ncsu_roadsign

Hello, NC State Parents! Fall 2014

Inside the August Issue

Welcome Back, PACK PARENTS!

We hope you and your family have had a wonderful summer. It is always bittersweet to transition through August but we are excited to welcome you and your students back to campus as we embark on the 2014-2015 academic year! 

The Office of Parents & Families Services had a wonderful time meeting many of our new families over the summer months at New Student Orientation. It is our mission to keep parents connected and informed to best support their student on his/her path to success. For those new to our publications, we send two print publications annually; one in the fall and one in the spring. In an effort to provide PACK PARENTS the necessary information in a timely manner, all other communications are sent via e-newsletter or e-mail. We also encourage parents to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.While students get ready for the start of classes, and parents get ready to have their homes back, we are gearing up for our Annual Parents & Families WeekendSeptember 19-21, 2014This year, we are excited to not only offer our most favored weekend events, a benefit Chocolate Festival, Pre-Game Event & Football game, along with our Annual Service project & Thank-you brunch; but we have extended our partnerships with many of NC State’s most dynamic programs to provide campus-wide events for parents and families. Whether it’s football, crafts, Arts, or parents and families simply looking to catch up with their favorite student, this is an exciting weekend that aims to offer memories for everyone. 

Ticket registration will open Wednesday, August 20. Tickets are limited and will sell-out quickly. So mark your calendar and don’t delay.

In closing, welcome again to the 2014 – 2015 academic year and please do not hesitate to call our Parents’ HelpLine at (919) 515.2441 or email us at ncsuparents@ncsu.edu with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Sincerely,

14886762711_4b61c2b9da_q

Kerri Fowler,

Assistant Director
Parents & Families Services

ATH.fans.0136Parents & Families Weekend

The Office of Parents & Families Services invites all parents, families and students to join us for our Annual Parents & Families Weekend, September 19-21, 2014.

This campus-wide event  provides parents, families and students the opportunity to celebrate some of NC State’s richest traditions together. From chocolate fountains to food trucks; carnival games to varsity football; painting tunnels to saving trees, this three-day event will offer something for everyone.

Tickets for our highlighted Pre-Game Event & NC State v. Presbyterian Football Game are as follows:
$47.00 for Non-NC State Students
$12.00 for NC State Students
All registrations will incur an $18.00 processing fee.

Please visit our Parents & Families Weekend website for a detailed Schedule of Events, Dining & Accommodation information, Accessibility Requests and FAQs

Tickets registration will open online Wednesday, August 20 and run through Friday, August 22, or until tickets are sold out. Please call the Parents’ HelpLine at (919) 515.2441 if you have questions.

Important Messages from University Housing

Greetings from University Housing!

Hopefully by now your student is all set, ready, and excited for move-in. However, for those few students making last minute preparations or if you’d simply prefer to cross-check their list with yours, we have compiled all of the information and resources needed to make things a little easier. Here is the move-in information provided for students as well as a packing list on what they should bring.

For parents, we understand that there are some need-to-know logistics to best help you prepare as well. This is why we have included the schedule for check-in hours for all Residence Halls and apartments; the resident-handbook to familiarize yourself with the Community Standards, Guidelines and Procedures; and a link for reference in the instance your student needs to submit a work order for any maintenance issues.

Would you like to send your student mail? Be sure to check out Mail & Packages to ensure the best method and address for delivery.

Plan Ahead! Our Residence Halls will close November 26 at 10:00am and reopen November 28 at 5:00pm for Thanksgiving Break. For Winter Break, the Residence Halls will close December 17 at 10:00am for non-graduating students. Halls remain open for fall break. All on-campus apartments are open during holidays and breaks.

For more information visit University Housing online.

Eat with the Pack

2library001


University Dining strives to provide the best quality with the most variety for our students. From all-you-can eat dining halls, popular fast food options, cafes and convenience stores, we offer a wide selection to satisfy any appetite.

Download the 2014-2015 Meal Plan guide to learn more and visit University Dining for daily menus, account management and events.

