Greetings Georgia Tech Parents and Families,

Can you believe it is time for Fall Break? It seems like yesterday that families were preparing to move their students to campus and now Georgia Tech’s Fall Break is next week! Many families are already making plans for Thanksgiving.

Thank you again to those who joined us for Family Weekend 2016! We hosted more than 3,600 guests from 40 states and seven countries visit campus this past weekend. It was great to see all the smiles from students and their families as they got to spend some quality time together throughout the weekend. Several parents shared that they were happy they got to help their student relax and have some much needed downtime after a heavy exam week. We will share pictures from the event in our November edition of ParentNews and on our Facebook page.
If your family enjoyed Family Weekend, we invite you to come back for Sibs Day on Saturday, February 11! For more information, visit
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
Articles at a Glance 

(View in your browser to activate the links below)

Featured Articles
Seven Weeks and Counting...What Now?
Financial Aid Update
Undergraduate Research is Active Learning
Office of International Education Update
Tips for First-Time Voters

Campus News
Flu Shots Now Available
Leading Edge (One-on-One Leadership Coaching)
Fall 2016 Commencement and President's Graduation Celebration
Housing News
Dining News
Homecoming & Reunion Weekend: October 27-29, 2016
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 visit
Featured Articles
Seven Weeks and Counting...Now What?
Can you believe it? We are now in the seventh week of the semester! The transition to college can sometimes be challenging. Our goal at the Center for Academic Success (CAS) is to help your son or daughter have an enriched and successful experience and assist you in finding the balance between guiding your student and supporting their independence. Read more...

Financial Aid Update
Did you know the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on October 1, 2016? The new easier and faster FAFSA form is now available three months earlier than previous years! Read more...

Undergraduate Research is Active Learning
If your student wants to apply what they are learning in the classroom in an active setting to gain practical experience, then they should look into doing undergraduate research. It is one of the unique and fulfilling opportunities that Georgia Tech offers students as a leading research university. Read more...

Office of International Education Update
It’s official! According to the 2015 to 2016 Office of International Education (OIE) data, 54 percent of Georgia Tech undergraduates graduated with an international experience! In an effort to help Tech students mature into global citizens, there are many OIE-sponsored scholarships, academic initiatives, and events each semester. October is a month rich with international activities and we hope that your student is able to participate in as many of these as possible.  Read more...

Tips for First-Time Voters
For many colleges students, this is the first year they are eligible to vote for the next president of the United States. Read more...
Campus News

Flu Shots Now Available
Stamps Health Services will again offer flu shots for all Georgia Tech students who have paid their health fee. Read more...

Leading Edge (One-on-One Leadership Coaching)
Leadership skills are highly valued in both professional and personal contexts. Leading Edge (One-on-One Leadership Coaching) is for Georgia Tech students who want to specifically focus on leadership development. Read more...

Fall 2016 Commencement and President's Graduation Celebration
Georgia Tech will celebrate Fall Commencement at McCamish Pavilion in December.  Read more...

Housing News
The Spring 2017 Georgia Tech on-campus housing application which opened in September continues this month for new and returning students. Read more...

Dining News
Missing your student and want to let them know? Dining Gift Cards are available and make a great gift! 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.

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 GT 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 4, 2016! If you have any questions, please e-mail You will be notified if you have been matched the first week of November!

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. 
Important Dates
October 10-11 - Fall Break (No Classes)
October 20 - Schedule of Spring Classes Available
October 27-29 - Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
October 29 - Course Withdrawal Deadline (4PM)
October 31 - Spring 2017 Phase I Registration Begins
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.

What are you doing for Fall Break?
Check in with your student to see what their plans are for Fall Break. Some students will travel home, while others will stay in Atlanta and study or take a break and visit some of Atlanta’s local attractions. If they are staying on campus to study, encourage them to take a break to recharge their batteries. Fall Break marks the halfway point in the semester and it is important for students to take care of themselves both physically and mentally. The Campus Recreation Center will be open during Fall Break or they can take advantage of their student discount at the Box Office in the Student Center to use at local movie theaters, Six Flags, and more!
What plans are you making for internships or other career-related experiences?
This may be hard to believe, but it is not too early for your student to begin thinking about gaining career-related experience for the spring semester or summer. The Center for Career Discovery and Development offers programs and services to help students prepare and succeed with their internship or job search. Visit for more information.
Thanks to all of you who made contributions to the Parents Fund over Family Weekend!  We appreciate your support.  Because of your generosity over the past six months, the Parents Board, acting on your behalf, was able to allocate $100,000 from the Parents Fund to 32 student organizations for upcoming events and activities. Once again, we were not able to fund every request received, so please consider making a year-end gift to the Parents Fund – it’s tax deductible, and the money will directly benefit Georgia Tech students.  Gifts and pledges can be made securely online by clicking the “Make a Gift” link at  For more information, please contact Joan Roeber-Jones, Director of Development, at
Click here to subscribe to the Daily Digest and start receiving headline news from Georgia Tech.
Important Links

Georgia Tech Homepage

Campus Safety
Have you sign up for our Parent & Family Programs Facebook page yet? Like us today at to stay connected throughout the year! 
Copyright © 2016 Georgia Institute of Technology- Parent & Family Programs, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Georgia Institute of Technology- Parent & Family Programs
353 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332-0285

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list