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Vol. 10 No. 9 | October 1, 2013

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Now that we have all survived Family Weekend and October is upon us, I've started to think about the Thanksgiving holiday. Although there are always rumors that classes are cancelled the entire week before Thanksgiving--this is not true! That is not to say however, that some professors might not cancel or reschedule their Wednesday, November 27 classes.

NOTE: There are no classes on November 28 and 29.

Have your students look ahead at their class syllabi or discuss this with their professors. The residence halls are open for Thanksgiving, and dining services always plans a lovely Thanksgiving meal for those students staying at the university. If your student will be traveling for Thanksgiving here are a few ideas:

  • The Arizona Shuttle picks up at two locations on campus and goes to the Phoenix airport and several locations in Tucson.
  • Pulliam Airport in Flagstaff provides air service to Phoenix via US Airways. It is often much less expensive however, to take the shuttle to Phoenix and fly out of Sky Harbor Airport.
  • A taxi ride from campus to the Flagstaff Airport is less than $15.
  • If you live West of Flagstaff (like Kingman or Los Angeles) look into the Amtrak schedule. The train station is in downtown Flagstaff, only a few minutes from campus.
  • Greyhound is an inexpensive option. The station is just a few blocks from campus.

If you have additional questions give me a call, shoot me an e-mail, or post a question on the Parent and Family Services Facebook page.

Campus Health Services Pharmacy

We are a full-service pharmacy with a large over-the-counter area to accommodate many of your student's needs. We accept most insurance plans.

There are many options when it comes to paying for prescriptions and over-the-counter items:

  • Charge to the student's LOUIE account
  • JacksDebit Express (JDE) card
  • Cash or check
  • Credit (Visa/MasterCard/American Express)

Our over-the-counter area stocks typical cough and cold products, pain relievers such as Motrin and Tylenol, bandages, and first-aid creams. We also carry a large variety of retail items including shampoos, shaving products, body lotions, toothpaste, paper towels, batteries, vitamins, greeting cards, and makeup.

We offer an assortment of recreation and school items including yoga mats, water bottles, notebooks, pens, ear buds, sunglasses, and weight lifting gloves.

Workout clothes?...We've got 'em! lucy Activewear is our latest line of sportswear. Please come by and check us out.

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Pharmacy Hours
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Monday-Friday
11 AM-3 PM most Saturdays
928-523-6304 fax

Retail Hours (over-the-counter items)
8 AM-8 PM Monday-Friday
11 AM-3 PM most Saturdays

We are located in the Health and Learning Center on the first floor just past the elevators, next to the escalator.

Study Abroad

The Center for International Education office offers a variety of different programs to fit every budget, academic subject, timeframe, and regional interest. Most programs require a $100 application fee.

For more information, attend an Education Abroad Info session at the Center for International Education, Blome Hall (bldg #2). Visit for info session dates and times. Application deadline for spring 2014 is October 15. Check out scholarships to study abroad at!

Exchange Programs

Exchange programs involve going abroad and becoming a non-degree seeking student with an NAU partner university. Exchange programs are exceptionally affordable and allow students to become part of a foreign university's student body.

  • Tuition is paid directly to NAU through your LOUIE account. On International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), students also pay housing and meal fees to NAU. On non-ISEP programs, students pay those fees directly to the host institution.
  • Financial aid, including most scholarships and tuition waivers, may be used for these programs.
  • Students will earn NAU credit and grades for all classes taken abroad. These classes will affect GPA.

Faculty-led Programs

Faculty-led programs are run by NAU faculty who teach in their field of expertise in relevant settings abroad. While learning is done in classrooms abroad, faculty often organize excursions that allow students to contextualize information discussed in the classroom.

  • Students pay a program fee to NAU that covers most program costs.
  • Loans, grants, and some non-NAU scholarships can be applied to faculty-led programs. Tuition waivers and NAU scholarships cannot be used.
  • Students will earn NAU credit and grades for some classes taken abroad. Some programs may offer transfer-credit for some classes.

Provider Programs

Private provider programs run well-organized programs abroad. Program participants tend to be exclusively from other American universities. Although these programs are more expensive, the extra cost comes from the all-inclusive and well-structured nature of these programs.

  • Cost varies but provider programs are almost always more expensive than exchange programs.
  • Loans, grants, and some non-NAU scholarships can be applied to provider programs. Tuition waivers and NAU scholarships cannot be used.
  • Transfer credit is awarded for course work.


Event Highlights

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