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October 2015 Articles at a Glance

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Upcoming Events
Together We Swarm - In Ireland
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2015

Featured Articles
Deconstructing a Career Fair
Get Involved with Project One & Garbology
Undergraduate Research is Active Learning
Collegiate Recovery Program
Office of International Education

Campus News
Free Flu Shot Clinics Start September 29
Midterm Progress Reports
Stamps Health Services Pharmacy Announces Prescription Insurance Acceptance
Georgia Tech Women's Leadership Conference
Fall 2015 Commencement & President's Graduation Celebration
Georgia Tech's New Serve-Learn-Sustain Initiative
Georgia Tech Dining: Going "Back to the Foodture"
Housing News
Volunteer Opportunities

From the Parents Program

Greetings Georgia Tech Parents and Families,

Where did the last two months go? It seems like yesterday that families were preparing to move their students to campus and now Georgia Tech’s Fall Break is next week and families are already making plans for Thanksgiving.

While we may be deep into fall semester, there are still plenty of opportunities available for you and your student to get involved. Whether it is volunteering at Connect With Tech or Fall Commencement, hosting an international student for Thanksgiving Day, or learning more about Study Abroad or the Center for Career Discovery and Development, there are endless possibilities available at Georgia Tech. We have highlighted a variety of these opportunities in this month’s edition of ParentNews.

Thank you again to those who joined us for Family Weekend! It was AMAZING! I personally loved all the smiles from students and their families as they got to spend some quality time together throughout the weekend. Click on this link to see families who took pictures with our photo booths. More pictures will be shared in our November edition of ParentNews..
Have a question? Call the Parents Program at (404) 385-1396 or email us at
With Yellow Jacket Pride,

Laci Weeden
Director, Parents Program

Upcoming Events

Together We Swarm - In Ireland!
The Georgia Tech Parents Program is proud to announce a special trip for Georgia Tech families! Join us in Dublin, Ireland, to watch our Yellow Jackets take on the Boston College Eagles!

We invite all of our families to join us on this special trip for Georgia Tech’s first-ever international football game. Georgia Tech and Boston College will open the 2016 football season in Dublin, Ireland, for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. The game, which will be the official ACC opener for both schools, will be held Sept. 3, 2016, at Aviva Stadium, and is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2.

The Georgia Tech Parents Program has a block of seats for families to sit together with other Georgia Tech fans and cheer on our Yellow Jackets! To learn more about pricing for the Dublin Game Weekend travel package, hotel accommodations and excursions visit

If you are interested in joining us in Dublin, Ireland, please call 214-363-0257. Make sure you mention that you are part of the Parents Program at Georgia Tech when you call so you are listed in our block. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wonders of Dublin as you cheer on the Jackets!

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2015
Come back to campus October 22-24 for a memorable weekend filled with festivities for the whole family. We have something for everyone: a keynote presentation by alumnus Bo Godbold, vice chairman of Raymond James Financial, Inc., a traditions presentation on life at Tech 100 years ago, the president’s update, campus tours, and the 25th, 40th and 50th class reunion parties. The weekend will be capped off with the best pre-game rally around as we get ready to cheer the Yellow Jackets to victory as they take on Florida State University!

Find more details, including online registration, visit the Homecoming website.
Featured Articles

Deconstructing a Career Fair: What to Know About Your Student's Job Search
The annual fall career fair is a signature event for Georgia Tech, and we in C2D2 take great pride in our ability to attract so many prestigious employers who flock to register for it. But where does this career fair fit into your student’s employment search? Is the career fair the way your student will secure his or her internship, co-op, or full-time job? Maybe. Maybe not. Here’s how to deconstruct a career fair to understand its place in your student’s career development journey. Read more...

Get Involved with Project One and Garbology
Each year, incoming Georgia Tech students participate in a first-year reading program called Project One. This year, all first-year students have received a copy of Edward Humes’s Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Read more...

Undergraduate Research is Active Learning
If your student wants to apply what they are learning in the classroom in an active setting to gain practical experience, then they should look into doing undergraduate research. It is one of the unique and fulfilling opportunities that Georgia Tech offers students as a leading research university. Read more...

Georgia Tech Collegiate Recovery Program
The Georgia Tech Collegiate Recovery Program offers a safe and welcoming community for students in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. Students meet for a weekly recovery seminar, participate in service projects and sober social activities, and often attend the on-campus AA meeting at the Catholic Center on Thursday nights. The sense of community created by the program helps students develop meaningful relationships and hold themselves and each other accountable for working their recovery programs. Read more..

Office of International Education
It’s official! According to the 2014 to 2015 Office of International Education data, 52% of Georgia Tech B.S. graduates had an international experience! Georgia Tech has long been a leader in providing opportunities for students to experience other cultures, develop critical global competencies, and understand the global implications of their disciplines. The Office of International Education (OIE) spearheads Georgia Tech’s internationalization efforts. Read more...

Campus News

Free Flu Shot Clinics Start September 29
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people get vaccinated against flu soon after vaccine becomes available, if possible by October. Stamps Health Services will be offering FREE flu shots for all Georgia Tech students who have paid their health fee.  Read more...

Midterm Progress Reports
If students are enrolled in 1000/2000-level courses, grades are now available to help them assess their progress. Instructors award each student either an S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Students who discover that they are off track or just think they would like to do better are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic Success ( to find out what they can do to improve their performance. Connecting with a tutor or academic coach, visiting a professor or TA during office hours, or participating in a workshop or study group can help students turn a rough start into a successful finish. Let your student know that help is available!

