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Vol. 9 No. 23 | March 12, 2013.

Enjoying a Safe Spring Break

Melissa Griffin, MA, CAGS, Health Promotions Manager

Yes, there is a light at the end of the midterm “tunnel” and it’s called spring break!  Most students are looking forward to a week off to relax and rejuvenate.  However, some students are planning the typical wild spring break that might resemble an MTV episode or, even worse,  a scene from Animal House.  Some students, on the other hand, might be opting for a service learning experience or even volunteering in order to boost their resumes.

Regardless of your student’s plans for the break, please consider reminding him or her to be safe.  Driving all night, drinking excessively, and going off with new people all pose their own risks and all too often happen during spring break activities. 

Spring break safety tips

Parents Needed!

Personal experiences from parents, alumni, and family members are what make Northern Arizona University’s story so valuable.  We need you to share your experience and stories with prospective students and families! Throughout the country, there are information sessions and recruitment events in your area that require volunteer support for two or three hours.

At each event, a staff member from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation will give a presentation about the university.  Your support is needed with setup and registration, participating in a question and answer session, and speaking with future Lumberjacks and their families.

We are currently recruiting parent volunteers in Arizona and in the following cities across the country:

  • San Jose, CA | Mar 17
  • Irvine, CA | Mar 18
  • San Diego, CA | Mar 24; Apr 28
  • Denver, CO | Mar 17; Apr 21
  • Anchorage, AK | Mar 24
  • Honolulu, HI | Apr 14
  • Seattle, WA | Apr 21
  • Portland, OR | Apr 22
  • Las Vegas, NV | Apr 28

To receive more information about recruitment events near you and to volunteer please contact Chad Eickhoff.

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Berry Patch

Raspberries, Blackberries, Currants, Oh My!

Last fall, SSLUG (Students for Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening) volunteers prepared the garden’s soil during a sheet-mulching event. With spring right around the corner, the time has come to plant the berry canes in the readied soil.

Students are encouraged to help out at the SSLUG Garden on Saturday, March 30 from 9-12, by installing paths and planting several varieties of blackberries, raspberries, and native currants.

Volunteers should bring sunscreen, water, gloves (if available), and good energy!

Questions? Contact Susan Nyoka, Campus Organic Gardener.

French Film Festival

The French Film Festival provides the university and the Flagstaff community with an annual cultural event that explores the cinema of French language films from the classics to new pieces.  It is a festive opportunity to enjoy French culture with old and new friends alike.

This year’s French Film Festival will take place April 3–5 in the Liberal Arts building, room 120. “Autour de Paris” (Around Paris) will include five films ranging from New Wave classics to modern pieces exploring race, love, and class differences. All of the screenings are free and open to the public. The films are shown in their original language with English subtitles. 

Event Highlights

  • Latin Dance Classes in Spanish -- Tuesdays at 7 PM, Exercise Suite #2 of HLC (bldg 25)
  • "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.