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Vol. 9 No. 4 | September 18, 2012

Family Weekend: September 28-30, 2012

Order Via Phone or Fax and Save!

Save money and phone your order to 888-520-7214 toll-free or 928-523-5661. Order forms can also be faxed to 928-523-9219.

Packages and single tickets are available online (additional fees apply).

Hurry! Space is limited and is filling fast.

Highlight Events

True Blue Abandoned Bike Sale
Family Reception
Family 5k
Celebration of Academic Achievement
Football Game
Casino Night & Dinner

Global Learning Research Scholarship

Deadline to apply is October 3, 2012.

The Center for International Education is now welcoming applications from undergraduates for the Global Learning Research Scholarship (GLRS). The goal of GLRS is to fund research activity that engages with at least two of the three themes of global learning. Have your student learn more about the scholarship and apply by visiting the Global Learning Research Scholarship website.

Make A Difference Week

Project GIVE: Get Involved in the Volunteer Experience

Beginning Saturday, October 20, the university is joining thousands of students across the country to participate in service to "give back" or "pay it forward" in the community. Saturday, October 27th, 2012, from 9 AM to 1 PM is National "Make a Difference Day." We expect large numbers of students to participate in service projects this day around the city.

Participants should contact Elisabeth Sims, the Project GIVE Coordinator, to register or to discover service opportunities (928-523-5442).

Financial Aid Information For Parents And Guardians

As parents and guardians, we know you play a significant role in your student's success at the university. The Office of Scholarship Financial Aid provides information and services to assist you and your student in financing his/her education.

To get started, review our glossary of Financial Aid terms and explore how financial aid works.

Need more help? Contact us

Much of the information that you will need to make informed financial decisions for your studentís education can be found on this website. But if you have additional questions, e-mail us and we will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

We also have Financial Aid counselors who are available to meet you with or without an appointment. Our counselors will direct you and your student on topics such as scholarships, grants, employment, and loans.


New Car and Bicycle Parking Now Open

The parking garage on San Francisco Street is now complete and open for use. Parking permits are available from Parking and Shuttle Services. Within this new garage is a large enclosure with bike racks and small personal lockers for bike gear or related items. This enclosure is much more secure and provides complete protection from the elements (especially snow and snow plows!).


Students interested in securing their bicycle against the coming winter season should print out and complete the bicycle locker enclosure rental form and bring it to the parking office (bldg. 91).

A space in an enclosure may be rented for $15 for one semester or $40 for the year.

Bicycles can be registered (a free service) at the time of rental.

Study Abroad

The Center for International Education office offers a variety of different programs to fit every budget, academic subject, timeframe, and regional interest. Most programs require a $100 application fee.

Exchange Programs

Exchange programs involve going abroad and becoming a non-degree seeking student with an NAU partner. Exchange programs are exceptionally affordable and allow students to become part of a foreign universityís student body.

  • Tuition is paid directly to NAU through your LOUIE account. On International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), students also pay housing and meal fees to NAU. On non-ISEP programs, students pay those fees directly to the host institution.
  • Financial aid, including most scholarships and tuition waivers, may be used for these programs.
  • Students will earn NAU credit and grades for all classes taken abroad. These classes will affect GPA.

Faculty-led Programs

Faculty-led programs are run by NAU faculty who teach about their field of expertise in relevant settings abroad. While learning is done in classrooms abroad, faculty often organize excursions that allow students to contextualize information discussed in the classroom.

  • Students pay a program fee to NAU that covers most program costs.
  • Loans, grants, and some non-NAU scholarships can be applied to faculty-led programs. Tuition waivers and NAU scholarships cannot be used.
  • Students will earn NAU credit and grades for some classes taken abroad. Some programs may offer transfer-credit for some classes.

Provider Programs

Private provider programs run well-organized programs abroad. Program participants tend to be exclusively from other American universities. Although these programs are more expensive, the extra cost comes from the all-inclusive and well-structured nature of these programs.

  • Cost varies but provider programs are almost always more expensive than exchange programs.
  • Loans, grants, and some non-NAU scholarships can be applied to provider programs. Tuition waivers and NAU scholarships cannot be used.
  • Transfer credit is awarded for course work.

Event Highlights

  • 9/20 @ 5-7 PM — 6th Biennial Juried Print Exhibition Artist Reception. NAU Art Museum.
  • 9/28 @ 7:30 PM — Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra presents "Arizona Centennial Celebration." Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. Admission required.
  • 10/5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 @ 8 PM | 10/7 @ 2 PM — NAU Theatre presents "Mother Hicks." Clifford E. White Theatre. Admission required.

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.