Explore education abroad, summer term, and more!
Explore education abroad, summer term, and more!
Vol. 18 Edition 15  |  April 12, 2022
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Summer student employment opportunities 

Summer planning is critical for students, and there is often a lot to consider before making decisions. To support decision-making, Student Employment has compiled commonly asked questions about summer employment as well as resources available to aid in the student job search process.
How is summer student employment different from employment in the academic year?
In the summer, on-campus student employees can work up to 40 hours. But it is essential to keep in mind that not all on-campus employers have that many hours available during the summer. For example, some student positions across campus primarily serve other students during the academic year and may not have availability during the summer. Other positions serve a more administrative or operational function and have availability, or reduced availability, during the summer months. Still other positions may only have summer availability and plenty of hours each week. If your student is currently working on-campus, they should consult with their supervisor or hiring manager to understand the scope and availability of their current role during summer breaks.  
Should my student work this summer?
This question is tricky because it depends on your student’s needs and desires for their summer break. Students who work 10-15 hours per week at minimum reap the most benefits of student employment, including the opportunity to build transferable skills (like time management) and create supportive social networks of peers who are balancing work with classes and student life. Some students do not work over the summer – it is not uncommon for students to go home for the summer and return to their position in the following fall. Some students stay over the summer and find a different on-campus job for the summer based on their fall/spring job availability and need. Summer class enrollment is a common reason for students to stay on campus and invest in on-campus employment opportunities. 
How can my student find a part-time job?
If they missed the Part-Time Job Fair on April 8, many part-time on-campus and off-campus jobs are posted in Handshake, NAU’s online job and internship recruitment platform. (All students have a Handshake account using their LOUIE login). NAU offers more than 500 unique student employment positions on campus across eight role categories, and many of these opportunities exist in the summer. Your student can find support for their part-time job search at nau.edu/StudentEmployment or by making an appointment through Handshake to visit with our staff in the University Union Fieldhouse (2nd floor).
What resources can Career Development provide my student?
NAU Career Development is here to empower students and alumni to confidently navigate their careers as citizens of an evolving and global world. Our goals include providing tools to develop a foundation of self-awareness, including knowledge of one’s strengths, interests, and values. We do this by coaching students on resume building, cover letter writing, job search strategies, career exploration, internship opportunities, interview prep, networking, etc. The root of our mission involves assisting students in finding and securing employment that meets their goals and needs, be it student employment, internships, or post-graduation opportunities. Additionally, by providing professional development opportunities for student employees, we ensure your student obtains career readiness and marketability upon graduation.

Important dates

Spring 2022. Apr. 21: Last day to withdraw from ALL classes in a session. Apr. 25—29: Last week of instruction. May 2—5: Finals week. May 6: Last day of term. May 6—7: Commencement.
Green and white text reads: Donate, don't ditch. Summer break is just around the corner. Have clothes you don't wear or need? Clothes can be given a new life with someone else. Not going to use that chair next year? Donate unwanted furniture items to keep it out of the landfill. Your left over cleaning supplies can still be used. Left over cleaning supplies can be useful in another's home or around campus. Leftover food you aren't going to eat? Non-perishable food items can be donated to help feed others in our local community.

Packing up! 

