July 2019
Owl Family Summer
It's July Owl Families, and the fall sessions is closing in! As you are enjoying the summer remember, we are one month away from the fall semester. 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
owlfamily@fau.edu
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 would 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 owlfamily@fau.edu or tag us on social media. The video should be no longer than 60 seconds and be of good picture ( all video must be at least 720p quality) and sound quality.
Make 2019-2020 the Best at FAU!

Fall semester officially begins the week of
Saturday, Aug. 17. The  FAU Academic Calendar provides important dates and events for our families and students.


Here are a few action steps that you may help students accomplish in preparation for the fall:
  • Please encourage them to set goals for this academic year. The goals can be in the classroom and involve their academics or outside of their classes. Here are a few examples:
    • In classes/academic goals - earning particular grades in semester courses; earning a specific GPA by the end of the fall and the end of the spring; meet with an academic advisor each semester.
    • Outside of classes - focusing on career experiences; joining organizations of interest; obtaining leadership positions in their current organizations; research Education Abroad opportunities and requirements
  • Please ask them to check their fall schedules in MyFAU Self-Service to ensure they are taking courses on the correct campuses, or if any of their courses are fully online.
  • They may want to map out their schedule with the days, times, and locations (including buildings), which is important to developing a time management schedule that would be appropriate for them to follow each semester.
Marsha Saddler, University Advising Services Liaison to Families
advisingservices@fau.edu| 561-297-3064
 
Letter Writing Social 

Right after Fourth of July the Jaffe Center for book arts will kick off Real Mail Fridays Letter Writing Social. They will provide the coffee and tea and some delicious summery treats.They will also supply the note cards, papers and pens, art supplies, and postage stamps, too. All you need to bring is a festive spirit, your address book, and a $10 donation. Come when you can and leave when you must. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., when the library closes.

 Other Important Dates in July
Here are some events to encourage your students to participate in and dates to keep in mind:  
  • July 1:   Application deadline-transfer and returning students.
  • July 4:   No classes, Independence Day holiday, offices closed.
  • July 19: Last day to apply for a reclassification of residency status.
  • July 19: Last day to pay tuition and fees for students with Florida Prepaid, Financial Aid or Veterans deferment;  $100 late payment fee assessed if paid after 5 p.m. on this date.
  • July 29: Last day to withdraw from a course without receiving an "F" in the course.
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