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Vol. 7 No. 27 | April 12, 2011

Take A Seat at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium

Don and Sally Brooks fondly remember listening to their daughter sing at Audrey Memorial Auditorium, and believe that preserving the arts is important. To demonstrate their commitment, Don, the president of Crafco, Inc. of Chandler, AZ, has sponsored a row at Ardrey Auditorium for $25,000. The Brooks’ have always enjoyed leaving the heat of the Valley and coming to their daughter’s choir performances at Northern Arizona University.

“We like the change of seasons,” said Mr. Brooks. “And the quality of the choirs was very impressive to us—we always enjoy the shows.”

Lori Brooks graduated from NAU in May, 2010 with an elementary education major and sung in choir for the School of Music. Don Brooks also went to NAU and graduated in 1976 with a BS in Accounting.

“I loved going to school up here,” said Don. “I’d been considering a donation to the university when the (Take a Seat) campaign came up. I liked the fact that the donation was focused on a project, and I could see it from start to finish. The way the economy is, people have to dig deeper to support things.”

“We all focus on working and careers, and the arts give everyone something to enjoy,” he said. “It’s important to support the students who are studying the arts too. If the auditorium is in disrepair and attendance at the various events decline, then the quality of the entire music program at NAU will suffer, too. This is why the Take a Seat campaign is so important.”

To learn how you can take a seat in honor of your graduating senior, please visit our website at or call 928-523-5011.

Honors Week 2011

You are invited to join us on campus to celebrate Honors Week, April 28 - 30. Honors students will present their scholarly or creative works on at the Honors Symposium on Saturday, April 30 from 11 AM to 5 PM. A schedule of events can be accessed on the Honors webpage.

Honors will present student and faculty awards on Saturday April 30 at 10 AM in the duBois Ballroom, during the Honors Awards Convocation.

2011 Undergraduate Symposium

The 4th annual Undergraduate Symposium is a campus-wide celebration of student achievement. Students representing all six colleges will showcase their research, as well as their participation in service learning and collaborative projects. The Symposium will also be held April 28 - 30, with a keynote presentation and reception on Friday, April 29 at 6PM in Cline Library Assembly Hall. A full schedule of events can be accessed on the Undergraduate Research webpage.

You asked, we answered!

Q: I need to make travel arrangements for next semester to drop my student off in August. When can students move back into the residence halls and when is the first day of class?

A: Students will be able to move back into the residence halls on Thursday, August 25. The first day of the fall semester is Monday, August 29.

Internationl Week

Encourage your student to join the Center for International Education in celebrating International Week! Events include: Education Abroad Info Session, International Idol, and Traditional Korean Drumming. Visit the Center for International Education for a full schedule of events(PDF).

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



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