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Vol. 10 No. 28 | March 4, 2014

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

If you weren't able to attend the inaugural Family Winter Weekend you missed some great events, but remember you are welcome on campus anytime. There are always plenty of activities at the university and in Flagstaff. Before you plan your next visit you may want to check out some of my favorite calendars to find out what's happening on campus and around town:

Our traditional Family Weekend will take place September 26-28, 2014. We hope to see you then!

National Nutrition Month Is A Reminder To Be 'Mindful'

by Casey Fisher, Campus Dining

Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics employs an educational campaign focusing on the importance of making informed, intentionally healthy food choices. We call these "Mindful" choices, and we have highlighted these options within both the DüB and the Hot Spot so your student can easily identify them.

Menu items that meet the Mindful criteria are indicated on menus and identified by a special icon: a green, heart-shaped apple. The mission of Mindful is to promote healthy eating by delivering a diverse selection of food in a creative and tasteful way to those dining on campus, while also informing and helping to educate the campus community about healthy eating without sacrificing flavor or abundance. Mindful Moments tip cards containing healthy tips and tricks, nutritional information and food facts related to menu items are offered at the entrance of both resident dining locations.

Additionally, nutritional information is listed on all menus. Apps like MyFitnessPal are directly linked to menu items by a barcode and are another great way to keep track of what and how much you eat.

The Campus Dining mobile App provides a filter that allows customers to search for the healthier "eat well" options in retail dining as well. Although it's arguable that resident dining provides better choices and a dine-in environment in which one is more likely to truly be mindful.

March is Women's History Month

Throughout the month of March, the university will be highlighting activities sponsored across campus. Here are a few highlights:

  • Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, Commitment and Color, Tue, Mar 4, 11 AM @ 2 PM, University Union, booths E & F
  • Walk for Water, Fri, Mar 7, 12:30 @ 2:30 PM, SBS West, south side of bldg. 70
  • Miss Representation Film Screening and Discussion, Mon, Mar 10, 6:30 @ 9:30 PM, Cline Library Assembly Hall, bldg. 29

Events sponsored by Graduate Student Government, Housing and Residence Life, LGBTQA Resources and Support, Sustainable Communities, and Women's and Gender Studies

Learn more about Women's History at

Free Movies on Campus

by Eric Prochnow, SUN Entertainment

SUN Entertainment screens free movies on campus most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 PM. Movies are shown throughout the semester at Prochnow Auditorium, located on north campus. Admission and concessions are free to Northern Arizona University students, faculty, and staff with a valid university ID. Movies shown at Prochnow are no longer in the theater, but have yet to be released on video.

The atmosphere at Prochnow Movies is unique and can't be found anywhere else. Prochnow movies are a great way for students to take a break from studies and to hang out with friends. Movies this semester include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Ender's Game, and Last Vegas. See more upcoming Prochnow Movies at

Summer Study Abroad

Is your student considering Study Abroad this summer? Going abroad may be more affordable than you thought. Two great programs are being offered by our faculty.

  • Underground Sound Down Under: A Cross-Cultural Study of Indigenous Hip Hop and Protest Music will be led by Dr. Fredrick Gooding.
  • Capitalism and the City of London will be led by Dr. Phillipa Winkler.

The application deadline is March 15, 2014. Scholarships are available! For more details and information about these and other programs visit the study abroad website.

Alternative Spring Break

There are many ways to spend your spring break and one of them is the Alternative Spring Break, a part of Project GIVE (Get Involved in the Volunteer Experience).

Alternative Spring Break is especially suited for students who cannot afford to travel for spring break or have to work, but need something to do during their down time. Additionally, it is a great option for students who need to complete required service hours or want to engage in volun"tour"ism and experience more of the area. Project GIVE has three projects this year: Moab, Utah, Yuma, Arizona or Flagstaff. The cost is very reasonable and Alternative Spring Break is a great way to meet new people, serve the community, and stay active during the week away from academics.

Interested students (family and community members too!) can contact for more information and to sign up today!

Answer The Call!

by Heide Gibson, Assistant Director of Development

One way to be involved in your student's education and academic success is to contribute during our parent calling campaign. The parent campaign has a direct impact on students, providing for scholarships, projects, and programs not fully covered by tuition or state funding.

In the coming weeks, you may receive a call from a knowledgeable student, who will update you on student programs and ask for your support. Please take the time to talk with one of our students and consider making a gift.

Thank you!


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.