Vol. 17 Edition 8 | January 19, 2021
Message from the President
With our spring 2021 semester underway, we are thrilled your students are with us.
More than ever, we are focused on working together to take care of our Lumberjack family.
For your students’ safety and that of everyone in our extended communities, we are following the successful protocols that enabled us to keep our COVID-19 case numbers low this fall.
We are asking everyone in our community to stay vigilant, wear masks, wash their hands, maintain appropriate distancing, and take every precaution available to keep ourselves and others safe.
One of our most valuable mitigation efforts since the pandemic is frequent testing. Like we did in the fall, NAU is conducting mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff. Testing is essential to our ability to safely offer an in-person education. Without it, we have no way of identifying asymptomatic cases and contain spread. Free saliva-based testing is being conducted at the NAU Fieldhouse and is available to the entire campus community, with registration here.
We are asking all students to continue following these precautions:
- Stay informed on all things COVID-19 by visiting Jacks are Back.
- Self-assess: Before arriving on campus or participating in campus activities, all students, faculty, and staff should complete a daily health assessment on NAU Healthcheck.
- Testing: Free COVID-19 testing is available now at NAU's University Union Fieldhouse. For information, including how to register, visit the NAU testing page.
- Distancing and masks: Read campus requirements for mask wearing and physical distancing for students, staff, faculty, and guests.
- Confidential exposure notification: Find out if you may have been exposed to the virus by downloading the anonymous exposure notification app, Covid Watch.
NAU is currently working with Coconino County, in accordance with Arizona Department of Health Services standards, to serve as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site for NAU employees and students. More information about the distribution plan will be posted on NAU's vaccine Information page. This page will continue to be updated.
As always, I value your ongoing trust and commitment. At NAU, we believe we can all work together to keep our Lumberjack community safe.
All the best to you. Stay healthy. Stay safe.
Rita Hartung Cheng
Elevate your Lumberjack’s college experience
Is your student currently involved in a student organization on campus? If not, they may not be getting the most out of their college experience. Student organizations are a great way for students to build relationships, find a community, and develop essential leadership skills. There are currently more than 350 student organizations with a wide range of categories including academic, social, cultural, religious, service, sport, and more! Our organizations are currently offering both virtual and in-person events, so there are options for involvement whether your student is on campus or using NAU Flex this semester.
Students can use True Blue Connects to search for organizations and find events they are interested in attending. If your student isn’t finding what they’re looking for, they can also create their own club using the steps on the Leadership, Engagement, Activities, and Peer Mentoring (LEAP) website. Leading a club is a great way for your student to get experience that looks great on a resume and provides skills that will help in any future career. If you or your student have questions or would like to know more, please visit the LEAP website or email StudentOrgs@nau.edu.
Spring into academic success
This spring, students will return to campus ready to engage in rigorous and engaging coursework. Asking for help can be intimidating, but at NAU, it’s a key piece of being successful. The Academic Success Centers can help your student succeed in their classes through free One-on-One Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Peer Academic Coaching.
Using the ASCs and asking for help is part of the NAU culture.
- More than 9,000 students use the Academic Success Centers every year
- Most tutors and SI leaders have used tutoring or SI in the past
- Taking advantage of academic support resources is a step toward a better grade
- Faculty want to get to know students and help them be successful in their classes
Get involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life
If your student is interested in becoming a member of a Greek organization, you can learn more about spring recruitment within Fraternity and Sorority Life
. For more information on spring recruitment, you can visit us at in.nau.edu/dean-of-students/fsl-councils
. Recruitment will begin within the first few weeks of school for all three councils. Below are some answers to common questions about our Greek community.
How will my student benefit from joining a fraternity or sorority?
Sororities and fraternities are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and life-long friendships. Fraternities and sororities are groups of men and women who come together to form a personal network of individuals with similar values, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well-rounded college education.
What are the costs associated with joining?
Each organization is self-supported through dues charged to all members. In the first semester, a few one-time expenses and initial payments are made; after that, the only expenses will be regular dues. But a variety of payment plans are offered through all our organizations. Fees are going to services that will positively impact your student.
