Explore Family Weekend 2022, Ed Abroad's student spotlight, and more!
Explore Family Weekend 2022, Ed Abroad's student spotlight, and more!
Vol. 18 Edition 16  |  May 03, 2022
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Message from the President

Dear Parent,
What a semester – what a year!
As I watch countless students walking in and out of Cline Library, finalizing their work and preparations for papers, projects, presentations, and tests, I know they are ready to finish this academic year strong. And I know it is in no small part thanks to your support and encouragement. Thank you for being there for your students throughout the year and giving them a foundation for success. 
The achievements of our students are far too many to name, but I hope you will trust me when I tell you it has been a record year. Recent highlights include hundreds of students presenting at our annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, and celebrating the Gold Axe, Distinguished Senior, and President’s Prize awards for our impressive students across all fields who lead the way in research, academic excellence, and impactful service.
And the best part of this semester? Well, it’s still to come! Just as I have noticed students preparing for finals, I have also noticed students in caps and gowns taking pictures in front of favorite spots throughout campus, signaling that in just a few days we celebrate commencement with our graduates, their families, and all of our faculty and staff who make this possible. 
Congratulations to all of our graduates!  
I close by thanking you for giving NAU the privilege of educating and supporting your student this year and affording me an amazing first year as a freshman president! 
I hope all of our Lumberjacks enjoy a restful and fulfilling summer, and I cannot wait to have our returning students back for fall 2022.
Go Jacks!
José Luis
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The Backpack Newsletter takes a summer break

This is the last edition of the 2021-22 academic year! The Backpack will start back up in August. Even though there will be no Backpack editions this summer, the Office of the Dean of Students and Parent and Family Services will be open throughout the summer and available to answer any questions that you or your student may have. 

Family Weekend 2022: Save the date!

It is never too early to start thinking about Family Weekend. We are thrilled to invite your family to join us in celebrating Family Weekend 2022!
NAU Family Weekend is a longstanding tradition where families visit their Lumberjacks while engaging in fun campus activities. We welcome you to join us on October 7-9, 2022, to connect with the Lumberjack family while exploring campus! Details and more information about events and tickets will be available this summer on the Family Weekend website.

Important dates

Spring 2022. May 6: Last day of term. Ma6 6: Halls close at 9am. May 6&7: Commencement. Fall 2022: Aug. 25-29: Move-in. Aug 29: First day of classes. Sept. 5: Labor day (University closed).
NAu student Gabrielle Sequeira smiles at the camera in front of a large body of water while making the peace-sign with two fingers.

Education Abroad graduating student spotlight: Gabrielle Sequeira

Gabrielle Sequeira is studying at the American University of Cairo in Cairo, Egypt. She graduates this May with a BA in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and a minor in International Studies. Gabrielle is also NAU’s first Peace Corps Prep Certificate recipient. Here are some insights from her experience...
How have you changed throughout your studies abroad? 
I’ve become much braver. Traveling solo through the Mediterranean region, accepting spontaneous invitations from new Egyptian friends, and navigating a new culture in a different language has pushed me out of my comfort zone. At first, it was scary. But I’ve worked to be courageous, and, whether I succeed or fail, I feel empowered every time I take a risk!
Describe a memorable experience from your time abroad.
I traveled solo to Alexandria, Egypt, and one night I sat by the sea for dinner. My emotions were heavy that day, so the sounds of the waves crashing and traffic in the background was incredibly peaceful. It started drizzling, and the feel of the cool droplets and wind contrasted with the warm food was heavenly. Then, an Egyptian high school student approached me to discuss Islam. Though he spoke no English, and I was nowhere near fluent in Egyptian Arabic, we talked for two hours about religion, family, and travel. Breaking through language barriers with a new friend felt amazing. 
What are you planning to pursue after graduation?
I am starting NAU’s MA in Sustainable Communities program and potentially focusing on sustainable development in conflict regions. After graduate school, I hope to work for the U.S. Agency for International Development or the United Nations writing reports and policy recommendations on transnational environmental issues. My experience in Egypt will contribute to these goals because I have enhanced my cultural and self-awareness, language learning, and understanding of different perspectives on political systems and values.
Blue text stands out against a golden background, while blue and green mountains rise below: Experience summer with NAU. Get ahead, catch up, or learn something new. Check out for-credit courses or explore continuing education options, including personal and professional development opportunities. nau.edu/summer.

Summer term

Summer term offers for-credit and non-credit options
NAU recommends that every student complete 30 credits per academic year to graduate on time. Summer term is a great opportunity to catch up or get ahead. During summer, students can complete course requirements, explore exciting topics of interest, and prepare for a successful fall semester
Summer courses begin the weeks of May 9, May 30, and July 4. There are several summer sessions to choose from, ranging from 3 to 12 weeks.

Learn something new
NAU offers non-credit courses for continuing education, including summer youth programs, personal enrichment courses, and professional development courses.
Has your student considered a minor? Summer term can also offer opportunities for students to take courses toward a minor that complements their undergraduate degree.
To help prepare for the summer term and fall semester, encourage your student to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for guidance and to discuss course options. Hundreds of online and in-person summer courses are available, and free academic support services are available to help all students succeed. Explore summer term today!
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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