To help parents stay connected to the University of North Georgia, the Dahlonega campus works with the Parents Association, which serves as the liaison between parents and the leadership of the university.
The Parents Association has recently been taking its duties even further by providing support for multiple student events such as Sorority Rush and freshman orientation programs.
"The mission of the Parents Association is to enhance the experience of parents and students while supporting the university mission and vision," President Gayle Evans said. "The organization facilitates building relationships among parents, promotes communication between parents and the university, and supports university educational programs and goals in and outside of the classroom."
Evans said that upon assuming the role of Parent Association president in July 2012, she realized the resources that the association could provide for parents and students. Many parents view the association as an extension of the PTA from grade school, but the association and its members bring so much more, Evans said.
"For example, in Dahlonega the parents of cadets are seeking the comfort in knowing that other parents are sending their student into the armed services," Evans said. "Parents want to know their students have been sent into an environment that will allow them to learn structure and independence. It is through communication, participation, and parent support that the Parent Association can provide and promote to parents and aspiring students the foundation for these objectives in the higher learning environment."
Darcy Hayes, coordinator of the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, said the Parents Association is a great resource for parents and works hard to help them feel connected to the university. FYE values the partnership between the university and the parents of students, and the Parents Association helps to strengthen this partnership, Hayes said.
Among the many services and means of support the association has provided this year are:
- The installation of communications equipment in two residence halls with the goal to soon furnish the remaining halls as well
- Providing move-in information to parents during Move-In Weekend
- Providing refrigerator magnets to parents with the university's most frequently-used phone numbers
- Setting up and running a water tent for cadet activities during FROG week, fall and winter graduations, the Distinguished Military Student's Review, and Parents-Alumni Weekend
- Providing pizza to nearly 200 students during Sorority Rush Weekend
- Assisting with orientation for spring and summer semester
- Producing Valentine's Day goody bags for female cadets
- Constructing a Facebook page
- Providing donations for funding the Student Money Management Center's Financial Fitness Series
- Supplying funds for parent refreshments during 2013-2014 Fall orientation session