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Vol. 8 No. 3 | September 15, 2011

Family Weekend--Can You Feel It!?

We are so excited to see you in Flagstaff September 23-25, as we celebrate Family Weekend! A few tickets are still available for the football game, the BBQ, and Casino Night. You can see the entire list of events online.

If you can't stay the entire weekend, perhaps you can still catch the game, dine-in at the BBQ, and still have plenty of time to make it home. We hope you'll stop by and say hello before you leave.

If there are activities of interest that you'd like to see for next year, let us know! We plan this weekend for you, so your input is valuable.

Answer the Call!

The parent campaign is underway! When you receive your telephone call from one of our knowledgeable student callers, please consider making a gift. Through the parent campaign, parents support scholarships, projects, and programs not fully covered by tuition or state funding—and you make a real difference for our students.

Annual Lighting and Safety Walk

Your student is invited to join Campus Health Services on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 PM for the annual Lighting and Safety Walk. This year, the event will begin in room 200 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building West, bldg. #70 with project orientation at 6:30 PM.

The survey is conducted by groups of students, faculty, and staff who volunteer their time to help keep the campus safe. Volunteers are grouped and given an area of campus to review. These groups will look for problems with external lighting, landscaping, emergency phones, or other hazards with the main goal of decreasing potential safety hazards on campus.

Volunteers should come equipped with flashlights, warm clothing, and comfortable walking shoes.

Please contact Stacie Leach or Melissa Griffin, in the Health Promotions office for more information.

Health Tip: Meals - Not Just About Food

by Casey Fisher, M.S., Campus Dining

Certainly, it's important that students have a reliable source of food and nutrition while at college, and this is particularly important in the initial transition from the family setting at home to a more independent style of living. This may be the first time that students are completely responsible for choosing what, when, and even if they eat. The stress and pressures of the college schedule combined with a newfound freedom often result in students making decisions based on priorities other than health. Dining on campus allows students the convenience and flexibility to make better choices when it comes to eating.

In addition, there is an important social aspect to food and mealtimes that many of us forget. In almost all cultures, meals have traditionally provided time to come together and connect with friends and family. This sense of connection is a crucial part of our individual well-being. Dining halls and food courts are the hub of social activity on a college campus. Students who choose to eat most of their meals in their rooms or off campus miss out on important events, activities, and other information connecting them to the campus community.

At Northern Arizona University, students with meal plans have reported elevated success rates in three areas: physical and psychological wellness, overall student success, and persistence to graduation. These students also report higher rates of involvement on campus, developing rewarding relationships with others, and making a smooth transition to living on their own.

For more information related to campus dining, meal plans, or nutrition, contact the Campus Dining Office at 928-523-2372 or via e-mail.

New T-Shirt

Introducing Our New T-Shirt Design!

We have new NAU Mom and Dad shirts for sale. We have even expanded to include our grandparents! If you are interested in ordering one of these shirts, at a price of $12 each, visit our Parent Services website to download an order form. If you are attending Family Weekend, please stop by the University Union to make a purchase. Money from t-shirt sales is used to support student scholarships and programmatic efforts.

Abandoned Bike Sale

More than 200 bicycles will be available for sale on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The bicycle sale will be held in building 77A, located at the southeast corner of the Capital Assets building on the south campus of Northern Arizona University. Bike prices range between $20 to $125. Cash or check (with ID) will be accepted.

Senior Section

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Senior year usually means one thing - graduation! Before students can begin to think about the walk across the stage, they must take care of some logistical details first.

Has your senior student submitted a graduation application? If he/she plans to participate in the May 2012 commencement exercises, they must complete the application and submit it to their department by October 1, 2011. The NAU Bookstore will begin selling caps and gowns on October 6 and hold its annual Gradfest on October 6 and 7 from 9 AM to 4 PM, in the bookstore.

Another Call For Parent Volunteers!

Parents, we can use your support for our undergraduate admissions events in the following cities:

  • Tucson, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pinetop, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Portland, OR
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Seattle, WA
  • Las Vegas, NV

Please visit our website to download a volunteer packet, which outlines the duties of a volunteer and provides event descriptions. Please contact us with questions and thank you in advance for your support!

Event Highlights

Post Secret: Lecture and Debate Seminar, Tuesday, September 13, 7 PM, Prochnow Auditorium, bldg. #3A

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Congress 2011. Sponsored by the School of Music, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and the International Alliance for Women in Music. High Country Conference Center, September 15-18

NAU Women's Volleyball vs. Montana State, Thursday, September 15, 7 PM, Rolle Activity Center, bldg. #68

Freshman Fusion Remix - Hardcore Abs and Wellness Resources, Tuesday, September 14, 7-8 PM, Health and Learning Center, bldg. #25, Recreation Center, exercise suite #2

College of Arts and Letters Film Series - Mildred Pierce, Tuesday, September 20, 7-9:30 PM, Cline Library Assembly Hall, bldg. #28

Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical, Opening October 14-16, 19-23, 2011 in the Clifford E. White Theatre, presented by Department of Theatre and College of Arts and Letters

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