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Vol. 8 No. 23 | May 2, 2012

Packing up!

by Alicia Stewart Voytek, Office of Residence Life

Residence halls will close at the end of the spring semester on Friday, May 11 at 10 AM. Students involved in commencement ceremonies will be allowed to stay until noon Sunday, May 13, with approval from their Residence Hall Director.

Helpful Hints to Prepare for Spring Closing

  1. Start packing now! Your daughter or son has probably accumulated more items than you realize, and there may not be enough free time during finals week to pack it all. Storage is not provided on campus, so it may be helpful to take non-essentials home over this next weekend if possible.

  2. Residence Life is working with local social service organizations to reuse and recycle student cast-offs at spring closing. Areas will be designated in each hall where students can donate the following items:

    • clothing, household goods, and small appliances
    • unopened, non-perishable food items
    • school supplies
    • medium to large home appliances and furnishings
  3. If something in your student's room is not working properly, your son or daughter should call F-IXED (928-523-4933) now to report it so we can have the item repaired.

  4. Roommates need to work together to prepare their room for check-out. Trash needs to be removed and the room cleaned prior to checking out with a staff member. Vacuums are available at the front desk of each hall.

  5. Your student's Resident Assistant (RA) will provide information related to checking out of the hall and how to schedule a time. At the time of check-out, the RA will come to your student's room to check the condition of the room, review any damages, and collect keys. Your student will then swipe his/her ID at the front desk to complete the check-out.

  6. If your student has any questions related to spring closing, he/she should contact the RA or Residence Hall Director.

  7. Change of address forms are available at NAU Postal Services to ensure mail is forwarded for the summer.

  8. Now is the time to pay any outstanding university charges. Your student should check his/her LOUIE account to view remaining charges and to avoid additional late fees.

  9. For students spending the summer in Flagstaff, summer housing is available. Students are eligible to live on campus for the summer if they are registered for summer classes OR pre-registered for fall classes. Students wanting to live on campus this summer need to complete a summer housing application. Find out more information about summer halls, dates, rates and how to apply by visiting the Office of Residence Life online.

Have a great summer!

Talk To Your Student About The Benefits Of Taking Summer Courses!

Students may begin enrolling for summer courses now! Taking courses during the summer term provides the following benefits:

  • Ability to take a lighter load during the fall semester
  • Graduate on time or early
  • Take classes that might fill up quickly during the academic year

Have your student visit the summer term website to find information about available courses, on-campus housing and meal plans, and summer financial aid. A 3-month tuition payment plan is available to help your student with summer tuition costs.

Students have the option of living on the Flagstaff campus or taking courses conveniently online. Students should talk with their academic advisers or refer to their Degree Progress Report on LOUIE to help decide which courses will benefit their educational programs.

Questions? Please contact the Summer Student Service Center by e-mail or by phone at 800-426.8315

Finals Tips: Making the Grade

by Crystal Nance, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

This time of the year can be a stressful, hectic, and slightly overwhelming time for students. Don't let your student get caught up in the hype of all-night study sessions, sleep deprivation, and caffeine fixes!

Encourage your student to be realistic about exams and final grades in each of his/her courses. Students should be aware of their progress up to this point and be mindful of how much exams, papers, and assignments count toward a final grade. Students should also minimize "cramming" sessions and instead, study over a period of time, taking frequent breaks.

Next, your student should find a place where he/she can actually study. Sometimes, his/her room is fine, but studying should be done in a place where distractions are minimal. Cline Library will have extended hours during end of the term, April 30 - May 4. Study groups are helpful to some students, depending on learning styles.

Finally, remind your student to get plenty of sleep and eat properly! This will help him/her better process material and be prepared for test day.

If additional assistance is needed, encourage your student to visit the Student Learning Centers for information on tutoring and test taking strategies.

New Parking Rates and Configurations for Fall

The university is nearing completion of a new high-capacity parking garage located in the center of campus. In addition, reconfiguration of some parking lots and permit rates for next year have been made.

Permits for 2012-2013 will be on sale online available June 1, 2012

Learn more on the Parking and Shuttle Services website.

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