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Vol. 10 No. 16 | November 19, 2013

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

I know what my son is most looking forward to on his first visit home over Thanksgiving. How about you? I posed this question to the Parent and Family Services Facebook families and receive terrific feedback. Here are samples of what your students are eagerly awaiting at home.

  • Sleeping in his/her own comfy bed.
  • Marveling at the magical refrigerator and cupboards that are always full of food.
  • Enjoying a favorite home cooked meal including crepes, traditional breakfast, and of course turkey and all the yummy traditional side dishes. (Can you say "pie"?)
  • Being spoiled by Mom or Dad doing his/her laundry.
  • Snuggling with the family dog or cat.
  • Catching up with family and friends at home.

If your student is staying on campus, he or she won't be alone! Here are my ideas for students staying at the university for Thanksgiving.

Family Weekend Survey

Please take a moment and complete our Family Weekend Survey. Whether you attended this year or couldn't make it, we would like to know how to make this weekend better for you.


Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Thanksgiving in the Community

Thursday, November 21, NAU Campus Dining is hosting the annual Thanksgiving in the Community dinner at The DüB on south campus. This event offers students a chance to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving-style meal a week early while engaging with some of Flagstaff's senior citizens. In an effort to give back to the community, Campus Dining welcomes senior citizens from the Thorpe Senior Center and across Flagstaff to this special annual celebration.

Campus Dining and NAU Parking and Shuttle Services collaborate to provide transportation from the senior center to the DüB. Many of our guests have told us this is their favorite event of the year. The senior community members visibly brighten at the opportunity to spend time with the younger generation while enjoying a great meal, and many students welcome the unique opportunity to chat and listen to the stories that our guests graciously share.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a structured learning experience in a work setting. A majority of internships take place in the summer, but many are available throughout the year. Internship programs can be found at private corporations, government offices and nonprofit organizations. Internships can be paid or unpaid positions, credit bearing, or non-credit bearing.

Internships are crucial to career development. Through these opportunities students can:

  • Explore an appropriate career path.
  • Discover how to prepare for a career.
  • Learn workplace skills needed to build a strong resume.
  • Develop contacts for future opportunities.
  • Find out what to expect when transitioning into a career.

At NAU Career Services your student can find a list of internship contacts by university college.

Military and Veteran Services

The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs provides resources and support services to our military-affiliated students. We also offer a special section of NAU-100, a transition course for first-year students, to help veterans prepare for higher education. At the Military and Veteran Student Center students can connect with a support network of other student veterans and take advantage of other services and activities.

  • Information about Veterans Affairs benefits
  • Monthly get-togethers with free food
  • A refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven for afternoon snacks
  • Referrals for university and Veterans Affairs services

And just for fun the center also has the following amenities.

  • A pool table
  • Ping pong
  • Darts
  • PlayStation III

The Student Center is currently located in the Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) building (#33), room 108D, near the north east entrance.

It's Crunch Time!

by Melissa Griffin, Health Promotion Manager

Right about now you are probably keenly aware of how stressed your student is. Likely, he/she truly is stressed and needs some assistance with managing all the demands of college life. Health Promotion offers several options, free of charge, to assist students with their stress and well-being. Please pass along these resources to help your student soar through this stressful time of year with flying colors.

  1. Stressbusters: We've got your back! This wonderful group of volunteer students is trained to give FREE 5 minute back rubs and health resources to all NAU students. Relaxation events can be found on our website calendar or our facebook page.
  2. Stress Less Workshops: Students will gain awareness and insight to help them better manage their stress levels and will practice a variety of relaxation techniques including deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
  3. Life at the Top e-health Magazine: This is a monthly online publication which includes tips for eating healthy, a free workout plan and stress management strategies in addition to other health related information. Students can sign up to receive this free publication at

Finally, Campus Health Services offers deeply discounted massage services for students. If you would like to purchase a massage gift certificate for your student you can do so by calling 928-523-2131.

Regardless of your situation, encouraging your student to become a proactive manager of personal stress will better equip her/him for life long success in the work world.

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.