Dear USF Parent,
Greetings from the University of St. Francis, and thank you for reading our first parent newsletter, created and distributed by the Division of Student & Alumni Affairs. As the Dean of Students, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you a few thoughts about the origin of this newsletter and ask for your feedback as we communicate with you throughout the upcoming school year.
As student affairs professionals, we are profoundly aware that student success is a partnership between parents and the faculty, staff, and administrators that support your student on a daily basis. Support at the institution manifests in myriad ways: a coach who pushes a student to do their best, a teacher who sees potential in a student and asks them to conduct research, a resident assistant who notices that a student might be feeling lonely, or a tutor who spends extra time with a student to help with a paper or to study for a big exam. Certainly, this is not an inclusive list.
But support doesn’t end at our campus borders. Students are more and more connected to parents, and given the fact that most of our students commute from home, you play an integral role in supporting your student as well. Let’s face it. Your students are busy. They don’t always read their e-mail or read the posters on the wall advertising the numerous opportunities for involvement and engagement. But they do listen to you.
Our goal, then, is to give you as much information as we give our students so that you can effectively support them. You can encourage them to attend Supplemental Instruction classes, you can nudge them to join a club, and you can let them know to apply for graduation on time. In addition, we hope that the information we provide will help you understand your student’s challenges and opportunities. Yes, there is oftentimes a perfectly good reason for your student to drive back to campus for a 9:00pm event.
As partners, open lines of communication are important, but there are also limits to the level of specificity we can provide regarding your individual student due to federal laws. We’ll navigate these issues together if you have concerns.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for topics for future editions, please reach out to me personally at
, by my direct line at 815-740-5055, or through Twitter @DamonSloan. My team and I look forward to serving your student in the upcoming year.
Damon M. Sloan
Dean of Students