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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. 38 | August 24, 2010
Students walking

Welcome to NAU

School begins August 30, and we are eagerly anticipating your students’ arrival on campus. A lot of work has gone into preparing for this incoming class, and this year we anticipate welcoming the largest class of freshmen to date.

Northern Arizona University has grown from humble beginnings: 23 students with one professor in a single building (Old Main) in 1899, to a diverse class representing new students from throughout Arizona, the United States, and the inhabited continents around the globe. For both students and parents, starting a new semester at a university can be exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. At Parent and Family Services, we want to be your partner in helping you and your student succeed.

There are many resources on campus that we will highlight in the Backpack over the semester, but we also welcome your comments and feedback. Your questions help shape what we write about to answer your questions and help be your partner and guide throughout the year.

Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

If you are still looking for off-campus housing, Residence Life has provided a resource page to help students find housing in the Flagstaff community. They have a list of community apartments, a guide to off-campus living (DOC), and an interactive map to find housing near campus.

For off-campus housing questions, please contact Residence Life at 928-523-7604 or e-mail .

Construction Update

Road Work

Staff, faculty, and students will find multiple construction projects throughout the Flagstaff campus as they return this fall. Heavy summer rains delayed multiple improvement projects, and Capital Assets requests that those on campus exercise patience, use caution and avoid entering construction areas marked by fences and barriers. Major projects currently under construction are:

  • The Health and Learning Center
  • Renovation of North Union
  • Renovation of the power plant
  • Upgrades to the north campus electrical system
  • Construction of the Native American Cultural Center

A map of scheduled construction activity including street, parking lot and pedestrian walkway closures is updated weekly and available online.

To report hazardous conditions, such as a fallen fence, contact Capital Assets at 928-523-4227.

Introducing Campus Recreation Services

by Joe Stell, Fitness Intern

Campus Recreation Services

It is time for another fun and healthful year with Campus Recreation Services. It is our department’s upmost interest to offer outstanding and cutting-edge services, programs, and opportunities to guide your student to leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

Campus Recreation Services is hosting multiple Welcome Week events that introduce our services and programs. From the Intramural and Club Sports Expo (Aug 28) to the Freshman Fusion Expo (Aug 29), we have lots of opportunities for students to get involved and meet other students with similar interest now!

When Welcome Week concludes, opportunities will continue. Your student can experience the beauty of northern Arizona with an overnight backpacking trip, day hike, or wilderness first aid class through NAU Outdoors. Or, your student can satisfy a competitive edge by playing on an Intramural Sports team such as flag football, sand volleyball, or battleship (canoe swamping). The Recreation Center also hosts a variety of fitness opportunities such as cardio and weight equipment, group exercise classes, aqua fitness classes, and small group training with certified personal trainers.

Whether your student is interested in relieving stress or just needs an outlet to stay in shape, Campus Recreation Services is here to assist everyone with their recreational endeavors!

Residence Life Parent and Family Facebook Group

Residence LIfe Family Support Group

Residence Life recently created a Facebook group for parents and family members of our residential students. The group is called NAU Residence Life Parent and Family Group.

This will be a great additional place to post important information, tips, stories, and videos we will be creating over the next few months. It will also give parents a chance to connect and share their own advice.

Green Fund Seeking Students

Green Fund

The new Green Fund on campus is seeking student applications for the Green Fund Governing Committee and Internships.

Last spring, students voted to establish a Green Fund to demonstrate their commitment to helping the university reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2020. The student-powered Green Fund, funded by a $5 per semester “Green Fee,” funds student-managed campus sustainability projects and takes advantage of the valuable skills and potential of NAU students from all majors and disciplines.

Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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