Greetings Georgia Tech Parents and Families,

With the holidays and winter break around the corner, now is the time to begin having discussions with your student about their upcoming visits home. Students have been living without curfews and chores, making the decisions about how to spend every minute of every day. Many students will not only be visiting you while they are home, but also extended family and friends from high school. You and your student may have differing expectations about how they will spend their time at home. We encourage parents to have these conversations in advance to help alleviate potential stress and disappointment during their time at home. I encourage you to read a few reminders and tips that I have put together in this edition of ParentNews to prepare yourself and your family.

Our next special event for all families, Sibs Day, is set for February 11, 2017. Georgia Tech students and their siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends ages seven to 17 will learn more about campus life, participate in educational workshops, watch Georgia Tech take on Notre Dame in men’s basketball, and create some special Yellow Jacket memories! Mark your calendars now and talk to your students over winter break. To learn more about Sibs Day, click here. Parents and other family members are welcome, too! Registration will open on December 1 and close on January 26, 2017. 

Have a question? Call Parent & Family Programs at (404) 385-1396 or email us at

With Yellow Jacket Pride,

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
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. A Home for the Holidays was started in 2014 by the Student Government Association in order to address that need. In order to build a stronger community, this program was designed to provide international students the opportunity to experience the Thanksgiving holiday - for many, for the first time - in a local family’s home.

We are matching these students with other members of the Tech community for the Thanksgiving holiday! Students will go to the host’s home on Thursday, November 24, 2016, to share a Thanksgiving meal.
  • If you would like to host a student, please complete this form.
  • If your student is an international student and would like to be hosted, please fill out this form.
Please apply by November 7, 2016! If you have any questions, please e-mail You will be notified if you have been matched the first week of November!
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Featured Articles
Home for the Holidays
8 Tips for Finals Prep
What is Environmental Justice?
Complete College Georgia at Georgia Tech

Campus News
International Education Week
Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
Housing News
Dining News
Fall 2016 Commencement and President's Graduate Celebration
Getting to and from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport

Does your student need to travel to the Atlanta International Airport for the break periods? If so, the following information may be helpful:

MARTA: It is recommended that students traveling to the airport use the red or gold MARTA trains (southbound). Students may take the Tech Trolley or Stingerette (nighttime only, 6 p.m. – 7 a.m.) to and from the Midtown MARTA station. One-way rides are $2.50 on MARTA. Ground Transportation Information: Visit this link for recommendations for transportation to and from the airport. 
Featured Articles
Home for the Holidays
In the days ahead, the fall semester will be coming to an end and students some will be heading home for Thanksgiving and winter breaks. While family traditions and gatherings are important, families must also remember that compromise may be inevitable during an extended stay at home. Read more...

8 Tips for Finals Prep
As a parent, you are probably as worried as your student is at the prospect of their first set of final exams at Georgia Tech. If your student has been doing the right things — studying consistently, attending every class, taking notes during lectures, completing all assignments and utilizing campus resources as needed — all should be well.  Read more...

What is Environmental Justice?
The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (CSLS) is embarking on a year-long journey to introduce the environmental justice movement (EJ) to our campus and community partners. Suggested by colleagues in the College of Sciences, environmental justice is one of the core themes for the year. Read more...

Complete College Georgia at Georgia Tech 
It is estimated that by 2020, 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a college degree. In order to improve the number of degrees earned, Complete College Georgia focuses on concrete steps to improve access and completion. As we reflect on our outcomes for 2015-16, we are observing progress in a number of areas. Read more...
Campus News
International Education Week
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. But did you know that each year there is a week devoted to helping students, staff, and faculty to understand what international opportunities are open to them on campus? Read more...

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
When students come to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the number one question asked is how to get involved in undergraduate research.  Read more...

Housing News
The Spring 2017 Campus Housing Application remains open this month for new students or returning students who are not residing on campus this fall. Read more...

The Department of Housing is looking for new Student Leaders in Georgia Tech’s Residence Halls!  Read more...

Dining News
New to Georgia Tech Dining Services: Bhojanic and Yahala! Located in the Student Center Food Court, both locations offer delicious cuisine with Halal options.  Read more...

Fall 2016 Commencement and President's Graduation Celebration
Georgia Tech will celebrate Fall Commencement at McCamish Pavilion in December.  Read more...
Volunteer Opportunities 
There are a few opportunities to volunteer this fall.  Whether it is meeting prospective parents in your area or sharing goodwill with parents of graduating students, Parent & Family Programs needs your help.

Parents Needed to Volunteer at December Commencement
Parent & Family Programs needs parents to help spread goodwill and cheer to parents and families of our graduating students prior to commencement on Saturday, December 17, from 7 - 9:30 a.m. at McCamish Pavilion. If interested, email by December 1, 2016. Additional details will be provided to volunteers in advance of the event. 

Have you sign up for our Parent & Family Programs Facebook page yet? Like us today at to stay connected throughout the year! 
Important Dates
October 31 November 18 - Phase I Registration for Spring 2017 Classes
November 14-18 - International Education Week
November 23 -27 - Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
December 6 - Last day of classes
December 18 - 15 - First day of spring semester
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.

How are you feeling academically?
Many students will start to prepare for end-of-semester projects and exams this month and your student is most likely feeling high levels of stress. A family’s love, support, and motivation are most important. Assure your student that they are not alone and that seeking support early is always the right way to proceed. While this can be quite a hectic time of the year and many students feel the pressure of successfully completing the semester, students and parents can rest assured that there are several resources on campus available to assist during this time. We have everything from academic support services to wellness programs. Visit these links below to learn more about preparing for the end of semester and managing stress:
Your gifts to The Parents Fund are making it possible for eight different student organizations to host events during the month of November.

A few examples include activities such as Night Market (November 9) which promotes cultural diversity and global understanding, while the Frosty 5K Run (November 12) and Tech the Halls (November 20) enhance ties between Georgia Tech students and the greater Atlanta community. Toward the end of the month, Parent Fund dollars will help the Georgia Tech Catholic Student Organization (November 24) provide Thanksgiving Day lunch to members of the Georgia Tech community who have nowhere to go for a traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 

Thank you for your donations – they are making a difference! Please consider giving online at Your contribution is tax-deductible too!
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