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Upcoming Events
Burdell's Brunch
New Student Convocation
Rock, Ramble and Roll
Family Weekend 2015
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Featured Articles
Welcome Back
Campus Safety
Twenty Lessons Learned as a Georgia Tech Parent
Georgia Tech Football
What Our First-Year Students Tell Us About Themselves
Sorority and Fraternity Life at Georgia Tech
Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation
Global Opportunities at Georgia Tech

Campus News
Mandatory Online Education Courses for Students
New Meningitis Vaccines Available
Department of Housing - Move-In Information
Fresh, Local, Sustainable: Georgia Tech Dining Services
Volunteer Opportunities

From the Parents Program

Greetings Georgia Tech Parents & Families!

On behalf of the Division of Student Life and the Parents Program, it is my pleasure to welcome the parents of new and returning students to a new academic year at Georgia Tech. For those of us that work at Georgia Tech, this is our favorite time of the year because the campus truly comes to life. There is a “buzz” all over campus with the various events and activities geared to promote campus involvement and student success. Please encourage your student(s) to attend these planned events so they learn more about campus life, get connected to other Georgia Tech students, and have some Yellow Jacket fun!

The Parents Program has been busy this summer with welcoming families at FASET, preparing for Burdell’s Brunch — a new event for families of new Georgia Tech students — and planning for our annual Family Weekend which occurs this year on October 2 - 4. We made several changes to Family Weekend this year based on recommendations from families. We invite our new families and returning families to come to campus in October and celebrate the weekend with their student(s) and their extended Georgia Tech Family! Registration opens today, August 3, and I encourage you to register as soon as possible. For more information, including the schedule-at-a-glance and discount codes for hotels, visit the Family Weekend websitePlease note that registration closes for Family Weekend on Thursday, September 17 at 11:59 p.m.
This first edition of the ParentNews for 2015-2016 is filled with helpful information for both new and returning families and we hope you find it all very useful. For those returning families who are interested in purchasing a Parents Program Calendar for this year, please click here. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Parents Program at 404-385-1396 or email us at with any questions.

Best wishes for a successful year!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parents Program

Upcoming Events

Burdell's Brunch - August 16, 2015
Join us for brunch on Sunday, August 16, as we celebrate the beginning of a new academic year at Georgia Tech. Burdell’s Brunch is open to parents, family members and guests of all new Georgia Tech students which includes first year and transfer students. Hosted by the Parents Program, this event will provide families an opportunity to hear from President G.P. “Bud” Peterson and members of the Institute’s leadership team as well as meet other Georgia Tech families. Georgia Tech faculty and staff will also be in attendance to share their perspectives and answer any questions.

For more information and to purchase your tickets to Burdell’s Brunch, click here.

New Student Convocation - August 16, 2015
Incoming freshman are encouraged to attend New Student Convocation on Sunday, August 16, from 5 – 6 p.m. Just as Commencement is a ceremony that marks the completion of study, New Student Convocation celebrates a student's entry into higher education and serves as the Institute's official welcome to the campus community. During the ceremony, we acquaint new students with Georgia Tech's mission and traditions. Students and guests are asked to dress appropriately in smart casual attire. For more information visit

Rock, Ramble and Roll - August 16, 2015
Immediately following New Student Convocation, students will attend a special welcome party sponsored by Auxiliary Services — Rock, Ramble, and Roll — which celebrates their first night as a Georgia Tech college student. Held in the Student Center, students may take a shuttle or walk over after the Convocation ceremony. This is a free event for new students.

Family Weekend - October 2-4, 2015
Enjoy a special weekend created for our Georgia Tech families! Join with other Yellow Jacket families as we host Georgia Tech’s Family Weekend on Friday, October 2- Sunday, October 4, 2015. This exciting weekend of activities includes a special presentation by President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, stimulating presentations by faculty and staff, college and school receptions, family bowling at Tech Rec, student performances, a special evening with Arts@Tech, our annual Family Weekend Tailgate prior to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football game, a jazz brunch with Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students John Stein, community service, and more!

The Parents Program is very proud of our Family Weekend programming. We look forward to celebrating what makes Georgia Tech a great place to be with more than 2,500 participants. We think you will enjoy spending the weekend with us too. But don't just take our word for it - take a look at the video below to learn more about Family Weekend at Georgia Tech.
Cost: $65 per family (up to eight family members). Some events, such as the tailgate and football tickets, are an additional charge. Visit to learn more and to register today. Registration closes on September 17, 2015.

