Happy New Year! The spring semester brings new goals and new adventures for many, most especially, our students. Encourage your student(s) to take advantage of all that Georgia Tech has to offer from trips abroad with Study Abroad, to working on their resume or polishing their interviewing skills with the Center for Career Discovery and Development, to staying healthy at the Campus Recreation Center. Graduating students often share that they wished they had taken more time to experience some of the numerous opportunities that Georgia Tech has to offer before they graduated. Encourage your student to get involved, try something new, and take advantage of opportunities at Georgia Tech and in Atlanta!
The Parent & Family Programs staff enjoy the spring semester for many reasons, but mainly because we love hosting Sibs Day! Sibs Day, held on Saturday, February 11, is an educational and fun way for children and youth, ages 7-17, learn what their Georgia Tech siblings do while they are away from home. Big brothers and sisters enjoy spending quality time with their younger siblings and sharing their Yellow Jacket pride! For more information about Sibs Day, visit http://parents.gatech.edu/content/sibs-day
Let us know how we can help you throughout the spring semester by calling Parent & Family Programs at 404-385-1396 or by emailing parents@gatech.edu.
Wishing you and your family all the best in 2017!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
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Featured Articles
Collegiate Recovery Program
News from Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising

Campus News
MLK Day of Service
Mock Interview Week
Office of International Education Update
Office of Disability Services Update
Spring Housing Information
Georgia Tech Basketball is Back!
Spring Dining Services Update
Featured Articles

Collegiate Recovery Program
The Collegiate Recovery Program, offered through the Georgia Tech Counseling Center, to provide a safe and welcoming community for students in recovery from substance use disorders. The new year brings a fresh start to program members looking to make a new commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. Read more...

News from Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising 
Pre-Teaching Advising, Pre-Law, and Pre-Health Advising News, plus Prestigious Fellowships with upcoming information sessions! All your students need to know about upcoming events with Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising in the Center for Career Discovery and Development. Read more...
Campus News

MLK Day of Service
January 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Georgia Tech’s 7th annual MLK Day of Service exemplifies the Institute’s motto, “Progress and Service” and honors the national holiday’s spirit of “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” Have your student register by visiting www.engage.gatech.edu.

Mock Interview Week
Students will have an opportunity to practice their interview skills with company representatives during Mock Interview Week, January 24-27, sponsored by the Center for Career Discovery and Development. Students can sign up through CareerBuzz. Mock interviews are first-come, first-served. For more information, visit http://career.gatech.edu/12th-annual-georgia-tech-mock-interview-week

Office of International Education Updates
The Global Internship Program is seeking international internship hosts for the 2017-2018 academic year. Read more...

Office of Disability Services Updates
Georgia Tech is currently offering a specialized mentoring program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Read more...

Spring Housing Information
Although it is January, it is time to make plans for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fall housing application for new students opens Saturday, January 14.  Read more...

Georgia Tech Basketball is Back!
Don’t miss the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team take on ACC opponents Notre Dame, Syracuse and more at home in McCamish Pavilion. Tickets start at only $25 for most games. Secure your seats today at http://www.ramblinwreck.com/ or call 1-888-Tech-TIX.

Georgia Tech Dining Services Updates
Spring into the New Semester with a Meal Plan! Read more...
Job Opportunities
Resident Advisor and Peer Leader Positions - Encourage Your Students to Apply for 2017-2018
The Department of Housing is looking for new Student Leaders in Georgia Tech’s Residence Halls! Read more...

Parent Assistant Leaders (PALs) Applications Due February 26, 2017

Parent & Family Programs could not serve the thousands of Georgia Tech families throughout the year without the help of our student leaders! Parent & Family Programs is currently seeking students for our student leadership position. Read more...
Important Dates
January 9 - First Day of Class
January 13 - Last Day for Class Schedule Changes
January 16 - Official School Holiday
January 17 - Spring 2017 Fee Payment Deadline (4pm)
January 24 - 27 - Mock Interview Week
February 2 - First Spring All Majors Career Fair
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Sibs Day 2017 - February 11
Click here to learn more about this fun event for Georgia Tech students and their guests.
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 are your hopes for this semester?
As with the new calendar year, the new semester brings opportunities to make resolutions for change. If last semester’s grades did not meet your student’s expectations, remind your son or daughter that you love them no matter what, let him or her identify possible challenge areas, and discuss plans for improvement for the spring semester. Perhaps your student is eager to get more involved on campus or has goals to do community service work. Identifying those goals now, in order to meet deadlines, will help your student get closer to achieving them.
What are you doing this summer?
You may have already started talking about this, but for most students, making summer plans is hard to do before winter break. Students can use employment opportunities to try out career options and gain valuable leadership skills. They can also build their resume with relevant internships and study abroad opportunities. 
This semester, 17 educational and cultural events will take place on campus thanks to your donations to the Parents Fund. In addition, we are pleased to announce that 14 students have received Student Leadership Grants from the Parents Fund, and will take part in individual professional development activities this semester. Your gifts are making a world of difference for Georgia Tech students. Thank you for your support!

To make a secure, tax deductible gift to the Parents Fund, please go to www.parents.gatech.edu and click on “Make a Gift.”
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