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Vol. 8 No. 24 | June 26, 2012

Welcome, New Lumberjacks!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new parents and family members to Northern Arizona University! We are delighted that your student has selected our institution. Our goal in Parent and Family Services is to support you as you support your student through this college experience. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. Once again, welcome to NAU!

Warm Regards,
Crystal Nance
Parent and Family Services Coordinator


Family Weekend 2012

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Family Weekend! The fun will take place the weekend of September 28-30 and we have another event to add to the list! Catch Comedian BJ Novak of "The Office" on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 PM in Prochnow Auditorium, bldg. #3. You may order tickets online for $13, plus fees. To order tickets, visit the Central Ticket Office online and enter discount code "FW2012."

Check for lodging options and discounts on our webpage.

Also, don't forget to order your "I Survived Family Weekend" t-shirts! Shirts are only available through advance purchase and will not be sold on campus during Family Weekend.

Make Sure Your Student Has A Plan!

by Zachary Casavant, Campus Dining

Fall 2012 will be here before you know it, and it is time to start thinking about the meal plan and the many benefits it offers. Campus Dining offers a variety of different meal plans for residents and commuter students. Charges are posted to the student's Louie account, so financial aid and scholarships can be used to pay for the meal plan.

If your student lives off-campus and commutes to class, meal plans are still extremely convenient because Campus Dining has nearly 30 locations spread across campus. It is easy for a student to grab a snack before class, or lunch between classes, or even a hearty breakfast in the morning before a busy day. Block meal plans are popular among those students who choose to live off-campus. A block meal plan allows a meal swipe any time (at more than 20 locations on campus) and they don't expire until the end of the academic year - so there is no need to worry about using them all up by the end of the week!

Meal plans make it easy to make healthy eating choices, with nutritious and tasty options available at multiple locations all with the ease of a simple card swipe. There is no need to drive to a restaurant since higher-quality and faster food is available right on campus. Ask the increasing number of students and parents who are choosing the meal plan again, year after year: the combination of flexibility, quality, convenience, and variety offered by the meal plan is unbeatable.

Apply for The Edge Leadership Experience!

Encourage your freshman student to apply for The Edge Leadership Experience is an opportunity to learn leadership skills and develop relationships with their new classmates! The Edge, coordinated by the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Life, brings 150 students together before classes begin, starting Monday, August 20, to participate in contests, presentations, activities and challenges that strengthen bonds and provide an engaging experience. Applications for The Edge are due by noon on Monday, July 16, 2012. For more information, contact Gretchen Wesbrock.

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