Greetings Georgia Tech Parents and Families!

On behalf of the Division of Student Life and Parent & Family Programs, 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!

Parent & Family Programs has been busy this summer with welcoming families at FASET Orientation and planning Family Weekend which occurs this year on September 30 – October 2. We invite both our new and returning families to come to campus and celebrate the weekend with your student(s) and extended Georgia Tech community! Family Weekend registration opened on August 8, and I encourage you register as soon as possible. For more information, including the schedule-at-a-glance and discount codes for hotels, visit http://parents.gatech.edu/familyweekend/
 
This first edition of the ParentNews for 2016-2017 is filled with information for both new and returning families. For those returning families who are interested in purchasing a Parent & Family Programs Calendar for 2016-2017, please click here. Please don’t hesitate to contact Parent & Family Programs at 404-385-1396 or email us at parents@gatech.edu with any questions.

Best wishes for a successful year!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parent & Family Programs
Articles at a Glance 

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Upcoming Events
Burdell's Brunch
New Student Convocation
Rock, Ramble, and Roll
Women's Tips for Success Cheesecake Reception
Family Weekend
Family Weekend Coat Drive
Homecoming Weekend


Featured Articles
Welcome Back from the Vice President & Dean of Students
Campus Safety
OUE: Enhancing Your Undergraduate Academic Experience
Twenty Lessons Learned as Georgia Tech Parent
Supporting Students in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders
Undergraduate Research & Student Innovation
Global Opportunities at Georgia Tech

 
Campus News
Department of Housing: Move-In Information
Georgia Tech Dining: Fall Meal Plans
Sorority & Fraternity Life at Georgia Tech
Learning Leadership Skills
Counseling Center Offers Peer Coaching Program
Save the Date: Women's Leadership Conference
Arts@Tech 2016-2017 Performance Season
Mandatory Online Education Courses for Students
Is Your Student at Risk for Meningococcal Disease?
Football Flex Packs

 
Upcoming Events

Burdell's Brunch - August 21
Join us for brunch on Sunday, August 21, as we celebrate the beginning of a new academic year at Georgia Tech. Read more...

New Student Convocation - August 21
Incoming freshman are encouraged to attend New Student Convocation on Sunday, August 21, from 5 - 6 p.m.  Read more...

Rock, Ramble, and Roll - August 21
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.

Women's Tips for Success Cheesecake Reception - August 25 & 30
Incoming women undergraduates are invited to find out tips for succeeding at Tech from a current Georgia Tech student and mingle with peers from a variety of campus organizations. Read more...

Family Weekend - September 30 - October 2
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, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016. Read more...

Family Weekend Coat Drive - September 30 - October 2
It may surprise you to know that we have students at Georgia Tech who cannot afford a winter coat. You can help! Read more...

Homecoming Weekend - October 27 - 29
We hope you and your student will join us for Homecoming Weekend 2016. Homecoming is a time to celebrate Tech Traditions and discover Yellow Jacket country. From campus tours to the Ramblin' Wreck Rally Tailgate, the weekend is packed to stir up gold and white pride. For more information and to register for events please visit gtalumni.org/homecoming.
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. Read more...

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 methods to better serve the community. We strongly encourage students, staff and faculty to pay particular attention to their surroundings and to immediately report crimes or suspicious activity to GTPD. Read more...

OUE: Enhancing Your Undergraduate Academic Experience
The Office of Undergraduate Education is comprised of several departments that provide programs and services that enrich the learning experience of undergraduates. Whether your student needs help with a challenging course; wants to identify an undergraduate research opportunity; or plans to find a co-op or internship position, OUE can help. Read more...

Twenty Lessons Learned as a Georgia Tech Parent
Written by a Mom of a recent Georgia Tech Graduate, to help you prepare for a life at Georgia Tech. Read more...

