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The Backpack
The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of NAU students
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Vol. 7 No. 1 | August 31, 2010
First Six Weeks

The First Six Weeks

This fall we are welcoming more than 3,600 freshman students to the Residence Halls. To best prepare them for their transition to college life, we implement a series of themed weeks called the First Six Weeks. During that time, staff introduce topics such as Connect to NAU, Health and Wellness, Academic Success, and Community Service. Our purpose is for residents to feel connected to those living around them and familiar with the services that are provided on campus. Here are a few of the larger First Six Weeks programs:

  • Running of the Freshmen at 6:30 PM on September 2 — Freshman students will meet at the Louie statue by the dome and will run out of the Louie tunnel in front of the football team at the first home game.

  • Freshman Tie-Dye Event from 3-5 PM on September 10 — Freshman students can come to this FREE event on the front lawn of Reilly Hall.

  • In-Hall Group Exercise Classes at 7 PM nightly from September 13-19 — Freshman students can attend FREE group exercise sessions in lobbies across the Freshman Connections area.


Move-in Photos


Add/Drop Deadlines Changed for Fall

The add/drop deadline for 16-week classes has been moved to the eighth day of the semester, beginning this fall. Sept. 9 is the last day for students to add a class without filing a petition and paying a $25 late add fee or drop a class without it appearing as a “W” on students’ transcripts.

Previously, the add deadline was two weeks into the semester with the drop deadline four weeks into the semester. President John Haeger approved the change this summer as requested by the Policy Audit Committee.

The Office of the Registrar calendar is available online.


Interested in Being an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders serve new students and their families by providing helpful information and assisting in students' transition from high school to college. It is a fun and challenging leadership opportunity available to Northern Arizona University students who are committed to providing the most positive orientation experience for students.

Download the application.

Applications due by noon on Friday, October 8, 2010.

Attend an Information Session

  • Friday, September 24 from 6 to 7 PM - Admissions Office in Sechrist Hall
  • Monday, September 27 from 6 to 7 PM - Admissions Office in Sechrist Hall
  • Thursday, September 30 from 6 to 7 PM - Admissions Office in Sechrist Hall

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


What’s an “RA” Again?

Resident Assistants

Students living on campus have a Resident Assistant (RA) or two that live on their floor. Each RA serves as a resource, planner, and helper to your student in addition to communicating and enforcing residence hall policy. Typically in traditional halls, each RA works with about forty to fifty students.

This week RAs are planning activities to establish community within the hall and to get your student involved on campus. This past weekend residents had their first floor meeting with their RAs where they were introduced and got to know one another. They discussed important hall information, and began to establish strategies for communicating with their roommates. They may also have met their Residence Hall Director (RHD) who manages the residence hall. If you touch base with your student later this week, consider asking how things are going with his/her roommate, or if your student has met some people on the floor. Consider asking open ended questions such as, “tell me about your classes,” or “what do you and your roommates do for fun?” The hall staff can help in many ways, so encourage your student to get to know his or her RA.


Health Tip - Transitions: Food, Fun, Friends, Involvement

by Casey Fisher, Campus Dining

As a fundamental social activity, meal time provide more than nutrition for students. This is especially important to remember at the beginning of a new academic year, a time of major transitions. For students new to the campus, connecting to campus, establishing new identities, and forming interpersonal networks are among the most important factors in assuring a smooth transition to life at Northern Arizona University. Substantial research indicates that students’ social involvement has a positive effect on both learning and graduation.

The dining halls and food courts on campus are often the hub of social activity. The university provides a vast array of dining locations with comfortable, open, and welcoming spaces for students to gather and engage in the campus community.

Encourage your student to get out and meet someone new at meal times or during other activities! There are many opportunities on campus for students to interact with their peers, live and in person! From more than 100 Welcome Week events to the Multicultural Student Center’s “One World, One Voice” series or even Campus Recreation’s Freshman Fusion, there is something for everyone.


Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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