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Capital Campaign May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

All in the Family: Engaging UC San Diego Parents in their Studentsí Education

   
     
Annette Paredes, her son, Justin Calahong-Monzon, '12, and her husband, Jose Paredes at UC San Diego's inaugural Family Weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Remember your parents’ excitement when you received your acceptance letter from UC San Diego? It may have even rivaled your own eager anticipation.

Results from a 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement—one of the nation’s most respected college surveys—show that students with involved parents are more successful and satisfied at college.

“A higher level of engagement from parents and family members helps to support students, both academically and socially,” said Penny Rue, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “The more we keep parents informed and connected, the more their students will feel that they belong here. We have a place on our campus for parents, and their involvement is very much appreciated.”

To keep the parent-student connection strong, UCSD has launched Parent and Family Programs, which includes a series of events and traditions including an
annual campus-wide “Family Weekend.” Created as part of the UC System’s initiative to strengthen parent and alumni engagement, the programs are designed to build a community of parents to help students have a more successful college experience. Parent and Family Programs will also boost the Parents Fund, which helps to maintain and bolster UC San Diego’s Student Affairs programs, as well as providing a pool of flexible dollars to each of the six colleges on campus.

Family Weekend 2009 will be held October 23-25, kicking off with the Chancellor’s Challenge 5K on Friday, followed by events throughout the weekend. One UCSD mother, Wendy Lane, enjoyed last fall’s inaugural Family Weekend with her husband, and her own parents. “As the parent of a freshman student, getting to know the campus and feeling comfortable with it has been extremely helpful in the ‘letting go’ process. We still miss our son Jeffrey, but we feel he’s in great hands at this amazing, world-class university.”

To help implement the fundraising side of the campus’ Parent and Family Programs is Toni Tschann, director of development for Parent and Family Giving. Working closely with Tschann is Cara Appel-Silbaugh, the new director of Parent and Family Programs, whose focus is on developing programs to include and engage parents in their students’ college experience.

For more information about parent and family involvement at UC San Diego, please visit http://ucsdfund.ucsd.edu/ParentsFund.


 

RELATED LINKS

National Survey of Student Engagement

UCSD Family Weekend

Chancellor’s Challenge 5K

UCSD Parents Fund

Giving to UCSD
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