What Happens at DU Parent & Family Orientation?

Some of you may be wondering what happens during DU Parent & Family Orientation. As you may be deciding whether to attend, here are a few things to consider.

A schedule-at-a-glance can be found on the Discoveries Orientation website, but I will briefly explain some of the parent sessions that will happen on Sept. 1st and 2nd which many people like to plan their schedules around.

There are many other presentations planned besides the 3 I have listed below (such as Campus Safety, Health & Counseling, Study Abroad, Career Services, etc.) and they are very informative, but will also be repeated during events throughout the year so if you happen to miss them at Parent Orientation, you will have opportunities to see them another time.

These are the things that will not be repeated…

Resource Fair 12pm-3pm on Monday
This is a great way to get a lot of information about Student Life and resources at the University all at once. Several tables are set up for parents to talk with program administrators and there are several pieces of information you can pick up. This is an “on your own” type of event where you mill around from table to table.

Pioneer Passage 8:30am on Tuesday
This event marks your student’s entrance into the DU community. Students enter the gym in procession with their new classmates and are seated (in chairs) on the gym floor, while families are in the bleachers. A guest speaker, the Chancellor, and other administrators will give presentations. We usually have about 200-300 family members attend this event. It is a very nice official welcome to DU. After this event, students are swiftly on their way to their next activity as are parents. Student and parent sessions are not scheduled together, as you will find when you view the schedule on the Orientation website.

Keynote Speaker and Chancellor’s Q&A 1:30pm on Tuesday
This is the culminating event for parents and families. One of our own DU professors will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark will talk about the transition from parenting high school students to parenting college students. Her book, The Parent App, will be the basis for her presentation. Shortly following Professor Clark, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp will host a Q&A.

Visit the Parent & Family Orientation website for more information and to read through some frequently asked questions.

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What does Parent & Family Relations do at the University of Denver?

When I meet families at events and other campus programs, sometimes I hear… “I didn’t know you did that!” so I created this blog for families of DU students, to let you know what’s available and how to get it.

Parent & Family Relations is dedicated to helping you.
The University of Denver considers parents and families to be essential partners in student success and University development. When you have concerns about your student, need to know which department to contact, need information about what to expect during events or who to call – you don’t need to make a wild guess or try to navigate a vast number of department websites in order to find what you’re looking for. I’m here to answer your questions year round.

Moms & Dads Weekends
As you may have seen in the April 28 post, a special event is planned each February for families to enjoy time with their students at Pioneer hockey games, cooking classes, carillon bell tower tours, ski bus, and other fun events. Watch for information about these weekends to post here.

Parents@DU Newsletter
The newsletter is delivered to subscribers on a monthly basis throughout the academic year (Sept-May). If you aren’t receiving the newsletter, send an email to me at parents@du.edu and include these two things: the email addresses you want subscribed, and the year your student will be this fall. You can also see previous newsletters on my website.

Parents Association
Member benefits include a full-color DU Parent Calendar (delivered to your home before the beginning of each academic year), entry in a drawing at the DU bookstore each term for a $250 gift certificate, 10% off gifts and apparel at the DU bookstore for 4 years, and early event registration for our very popular Parents Weekend in February. Membership is $99 if you join before Sept 2nd, and it goes up to $109 after that date. Click here to join.

I also produce and edit several publications each summer which are delivered to families of new students in mid July. These include your first Parent & Family Calendar, Parent & Family Handbook, Parent Guide, and brochure. I also include some useful information about orientation and important dates. If you haven’t received your folder by August 1st, email me at parents@du.edu with your name and address. I also publish these documents on my website.

Summer Send-Offs
Summer Send-Offs are a great opportunity for incoming students and their families to connect with each other before Orientation. Current DU families host Send-Off events in their homes. Host families and DU staff members are there to answer questions and share what they love most about DU. To learn more, visit the Summer Send-Off webpage.

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Homecoming & Family Weekend is primarily planned by Alumni Relations. My office takes part in the planning and implementation of some parent events during the weekend, but you can find all the information you need at www.du.edu/homecoming.

There are several resources on my website – articles for parents of college students, hotels in the DU area, and more. Visit go.du.edu/parents.

I hope you found this information useful and that we will be able to talk somewhere along your DU journey.
Call or email any time with your questions.

Sharon McGregor Bond
Director of Parent & Family Relations

Go Pioneers!

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Parents Weekend

One of the most popular events for parents at the University of Denver is our February Parents Weekend. Parent & Family Relations is planning a special event in 2015 designed for Moms & Grandmoms of DU students. Events will include traditions such as hockey and the ski bus, and this year a special Moms & Grandmoms Tea will be hosted in a historic downtown Denver hotel, followed by a Mile High City Tour.

We recently celebrated Dads & Granddads 2014, including a tour of the beautiful 65-bell carillon in Williams Tower, Pioneer Men’s Hockey, the ski bus, and a private behind-the-scenes tour of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Dads, Granddads, and their students enjoyed a beautiful sunny weekend here in the Mile High City. We hope that you are able to join us when we host Dads & Granddads again in 2016.

The University of Denver is committed to engaging families of students as part of our community. You are essential partners in student success and Parents Weekend is one of the special ways we wish to express how much you are appreciated. Moms & Grandmoms Weekend 2015 will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 20th and 21st. Members of the Parents Association are eligible to register early for this highly desirable event. If you aren’t already a member, we encourage you to read about the benefits of membership by visiting go.du.edu/parents.

Go Pioneers!

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