Transitions - Parent Orientation

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TRANSITIONS Branka Kristic Director Office of Parent and Family Programs Division of Student Affairs

Topics for Conversation :

Topics for Conversation Academics Money Matters Making Choices in a Community Communication

Academics :

Academics Hofstra educates students in and out of classroom to become thoughtful, responsible, and independent adults . Urge your student to: go to class see advisement dean regularly, especially before each semester’s registration m eet with professors at least once a semester during office hours prior to mid-terms m aster time-management skills

Money Matters :

Money Matters Paying for college: a great commitment for the entire family Most students contribute in some way; jobs on campus: / studentemployment Talk about monthly budget as well as about the benefits and dangers of a credit card Car insurance and upkeep; alternative: hofstra To discuss your student’s account: , 516-463-8000 206 Memorial Hall, sfshowto

Making Choices in a Community :

Making Choices in a Community PRIDE Principles P ersonal/Social Responsibility R espect for Self and Others I ntegrity, Ethics and Leadership D iversity and Community E xpression and Free Exchange Repeat your expectations for your child’s behavior in college: alcohol, drugs, responsibility to self and others, academic honesty Engaged students are more successful: /discovery (August 24-28) Student Leadership and Activities: 516 - 463-6914

Communication :

Communication Agree on how and how often you will communicate Grades: through the Portal at the end of each semester Connect to the roommate and suitemates Commuters connect to the Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services /commuting


FERPA Hofstra interprets Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 strictly : “No one outside the institution shall have access to a student’s education records, nor will the institution disclose any information from these records without the written consent of the student.” Our primary contact should be with your student, but useful to have FERPA waiver in an emergency Your students may waive their FERPA rights through the portal Steps : sfshowto

Tuition Insurance :

Tuition Insurance Optional Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) by A.W.G. Dewar Covers 75% of tuition for the medical/physical reasons, 60% for mental health withdrawals $127 per semester Must sign up by the first day of class (by August 30)

Tips for Parents :

Tips for Parents Be an anchor Listen; then listen some more Encourage your student to find resources on campus: faculty, advisement deans, Student Leadership and Activities, Student Counseling Center Ask probing questions: How do you plan to handle this? What is your advisement dean’s name? What might you do differently next time? When students own their decisions, they grow and mature.

When to Worry :

When to Worry If students have nothing to say about their courses or academic goals after first six weeks You can sense a dramatic change in your student’s mood that persists for a long period of time (is s/he going to class?) Tell us about important changes at home (illness, death, divorce): we will reach out to your student Call Parent Office: 516-463-4698 For true emergencies (medical, psychological, safety) call Public Safety 516-463-6789; info line: 516-463-6606

E-mail Us 3 Photos :

E-mail Us 3 Photos During Welcome Week (August 29-September 2) we are celebrating accomplishments of the Class of 2017 by showing a photo-montage of your students’ important life moments Scan and e-mail up to 3 milestone photos of your student to parents@ by Friday, August 9 , 2013

Beginning of the Fall Semester :

Beginning of the Fall Semester Discovery Program: Saturday, August 24 – Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Welcome /Move-In Day: Thursday, August 29 (President’s Welcome 2 :45 p.m .; say goodbye at 4 p.m .; p arent reception 4 -5:30 p.m .) Welcome Week ( students): August 29 – September 2 First day of classes: Tuesday, September 3 Students get FREE software (Microsoft Office, etc.) through the portal – click on My Apps Computer information: / scs

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How We Communicate With You :

How We Communicate With You Website for parents: Parent and Family Handbook 2013-14 Family Connection Blog - Family Link E-Newsletter – e-mailed at least once a month

Family Events :

Family Events Hofstra Fall Festival: Alumni, Student and Family Weekend Friday -Sunday, September 27-29 Arboretum and museum tours, concert and carnival , faculty model classes , comedy show, info sessions (The Career Center, Advisement), Cub Zone, Parade of Floats Donate items/services for Parent Council’s Chance Auction Book hotel early Registration is open at fw Siblings Day – February 2014 Hofstra Gala for student scholarships – May 2014 Web Chats – archived at

Get Engaged :

Get Engaged “LIKE” HofstraParents : if you do it today, receive a gift Follow us on Twitter @ HofstraParents Volunteer for events Write “Parent Voice” blogs for the Family Connection Offer internships and jobs to Hofstra students Host regional sendoffs Apply to serve on Parent Council Subscribe to Family Link unless you have already received our e-mail to your e-mail account Office of Parent and Family Programs | Division of Student Affairs 200 Phillips, 128 Hofstra University|Hempstead NY 11549-1280 (516) 463-4698 | |

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Hofstra Parent Council Spring 2013

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