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January 2016 Articles at a Glance

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The Buzz about Careers
Happy New Year from C2D2!

Featured Articles
Big Changes Ahead for the Student Center
Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Office of International Education Celebrates
International Opportunities Open House

Campus News
Housing Information
Mock Interview Week
MLK Day of Service
GT Basketball is Back!
Spring Into the New Semester with a Meal Plan

Job Opportunities
Resident Advisor and Peer Leader Positions

From the Parents Program

Happy New Year! The new year and the spring semester bring new goals and new adventures for many, most especially, our students. Encourage your student(s) to take advantage of all that Georgia Tech has to offer from trips abroad with Study Abroad, to working on their resume or polishing their interviewing skills with the Center for Career Discovery and Development, to staying healthy at the Campus Recreation Center. Graduating students often share that they wished they would have taken more time to experience some of the numerous opportunities that Georgia Tech has to offer before they graduated. Encourage your student to get involved, try something new, and take advantage of opportunities at Georgia Tech and in Atlanta!
The Parents Program staff enjoy the spring semester for many reasons, but mainly because we love hosting Sibs Day! Sibs Day is an educational and fun way for children and youth, ages 7-17, learn what their Georgia Tech siblings do while they are away from home. Big brothers and sisters enjoy spending quality time with their younger siblings and sharing their Yellow Jacket pride! For more information about Sibs Day visit
Let us know how we can help you throughout the spring semester by calling the Parents Program at (404) 385-1396 or by emailing
Wishing your family all the best in 2016!

Laci Weeden
Director, Parents Program


The Buzz about Careers
News and views about students’ career development from Dr. Michelle Tullier, executive director of the Center for Career Discovery and Development.

Happy new year from C2D2! Our team has some exciting initiatives to benefit your students this year. We took time in December for staff retreats focused on employer relations, career advising, technology, and operations. These annual strategic planning meetings give us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the upcoming year. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store for 2016…

Technology advances
A complete revamp of our website is underway to improve ease of use, update content, and provide clear entry points and resource navigation for students, parents, and employers. Watch for announcements of the site’s re-launch during spring semester!

We’re upgrading the student interface on CareerBuzz and implementing a single sign-on process (when signed into Georgia Tech email, they don’t have to log in again to get into CareerBuzz), making it easier and faster for students to access internship, co-op, and job postings.

Pre-professional and Pre-graduate initiatives
Our first-ever graduate school fair at Georgia Tech will be held on April 5. All students interested in exploring graduate school options are welcome to attend.

Another first is the law school fair we are planning for students considering or planning to apply to law school. Stand by for updates on the date of that fair.

Career education updates
We’re expanding our student ambassador program, comprised of students who are members of the Briaerean Society (the co-op honor society), as well as other students who have successfully worked in co-ops. The ambassadors participate in C2D2 career education and experiential education advising events to provide peer guidance to other students.

I will personally be working with our career education team and campus partners, as well as employers, to develop programming and educational resources around the concept of career readiness and the competencies that employers seek in new hires. There’s a lot of national discussion around career readiness and the college-to-career transition, and we at Georgia Tech want to be in the forefront of best practices.

Employer relations plans
We’re gearing up for our annual Co-op & Internship Fair January 26-28. This year we’ve expanded the fair from two days to three to accommodate more employers from a wide range of industries, interested in students across all majors. We have 360 recruiters from 120 companies registered for the fair, with more to come.

We will continue our efforts to develop more recruiting relationships with start-ups and smaller companies. While employment opportunities with major corporations will always be a cornerstone of our employer relations strategy, smaller and newer businesses offer exciting opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial learning for our students. But these organizations rarely have the recruiting resources to attend our large career fairs or to participate in on-campus recruiting seasons, so we will continue to provide more avenues for them to connect with Georgia Tech students for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions for graduates.

These are only some of the highlights of the C2D2 mission for 2016. Throughout the year I’ll update you on these and other developments. We look forward to another year of educating and serving your students!

Featured Articles

re(in)novation – Big Changes Ahead for the Student Center
If you've participated in FASET, Family Weekend, or one of the hundreds of other events that happen in and around the Student Center, you know that it is one of the busiest and most important places on campus. The Student Center is the central gathering place for the campus and we need to renovate and expand! Read more...

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities 
It’s not too early for your Georgia Tech student to be thinking about plans for summer!  Opportunities are available for undergraduate students to spend part of the summer working side-by-side with researchers at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Students are able to gain valuable experience in full-time research with a cohort of students from universities across the country and are able to not only participate in exciting research projects, but experience the research culture at another university. Read more...

Office of International Education Celebrates and You Can, Too! 
Did you know that Georgia Tech and the Office of International Education (OIE) are about to celebrate a major milestone? OIE is 500 students away from sending the 20,000th student abroad! To celebrate and achieve this goal, OIE is giving one lucky student a free airfare voucher with a value of up to $2,000 for their GT Study Abroad experience on a Georgia Tech study abroad program. If your student has been putting off studying abroad, now is the time. For more information and full details, please visit:

International Opportunities Open House 
Your student is invited to join us on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 11am to 1pm in the Student Center Piedmont Room for an International Opportunities Open House. This is an excellent time to talk to advisors and ask questions about study abroad programs, global internships, and the International Plan. For more information on current events, please go to:

Campus News

Housing Information
Happy New Year! The Georgia Tech Department of Housing hopes that you and your student had a restful and enjoyable winter break.

