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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. 8 | October 20, 2010
Homecoming 2010

Homecoming — Pages From the Past: Bring Back the Classics

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the NAU Alumni Association’s Founding!

Tuesday, October 26

NAU alumna and residence hall director Georgia Totress has been selected as the 2010 Homecoming Dedicatee. Totress will be honored at the annual Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet at 6 PM on Tuesday, October 26, at the High Country Conference Center.

The dedicatee is selected by leaders of student organizations from across campus for their dedication to providing exceptional service to the university and students. Dating back to 1936, dedicatees chosen from faculty or staff are honored during the events of Homecoming Week, which include the banquet and a place in the Homecoming parade.

Saturday, October 30

There are several activities planned for this historic homecoming event, including many prior to October 30. "Days of Archives: A Real Life Soap Opera," will be presented noon to 2 PM at the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives (2nd floor). Stop by the archives to learn more about the university's history. The exhibit was designed by history graduate student Dan Karalus. Contact Karen J. Underhill at 928-523-6502. For those unable to visit in person, see the website.

The Homecoming Game vs. Sacramento State begins at 3:05 PM at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Can Lumberjack axes swat Hornets? The Lumberjacks will buzz Sacramento State in a key Big Sky Conference matchup. Contact the Central Ticket Office at 928-523-5661.

See the Alumni website for a complete schedule of events.

Agassiz Prize Competition for Excellence in Writing

The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences invites all undergraduates to submit essays for the 2010-11 competition. The topic is:

“‘Information wants to be free,’ Whole Earth Catalog creator Stewart Brand has Written. But what are the hidden costs of having information so freely available?”

For a complete rules and description of requirements, please visit the college website. All entries must be submitted electronically to Paula Logie by 5 PM, Monday, January 24, 2011.

True Blue NAU

Be True Blue NAU!

True Blue NAU is a campaign that was put into motion by University President John Haeger in 2007. The movement builds spirit and solidarity between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans by encouraging them to display officially licensed NAU gear. We encourage you to be a part of this tradition! (Check out the True Blue video!)

The largest selection of True Blue gear can be found at the NAU Bookstore, although other stores also carry good selections of True Blue gear, including Walmart and Target near campus, and JCPenney and Just Sports in the Flagstaff Mall. The Flagstaff Dillards, also located in the Mall, is the newest retailer of True Blue apparel. Dillards is offering high-quality, vintage-inspired men’s apparel.

True Blue NAU has been a great success as thousands of NAU supporters get into the spirit by wearing their NAU gear on a regular basis. Every Friday is True Blue NAU Friday, where we encourage everyone on campus to wear True Blue. We hope you will be True Blue NAU by visiting an NAU retailer during your next visit to Flagstaff.

Health Tip: What Is “Normal?”

by Melody J. Hicks, Counseling Center

Although we like to see ourselves as unique individuals, it is true we often look to others to determine if what we are doing or experiencing is “normal.” Sometimes students experience emotions or thoughts that may make them feel that they are odd or unusual, or the only ones experiencing such feelings or emotions. So, today’s article is written to provide a few answers about what is “normal” for college students:

It is normal for students to feel overwhelmed as the semester progresses. Semesters tend to start out slowly and pick up speed with each passing day, so feeling overwhelmed with reading, exams, quizzes, projects, and homework is very “normal.”

It is normal for students to have doubts, at times, about the major they have chosen, the classes they have taken, and their own abilities and strengths. Doubts may surface and then fade, but doubts do not necessarily mean students have made the wrong choices. Doubts give students chances to re-evaluate their choices, and to modify or re-commit to them as needed.

It is normal for freshmen, or students who are new to college, Flagstaff, or Arizona to feel homesick or lonely. It often takes time to adjust to a new place or to make friends even if students are outgoing or involved in various activities. Be patient—over time the loneliness and homesickness will lessen.

It is normal to feel more motivated for some classes than others. It is also normal to find your interest ebbing and flowing over the course of the semester. Sometimes students may be highly energized and excited and then, mid or late in the semester, may find their energy waning. Semesters last approximately 16 weeks and that is a long time to sustain any level of excitement or interest.

It is normal for students in their senior year to often get anxious about leaving an environment that has become very familiar over four years or more. Seniors may be ready to graduate, but often they are anxious as they move into another phase of their lives. Transitions and changes, even if exciting, can provoke feelings of anxiety and fear.

If students are wondering if what they are feeling is “normal” it is always a good idea to check things out with others who are caring and honest. The Counseling Center is a good resource, so encourage your student to contact us.

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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