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Vol. 10 No. 33 | April 15, 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

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

According to multiple surveys, nearly nine of 10 (85.7 percent) millennials (age 18-34) use e-mail, primarily on their mobile phones. Yet sometimes it feels like our messages are being ignored or skipped entirely (actually, this may also be true, as the same surveys suggest that millennials read messages from friends first).

Skipping important messages from the university can put students at a real disadvantage. Why? All official university business is communicated via e-mail or through the good ol' U.S. Postal Service. Generally speaking, the university does not complete official business via text, the Financial Aid office does not "tweet," and a scholarship award notification will not be posted on Instagram.

Please remind your student that part of their increasing independence and learning to manage their own affairs involves interacting with official university e-mail messages.

And for those of you checking your student's university e-mail for them, I recommend working on a systematic plan to have your student take over this important duty for him or herself. It's all a part of growing up!

Regents Approve Tuition, Commend NAU Pledge

Northern Arizona University's tuition proposal for 2014-15 received approval, and the Pledge Program earned high praise, during the Arizona Board of Regents meeting Thursday, April 3, in Tucson.

Regent Anne Mariucci pointed to NAU's Pledge Program, launched in 2008, as a pioneer of new higher education territory that established predictability and affordability for students and families.

A critical component of the Pledge is a funding set-aside in anticipation of increases in the cost of educating each student over eight semesters. NAU President John Haeger said setting tuition and building the university budget is an "interesting exercise" amid unknowns like enrollment numbers and state budget appropriations.

International Week

April 14-20 is International Week and we are ready to celebrate with exciting events hosted by the Center for International Education.

The celebration begins Monday, April 14 with a Parade of Nations showcasing the international diversity on campus followed by the Global Learning Symposium.

International food will be served at the Hot Spot and The Düb all week long! The latter part of the week will be filled with events such as an International Internship Information Session (Wednesday), Passport Day (Thursday), International Idol (Friday), and Lumberjacks 2014: World Cup Soccer Tournament (Friday to Sunday).

Check out all of the events for International Week and go global!

De-Stress Before Finals

by Gabriella Yates

April is upon us and summer is fast approaching. Students are already past the halfway point in the spring 2014 semester. Their stress levels are on the rise because finals are slowly creeping up on them. Instead of letting your student stress, remind them of the opportunities Campus Recreation Services has available for them to get active and have fun.

One great way to de-stress is to relax or fully engage in a swim at the Wall Aquatic Center. The new Reserve a Lane Program is now available. The program allows you to reserve a swimming lane for your enjoyment anytime it is available. Whether it is for a leisurely cool down, or for a high-intensity cardio workout, this is a great opportunity for students to make use of our indoor pool. This program is available by calling 928-523-4509.

Observatory Fields Grand Opening

Two new recreation fields will be opening soon, providing space that can be scheduled for intramural sports, club sports, or other activities. The new fields are located between Sechrist and Reilly Hall.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be on Tuesday, April 22 at 4 PM, followed by numerous recreational activities. Some of the events include a club soccer scrimmage, Quidditch match, portable climbing wall, and a 4×4 flag football game. KJACK radio will also be joining us to provide music throughout the event.

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.