Wolfpack One Card

CE.card.8549


Managing expenses can be made easier by learning more about the accounts associated with the Wolfpack One ID Card. This card can be used to access a variety of services on campus.

Visit the Wolfpack One website or call (919) 515.3090 for more information.

Safety Reminders from Campus Police

The NC State Police department’s role in the community-wide shared responsibility for safety on campus is to provide professional law enforcement, effective emergency response, crime & incident reduction, self-defense programs, and community outreach & education. Your student’s safety on campus is paramount to us. We are dedicated to not only protecting your student, but also empowering them through safety education, so they can better safeguard themselves and their property. Please take a moment to remind your student of these essential safety tips:

  1. The most common crime on campus is theft. Do not leave belongings unattended in public places for any length of time.
  2. If walking at night, be sure to walk in groups. Stick to well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings. Alternatively, use transportation services such as the Wolfline or city transits, Gotcha Ride, or the University Safety Escort Service.
  3. Always secure residence by locking all exterior windows and doors.

For more information about NCSU Police please visit NCSU Police Department online and follow on Facebook.

NCSU Transportation

Sign points the way up Hillsborough Street towards campus.

Moving in? Parents and students are asked to follow the guidelines in place to assist parking for residents moving in to campus-housing.
Need a permit? A new policy has been instated that anyone with any outstanding parking tickets will NOT be allowed to purchase a parking permit. All accounts must be cleared prior to purchase.

We are excited to announce that NCSU Transportation is partnering with Zimride by Enterprise in offering a private rideshare network for students. Zimride is a unique way to rideshare using social networks to help students find riders who are going to the same destination. This saves both money and the environment by reducing the need to have a car on campus. It is also another great option for those students who would like to come home on the weekend or during school breaks. Learn more about Zimride.

If you have questions please visit NCSU Transportation online or call (919) 515.7650.

Student Health Services

A reminder from Student Health that the Fall 2014 Student Blue Enrollment period is open. Act now! The $802 will be non-refundable after the September 14, 2014 deadline. Students may enroll in the Student Blue policy or provide proof of private health insurance and waive out of the Student Blue plan at this time.

Remind your student to stay healthy! The fall 2014 Seasonal Flu Vaccine schedule is now available. Vaccinations are provided by Maxim Health Systems. Students may choose the date that is most convenient for them. If students are unable to attend a clinic, Student Health offers shots by appointment for $25.00 or in the pharmacy without an appointment for $25.000. Nasal vaccines are also available without an an appointment at the pharmacy for $35.00.

If you have additional questions please call Student Health Services at (919) 515.2563 or visit them online.

Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED)

Students on the Brickyard.

The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) houses for campus community centers: the African-American Cultural Center; the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) CenterMulticultural Student Affairs and the Women’s Center; along with units dedicated to Equal Opportunity & EquityDiversity & Inclusion.

OIED also offers numerous diversity and equity workshops free of charge for students, staff and faculty through it’s Education & Training unit and the Diversity Digest, a campus-wide newsletter.

Every semester OIED publishes a calendar of Signature Events that are open to students, families and the campus community. We are excited to share the fall 2014 Events and invite you to visit the OIED website throughout the year for the most up to date listing of diversity events on campus.

The Women’s Center

The Women’s Center is a catalyst and resource that advances gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy and leadership with a vision for the Wolfpack community that champions gender equity and promotes respect for all.  NC State’s Women’s Center inspires growth through a variety of programs and events for our students, families and the campus community. NCS_WomensLogo_CMYKHosting one of the sweetest traditions at NC State, the Annual Chocolate Festival during Parents & Families Weekend is only one of the many programming opportunities raising awareness and education provided by the Women’s Center. Here are a few more of their highlighted and upcoming programs and resources:

For more information, please visit the Women’s Center or call (919) 515.2012.

