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Vol. 9 No. 15 | January 15, 2013

Spring Back!

Welcome back to Northern Arizona University! To celebrate, the Office of Student Life has organized events for students through Monday, January 21. Events include ice skating, iPad training, climbing and belay instruction, and women's rugby. Visit the Spring Back website for a complete listing.

Apply for the Dining Scholarship

To apply for the Dining Scholarship, visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and look under "Financial Aid Announcements".


Donate to the Dining Scholarship

by Heide Gibson, Assistant Director of Development

Northern Arizona University is recognized as having one of the most innovative campus food service programs. Yet each semester, dozens of students who live on campus and have acute financial need have limited resources with which to purchase a meal plan.

Your support is greatly needed!

In conjunction with our dining contractor, Sodexo, we are now offering a new Dining Scholarship that will address this need and support student success.

Each scholarship awarded for spring 2013 includes 14 meals per week and costs $1,816. Please help us award as many scholarships as possible. Every gift, of any amount, will help provide meals for students struggling to provide for themselves.

Please contact me if you would like additional information on the Dining Scholarship and how you can help with gifts to address immediate needs or to offer endowed support.


Heide Gibson
928-523-4859 office
928-699-2746 mobile

Student-Built Bike-Powered Charging Station

Bike-powered charging station

After nearly a year of planning and construction, a small group of dedicated students have completed a bicycle-powered charging station. The station provides a hands-on, interactive way to charge small electronic devices, as well as an opportunity to provide education about electricity. To use the station, all students will have to do is plug in their small electronic devices, get on the bike, and pedal.

The Yellow Bike Program donated the bike, and the Green Fund granted $2,900 to pay for building materials and supplies.

The bicycle-powered charging station is currently located in the engineering building. A dedication ceremony is planned for Wednesday, January 23, from 5-6 PM in the engineering building.

MLK Celebration

MLK Celebration: March and Program

The Black Student Union presents "The Dream That Lives On," a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. The march will begin at 4:30 PM, beginning at the University Union (outside of Chick-fil-A) and end at the du Bois Center Ballroom on south campus. A program will begin at 5 PM. Everyone is invited to join students and staff as they celebrate this event.

Event Highlights

  • Horizons Concert Series--Luca Ciarla, violin and electronics. Mon, Jan 21, 7:30 PM, Ashurst Hall.
  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Mon, Feb 11, 7:30 PM, Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. Tickets, call: 928-523-5661.
  • Horizons Concert Series--The Harlem Quartet Master Class. Tue, Feb 19, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM, room 147, Performing and Fine Arts Building.
  • Paolo Soleri Exhibition, famed architect. Feb 19-Apr 13, NAU Art Museum.
  • Horizons Concert Series--Nation Beat--Cajun/Afro-Brazilian Music. Mon, Feb 25, 7:30 PM, Ashurst Hall.

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