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Featured Articles
Research Option at Georgia Tech
Campaign to Re(in)novate

Campus News
C2D2 Announces Arrival of New Advisors
Office of International Education Update
Register for Fall Housing
Dining Services Update
Navy Seal Challenge
Campus Life Scholarships Available
Spring 2016 Commencement 

Job Opportunities
CRC's Hiring Expo Coming Soon
FASET Leaders Needed
Parent Assistant Leaders (PALs)

From the Parents Program

Greetings! As we enter into the fourth week of spring semester classes, we find students busy with their first round of exams and starting to prepare for midterms. Many students are making plans for spring break (March 21-25), applying for campus leadership positions for next year or beginning their job search for life after Georgia Tech. We, too, are in planning mode for spring semester with welcoming our newest Yellow Jackets this spring and summer and saying farewell to our seniors and their families at Commencement on May 7.
We also have started planning for Family Weekend 2016  which will occur on September 30 - October 2, 2016. We hope you can join us next fall for a fun weekend of activities, including family fun night, educational workshops, a football game against The University of Miami and more!
Our motto in the Parents Program is “when parents are informed, students benefit,” so we encourage you to contact the Parents Program at 404-385-1396 or email us at with any questions.
Happy Reading!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parents Program


Featured Articles

Research Option at Georgia Tech
With the Georgia Tech Research Option, students are afforded a unique opportunity for intensive, hands-on research experiences as undergraduates. This opportunity provides students with several semesters of research on a single project, culminating in an original thesis or research paper. Research Option students work one-on-one with faculty members, and students are encouraged to present their final work at professional conferences or seek publication. Read more...

Student Center Launches Campaign to Re(in)novate
Last month the Student Center’s efforts to expand and renovate its facilities took a big step forward with the passage of a resolution through both the undergraduate and graduate legislative bodies of Student Government.  Read more...


Campus News

C2D2 Announces Arrival of New Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advisor
The Center for Career Discovery and Development is pleased to announce the arrival of Georgia Tech’s new pre-health and pre-law advisors.  Read more...

Office of International Education Update
Students who are interested in studying abroad during the summer 2016, fall 2016, or academic year 2016 to 2017 should make sure to submit their application materials on-time. Many deadlines fall in early February 2016. For full details and information, please visit our website:
Did you know that Georgia Tech and the Office of International Education (OIE) are about to celebrate a major milestone? Tech is just about to send the 20,000th student abroad! To celebrate, OIE is giving the lucky 20,000th student a free airfare voucher! For full information and details, visit:

Time to Register for Fall Housing
Whether your Georgia Tech student is a new incoming freshman or a returning graduate, it is time for him/her to plan for 2016-2017 academic year campus housing. Visit to see all that the Department of Housing has to offer and be sure go to the Buildings tab to read about and virtually tour each of our resident halls. Read more...

Dining Services Update
Super Savings Alert! Sign up Your Student for their Spring Meal Plan!

The new semester is here, and so our our new Spring 2016 meal plans! Each one of our four core meal plans offers a more than 30 percent savings on the retail prices of our Community Restaurants, and our All Access meal plan offers an unlimited amount of savings! What’s more, each of these four plans includes $150 in BuzzFunds, so your students will have plenty for lunch at our Food Trucks or their next load of laundry. 

Finally, for students looking for the ultimate retail meal plan option, Spring Dining Dollars are here! Dining Dollars are tax free, accepted at all Georgia Tech Dining locations, and deposits of $300+ receive a 10 percent bonus. Please note that Dining Dollars expire at the end of the Spring semester. For more information on our meal plans and Dining Dollars, visit us at

Navy Seal Challenge
Show how you measure up to Americas best by competing in one or all of the Navy SEAL Challenge events on February 18 at the Campus Recreation Center! These events include a 500-yard swim, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

Complete the challenge anytime between 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the CRC. You will have 90 minutes after check-in to complete the five events. Please note that all participants must begin the Navy Seal Challenge by 5:15 p.m. Visit the CRC website for more information

Campus Life Scholarships Available
The Campus Life and Community at Tech Scholarship seeks to recognize and reward students that have positively impacted the Institute community through their leadership, scholarship, and service.  The presence of vibrant academic and social communities are essential for quality student life.  Consistent with the mission and vision of the Student Center, healthy communities are characterized by cooperation, commitment, diverse perspectives, meaningful connections, mutual respect, belonging, and loyalty.  Recipients of this scholarship will successfully demonstrate a purposeful and significant commitment to building campus community and enhancing student life through their role in a new or enhanced program, activity, or initiative. 

