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Vol. 7 No. 31 | May 10, 2011

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ROTC Cadets Command National Champions!

In the past four years, Northern Arizona University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) has built accolade upon accolade, thanks to the hard work of the cadets and their leadership staff. This year, the cadets were awarded ”Best Cadet Ranger Challenge Team” in U.S. Cadet Command for 2010-2011 out of more than 270 university ROTC programs nationwide.

Previous recognition includes:

  • Best ROTC Program in the Southwest 2008-2009
  • Best Cadet in the Nation 2009-2010

Congratulations cadets!

Transitioning From College

Summer is here and your student is about to return home. He/she has gained a new level of independence while away at school, setting schedules, and taking on new responsibilities. There will be new negotiation of rules and boundaries as coming home at 2 AM may not be acceptable while at home. If your student does not have employment during the summer, encourage him/her to still find ways to stay active by volunteering in the local community or doing some leisure reading. Don’t worry, classes will begin sooner than you expect! Visit Parent and Family Services for suggested reading titles as you and your student deal with this transition.

Parking Rates for Fall 2011

Hurry! Zones Are Filling Fast! Limited Space! Don’t Be Left Out In The Cold! Order Your Permit Starting June 1.

Students can purchase a permit and manage parking online! Avoid long lines and have the permit mailed to your student before the semester starts!

Full Year Permit Rates†

Valid August 15, 2011–August 15, 2012

  • Student: $415
  • Garage: $485
  • PM Permit: $175 (see below)
  • Motorcycle: $181

†Rate increases are directly impacted by the rising cost of oil. The cost of oil is a major factor in the cost to repair parking lot asphalt.

Transit Spine

We have partnered with Mountain Line, the City of Flagstaff bus service, to bring a new transit route though campus. Students will have FREE access to Mountain Link, Mountain Line route 10, which will connect downtown Flagstaff, campus, and Woodlands Village (apartments, Walmart, Harkins Theatres, and more!).

PM Parking Permit

In response to requests from students, the first ever “night time only” permit will be available fall in 2011. This will allow students to park in lots that are open to all permits after 4:30 PM.

Free parking after 4:30 PM will still be available on south campus in P62, north campus in P13, and east campus in P7.

Transit Fee

Students who elect not to bring a vehicle to campus will be assessed a $30 transit fee per semester on or about August 15 and January 15. Students will have unlimited access to all campus shuttles and Mountain Link buses on route 10 at no additional cost.

Tuition Payment Plans

Do you have a student enrolling in fall 2011 classes? Do you want to spread out the payments?

Have your student sign up for the tuition payment plan. The payment plan offers the opportunity to spread out tuition and fee expenses with an interest-free, predictable, monthly payment option. If your student has enrolled in classes for the fall semester, encourage him or her sign up for the tuition payment plan early, before August 22, to ensure the lower service fee rate of $85.

If payment is not received by the payment due date or the request form to be enrolled in the tuition payment plan is not submitted by the payment due date, the university will place your student on the payment plan automatically and the service fee will be $125. Students who are automatically placed on the payment plan are not eligible for the $40 savings.

Students who enroll in classes after August 22 must pay for classes or submit the tuition payment plan enrollment form the same day to avoid the $125 automatic payment plan service fee. For further details about your student’s due dates, he/she should review the Student Center in LOUIE and look under Finances > My Account > Account Inquiry > Charges Due.

Visit Student and Departmental Account Services, formerly known as the Office of the Bursar, for information and to sign up.

Wilderness Welcome

Choose Your Adventure: Wilderness Welcome

NAU Outdoors welcomes all incoming freshmen to unplug and connect by joining us for the 2011 Wilderness Welcome program. Entering its seventh year, Wilderness Welcome is an adventure-based, student-led, outdoor orientation program for incoming NAU freshmen. Discover this unique, five-day learning experience that provides participants with the opportunity to meet classmates, face challenges, and connect with the natural environment of the Southwest.


  • a river rafting trip on the San Juan River of Southern Utah
  • a rock climbing adventure on the crags and cliffs surrounding Flagstaff
  • or a backpacking experience in the breathtaking national parks of the Southwest.

All three adventures are open to any skill level, run August 21-25 (the five days prior to residence halls opening), and may be taken for 1 credit with the Parks and Recreation Management program.

Register Today!

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