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Vol. 7 No. 34 | August 16, 2011

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New Backpack Feature

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Each edition of this year's Backpack will feature an advice column of sorts, targeting a specific academic level: Freshman Flash, Sophomore Segment, Junior Jazz, or Senior Section. The information will highlight issues typically experienced by students at each level. I welcome your feedback and suggestions or questions for future columns.

Freshman Flash - Roommate Etiquette 101

Some students enter the college environment and have never had to share a bedroom or bathroom. Here are some tips on how your student can be a “good roommate” and practice proper roommate and resident etiquette:

  • Be open and honest, but tactful.
  • Take the roommate contract seriously and be vocal about how the space will be shared.
  • Keeping residence hall room doors open encourages positive interaction among residents.
  • Know and follow the rules.

Resident assistants (RA’s) will be available to assist your student as he or she navigates residence life and to serve as a valuable resource. Visit Residence Life online for additional information.

Biking on Campus

Bicycles On Campus

Riding a bike is a convenient way for students to travel around campus. Please encourage your student to register his/her bike with Parking and Shuttle Services. Registration is free and makes recovery easier if a bike is lost or stolen.

The Yellow Bike Program is a free program that students can take advantage of if they do not have their own bikes. Students can check out a bike between the hours of 7:30 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday at the du Bois Center, the new Health and Learning Center, or the University Union. Visit the Yellow Bike Program online for more details and information.

Addressing Mail To Students

Each student living on campus will be assigned a PO Box which will be located either downstairs in the bookstore, building #35, or in the du Bois Center, building #64. Please be aware of the appropriate way to send mail and packages to your student. If you are sending a package via USPS, it should be addressed to your student’s PO Box. Packages sent through UPS, FedEx, and DHL should be addressed to the student’s residence hall. Please visit Postal Services for proper addressing formats, physical addresses of residence halls, and additional information regarding mail on campus.

Health and Learning Center

Health and Learning Center Grand Opening Spotlight - Campus Recreation Services

by Morgan Scheu, Fitness Intern, and Rhonda Powers, Associate Director - Campus Recreation Services

It’s time to get connected and commit to living healthy with Campus Recreation Services by visiting the newly renovated and expanded Recreation Center!

Campus Recreation Services offers state-of-the-art facilities, immersive programming, and hands-on learning activities to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members alike. Memberships are available to university students, employees, alumni, and their dependents (18 years and older). Student memberships are included as part of the student fees.

Housed in the new 272,000 square foot Health and Learning Center (HLC), Campus Recreation Services features a large MAC gym (that can accommodate indoor soccer), an elevated jogging track, a two-tiered 40' climbing wall with 12 belay stations, six multi-use glass-backed racquetball courts, two exercise suites, a two court gym with hardwood floor, a multipurpose activity room, a cardio theatre, a fitness assessment room, treadmills, selectorized weight equipment, circuit training, spinning bikes, ellipticals, and free weights. There is also an outdoor courtyard for volleyball.

A grand opening celebration is slated for Monday, August 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM. Following the ceremony, facility tours will be available. Encourage your student to stop by and learn more about a variety of opportunities waiting to be discovered with NAU Outdoors, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Fitness and informal Recreation.

Also encourage your student to join in the fun and start building his/her social network by participating in Welcome Week events. Campus Recreation Services will feature several group exercise classes, an introduction to rock climbing, and a free wallyball tournament.

Finally, we invite your student to “live it up” this fall with Freshman Fusion. This free program will give students an edge in leading a healthy and successful first semester. Events are designed to expand fitness, health, and wellness knowledge, as well as introduce fun and exciting ways to execute a workout.

You asked, we answered!

Q: How much does it cost to park on campus?

A: Student parking permits cost $415 and are now available for purchase. Once your student has his/her residence hall assignment, he/she can purchase a permit through Parking and Shuttle Services. Students who will be commuting to campus may also purchase permits. Visit Parking and Shuttle Services for a full list of parking permit rates.

Q: When can students move into the residence halls? Is there a charge to move in early?

A: Opening Day for the residence halls is Thursday, August 25 beginning at 9 AM. For the Freshman Connections halls, there is a designated staggered check-in schedule for traffic flow and a smoother check-in experience. Early check-in is available for $40 per day on Tuesday, August 23 from 9 AM–5 PM and Wednesday, August 24 from 9 AM-5 PM. Visit the Residence Life Moving In page for helpful information to best prepare for your campus arrival.

Family Weekend Commemorative T-Shirt

Family Weekend T-shirts!

When you order your tickets for Family Weekend, don’t forget to add a t-shirt or two! T-shirts can be purchased through the Central Ticket Office and must be ordered by September 1 to ensure delivery to campus by Family Weekend. Available sizes range from youth-medium to adult-XXL.

Event Highlights

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