We look forward to the arrival of our new incoming residents on spring move-in day, Sunday, January 10. For those who wish to arrive early, they may do so January 4-8 for an additional charge of $75 per night. Transfer students participating in FASET may move in on Wednesday, January 6 with no additional fee.  No one will be able to check out keys on Saturday, January 9 – so please have your student plan his/her arrival accordingly. For specific check-in locations, see Spring Check-In Locations posted on our housing website.

Although it is January, it’s time to make plans for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  The fall housing application for new students opens Tuesday, January 12. Returning students will begin to apply for fall housing on Tuesday, February 2.  Parents, encourage your student to monitor his/her GT email, the housing website, and their GT P.O. Box for information, updates, and brochures about the application process.

Anytime you or your student have questions about GT campus housing or need assistance with an application, our assignment staff is ready to help.  Contact us by phone (404-894-2470), email (, or visit our website (
Mock Interview Week
Students will have an opportunity to practice their interview skills with company representatives during Mock Interview Week, January 19-22, sponsored by the Center for Career Discovery and Development. Students can sign up through CareerBuzz. Mock interviews are first-come, first-served. For more information, visit
MLK Day of Service | January 18, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Georgia Tech’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service exemplifies the Institute’s motto, “Progress and Service” and honors the national holiday’s spirit of “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”  Have your student register by visiting .

Georgia Tech Basketball is Back!
Don't miss any of the action when your Yellow Jacket Men's and Women's Basketball teams take on some of the best competition in the nation. Conference foes Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Duke are just some of the opponents that will be visiting McCamish this winter. Visit for ticket information and be a part of the action in McCamish Pavilion.

Georgia Tech Dining Services - Spring into the New Semester with a Meal Plan
The new semester is here, and so our new Spring 2016 meal plans! Each one of our four core meal plans offers a more than 30 percent savings on the retail prices of our Community Restaurants, and our all access meal plan offers an unlimited amount of savings!

For students who want to split their meals between our Community Restaurants and retail locations, we offer the Access 14, Access 10, and Social 75 meal plans. The Access 14 and Access 10 meal plans offer a certain number of meals per week, with access limited to one meal per meal period. The Social 75 meal plan offers 75 meals per semester, and does not have any meal period restrictions, so your student can bring a friend! Each of these four plans includes $150 in BuzzFunds, so your students will have plenty for lunch at our food trucks or their next load of laundry.

Finally, for students looking for the ultimate retail meal plan option, Spring Dining Dollars are here! Dining Dollars are tax free, accepted at all Georgia Tech Dining locations, and deposits of $300+ receive a 10% bonus. Please note that Dining Dollars expire at the end of the Spring semester. For more information, visit us at


Job Opportunities
Resident Advisor and Peer Leader Positions – Encourage Your Student’s to Apply for 2016-2017
The Department of Housing is looking for new Student Leaders in Georgia Tech’s Residence Halls!
We have a total of 287 Resident Advisors and Peer Leaders serving our students in our residential communities. The function of the Student Staff Member (SSM) position is to work with residents to facilitate and develop a community environment within residence halls which will contribute to the intellectual, social, and cultural growth of their residents which will result in increased academic success and retention for these participants. The SSM works closely with the Hall Director in order to maintain a level of consistency both within the area and within the department. The student staff position requires dedication, flexibility, commitment, and enthusiasm as the staff member will actively respond to the changing needs and situations with residents. The SSM works directly with the Hall Director and receives additional direct supervision and training from the Hall Director and department.

The application will be available through January 20. Please visit for more information.
Important Dates

January 8 – Sibs Day Registration Opens (9 AM)
January 11 – First Day of Class
January 13 – Georgia Tech’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
January 15 – Last Day for Schedule Changes
January 18 –Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday – Official School Holiday
January 19 – Fee Payment Deadline (4 PM)
January 26-28 – Internship and Co-op Fair

February 20, 2016

Sibs Day will be held on February 20, 2016 and registration will open on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 9am. This event may sell out, so please register early.

Visit for more information.

Happy New Year from
the Division of Student Life!


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 your hopes for this semester?
As with the new calendar year, the new semester brings opportunities to make resolutions for change. If last semester’s grades did not meet your student’s expectations, remind your son or daughter that you love them no matter what, let him or her identify possible challenge areas, and discuss plans for improvement for the spring semester. Perhaps, your student is eager to get more involved on campus or has goals to do community service work. Identifying those goals now, in order to meet deadlines, will help your student get closer to achieving them.
What are you doing this summer?
You may have already started talking about this, but for most students, making summer plans is hard to do before winter break. Students can use employment opportunities to try out career options, gain valuable leadership experience and skills. They can also build their resume with relevant internships and study abroad opportunities.

Help the Parents Program
by Booking Your Travel!

Are you booking trips for your student to come home for the holidays or break? 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 and support the Parents Program.
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