Stamps Health Services Pharmacy Announces Prescription Insurance Acceptance
To provide more comprehensive medical care on campus, Stamps Health Services is happy to announce, effective October 1, that Stamps Pharmacy is now accepting most third party prescription insurance plans. 
  • The Stamps Pharmacy network covers over 1,500 prescription insurance plans and we are constantly adding more plans.
  • Check our website at for a listing of accepted plans
  • Currently, insurance acceptance is only for Georgia Tech students. Stamps Pharmacy is working to provide the same service to faculty and staff in the near future. 
When you come into Stamps, you’ll get personal attention, fast service and great deals on over-the-counter medications. Come by or call Stamps at 404-894-1430 to see if we accept your insurance plan, and let us start giving you the personalized care and service you deserve so you are healthy and successful at Georgia Tech.  For more information, please visit

Georgia Tech Women's Leadership Conference
The Women's Leadership Conference began during the winter of 1998 as means to celebrate, recognize, and learn more about the strong leadership exhibited by women of the Georgia Tech community. The conference is a gathering of women who have sought to become leaders in the classroom and the boardroom as well as the communities where they reside. This year we hope to use the conference theme of Reflect to broaden the personal, professional, and global horizons of all conference attendees. The conference offers workshops, speakers and discussions aimed at training female leaders on local area campuses and in the Atlanta community. The new group of Georgia Tech students making up this year’s planning committee is eager to organize a successful and impactful conference again this year.

Moms, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters are encouraged to attend with their student! For more information, visit the Women’s Leadership Conference web site.

Fall 2015 Commencement & President's Graduation Celebration
Georgia Tech will celebrate its 250th Commencement at McCamish Pavilion. The PhD and master’s ceremony will take place Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m. The bachelor’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. We encourage guests to arrive early for general seating. The bachelor’s ceremony is a ticketed event. Visit the commencement website,, for more information.

In addition, we encourage all parents and their guests to share in the excitement of Commencement with their graduates at the President’s Graduation Celebration, held Friday, December 11, from 3–5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Families and graduates will have an opportunity to take photos with beloved Tech mascots, meet administrators, faculty, and staff, and share in unique traditions that make Georgia Tech such a cherished institution.

Georgia Tech's New Serve-Learn-Sustain Initiative
Is your student passionate about making the world a better place? So is Georgia Tech! Our motto is “Progress and Service”—and we are upping the ante through Serve-Learn-Sustain, our new, campus-wide academic initiative launching this January. Serve-Learn-Sustain will provide students with a multitude of learning and co-curricular opportunities designed to help them combine their academic and career interests with their desire to improve the human condition.

The result? Georgia Tech students will help build healthier, more sustainable communities where people and nature thrive, in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe. And more Georgia Tech grads will pursue careers and lives filled with meaning. Want to learn more? Encourage your student to stop by the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain in Clough for a conversation with our inaugural director, cultural anthropologist Dr. Jennifer Hirsch--or give her a call at 404-385-4026. And be sure to visit our website and sign up for our listserv.

Georgia Tech Dining is Going "Back to the Foodture" on October 21st
We know how stressful college can be, and our team is here to help! On October 21, our team will be bringing the Foodture to the Georgia Tech campus alongside the Georgia Tech Farmers Market.  Read more...

Housing News
The Spring 2016 Georgia Tech on-campus housing application which opened September 17, continues this month for new and returning students. The online application may be accessed from the Department of Housing website.  Read more...

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers Needed for “Connect with Tech” Receptions
Undergraduate Admission would love to have a few parent volunteers to mingle with prospective parents during Connect with Tech. All of the receptions will take place in the Bill Moore Student Success Center. Would you put this opportunity in Parent News or open it up to Parent & Family Ambassadors?
Sunday, October 18, 6-7:30pm
Sunday, November 8, 6-7:30pm
Please email by October 12 and list which of the above sessions you are able to assist with and your contact information.

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving with GT A Home for the Holidays 
Georgia Tech is home to many international students. Over the holiday season, these students are often unable to travel to their home country. Additionally, many of them have never experienced a traditional Thanksgiving. In order to build a stronger GT community, the Student Government Association in collaboration with the Parents Program would like to provide students the opportunity to experience the Thanksgiving holiday in a local family's home.

For any questions or concerns please e-mail

Parents Needed to Volunteer at December Commencement
The Parents Program needs parents to help spread goodwill and cheer to parents and families of our graduating students prior to commencement on Saturday, December 12 from 7 - 9:30 a.m. at McCamish Pavilion. If interested in volunteering for December Commencement, please email Stacey Smith at  Additional details will be provided to volunteers in advance of the event.
Important Dates

October 12-13 – Fall Break (No Classes)
October 22-24 – Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

February 20, 2016

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Help the Parents Program by Booking Your Travel!

Are you booking trips for your student to come home for the holidays or break? Or are you going on a trip? 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:

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 you doing for Fall Break?
Check in with your student to see what their plans are for Fall Break. Some students will travel home, while others will stay in Atlanta and study or take a break and visit some of Atlanta’s local attractions. If they are staying on campus to study, encourage them to take a break to recharge their batteries. Fall Break marks the halfway point in the semester and it is important for students to take care of themselves both physically and mentally. The Campus Recreation Center will be open during Fall Break or they can take advantage of their student discount at the Box Office in the Student Center to use at AMC and Regal Theaters, Six Flags, and more!
What plans are you making for internships or other career-related experiences?
This may be hard to believe, but it is not too early for your student to begin thinking about gaining career-related experience for the spring semester or summer. The Center for Career Discovery and Development offers programs and services to help students prepare and succeed with their internship or job search. Visit for more information.

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