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Vol. 10 No. 36 | May 6, 2014

Parent to Parent

by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

Congratulations to the spring 2014 graduates! I am almost as excited as the parents and families of our graduates.

The university is also proud to announce the many convocations to celebrate the diverse heritages and identities of our students. Join us in celebrating during the 2014 Convocation Days.

Commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, in the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Scheduling, parking, and directions (PDF) to the events can be found online.

The speakers at Friday's ceremony will be Paul and Amy Blavin, philanthropists and founders of the Blavin Scholars Program at NAU. Beth Maloney, the 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Jack B. Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation and Rufus Glasper, chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District will speak at Saturday's ceremony.

Celebrate your student's achievements and help us wish all of our graduates a happy and successful future!

Balancing Freedom, Stress, And Demands With A Healthy Lifestyle

by Casey Fisher, M.S.

Among the things students begin to learn in their first year of college is how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle without direct parental supervision. This includes managing their physical health as well as their emotional well-being through what can be a stressful and demanding time in life. In each of these areas, we see a positive correlation between the number of years a student has a meal plan and an increase in their positive experiences, adaptations, or learning outcomes related to them.

There are many options to choose from when dining on campus, and we strive to empower students with knowledge and awareness regarding healthy choices through numerous communication channels and events such as SLOW Food week. Calorie and other nutrient information is provided on menus in person and online. There is quite a variety of tools and resources available to students wanting to make healthy food choices from the Campus Dining mobile app to the menus and nutritional information (available online) to the printed information and MyFitnessPal bar codes displayed on menus on-site.

Additionally, Campus Health Services offers one-on-one nutrition counseling with our registered dietitian for weight management, eating disorders, sports, fitness, illnesses, food allergies, and wellness.


Keeping Bikes Safe Over The Summer - Take It or Tag It!

by Scott Perelstein, Housing and Residence Life

Students leaving the university for the summer need to take their bike with them or make arrangements for off-campus storage. There is limited summer bike storage on campus: students can rent a space in the San Francisco Parking Garage enclosure while spaces last. If your student's bike is abandoned after the conclusion of spring semester, the lock will be cut, the bike will be removed, and eventually sold at auction with the proceeds supporting the university's Yellow Bike Program.

If your student is staying on campus or will be using a bike on campus over the summer they simply need to pick up a bike tag at their residence hall with their building manager, at the University Union info desk, or at Parking and Shuttle Services in the Centennial Building. Easy as that!

Tuition Payment Plan

Do you have a student enrolling in fall 2014 classes? Do you want to spread out the expenses?

Have your student sign up for the tuition payment plan. The payment plan offers the opportunity to spread out tuition and fee expenses with an interest-free, predictable, monthly payment option. If your student has enrolled in classes for the fall semester, encourage him/her to sign up for the tuition payment plan early, before August 15, to ensure the lower service fee rate of $85.

Students who enroll in classes after August 15 must pay for classes or submit the tuition payment plan enrollment form the same day to avoid the $125 automatic payment plan service fee. For further details about your student's due dates, he/she should review the Student Center in LOUIE and look under Finances > My Account > Account Inquiry > Charges Due.

Visit Student and Departmental Account Services for more information and to sign up.

2014-15 Parking permits available June 1, 2014

Parking permits for the 2014-15 academic year are available for purchase online. Students may charge the cost of the permit to their LOUIE or pay using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, or debit cards with Visa or MasterCard logos. Students are encouraged to order early as space in some parking zones is limited and sells out quickly.

Students may also reserve their permits on June 1, 2014 and not pay for it until the fall when tuition and other charges are due.

Prices and additional information available at Parking and Shuttle Services.

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.