Fall 2021 Convocations are just around the corner.
Fall 2021 Convocations are just around the corner.
Vol. 18 Edition 9  |  November 09, 2021
NAU students gathered for a Friendsgiving on campus.

Parent-to-Parent: Thanksgiving

Dear Parent,
Oh, my gourd, Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away! I know many of you are eager to be reunited with your Lumberjack, relax, and spend some quality time with family. I know I am!
The University will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26. However, have your Lumberjack check with their professors regarding any schedule changes that may occur earlier in that week, so they can plan accordingly.
If your student will be staying on campus for the holiday, no worries! The residence halls remain open over the Thanksgiving holiday with reduced dining options. On Thanksgiving Day, the dining hall will open at 10 a.m., featuring brunch until 1 p.m., followed by a more traditional style Thanksgiving dinner that will be available for dine-in or take-out until 4 p.m.
Sending warm wishes from my home to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness this Thanksgiving! 
Sincerely,
Shannon Clark
Shannon W. Clark
Assistant Dean of Students
Shannon.Clark@nau.edu

NAU Foundation Scholarship

The NAU Foundation scholarship application will be available to students beginning December 1, 2021, for the 2022 – 2023 academic year. Your Lumberjack can apply here. The application closes on January 25. These are opportunities that you don’t want your student to miss out on. Remind them to check their email for updates as they will be receiving information regarding the current application link when it opens.
The 4th annual Lumberjacks of Inclusion Ceremony is Thursday, December 9, 2021. Six convocations will be presented. Rainbow, First-Gen, Indigenous, Hispanic, Black, and Asian.

Lumberjacks of Inclusion

The fall 2021 Lumberjacks of Inclusion ceremony and Veteran's Convocation will take place on Thursday, December 9 on the Flagstaff campus. Students graduating in fall or winter 2021 are invited to RSVP to reserve their attendance. The Lumberjacks of Inclusion ceremony and Veteran's Convocation events officially recognize students for their leadership, successes, and academic accomplishments while also honoring their identities and heritage. Visit the Lumberjacks of Inclusion webpage to learn more about the convocation groups that are recognized during the celebration, and encourage your graduating student to RSVP by November 12 to reserve their spot. Please note that students must RSVP and attend the in-person ceremony to receive a program booklet and stole.
An NAU student taking an online winter course from the comfort of their room at home.

Resources available to your Lumberjack throughout winter term

NAU provides on-demand resources, health and wellness programs, and high-quality courses to keep your student on track through the winter season. Whatever their needs this winter term, we offer flexible options and support services to empower their success.
We’re committed to helping your Lumberjack stay connected—whether they’re staying on campus, studying from home, or enjoying a relaxing winter break. We offer seamless support through virtual and in-person healthcare appointments, mental health resources, wellness programs, and counseling sessions through our Campus Health Services. We also provide free academic support services to help your student perform at their best.
On-campus, we offer flexible housing options and maintain our programs and facilities so that your student can stay happy, healthy, and physically active.
To help your student catch up or get ahead this winter term, we offer hundreds of courses to fulfill their degree or liberal studies requirements. Because most of our winter courses are online, your student can also study from wherever they learn best. Encourage them to explore winter courses and schedule an appointment with an academic advisor today.
Although scholarship funds can’t be applied during the winter term, your student may qualify to defer winter charges until the spring semester based on their financial aid award.
Winter courses begin December 13. Explore winter term to help your Lumberjack start planning now!
Peace Corps logo in front of an illustration of a world map.

Peace Corps Prep Certificate at NAU!

Is your Lumberjack considering the Peace Corps? The Peace Corps Prep Certificate is now offered at NAU! This certificate prepares undergraduate students for international humanitarian work and Peace Corps service.
All NAU undergraduate students are welcome to take part in this cost-free program.
To successfully complete this program and earn a Peace Corps Prep Certificate, students must build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on volunteer or work experience, and professional development support. Courses already required for a student’s degree can be used for certificate requirements. Studying abroad can as well!  Your Lumberjack can spend a summer studying Spanish in Costa Rica or a semester studying Egyptology in Cairo, all while earning a certificate.
Students are not required to apply for the Peace Corps once they complete the program, but it will certainly make them highly competitive Peace Corps applicants in an already competitive process. In addition to buffing up a Peace Corps application, this certificate will look great on a resume or graduate school application.
The best way for students to get started is to meet with the Peace Corps Prep coordinator.
Visit NAU’s Peace Corps Prep website to learn more!

Connect your Lumberjack to care at Counseling Services

Counseling Services offers a full range of services, including individual, couples, and group counseling; daytime and after-hours crisis services; and perhaps most importantly for parents and families, consultation regarding students of concern.

Counseling Services staff and trainees aim to provide inclusive, ethical, high-quality care and support to all students in need. In that spirit, to better understand what happens when a student initiates services at Counseling Services, the following describes a typical path to care:
Student counseling diagram: Student requests access to services at CS, student is scheduled for Path to Care meeting, Explore concersn, assess risk, determine path of care, determination of appropriate resources and match to services at CS, or in the student's current location, Goal is to match student's immediate needs with available resources, may or may not be offered at NAU CS (i.e., telehealth), initiate CS services or referral to off-campus, self-help, online resources.
More information about Counseling Services is available on our website, or you can call us at 928-523-2261.
An overview of the NAU campus and the city of Flagstaff after this October's first snowfall.

Flagstaff winter parking ordinance began Nov. 1

If your student has a car in Flagstaff, and especially if they currently live off campus, they need to be aware of the city’s winter parking ordinance to avoid being cited or towed. The City of Flagstaff enforces a winter parking ordinance that started Nov. 1 and ends Apr. 1, 2022. This means that parking on city streets or alleyways from midnight to 7 a.m., seven days a week is prohibited. This parking restriction is enforced whether it is snowing or not.

This ordinance allows Flagstaff’s street crews to thoroughly plow streets for safe travel and aids street sweepers in the removal of cinders following a snowstorm.

The Flagstaff Police Department enforces the ordinance throughout this five-month duration. Cars that are parked in violation of the ordinance when it is not snowing will receive a ticket. Those in violation during inclement weather will receive a ticket and could be towed.

For more information about the seasonal parking ordinance, visit the Flagstaff Traffic Code or contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414.
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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