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Vol. 8 No. 6 | October 5, 2011

Changing Relationships Between Students And Parents

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

You may have noticed some changes in the relationship you have with your student since he/she began the college journey. While you don't see him/her everyday, there are so many other ways to keep in touch with your student including e-mail, text messaging, Facebook, and Skype. It is important to keep a happy medium with your student as your relationship changes from year to year.

Establish weekly times to talk. It may be frustrating to call your student and he/she never seems to pick up the phone, but consider that he/she might be in class or dealing with other commitments. I've talked to some students who have given their class schedules to their parents to avoid that problem. Establishing weekly "check-in" times to catch up can give you and your student something to look forward to.

Talk to your student about what is appropriate for social media sites. Some students may welcome their parents and other family members as Facebook friends, while others avoid it entirely. If you are a Facebook friend of your student, talk with your son or daughter about what communication on the site looks like. An occasional "I love you" or "I'm proud of you" might be great, but comments on every status update could be too much for some students.

Give your student space to grow. Are you still responsible for making appointments for your student? Does he/she depend on you for a morning wake up call? Consider passing the responsibility on to your growing young adult. Practicing these skills now can only help your son/daughter as he/she prepare for life after graduation.

The Pharmacy is Back!

The Pharmacy at Campus Health Services is a full-service center with a large over-the-counter (OTC) area to take care of many student needs. We take most insurance plans and are open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

The Pharmacy staff has a 30 minute lunch break from 12:30 to 1 PM daily so students will not be able to pick up any prescriptions during that time. The retail/OTC area will remain open during that time.

Our OTC area stocks typical cough and cold products and first-aid items such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, bandages, and first-aid creams. We also carry a large variety of retail items such as shampoos, shaving needs, body lotions, toothpaste, paper towels, batteries, vitamins, greeting cards, makeup, and even an assortment of recreation/school items such as yoga mats, water bottles, notebooks, pens, ear buds, and weight lifting gloves.

Stop by and check us out! We would be happy to transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy. We are located in the Health and Learning Center just past the elevators and next to the escalator. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JacksDebit Express, and checks, or we can post charges to student accounts.


by Morgan Schue, Fitness Intern, Campus Recreation Services

We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the variety activities during Family Weekend! October continues to offer additional adrenaline-charged events on campus, such as our first-annual Health and Learning Center Health-a-Palooza week! Health-a-Palooza will include several activities for students to attend, including the PINK week Dodgeball Tournament and fundraiser through IM Sports. All proceeds will be donated for cancer research. Additionally, "Splash and Dash" will take place on Sunday, October 9 at the Wall Aquatic Center. Students can take advantage of a free personal training assessment with one of our nationally certified trainers, or salsa with a ZUMBA Party bigger than ever before, plus many more events!

Our Personal Training staff appreciates the increased interest from students to become healthier and decrease stress, and their desire to exercise. The staff is prepared to transform a pre-workout worried client into an ear-to-ear grin by the time the workout ends!

Funding for Undergraduate Research Information Meetings Scheduled

The Office of the Vice President for Research offers two grant award opportunities that can provide financial support for your student's scholarly, creative, or research activities outside the classroom. Information sessions about these awards are scheduled for the first two weeks in October.

The Hooper Sustainability Award (up to $2,500) funds student sustainability projects on campus or in northern Arizona through research, education, or service activities. Your student can find out more by attending one of the following information sessions:

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 4 PM, Applied Research and Development (ARD), building #56, large pod

Friday, October 7, 2011, 2:30 PM, ARD large pod

The Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) is an annual grant that provides up to $3,500 in support of originally designed projects. Your student can find out more information by attending one of the following information sessions:

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 4 PM, ARD large pod

Friday, October 14, 2011, 2 PM, ARD large pod

To get the latest information, be sure to bookmark our website and "like" our Facebook page. Contact MaryLynn Quartaroli, Undergraduate Research Coordinator via e-mail or phone at 928-523-1026 with questions about the grant programs.

Men's Basketball Announces 2011-2012 Schedule!

Our men's basketball team has announced its schedule for this season and it includes games all around Arizona! The season kicks off on November 11, 2011 at the Hilltop Challenge hosted by the University of San Francisco. Check out their schedule and find out how to purchase tickets at NAU Athletics.

Get ready for No Impact Week!

No Impact Week kicked off on Monday, October 2, 2011 and will run through Sunday, October 9, 2011. The events coincide with this year's NAU Reads title No Impact Man and include opportunities for people to minimize their carbon footprint.

The Zero-Waste Tailgate will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at noon before the Lumberjacks football team take on Eastern Washington.

Visit No Impact Week online for a full calendar of events.

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