Greetings Tech Parents!

It is hard to believe that this academic year will be coming to a close at the end of this month. I hope all of our families have had a wonderful journey this year with your student(s). Our returning students are ready to finish the semester on a positive note and move forward with their summer plans. Our graduating seniors and graduate students are excited to begin the next chapter in their lives, but also a little sad about closing this current chapter at Georgia Tech. Congratulations to our graduating students and their families!

For those of you already thinking about the fall, make sure you save the date for Family Weekend 2016, which will be held September 30 – October 2. We have a special surprise planned for Family Weekend 2016 and if you haven’t joined us in a couple of years, we invite you to come back to campus. A tentative schedule will be posted soon and registration for Family Weekend will go live on Monday, August 1, 2016. In the meantime, we encourage families to reserve their hotel rooms, since there are many activities going on in the Atlanta area that weekend. A list of discounted hotels can be found by visiting our Family Weekend website.

Also, make sure to check out the Spring 2016 Move Out Information (See the Department of Housing Reminder section) if your student lives on campus to learn more about move out procedures, storage options, and more! Please don’t hesitate to contact the Parents Program at 404-385-1396 or email us at parents@gatech.edu with any questions.
 
Best wishes for a successful end to the year, 


Laci Weeden
Director, Parents Program
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Tips for Helping Students Prepare for Finals
First Graduate School Fair
 
Campus News
Registration Open for SOUP
Passover 2016 on Campus
Pi Mile 5K Road Race
Department of Housing Reminders
Dining Reminders
Spring 2016 Commencement
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
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Tips for Helping Students Prepare for Finals

It's never too early to begin planning for finals.  If your student feels overwhelmed by the prospect of exams, here are some ideas you might want to share.  Read more...

Georgia Tech Hosts First Graduate School Fair
Georgia Tech undergraduates who are curious about pursing a master's degree or a Ph.D. will have a chance to explore graduate programs at the first-ever Graduate Programs Fair, April 5, 2016.  Read more...
 
Campus News

Registration is Now Open for the Summer Online Undergraduate Program (SOUP)
Is your student looking to stay on top of their studies over the summer or take a class that normally fills up during the fall and spring semesters? Read more...

Passover 2016 on Campus
Chabad invites all students and family to the annual, modern, traditional, interactive, and home cooked SEDERs on campus! Read more...


Pi Mile 5K Road Race
Registration is now open for the 44th Annual Dean Griffin Pi Mile Road Race, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Read more...

Department of Housing Reminders
Looking for move out information? And the summer 2016 Housing Application is now open! Read more...

Dining Reminders
The semester is winding down and so are your students Tax-Free Dining Dollars! Read more...

Spring 2016 Commencement
Georgia Tech will celebrate its 251st Commencement at McCamish Pavilion this May. Read more...


Homecoming & Reunion Weekend October 27 - 29
SAVE THE DATE!  You don't want to miss Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2016.  Join us October 27-29 for a weekend packed full of Yellow Jacket pride, football, tailgating, reunions and more.
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.

Proctoring Tests
The Office of Disability Services is looking for parents and family members to assist with proctoring tests scheduled by students registered with our office. You'll be responsible for monitoring an individual student or a group of students taking exams either in a private room setting or larger room setting. You will explain the instructions of the test (provided by our office), inform the student of what materials are allowed on the test, keep time, and troubleshoot any issues on the test.  The days and hours of proctoring availability will vary from day to day but may begin as early as 8am and end no later than 5pm.   If you are interested in helping the Office of Disability Services with proctoring exams, please email Stacey Smith at parents@gatech.edu by April 8 and share your availability. The Office of Disability Services will then follow-up with you about training opportunities. 

Commencement
Saturday, May 7, the Parents Program needs parents to sign up for one of the two shifts ranging from 7:00 - 9:30 a.m. and from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers will help families of graduates celebrate by distributing commemorative items to parents and families prior to the ceremonies.   Email Stacey Smith at parents@gatech.edu and indicate which time you are interested in volunteering by April 8, 2016
Important Dates
April 1-11 - Parking Renewals for 2016-17
April 15 Ramblin' On Graduation Party
April 16 - CRC's Rec-A-Palooza
April 21 - Lavender Graduation
April 23 - Georgia Tech Football Spring Game
April 25 - 26 - Last Days of Class
April 27 - Reading Day - No Exams
April 28 & May 3 - Reading Day - No Exams (from 8a - 2:20p)
April 28 - May 5 - Final Exams
April 30 - Pi Mile 5K Road Race

SAVE THE DATE!
Family Weekend 2016
September 30 - October 2, 2016
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 is your preparation for exams going?
Yes, it is that time of year again. Just as in December, students may feel overwhelmed with their classes, projects and other assignments. However, spring semester exams present their own challenges with warm weather and other distractions. The Counseling Center and the Center for Academic Success offer a variety of workshops and resources that can help students. Make sure to remind your student to get a good night’s rest before their exam, eat healthy meals, exercise to relieve stress, and use other stress management strategies.
 
Have you thought about summer classes?
Some students will enjoy a break from classes this summer, but others find it is helpful to take a class or two. Some students may take a class near them back at home and others will stay in Atlanta for the summer. Your student should check with their academic advisor to see if they have any recommendations for the summer. 

Help the Parents Program by Booking Your Travel!

Are you booking trips for your student to come home for summer or are you making summer vacation plans? 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 our University Parent booking page to learn more
Did you know that the Parents Fund for Student Life and Leadership supports programs associated with Women’s Awareness Month? Take Back the Night, one of the signature events, receives a large amount of funding provided by your unrestricted gifts.  Give today and show your support of the Women’s Resource Center and Women’s Awareness Month.
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