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Vol. 7 No. 18 | February 1, 2011

Calling All Parent Volunteers!

by Crystal Nance, Office of Parent and Family Services

The story of Northern Arizona University is best told by those who have experienced it firsthand, and that includes alums, parents, and family members. This is why we need you -- to share your experience with prospective students and families. We are in the midst of a series of high school junior and senior information sessions throughout the country and would appreciate your volunteer support for two or three hours at an event in your area.

At each event, a staff member from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation will give a presentation about the university. Your support is needed with setup and registration of students and families in attendance, as well as participating in a question and answer session and talking with our future Lumberjacks and their families.

I am currently recruiting volunteers from select cities across the states of Arizona and California, as well as Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; Seattle, Washington, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Please e-mail me if you are interested in helping with these events.

Marijuana remains banned from NAU despite Prop 203 passage

Northern Arizona University will continue to prohibit the possession and use of marijuana on all of its campuses, including university housing, despite the passage of Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

Growing and using marijuana remains a crime under federal law, and federal legislation prohibits any institution of higher education that receives federal funding from allowing the possession and use of marijuana. The university receives more than $44 million in federal grants and contracts and about $172 million in financial aid for more than 15,000 students.

The university will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances and any students or employees who violate university policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus will be subject to disciplinary action.

As a result, Fronske Health Center will not be distributing medical marijuana nor will representatives be writing prescriptions for it.

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in December, but the state health department has until April to finish its rule-making process. Restrictions on the use of marijuana will apply to all three Arizona state universities.

Students with questions can contact

Getting Involved

by Melody Hicks, MC, LPC, Counseling Center

In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, a lot of information has been released about the young man and his behaviors prior to that fateful day. Could this have been prevented if “someone had intervened?” Truth is, it is hard to predict what a person will do, if they will and if so, when and where. Once tragic events have occurred, it seems so clear what path a person was on.

Having said that, I want to promote the idea of getting involved. Students see others who may struggle with depression, anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, and even fitting in. These struggling students are often ignored or brushed off because of this.

We encourage involvement. We want students, if they notice other students having problems to take action. That action could include talking with the student directly, or talking to someone else about their concerns—a professor or staff member in Residence Life, Student Life, or the Counseling Center.

For students who are ready and willing to take action, we want to suggest the following steps (taken from the Bystander Program developed by the University of Arizona):

  1. BE SAFE Responding — Choose a course of action that is direct or indirect that best ensures the safety of those involved.
  2. EARLY Intervention — a key component. It is best to get involved BEFORE the problem develops into a crisis or disaster.
  3. EFFECTIVE Helping — Implement specific helping skills, depending on the situation and avoid harmful helping.

Being concerned enough to take some type of action is a big step and we believe a step that could help prevent a person from harming him or herself or others.

Vote for Cameron Jones

Vote for Cameron in CLASS Award

Northern Arizona University senior guard Cameron Jones was selected one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. He will now be on the ballot for the national honor and part of an online fan voting contest that will be part of the final selection process.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men’s basketball Senior CLASS Award winner at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character, and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Fan voting will be available at and via the Senior CLASS Award Facebook page. Fans will be able to vote online through March 20.

2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Men’s Basketball Finalists

  • Devon Beitzel, Guard, Northern Colorado
  • Dodie Dunson, Guard, Bradley
  • Jimmer Fredette, Guard, BYU
  • Matt Howard, Forward, Butler
  • Cameron Jones, Guard, Northern Arizona
  • Jon Leuer, Forward, Wisconsin
  • David Lighty, Guard, Ohio State
  • E’Twaun Moore, Guard, Purdue
  • Tyrel Reed, Guard, Kansas

Office of Residence Life Leadership and Community-Building Scholarship

The Office of Residence Life is proud to announce the continuation of scholarship funds available to all residence hall students at Northern Arizona University. This program, in its 21st year, has been made possible through a generous donation from the WEB Corporation, the company that provides the laundry equipment in the residence halls.

The Residence Life scholarship is available for the 2011-2012 academic year. Ten scholarships of $1,000, will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.

The application process and criteria/qualifications will be posted online on the Residence Life webpage and across campus later in February.

Student Life Leadership Awards

Each year, students are recognized for their achievements, as well as their contributions to campus. The Who's Who and Gold Axe Awards recognize individual students, while the Rodney Mather Award, Robert and Joy Crozier Leadership Award and the Service Learning Award all recognize student organization efforts. Deadlines are approaching! The Who's Who application is due Friday, February 11 and Gold Axe applications are due Tuesday, March 1. Descriptions and applications can be accessed on the Student Life webpage or in the Office of Student Life, bldg. #30, room 105.

Event Highlights

Winona LaDuke, International Holocaust Remembrance Day featured speaker. Tue, Feb 1 at 7 PM at Ardrey Auditorium. Admission is free for students with a JacksCard ID, but tickets are required. Please call 928-523-5661 or visit the Central Ticket Office for tickets.

See a complete listing of university events on the official calendar website. Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff and Flagstaff Happenings.