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Vol. 7 No. 26 | April 5, 2011

Welcome Jacks Now Selecting for 2011

by Gretchen Wesbrock, Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is looking for excited Lumberjacks to serve as Welcome Jacks for August Opening 2011. Welcome Jacks are student volunteers who assist on Opening Day, August 25. Welcome Jack duties include greeting people to campus, moving students into the residence halls, giving directions and assisting with selected Welcome Week events across campus. Interested students can sign up to serve as a Welcome Jack during the Housing Reapplication process. Students will find a link to “Do You Want to be a Welcome Jack?” after signing up for housing in the on-line process. Off-campus students who want to participate can sign up through the Welcome Jacks webpage.

Students will have the ability to request and rank their preferred work date and time and will receive information regarding their assignment by July 2011. With a commitment of 4 or more hours, Welcome Jacks are eligible to move into their residence halls on Wednesday, August 24, with a mandatory afternoon meeting to attend. If you have a motivated student with a heart for service, please encourage him/her to sign up to be a Welcome Jack.

Order your NAU Mom and Dad T-Shirts!

Parents can now order NAU Mom and Dad t-shirts. Shirts, priced at $10 each, are being sold to support student scholarships and the programmatic efforts of Parent and Family Services. Visit Parent and Family Services to download an online order form. Contact our office with questions.

Summer Courses Anyone?

While summer is usually the perfect time to relax and take a break from the books, some students use the opportunity to catch up on coursework and take a step closer to graduation. Other benefits of taking summer courses include:

  • Ability to lighten course loads throughout the academic year
  • Graduate on time or early
  • Enroll in courses that fill quickly during the fall and spring semesters

Financial aid is available for students enrolled in summer courses, but a separate application needs to be submitted. Information about summer aid can be accessed through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Fall Graduation Preparation

Spring commencement exercises are coming up next month, but December graduates should be gearing up for their big day as well. If your student plans to graduate in the fall, he/she must file an application with the department of their major. The application process will determine if all requirements have been met in order to graduate. To ensure that your student’s name is printed in the commencement program, applications must be submitted to his/her academic department by April 15. The college will forward the application to the Registrar. Further details are posted on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.

You Asked, We Answered!

Family Weekend

Q: I saw the dates for Family Weekend 2011 have been posted and it seems early compared to last year. Can you explain why?

A: We consider many factors when planning Family Weekend and work to accommodate many schedules and calendars. Based on our home football game schedule, the weekend of September 23-25 is best suited for Family Weekend events. While October 7-9 was explored as an alternative date for Family Weekend, NAU recognizes and supports the significant number of university community members who will be celebrating Yom Kippur at that time. We expect a great turnout for Family Weekend 2011. Come join us and enjoy Flagstaff and its gorgeous weather!

Event Highlights

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