Dear Carolina Families,
Welcome to Carolina. It won’t take you long to learn, if you haven’t already, that Chapel Hill is a very special place. It is our hope that your student will enjoy a seamless transition to student life at UNC, but we want you to know that there is a community in place to support both the student and their family member during his or her undergraduate years.
We are honored and privileged to serve this year as the National Chairs of the Carolina Parents Council. The Council is the volunteer leadership arm of the Carolina Parents Association. As the family member of an undergraduate student, you are automatically a member of the Carolina Parents Association.
The Office of New Student and Carolina Parent Programs works hand-in-hand with the Parents Council to provide parents with the opportunity to connect and engage with University administrators. Council members provide campus leaders with a parents perspective about issues such as safety, wellness, academic advising and student retention.
In addition, Parents Council members volunteer to host admitted student receptions, summer send-offs and parents club functions while also leading the way on campus during move-in weekend, New Student Orientation, and Family Weekend. One of the things we are most proud of is the Parents Council Grants Fund. Using our annual dues, we award grants to student and staff-initiated programs. We are thrilled that these grants support programs such as Fall Fest, Safewalk, and the Campus Y. We think parents and families lend an important voice, and we invite you to become more involved, not only with your student’s experience but with the life of the University as a whole. We have found our own involvement with the Parents Council to be an energizing and fulfilling experience. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and suggestions.
Bill and Stephanie Miller
P.S. Please mark your calendars for Family Weekend, September 27–29, 2013. We look forward to seeing you then in Chapel Hill.