ARTS NC STATE

Art To Wear model gets framed.At ARTS NC STATE, the Arts are for everyone. All NC State students, regardless of college or major, are welcome to participate in ARTS NC State programs and productions, and to take arts courses for credit/non-credit. Is your student a dancer? Musician? Or thespian? Perhaps they have shared an interest in exploring the arts through craft? Whether it’s auditioning for a play. Performing in a concert. Taking a class or working behind the scenes, exhibiting their artwork, volunteering for an event or even living among other student artists. ARTS NC STATE has something for everyone. Encourage your student to utilize their student discount to see a world-class performance or better yet attend one together. Learn more about ARTS NC STATE.

Are you a parent who likes the arts and would like to be involved? Volunteer for ARTS NC STATE today! Send an email Stephanie Clark at stephanie_clark@ncsu.edu

ARTS NC STATE is within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. If you would like more information about ARTS NC STATE Please call (919) 513.1800 or visit ARTS NC STATE online.

Important Dates

legacy luncheon 2011-236

The Office of Parents & Families Services wants to provide parents with the most need-to-know dates.  Academic Calendars can be accessed via the NC State Registration & Records website.

For questions please call (919) 515.2572.

Conversation Calendar

legacy luncheon 2011-521

Our Conversation Calendar offers sample questions that can be used as discussion starters with your student. The questions highlighted will provide bullet points to help navigate important and timely conversations.

Go Social, Get Connected.

Students use the D.H. Hill Library. Photo by Marc Hall

That’s right, the Office of Parents & Families Services is now on Facebook and Twitter. Giving parents additional ways to stay abreast of the fun and excitement going on at NC State and learn of special announcements from our  office.

Parents can Like us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter today!

Family of the Year Contest

The NC State Parents & Families Association wants to honor all NC State families by recognizing a Family of the Year. The award is intended to celebrate the supportive role families play in the lives of students and the University  community. Honoring outstanding parents and families helps remind the NC State community that  families are an essential part of student success.

The recipient of Family of the Year will receive:

  • A $500 Book Scholarship
  • Complimentary tickets for your family (up to 4 members) to all events during Parents & Families Weekend.
  • Premiere seating in the Chancellor’s Box and recognition at the September 20 football game against Presbyterian.
  • Weekend hotel accommodations for your family (up to 2 rooms).
  • A commemorative plaque presented to you and your family during the football game.
  • Your family will be featured in campus newspapers and on the Parents & Families Services website.

2014 Family of the Year contest guidelines, nomination form, rules and regulations can be found online. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 5, 2014.

Parent Volunteer Network

ASB.Nica.4.1722Designed to give interested parents a meaningful and enjoyable way to become more active in the University community, the Parent Volunteer Network provides parents with a variety of opportunities to engage and promote NC State’s culture of service. Whether it’s a one-time commitment or becoming a familiar face on parent panels, sharing their great experience with the University, parents are a valued resource on our campus and we provide flexible options to ensure we offer something for everyone.

Would you like to be a Parent Volunteer? Learn more about this program and the campus-wide opportunities online or  call the Parents’ HelpLine at (919) 515.2441. We look forward to working with you.

NCSU Frequent Golfer Plan 

NC State University’s management team for the Lonnie Poole Golf Course has developed an offer for an annual golf package designed for the frequent golfer. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is a public golf course, designed by NC State graduates at the Arnold Palmer Design company, located on NC State’s Centennial Campus that serves as a venue for men’s and women’s varsity golf teams.

Call (919) 833.3338 or go online to Book tee times, join the email club, and learn more about the Frequent Golfer Plan.

Picture1Very Important Discount Program

 The Office of Parents & Families Services has forged partnerships with many local and national  businesses to offer special savings to members of the North Carolina State Parents & Families  Association. This program is the Very Important Parent (VIP) Discount program. Members  will receive a Very Important Parent (VIP) discount card and simply present their Parents & Families Association membership card to access great savings at participating VIP sites. VIP Partners include area hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and service businesses that support and partner with North Carolina State University.

Need a new card? Have a question?  If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to call the Parents’ HelpLine at (919) 515.2441 or email us at ncsuparents@ncsu.edu.