Falk College Parent and Family Meeting
What’s going on during welcome weekend?
Below is a typical outline of events which take place during the new student’s welcome weekend:
- Dean’s Reception
- Dean’s Welcome (for students only)
- New Student Orientation Meeting
- New Student Department Meetings
Saturday and Sunday
- Students meet with Peer Advisors on Saturday morning
- Schedule adjustments are made with peers or faculty/staff
How does Falk College support students?
- All First Year Students are assigned Academic Advisors in the Office of Student Services (first year students and undeclared students).
- They also have a secondary major advisor who will play a larger role beginning in their sophomore year.
First year advising
Successfully transitioning from high school to college involves:
- Learning to be a college student
- Importance of self-efficacy and ownership
- Learning to balance your academics with other aspects of your life
- Recognizing that college is harder than high school and requires more work and self-discipline
- Treating yourself and others with respect
- Developing realistic goals and expectations
- Taking care of yourself both proactively as well as learning to handle stress effectively
- Following SU policies and procedures including deadlines (e.g. add/drop, withdraw, the Intra-University Transfer Process, declaring majors and minors)
- The importance of communication
- Learning and using SU technology (MySlice, Blackboard, etc.);
- Learning the registration process;
- How and when to seek support (e.g. Student Services) and resources on campus.
What’s a Peer Advisor and what do they do?
- Contact your student through email or a phone call during the summer to introduce themselves
- Will meet with students on Saturday to answer general questions and to help with schedule adjustments
- Provide pre-registration support
- Resource throughout their first year
- Assist Gateway leaders
The Falk College Office of Student Services
We are your One Stop Shop!
The Office of Student Services strives to provide a caring, comfortable and confidential environment where students can discuss academic, social and/or emotional concerns. In addition, we provide advising for undeclared students and track all requirements for degree completion.
Our department uses a strength-based advising and counseling approach when working with students so we listen to your concerns, identify your strengths and challenges and work towards positive solutions. We like to take a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to situations, both academic and personal, so we prefer to see students when their concerns first arise so we can work on solutions before a crisis occurs or things are “too far gone” to make an impact in the semester.
General Student Support Services
Typical issues that students talk to us about are:
- Concerns with their classes/grades
- Time management (fitting everything in and developing a balanced schedule for school and play)
- Study and learning strategies
- Learning disabilities (whether already diagnosed or suspected)
- Relationship issues (roommates, friendships, romantic)
- Depression and anxiety
- Drug and alcohol Issues
- Sexual orientation and gender identity issues
- Getting connected and making friends on campus
- Lifestyle concerns (sleeping, eating, developing routines, etc.)
- Health issues (personal and/or family)
- We also collaborate with many other resources on campus and may connect you to them if it would be helpful for your particular concerns (see Campus Resources)
Specific Support Opportunities
- Academic Advisors provide support to students with various disabilities
- Support for students with mental and/or physical health issues
- Support counseling for students on academic probation
- Facilitating referrals to other relevant services on campus or in the community
Transitioning to College life
What’s a Gateway? (HSH 101:)
- Devoted to assisting students in acquiring the academic, personal and interpersonal knowledge and skills that will promote their success in college
- Large Gateway lecture class taught by Dr. Joe Fanelli
- Students also break down into smaller Gateway sections by major or undeclared status
- Getting on Course To Your Success
- The Development of Mutually Supportive Relationships and Effective Communication
- Fine-Tuning the College Experience
- Navigating the University System
- Accepting Personal Responsibility (Activity Assignment Due)
- Strategies for Professional Success
- Preparing for the Future
On opposite weeks, students meet in their small group concentrations to discuss topics like time management and information about majors and various university resources.
How can we work together to promote your student’s success?
We are partners
We are partners in helping your student successfully navigate their way through their college experience.
Your relationship is changing
You are moving from a Parent-Child to a Parent-Adult relationship. College students need to learn how to do things on their own and figure things out (using critical thinking and problem-solving skills). Will they always be successful and make the right decisions? Maybe not, but we will work together to help them learn from their mistakes.
Tips for New Students
- Do communicate your caring and support.
- Do set up communication expectations.
- Do ask more general and open questions like:
- What kinds of things did you do today?
- What kinds of things are you learning?
- What do you think is going well?
- What kinds of challenges are you finding?
- The goal is to get your student to have a two way conversation with you
- Share what’s going on in your life.
- Help siblings stay in touch (e. g. Skype, face time).
- Go to classes.
- Time management (readings, assignments, studying, preparing for test and projects, socializing).
- Encourage them to talk directly to their Professors and/or Instructors, Teaching Assistants. Everyone has office hours or they can make an appt.
- Ask for help and use available resources.
- Join a club or organization – Student Involvement Fair is usually around September.
- Connect with other students in your classes – find study buddies.
- Room and residence hall mates.
- Participate in campus activities – speakers, movies, exhibits, sport and art events. Get the daily SU email newsletter, Falk Talk to find out what’s going on.
- Participate in community and volunteer activities.
What should I do as a parent if my child is having difficulties?
- Listen, Listen, Listen…
- Provide support and ask them what they want to do. Help them talk it through
- Offer “gentle reminders”
- Tell them it’s okay to ask for help and encourage them to seek assistance before they get too lost or too far behind
What information can be shared with parents?
- SU complies with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) to maintain the confidentiality of student records
- Students can give consent for parents to view their grades through MySlice (“Share my access”)
- Generally, students will need to sign consent forms to share other information with parents
- However, parents will be notified in emergency situations or if the well-being of a student is in question
When to say goodbye
During a typical Welcome Weekend, parents leave after lunch on Friday. Students will be heading to College and Department Meetings. Student will need time to meet people in their dorms and get organized for classes on Monday.