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Vol. 10 No. 23 | January 28, 2014

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

It took some gentle nudging to remind my kids to send thank you cards after the holidays. Occasionally, I still have to call out my teenage daughter on her table manners. Have good manners gone out of style? I submit that in the fast-paced, electronic world we live in, good manners are more important than ever. You still only get one chance to make a first impression. If you find yourself with a teaching moment with your college student, you may want to reinforce these tips:

  • Good manners, like a firm hand shake, eye contact, and a proper thank you note, can get your student noticed in a job interview or at a career fair.
  • 24/7 connectivity has its benefits, but there are situations where the courteous thing to do is silence the phone and put it away.
  • Good manners are good for the social life--who doesn't want to spend time with someone who knows how to behave graciously?
  • Remind your student that their manners--good or bad--are a reflection of your parenting!
  • Good manners and acts of gratitude and kindness are free and may render great rewards now and in the future.

Financial Aid News

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2014-15 academic year is available as of January 1, 2014. You may complete the FAFSA at Please note: the university's new priority deadline is February 1, 2014; therefore, to be considered for the maximum aid possible, you will want to file your FAFSA before that time. You will find more information at the Scholarships and Financial Aid website.

The NAU Foundation Scholarships close at midnight on Friday, January 31, 2014. This group of scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee of the NAU Foundation Board of Directors. We encourage your student to also apply for other scholarships listed at the Scholarship and Financial Aid website. Students may apply for many of the scholarships using the general scholarship application.


Fostering Healthy Relationships

by Sarah Norby, Graduate Assistant, Health Promotion

A parent-child relationship is one of the first and most important relationships in a person's life. As children get older, the imagined picture of remaining the only important person in your child's life falls to the wayside and you are left with the fact that your child has numerous relationships.

Parenting a college student adds another dimension to this realization; you may not have the chance to meet all the people with whom your student interacts. However, you do have the opportunity to influence the development of current and future healthy relationships through conversations and thoughtful questions. Below is a list you may wish to share with your student as these conversations unfold.

6 parts of a healthy relationship

  • Communication
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Independence
  • Trust
  • Fun

Of course even in the best relationships conflict happens. Emphasizing priority on these components will help your student work through conflict effectively and respectfully. Together these traits help form lasting bonds, no matter the type of relationship. As a parent, you not only model these traits for your student in your own relationships, but also define what they can look like for your student.

Make conversations about healthy relationships a priority. Be real with your student. As emerging adults, they want your guidance as well as your trust. For more information visit:

Diversity on Campus

It's official! In December 2013, the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Ally) Task Force became a fully recognized university commission! The LGBTQIA Commission is a voluntary organization of individuals from the university and select Flagstaff community members. We are bound by the common interest of promoting mutual respect, fairness, equity, improved campus climate, and support for LGBTQIA diversity at the university.

Learn more about the university's commitment to diversity by reviewing the variety of Committees and Commissions available.

"NAU defines diversity as the whole of the human experience. The human experience is marked by its complexity, shaped by historical, social, economic and political phenomena, and is characterized by differences. I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to celebrate diversity at NAU."

--President John D. Haeger (from the diversity webpage)


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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.