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Vol. 7 No. 15 | January 11, 2011

Gearing up for the spring semester

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

The month-long break has flown by and we are ready to welcome students back to campus! Encourage your student to participate in our Spring-Back events, which include rock climbing, a movie screening, and even a concert! Remember, residence halls reopen on Saturday, January 15 at 9 AM and classes begin on Tuesday, January 18.

Part of Spring-Back includes a virtual student organization fair where students can browse more than 100 student clubs and organizations. Student organizations are open to all students and are a great way to get involved. There is student-only access and a guest portal for visitors to browse all available options.


Save-the-Date: Family Weekend 2011

Mark your calendars! Family Weekend 2011 will be held September 23 - 25, 2011! We hope that you join us for a weekend of fun with your student(s)! Stay tuned to the Backpack and the Family Weekend webpage for more details.


Curing Academic Probation Anxieties

by Melissa Welker, Student Learning Centers

If your student did not perform as well as expected this past semester, it may be possible that academic probation is now one of their concerns. Not to worry! The Student Learning Centers are here to assist students who are on academic probation.

Freshmen (not transitioned to a department) and anyone with an undeclared major should visit the Gateway Student Success Center during walk-in advising; all other students should contact the advising office at their college.

Walk-In Advising Schedule

January 10-14; 18-21; 24-28
Mon–Fri 8 AM–Noon; 1-4:30 PM

A Gateway advisor can help your student...

  • Reduce course load appropriately
  • Decide whether to repeat a course in which he/she received a “D” or “F”.
  • Register for a “Back-on-Track” 1-credit course, which is meant for freshmen on probation.
  • Assess/reduce extra-curricular commitments and address personal issues.
  • Re-assess academic and personal goals.
  • Investigate other sources of support, both financial and emotional.

Other resources include the Student Learning Centers where students can receive individual tutoring or have their study skills assessed. Encourage your student to take charge this semester. Your student can do it; we're here to help!


Getting Fit in the New Year

by Amy Laxton, Campus Recreation Services

Does your student need motivation to exercise this new year? Campus Recreation Services has outlined seven ways exercise can improve overall health:

  1. Exercise improves your mood
  2. Exercise combats chronic diseases
  3. Exercise helps manage your weight
  4. Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs
  5. Exercise promotes better sleep
  6. Exercise reduces stress
  7. Exercise can be FUN!

Campus Recreation Services, commonly known as the Rec Center, has exactly what your student needs to get into shape mentally, physically, and emotionally. If they enjoy formatted workouts, have them check out our Group Exercise classes, designed for all fitness levels. If your student prefers more one-on-one instruction, he/she can work with one of our certified Personal Trainers who will design a workout that will help them reach all of their new year’s goals! For more information visit Recreation Services.


Does your student have what it takes to be a Resident Assistant?

The Resident Assistant (RA) Selection Process is underway for the 2011-2012 school year! The RA experience is a great leadership opportunity for students to assist their peers with getting connected to the university and others in their community, direct them to on-campus resources, as well as help them experience a positive living environment. Beyond the financial benefits (free room, meal plan, and stipend), RA’s gain experience in working with community development, program planning and implementation, time and resource management, communication skills, crisis response, and conflict mediation.

Applications are available online on the Residence Life website or in paper form in North Hall, bldg. 5. They are due on January 28, 2011, by 5 PM. Contact Shannon Arnett with questions.


Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff and Flagstaff Happenings.