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Vol. 8 No. 9 | November 1, 2011

Remembering Our Veterans

On Friday, November 11, the country will stop to celebrate and remember the many military veterans. Classes will not be in session, but the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs is doing its part to honor soldiers. On Thursday, November 10, there will be a Remembrance Roll Call, where volunteers will speak the names of the veterans who have passed from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, there will be a remembrance ceremony on Friday, November 11 from 11-11:30 AM at the Health and Learning Center. For more information, please contact Todd Carlson via phone at 928-523-3989 or e-mail.

Exploring Our Community: Flagstaff, Arizona

We want our students to be actively involved in campus life, but there is so much to see and do in the city of Flagstaff as well. Local attractions include the Arizona Snowbowl, the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Coconino Center for the Arts. Additionally, Flagstaff is located about 80 miles from the Grand Canyon and less than 45 minutes away from Sedona; both are great tourist destinations.

Mid-Term Moments

by Melody Hicks, MC, LPC, Counseling Services

Students are now halfway through the semester and that means some mid-term grades are coming to light. Parents may expect a son or daughter to do as well as they have in high school. There are some students who rise to the occasion, but other students struggle to find their way in their first semester with average results.

Here is what you can do to help your student:

  1. Don't overreact. Keep it in perspective.
  2. Talk with your student. It is a good time to discuss the details about how the semester and classes are going. Ask questions like: What is working? What is not working? What is your plan to get on track?
  3. Expectations. This is a great time to discuss or review expectations with your student as you may be on different sides of the fence. A student may be satisfied with his or her grade at this point while a parent may not. It's a great time to navigate through the expectations to avoid extra pressure for everyone.
  4. Adjustments. This may be time to make some shifts or adjustments. Does your student need to negotiate an Incomplete for a class, a lighter load for next semester or work with a tutor? Does he or she need to decrease work hours in order to focus more on school? What other resources on campus might help your student?

Midway into the semester is a great time for parents and students to reflect on how the semester is going and what changes need to be made. If parents and students can focus less on the grades and more on the process, this can be a great time to talk, clarify, and move forward toward creating a successful semester.

Undergraduate Student Research Scholarships for Global Learning

The Center for International Education is now welcoming applications from undergraduates for the Global Learning Research Scholarship (GLRS). The goal of GLRS is to fund research activity that engages with at least two of the three themes of global learning. Have your student learn more about the scholarship and apply by visiting the Global Learning Research Scholarship website.

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