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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. 11 | November 9, 2010
## Hello, Lumberjack Families! ####_by_ Crystal Nance, _Parent and Family Services_ I would like to formally introduce myself as the new Parent and Family Services Coordinator and I join the community from Kansas City, Missouri and as a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. My goal is to keep you informed of campus happenings, but it is also important for me to receive feedback from you. Please contact me! I would love to hear from you and help you. Crystal Nance - - - ## You can't be a player and a coach: Changing relationships between parents and students #### _by_ Crystal Nance, _Parent and Family Services_ Midterms have come and gone and you have probably noticed a change in your son/daughter since they have transitioned to college. As a parent or guardian, you are still needed for support, but in general, your student is learning to be more self-sufficient and responsible for their everyday lives. Your student is now the player in the game and now, your role is similar to a coach, someone who is available for encouragement on the sidelines. In the end, the player is responsible for their success in the game. Here are some tips on how to deal with the changing roles and relationships: * **Be accepting.** -- Your student is now being exposed to new ideas and thought processes he/she may not have experienced before. Being aware of this will help you prepare when they ask questions and respectfully challenge parts of their upbringing. * **Be encouraging.** -- Since they are already on campus, your son/daughter might as well make the most of their experience. Encourage them to branch out and expand by volunteering in the Flagstaff community or attending an event by an organization they are unfamiliar with. It is these experiences they will cherish the most when looking back years later. * **Be empowering.** -- Parental instincts call for you to want to do everything for your student, especially when uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations arise. However, the college experience is a time to empower your student to take on those challenges for themselves, with added coaching if necessary. Visit our recommended parent reading list for titles to help you understand the relationship between you and your college student(s). - - - ## Student Veterans Center

by Marian Griffin, junior in International Affairs

The Open House for the new Veterans Center at NAU will take place on Saturday, November 13 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Extended Campuses Building #16A, room 101. It is a great opportunity to meet NAU's student veterans and to speak with the staff. Lunch will be served and President Haegar will make a presentation as the honored guest. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Veterans.Affairs@nau.edu of call 928-523-VETS (8387) by Friday, November 5. The Student Veterans Center opened in early August of this year. The mission of the center is to recruit, retain, and support active duty service members, veterans, and dependents. The administration believes that this will help maintain a diverse and highly qualified student body, faculty, and staff here. The Student Veterans Center assists students in receiving entitled veterans educational benefits and reaching educational goals. It is also committed to assisting students in the transition from military to academic life. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Veterans Center by phone at 928-523-8387 or by email, .

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