February  2018
C o m m o n   C o n v e r s a t i o n s
Classes are underway and your student is beginning to understand course expectations as midterm examinations begin. While these exams serve to show your student and faculty the content they are retaining, it is also not too late for them to seek additional support through faculty office hours or on-campus tutoring. Encourage them to visit the CLASS (Center for Learning And Student Success) Office or meet with their professor during their dedicated office hours.

February also serves as a time to speak with your student about Spring Break plans. Spring Break, for FAU students, occurs March 5-11. We like to encourage parents and families to speak with their student about Spring Break safety, should your student be traveling. For students that are returning home for Spring Break, it is also beneficial to have conversations about family expectations when they are in town. 

Office of Parent and Family Programs
Dean of Student's Office, Division of Student Affairs
Parent and Family Helpline: 1-888-328-8411
T r a n s f e r   S t u d e n t   S e r v i c e s 
At FAU there is an office dedicated to assisting transfer students through their transition. The Transfer Student Services Center team is here to help you through your FAU experience. The TSS staff has transfer-specific application advising, pre-admission advising, as well as various transfer student involvement opportunities for you to utilize through your transition.

P a r e n t   I n v o l v e m e n t
The Office of Parent and Family Programs is seeking  parent volunteers 
to represent FAU Parents at 
Choose FAU Day on March 23 and March 30.

Choose FAU is an event that allows admitted freshmen students the opportunity to have an in-depth FAU experience.  It provides future students a chance to learn more about the University before making 
a final college choice.

Parent volunteers will assist the Office of Parent and Family Programs during their mid-day student showcase session. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email owlparents@fau.edu 
F i n d   U s   O n   F a c e b o o k
The Office of Parent and Family Program's Facebook page provides weekly updates on upcoming deadlines and parent tips. Stay connected by "liking" us on Facebook with the link below.
T h i n g s   t o   C o n s i d e r   i n    F e b r u a r y 
The Certified Student Leader program seeks to recognize and strengthen the leadership capacity of students while providing leadership and service opportunities for self-awareness and growth. There are special tracks for CSL such as Career Development, Standard, Global and Wilderness. Deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 16.
Students who complete the program and are in good academic standing will receive a certificate and will have the certification notated on their academic transcript.
Is your student looking for a job? Then encourage them to attend the Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of your résumé. Log on to OWL CareerLink to view a complete list of attending employers. Wednesday, Feb. 21 from noon - 4 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center on the Boca Raton campus.
Encourage your student to attend the Career Fair Prep Rally and learn how to prepare for the upcoming career fairs. Your student can have their résumé critiqued, participate in a mock interview with industry experts and learn how to navigate a career fair.
U n i v e r s i t y   A d v i s i n g   O w l s o m e   C o r n e r
University Advising Services (UAS) helps your student develop and implement an academic plan for success at FAU.  Our advising program is based on the Appreciative Advising model, which is the intentional practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experience and achieve their DREAMS, DESIGN a plan to achieve those dreams, and make necessary changes to ACHIEVE their goals.  The advisee and advisor are partners, and below are a few tips on how you can be an APPRECIATIVE PARTNER with your FAU student.

Suggestions for Being a Parent/Family Partner In February
  • Discover: Ask open ended questions about classes and college life. You can ask what their favorite classes are, what types of course assignments they've enjoyed doing the most, what has surprised them the most, and how they spend their time outside of class. 
Success Network Resources
advisingservices@fau.edu  |   www.fau.edu/uas   |   561-297-3064
 Marsha Saddler  |   saddlerm@fau.edu  |  UAS liaison to  Parent and Family Programs
I m p o r t a n t   D a t e s 
Feb. 14: Career Fair Pep Rally (Jupiter campus)
Feb. 15: Career Fair Pep Rally (Boca Raton campus)
Feb. 19-23: Mid-term Grading Available
Feb. 21: Career Expo (Boca Raton campus)
Feb. 22: Criminal Justice Career & Internship Fair (Boca Raton campus)
Mar. 5-11: Spring Break (No Classes; Offices Open)
Mar. 7: Last Day to Pay Tuition and Fees for Florida Prepaid, Financial Aid, or Veterans Deferment 
K n o w i n g   Y o u r   S t u d e n t
"During these next years, your role as a parent and the relationship with your son or daughter will change. College students are expected to be self sufficient and independent. They will nevertheless continue to need parental guidance and support. You will remain the primary influence in your student's life, but at a greater distance. Although away at college, knowing that you are there for assistance and encouragement is extremely important. As your role as a parent changes and your son or daughter develops and grows, the two of you will develop a new adult relationship based on mutual respect, shared interests, and the bonds of family" (Farber & O'Brien, 2017). 


Farber, A., & O'Brien, L. (2017). 51 Tips for Parents of College Students . Dayton, OH: Woodburn Press.
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