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Vol. 10 No. 32 | April 8, 2014

Important End of Term Dates

  • Residence halls close - May 9, 10 AM
  • Fall 2014 Residence halls open - August 21, 9 AM
  • Fall 2014 classes begin - August 25
  • Family Weekend 2014 - September 26-28

Citizen's Survey Correction

Many readers noticed the link we provided for the annual citizen's survey was temporarily broken. If you missed the survey, we are providing an updated link so you can participate.

Thank you for your support!


Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Is your student's motivation flagging about now? I'm hearing it from my own children and the many students I see every week on campus. What's happening? Spring break is over. The weather is either too beautiful to study or too miserable to be called "spring." Final exams, projects, summer employment, internships, and maybe even graduation are looming ahead. Many students are simply tired, worn out, and looking forward to summer break.

Here are a few mini pep talk ideas. Remember to make these suggestions in a clever and casual way or they might be mistaken as advice!

  • Propose tackling the hardest projects first at a time of day when your student is most productive.
  • Suggest breaking down those large, overwhelming projects into smaller chunks.
  • Help your student identify some quick rewards to acknowledge the work that's been completed. It could be something as simple as a walk outside.
  • Steer your student toward spending time with likeminded friends or peers who have similar goals and values and are also working hard to finish the semester.
  • It never hurts to reinforce good nutrition and sleep (at least a little bit)!

Live The Pledge! Enroll in Summer Term

Summer courses are a great way for your student to earn extra units to graduate early, enroll in courses that fill up quickly in the fall, make up credits, or earn credits to advance his or her career. Summer accelerated course formats help students meet their academic goals quickly, whatever they may be. Living the pledge means graduating in four years and summer courses could be the difference that matters.

Visit the summer term website for more information about how to enroll.


Making Healthy Eating Easy - Campus Dining

by Alex Pavon

It's that time of year again: reapplication. Whether your son or daughter will be living on campus or not, it is important to talk with him/her about food. Of course every parent wants their child to be eating enough and be eating well, but this is easier said than done.

Buying healthy food can not only be difficult, but it can be expensive, especially on a student's budget. Cooking can also be challenging and time consuming. The importance of food goes far beyond satiation of hunger. The food we eat helps build a sense of who we are, and where we eat helps build relationships and connections.

How and when we eat influences our bodies and minds. For example, there is a strong positive correlation between eating breakfast regularly and better performance in the classroom. In a time so crucial to the social and academic development of your student, the importance of food cannot be overstated.

The university offers a wide variety of dining options: the Hot Spot and the DüB offer many health-conscious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other dining entities such as Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and Einstein's are convenient for students on-the-go. For students living on campus, the meal plan can be selected through the housing application or online through LOUIE self-service. For students living off campus, meal plans can be selected online through LOUIE self-service.


Application for Graduation

Is your student planning to graduate this fall or winter? If so, the application deadline is May 1, 2014.

All Undergraduate students who wish to graduate from Northern Arizona University must complete an online graduation application. Your student's graduation application will initiate the graduation process toward the conferral of his or her degree, as well as reserve a spot in the commencement ceremony.

It is important to remember that graduation refers to the fulfillment of degree requirements and the conferral of a degree. Commencement is the public ceremony celebrating this accomplishment. You can find more information about graduation and commencement at the Registrar's website.


Part-Time Job Fair

by Michael Goldman, Career Services

The university's Part-Time Job Fair is just around the corner! If your student is looking for part-time employment, please encourage them to attend. Over 600 students attended our fall '13 fair to meet Flagstaff and university employers.

This spring the Part-Time Job Fair will be on April 17 from 3-6 PM in the Health and Learning Center, South Gym.

Students can expect opportunities from employers around Flagstaff as well as in other parts of Arizona for both the summer and fall of 2014.

Federal Work Study students are encouraged to attend. There are still opportunities to have your business participate in the event as well! If you are interested, please call 928-523-4772.


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.