Supporting Students in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders
Students in recovery from substance use disorders look just like other Tech students. They are dedicated to their pursuit of higher education, yet they face unique — and often hidden — challenges as they work toward earning a degree from Georgia Tech. A supportive community can help. 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.  Read more...

Global Opportunities at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech has long been a leader in providing opportunities for students to experience other cultures, develop critical cross-cultural competencies, and understand the global implications of their disciplines. Read more...
Campus News

Department of Housing: Move-In Information 
Only a few days left before the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, and we look forward to the arrival of our residents that will live on the Georgia Tech campus.  Read more...

Georgia Tech Dining Update
Get ready to purchase a Fall 2016 Meal Plan! Read more...

Sorority and Fraternity Life at Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology views the fraternity and sorority experience as a significant opportunity for student learning and involvement. Read more...

Learning Leadership Skills
Leadership continues to be one of the most pressing issues faced by global organizations today. Read more...

Counseling Center Offers Peer Coaching Program
The Peer Coaching Program provides Tech students with another way to seek and receive support with academic, social or other personal concerns commonly faced by college students.  Read more...

SAVE THE DATE: 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. Read more...

Arts@Tech Announces 2016-2017 Performance Season
The 25th season of professional performances at Georgia Tech is highlighted by work that crosses genres and exemplifies the innovative and inspiring intersection of art, science, and technology.  Read more...

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. Read more...

Is Your Student at Risk for Meningococcal Disease?
If they are a college student, then the answer is “yes!”
Read more...


Football Flex Packs
“Three-game "Flex Packs" are now available for the 2016 Georgia Tech Football season that allow fans to pick any three games for just $45 per game - including Clemson! Flex packs offer discounts compared to single-game pricing. Click Here to Purchase. Flex Pack inventory is limited and available in select sections of Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Important Dates
August 8 - Family Weekend Registration Opens
August 18 - First-Year Students Move-In
August 20-21-Returning Undergraduate Move-In

August 21 - Burdell's Brunch
August 21 - New Student Convocation
August 22 - First Day of Classes
August 29Fee Payment Deadline (4PM)
Family Weekend 2016
September 30 - October 2, 2016

Register Your Family Today!
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 your family 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, more 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 http://nssp.gatech.edu/content/241/welcome-home-month
 
How is your first week of class?
Many students will experience scheduling issues their first week. 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 during the first week, though many students find this activity intimidating. Suggest that they go with a classmate to help relieve some of the anxiety. See the Center for Academic Success website at http://www.success.gatech.edu/ for suggestions.

The Parent Calendar for 2016-2017 is available! The Parent & Family Calendar assists all Yellow Jacket families each year by highlighting 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. NOTE: New families attending FASET Parent Orientation will automatically receive one calendar at FASET Parent Orientation Check-In. Click here to order your calendar today!
The Parents Board will meet on September 30 to allocate Parents Fund donations to student organizations for fall semester activities. To insure we have adequate resources to meet their needs, please consider making your tax-deductible donation online today, at www.parents.gatech.edu, and click on the “Make a gift” link. We appreciate your support! Grant recipients will be announced in the October ParentNews.
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Important Links
 

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Campus Safety
Have you sign up for our Parent & Family Programs Facebook page yet? Like us today at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaTech.ParentsProgram to stay connected over the summer! 
Volunteer Opportunities 
 
There are a few opportunities to volunteer this spring.  Whether it is meeting prospective parents in your area or sharing goodwill with parents of graduating students, the Parents Program needs your help.

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 2016. We will be stuffing packets for Family Weekend Check-In. Family Weekend Prep will happen on Sunday, September 25, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Email Laci Weeden at Laci.Weeden@studentlife.gatech.edu by September 2 and share if you would like to work 9 a.m. – noon, or noon – 3 p.m., or 3 – 6 p.m., or more than one shift.
Georgia Tech Bookstore Now Offering Textbook Direct: a new convenient way to purchase textbooks and supplies.  Visit this link to learn more!
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