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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. 36 | July 27, 2010
Welcome Week

Welcome Week

Welcome Week kicks off on Thursday, August 26, 2010 with residence hall move-in starting at 9 AM. Volunteer “Welcome Jacks” will assist with move-in on Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27. Your student is welcome to move in and check into the residence halls anytime between 9 AM on August 26 through the first day of classes at 5 PM on Monday, August 30, 2010. For important information and tips about arriving and moving into the residence halls, including directions to each hall and a packing checklist, please visit nau.edu/reslife/movein

♦ Please join us for a free Family Reception hosted by the Office of Student Life, Parent and Family Services on Friday, August 27 from 5–6:30 PM at the W. A. Franke College of Business Foyer, bldg. #81. Meet key administrators and network with parents from your area and across the country!

♦ Encourage your student to check out the line up for Welcome Week with more than 100 events to help your student get connected right away. Events include several outdoor movies, a hypnotist/entertainer, and concerts by Holy Rolling Empire, Iration, and Less Than Jake.

Find us on Facebook

Your student can get connected by joining Welcome Week on Facebook today!

Coiunseling Center Moving

Counseling Center Moving

Find the Counseling Center at its new location at 1300 S. Milton Rd. in the Meadows Plaza.

In prepration for the construction of the Native American Cultural Center, the Counseling Center will be temporarily relocated. Enter at the first floor on the south side of the Meadows Plaza at the door marked "NAU Counseling Center" closest to the Carl's Jr. Use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor, turn right, and proceed to our check-in area in room 224 (parking for counseling appointments is available in the plaza or on Riordan Ranch St.).

For more information, please call 928-523-2261, or visit nau.edu/counseling.

Rent a Text


Beginning this fall, students will be able to rent many of their textbooks from the NAU Bookstore. Renting can save students more than 50% off their initial textbook investment. Text rental offers the convenience of renting in-store or online, and the flexibility to upgrade to a purchase at any time during the rental term.

To learn more about the text rental process, pre-register to rent in the fall, or to order textbooks online, visit the NAU Bookstore.

Internship Opportunities in the Division of Research, Fall 2010

by Katrina D. Taylor, Research Development, Office of the Vice President for Research, research.nau.edu

A number of student internships are available in the Division of Research for the fall semester. These internships provide valuable training and experience to students interested in these topics: Human Subjects Research, Communicating NAU’s Research and Scholarly Works, Research Administration, Promoting the Artistry of Plants at NAU, and Measuring NAU’s Research Performance.

2010 Research Open House

by Katrina D. Taylor, Research Development, Office of the Vice President for Research

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Research Open House will include an Undergraduate Research Salon! Encourage your student to learn about undergraduate research activities and the availability of internal grant funding. Your student can network with other students who have successfully applied for student grants and who have engaged in research and scholarly projects. There will be opportunities to meet potential faculty mentors, have a chance to win great prizes, and enjoy light refreshments with us! The Open House will take place from 2–5 PM, September 15, 2010, in the Atrium of the Applied Research and Development Building (bldg. #56) in Flagstaff.

Student Grant Competition: Got an idea for a business?

The Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies offers grants for the Student Business Incubator Program. If your student has an idea to start their own business, encourage them to apply for grant money through this program.

Your Questions Answered

Q. What is Guardian Access?

A. Guardian Access enables your student to grant you, the parent or guardian (or other selected individuals), viewing access to your student’s financial data (e.g. charges, payments, 1098T), as well as provide you with the ability to make online payments on behalf of your student.

Your student has the direct authority to grant, as well as revoke, access to his/her financial information. Guardian Access provides your student to bring you “into the loop” with regard to financial planning and paying charges.

Q. How does my student give me permission to use Guardian Access?

A. Your student gives you permission through his/her LOUIE account.

Q. How can I learn more about Guardian Access and how do I find the link once my user name and password are set up?

A. The Guardian Access Tutorial is designed to help you navigate the system. Please know that if you have “pop-up blockers” or “firewalls” activated on your computer that you may experience difficulty with Guardian Access. Turning these features off or down may enable easier use of the program. Once you have your user name and password go to the Guardian Access link to get started.

Q. When is Family Weekend? How do I purchase tickets?

A. Family Weekend is October 15-17, 2010. Events will begin Friday evening with a family reception and will continue throughout the weekend until Sunday brunch. The schedule and a variety of ticket packages for Family Weekend are currently being finalized. The schedule and the link to purchase tickets will be on the Family Weekend webpage.

Q. Are there any recommended reading materials for parents of college students?

A. Yes, please see the Parent and Family Services webpage for suggestions.

Q. What is NAU Alert?

A. NAU Alert is our emergency text notification system. NAU Alert has partnered with e2Campus to send text messages to your student's cell phone in case of an emergency, including weather-related closures. Students can also add an additional phone number, so that a friend or family member is notified of an emergency. Students can register online.

Health Tip

by Tarryn DeBeer, Campus Recreation Services

Here are seven ways exercise can improve your student's health and well being!

  1. Exercise improves your mood.
  2. Exercise combats chronic diseases.
  3. Exercise helps manage your weight.
  4. Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs.
  5. Exercise promotes better sleep.
  6. Exercise reduces stress.
  7. Exercise can be fun!

Campus Recreation Services is here to help! We are offering more than 30 group exercise classes, including Aqua Sculpt.

Aqua Sculpt is a high-intensity, high-energy class that incorporates interval training in a suspended environment providing you with an incredible cardiovascular and resistance training workout.

Our portable climbing wall is another great way to cross train and keep your routine fresh. Visit our website for additional fitness and wellness opportunities to meet your motivational needs!

Event Highlights

Psychopathia Sexualis

♦ The Peaks Theater Fest 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. 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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