August 2019
Owl Family Fall
It's August Owl Families, and the fall sessions are here! Fall classes begin Saturday, August 17. We all look forward to an exciting and prosperous year. Remember, we are available to answer any  questions or concerns you may have.  

All the best,
FAU New Student Transitions and Family Engagement 
Family Helpline: 1-888-328-8411
Owl Family Weekend

Save the date for Owl Family Weekend 2019! 
September 20-22, 2019

Owl Family Weekend is a signature fall program at Florida Atlantic University which allows families and friends of students at FAU to come together and experience campus life. This weekend provides you the opportunity to visit your student and take part in the engaged events and programs that involve the campus community.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact the Office of Family Engagement at 1-888-328-8411 or
Registration is open and space is limited.
Please Note: Registration closes on September 13th.

Family Spotlight

The Office of Family Engagement presents this year's Family Spotlight. The award recognizes the role that families play in the lives of their students and the university community. Family Spotlight is  hosted during Owl Family Weekend, and the winner will be honored at the FAU Owl Family Weekend. Now is the time to honor your family by nominating them for the 2019 Family Spotlight. All FAU undergraduate families are welcome to participate. Nominations are now being accepted for Family Spotlight through Friday, Aug. 30.  Nominate your family today!

Nomination Guidelines:
  • Any member of current FAU students family may  nominate their family.
  • You must complete and submit the nomination form.
  • The awarded family will receive gifts.
  • Your family needs to be registered for Owl Family Weekend to win
Details & Criteria:
  • Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria: All FAU undergraduates family members are eligible to nominate their family. All families are eligible for nomination regardless of alumni status or state of residence. Submission Prompt: 
  1. Why is family important and what makes your family so great? 
  • Submit your video and/or a link to your video that answers the submission prompt to or tag us on social media. The video should be no longer than 60 seconds and be of good picture (all videos must be at least 720p quality) and sound quality.
FAU Internship and Part-Time Job Fair 

Thursday, August 29 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FAU Recreation and Fitness Center

Families encourage your students to this career fair that provides them an avenue to network with employers and learn about positions in a myriad of industries. Let your students know to RSVP in Handshake ahead of time so that you don't miss out on pertinent information regarding the event!

We strongly encourage your student to dress business casual when they attend the fair, and to bring multiple copies of their resume with them. If they need any help polishing their resume or creating one, please encourage them to stop by the Career Center. The Career Center has same-day advising Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or your student can call 561-297-3533 to schedule an appointment.

Tell your student to keep in mind they'll want to research the organizations and departments attending the fair so that they are equipped to have impactful conversations with employers. If they have any questions, please contact the FAU Career Center at 561-297-3533 or at

University Advising Services

Preparation is Key!
As your students are preparing to start the fall semester at FAU, you may want to keep in mind the following information to assist them:
  • Fall semester officially begins the week of August 17th.  University Advising Services will be open at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 17th.
  • Students will be able to drop and add courses to their fall schedules through Friday, August 23rd.
  • It is best for students not to begin classes too late within the first week, because the courses would be in progress during that week.  Students should not miss the critical information during the start of classes that can help them be successful in the course.  Please refer students to meet with an advisor for verification and to discuss any changes they may want to make to their fall schedules.
  • The last day to pay tuition and fees without a late fee is Monday, August 26th.

Families can get prepared along with their students!
  • Proactively keep your student in the loop of what's going on at home, and find creative ways to do so this semester.  Remember that you know your students, and ways that they may appreciate updates.
  • Think of new ways to stay connected to your students this semester. Some suggestions could be: sending letters from each person in the family at different times throughout the semester, having surprise packages delivered that may include students' favorites (snacks, gift card, random items that can be useful but also may make them smile), and sharing insight about yourself when you were your students' age that they may not know about you.
  • For more information about when could be appropriate times to take action, you may view the FAU Academic Calendar         
Marsha Saddler, University Advising Services Liaison to Families  |   |  561-297-3064

 Other Important Dates in August
Here are some events to encourage your students to participate in and dates to keep in mind:  
  • August 2: Last Day of Classes
  • August 6: Semester Ends
  • August 7: Grades due in Registrar's office, 9 a.m.
  • August 17: Family Success Conference 1-4:30 p.m.
  • August 17: Classes Begin 
  • August 23: Last Day to drop/Add 
  • August 26: Last Day to Pay without Late Fees 
  • August 30: Last Day to Drop without Receiving a "W"  
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