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Vol. 8 No. 16 | February 7, 2012

Campus Safety Aids

Northern Arizona University prides itself on its well-lit streets that provide safe corridors of light for students to travel around campus safely when it is dark outside. For an extra measure of safety, the NAU Police Department provides Safety Aids--trained students or police officers--who will accompany your student to his/her destination on campus. A student can make a request for a Safety Escort by calling 928-523-3611.

Recruiting Parent Volunteers

It's that time of year again where we ask you, the parents and family members of our students to assist in the recruitment of students by volunteering at information presentations.

Events usually last one to two hours. Upon arrival, you will be assisting as needed with setup and registration of students and families in attendance, so plan to arrive at the venue 45 minutes early. You should be introduced by the presenters, and if time permits, you'll have the opportunity to speak about your experience with NAU. You will also participate in the question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.

At most events, there will also be an alumni volunteer. The dress for these events is business casual. If you are interested in signing up, please fill out our online registration form and contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in your respective cities!

Does Your Student Need A Ride To The Snowbowl?

Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU) has worked hard to provide a shuttle service to and from the Arizona Snowbowl for students. Each year, students pay the "23 fee" and this is one of the services provided by that fee. Students may sign up through NAU Outdoors for rides on Saturdays and Sundays, with departures at 8 AM and 10:30 AM.

Departure time from the Snowbowl is at 4:45 PM. Seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must show their ID cards and sign a waiver upon pick-up.

For more information and the online sign up, contact NAU Outdoors.

Looking for other winter recreation opportunities? Check out this PDF listing locations around Flagstaff.

Changes To Online Payment System

Student and Departmental Account Services is pleased to announce a new partnership with TouchNet Information Systems, Inc. that will make paying tuition and fees online a more user-friendly experience. Some of the new features include:

  • The ability to schedule a future payment
  • Sign-up for text messaging that will remind students when an automatic payment has been scheduled
  • E-mail notification when a payment has been scheduled or made

Due to the changes in the system, your student will need to login to his/her LOUIE account to reauthorize parent/guardian access. The current Guardian Access links will remain active for an extended period of time to allow parents/guardians to access student's 1098-T documents online. Instructions on how to set up parents/guardians as authorized users can be found on the Student and Departmental Account Services website.


NAUreads Book Changed A Freshman's Life

Every year, the NAUreads program selects a book for the incoming class to read prior to arriving on campus. Group discussions are held and a sense of bonding and belonging often results. Students can use the book to initiate conversations and build community with their new classmates, roommates, and faculty.

Read the story of Emily Litvack's experience after she read the 2011 NAUreads selection, No Impact Man, and how it changed her life.

As a parent, providing the best opportunities for your student to succeed is a high-priority. At Northern Arizona University, one fabulous opportunity is our wide selection of Learning Communities that provide students of similar interests to room together and participate in activities together throughout the year. Emily sought out a Learning Community (or 'LC' as we call them) and found what we knew she would: a sense of belonging and inspiration to move forward.

Career and Premedical Professions Fair

Encourage your student to attend the Spring 2011 Career and Premedical Professions Fair on Wednesday, March 7th at the High Country Conference Center. The semi-annual career fair is an opportunity for students, alumni, and community members to network with prospective employers and graduate school recruiters. Students may check out a list of participants and register for the fair by visiting Gateway Student Success Center online.

The Gateway Student Success Center will help your student prepare a resume and cover letter while offering suggestions on how to interact with employers and graduate schools. If your student lands an interview, we’ll even help him/her prepare for it by conducting a mock-interview ahead of time, but he/she will need to call 928-523-4772 to set up an appointment for these services.

Event Highlights

  • 2012 Arizona Centennial Celebration Event, special guest speaker Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, NAU Alumna '87, Wednesday, February 8, 3:30-5 PM, High Country Conference Center, bldg. #58, RSVP by calling 928-523-8821.

  • Vagina Monologues, sponsored by the Associated Students for Women's Issues, Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10 at 7 PM, Sunday, February 11 at 3 PM, Cline Auditorium, bldg. #28; Tickets required - $10 for students, staff and faculty, $15 for community.

  • Making Yourself Look Good on Paper, Office of Student Life Workshop Series, Thursday, February 9, 4-5 PM, Havasupai A, B or C, University Union, bldg. #30, RSVP online.

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