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Vol. 9 No. 1 | August 28, 2012
College Colors Day - Aug 31

Welcome To Northern Arizona University!

Fall semester is here and we are so excited and energized to have you and your student(s) here with us at Northern Arizona University. Our goal with the Backpack newsletter is to connect with you and give you an inside look at what is happening at the university, what to be prepared for, and how to help support your student(s) through graduation.

If there is any specific question you have or a topic you want covered, please contact us. We are eager to hear from you.

Welcome Week Highlight

Here are some events happening this week. Check the website for a complete schedule with more than 100 events to choose from.

7 Wonders of the HLC Expo
Wednesday, 8/29 @ 5-7 PM
Health and Learning Center

President's Welcome Back Picnic
Wednesday, 8/29 @ 11-1 PM
Central Quad at Aspen Crossing

Hypnotist--CJ Johnson
Thursday, 8/30 two shows: 7 PM/9:30 PM
Prochnow Auditorium

Dive-in Movie
Friday, 8/31 @ 7-10 PM
Wall Aquatic Center

College Colors Day
Friday, 8/31 @ 7-10 PM
Everywhere! Wear your True Blue NAU Gear.


Freshman Fusion

By Amy Phillips, Campus Recreation Services

In an effort to allow freshman students to achieve high levels of student connection, enjoy smooth transition and success at the university, and to make healthy lifestyle choices, we encourage students to participate in the fitness and wellness program: Freshman Fusion.

This three-step program incorporates more than 60 free health, fitness, and nutrition events throughout the student's first semester. During September (step one), freshmen will experience learning how to enjoy a fun, healthy, and active lifestyle through Freshman Remix group exercise classes such as Yoga and "Stress B Gone." You can even enjoy some Freshman Fusion events with your student during Family Weekend, September 28-29.

The month of October (step two) energizes students about the importance of exercise. Students may participate in a multitude of PINK week events such as Dodgeball, Fitness Samplers, and a Splash to Dash 500m swim and 5k run.

November (step three) events educate students on improving their quality of life with a balanced diet. Students will learn to make healthier food choices during the heightened stress as they approach finals. Students may participate in any/all steps in the program they choose, but the more they participate the more fitness gear (workout bands, T-shirts, yoga mats, etc.) they'll receive.

Students have reported that by participating in this program they feel prepared to take responsibility to lead a healthy, active lifestyle (94% of respondents). They are also enrolling in more credit hours, earning higher GPAs (+.25 than non-program participants), and graduating in four years, (33% higher than non-program participants).

For additional information and to access the calendar of events, just visit the Freshman Fusion website.


Looking for Eco-Reps

A New Leadership Role for Students Living in Our Residence Halls.

by Cori Cusker, Office of Housing and Residence Life

If your student is passionate about environmental issues, encourage them to apply for a new leadership position for residential students.

We are currently accepting applications for the volunteer peer educator position: Eco-Reps.

Eco-Reps will be trained on how to educate their peers in their residence hall on environmental issues and how to live sustainably on campus. More information about the role and the online application can be found online.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 7.

Northern Arizona Anthropology Student Winners in International Competition

by Dr. Rob Borofsky, Director, Center for a Public Anthropology

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS to the 17 Public Anthropology Award Winners at Northern Arizona University in Prof. Janina Fenigsen's ANT 102 (Exploring Cultures) Classes who participated in a North American competition involving over 4,000 students from 25 schools. Visit the Public Anthropology website to see the names of the award winners and their award winning opinion pieces.

Prof. Fenigsen has played an integral part in Public Anthropology's online student community, showcasing the ability of NAU students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. She demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their university, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation.

Event Highlights

See a complete listing of university events on the official university calendar website. More Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at Flagstaff 365 and Flagstaff Happenings.