Family Weekend Isn’t Just for Students, Parents

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You don’t have to have kids enrolled at Georgia Tech to get involved in this year’s Family Weekend events.    

“Family Weekend is very much a Tech community event. There are many opportunities, especially on Friday, for faculty and staff to get involved,” said Kimberly Sterritt, director of the Parents Program. “Attending a seminar or participating in a college/school reception is a great way to gain insight into what it’s like to be a student and to connect with students and their families.”  

The goal of the weekend is to help families better understand the opportunities and experiences available to their students. However, another goal that Sterritt and her staff have for the weekend is to facilitate more interaction among students, parents, faculty and staff.

“This weekend is an opportunity to reconnect with many of the families of first-year students I met during FASET orientation,” said Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs John Stein, who regularly participates in the event. “In speaking with them, I can get a sense of how their sons and daughters are adjusting to being at Tech.”

This year’s Family Weekend will be held on Sept. 23 and 24, and will include a series of presentations, panel discussions and demonstrations (held on Friday in the Global Learning Center) led by Tech faculty and staff members that focus on some of the following areas:   

  • Study abroad opportunities
  • The Freshman Reading Project
  • Student success strategies
  • Managing growth on campus

On Friday afternoon, various colleges and schools will also host receptions across campus, which faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The receptions are an opportunity for parents to ask questions regarding specific programs, Sterritt added.

“Families enjoy meeting and talking to faculty and staff, and it’s a good opportunity to hear family members’ impressions of Tech and to answer their questions,” Stein added.

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