By Casey Fisher
Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing, Campus Dining-Sodexo 

For many of us, fall brings not only the last of the brightly colored leaves, but the first chance to catch our breath and reflect on what is truly important. Every November, Campus Dining hosts an Attitude of Gratitude campaign for the 10 days leading up to Thanksgiving in which we are reminded to set aside a little time each day to acknowledge a few of the things for which we are grateful. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to share notes of gratitude with the rest of the campus community in an effort to create an inspire others.

It is no coincidence that a long-standing NAU tradition, Thanksgiving in the Community, takes place on the third day of the Gratitude campaign, one week before the holiday itself. On this day, Campus Dining welcomes senior citizens from the Flagstaff community to the du Bois Center for a traditional Thanksgiving-style feast, on the house.

Though the fresh roasted chef-carved ham, turkey, and the many masterful desserts are highly anticipated by our guests, their interaction with students and staff and the youthful energy floating freely throughout the DuB are perhaps the most impactful elements of the special evening. Students greet, assist with serving, and spend time visiting with, or just dining with our guests. It’s a unique opportunity to give back to the Flagstaff community and it is truly a night to remember.