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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. 33 | April 27, 2010

That’s a Wrap

by Dianna Van Sanford, Parent and Family Services, Office of Student Life

It is a busy time of year here! Over the course of the next eleven days instruction will end for the spring semester 2010, finals week will come and go, and we will say congratulations to our most recent class during Convocation Day and Commencement.

Residence halls will close on May 7 at 10 AM. Students are expected to pack up and remove all items from their residence hall room. If your student is in need of a storage facility, there are several Flagstaff companies to choose from that are close to the university. The storage places do tend to fill up this time of year, so encourage your student to reserve a space, if it is needed, right away.

Many parents and family members are already curious about when the halls will reopen in the fall. The Office of Residence Life maintains an “important dates” section on their website that might be of interest to you for planning purposes.

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, if you haven't done so already.

used books

Book Buy-Back and Rent-a-Text Program

by Adam Ojeda, NAU Bookstore

Spring semester is coming to an end and that means cash for books at the NAU Bookstore. Students can stop by the store to get up to 50 percent cash back on their books. To provide the best service to students, the NAU Bookstore also has remote locations around campus where they can sell books. Details on remote locations and hours can be found on the NAU Bookstore Buyback page. Also be sure to check out www.rent-a-text.com for information on the exciting and money-saving program offered by the NAU Bookstore in fall 2010.


Funding for Future Native American Educators

Future Native American Educators, or FNAE, was recently awarded $2,800 providing a stipend for a guest lecturer to speak with NAU students and community members on Native American Heritage. This topic has enormous historical and contemporary relevance. Visit the FNAE Website or contact Christine Lemley to learn more.

PHOTO | LEFT TO RIGHT Christine Lemley, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning; Bruce Wilmarth, Micro-Grant Committee, Parent Leadership Council; Joan Agundez (FNAE); Dr. Sandra Stone, Chair, Teaching and Learning; Aurelia Goggleye (FNAE); and her granddaughter, Sian-Rose Tappo.

Health Tip - Communicating with Professors

by Melody J. Hicks, MC, LPC

There are students who have absolutely no problem communicating with a professor—whether talking casually before or after class, or dropping in during office hours to ask questions. Other students, however, find communicating with a professor very difficult to do and will avoid doing so even when it is important and can affect grades, assignments, or passing a class.

If a student you know needs to speak with his/her professor, here are a few tips to help make that experience successful:

  1. Arrange a Meeting - A student who wants to discuss an important issue with a professor, such as negotiating extra work, an incomplete grade, a test score, or score on a paper or project, should contact the professor and set up a specific day/time to meet. This sets the tone of the meeting and allows the professor time to have the student’s records or information accessible to review or discuss.

  2. Be Prepared - A student who has set a time to meet with a professor should be prepared and ready to clearly state what he or she is asking the professor to do or consider. A student should be clear, concise, and able to hear the response of the professor, which may not be supportive of what the student is requesting.

  3. Emotional Reactions are a No-No - A syllabus is the official contract between a professor and the students, so any deviation that a student is requesting (e.g., extra credit, more time for assignments, etc.) is ultimately the professor’s decision. That may mean a student doesn’t get what he or she is requesting, and if that happens, the student must not react emotionally. No yelling, no threats, no displays of anger. The student can certainly express his /her disappointment, but leave it at that.

  4. Other Options - If a student feels a professor has been unfair or unjust she/he can explore other options. A student may want to talk with an advisor and/or look up department/university policies and procedures for appealing or contesting a grade. A student who chooses to do this should follow the policy completely and be mindful of presenting his/her situation in objective, non-inflammatory terms.

It is best not to assume that your son or daughter can speak easily with all of his/her professors. Check out the comfort level she/he may have and if it is helpful, role-play or demonstrate how to put the tips in this article into practice.

Mothers Day Brunch

Event Highlights (Tuesday, April 27-Monday, May 3, 2010)

♦ The College of Arts and Letters Classic Film Series offers their last free film Letters from Iwo Jima tonight, April 27 at 7 PM in the Cline Assembly Hall.

♦ The NAU Symphonic Band performs tonight, April 27 at 7:30 PM in Ardrey Auditorium. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 NAU Employees and Seniors, children and NAU Students are free.

♦ The NAU Wind Symphony performs on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 PM in Ardrey Auditorium. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 seniors and NAU Employees. Children and NAU students are free.

♦ The NAU School of Music presents an NAU Piano Student Recital on Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 PM in Ardrey Auditorium. Tickets are $5 adults, children and NAU students are free.

♦The NAU Symphony and Chamber Orchestra performs on Sunday, May 2 at 3 PM in Ardrey Auditorium. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 NAU Employees and Seniors, children and NAU students are free.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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