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September 2015 Articles at a Glance

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Upcoming Events
Together We Swarm in Ireland
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2015

Featured Articles
Engaging Your Student in Difficult Conversations
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Office of International Education
Help the Parents Program by Booking Your Travel!
Become a Parent & Family Ambassador!

Campus News
LiveSafe App Now Available
Catholic Center Celebrates 30 Years
Rohr Chabad House Grand Opening
Volunteer Opportunities


From the Parents Program

Greetings Georgia Tech Parents and Families,

We are back in full swing on campus as students have been in class for a few weeks. As we embark on a new academic year, I wanted to share an opinion piece from the Washington Post from August 2012 with our newest Yellow Jacket families and our returning families as well. As many of our new families know from FASET Orientation, I don’t like the term “helicopter parent,” because I think it sends the message to families that they should not be involved in their college student’s life. We know that students will call parents for advice or guidance and we want parents to have the right tools to assist their GT student, which is why the motto in our office is “when parents are informed, students benefit.The Parents Program prefers the image of a tandem bicycle — your student is on the front of the bike finding their own path in life and you are on the back – still supporting, still cheering, still helping pedal up those hard hills of college life.

In the opinion piece, two college presidents shared this bit of wisdom: “College is a time when parents can grant their children the precious opportunity to take responsibility as they develop into independent young men and women, fully prepared to be productive and engaged citizens. To the parents of children who don’t like their roommates, teachers, academic advisers or grades, we urge empathy and calm. The social and survival skills young people develop in these situations will serve them well later in life. And we are proud to note the tremendous effort we put into enrolling a student body that reflects almost every difference you can imagine — income, nationality, race, gender, sexuality, and spiritual and political beliefs. If a child lives in a cocoon of familiarity, that effort is wasted, and there is little chance that he or she will be prepared for the world after graduation.”

“So parents can help by gently pushing their children to embrace complexity and diversity and to stretch the limits of their comfort zones. Some of the most important learning we provide is uncomfortable learning — where students take classes in subjects they find intimidating, and live, study and play with classmates from backgrounds very different from their own.” (B. Glassner & M. Shapiro. Grounding the Helicopter Parent).

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to register for Family Weekend on October 2-4. The Parents Program is very proud of our Family Weekend programming. Year after year, we look forward to celebrating what makes Georgia Tech a great place to be with more than 2,700 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 from Family Weekend 2014. We have made a few changes for this year, so our returning families will note some new events, such as Friday’s Family Fun Night! Visit to learn more and to register today. Please note that Family Weekend registration closes on September 17, 2015.
We know this year will be full of challenges and celebrations and we hope we can support both you and your student along the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 404-385-1396 or by email at if you have any questions. We hope to see many of you at Family Weekend in October! Go Jackets!

Happy Reading!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parents Program

Upcoming Events

Together We Swarm in Ireland - Deadline to Make your Reservation is 9/15/15
The Georgia Tech Parents Program is proud to announce a special trip for Georgia Tech families! Join us in Dublin, Ireland in September, 2016 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 September 2016 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. The deadline to make your reservations is September 15, 2015!

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 - October 22- 24
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 FSU!

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

Featured Articles

Engaging Your Student in Difficult Conversations
For all students and their families, the start of a new academic year brings excitement, hopes, and visions of successful academic and personal experiences. Georgia Tech can be a place where all students can thrive academically as they are challenged in new ways to learn and to grow in their knowledge. Georgia Tech is also a place where students can thrive in their development as young adults as they establish social connections and relationships with their peers and others in our community. Read more...

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) not only provides students with information on enriching their academic career through research, but also aims to introduce Georgia Tech students to the resources and organizations on campus available to assist them in pursuing their own ideas and passions. Read more...

Office of International Education - International Programs
It’s official! According to the 2014-15 Office of International Education data, 52 percent 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...

Help the Parents Program by Booking Your Travel!
Coming to visit your student? 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!

Visit the following link to learn more:

Become a Parent & Family Ambassador!
The Parents Program is proud to announce a unique way for parents and families to get involved at Georgia Tech. The Parents Program, Undergraduate Admissions, and the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, have partnered together to create a new program to help with recruitment, yield, involvement, retention, and philanthropic support. The newly created initiative, the Georgia Tech Parent & Family Ambassador Program, is housed in the Parents Program and allows parents and family members from around the world to be involved and stay connected. Leadership opportunities allow families to get involved with student life on campus, assist families from your region or area by answering questions and concerns, host events, attend regional events and attend campus events. All Yellow Jacket families from around the world are invited to become an Ambassador!

