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Vol. 9 No. 11 | November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Dining Hours

Is your student staying in Flagstaff for the Thanksgiving holiday? Since the university will be closed, be advised that Campus Dining hours (PDF) will vary.

Please check the dining website for other official announcements.

Theater for Social Change Recruitment

Theater for Social Change is a small improvisational theater troupe interested in making a difference on campus. The troupe will perform for various groups around campus to help facilitate healthy decision-making among students. Performance topics include sexual health, alcohol abuse, mental health, and sexual assault.

Any student who is interested in acting, has experience with performance or who is interested in health education/promotion should apply. Acting experience is preferred, but not required. Theater students are encouraged to apply.

Members of the troupe are required to attend regular rehearsals, three (3) improvisational acting workshops at the start of the spring semester, and ALL scheduled performances. There will be no more than 16 performances for the entire semester.

  • Earn theater credit for course #299 (registration required)
  • Gain performance experience
  • Build your resume
  • Make a difference
  • Have fun!

How do students apply?

  • Applications are due by Nov 28 in the Health Promotions Office in the Health and Learning Center.
  • Auditions will be held on Nov 29

Auditions will involve a brief interview process and a brief cold read of scripts to be used in the project. Eight (8) students will be chosen.

Please direct any questions to Melissa Griffin, Health Educator, Sr. at 928-523-6867.

Theater for Social Change is a collaborative project between the Health Promotions Office, Theater Department and Arizona Playmakers.

Becoming An RA

Housing and Residence life is now accepting applications for Resident Assistants (RAs) for 2013-2014! RAs are student leaders who live and work as resources, community builders, activity planners, and peer helpers for students living in the residence halls. If your student is interested in a great leadership and employment opportunity, enjoys working with others, and wants to further develop strong skills and experience, encourage your son or daughter to apply!

The application for the spring 2013 RA selection process (to hire RAs for the 2013-2014 academic year) is now available online at The spring 2013 process is open to freshmen and upperclassmen students who will have earned at least 24 credit hours by the end of the spring 2013 semester and have lived on campus for at least one semester.

Applications must be fully completed and submitted by Friday, January 25, 2013 by 5 PM to be considered.

Please check for more details about the position and application process.


Bryan Kimoto, philosophy/english major and 2011-12 HURA recipient.

Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) Information Meetings Scheduled

The Office of the Vice President for Research offers the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) program to provide financial support for your undergraduate student's scholarly, creative, or research activities outside the classroom during the next academic year. This is an annual grant program that provides up to $3,500 in support of projects of the student's own design in any discipline. Open information meetings about how to prepare a HURA grant proposal are scheduled for Wednesday, November 28 (4-5 PM), and Friday, November 30 (3-4 PM), in room 104, Peterson Hall (bldg. 22).

MaryLynn Quartaroli, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, is available to answer questions about this program at 928-523-1026.

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.