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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. 35 | June 24, 2010
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New Student and Family Orientation

Attending Orientation is a key step in transitioning to Northern Arizona University. At Orientation we will help to provide your student and you with tools for success. Family members are invited to attend Family Orientation, which runs concurrently with New Student Orientation. New students, family members, and guests can register on-line.

Family Orientation offers an in-depth look at college life today. You and your student will have the opportunity to meet with administrators, professors, student affairs professionals, and other families. Sessions will provide family members with information about resources available on campus and with opportunities to network with others who have similar concerns and interests. Family members will receive a Family Orientation Handbook containing important information. The fee for family members includes the Family Orientation Handbook and all included meals during Orientation. Note that the family program is separate from the student program; however, family members, and students are together for some sessions.

Your Questions Answered

Q. My student is living on campus in a residence hall in fall 2010. When can he/she move into his/her hall?

A. Students can begin moving in on August 26, 2010 at 9 AM. Your student can check in at anytime that weekend. Students must check into their room by 5 PM on the first day of classes, Monday, August 30, 2010 or their room will be released to another student.

Q. What should my student bring if he/she is living on campus?

A. The “What to Bring List” developed by the Office of Residence Life is available on their website.

Q. My student has a meal plan. When will he/she have access to his/her meal plan?

A. Students with a meal plan will be able to use it starting with lunch on August 26, 2010.

Q. My student does not have on-campus housing. Do you have any off-campus housing resources you could share with me?

A. The Office of Residence Life offers information on Flagstaff Community Apartments, a Guide to Off Campus Housing, and a Facebook page for students who are seeking off-campus housing. If you have specific questions about off-campus housing please drop us an e-mail.

Q. My student told me that there is an “academic advising hold” on her LOUIE account and that she cannot register for classes. Is there something wrong?

A. All new students who have not yet met with their Academic Advisor have an “academic advising hold” on their LOUIE account. This is completely normal. Your student will have the opportunity to meet one on one with her Academic Advisor in the Gateway Student Success Center during New Student Orientation to register for classes. The academic advising hold will then be released.

Family Benefits Card

Parent and Family Services partners with a variety of businesses to offer you discounts at area hotels, restaurants, and retailers. A complete list of current partners can be found on the Community Discounts page of the Parent and Family Services web site.

Health Tip: Summer Wellness Catch-Up

Jo Cahill, MS, RD, Fronske Health Promotion

School’s out! Many students end spring semester in great need of a release from pressure and class work. During a difficult semester, students may not find enough time for relaxation, adequate sleep, exercise, regular wellness exams, and many other things that help keep them healthy. If your son or daughter will be spending part or all of the summer with you, please consider your student's needs to catch up on those aspects of life that will help him/her stay well:

  • Getting enough sleep nightly
  • Relaxing
  • Taking time to reconnect with friends and family
  • Scheduling appointments with dentists and other health care providers as needed
  • Enjoying warm weather activities
  • Eating fruits and vegetables in season
  • Listening to or playing music

Summer Event Highlights

♦ The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences presents the 2010 Summer Seminar Series Six Ideas That Can Change the World. Community members are invited to join us for interactive sessions to gain insight into topics ranging from climate change and sustainability, political extremism, decoding films, and the path to well-being and happiness.

♦ The NAU Theatre presents Peaks Theatre Fest/Town and Gown Summer Theatre. A FREE performance will be staged at the Heritage Square, downtown Flagstaff, on July 17 at 2 PM. This season will see the addition of the Children’s Theatre tour. The production, Once Upon a Wolf, is staged with adult actors performing for a family-centered audience. The play tells the tale of the Big Bad Wolf who is tired of his horrible reputation and seeks a new identity. In the process he discovers that being a wolf isn’t all that bad, so instead he just changes his wolf attitude and begins life anew. It is a comedy for all ages! If you are interested in booking a performance of the tour, Once Upon a Wolf, please call the NAU Theatre office at 928-523-3765.

♦ The Peaks Theater Fest/Town and Gown Summer Theatre mainstage production is Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer award winning playwright, John Patrick Shanley’s Psychopathia Sexualis. Psychopathia is a smart comedy about men and their befuddlements, and a shrink who may just be the personification of evil. The first half of the play is “perfectly poised between daffy comedy and believable human neurosis which Shanley combines so well that, although you never know what wacky thing is coming next, you believe it when it comes.” —LA Times. The play is great fun to watch as the sparks fly and relationships are tested. Award winning John Patrick Shanley is a master of witty, barbed dialogue. For tickets to see Psychopathia Sexualis, which performs weekends during the month of July, phone the Central Ticket office at 928-523-5661.

More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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