Buy your Family Weekend tickets now!
Buy your Family Weekend tickets now!
Vol. 18 Edition 4  |  September 07, 2021
An NAU parent hugging their NAU student and smiling for the camera during Family Weekend.

Parent-to-Parent: Family Weekend is Back!

Dear Parent,
The last year and a half have been a difficult time to be a supporter of college students. My daughter graduated from college during the pandemic. This has not been an easy time to navigate, but I am thrilled to be welcoming your students (back) to the NAU family.
After two long years, I am very excited to be back in person for Family Weekend 2021. Mark your calendar for October 1-3 in Flagstaff. During Family Weekend, NAU recommends you keep a mask in your back pocket! To mitigate risk to our Lumberjack community, we strongly recommend wearing a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, some settings around campus where social distancing is not possible will require you to wear a mask. Signage will indicate where masks are required.
I am thrilled for you to come explore NAU with your Lumberjack. You can find information about ticketing and events in this edition and on the Family Weekend website. Due to capacity limits, some events may require pre-registration, so check in with your Lumberjack to decide which events you and your family wish to attend. Tickets are available here. Many more Family Weekend events are in the works! Please check back to the website as we continue to post more event details.
I am counting down the days until Family Weekend, and I hope you are too. 
Sincerely,
Shannon Clark
Shannon W. Clark
Assistant Dean of Students
Shannon.Clark@nau.edu
ASNAU staff conversing, while wearing masks, in the ASNAU office on campus.

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) that 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 in the spring
  • 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 ASNAU@nau.edu.

Meet Kelly Reber, MSW, Student Affairs’ Case Management Coordinator

I’m Kelly, Case Management Coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students. It is my joy to provide personalized support and connection to resources for students facing challenging life situations of any kind. The start of a new school year brings optimism, but we know it can also come with unique challenges and stressors.
If you are concerned about your Lumberjack:
  • Try talking with them, allowing a nonjudgmental space for them to share their experience and feelings.
  • If there is an imminent risk to health or safety, please call 911.
  • Submit a CARE report, or encourage the student to submit one for themselves or a friend they are concerned about. A member of the Student Assistance team or I will reach out to the student.
We can also help with missed classes. Faculty Notification Requests help students with eligible short-term absences communicate to their faculty about their situation.
Please don’t hesitate if you have any questions about what support might be available through Case Management or other programs from the Office of the Dean of Students. I hope that every Lumberjack feels the support of our NAU community and will find themselves more empowered despite challenges. 
Kelly Reber headshot
Kelly Reber
Case Management Coordinator
Kelly.Reber@nau.edu | 928-523-5182
An NAU student wearing hiking gear and enjoying the Grand Canyon sunset.

Help your Lumberjack Live Well

Now that the semester is in full swing, it can be tricky to keep track of the numerous resources available to help your student thrive at NAU. Live Well NAU is a holistic resource that makes it easy for students to quickly find the support they need. It is based around the 8 dimensions of wellness, meaning that a student will find support for things like counseling, medical services, academics, finances, and more. You can encourage your student to use Live Well NAU in several ways, including:
  • Completing the self-assessment to help identify opportunities for growth, change, or support.
  • Exploring the in-person and virtual resources across the 8 dimensions of wellness.
  • Finding relevant campus events and activities to help foster social connections or learn new skills that support their wellbeing.
  • Participating in Live Well NAU programs for opportunities to win prizes such as water bottles, camping hammocks, and more.
Explore the website to find support opportunities based on your conversations with your student about their challenges. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out for more information!
An NAU student embracing a family member on the NAU campus.

Family Support Workshop

Beginning college brings a lot of exciting and new experiences into our lives. Much is happening for our Lumberjacks during the first six weeks of the semester – meeting a new roommate and friends; finding their classes on campus; and adjusting to the academic expectations of their professors to name a few. All of these things are thrilling, but they can also cause stress and anxiety that is normal for starting a new journey.
At NAU, we appreciate that these new experiences will impact our Lumberjacks and their families in different ways. To support you, we are offering a Family Support Workshop to address mental health issues that college students experience. Resources will be available online with live, interactive virtual meetings starting on September 16, and will run for 10 weeks on Thursdays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Topics addressed include:
  • NAU resources to support your Lumberjack
  • Overview of mental health issues
  • Coping with homesickness
  • Communication issues and dealing with conflict
  • Tips to manage stress
  • Helping parents cope with their own emotional experiences
Register for this free non-credit workshop. Space is limited.
We are also offering this workshop for one undergraduate college credit, EPS 199 Family Support Workshop, for participants that would like to go back to school or apply it to a bachelor’s degree in which they are currently enrolled.
Contact Josh Perkins for more information.
Download the NAU Safe app today.

Remind your Lumberjack to download the NAU Safe App today

The NAU Safe app is the official emergency notification system used by NAU to send out timely messages in case of any emergency. It is also campus specific, so users can choose which campus location(s) they wish to receive emergency messages from. It is even programmed to send messages to our students and staff who are traveling abroad. Additional information can be found at this NAU link: nau.edu/its/nausafe

Brand Assessment Survey

At the end of September, parents of current NAU students will receive an email inviting them to complete a new Brand Assessment Survey to evaluate perceptions of the NAU brand. Please keep an eye out for this survey and consider completing to assist NAU Marketing in creating a great university experience for your students!
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 nau.edu/jacksareback for our current campus health safety guidelines.
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