Residence halls close at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 6. Spring closing details were sent to students through NAU email on April 7, including important dates and required steps for moving out of the residence hall. Please encourage your student to read the email thoroughly and discuss details with you to best prepare for the end of the year.    
Helpful hints to prepare for spring closing:
  1. Start packing now! Your student has probably accumulated more items than you realize, and there may not be enough free time during finals week to pack it all.
  2. Housing and Residence Life partners with local social service organizations to reuse and recycle student cast-offs at spring closing. Areas are designated in each residence hall where students can participate in the “Donate Don’t Ditch” program. They can do their part to help reduce waste going to the landfills by donating the following items: Clothing, household goods, and small appliances; unopened, non-perishable food items; school supplies and books; cleaning supplies; and medium to large home appliances and furnishings.
  3. Resident Assistants (RAs) will provide information related to checking out of the hall through floor meetings and postings, April 18-24.
  4. Students need to move out of the residence hall within 24 hours of their last final exam. If your student has exams on Thursday, they will need to check out by 9 a.m. on Friday. However, students are encouraged to move out by Thursday evening to avoid Commencement parking and traffic congestion.
  5. Roommates need to work together to prepare their room for check-out. Trash needs to be removed and the room fully cleaned prior to checking out. Vacuums are available at the front desk of each hall.
  6. Once your student has finished all checkout preparation steps, they can complete their online checkout through the housing portal and hand their keys to a staff member at the front desk.
  7. Now is the time to pay any outstanding university charges. Your student should check LOUIE to view remaining charges and to avoid late fees.
  8. Change of address forms are available at NAU Postal Services to ensure that mail is forwarded for the summer.
Cursive orange text and blue text reads: Apply today to live on campus: nau.edu/live-on.

Summer 2022 and 2022-2023 housing

Summer housing is available at discounted rates for students registered for summer classes OR pre-registered for fall classes, and the 2022-2023 academic year will be here before you know it. Interested students can submit a summer or 2022-2023 housing application through the housing portal.
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South America NAU: Changing perspectives

English writer G.K. Chesterton once clarified, “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is, at last, to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” 
While the goals of multidisciplinary studies and a well-rounded education at NAU are the mainstays of our institutional mission, realizing these goals can be tantalizingly difficult from the perspective of an NAU professor. Time with students is limited, academic departments are overloaded with responsibilities that preclude collaboration with other departments, and the indoor classroom remains the standard for content delivery.  
Education Abroad’s new South America NAU experience aims to change perspectives. Students select from a four-week, six-credit summer program or a sixteen-week, fifteen+ credit program (the prices are a screaming deal!). The summer program takes students to Rapa Nui or San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. The semester-long program indulges students in a multi-destination itinerary, including the Sacred Valley of Peru, the Atacama region of northern Chile, and the remote Polynesian culture of Easter Island.
All students intern side-by-side with a multinational staff, learning the business and operational protocol of three-time World’s Leading Expedition Company “Explora.” NAU students also lead groups of community and Indigenous high school students in each rural location through experiential educational programming in ancient and modern cultural studies, field and laboratory analyses of human-environment interactions, and experiments geared toward localized and sustainable development.
The goal of South America NAU is not simply to experience education in a distant land but rather for students and families to see from another perspective how an education at NAU can serve as a bridge between classroom knowledge and real-world settings, to link theory to practice, and to balance career and personal goals for a productive and satisfying life ahead.
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The Lumberjack

The Lumberjack is Northern Arizona University’s student-run newspaper and has been published since 1914. The newspaper provides an outlet for student journalists to have their writing published and their voices heard. During the academic year, a new issue of The Lumberjack is posted weekly at JackCentral.org, and updates are posted on our Instagram and Facebook (@TheNAULumberjack) and Twitter (@JackCentral) accounts as well. Follow us to keep updated on campus happenings and news around northern Arizona.
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Summer term

NAU’s summer term can help your student stay supported, engaged, and on track
Did you know that NAU recommends your student complete 30 credits per academic year to graduate on time? This summer, students can take advantage of valuable opportunities to catch up or get ahead. Summer term is a chance to complete course requirements, explore exciting topics of interest, and prepare for a successful semester. NAU also offers non-credit courses for continuing education, including personal enrichment and professional development.
To help prepare for the summer term and fall semester, encourage your student to set an appointment with an academic advisor and discuss course options. Hundreds of online and in-person summer courses are available, and students can access free academic support services to succeed from wherever they learn best.
Summer courses begin the weeks of May 9, May 30, and July 4. Course options include 3-week, 5-week, 7.5-week, 10-week, and 12-week sessions.
Explore exciting new possibilities
Has your student ever considered a minor? Summer term can also offer opportunities for students to take courses toward a minor that complements their undergraduate degree
NAU offers many minors through nearly all of its colleges. If your student is interested in learning more about minors, they can consult their academic advisor for guidance.
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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