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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. 32 | April 20, 2010
Preparing for Finals

Resources in Preparation for Finals Week

by Dianna Van Sanford, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator

One quick turn of the calendar and we are in finals week. What resources can you share with your student now to help him/her prepare? At the beginning of each semester every student receives a syllabus or an outline of the professor’s expectations for each class—it includes details about final exams and the professor’s office hours. This is a good time to encourage your student to review the syllabi and to suggest visits to professors to ask key questions about upcoming exams.

Our Learning Assistance Centers provide free tutoring in a variety of formats to meet your student’s needs. Academic Success Workshops are offered throughout the year and can be helpful in preparation for finals. “Stop the Cramming” (Test Taking and Test Anxiety Strategies) and “Who Wants to Pass the Final?” (Final Exam Preparation) may be of special interest right now. Your student can call the North Learning Assistance center at 928-523-5524 to RSVP for workshops.

Finals take place May 3–6. An outline of the schedule can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.


Parent and Family Services Survey

Your experience and suggestions are very valuable to us! Please take a moment to complete the Parent and Family Services Backpack Readership Survey.


Annual Citizen Survey

Annual Citizen Survey

by Lance T. Wigley, Community Relations Officer, NAU Police Department

The NAU Police Department is conducting its annual citizen survey. Although most parents don’t live on campus, you are an important part of the community we serve, and we value your input! The survey can be completed online at the NAUPD webpage.


Parent Volunteer Needed in Oahu this Sunday!

As you know, we value our NAU parents and family members greatly! We have found parent-to-parent or peer-to-peer information is invaluable when a family is in the process of learning about NAU. We will be in Oahu this Sunday at a High School Information Session. If you live in Oahu and you are interested in volunteering for about two to three hours this Sunday, April 25, please contact Dianna Van Sanford at 928-523-6267 at your earliest convenience.

General Event Description

A staff member will give a presentation to prospective students and parents about Flagstaff and the university, with an emphasis on encouraging these students to apply and to come visit the campus.

Volunteer Position Description

Please arrive at the venue 45 minutes early. Upon arrival, assist as needed with setup and registration of students and families in attendance. You will be introduced by the presenters, and if time permits, you’ll have the opportunity to speak about your NAU experience. You will also participate in the question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.


Give your “two cents” in just a few clicks!

Northern Arizona University is conducting a survey regarding the university’s web site. Student perspectives are very important in the evaluation, and parent input is valued as well.

Love the site? Can’t find class information quickly enough? Want to express your true thoughts? It’s easy - just take a few minutes to complete the online survey about our web site. Don’t wait too long—all surveys must be completed by April 23. Take the survey now, and forward the link to your student.

Responses will be combined with others and will never be linked with student information. Thanks in advance!


Visual Design Lab

Support For
The Visual Design Lab

The Visual Design Lab provides cutting-edge marketing material to Coconino County. The program needed updated software so communication students could continue to stay current with the latest graphic technologies. The Parent Leadership Council recently awarded $3,100 to upgrade the lab. For more information, contact Patricia Murphey.

PHOTO | LEFT TO RIGHT Dr. Michael Stevenson, Dean College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Shawn Munck, Visual Communications Student; Jim Corbett, Micro-Grants Chair, Parent Leadership Council; Patricia Murphy, Assistant Professor, School of Communication.


Biking on Campus, Safely

Health Tip, Safe Biking

by Jo Cahill, MS, RD,
Fronske Health Promotion

A warm, windy spring has finally returned to Flagstaff. Bicycles have been thawed from the ice and many of us are riding again. This is great for fitness and our environment. As we regain our bike legs, a few timely reminders may go a long way toward keeping everyone safe. Wearing a helmet, riding predictably and with traffic, staying alert and visible, and many more tips can found at: Biking on Campus 101 and How Not to Get Hit by Cars. Please pass them along.


Event Highlights (Tuesday, April 20-Monday, April 26, 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 The Lady Eve and will screen tonight, Tuesday, April 20.

♦ The NAU Theater Department brings you Big Love By Charles Mee and Directed by Dr. Robert Yowell. Pop songs, romantic dances, hilarious conflict between the sexes. Fifty brides flee fifty grooms to a marvelous villa on the coast of Italy. Playwright Charles Mee remakes Aeschylus classic Greek battle of the sexes in a tour de force for nine performers. Come laugh and howl at the bawdy and even gruesome tale of true love. Catch performances from April 21-25. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for Seniors, $7 for students and children.

♦ Students celebrate Earth Day 2010—Keepin’ it Fresh on Thursday, April 22 from Noon to 6 PM on NAU’s Central Quad. NAU’s Campus Climate Challenge, Student Environmental Caucus, Slow Food, and EcoHouse have organized an afternoon celebration of music, fresh food, cooking demonstrations, and tree planting. A clean clothing swap, bike maintenance, bag recycling, used electronics recycle, trash pick up, and CFL light bulb swap will also be available to help freshen up your student’s place.


More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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