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend  - October 22-24, 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

Welcome Back: From the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Like many of you I’m asking the question “where did the summer go?” It’s hard to believe that we are days away from beginning yet another exciting academic year. The start of an academic year is a new beginning, a time filled with hope and possibility.

Throughout the summer I met many of you as you brought your son or daughter to FASET Orientation as a new first-year student or transfer student. For returning parents, it is the start of another year-maybe the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th. For everyone, new and returning, each year presents many opportunities for your student to explore his or her options through involvement in both curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Personally, I always enjoy the start of a new academic year — it is a time filled with emotion and fanfare. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of seeing newly enrolled students and their families move in to the residence halls and put all the pieces in place to start their new experience. Our returning students come back to campus with stories of their study abroad adventures or co-op, internship, or work experiences. It is also a time to reconnect with faculty or meet new faculty and staff who have recently arrived at Georgia Tech.

For some parents it is potentially a time filled with emotion and some worry — a very normal response. Rest assured there are support services for both you and your student. The reality is, we are only a telephone call or email message away. I recommend that parents take advantage of all the services, programs, and support Georgia Tech offers, particularly our Parents Program ( Being involved with our Parents Program is one of the best means to stay informed about life at Georgia Tech, important deadlines/dates, and ways you can become more involved in the Tech community.

All of our students will experience many new and wonderful things over the next few months and academic year. I ask that you, as parents, encourage your student to take advantage of all Georgia Tech has to offer, both in and out of the classroom. And if you feel that your student could benefit from the support services offered at Georgia Tech, please advise him or her to seek help quickly. Identifying and addressing issues early on offers students a greater opportunity to succeed.

Georgia Tech is a wonderful place filled with great opportunities and challenges, and the Division of Student Life is here to serve you and your student. Please do not hesitate to contact me with a question or feedback, or just to let me know how your son/daughter is enjoying the Georgia Tech experience. I can be reached at or 404.894.6367.

Go Jackets!

John M. Stein
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Campus Safety
Student safety is a top priority at Georgia Tech; and our primary focus at the Georgia Tech Police Department is keeping the campus secure. We are constantly updating our technology and tactics to better serve the community. Read more...

Twenty Lessons Learned as a Georgia Tech Parent
Parent of a Georgia Tech Alum shares words of wisdom and lessons learned from her child's educational journey. 

Georgia Tech Football
There are many things that make Georgia Tech a special and unique institution, including a nationally competitive athletic program with a rich and storied tradition. Read more...

What Our First-Year Students Tell Us About Themselves
At FASET each summer, our incoming students complete an Institute survey. The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) allows us to learn about our freshmen. Read more...

Sorority and Fraternity Life at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is home to more than 50 fraternities and sororities. Naturally, this can seem a little overwhelming to students when they consider their options in deciding which chapter is right for them. The fraternities and sororities at Georgia Tech are grouped under four governing boards, each with their own unique recruitment and membership process. The following is a brief overview of each governing board and related recruitment events. Read more...
Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation: The Skills to Shape Our World
If your student is ready for a challenge, likes working beyond the traditional boundaries of coursework, and wants to participate in something “hands-on,” then undergraduate research is a must. Georgia Tech is a leading research university and provides extraordinary opportunities for students to enter the exciting world of discovery and innovation. Read more...

Global Opportunities at Georgia Tech
In a recent study conducted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers were asked to identify the top skills they look for when hiring college graduates. A staggering 96 percent of employers said they value “problem solving in diverse settings,” 83 percent said “teamwork skills in diverse settings,” and 78 percent said “intercultural skills and understanding of societies and cultures outside the US.” 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. Read more...
Campus News

Mandatory Online Education Courses for Students
We need your help to remind students to complete the online education courses Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault and AlcoholEdu. First year undergraduate students have received an e-mail about their Haven/AlcoholEdu requirements. The deadline to complete Part 1 of each program is August 17, 2015. Students are required to complete Part 2 of Haven/AlcoholEdu by October 16, 2015.  Any student who fails to complete the program by the deadline, will receive a registration hold on their accounts, preventing them from registering for Spring 2016 classes. This hold will be removed when students complete Part 1 and Part 2 of Haven/AlcoholEdu. Students will receive e-mail reminders throughout the course to help them successfully complete the programs. Learn more at: 

New Meningitis Vaccines Available at Stamps Health Services
Even though there have been no recently reported cases of meningitis at Georgia Tech, meningitis did make news during the past year due to outbreaks at other college campuses across the United States. Read more...

