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Vol. 10 No. 7 | September 18, 2013

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Observations from my first month as the parent of a college freshman:

  • I no longer care what time I receive texts or emails from my son. I'm thrilled to hear from him anytime, day or night.
  • My wise husband talked me out of a surprise visit to our son the third weekend of school.
  • When I ask questions like "are you eating well and getting enough exercise", I wonder--is that me talking?
  • Being sure my son gets a chocolate cake on his actual birthday is "priceless".
  • Speaking with other parents of college students is a great pleasure and usually involves a shared laugh.
  • I have a new appreciation of Facetime on my iPhone--much simpler than Skype!
  • I worry less every day.


Family Weekend - September 27-29

Family Weekend plans are ramping up! There are a number of great events in the works for you and your family to enjoy. During Family Weekend, we will have several convenient registration and information locations all day Friday and Saturday morning. We ask that you register your attendance and we will enter you in a raffle to win one of four beautiful NAU Pendleton Blankets.


Be sure to register by noon Saturday, September 28! The winners of the blankets will be drawn in time to be announced at the football game Saturday night.

Some free Family Weekend event highlights include:

  • Parent Reception: Friday, September 27, 5:30 PM, High Country Conference Center
  • LGBTQA Family Welcome, Friday, September 27, 7-9 PM, LEADS Center
  • Student Showcase: Saturday, September 28, 11 AM, Beasley Gallery
  • 3rd Annual Family Weekend 5k Partner Run & 2 mile Walk: Saturday September 28, 8 AM, Health and Learning Center
  • Baila Conmigo, Dance with Me, Saturday, September 28, 8-11 PM Ashurst Hall

You may also purchase tickets for Casino Night, the BBQ, football game and Sunday brunch. Students may use their meal plans for the BBQ and the Brunch. Remember, students get in free to all athletic events. Parking for Family Weekend is free except for the San Francisco parking garage. Campus will be a busy place, so give yourself plenty of time, and use our free shuttle system.

Now Hiring 2014 Orientation Leaders

We are recruiting Orientation Leaders for 2014. The best way to learn about the Orientation Leader position is to hear from current and former Orientation Leaders. Encourage your student to come to an Orientation Leader Information Session for more information.

All sessions are from 7:30 to 8 PM.

Tue, Sep 17 @ Kaibab Room, University Union
Wed, Sep 18 @ Sycamore Room, University Union
Thu, Sep 19 @ Oak Creek Room, University Union
Mon, Sep 23 @ Sycamore Room, University Union
Tue, Sep 24 @ Oak Creek Room, University Union
Wed, Sep 25 @ Oak Creek Room, University Union
Thu, Sep 26 @ Oak Creek Room, University Union
Mon, Sep 30 @ Native American Cultural Center
Tue, Oct 1 @ LEADS Center, University Union

Application and more information.

Application deadline is Monday, October 7 at noon.

We look forward to seeing your student at an upcoming information session!

Health Tip: Counseling Services

by Alexis Baca-Spry, MAT, MA, Counseling Services

As the fall semester gets into full swing, your student may experience a variety of new emotions. Your student may feel excitement, fear, joy, sadness, anxiety, or a sense of being overwhelmed as they hit their stride into independence and adulthood.

  • Fun and Excitement--Setting up their room and meeting classmates can be full of new opportunities.
  • Hectic and Chaotic--Your student now has to create and maintain his/her own schedule and routine. Some students embrace this while others struggle.
  • Class Action--Students can "drop/add" a class and, thus, are starting to exercise a sense of autonomy.
  • Roommate Adventures--Sharing a small space can be challenging. Clear communication can be helpful.
  • Anxiety and Fear--New social settings can increase your student's anxieties and fears as they navigate their college experience without parental supervision.

Counseling Services (928-523-2261) is just one of many places students can go for help and support to deal with emerging emotions.


Intramural Sports

by Amy Phillips, Campus Recreation Services

Intramural Sports has an exciting fall schedule for your student, including many unique team, individual, and dual sports! Registrations for Team Handball (an Olympic Sport) are open through September 17. We organize a week-long tournament in which teams compete for coveted prizes and bragging rights.

Also, on September 28 we host the 3rd Annual Family Weekend 5k Partner Run & 2 mile Walk. This event teams up family members in a challenging 5k course, and the team with the best combined time wins!

The most entertaining sport of the fall is undoubtedly Inner-tube Water Polo. The rules are just like traditional water polo, except players float in inner tubes--and frequently fall out of them! Participants play in the Wall Aquatic Center pool for 6 weeks of round-robin and playoff action.

Parents - you may "like" us on Facebook to keep up on all of our exciting activities. We frequently post photos, so you may even see your student!

Women's Volleyball Schedule

Catch the action of our Women's Volleyball team at the Rolle Activity Center. Don't forget that students attend free with their Jack's card!

Sep 19 Idaho State* (Live on FSAZ/FCS/FCS Pacific) @ 7 PM
Sep 21 Weber State* @ 7:30 PM
Sep 27 at Sacramento State* @ 7 PM
Sep 30 Southern Utah* (Live on FSAZ/FCS/FCS Pacific/FS San Diego) @ 7 PM
Oct 3 Portland State* @ 7 PM
Oct 5 Eastern Washington* @ 7 PM
Oct 11 at Montana State* @ 6 PM
Oct 12 at Montana* @ 6 PM
Oct 17 Northern Colorado* (Live on FSAZ/FS San Diego) @ 7 PM
Oct 19 North Dakota* @ 7:30 PM
Oct 24 at Weber State* @ 7 PM
Oct 26 at Idaho State* @ 6 PM
Nov 2 Sacramento State* @ 7:30 PM
Nov 4 at Southern Utah @ 7 PM
Nov 7 at Eastern Washington* @ 7 PM
Nov 9 at Portland State* @ 8 PM
Nov 14 Montana* (Live on FSAZ/FSAZ Plus) @ 7 PM
Nov 16 Montana State* @ 7:30 PM
Nov 21 at North Dakota* @ 6 PM
Nov 23 at Northern Colorado* @ 7 PM

* = Conference games.


Prepare for the GRE and GMAT

by Andrea Graves, DMA, Student Learning Centers

The Student Learning Centers offer Graduate Test Prep Courses for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE®) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT®).

These courses are designed to help students prepare for standardized graduate school admissions tests in an interactive classroom environment utilizing practical tools and resources. Nancy Baca, Quantitative Instructor, and Heidi Schuler, Verbal Instructor, are both NAU alumni and current faculty. Nancy and Heidi are Instructional Specialists experienced in classroom instruction and standardized test preparation. They enjoy helping students develop customized plans for building skills and confidence for success on challenging standardized tests.

Students receive more than 28 hours of in-person instruction with a targeted review of key content areas. The textbooks included are by Ron Woldoff, founder of National Test Prep™ and creator of the LifeLine™ study approach. The course pack provides extra tips and resources for study techniques and test taking strategies. Students also take two full-length practice tests and have access to instructor office hours in person, by phone, or through e-mail and online chat sessions.

All courses are offered on the Flagstaff Mountain campus. The course schedule, registration, and more program details can be found online. Talk to your student about signing up today!

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.