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Vol. 8 No. 4 | September 21, 2011

You're Invited!

NAU’s Parent Leadership Council invites you to this opening event of Family Weekend, taking place at the High Country Conference Center, bldg. #58, on Friday, September 23 from 6:30-8 PM. President John Haeger will welcome families, and author Harlan Cohen will be on-hand to sign copies of The Happiest Kid on Campus and The Naked Roommate. Enjoy refreshments as you learn more about the university’s academic departments through highlighted student projects.

More information about the Parent Leadership Council can be accessed online.

Family Weekend Updates

Family Weekend is just a few days away! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you travel to campus for the weekend:

Although the Harlan Cohen speaking engagement (“The Naked Roommate and Everything Else…”) is provided at no cost, tickets are required for entry. Your student may pick up tickets at the Central Ticket Office located in the University Union, bldg. #30.

There will be two other events provided free of charge during the weekend including Tinsley Krazies Putt-Putt Miniature Golf, sponsored by Tinsley Hall, Saturday, September 23 from 12-3 PM at the central quad near Wilson Hall, Allen Hall, Aspen Crossing, and Tinsley Hall; Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me) Salsa Night, sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center, University Union, bldg. #30 by Chic-Fil-A.

If you purchased a Family Weekend t-shirt, you may pick it up on Friday, September 23 in the Office of Student Life between 8 AM and 5 PM. Shirts will also be available for pick up during the tailgate BBQ on Saturday, September 24.

Finally, two things to remember: a camera and an umbrella!

Where Can I Park? How Will We Get Around Campus?

If you are coming to campus for Family Weekend, we encourage you to park in the following locations and utilize the campus shuttles to get to your destination: lot P13, located behind Cline Library; P96A, the parking garage at Knoles and Riordan; and the parking garage at the High Country Conference Center.

Family Weekend shuttles will run Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, with service to scheduled events.

Orientation Leader Recruitment

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation is starting to recruit orientation leaders for 2012! If your student enjoyed the experience and wants to get involved, now is his/her chance!

Information sessions will be held from 6-7 PM in Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation offices in Sechrist Hall, bldg. #42, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 27
  • Thursday, September 29.

Students may find out more information online and also download an application. Completed applications are due on Monday, October 3.

Stress in College

by Melissa Griffin, MA, CAGS, Health Educator, Sr.

There are lots of things for your student to be excited about in college. But sometimes that “good stress” can turn bad. Between juggling work, studies, and social life, many students become overwhelmed and stressed out. In fact, stress is the health factor most likely to impact academic performance. According to results from our National Collegiate Health Assessment from spring 2011, 25 percent of students reported that stress had interfered with their academics at some point during the previous year.

Here are some tips to help your student manage the stress that can sometimes be associated with college.

  1. Help him/her recognize stress. Have conversations about what stress can look or feel like. Include things like difficulties sleeping/eating, feeling anxious, inability to concentrate, frequent headaches, repeated stomachaches, or hearing others tell you “you seem stressed out”.
  2. Help him/her make a plan for preventing stress. Encourage your student to make lists, plan ahead, set goals, get organized, and avoid procrastination.
  3. Discuss healthy ways to deal with stress. Encourage your student to get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, eat healthy foods, get daily exercise, and set aside time to have fun each day.
  4. Model and participate as you can. You can have a huge influence on how your student handles stress by how YOU handle stress! If stress is an issue for you, talk about that and make a plan to take care of yourself. Your student is likely to follow suit!
  5. Suggest that he/she get help. If your student seems unable to reign in stress levels, suggest that he/she sign up for a stress management workshop through the Health Promotions Office (928-523-6867) or make an appointment at Counseling Services (928-523-2261)

Don’t let stress take over! By being proactive, you and your student are bound to have a successful, stress-free year.

Leadership Opportunities For Students With Board Of Regents And State Legislature

Two high-profile leadership opportunities are now available to Northern Arizona University students, and both will require some quick action by those who want to be considered.

NAU will provide this year’s new Student Regent, who will serve as a full member of the Arizona Board of Regents for two years. Application packets are already available online and in the ASNAU office, located in the University Union, bldg. #30. Interested students are encouraged to attend a series of regents-related meetings from September 22-23. Applications are due October 18.

Students are also encouraged to apply for the 2012 Arizona Legislative Internship. Selected students will have an opportunity to participate in the state’s legislative process, work in the governor’s or supreme court offices or work in the Legislative Broadcast Center. Applications are due September 28.

Encourage your student to look into these exciting opportunities!

Need a Bike?

More than 200 bicycles will be available for sale on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The abandoned bicycle sale will be held at the southeast corner of the Capital Assets and Services building, bldg. #77, on south campus. Bike prices range between $20 and $125.

Cash or check (with ID) will be accepted. Proceeds from the sale provide support for the Yellow Bike Program.

Time Management/Prioritizing For Students

Trying to balance academic, social, and personal obligations can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes, students can use some advice or extra help in managing all of their responsibilities. The Student Learning Centers host workshops each semester at no charge. Topics include: Life is Hectic!, Let’s Make a Plan, and Take Charge of Your Academic Success.

Encourage your student to take advantage! A full schedule of workshops, including date and time information can be accessed online.

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