Your monthly newsletter from the Gator Parent and Family Association.
The Gator Family Connection
September 2018 Newsletter
From the Gator Parent and Family Association
W elcome back to all of our Gator Families! The hustle and bustle of the Fall Semester is upon us! As we start a new year, we are excited to have your students back on campus. There are so many resources at the University of Florida and we hope that you and your student both take advantage of all that we have to offer.

The Gator Parent and Family Association serves as your connection to the University. Parents and family members play a vital role in student success and we are happy to have you as a part of our Gator Family. The Family Association is dedicated to providing you with both accurate and timely information. This is also how we will send out any safety concern information as well as general information designed to keep you informed. 

As the semester moves forward, feel free to reach out to our office with any questions, comments, or concerns by emailing IHaveAGator@ufl.edu. We love to hear from you!
  
Have a great day and Go Gators!
  
Sincerely, 
The Gator Parent and Family Association

Registration for Fall Family Weekend is now open! To register for Fall Family Weekend - September 28 -30 - visit the registration page on the DSO website.

Get Publix Groceries Delivered

With campus life in full swing sometimes your student may find it difficult to stock up on the grocery must-haves. Grocery delivery from Publix, powered by Instacart, makes it easy for students or family members to shop online and have fresh items and pantry staples delivered right to your student's residence hall, apartment, or house.

The University of Florida's Career Showcase, sponsored by the Career Connections Center, is the largest career fair in the Southeast!

Hundreds of employers will be at this year's fall event looking to fill various opportunities from internships to full-time positions. Wherever your student's interests lie, there is a variety of employers from diverse industries who will come to the University of Florida to network specifically with our students. To see more on the event and what employers will be present, visit the Career Showcase website.

The Career Connections Center also offers numerous resources and services to support students in the time leading up to and even after Career Showcase, such as complimentary LinkedIn headshots, resume critiques, and workshops on topics like interview skills and navigating the job and internship search. More information on these workshops can be found here.
LeadUF is a four-week leadership experience designed for first and second year students, where participants learn about, reflect on and develop their personal leadership framework. Click here to learn more and register.
 
GatorNights is a leading late-night program in the Southeast, taking place every Friday night each semester. Every week, GatorNights brings free blockbuster movies, bands, comedians, arts and crafts, games and food.
Click here to learn more.
The University of Florida implemented the Medical Amnesty Policy  to help ensure all students call for medical help for themselves or friends during alcohol, drug, or other health emergencies. The Medical Amnesty Policy waives student disciplinary action under certain conditions. 
Fall semester is a great time for your student to begin their involvement journey!
Student Organization Fair
September 19 & 20 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reitz Union
September 26 | 10:00 a.m. - 3: 00 p.m.
Reitz Union North Lawn


The Gator Career Closet is a free lending service, through which students may borrow professional clothing and accessories for up to seven days. To learn more or donate, visit  
their office in the Career Connections Center or check out  their website .



Day of Service is October 20, 2018. Hundreds of UF student volunteers will give back to our community  through a day of reflection and service in the local Gainesville area. To learn more, check out

Florida football season is here! The Gators got off to a great start with  victory this past weekend, and kick off SEC play against Kentucky this weekend. For more information on football games, regulations, initiatives and more, checkout the
Applications for Preview Staff and First Year Florida Peer Leaders are open! Your students can apply to help transition the next class of Gators.  Preview Staff applications are due September 14.
 open September 17 and close October 22.