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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. | September 7, 2010
Family Weekend, October 15-16

Family Weekend - October 15-16

We have been busy taking orders for Family Weekend--many of the events are filling fast. If you have not already sent in your request, download the order form and call the Central Ticket Office soon to purchase your tickets. It's also a good idea to reserve hotel rooms soon as this busy weekend fills quickly.

We are eager to spend time with you in October during this event-filled weekend as you re-connect with your student and visit our beautiful campus. Family Weekend events encourage parents and students to experience the university together through a series of cultural, educational, athletic, and entertainment activities.

See you in October!


Campus Safety Walk

Annual Lighting and Safety Walk

Your student is invited to join us on Wednesday, September 15 for the annual Lighting and Safety Walk. This year we will begin the event in room 256 of the Biology Building (bldg. 21) with project orientation at 7 PM.

The survey is conducted by groups of students, faculty, and staff who volunteer their time to help keep the campus safe. Volunteers are grouped and given an area of campus to review. These groups will look for problems with external lighting, landscaping, emergency phones, or other hazards that may increase the potential for crime or accidents.

Volunteers should come equipped with flashlights, warm clothing, and comfortable walking shoes.

For more information contact Jon Rudy or Stacie Leach at the Fronske Health Center.

Student Attitudes About Safety - Survey Responses

In 2008 and 2010, students were surveyed about their attitudes about safety on campus. Most students feel that preventing violence on campus should be a priority and 8 out of 10 reported being familiar with available safety resources. Here are a few highlights from this survey:

Attitude and Experience Questions 2010 (Yes) 2009 (Yes)
Do you consider violence a serious issue on your campus? 13.4 21.4
Do you generally feel safe walking alone on your campus? 89.7 87.2
Do you generally feel safe walkling at night on your campus? 70.2 65.2
Do you know of the available resources in your school's community if you needed to report a crime or instance of violence? 80.8 78.4

We continue to work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure campus is a safe environment. Encourage your student to get involved and help with the Annual Lighting and Safety Walk in September.


Native American Student Services (NASS)

Native American Student Services (NASS) is committed to providing culturally-sensitive support services to our Native American and Alaskan Native students (representing more than 60 tribal affiliations) as part of the university’s mission. Our emphasis is on serving first-year freshman and transfer students and providing assistance with the transition from home to the university community.

Find us at the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair!


Health Tip

Fronske Health Center would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back and assure you that we are here to meet the healthcare needs of all students, faculty, and staff. With a wide variety of provider staff, Fronske Health Center offers high-quality and affordable health care. We offer an urgent care clinic for same-day illness or injury and scheduled appointments for more extensive visits for non-urgent care and management of chronic conditions.

All students are eligible to be seen at Fronske Health Center. With health care expenses rising nationally, Fronske Health Center offers several affordable health care options for students attending NAU. These include:

  • The Gold Plan - The worry-free campus health plan is a supplemental, cost effective plan that is designed for use at the Fronske Health Center.

  • Major Medical Group Health Insurance - This insurance is a group health insurance offered by all three state universities and is designed to provide coverage to students who are uninsured, need a less expensive alternative, or need an Arizona provider network. This plan’s reasonable premiums cover the student’s primary care services at Fronske Health Center and referrals to specialty and emergency care.

  • Contracted Insurance - Fronske Health Center providers are currently contracted with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Healthcare.

For more information visit our website at nau.edu/fronske or call us at 928-523-6343.


Event Highlights

College of Arts and Letters Film Series presents The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, NR), directed by Orson Welles. This movie follows the Ambersons, a wealthy 19th-centry family brought down by turn-of-the-century winds of change. Free admission.

♦ The Department of Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy. Performed at the Clifford E. White Theatre, October 15, 16*, 17*, 20, 21, 23*, 24 at 8 PM (*2 PM matinee performance). Tickets available at the Central Ticket Office.


Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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