To learn more and register to become a Parent & Family Ambassador click here.

Campus News

Georgia Tech is providing all students, faculty, and staff with the LiveSafe app, a safety tool that provides a quick and convenient way to communicate with GTPD.
  • Easily share safety information and security concerns directly to police using text, picture, and video
  • Receive important alerts and notifications from GTPD, and access important phone numbers and safety resources
  • Share your location with friends, family, and colleagues to get from place to place safely
LiveSafe is available now for Apple and Android phones. Visit our website for more information at
Taking sensible precautions is the best way to avoid dangerous situations. For more information about crime awareness and prevention, visit the Georgia Tech Police Department website at

Georgia Tech has partnered with Zimride, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, as an alternative transportation option on campus.
Zimride is an online ride-matching service that easily connects drivers and passengers heading to the same area, taking weekend trips, or coming home to visit on breaks.
Here’s how it works:
  • The Georgia Tech program is available only to students, faculty and staff. Members of the campus community interested in using Zimride must have a valid GT Acount to sign-in.
  • In just a few seconds on, drivers and passengers can set up a profile, search for open seats, or post their ride and destination safely and securely. Encourage your student to visit the and create a profile today.
  • The platform’s unique approach to ride-matching allows members to link their profile to their Facebook page.
Insert if applicable to campus: The Zimride offering is part of the university’s focus on sustainable transportation options, which combines car sharing, ride matching, university shuttle service and public transportation to meet the mobility needs of students.
Still have questions? Check out our safety features at or contact us for more information. To have your student sign up, visit

Georgia Tech Catholic Center Celebrates 30 years on 4th Street! October 2-4, 2015
This year, the Catholic Center celebrates a big milestone: 30 years on 4th Street! Everyone is invited to join us for the festivities!
  • Gala and Silent Auction hosted by Coach Bobby Cremins and Fr. Josh Allen on Friday, October 2, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
  • Tailgate party on Saturday, October 3, at the CC
  • Anniversary Mass celebrated by Bishop David Talley on Sunday, October 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the CC.
For tickets and details about our 30th Anniversary Gala, please visit

Rohr Chabad House Grand Opening
This past Sunday, August 30, parents, alumni and faculty packed into a new Jewish Student Center located at 471 10th Street NW for a festive celebration and open house event. The Rohr Chabad house caters to the many needs of Jewish students on campus with an array of programming including weekly Shabbat dinners, holiday services and dinners, social events, and Jewish learning opportunities. Check out our Facebook page or
Is your student missing that home-style Shabbat dinner? Chabad at Georgia Tech will be hosting a beautiful sushi-in-the-Sukkah Shabbat dinner on Friday, October 2, (during Family Weekend) in the sukkah. All parents and family are welcome to attend! For more information, contact

Volunteer Opportunities
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.

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, September 27th 6:00-7:30pm
Sunday, October 18th 6:00-7:30pm
Sunday, November 8th 6:00-7:30pm
Please email by September 15th and list which of the above sessions you are able to assist with and your contact information.

Important Dates

September 7 – Labor Day (Official School Holiday)
September 9 – National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) & Multicultural Greek Council Convocation
September 11 – Arts Open House
September 12 - GT vs Tulane
September 17 - Deadline to register for Family Weekend 2015
September 25 - Fall Progress Reports Due (1000 & 2000 Level)
September 25 - 2015 Office of International Education Photo Contest Submission Deadline
October 1 - 20th Annual Study Abroad Fair, Student Center Ballroom
October 2 - 4  - Family Weekend
October 12 - 13 - Fall Break (No classes)

Family Weekend 2015 

Parent Calendar
The Parent Calendar for 2015-2016 is now available, and there limited quantities 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.

How are you doing academically?
By the middle to end of September, students most likely will have graded assignments and tests returned to them. If there are academic concerns at this point, now is the time for support. Encourage your student to talk to professors, study with classmates, take advantage of the tutorial services on campus, and get advice from advisers on success strategies. Too often parents find out about poor academic performance when final grades are assigned, and it is too late to recover from the low grades. For tutoring and other helpful information encourage your student to visit The Center for Academic Center located in the Clough Commons,
How are you adjusting to campus life?
Hopefully, various conversations you have had so far will give you a sense of this already. If at any time during the year, you find yourself worried about your son or daughter, or if he or she has experienced a trauma or a loss, your suggestion to seek counseling can be very influential. Quite often your son or daughter will be receptive to the idea of counseling, in which case, you can suggest that he or she contact the Counseling Center to make an appointment. To learn more visit the resource page for family and friends on the Counseling Center website.


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