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Vol. 9 No. 21 | February 27, 2013.

Bike Repair Stations

New bike repair stations are available on campus thanks to the hard work and initiative of Elias Toon, a senior from Flagstaff. In an effort to promote environmental change on campus, Elias teamed up with Derek Hansen of the Transportation Action Team and Bryan McLaren of the Office of Sustainability to make his vision a reality. The stations have a low environmental impact as well as ADA approved so that everyone can utilize them. All of the tools needed for basic bike maintenance are hung by airplane grade wire inside the station to protect them from the elements. There are screwdrivers, wrenches, tire levers, allen wrenches, and manual and electric pumps suitable for any type of bike tire. 

Elias stated that the stations are not just for bike aficionados, but for any student who needs a quick tune-up, “If you have a smart phone, you can scan the QR code on the station and it takes you to a website that will give you instructions on how to fix your bike. So even if you don’t know how to fix things – how to remove handlebar grips, how to fix a pedal, how to move a seat – you can do it.  There are even videos there and it’s close enough to the union that you can get free Wi-Fi.”

Currently there are two bike repair stations on campus - on north campus at the Union and on south campus at the du Bois Center - but there is support and funding for two more in the near future. The stations are a great (free!) option for students who need to make small repairs but don’t have the tools they need. 


Women's History Month International Event

March is Women's History Month and among the many upcoming events is "Global Perspectives from Women Around the World." The event is sponsored by the Center for International Education and includes moving narratives on the culturing of women, globalization, and poverty. Speakers include Dr. Xiaoyi Liu from China, Bernadine Lewis from Cape Verde, and Pia Driessen-Knittle from Germany. Dr. Chineze J. Onyejekwe from Nigeria will present on globalization, poverty, and the impact on women around the world. The narratives will be presented Mar 13 at noon in the Gardner Auditorium in The W. A. Franke College of Business.


High Altitude Festival

The Theatre Department presents "The High Altitude Festival of New Works." This is the second installment of a year-long festival of new theatrical works in staged readings. The festival will take place at the Studio Theatre Mar 8 and 9 at 8 PM and Mar 10 at 2 PM.

The new spring plays include pieces written by Theatre Department faculty such as “The Grand Canyon Mid-Air Collision of 1956” by Bob Yowell and directed by Patrick Battles, “.....on New Beginnings” by Mac Groves, directed by NAU Theatre Student Savannah Abel, “Blue Screen of Death” by Kathleen M. McGeever directed by Darby Winterhalter Lofstrand, and “I Hate My Job (Act I)” by Patrick Battles, directed by NAU Theatre Student Emily Forest.

This is a great opportunity to experience new work that is being created locally!

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office.


Seed Swap from the SSLUG Garden

The SSLUG Garden (Students for Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening) and Flagstaff Foodlink are co-hosting a Community Seed Swap on Mar 9 from 4 - 6 PM at the Murdoch Center (203 E. Brannen Ave). Interested students are encouraged to bring seeds (vegetables, herbs, flowers) to swap with other community members. No seeds to trade? No problem! The swap will also be a great place to discuss ideas, tips, and information about growing food and plants at high elevation. Everyone will leave with new seeds, regardless of experience. Please contact Susan Nyoka at susan.nyoka@nau.edu with any questions.

seed swap


Strength Training

Strength training is one of the ways to stay in shape throughout the semester. The benefits of strength training include many physical changes. Strength training will increase your muscle fiber size and contractile, tendon and ligament strength, and bone mineral density. Other potential benefits include increased physical capacity, improved physical appearance and body composition, enhanced metabolic function, reduced injury risk, and disease prevention. All of these benefits are possible with a continuous and consistent strength training regime.

Recreation Services offers many ways for you to improve your health while enhancing your overall strength. One of the most popular programs is TRX. This is the next level of training. Sculpt and shred muscles to achieve ultimate results with a variety of push, pull, hang, and suspension work. This workout provides a heart-pumping, body-busting workout in small class sizes and individualized workouts. Each class is $5 and is limited to 12 participants. Class schedules can be found online.

Check out PeerFit for other programs offered by campus Fitness such as Bootcamp, Uppercut, Hardcore Abs, and personal training sessions.

peer fit


Event Highlights

  • Latin Dance Classes in Spanish -- Tuesdays at 7 PM, Exercise Suite #2 of HLC (bldg 25)
  • Hot Topics Cafe -- Taxes: A cost/benefit analysis. Wednesday, Mar 6
    6-7 PM at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Facilitator: Dr. John Devlin, W. A. Franke College of Business
  • Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra presents "Viva Verde." Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, Mar 9 at 7:30 PM. Conducted by Elizabeth Shulze and Edith A. Copley
  • "Fargo" presented by the College of Arts and Letters Film Series. Cline Library Assembly Hall Mar 26 at 7 PM

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