The Backpack: A news source for parents and families of students at Northern Arizona University Family Winter Weekend
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Vol. 10 No. 26 | February 18, 2014

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Family Winter Weekend: February 28–March 2

I really love winter! And what's "cooler" than celebrating winter with ice skating on an outdoor rink? It's a great opportunity to wear that big giant sweater, a crazy hat, scarf, and mittens. We are thrilled to invite you to strap on some skates or just enjoy watching others skate during Family Winter Weekend. The rink will be open in the afternoon on the Central Quad Friday, February 28, until 10 PM. Check out the exact times and activities at our webpage.

While you're visiting for the weekend, we have also arranged for informational sessions to be provided by the staff from Career Services and Financial Aid and Scholarships on Saturday, March 1, at 1 PM and 2 PM. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the resources provided at the university and have your important questions answered by the experts!

Family Winter Weekend Cultural Offerings

How about taking in some music or theatre while on campus? NAU Symphonic Band will be performing Friday, February 28, at 7:30 PM in the Ardrey Auditorium, and Sunday, March 2, at 2 PM is the Winterfest of Choirs. The Theatre Department will also have three showings of the play The Shape of Things, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. The Shape of Things "[challenges] society's most deeply entrenched ideas about art, manipulation, and love." The Shape of Things contains mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

Check out all the events, ticket information, and details at the Family Winter Weekend webpage.


by Lisa Shows, MS, LPC

So what if you think your student needs counseling?

At Counseling Services we often receive calls from parents concerned about the wellbeing of their student. Here are some tips that might help.

  • Suggest Counseling Services' walk-in hours, which are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; and Thursday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. We also have on-call, 24-hour crisis services at 928-523-2261.
  • Students may have a difficult adjustment to life at the university, as this is often a big transition.
  • Remember you cannot control their decisions, but you can listen to them and encourage them.
  • Ask open-ended questions to prompt them to speak to you about their experience.
  • Avoid "why" questions. These can put your student on the defensive.
  • Be okay with silence. It may take them time to decide to open up.
  • Remember that they likely don't want advice; they want you to understand.
  • Let the student know they have your support. They may fear that they have let you down if their adjustment has been difficult.
  • Remember that each problem the student is able to solve is an opportunity for them to gain important skills and confidence in their own abilities.
  • Finally, counselors and psychologists at Counseling Services are happy to consult with you. You can reach us at 928-523-2261.

Greek Leadership Summit

by Erica Keller, Graduate Assistant for Greek Life

This month the Office of Greek Life arranged the annual Greek Leadership Summit where more than 250 of our Greek student leaders were in attendance.

The Greek Leadership Summit is designed to promote student leader growth, both personally and professionally, and to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives, as well as service to their chapters, community, and university.

This is a conference where we train our students in professional development as well as officer training for those leaders who hold positions within their chapters and Greek councils. Some of the workshops included Finding Balance, Binge Drinking and How to Intervene, Budgeting, and Social Media Revolution. We had wonderful feedback from each breakout session, and are already brainstorming on what to do for next year!

AfterHours: Friday Night Entertainment

by Eric Prochnow, SUN Entertainment

AfterHours events are a great way for your student to kick off their weekend! AfterHours are late night Friday events that feature fun and free activities for students. Each AfterHours event features different entertainment including comedians, magicians, hypnotists, jugglers, game shows, casino nights, and more. AfterHours is also a great place to meet and socialize with other students on campus.

Not only is the entertainment free, but so are the prizes! Students have the chance to win great prizes by entering a raffle at AfterHours events. Past prizes have included MacBooks, PS3's, mountain bikes, iPods, snow gear, Disneyland passes, and much more.

Let your student know about these upcoming AfterHours events:

  • Ice Skating and Broom Ball - Friday, Feb 28, Central Quad, Noon to 10 PM
  • Game show, Comedic Contortionist - Friday, Mar 7, Union Point, 9 PM
  • Dive-In Movie: Sharknado - Friday, Mar 28, Wall Aquatic Center, 7:30 PM
  • Casino Night - Friday, Apr 4, Union Point, 9 PM

Learn more about AfterHours and additional events from SUN Entertainment.

National REC Sports and Fitness Day

by Amy Phillips

Campus Recreation Services is gearing up to celebrate National REC Sports and Fitness Day which is celebrated by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association at universities and community colleges across the nation. This day gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate the many positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs. The entire Campus Recreation department will be collaborating on several events offered to your student on Friday, February 21.

Fitness will be hosting a free Cycle-and-a-show event from 1-2 PM for students interested in enjoying the humor of some popular shows while challenging themselves with sprints, climbs, and jumps! This intense workout is designed to increase the student's cardiovascular endurance with high energy while accompanying everyone with comedy favorites!

The Recreation Center is also teaming up with the Aquatic Center to host a wellness fair from 2-4 PM filled with information on how your students can utilize the university's resources to stay healthy throughout the spring!

Competitive and Recreational Sports will be hosting a free Louie's Rep Challenge from 4-6 PM.

  • Battle Rope Slams: how many reps can you complete in 60-seconds on the battle rope?
  • Bench Press and Squat: how many reps can you complete before fatigue?
  • TRX Atomic Push-ups: strap into the TRX Suspension Trainer and compete for the highest amount of push-ups before fatigue!

Encourage your students to register online before the field fills!

Follow the events nationwide using the hashtag #RecDay. Stay updated throughout the year with Campus Recreation events and programs on Facebook.


Parents, sign in to My Student Body to learn more about this complete alcohol, drug, and wellness program at Northern Arizona University.

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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.