The Communication Connection: Helping Todays Families Support Student Development

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Event Date/Time: Jul 29, 2009 End Date/Time: Jul 29, 2009
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The Communication Connection: Helping Today’s Families Support Student Development 29 July 2009, 1-3pm EDT Online NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event. University undergraduate students often communicate daily with their family members. Technology makes it easier than ever to call, text, email, Skype, Facebook, or tweet with regularity. Families come to the university setting with an expectation for frequent communication that is easy to access and understand. Keeping families "in the loop" with appropriate information can be a challenge. Prudent planning, collaboration, and constant assessment will give your office the value added necessary to provide a comprehensive network of support for students development, persistence, and ultimate success from matriculation to commencement. Objectives: *WHO is your constituency? *WHAT kind of information do they need and want? *WHERE do your opportunities for communication occur during the academic year? *WHEN do parents and families need information? *HOW should the university disseminate information? Participants will hear examples of communication tools that are available for todays families. Guidance will be given about how to identify and address the needs of all constituents and which communication tools might be used to fulfill those needs. Who should attend? *Student Affairs administrators *Parent Program directors, administrators, and staff *Admission directors, administrators, and staff *Orientation directors, administrators, and staff *Development officers and staff *Housing staff *Counselors and advisers *Recruiters *Anyone who works with parents Who is the speaker? Ms. Kristine Stewart, Assistant to the Vice President for Parent Programs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, is in her 14th year with Miamis parent programs. At Miami University, founded in 1809, and celebrating its bicentennial year, moms and dads clubs and associations have been a part of Miami life since very early in the twentieth century. Currently serving 15,000 undergraduate students, Miami is an Ohio public residential university with an impressive history of parent and family relationships. Miamis Parents Council has grown from 12 families when Kris began to 40 families, representing today approximately 10 families for each class year. Kris office administers the Parents Fund, offering grants to students, faculty, and staff for student initiatives and travel and providing support to the Parents Councils activities and programs. Kris is a founding Board Member of the Association for Higher Education Parent & Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP). Together with her colleague, Marjorie Savage, University of Minnesota, she will be working (2009–10) with a committee to write the Council for the Advancement for Higher Education (CAS) Standards for Parent & Family Programs. Enquiries: