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Vol. 7 No. 16 | January 18, 2011

Black History Month

In February, the university will celebrate Black History Month with speakers, performances, luncheons, and more. The events are coordinated by the Black Student Union, Multicultural Student Center, and the Black History Month Committee, and are funded through the Student Activities Council.

Throughout February, Campus Dining will be serving specialty menu items on Tuesdays; Cline Library will be hosting the Black History Month Film Series; and the Bookstore will be displaying books including The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Great Speeches by African Americans, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder, African American Essays, and more.

Visit the Black History Month webpage for a complete listing of events.


Parent and Family Services on Facebook

We’ve finally been bitten by the social networking bug and created our first Facebook page for Parent and Family Services. We hope you will join us by “liking” our page and contributing to the conversations. Our goal is to expand our reach to parents by including timely announcements and updates beyond what we publish in the Backpack newsletter. In addition, we hope to involve you by answering your questions and keeping a dialogue throughout the semester.


Virtual Student Club Expo

Student Organizations

Is your student looking for community service opportunities or an avenue to connect with students who have similar interests? This week, hundreds of student clubs and organizations are hosting a virtual fair where your student can interact and find a group that he/she desires.

If your student does not see an appealing club or organization, he/she can start one. Have your student contact Art Farmer in the Office of Student Life at 928-523-5181 to learn how. Encourage your student to get involved!


IceJacks Hockey Club Schedule

It’s hockey season and the IceJacks have a competitive schedule this spring. The following home games will play at the Jay Lively Activity Center in Flagstaff.

  • Fri, Jan 21 vs. ASU @ 8:15 PM
  • Sat, Jan 22 vs. ASU @ 7:15 PM
  • Fri, Jan 28 vs. Loyola Marymount @ 8:15 PM
  • Sat, Jan 29 vs. Loyola Marymount @ 7:15 PM

For more information, check the IceJacks website.


Health Tip - Eating Well

Eating Well

by Catherine Sullivan, Campus Dining Sustainability Specialist

New Years Resolutions still intact? Whether your student wants to improve grades, get back into shape, curb stress, or make an impact on the environment, food is a great place to start. Eating well will keep body, mind, and planet healthy and happy. Campus Dining makes it easier with well-balanced meals featured through the Balanced Way program. Our registered dietitian and dining staff are available to help meet your student's special dietary needs.

Eating three well-balanced meals a day keeps students focused and energized. A well-balanced meal includes a large portion of fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of whole grains, fiber-rich carbohydrates, and lean proteins. For students wanting to give their brain an extra boost, eating foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and folic acid (such as eggs, spinach, kidney beans, fish, and sweet potatoes) will keep them ahead. Antioxidants needed to protect the mind and body are found in fruits, vegetables, and green tea. All of these foods are readily available in our all-you-care-to-eat dining locations: the Hot Spot and the DüB.


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