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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. 37 | August 17, 2010
Freshman Outreach Survey - Choose Your Path

Freshman Outreach

During Orientation, your student completed the Freshman Outreach Survey. Individual results are in, and your student will receive an invitation to meet with our staff to review the results. NAU data demonstrates that students who meet with our support staff are more successful in their transition to the university and in their academic performance.

While we review the survey results, your student will have the chance to talk with our staff about:

♦ Transitioning from high school to college
♦ Preparing for college course work
♦ Getting connected on campus
♦ Budgeting for college
♦ Other opportunities on campus

Don’t forget to put your student’s appointment on your calendar!


Thank You, Dianna

Dianna Van Sandford, who has been serving as the coordinator for Parent and Family Programs, has accepted a new position at Northern Arizona University with Student Support Services. Many of you met with Dianna at Orientation, family programs, and other university events; she was always eager to be engaged with you to ensure your student was successful at the university. We will miss Dianna deeply; her professionalism, timeliness, and dedication to the needs and interests of parents and families of students at the university were tremendous.

The good news is that Dianna will be re-focusing her efforts with students in a direct support position here at Northern Arizona University.


NAU Alert System

During emergencies, or prior to a storm closure or campus emergency event, the Office of Public Affairs sends out a variety of messages to alert students, faculty, and staff. Messages are sent in a variety of media, including the university website. For the quickest alert, sign up for NAU Alert, which is a text messaging system for your cell phone.


Parking on Campus

Visitor Parking Options - Map

With more than 8,000 vehicles registered on campus, Parking and Shuttle Services is working to provide exceptional service and options for those who choose to bring their vehicle on campus. As you know, parking and traffic regulations help the flow of vehicles to reduce bottlenecks; protect students walking to and from buildings; and ensure on-campus residents, faculty, and staff have parking within a reasonable walking distance to work and living spaces.

Students who choose to bring a car on campus must have a permit. Permits are conveniently available online and can be mailed to you before arriving on campus. Permit charges can be placed on your student's LOUIE account online.

Feedback from students has prompted Parking and Shuttle Services to modify parking zones to protect parking near residence halls. In the past, visitors could purchase a “general coverage” parking permit that would mean they could park almost anywhere on campus, including residence halls. Now, commuter parking lots have been realigned, and residence hall lots have been reserved.

In addition, bicycle and pedestrian paths have been improved to provide convenient access all over campus, not to mention the free shuttle service that transports thousands of passengers around campus every day.

When you come on campus to visit your son or daughter, be sure to pick up a temporary pass at one of the kiosks at each of the main university entrance points, and check the visitor parking map for information on when and where to park on campus. NOTE: No guest permit is required on weekends, or during move-in, August 26–27.


Welcome Week Events

We are nearing the beginning of fall 2010, and Welcome Week is gearing up to be the best yet! With over 100 events, there is something for every student. Be sure to check the Welcome Week website or official Facebook page to see the entire list of events.

Highlight Events

Date Time Event Location
8/26 8 PM Outdoor Movie Central Quad
8/27 1 PM Campus Scavenger Hunt Union Amphitheater
8/27 5:15 PM Pep Rally/Movie on the Square Heritage Square
8/27 7 PM / 9:30 PM Hypnotist (2 shows) Ardrey Auditorium
8/28 5 PM Intramural and Sports Club Expo Hilltop Field
8/28 6:30 PM Outdoor Concert Hilltop Field
8/29 12-3 PM Student Employment Expo du Bois Center
8/29 4 PM Student Clubs and Orgs Expo Pedway
8/29 4 PM Freshman Fusion Expo Recreation Center
8/30 6 PM One Community, Many Voices du Bois Center
9/1 11 AM President's Welcome Back BBQ Central Quad
9/2 7:05 PM Football Game vs. Western NM Skydome
9/3 Sunset Movie on the Square Heritage Square
9/10 8 PM Residence Life Black and White Ice-breaker Dance du Bois Center

Bicycle Registration

Beginning this fall, Parking and Shuttle Services will offer free bicycle registration on campus. Registering a bicycle makes it easier to identify a lost or stolen bicycle, or in case your student needs assistance cutting his/her bicycle lock.


Counseling Center Has Moved

It’s official! Last week, the Counseling Center made it’s move to its new temporary location at 1300 S. Milton Rd. in the Meadows Plaza, near Carl’s Jr in Flagstaff.

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.).


Construction on Campus: Drive Carefully

There is a major construction program happening on campus to install redundant power supplies to all buildings on north campus. The construction is scheduled to be complete in December, but until that time, there will be additional construction vehicles, fencing, and trenching around campus.

Please be considerate of the construction workers and drive slowly during this process.


More event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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