Campus Services will award five scholarships, each in the amount of $6,000.Applications must be submitted no later than March 9, 2016. Click here to learn more and pass this information along to your student.

Spring 2016 Commencement and Fair
Georgia Tech will celebrate its 251st Commencement at McCamish Pavilion. Graduating students and their parents are invited to Georgia Tech’s Commencement Fair, a one-stop-shop for all graduation needs. The event is held in the Student Center Ballroom over two days. Read more..


Job Opportunities
CRC’s Hiring Expo is Coming Soon!
From February 16-23, the CRC will be holding its annual Hiring Expo for students to learn more about positions available for this upcoming summer and fall semesters at the Campus Recreation Center.  The CRC is looking for outstanding student employees that share their passion and mission to promote healthy lifestyles! 
Students can find more information and apply online on the CRC's website.
FASET Leaders Needed
Remember those energetic leaders that welcomed, guided, and helped you during your FASET experience? Do you think your student would be a great role model and representation of Tech to new students? Is your student looking for that opportunity to get involved on campus in a unique way? Well, New Student and Sophomore Programs are looking for their next batch of FASET Leaders.

FASET is a great opportunity for students to share their love and passion of Tech to all incoming students while being trained in leadership, meeting peers and administrators on campus, and getting a memorable experience from it. Miss Georgia 2014, SGA Presidents, Mr & Ms. GTs have all started as FASET Leaders and so can your student. FASET Applications are available now and due February 5 by 2 p.m. The application and position information, including dates and contract, can be found by visiting this link

Parent Assistant Leaders (PALs) Recruitment for 2016-2017
The Parents Program is looking for student leaders to join our current Parent Assistant Leaders (PALs) team for 2016-2017.  PALs serve a key role in the facilitation of ongoing programmatic efforts by the Parents Program.  You may have met some of our PALs at Family Weekend or Sibs Day! This position is a great way to build leadership skills, help students and families, and have fun!

For more information about this position visit the Parents Program website.  Applications will be available starting February 8th and the deadline to apply is February 26 at 4PM.  Questions? Email
Important Dates
February 11  – Black History Month Lecture
February 20 – Sibs Day at Georgia Tech
February 20 – Spring Commencement Fair

Save the Date!
Family Weekend 2016

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Conversation Corner
Designed to facilitate meaningful conversations about timely student issues, the "Conversation Corner" provides suggested conversations parents and families may want to have with their student.

Where do you plan to live in the fall?
Make sure your students are aware that they need to sign-up for housing for next year this month. From February 2-28, Housing will take reservations for housing for the following academic year. Students should already be aware of the sign-up process, but it is a good idea to check with them as well. This process is conducted on line. For more information, visit

Have you reapplied for financial aid or researched any new scholarships?
Applying for financial aid is an annual event. Returning students apply for financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by completing two forms for the upcoming financial aid year. Students who wish to be considered for financial aid next year must complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GTAPP)  and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online using school code 001569. Your student and/or you will need your current federal tax information to complete the FAFSA, but if you have not filed your taxes it is acceptable to use estimates when reporting tax information. Visit our website for more information or call the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 404-894-4160. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid has created a Parents’ Corner page to better assist parents and families.
Student Commencement Speaker
Applications Due Now

Graduates are invited to apply to be the Georgia Tech Student Commencement Reflection Speaker at this semester's Commencement exercises. A student for each ceremony will be selected by a panel of faculty, administrators, and students to share an inspirational message at the respective ceremonies. The deadline is March 3 by 10 a.m.

For more information, have your student visit the Commencement website.
Help the Parents Program
by Booking Your Travel!
Are you booking trips for your student to come home for the holidays or break? Need to book air travel, hotels or rental cars? If so, we encourage you to use the link below to book that next trip! A percentage of your purchase will come back to the Parents Program and will help fund other events for Georgia Tech students, parents and families. Thank you in advance for your support! Click here to learn more and support the Parents Program.

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