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Vol. 10 No. 6 | September 10, 2013

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

We expect our students to be homesick, but families may ask themselves, "What about me? I'm sad too and missing my student!" Although it's fine to let your student know you miss them, it's not fair to burden your students with your sad feelings--after all, they are trying to learn to live on their own and be a successful college student.

Some of the same advice that applies to homesick students also applies to families missing their students. One thing is for certain, you are not alone in your feelings, and with time, you will gain confidence that your student is doing well and begin to establish new family routines without him or her at home. With one less person in the house, you may even find you have more free time! Here are a few ideas that may help you put your student's absence in a more positive light:

  • Get involved in a new activity, group or take a class.
  • Reignite an old hobby or interest.
  • Call an old friend who you've been meaning to catch up with, but have been too busy.
  • Put together a special care package for your student, including pictures, treats, and notes of encouragement.
  • Plan a visit to the university, but not too soon! Family Weekend is September 27-29.
  • Join the Parent and Family Services Facebook page to connect with other NAU families and keep up with what's happening at the university.

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Family Weekend

We are busy planning events for the 2013 Family Weekend, September 27-29. Some of the events, like the BBQ, casino night, football game, and brunch do require tickets but there will be many more free activities planned for the whole family. Students may use their meal plans for the BBQ and Brunch and get in free to the football game.

Additional events will continue to be added our website for the next several weeks so stay tuned!

We encourage you to make your travel plans and book your lodging as soon as possible! It's going to be a great weekend.



Health Tip

by Amy Phillips, Campus Recreation Services

Campus Recreation Services understands the importance of keeping your student engaged and interested in their exercise routines. If students do the same workout everyday their bodies will "plateau" and they will stop seeing desired results such as weight loss, stress relief, or even a healthy amount of sleep each night. Therefore, we recommend that students change how they structure their workouts: time of day or type of activity. It's important to set aside some workout time during the morning, afternoon, and evening in order to identify which time of day they get the most out of their workout.

Hours of Operation

The Recreation Center

Monday-Thursday, 6 AM to 11 PM Friday: 6 AM to 9 PM Saturday-Sunday: 9 AM to 9 PM

Wall Aquatic Center (open swim and lap swimming)

Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 7 to 9:30 PM Saturday: 12:30 to 5:30 PM Sunday: 12:30-4:30 PM

Campus Recreation Services also offers a variety of activities to help your student be healthier every day! Check out the Campus Rec top 5 recommendations:

  1. Intramural Sports offers over 36 sports each year. Team Handball is right around the corner (registration due September 28).
  2. All Students receive 1-free Personal Training Session.
  3. Climb, boulder, or traverse on the 38 foot indoor Climbing Wall.
  4. Connect with the natural environment and fellow students on an Outdoor Adventures program.
  5. Participate in any of the 70 free Group Exercise Classes offered each week.

Stay connected with all of the department's upcoming programs and services via Facebook!


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Images courtesy of Cline Library, John Running Collection.

FREE Films at the Cline Library

by Carissa Tsosie, M.A., Cline Library

Cline Library is pleased to present the 6th year of the Native American and Indigenous Film Series. All films will be screened in the Cline Library Assembly Hall at 7 PM and are free and open to the public.

September 18 Tad Nichols Collection (Director: Tad Nichols, 1939-1942)

October 2 From the Heart (Director: Sean Owen, 2011)

October 16 Up Heartbreak Hill (Director: Erica Scharf, 2011)

October 30 Grab (Director: Billy Luther, 2011)


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Women's Soccer Schedule

Women's soccer is underway and it is setting up to be a great season. All regular season athletic events are free to students. Women's soccer at the Max Spilsbury Field is not to be missed!

Sep 13, Grand Canyon @ 7 PM
Sep 15, Colorado State @ 1 PM
Sep 20, UTEP @ 7 PM
Sep 22, Hawaii @ 12 PM
Sep 28, at Southern Utah* @ 1 PM
Oct 4, Idaho State* @ 7 PM
Oct 6, Weber State* @ 12 PM
Oct 11, at Sacramento State* @ 4 PM
Oct 13, at Portland State* @ 1 PM
Oct 18, Northern Colorado* @ 7 PM
Oct 20, North Dakota* @ 12 PM
Oct 25, Montana @ 3 PM
Oct 27, at Eastern Washington* @ 11 AM

* = Conference games.


Event Highlights

  • Family Weekend: September 27-29 - Events for the whole family across campus and in Flagstaff.
  • Family Weekend 5k Partner Run/2 mile Walk: September 28 at 8 AM at the Health and Learning Center.
  • The NAU School of Music's Horizons Concert Series has an exciting blend of concert for the fall 2013 semester. All concerts start at 7:30 PM at 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.