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Vol. 10 No. 10 | October 8, 2013

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

What a perfect Family Weekend 2013. The weather was brisk, campus was bustling, and the football game was a blowout! What more could you ask for? Here are some of my reflections from Family Weekend 2013.

  • Students were proud to show off our beautiful campus to thousands of happy moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters.
  • Families traveled to the university from all around the country. I met parents from Alaska, Hawaii, Delaware, and many points in between.
  • Moms and dads reported getting their first look at new haircuts, piercings, and tattoos.
  • We all ate tons of great food; everything from the tailgate BBQ to breakfast burritos.
  • Friday of Family Weekend was our first snow on the San Francisco Peaks and reminded families that yes...NAU is a mountain campus!
  • The Bookstore sold a lot of True Blue NAU gear and I saw many full Target shopping bags.
  • Events highlighted the spectrum of our students' talents, including the performing arts, academics, and athletics.

See you next year!

Family Weekend Pendleton Blanket Winners

10-10-tuition-winner Four lucky families won the Family Weekend drawing for the NAU monogrammed Pendleton blankets: The Franzen family, student Abby; the Fukawa family, student Ethan; the Randall family, student Jacqueline; and the Williams family, student Sarah. We also drew the winner for the "one free semester of tuition" raffle. The winner was Jordan Hammond from Gilbert, Arizona. Jordan is a freshman from Highland High School living in Allen Hall.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Campus Dining - Recipes from Home

by Casey Fisher, M.S., Campus Dining

Food is at the heart of your student's well-being--and not only from a nutritional standpoint. Food brings a sense of comfort and signals emotions for a potentially homesick student. Campus Dining wants to help bring your student's favorite recipe from your kitchen to our dining hall and we need your help.

Send us your student's favorite recipe on the attached form no later than October 11. We will notify you and your student if the recipe is chosen to be featured during Homecoming week, October 14-18. You may also submit a recipe without the form, but please be sure to include your name and e-mail address as well as the contact information for your student.

Please e-mail your submissions to:

In-Hall Tutoring: A Resource No Farther Than Your Front Door

by Teri Sisulak, Graduate Assistant for Housing and Residence Life

Are you looking for some assistance for your student who is having difficulty in his or her classes? Northern Arizona University offers free drop-in tutoring from Sunday through Wednesday nights from 7-10 PM. The in-hall tutoring schedule rotates each evening between two to three Freshman Connections residence halls.

It's easy for students to access the tutoring schedule on the Guidebook app available for smartphones, tablet or the web. If your student does not live in the hall where tutoring is offered that evening, Guidebook lists the location of the tutoring center along with the front desk phone number to gain access to the hall. Sessions for freshmen to "super seniors" are drop-in, so there is no need to set an appointment. Current offerings are math, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and statistics.

Tutoring is much different for students in college than in high school; here it is free and is what smart students use to stay ahead in their classes.

Health Tip

by Aurelia Acquati

October is upon us, which means all our favorite holidays are fast approaching. The fall months are a time for cozying up and enjoying the delicious treats of the season. So how does your student delight in the savory goodness of fall without the extra pounds? We came up with some realistic and useful tips to help students enjoy all aspects of the holidays.

  1. Eat smaller portions. Reach for the smaller salad plate to help keep your portion sizes down. Often our stomach doesn't need as much food as we think and we will feel just as satisfied with a smaller amount.
  2. Get up and move more. Trying to move around for 30-60 minutes each day can keep any excess weight at bay. Not only will your student burn more calories, they will keep their hormones in balance and ultimately feel better about themselves.

Learn more health tips and stay connected with Campus Recreation Services through our blog!

PINK Week Activities

Campus Recreation Services is hosting their annual PINK Week the fourth week of October. It is a great way for students to get involved and move for a good cause! Proceeds will be donated to the Flagstaff Shadows Foundation, a local non-profit providing financial assistance and services for people and families affected by a life-threatening disease.

PINK Week Schedule of Events (October 21-27)

Mon-Fri 10/21-25 @ 5 PM: 6x6 Dodgeball Tournament
Wed 10/23 @ 6 PM: GroupX Power Hour
Thu 10/24 @ 5 PM: Climbing Wall Competition
Sun 10/27 @ 8 AM: Splash n' Dash

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.