Department of Housing: Move-In Information
Only a few days left before the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, and we look forward to the arrival of our residents that will live on the Georgia Tech campus. If your student has not applied for on-campus housing and would like to take advantage of all that we have to offer, it is not too late. Read more...

Fresh, Local, Sustainable: Georgia Tech Dining Services
As part of our campus-wide commitment to provide quality, value, and convenience to the Georgia Tech community, Dining Services officially unveiled our new branding at the Class of 2019 Freshman Orientation sessions. Our new branding, which will be used on all marketing pieces and signage across campus, as well as both the Dining Services website and Meal Plan website, embraces our culinary program, which is centered around fresh, local, and sustainable cuisine. Read more...
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers Needed for Move-In
We are looking for parent and family volunteers to help greet new Georgia Tech families at our Parents Program table located near the residence halls on Thursday, August 13, from 8 a.m. – noon or noon – 4 p.m. We will be passing out water, goodies and answering any questions to help new families on that day. Email by August 10 if you are able to assist on August 13 and share which shift you are able to work.

Volunteers Needed for Family Weekend Preparation
We are looking for parent and family members that are able to help us get ready for Family Weekend 2015. We will be stuffing packets for Family Weekend Check-In. Family Weekend Prep will happen on Sunday, September 27, from noon – 5 p.m. Email by September 15 and share if you would like to work noon – 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. or both shifts.
Important Dates

August 3 – Family Weekend Registration Opens
August 13 – First-Year Students Move-In
August 15 – Move-In
August 16 - Burdell's Brunch
August 16 - New Student Convocation
August 17 - First Day of Class
August 24 - Fee Payment Deadline for Fall 2015
Family Weekend 2015 
Registration Now Open!

Parent Calendar
The Parent Calendar for 2015-2016 is now available! The Parent Calendar highlights information and important dates. This Georgia Tech spirited wall calendar discusses common student experiences, contains great tips for parents and families and offers helpful resources for you and your student. Cost: $10. Calendar orders will be mailed beginning in early June. NOTE: New families attending FASET Parent Orientation will automatically receive one calendar at FASET Parent Orientation Check-In.

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.

These questions will help you check-in with your student at the end of August after they have moved in and started classes.
How’s the relationship with your roommate?
Students often come to college with the expectation that their roommate is or will be their best friend forever. This occasionally happens. However, most often it does not. Setting realistic expectations for the relationship may help create a more collaborative living arrangement conducive to respect and negotiation as opposed to social priorities. Encourage your student to use the “Roommate Agreement” provided by the Department of Housing staff to negotiate study hours, cleaning responsibilities, sleeping habits, visiting hours, etc. This document will be useful if a conflict arises in the future.
What are you doing to meet new people and learn about campus?
It is important for students to get out of their rooms the first week and explore what campus has to offer. Welcome Home Month and R.A.T.S Week hosts multiple events every day during the first week and month of classes intended to help students meet other students. A calendar of events is available at
How is your first week of class?
There are many students with schedule issues the first week. Are they in the correct classes? Do they have enough hours? 12 hours is considered full-time. Most students are not overwhelmed with course work the first week, but it is important to start establishing good work habits. Dropping in on professors during their office hours is also a good activity for students to pursue the first week. Many students find this activity intimidating. Suggesting that they go with a classmate may help to relieve some of the anxiety. See the Center for Academic Success website for suggestions.

Thank You from the Parents Fund!

We wanted to give all of those that contributed to our recent phonathon a great big thanks! Because of you we have raised almost $70,000 for student organizations on campus. Your dedication as parents is clearly evident and we are so grateful that you are choosing to support these important programs. If you have not fulfilled your pledge to the phonathon yet, you may do so today online. Every gift matters and will truly make a difference as we move toward the new school year. Thank you again for everything you have done and continue to do for Georgia Tech student life!

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