NAU Staycation is here!
NAU Staycation is here!
Vol. 17 Edition 12  |  March 16, 2021
An NAU student using a laptop, with an NAU sticker on the front, finding resources online and relaxing in a home sun room.


Hello Parent,
As we move towards the end of the semester, your Lumberjack may be looking for words of encouragement, support, and even advice. This edition of The Backpack will provide helpful tips to support your student through the latter half of the term. Encourage your student to join us in the NAU Staycation that is taking place this week.
Looking for tips on how to have academic conversations with your Lumberjack? The Academic Success Center’s website features content specifically for parents and families with resources to help you talk with your student.
I am also excited to share information from the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU). Our student leaders are passionate about serving Lumberjacks everywhere and invite your student to get involved! If your students live on-campus, their residential college ambassadors are prepared to help your students enroll in classes.
Don’t forget the little things families can do and say that make such a huge difference. An encouraging postcard, a US postal service letter, a small gift card or care package: these little reminders from home will brighten your student’s day.
Thank you for joining us in building a strong and caring Lumberjack family.
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Shannon W. Clark
Assistant Dean of Students
NAU student celebrating their graduation while involving friends and family over video call.

Virtual Commencement

As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, NAU will celebrate with our Spring 2021 graduates through a virtual commencement ceremony the weekend of April 30-May 1, keeping the safety of their loved ones and those in our community in mind, while planning a variety of exciting activities that will appropriately recognize these graduates' extraordinary achievements. While we are making great strides in vaccination rates and seeing infection rates decrease, we believe it is premature to gather in large groups for an indoor celebration. Additional information can be found at NAU’s commencement webpage.
NAU student employee taking initiative to wipe down all work surfaces.

Forecast for the Fall

We are excited to share that NAU is planning to resume fully in-person classes for the Fall 2021 semester. We will continue to explore how the enhancements to our technology infrastructure made as a response to the pandemic can further enhance our students' academic experiences. We will also continue to consult with public health experts and will be prepared to modify our plans if events dictate. As we continue our successful spring semester, we are glad to see the significant reduction of COVID-19 cases nationally and the increasing vaccination rates, which contribute to our sense of optimism for the fall. We are confident that our planning will allow NAU to continue to deliver on its national reputation for a quality education and the need to provide access to all students in Arizona. Updates can be found on NAU’s coronavirus webpage.
NAU Staycation March 12th-19th, 2021.

NAU Staycation

Traditionally, spring breaks are seen as an opportunity to take a pause from all the hard work and busyness of the semester. In the university’s efforts to prioritize our community’s health, the break has been moved to the end of the semester, allowing students to complete course work a week earlier. From March 12-19, NAU will host the “NAU Staycation.”
The division of Student Affairs will offer activities and programming to encourage and promote wellness. Programming includes hikes, beach volleyball, and virtual game nights. The week wraps up with virtual concerts hosted by ASNAU.
Win a NAU Staycation Pack! Staycation Packs include: NAU Beach Towel, Hat, Flip Flops, Hydro Flask and Tank Top.
Please encourage your student to participate. Students who attend events will have a chance to win one of 15 “Staycation Packs.” Your student will receive an entry to win a “Staycation Pack” for each event attended. Information regarding events, locations, and times can be found at
ASNAU student staff throwing up the welcoming LJ hand signals.

ASNAU: The Voice of the Students

As the Undergraduate Student Government, ASNAU plays a huge role in representing and advocating for students. You might know us as the organization that puts on the Homecoming Carnival and Lumberjack Concert Series, but we also strive to provide every opportunity for students to have their opinions heard. We seek to create an atmosphere that encourages student input and involvement.
We have 14 senators (2 per college) who create partnerships with organizations on campus, work with the dean of their respective college, and ensure that each student’s voice is amplified. We also have over 20 staff members that are responsible for all other aspects of ASNAU, including event planning, sustainability, diversity, and awareness efforts. Our front desk assistants run the office, while our marketing team aims to increase the visibility of ASNAU and opportunities for students.
What does ASNAU do for students?
  • Campus-wide events
  • Advocacy efforts and resolutions
  • Reimbursement for clubs and individuals
How can my student get involved?
  • Vote on Election Day (March 19, 2021) through True Blue Connects.
  • Apply for a staff position through Handshake.
  • Run for an elected position in Spring 2022.
  • Join our monthly Advocacy Committee.
  • Speak at our Senate meetings.
  • Attend our events.
For more information, visit our website or get the latest updates on our Instagram @Official_ASNAU. You can also email us at
An NAU RCA mentor working with a student in their residential college.

Student Affairs Spotlight: Residential Colleges

Enrollment conversations
It’s that time of year again: time for our first-year students to begin enrolling in courses for the fall 2021 semester. As a Residential College Program, we are here to help your first-year student living on campus get into the courses they need and at the time they want! Residential College Ambassadors (RCAs) are trained to support your student through the enrollment process via one-on-one assistance in navigating the course enrollment system, deciding between classes, reviewing their major progression plan, declaring or changing a major, and more.

Most first year students will be able to begin enrolling in classes on March 8. If they have not already enrolled, you can help your student prepare by encouraging them to stop by their RCA’s Office Hours or contacting us via email at RCAs are willing and excited to meet with students and make sure they feel prepared and confident about their fall 2021 course schedule.
NAU students socializing during a residential college event.
College-wide events
Each semester, all nine Residential Colleges host college-wide events in residence halls across campus. This is an opportunity for your student to meet peers and faculty from their academic college. Students also have a chance to learn important skills, build friendships, and share in memorable experiences through these college-wide events. Residential College Ambassadors will be marketing these events within the residence halls, on social media (follow us on Instagram @NAUResColleges), and via your student’s NAU email. These events will be taking place between March 22 and April 2. You can find more information about these events, along with other programs that we host, on our Residential College Program Calendar!
Live Well NAU: 8 Dimensions of Wellness.

Stress management for students this semester

Nikki Meline, Health Promotion
During a typical spring semester, spring break gives students the opportunity to relax and recharge. Without that week-long respite this year, it will be especially important for students to consistently prioritize stress management throughout the semester to support their wellbeing and academic success. Here are some things that you can encourage your student to do to manage their stress in a healthy way:
For more information and resources related to stress management visit
NAU is committed to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff and follows CDC’s recommended guidelines on COVID-19. Not every photo in this e-newsletter will precisely represent these guidelines, as we aim to accurately present the NAU experience for you and balance that need with imagery that reflects the COVID-19 policies we have in place. Visit for our current campus health safety guidelines.
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