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Spring Break is right around the corner, March 21-25, and students are ready for a much needed break from homework, tests, and group assignments. Many students are happy to be going home, going on trips, or just taking a break from classes.  They may be looking forward to some of their favorite meals from home or perhaps need you to help them shop for some professional attire for upcoming spring events such as banquets, special dinners, and interviews. For those who have students traveling, I encourage you to talk to them about traveling safely and making good choices on their trip.

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
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Featured Articles
Managing Mid-Semester Stress
Remembering Safety First
Collegiate Recovery Program
Student Code of Conduct Revisions
Campus News
Serve-Learn-Sustain Program Launch
Women's Awareness Month
Leading Edge                                                                    Sibs Day 2016                AMSA Pre-Health Conference
Housing Reminders
Save the Date: Homecoming
OIE Student Highlight
Spring Commencement
Campus Life Scholarships
Featured Articles

Managing Mid-Semester Stress

The mid-point of the spring semester can feel like a particularly stressful time. If your student is feeling overwhelmed, they are far from alone. During this busy time, it’s important that students prioritize self-care so that they feel mentally and physically equipped to thrive at Georgia Tech. Read more...

Remembering Safety First
Before your student heads off for their spring break, parents should discuss the importance of safety while enjoying a week without classes.  For those of you who have a student, who will be traveling, consider the following talking points as you discuss his or her travel plans. Read more...

Collegiate Recovery Program

The Collegiate Recovery Program is offered through the Georgia Tech Counseling Center to provide a safe and welcoming community for students in recovery from substance abuse. The program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, positive relationships, and academic excellence while helping recovering students prevent relapse into alcohol or drug abuse. Read more...

Faculty Senate Approves Student Code of Conduct Revisions
Campus News

Georgia Tech's Serve-Learn-Sustain Program Has Launched!
Georgia Tech’s new academic initiative, Serve-Learn-Sustain, officially launched in January with classes and programs designed to help students combine their academic and career interests with their desire to improve the human condition. Read more...

Women's Awareness Month (WAM)

Women's Awareness Month (WAM), is a longstanding Tech tradition. Each March, a number of Georgia Tech campus organizations come together to celebrate the lives of women and to raise awareness about the issues that impact their lives.  Read more...

Students are Invited to AMSA's Pre-Health Conference
Georgia Tech’s 10th Annual Pre-Health Conference will take place Sunday, 6 March, in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.  This year’s theme is “Preparing for Medical School.” Read more...

SAVE THE DATE!  You don't want to miss Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2016.  Join us October 27-29 for a weekend packed full of Yellow Jacket pride, football, tailgating, reunions and more.    

Department of Housing Reminders
The Fall 2016 Housing Application for new and returning students is still available at Read more...

Leading Edge
Leading Edge (One-on-One Leadership Coaching) provides students with the opportunity to work with a personal leadership coach to build their leadership skills and discover more about leadership. Read more...

OIE Student Highlight

The Office of International Education (OIE) would like to feature one of its exceptional students, Dionne McKenzie—a senior Biomedical Engineering major and International Plan (IP) student, who exemplifies the global citizenship goals we have for Tech students. Read more...

Spring 2016 Commencement
Georgia Tech will celebrate its 251st Commencement at McCamish Pavilion. The bachelor’s commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, and split into two ceremonies based on students’ majors. Read more...

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.  Read more...
Important Dates
March - Diversity & Inclusivity Month
March - Women's Awareness Month
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March 9 -
Schedule for both Summer and Fall 2016 Classes Available Online
March 16 - Last Day to Drop Classes with a "W"
March 21-25 - Spring Break
March  28 - May 20 - Phase I Registration for Summer and Fall Classes

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.

What classes do you plan to take next fall?
Advising for the fall semester registration begins in March. It’s important for students to schedule an appointment with their advisers to review options for their fall class schedule, as well as any summer school they may be considering.  They should call or email their advisers to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Here is a great link to visit with helpful information about academic advising, important dates, services available, etc. -
Let’s discuss the rules for being back at home.
Just as with winter break, parents and students may have different expectations for each other for Spring Break.  Discussing expectations for coming and going late at night, attendance at family events, household chores, visiting hours for friends, money management and use of car will be helpful as you prepare for them to come home again.

Did you know that the Parents Fund for Student Life and Leadership supports programs associated with Women’s Awareness Month? Take Back the Night, one of the signature events, receives a large amount of funding provided by your unrestricted gifts.  Give today and show your support of the Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Awareness Month.
Volunteer Opportunities 
There are a few opportunities to volunteer this spring.  Whether it is meeting prospective parents in your area or sharing goodwill with parents of graduating students, the Parents Program needs your help.

Proctoring Tests
The Office of Disability Services is looking for parents and family members to assist with proctoring tests scheduled by students registered with our office. You'll be responsible for monitoring an individual student or a group of students taking exams either in a private room setting or larger room setting. You will explain the instructions of the test (provided by our office), inform the student of what materials are allowed on the test, keep time, and troubleshoot any issues on the test.  The days and hours of proctoring availability will vary from day to day but may begin as early as 8am and end no later than 5pm.   If you are interested in helping the Office of Disability Services with proctoring exams, please email Stacey Smith at by March 18 and share your availability. The Office of Disability Services will then follow-up with you about training opportunities. 

Saturday, May 7, the Parents Program needs parents to sign up for one of the two shifts ranging from 7:00 - 9:30 a.m. and from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers will help families of graduates celebrate by distributing commemorative items to parents and families prior to the ceremonies.   Email Stacey Smith at and indicate which time you are interested in volunteering by April 1, 2016. 
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