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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. 6 | October 5, 2010
Family Weekend

Family Weekend

We're gearing up for Family Weekend and are looking forward to seeing you October 15-17. Tickets are still available from the Central Ticket Office online and by phone at 928-523-5661 or toll-free 888-520-7214. When you come, be sure to check out the Family Reception, Friday, October 15 at 6 PM. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what programs parents have been working on that make a difference in our student’s classrooms, and enhance their university experience. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments will be served.


Preparing for Midterms

Midterms are fast-approaching and for many students that means an increase in studying and stress. There are many resources available to help students be successful during this time. If your student is taking a historically difficult course (biology, math, accounting, etc.), the course syllabus will include the name and contact information for the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader. An SI Leader attends and takes notes throughout the course and holds weekly study sessions that are announced in class.

Students can also take advantage of our Student Learning Center’s free tutoring services that occur on-line, in your student’s Residence Hall, and in the Student Learning Centers. The Academic Success Workshops topics include Study/Review Strategies, Stress Management, Test Taking, and Final Exam Preparation.

The English Department has a Writing Center devoted to supporting students, and the Gateway Student Success Center as a library of campus resources to provide your student with social, personal, and academic assistance.


Pedometer Challenge

by Jo Cahill, MS, RD, Healthy Campus

Fronske Health Promotion is challenging students, faculty, and staff to walk 10,000 steps each day. We’d like to invite you to join us and to encourage your student to do the same. To find about the program and benefits of walking check out our website.


NAU Alert

NAU Alert

Is campus shut down due to the storm? What will happen during an emergency? How will I be notified?

The NAU Alert system is the university’s free emergency notification system that offers an easy way for you to be contacted in the event of an urgent message, including weather-related closures. Only emergency or other urgent messages will be sent via NAU Alert. The system will not be used for advertising or unsolicited content.

Students can add parents to the system when they register. There is no annual requirement to re-enroll.

To learn more and to register, visit nau.edu/naualert.


Health Tip: Flu Season Already?

Help your student prepare for the flu season with these easy prevention tips:

  1. Get Vaccinated. Get the Flu Shot Clinic Schedule on our website.
  2. Keep hands washed and use hand sanitizers available around campus.
  3. Cover cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve.
  4. Eat well-balanced meals and drink plenty of fluids.
  5. Exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of rest.

Advice for students who get the flu

  1. Avoid contact with others. Go home or stay in residence halls and do not attend class or expose others until at least 24 hours after you are free of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  2. Contact your professors immediately to make arrangements for completing assignments or make-up exams.
  3. Do not share beverages or food with others.

When should you seek medical attention?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following resources:

Fronske Health Center

  • Monday-Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Most Saturdays: 11 AM to 2 PM

Ice Jacks!

Ice Jacks

The NAU Ice Jacks have been working very hard as they begin their new season. The NAU ACHA Division II and ACHA Division III teams held tryouts at the Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe, Arizona since their home, the Jay Lively Ice Arena in Flagstaff, AZ will not open until October 4.

Division II will open the season in San Jose, CA vs. #5 ranked San Jose State on October 1 and 2. The NAU DIII team will travel to San Jose to play DIII San Jose State, then go to Sacramento to face UC Davis and Sacramento State.

The home opener at Jay Lively Ice Arena will be played on October 21 at 9 PM vs. rival ASU DII.


Annual crime report available

The NAU Police Department has released the 2010 Crime Awareness/Campus Security Report.

A result of the Clery Act—which requires colleges and universities to make campus crime information available to parents, students, faculty, staff and the general public—the report covers NAU police authority, police response, how to make a police report or request police assistance, crime prevention, safety escort service, building access and security, weapons, drug and alcohol policies, and crime statistics for the last three years.

The report can be viewed at the NAU Police Department website. A printed copy of the report is available at the NAU Police Department, building 98A, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 or by calling 928-523-9995.


Event Highlights

♦ 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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