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Vol. 7 No. 20 | February 15, 2011

Student Career Fair

by Phillip Schaefer, Gateway Student Success Center

Encourage your student to attend the Spring 2011 Career Fair on Wednesday, March 2nd at the High Country Conference Center. This is the perfect opportunity for freshmen and sophomore students to begin networking, to learn what skills and knowledge organizations are looking for, and to seek summer work or internship opportunities. This is also a reminder for juniors, seniors, and graduate students that the real world is quickly approaching. The Spring 2011 Career Fair is a great opportunity to make a positive impression with an organization that may eventually pay their rent.

Keep in mind that the Gateway Student Success Center will help your student prepare a resume and cover letter while offering suggestions on how to interact with employers and graduate schools. If your student lands an interview, we’ll even help him/her prepare for it by conducting a mock-interview ahead of time, but he/she will need to call 928-523-4772 to set up an appointment for these services.

Aside from the fact that we’re really nice people, we can be useful too!

Gold Axe Applications due March 1

It’s time to remind your outstanding senior to apply for the Gold Axe Award!

Applications are due by Friday, March 1, by 5 PM.

The Gold Axe Award is presented each semester to seniors who have made contributions to the university in the areas of academics, service, and extracurricular activities. Applications can be accessed on the Student Life webpage. Have your student visit the Office of Student Life if he/she has further questions.

2011 Housing Reapplication

Although many upper-division students will seek off-campus housing for 2011-2012, we continue to experience high demand for on-campus housing among returning students. Close to half of all on-campus housing is dedicated to upper-division students. To provide all current residents an equal chance to reapply for 2011-2012 housing, the reapplication process will incorporate a full campus lottery. Current on-campus residents will be given priority to space on campus before new transfer students and current off-campus students.

Reapplication will occur April 6 - April 15, 2011.

Randomly-assigned lottery dates and times will be sent to all current on-campus residents through NAU student e-mail accounts on April 1, 2011. During their designated lottery time, students will be able to see all available space at that time prior to selecting the residence hall of their choice, and the type of room available in that hall (credit hour or GPA requirements apply to some halls). They can also invite roommates from any hall at that time. Students will receive immediate confirmation of hall placement and roommate invitation. Students will be held to the housing contract once a specific space is selected. Specific room assignments will be sent in late July. Students with past due rent as of March 28 will not be permitted to participate in the Reapplication process - please help your student ensure that all rent payments are paid on time.


We ask students only to reapply for on-campus housing if they intend to live on campus. Students who reapply and later cancel will be charged a cancellation fee:

  • Cancel by May 15: $500
  • Cancel from May 16-June 30: $750
  • Cancel July 1 or later: $1,000
Additional information and FAQs related to reapplication are available at E-mail or call us at 928-523-3978.

Off-Campus Housing Fairs and Resources

To assist students moving off campus, two off-campus housing fairs will be held this semester. During these events, students can meet representatives from 25-30 Flagstaff-area apartment complexes to ask questions and receive information about the properties. Residence Life and Dining Services staff members will be on hand to answer questions about on-campus housing and meal plans.

The Off Campus Housing Fairs will be held from 6-8 PM in the University Union Point on Wednesday, February 23 and Wednesday, March 30.

In addition, helpful off-campus resources are posted online, and specific questions about off-campus housing can be addressed to

Many Scholarships Available

Did you know that thousands of dollars in scholarships go unused each year because no one applies? Each college at Northern Arizona University offers scholarships for different programs and disciplines. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these opportunities.

Apply for Federal Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to all students. The priority deadline was February 14. If your student has not yet completed the FAFSA, please encourage him/her to do so now. Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

Equality Week

Equality Week 2011

Encourage your student to check out Equality Week events, sponsored by ASNAU, along with RHA and the Office of the President. FREE shirts and bracelets will be distributed at events during the week for students to show their support. Check out the Equality Week information on Facebook as well.

Event Highlights

♦ The second annual Flagstaff Food Film Festival, sponsored by Slow Food NAU, is coming up! It's all FREE and open to the public. Cline Assembly Hall at 4 PM Friday, February 18.

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