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Vol. 7 No. 24 | March 22, 2011
NAU Alumni Relations

Lumberjacks for Life

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services

It’s hard to believe that graduation is just around the corner for some of our students. As a parent, guardian or family member, it might seem like it was yesterday when your student began his/her college journey, and now it is time to start another.

We still want students to stay connected, even when they leave campus. The best way to keep in touch is through the NAU Alumni Association. Upon graduation, all students automatically become members of the association and there are no dues. Alumni can stay updated through e-mail newsletters and Pine digital magazine, as well as social networking sites. Additionally, alumni can serve in volunteer roles with recruiting and mentoring students as well as assisting with events. For a complete list of partners, benefits and services, visit the Alumni Relations webpage.

NAU to host public tuition hearing next week

Northern Arizona University will hold an interactive tuition hearing via videoconference in conjunction with the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona at multiple campuses from 5 to 7 PM Monday, March 28.

NAU will host the hearing, which is open to the public, on the Flagstaff campus in the Extended Campuses Building, #16A, room 201, and at NAU-Yuma in the Academic Complex, Arizona Western College campus, room AC 108.

The hearing will offer students an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the tuition and fee proposals announced by the three universities last week.

Details for ASU and UA hearing sites are available on the ASU website (PDF).

ABOR is expected to set final tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year at their regularly scheduled meeting next month in Tucson.

Energizing Students To Graduation!

by Joe Stell, Fitness Intern

We hope everyone's spring break was relaxing and fun! Spring break marks the halfway point of the semester and to help keep students focused and on task, we encourage them to exercise. Not only will it provide an alternative to academic studies, but it will give them an opportunity to begin and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The group fitness program completed the spring break challenge and 450 students participated. Ask your student if he/she participated and what was his/her favorite class. The program challenged students to participate in at least 12 group exercise classes leading up to spring break. If your student received the program t-shirt please, remind him/her to take a creative picture wearing the Spring Break 100 Challenge t-shirt doing something active and fun. The most creative picture will receive a free private group exercise class for the winner and his/her friends!

Photos must be electronically submitted to no later than March 23.

Campus Recreation Employement Expo

Campus Recreation Employment Expo

Campus Recreation Services will be hosting an employment orientation and hiring expo on campus.

♦ Wednesday, March 30, 6–9 PM
Sycamore room
University Union

♦ Saturday, April 2, 11 AM–2 PM
Havasupai A/B room
University Union

If your student is looking for summer or fall employment and is interested in the recreation, sports and fitness fields, please encourage him/her to attend.

Available positions include: summer camp youth leaders, personal trainers, group exercise instructors, front desk/weight room staff, custodial and maintenance crews, intramural sports officials, office staff, outdoors staff, lifeguards, and aquatic center staff.

This is an exciting opportunity for prospective student employees to strengthen workforce skills, expand professional and social networks, and deepen connections to campus!

Student Highlight - Chelsea Hulina

Major: BS in Marketing and Accounting
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chelsea Hulina is no ordinary undergraduate business student. While most business majors are simply focused on getting through their classes, Hulina, as owner and operator of Flagstaff-based East Coast Deli, has added a whole different dimension to her university experience. Though it can be a difficult balance, Hulina says the combination of real-world and classroom experience has taken her professional skills to a whole new level.

“I also explored NAU’s W. A. Franke College of Business and I recognized that the faculty is very talented in a way of teaching that really gets across to their students. My professors always call me out in the middle of class, and say, ‘Chelsea, how would this work in your business, can you give us an example?’ They do it all the time and I love it. It connects the classroom to my business.”

“There have been several professors and faculty I’ve connected with,” Hulina says. “Dr. Kathryn Savage really inspired me to keep working hard towards my dreams. Associate Dean Eric Yordy is also an awesome professor. I always go to him to chat about my business or get legal advice.”

Read the full profile.

American Red Cross classes offered through the Wall Aquatic Center

Students have multiple options to receive CPR, AED, and Lifeguard training through the American Red Cross. Registration is available at the Wall Aquatic Center.

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer

March 23 & 25
5:30-9:30 PM
(Must attend both evenings)

Lifeguard Training

April 8-10
4/8: 5-10 PM
4/9: 8 AM-9 PM
4/10: 8 AM-9 PM
(Must attend all three days)


April 16
8 AM-4 PM

CPR/AED Professional Rescuer

May 7
8 AM-5 PM

You asked, we answered!

Q: My graduating senior has not ordered his cap and gown for commencement. Where do we go to order these things?

A: Graduation regalia, announcements, and class rings can be ordered now through the university bookstore.

Q: I’m interested in learning more about campus happenings. Is there a newspaper produced on campus?

A: Yes, The Lumberjack is our student-produced newspaper. You can also find out campus happenings through the student blog Plaid (and Facebook page) as well as the official campus calendar.

Event Highlights

♦ The NAU International Film Series presents “Exiled” on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 PM in the Wettaw Building, room 130. Presented by the College of Arts and Letters.

♦ Associated Students for Women's Issues will show the comedy documentary "Good Hair" on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 PM in Prochnow Auditorium.

See a complete listing of university events on the official calendar website. Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at ShowUp Flagstaff and Flagstaff Happenings. More travel, dining, shopping, and event information is available from