How much time is needed to be involved in a Greek organization?
As a new member, your student can expect to attend weekly meetings, community service projects, sisterhood and brotherhood events, and social functions. These activities continue in the organization after your student's new member period is over. Your student's Greek experience will be what they make of it!
Spring forward with Campus Recreation
It’s a new year and we’re offering fun new opportunities for all our Lumberjacks, regardless of where they are learning from!
Here are some of the recreation experiences your Lumberjack can take advantage of this spring:
- Encourage your student to check out the Outdoor Workout Facility located on South Campus. This facility will reopen on 1/25 and will be weather dependent, check our website to see if spots are available! Any questions can be sent to CampusRecreation@nau.edu.
- Is your student a gamer? Well act fast because Esports registration on IMLeagues is open until 1/21. We’ll be hosting FIFA 21, Call of Duty: Warzone, and NBA 2k21. Leagues will run from 1/25-1/28.
- Campus Recreation is running a Personal Training special from 1/18 – 2/5. Check out our website or contact Taylor.Todd@nau.edu for more details.
- Does your student love trivia? We’re hosting Trivia Tuesdays; a new set of 20 timed trivia questions each Tuesday that can be completed any time by midnight on the following Monday. A weekly winner prize and an overall semester winner prize will be available. Register on IMLeagues at any point during the semester.
- Campus Recreation is also hosting Group Fitness classes throughout the semester–formats include Zumba, Yoga, Cycle, and much more. Regardless of where your student is, they can get involved! Check out the outdoor and virtual schedules.
- In-person Intramural Sports registration will open on 2/1 on IMLeagues and the season will run 2/21-4/25. Have your student create an IMLeagues account to be updated on the schedule via email (or follow us on social media!) Sports schedules will be released in late January.
- Give your student a chance to join the Fitness industry by learning what it takes to become a great Personal Trainer in Campus Recreation’s ACE Personal Training Prep Course, running from 2/24 – 3/21 (Wednesday nights, $150 registration). Contact Taylor.Todd@nau.edu for more details.
Encourage your student to follow our social media channels for up-to-date information and events! We’re on Instagram @naucampusrec
and TikTok @naucampusrecreation.
Peer Jacks mentoring is now hiring for the 2021-2022 academic year!
Would your student benefit from giving back to the NAU community and earning some extra money? If so, you should encourage your student to apply to be a Peer Jacks mentor today!
Peer Jacks mentors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who give back to the NAU community by mentoring out-of-state freshman and helping them to successfully transition to college life. Being an out-of-state freshman on campus can be intimidating, because not only is it their first year in college, but chances are their support network is far away from Flagstaff. Peer Jacks mentors support that transition through biweekly one-on-one mentoring meetings and exposure to NAU resources, while at the same time helping them make connections and build community at NAU!
Peer Jacks mentors are seen as student leaders on campus, gaining workplace transferable skills such as public speaking, teamwork, communication, and problem solving. Mentors also meet with NAU professional staff on a weekly basis for support and professional development opportunities.
Students can apply to be a Peer Jacks mentor via Handshake
. Minimum qualifications include a GPA of 3.0, sophomore status or higher by fall 2021, and availability to serve as a Peer Jacks mentor for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Mentors start at $11.00 an hour and work between 9-12 hours a week. More information is available on Handshake. We are looking forward to reviewing these applications and having your student join our Peer Jacks community!
Scholarship opportunities for the 2021-22 academic year
The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on October 1! We encourage all continuing students to submit their FAFSA before February 1 to be considered for limited grant funding. It is important that students regularly check their NAU email and LOUIE To Do List in case OSFA needs additional documentation to process their financial aid. We highly recommend that you and your student submit any requested documents as soon as possible.
The NAU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid Scholarship application opens January 15. Check your NAU email for the announcement. Students are encouraged to apply apply apply!
Our team is available Monday through Friday for students and families to call or email at 928-523-4951 and Financial.Aid@nau.edu
Forecast from Flagstaff
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