The holiday season is upon us and the close of Fall Semester is just around the corner. The Association hopes that your student has had a productive, successful semester and that the holidays are bright and joyous for your family.
Just remember that PFA is here to help you! We frequently receive phone calls and e-mails from families who need a little information or a bit of help. Or sometimes an Association member has an idea or suggestion. That’s why we are here and we love to help. Contact us whenever we can be of service: 330-972-PFA3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UA Parents and Family Association is moving forward to establish the 2010 PFA Council. The PFA Council is the association leadership and is responsible for advocating for the needs and interests of UA families and their students – “Collaborating for Student Success."
Here is an outline of the goals of PFA Council:
As you consider your interest in becoming a member of the Council, you are certainly considering the time commitment required and whether you can reasonably include this commitment into an already busy schedule. I think the time commitment for participation in Council is about 10 to 12 hours per year. The commitment would include two or three on-campus meetings with additional Association business addressed through electronic options such as email, Facebook, conference calls, etc. If we can address any other questions about Council, please contact Ron McDonald at email@example.com or 330-972-7098.
Our goal is to select up to 15 Association members to serve as Council representatives. Here are important dates and deadlines for those who have interest in PFA Council:
I hope you will apply to be a member of PFA Council. Your input and involvement is important!
For the fifth year, UA students, faculty, staff and friends will be spending Spring Break helping Gulf Coast communities and families still struggling from devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. University and community volunteers will be in Louisiana March 13-20 helping families in and near the cities of Lake Charles and Iberia rebuild their homes and their lives.
The cost of the trip, including transportation, accommodations, and meals is about $400. With fund-raising, the final cost of the trip is expected to be less than $200. This is a great way to spend Spring Break: helping others, making new friends, and having fun in New Orleans!
The men's soccer team has made it to the final four of the NCAA Soccer Tournament and will play in the national semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. If they win on Friday, they will play in the final at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Follow the Zips on the athletics' Web site.
For the fifth year The University of Akron participated in National Make a Difference Day, a “national day of doing good.” On Saturday, Oct. 24, nearly 900 UA students and staff, as well community members, volunteered to help neighbors in need in University Park and surrounding communities. They served in more than 70 different projects through project partners such as Red Cross, AMHA, Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Rape Crisis Center, several local churches and many others.
This year was a another record turn-out for volunteers and projects. At the end of the day, volunteers from Make of Difference Day with The University of Akron contributed more than 4,000 hours of service to the Greater Akron community. For more information regarding this annual day of service visit this web site.
The annual UA Sibs Weekend, sponsored by Residence Hall Program Board and Zips Programming Network, is scheduled for March 26-27. This is a great time for UA families to get together. It is a fun weekend for UA families and friends of all ages. More details soon regarding this fun UA family event!
As a service to our members, Parents and Family Association has created a campus discount card that can be used by members or their students to get a 10% discount on selected purchases at the following on-campus vendors:
The discount card can be used over and over again at your favorite on-campus vendors.
You can get your discount card at any PFA sponsored event. For more information, call 330-972-pfa3.
Occasionally we get questions from parents who are attempting to help their students with the payment of tuition and fees or helping their son or daughter with academic success and cannot seem to get access to the appropriate documents or information because the student is at least 18 and is subject to FERPA (Federal Educational Rights of Privacy Act).
The University College has a web site to address many of those FERPA questions and provides access to the form your student needs to complete to give you access to the appropriate records.
Congratulations to Pattie Lynn of Parma and Marv and Jackie Meriwether of Brookpark. They stopped by the Parents and Family Association booth during the recent UA Family Weekend and were randomly selected to receive a $25 gift certificate compliments of The University of Akron Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Call it a parent’s intuition, but you know when it’s time to ask, “What’s wrong?” and you know how to help. Yet, when your student is away at school, you may not be able to step in so easily and help make things right. Don’t worry! There are plenty of folks on campus to help your student, no matter what the problem is.
If your child is struggling with classes, ask if he or she has spoken with any of these people:
If your student is having a problem with a roommate, encourage the two to talk. Often times, small things are ignored too long and turn into bigger problems. Make sure it is communicated nicely that there is an issue so the roommate can correct the problem. If the problem persists:
When something big, like a death in the family, divorce, or loss of employment has happened, your child might feel overwhelmed. Or perhaps the student feels overwhelmed with classes and personal relationships. Here are some helpful resources:
WINTER 2009 ISSUE | IN THIS ISSUE:
IN THIS ISSUE
PFA CONTACT INFORMATION
Dec. 7-12, Finals Week
Dec. 12, Fall Semester Commencement
Dec. 25-Jan. 1, University closed
Jan. 10, Residence halls reopen
Jan. 11, Spring semester classes begin
Jan. 17, Last day to add spring semester courses without signatures
Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance - University closed
Jan. 25, Last day to withdraw from spring semester without signatures
Feb. 15, Graduation applications due for August 2110 graduation
Feb. 16, Presidents' Day observance - classes cancelled (Law classes held)
Feb. 18, Spring Career Fair
Mar. 5, Last day to withdraw from spring semester classes without instructor signatures
Mar. 15-21, Spring semester recess
Mar. 26-27, UA Sibs Weekend
March 30, Education Career Fair