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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. 9 | October 26, 2010

The LEADS Center

The LEADS Center combines three campus departments to bring the best in advising, mentoring, and cultural celebrations.

The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) serves a broad array of university students. Relevant transition services and support are provided for many first generation students including a growing number of historically underrepresented students. The MSC promotes student success through academic, personal, and cultural growth; provides an access point into the campus community; and develops leaders that enrich our diverse society.

Native American Student Services (NASS) provides support services to undergraduate and graduate students to help ease the transition to college and connect students to resources that help ensure academic and personal success.

Student Support Services (SSS) provides one-on-one academic support and educational services to help assist students in adjusting to college life and the rigors of academic study.


Campus Involvement and Volunteering

by Marian Griffin, junior in International Affairs

There is a wide-range of student organizations to get involved in on campus. Your student can find everything from the Saxophone Society to men’s and women’s Water Polo. There are also many student organizations that are dedicated to reaching out to the community. The Students Organization Directory provides detailed descriptions of the organizations.

There are also opportunities for students to serve the community of Flagstaff off-campus. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff is an organization where children from the community are matched with adult volunteers as mentors. To volunteer, your student must be able to spend at least one hour per week with his/her “Little.” The Flagstaff Family Food Center provides a free, nutritional meal every day to families in need. They are always looking for volunteers to help with serving meals and also for helping children with reading, homework, and social skills.


Campus Technologies Grant for Thin Client Computing

Mini Grants

Ongoing program support requested. $3,000 awarded in 2010

Traditional computer systems are not only expensive to replace, but also have large carbon footprints. At the W. A. Franke College of Business, a proposal to replace these costly systems with new “thin clients” was approved, resulting in a $3,000 award to phase in a full-featured virtual desktop infrastructure, making it economically, environmentally, and socially appealing to students and other users on campus.

Micro grants assist with deploying and expanding this successful thin client project. This is an ongoing request. Donations may be made through the Parent Leadership Council at www.nauparents.com. Thank you for your support!

PHOTO | LEFT TO RIGHT Betsy Mennell, Associate Vice President, University Development; Richard Toeniskoetter, IT Systems Manager, W. A. Franke College of Business; Jim Corbett, Micro-Grant Chair, Parent Leadership Council; Dr. Marc Chopin, Dean, W. A. Franke College of Business.


Homestyle Dining Comfort

by Casey Fisher, Campus Dining

As we approach Homecoming and Traditions Day, we would like to give you a chance to provide a little home-style comfort to your student, in the form of food! Campus Dining is asking you to submit your student’s favorite recipe from home so we can make it! All you have to do is e-mail your student’s name, residence hall (if applicable), and his/her favorite recipe, and we’ll do the rest.

Ten different recipes will be chosen and featured in the Hot Spot and the DüB - resident dining halls--from November 8-12. Winning entrants will receive a cookbook and t-shirt, as well as recognition (student) on menu signage displayed the day the recipe is featured.

Food not only provides fuel for the mind and body; it creates a connection to people and places. Send your student some fuel from home! E-mail your recipe to nau.dining@nau.edu, or check out the Campus Dining at NAU Facebook page for more details and a link to submit recipes.


Event Highlights

It’s Homecoming week!

Tuesday, October 26

Georgia Totress
  • Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet: 6 PM at the High Country Conference Center. This year, our Dedicatee is Georgia Totress, Residence Hall Director for Pine Ridge Village. Tickets are available at the ASNAU office, $8 for students and $15 for non-students. If you have any questions contact ASNAU at 928-523-4971.

Thursday, October 28: Traditions Day Events

  • Carnival: 1-5 PM at the Observatory Field.

  • Tug-o-War: 5-6 PM at the Hilltop Field.

  • Chili Cook-Off: 5-6 PM at the Hilltop Field.

  • Mr. Lumberjack Pageant: 6-7 PM at the Hilltop Field.

  • Bonfire and Music: 7:30 PM at the Hilltop Field.

Saturday, October 30: HOMECOMING DAY!

  • Cafe au Louie: 9-11 AM in the Zane Grey Ballroom at the Hotel Weatherford. Have a delicious breakfast and join alumni on Homecoming morning to meet this year’s inductees to the Blue and Gold Club and the 2010 Alumni Award winners. Adults $9 and children $5. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 888-628-2586 or alumni@nau.edu.

  • Homecoming Parade: 11 AM in downtown Flagstaff. Come see how the student body will “bring back the classics.” The parade starts at Elm and Beaver streets.

  • Tailgating: 1 PM until kickoff in the Skydome Parking lot. There will be “classic” food and drink. The event is free and no RSVP is required.

  • Homecoming Game vs. Sacramento State: The kickoff is at 3:05 PM in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Contact the Central Ticket Office at 928-523-5661.

  • Alumni Association 100th Anniversary Celebration: 6:30 PM in the High Country Conference Center, 201 W. Butler Ave. The reception will honor current and past alumni board members. Dress “NAU casual.” RSPV to the Office of Alumni Relations at 888-778-7628.


Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff.

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