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Vol. 9 No. 9 | November 6, 2012

Winter Term: Shortcut to Graduation

Winter enrollment has begun and now is the time to talk to your student about the benefits of taking a winter course:

  • Earn three credit hours in as little as four weeks
  • Take a course that fills up quickly in fall and spring
  • Graduate on time or early

Winter courses are in a four-week format and mostly Web-based. While accelerated courses are challenging, your student can accomplish more in a short time. All they need is an Internet connection to access coursework, even during the holidays. As always, students should consult with their academic advisers.

Have your student visit nau.edu/winter or call 800-426-8315.


Time For Flu Shots!

Flu season is here and college students are in a unique risk group as they live and study in close quarters with many other students. This means it's easier to spread the flu and we don't want that to happen! In a survey conducted in 2011, flu was the most commonly reported health interference with students' academic performance.

Campus Health Services is committed to preventing the flu and offers walk-in flu vaccines Monday-Friday, no appointment necessary!

Health Promotions is also teaming up with Medical Services to make getting a flu shot even easier and a little more fun! We will be offering $10 flu shots to students who attend our evening events during the month of November. Stressbusters will also be on hand to provide free back rubs and relaxation tips. So please encourage your student to visit one of these discounted events.

$10 flu shots and FREE Stressbusters

Located in the Health Promotions office in the Health and Learning Center

Wed, Nov 7 from 6-8 PM
Wed, Nov 14 from 6-8 PM
Wed, Nov 28 from 6-8 PM


Freshman Fusion

Freshman Fusion - November

Freshman Fusion's three-step program incorporates more than 60 free health, fitness, and nutrition events throughout the student's first semester.

Throughout November (step three), students are exposed to nutrition topics such as eating on the go, fueling performance, and the pros and cons of carbohydrates. Even during the heightened stress of finals, students are encouraged to participate in the Freshman Remix group exercise classes as well as de-stress with back rubs from NAU's Stressbusters team.

In 2011, 95% of the students who participated in the Freshman Fusion program reported they are more aware of the programs on campus that encompass fitness, health, and wellness. Driving this statistic is the program's focus on nutrition during November.

A Yoga mat and iTunes gift card giveaways are available to students at the events this month.


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Veteran Support

The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs has been established for the advocacy and advisement of military and veteran students and their families, who are interested in attending or learning more about NAU. In addition to providing assistance with application, enrollment, and financial processes, this office, through its Military and Veteran Student Center, offers referrals for on- and off-campus services related to academic advising, professional development guidance, housing, and psychological counseling.

  • A one-stop student veteran center on the Flagstaff campus
  • A Chapter of the Student Veterans of America
  • Priority enrollment
  • A veteran transition course (NAU-100, section 6852: “College Success for Veterans”)

Event Highlights

  • BFA Fall Art Show, Beasley Art Gallery, 2nd floor of Performing and Fine Arts Building. Nov 13-Dec 14, 10 AM-5 PM.
  • NAU Theatre presents "Romeo and Juliet." Clifford E. White Theatre, Nov 16, 17 @ 8 PM; Nov 18 @ 2 PM; Nov 28-30, Dec 1 @ 8 PM; Dec 2 @ 2 PM. Ticketed event.

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