Did you not receive weather related closures via your official ATSU e-mail the week of September 8th? We’re betting you did get it but it was filtered out due to personal settings.

Ensure we’re not considered junk. We e-mail only important university-wide information to all students via your official ATSU e-mail account. Items coming from Student Affairs (azstudentaffairs@atsu), Associate Vice President of Student Affars Beth Poppre (bpoppre@atsu.edu) , or Director of Student Life Mykel Estes (mestes@atsu.edu) should be delivered directly to the inbox you regularly check.

Manage your group settings. Did you opt out of receiving “All Mesa Campus” student e-mails? Change those settings to ensure you get important messages. Through your mail settings, navigate to your Google Groups and manage the groups you’re in. There you’ll find “All Mesa Campus Students” and check to ensure you’re getting the e-mails.

Those not fix the problem? Please contact the Help Desk immediately at helpdesk@atsu.edu.

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For assistance with your transition at ATSU please stop by the Department of Student Affairs to speak with one of our Learning Enrichment Advisors.

The Dissection Club of SOMA will be holding a ceremony Wednesday, June 18th at 12:00pm to honor those who donated their bodies to our cadaver lab. The short ceremony take place at the Labyrinth outside where there will be a bench and a tree dedicated in recognition of those who donated their bodies to our lab. All are welcome anThe Dissection Club of SOMA will be holding a ceremony Wednesday, June 18th at 12:00pm to honor those who donated their bodies to our cadaver lab. The short ceremony take place at the Labyrinth outside where there will be a bench and a tree dedicated in recognition of those who donated their bodies to our lab. All are welcome and encouraged to come.d encouraged to come.

As we enter into the summer months and a transition period please familiarize yourself with parking rules and regulations(here).

Any questions please contact: James Luginbuhl, Site Security Supervisor

Physician Assistant New Student Orientation
Wednesday, June 11

Hey Everyone! AMSA is selling T-Shirts & Hoodies again. The link to the form was sent to your ATSU emails and there will be instructions on the form. Due date is May 30th, 2014 @ 5PM (PST). If you have any questions, email amsa-az@atsu.edu.

For 142 years, Americans have taken the last Monday in May to remember those who have died in our wars. Like all deaths honored by the state, flags fly at half-staff. However, on Memorial Day, the U.S. flag only flies at half-staff for the first half of the day, and then is raised to full height from noon to sundown. This unique custom honors the war dead for the morning, and living veterans for the rest of the day.

No one knows the exact date this tradition began, but an Army regulations book from 1906 carries instructions for the procedure, so it predates the 20th Century, said Clark Rogers, executive director of the National Flag Foundation. In 1924, Congress codified the tradition into U.S. Code Title 4, Section 6, with the proclamation, “For the nation lives, and the flag is a symbol of illumination,” explaining how the noon flag-raising symbolizes the persistence of the nation in the face of loss, Rogers told Life’s Little Mysteries.

“The first part of the day honors those who sacrificed, and the second part of the day honors those who are still with us,” Rogers said.

The precise origin of a half-raised flag as a way to honor the fallen is also unclear, Rogers said. Some traditions say the lowered flag allows room for an invisible flag of death to fly above it. Others point to the tradition in naval warfare of lowering a flag to indicate surrender. There are also claims that lowering a flag symbolically recreates the ancient Greco-Roman tradition of signaling death with a broken column or staff, Rogers said. Currently, at least 21 countries use a lowered flag to honor the dead.

Honoring the dead, especially the war dead, played a key role in post-Civil War America , said David Blight, a professor of history at Yale University and author of “Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002). Both the Union and the Confederacy began honoring lost soldiers before the war even ended, as war widows combed battlefields in search of their fallen relatives. Eventually, the flowers that mourners left at the graves across the nation merged with the May celebrations of freed slaves to form a national Memorial Day, Blight said.

The celebration of this holiday, which had gained an official designation on May 30, 1868, , began falling out of practice in the beginning of the 20th century, but then reentered popular practice during World War I, Blight said.

Then, after World War II, advocacy by veterans’ groups led to the creation of a separate holiday for living military personnel in the form of Veteran’s Day, Blight said. Thus, Memorial Day became a day for exclusively celebrating the sacrifice of those who fell in battle, leaving only the mid-day flag-raising to signal hope beyond death, and honor those who survived battle.

National Moment of Remembrance

As proclaimed each year by the President of the United States of America, Memorial Day is a day of prayer for permanent peace. All Americans are asked to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

How to fly your flag at Half Staff

What sort of flag pole are you using?

When raising the flag to half staff on a vertical pole, always raise it briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment before lowering it. When taking it down for the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again & lower it to the bottom.

With a telescoping flag pole it is acceptable to put the USA flag on the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set would be left empty.

When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, State & other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.

For flags that can’t be lowered, such as those on many homes, the American Legion says that attaching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an acceptable alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.

Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.


Finals are right around the corner and many of you are beginning to feel stressed thinking about final grades and the studying that needs to be done in the coming weeks.  This means late nights, early mornings and plenty of caffeine.

Here are a few simple tips* to help manage your stress during this time:

  • Eat a healthy diet and be cautious when it comes to consuming caffeine and alcohol.
  • Energize yourself using exercise.
  • Give yourself a break!  When you feel stuck, step away from the computer for a few minutes and chat with a roommate.  Go back to the work with a clear mind.
  • Try to relax. Deep breathing exercises, relaxation tapes, and gentle yoga are some techniques that may help you.
  • Monitor your feelings and share them with a good friend.

It is important to keep a healthy mind during final exam weeks. If at any time you feel that you need to test your mood, ATSU is offering anonymous online mental health screenings, which can be accessed by visiting http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/ATSU 


By taking a screening, you can find out in just a few minutes whether the stress symptoms you are feeling could be a sign of something more, such as a common mood disorder like depression.  It will also point you in the direction of finding treatment near you.


Your mental health and emotional well-being is not out of your control. Art Matthews, mental health counselor for ATSU, is here to listen and help.  You can contact him at 480-219-6170 or make an appointment directly on his calendar by using ATSU’s online scheduling system by going to:




Good luck on finals!


*Source:  Mental Health America

Date:       May 14, 2014   (Wednesday)

Time:         5:15pm to 8:15pm

Location:  Ocotillo

Cost:         $40 (cash or check)

Please respond to Lonnie Eckman at leckman@atsu.edu.

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