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Vol. 8 No. 14 | January 24, 2012

Welcome Back!

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Another semester done! As we are embark on a new semester, we hope that our students come back to campus with refreshed minds and spirits, ready to experience all that the university has to offer. Encourage your student to set goals for the upcoming semester. He/she might set a goal to earn a higher GPA, visit the Health and Learning Center frequently, or get an on-campus job. No matter what the goal is, there is an office on campus to assist your student in realizing that goal. We are certainly available for you as a parent/family member as well. Please feel free to contact Parent and Family Services with your questions, comments, and concerns.

2012-2013 Housing Reapplication for Current Residents – It's Time For Room Selection!

Current on-campus residents are GUARANTEED housing for 2012-2013 during the Reapplication process! Students can reapply now for housing at

Step 1 – students log into the housing portal to complete their online application.

Step 2 – students log back into the housing portal to select a room during any process in which they are eligible to participate.

  • Same Hall/Same Room - January 24-26

  • Same Hall/Different Room - January 31-February 2
  • Different Hall -All Other Halls - February 7-May 11

On January 30, students currently living in Freshman Connections halls who have completed their application will receive their designated room selection start date/time based on their date of application - the earlier they apply, the earlier they will be assigned to select a room.

Detailed information and FAQs about Reapplication can be found online.

Scholarship Opportunity For Campus Residents

The Office of Residence Life is proud to announce the continuation of scholarship funds available to residence hall students at Northern Arizona University. This program, in its 22nd year, has been made possible through a generous donation from the Mac-Gray Corporation, which provides the laundry equipment in the residence halls.

Ten scholarships worth $1,000 each will be awarded to students between the fall and spring semesters during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Eligibility criteria and deadline information can be found online.

Avoiding The Flu This Season

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

Well it's official: winter in Flagstaff seems to be here to stay! With the cold weather, pulling "all nighters," along with the general anxiety that accompanies this time of year, your student may be at risk for contracting the flu. Although we have not had any major outbreaks yet, we have recently had a few confirmed cases of the flu. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention, right?

As a service to our students, Campus Health Services makes getting the flu vaccine easy. We administer flu shots on a walk-in basis, no appointment required, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesdays when the hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM. The cost of the vaccine is $20, but it is FREE for those with the Gold Plan, Student Health Insurance, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Other health plans may apply. Please contact Medical Services at 928-523-2131 for additional information or questions about insurance.

Meanwhile, please encourage your student to heed the following recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to stay healthy for the remainder of the flu season.

  1. Get a flu shot! This is the single best way to prevent seasonal flu.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. If possible, stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  5. Wash your hands often, preferably with soap and water. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer in a pinch.
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  7. Give your immune system a boost by practicing overall good health habits including, but not limited to: getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, getting daily exercise, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating a nutritious diet.

Student wellness is our primary objective. If you have any questions about this or other preventative health information please to visit us online.

Academic Catalog Survey

The university is currently undertaking a large project to modernize its academic catalog. We are interested in learning where people look for various types of information. Your answers to the survey will help us greatly in determining where you would go to find out information about various topics.

We encourage you to use the comments section at the end of the survey to share experiences you’ve had with our academic catalog, or to share ideas for moving forward.

Take the survey.

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