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Vol. 10 No. 22 | January 21, 2014

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Does it surprise you to learn that most parents have never talked to their children about cheating? It's not too late to have this uncomfortable, but important conversation with your college student about academic integrity. Here are a few ways to start the discussion:

  • Emphasize the value of maintaining a reputation as an honest person; one with integrity.
  • Underscore the importance of having a good relationship with his or her professors for future letters of recommendation, career advice, and introductions.
  • Discuss the value of learning for learning's sake versus good grades at any price.
  • Explain that your reaction to their cheating is going to be far worse than your reaction to a lower grade.
  • If your student is wondering if something constitutes academic dishonesty, suggest they consult a trusted professor, staff member, or advisor before engaging in the activity.
  • Encourage your student to learn about the definitions and serious institutional consequences of academic dishonesty.

Quick Access to Counseling Services

by Christopher Margeson, PhD, Counseling Services

Every year parents have some concerns about their daughter/son or questions regarding Counseling Services at the university. We offer individual and group counseling to students covering a wide-range of treatment goals. Typical goals for counseling can be:

  • enhancing communication skills
  • improving time management
  • coping with stress of school, eating concerns, and adjusting to being away from home

We can help students reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as help them work through relationship issues, increase self-understanding, and explore their own feelings and beliefs. Counseling is also a way to help students develop and maintain new and healthy habits while entering their adult life.

Recently, we made some changes to Counseling Services at the university to provide quicker and easier access for students seeking help. We now offer walk-in screening times for students interested in setting up appointments for the same day from 8:30 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday.

More information is available on our website and on Facebook.

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SUN Entertainment

by Eric Prochnow

SUN Entertainment is Northern Arizona University's entertainment provider, offering events and activities for students on the Flagstaff campus. Our events are a great place for students to connect and meet other students while having a great time. We host two to three events per week and the majority of our events are FREE with a student ID (JacksCard)! Our events range from big-name concerts and comedians a few times per semester to weekly movies. With such a variety there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We have a complete list of events on our events calendar.

SUN Entertainment also employs a team of students each semester that is responsible for the successful execution and promotion of our events. Our student staff consists of event programmers, graphic designers, event promoters, and event staff.

Become a fan of SUN Entertainment on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for up to date event information!

Open Season on Engineering Scholarships

by Kelley A. Horn, Program Coordinator, Multicultural Engineering Programs

Did you know that every year thousands of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed because students don't apply? The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences has over 50 different scholarships! Engineering has posted their new scholarship application for 2014-15. A complete list of available scholarships is available on the website. Students only need to complete ONE application to qualify for all engineering awards.

Deadline to apply is March 24, 2014

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) has five new scholarships available. If a student continues to meet the qualifications, the scholarships are re-awarded for up to five years or until graduation. The application and criteria for the NACME scholarship are posted on the Multicultural Engineering Program site.

Another scholarship being offered is the National Association of Corrosion Engineers Award (NACE). Students who complete the general Engineering Scholarship Application will be considered for this award as well.


Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) Program Now Accepting Applications For On-Campus Internships

The Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities is now accepting student applications for the Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) opportunities this spring. The purpose of I2S is to enable undergraduates to work as paid assistants on faculty scholarly, creative, or research projects in ALL disciplines. Eligible students have at least 15 NAU credit hours and no more than 75 total credits.

The 19 available internships for Spring 2014 are now posted online. Additional information for students and answers to frequently asked questions are also provided on the site.

On-line applications for these internships are due by January 27, 2014.

Get the latest information on this and other grant funding on our website and Facebook page.

MaryLynn Quartaroli, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, is available to answer questions about the program via e-mail or by phone at 928-523-1026.

Photo: Spring 2013 I2S intern Taylor Snell works with his mentor, Eric Yordy, Associate Dean of the W. A. Franke College of Business, on a business ethics case study.


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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.