Greetings from a snow – and ice – covered campus! With the exception of some of our student-athletes, most students have left campus to travel home for jobs (and rest!); have left for a mini-term; started an internship; are perhaps off visiting old friends. You’ll all know in just a few days how classes went this term when the grades arrive.
There are many exciting changes taking place in what was formerly called the Parents Program. As you may know, Pam Ritter, who joined the College in October, is the new Director of Family Leadership Giving. The new mission of Family Leadership Giving will be to work in tandem with the Parents Association and Parent Fund to secure major gifts for Union College from parents, former parents, grandparents and other relatives of students and alumni, to meet the greatest needs of our students. This support will enable us to help Union achieve its ongoing mission to promote learning in a diverse environment through teaching, research, special programs and services.
The former Parents Committee has been merged with the Parent’s Association and will be inclusive of all current and former Union Parents. Participation in the Parents Association is open to all parents and will provide all parents with an opportunity to become engaged or volunteer their time or services. Parents are asked to contact directly the following Union representatives for activities, questions and issues regarding their child’s experience at Union.
- Career Services – Becker Center, Bob Soules 518-388-6176, http://www.union.edu/BeckerCareerCenter/
- Minerva Program, Tom McEvoy, 518-388-8752
- Student Activities, Matt Milless, 518-388-6118
- Greek Life, Timothy Dunn, 518-388-8777
- Health Services, Sharron McCullough, 518-388-6120
- Dining Services, Dan Detora
- Campus Safety, Bill Sickinger, 518-388-6358
- Terms Abroad, William Thomas, 518-388-6002
- Residential Life, Todd Clark, 518-388-6117
- Dean of Students – Stephen Leavitt, and Kate Schurick, 518-388-6116
- Volunteers, Family Leadership Giving Office, Lisa Mason, 518-388-6601
Karen Dumonet (Vanessa ’07, Sebastian ’09) chairs the Parents Association and writes a monthly newsletter column on the latest campus news from a parent’s perspective, which can be found on the Union web site. Lisa Mason in the Family Leadership Giving Office will coordinate the parent volunteer effort and forward your volunteer choice to the appropriate Union contact.
The Parent Fund will be managed by Liz Epstein in the Union Fund Office and Co-Chairs for the 2007-08 year are Vivian and Peter Falco (Peter ’09). The Parent Fund will be focused on securing gifts from all current and former Union Parents. The Annual Fund Office contact number is 518-388-6142.
Homecoming and Family Weekend and Orientation Weekend activities for parents will be organized to provide all parents an opportunity to meet in an informal setting at their leisure with various campus wide departments and their respective contacts in one location so they can have more time to enjoy their visit with their child and participate in various social activities.
Last year through the generosity of Union’s Parents, almost $1 million dollars in unrestricted funds was generated for areas such as the Minerva Mentors Program, Writing Center, guest lectures, and designated gifts, a critical component of the Parent’s Fund. We are confident the restructuring of this outstanding program will benefit our students, parents and Union. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the coming months.
If you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion, please contact Pam Ritter, Director of Family Leadership Giving at 518-388-6195 or via email email@example.com. Thank you!
Here are a few pieces of information to you that we know you’ll be interested to hear:
The date for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2008 has been set – mark your calendars for October 17-19, 2008. It is strongly recommended that you make your hotel reservations early. You will definitely receive more information as we get closer to the weekend.
Message from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
We are pleased to announce the creation of the Union College Hazing Hotline. The Hazing Hotline was created to provide parents, students, and concerned individuals with a way to report activity that may violate the College's Hazing Policy in a secure, confidential manner.
Matters that need to be reported can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or may be called in to 518-388-6541. For further information, please contact Timothy Dunn, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, via email at email@example.com
Message from the Becker Career Center
Parents, if you are interested in helping your son/daughter with their career planning, we would suggest starting with the areas below:
Whether your son or daughter is seeking an internship, full-time employment, or graduate school, a resume will be necessary.
2. Cover Letter
For many opportunities, a cover letter is necessary. Students should know how to craft an effective cover letter.
3. Networking and Informational interviewing
The most effective way to learn about and secure opportunities is through networking and informational interviewing. Networking and informational interviewing are important skills that will help students manage their career for a lifetime.
As with other experiences, the more time the student takes to prepare and practice the more likely they will perform better.
5. Getting practical experience
Research shows that the value of internships is rising. More and more employers are utilizing internships and more and more employers are converting interns to full-time employment.
The Becker Career Center can help your student with all of these areas. All the student needs to do is call 518.388.6176 or stop in for some assistance.
Also, Parents, if you have or know of internship or full-time employment opportunities we would be happy to post the opportunity for our students.
From all of us at the Becker Career Center, have a happy holiday season.
As your young adults and you re-adjust to their being back home for the end of the year holidays, do keep in mind that your family will only live this for a limited number of years! So enjoy the rest of your winter break and your holidays together. I wish you all the best in this festive season, as well as for you and yours, for 2008!
Karen Dumonet (Vanessa ’07, Sebastian ’09)
Parents Association Chairperson