, 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 Glory and will screen tonight, Tuesday, April 13.

♦ The NAU School of Music presents the Student Piano Recital on April 13, at 7:30 PM in Ardrey Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults; free for students and children.

♦ Sechrist Hall and the Office of Residence Life bring author of Post Secret, Frank Warren, in celebration of Take My Voice on Thursday, April 15 in the du Bois Center Ballroom. The program begins at 7 PM. Tickets are required and are free to students at the Central Ticket Office.

♦ 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. Casino Night will be held on April 16.

♦ NAU Theatre presents "Big Love" by Charles Mee, at the Clifford E. White Theatre, April 16, 17, 18*, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25*. Performances at 8 PM and *2 PM matinee. Tickets available by calling 928-523-5661.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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