Class of 2023 Newsletter
September 2019
Welcome Parents & Families of the Class of 2023! Before you lies an exciting journey that is as much yours as your student's, and we're here to guide you through it.

As your student enjoys their semester here at William & Mary, make sure to stay connected with Parent & Family Programs. Whether through our website or social media, Parent & Family Programs will provide you with the best information regarding student happenings and campus events. Do not forget to get involved and stay engaged!

As you and your student prepare for the year ahead, we hope this newsletter provides some useful tips and information about upcoming events. We hope to see you all on campus soon for  Family Weekend , October 4-6. In the meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out!

S. Mark Sikes, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Student Success &
Senior Associate Dean of Students
Welcome to the Family
Dr. Mark Sikes presented his "Welcome to the Family!" session during Parent & Family Orientation on August 23 in Kaplan Arena. As promised, this presentation is now available for download on the Parent & Family Programs website. If you attended Orientation, don't forget to tell us how we did .
Register for Family Weekend
We invite all Tribe Families to Family Weekend 2019, which will be held on the weekend of October 4-6. The weekend features a wide variety of family-friendly events and special programs that you can enjoy together with your student or on your own.   
Upcoming Highlights
With orientation under their belts, the Class of 2023 has My First W&M Weekend to look forward to! From August 28th - September 3rd, different organizations and departments around campus and in the community are hosting events to welcome our new students! As the semester starts, students will have the opportunity to take part in Essential First Year Initiatives (EFYIs) to continue the conversations started during orientation sessions. Topics include: Healthy Relationships, Community Values, Academic Excellence, and Tribe Unity!  
Download the Family Calendar
Parent & Family Programs is pleased to provide a digital version of our beloved Family Calendar. We hope the digital version of this resource will help you feel connected to campus events and resources during the upcoming year.

William & Mary is committed to ensuring documents are accessible to all. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the content in the calendar, please contact Parent & Family Programs.
Join Community Council
Participation in Community Council is an unmatchable leadership experience offered to all students in housing. Hall Governance and Self Determination define the W&M residential experience. Does your student have what it takes to make a difference? Encourage them to join!
Study in DC Applications Now Open
Is your student interested in studying in DC? Applications W&M Study in DC opportunities are now open. Students can take class and/or complete a full time internship over their Winter Break, Summer Break, or during the Fall/Spring Semester.
Alternative Fall Breaks
Beginning August 30, students can apply to go on a Branch Out alternative Fall Break on TribeLink. These low cost ($10) service-learning experiences are opportunities to engage with social justice issues in communities ranging from Mullens, West Virginia, to the Chesapeake Bay.
Your Dining Program
A new friendship bridge program at William & Mary launches as the Sodexo dining team visits their culinary counterparts in China. This friendship bridge program was originally conceived by the William & Mary Chinese Parents Association. The parents expressed interest that the Chinese students who attend the college might have a greater opportunity to enjoy authentic Chinese dishes in the current dining program menu mix. 
Enjoy Tribe Football vs. Villanova during Family Weekend
Join William & Mary football as the Tribe takes on Villanova during family weekend. Use the promo code TRIBEFAM to purchase discounted tickets. Purchasing of this ticket will allow parents to sit with their student in the student section. As a reminder, students receive FREE admission with their ID.

Please contact the Tribe Ticket Office with questions.
What I Wish I'd Known...Series
The Cohen Career Center offers a semi-monthly series known as "What I Wish I'd Known..." This is a series of panels of upperclass students sharing their advice, experiences, and lessons learned on a variety of career-related topics. Encourage your students to log into to know the dates/topics of the rest of the series throughout the year.
Parent & Family Giving

During Parent & Family Orientation, many of you were introduced to the wide variety of services and resources available to your students at William & Mary. Nearly all of those resources are made possible by the Parents Fund and private philanthropic support. 

This month, we highlight the impact your Parents Fund gifts make on students’ health and wellness .

In 2018-2019 the Parents Fund supplied:

“I cannot express my gratitude enough for your gifts which aided me in a time of mental emergency. I desperately needed mental health services not only for my health, but also to stay in school. Now, I have never been happier, more stable, and mentally healthy in my life. And it was your donation that made this all possible.” - W&M Graduate Student

Please make a gift to the Parents Fund this month and help us reach our goal of $1 million by June 30, 2020. Together with you, we can help students flourish.
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