Uniting Together For the Kids

by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant


A day of dancing, laughing, free food, games, music, friends, family and, most importantly, fundraising for the local Mankato Gillette Children’s
Specialty Healthcare is returning to MSU for its ninth consecutive year.

The event, called “MAVATHON,” is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Centennial
Student Union from noon to 10 p.m. and will include free food, bowling, karaoke, dancing, a live DJ, jazzercise, a performance by the MSU Dance Team, a caricature artist, cosmic bingo and more. Local families and children impacted by Gillette will be in attendance at the event, something many participants look forward to every year.

“I’m excited to see all the families during the main event,” Travis Gerlach, a member of the MAVATHON executive board, said. “It brings so much more meaning to the money we’re raising to meet and talk with the families that benefit from it.”

This year the group is hoping to raise $32,000 for Gillette. So far, they’re
at about 40 percent of that goal and have hosted numerous fundraisers around
the city of Mankato to gather funds. The unity that MAVATHON brings to campus is something Ryan McCormick, Morale Director for the event, said is vital to its success.

“The most important aspect of MAVATHON is unity under one purpose. Hundreds of students from a variety of backgrounds, organizations, majors, and walks of life gather to achieve one goal: dance now for their (the kids) tomorrow,” he said. “We all set aside self-interest and work tirelessly to raise money, giving Gillette’s children a chance to fight back and lead a fulfilling life.”

MAVATHON is put on by an MSU recognized student organization called
Dance Marathon. The group works year-round to plan the event and fundraise money, all of which is donated locally to Gillette Children’s in Mankato. This is the ninth year the event has taken place at MSU and over the course of those nine years, MAVATHON, which is Minnesota largest dance marathon, has raised more than $100,000 for Gillette — more than any other Minnesota dance marathon.

Gillette Children’s is an affiliate of the Children’s Miracle Network, which
funds critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment
and charitable care to local hospitals.

Registration for the event is $32 and can completed by visiting


Maverick Holiday Carnival Tradition Continues on MNSU Campus

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Upon returning from break, Minnesota State University, Mankato is preparing for a tradition of


Photo by: Temi Adeleye, KEYC News 12

their own.

Starting back in 2015, the Community Engagement Office created the Maverick Holiday Carnival. An event that offered an opportunity for college students, holiday fans and organizations to interact with children and families in the Mankato area.

Those interested in hosting a fun event, will create booths with activities/games for elementary students in the Mankato area and their families. Elementary students will attend,play games and win prizes at each booth, which will consist of carnival games for children up to 12 years old.

“The theme this year is Candyland Holiday Carnival, so we plan to incorporate lots of Candyland themed decorations as well as holiday decorations,” said Kennedi Alstead, Community Engagement Office, Graduate Advisor.

The Maverick Holiday Carnival will take place on December 9th in the Centennial Student Union, Ballroom from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. However, organizations that are having an activity will have access to the ballroom starting at 11 a.m. and should be ready to go by 1:15 p.m. The actual event will take from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for the actual event and no later than 5 p.m. to take down.

The Community Engagement Office is looking for organizations, chapters, offices, and departments to host a booth for their event. Mavs in Action will pay for $50 of supplies for each group that participates. Groups that sign up before November 16th, will have the privilege of Mavs in Action getting the supplies for their game for them. The form will include, supplies needed and a description of their activity. If groups want to be a part but do not have an idea for an activity, we have many ideas available to offer.

The sign-up form will be available on engage for groups to sign up until the end of November. But those who sign up after November 16th will be in charge of getting their own supplies.

“Additionally, there will be a competition where kids can vote on their favorite booth! The winning group will receive a special prize,” said Alstead.

Organizations interested in being a part of this fun tradition can apply here and  contact kennedi.alstead@mnsu.edu for more information.

University Enforces Yes-Means-Yes Consent Policy

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by: MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

The Affirmative Consent Policy at Minnesota State University, Mankato is there to keep you


At Minnesota State University, Mankato the Equal Opportunity Office is dedicated to preventing sexual violence, discrimination, harassment and will respond to reports of sexual misconduct.

In February 2018, Mankato State University adopted its own Affirmative Consent policy which highlights the importance of having consent when engaging in sexual activity.

The system-wide Minnesota State Sexual Violence Policy adopted by Minnesota State Mankato states: “Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats and or physical force are used, there is no consent. If someone is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired—including from drug or alcohol consumption—and doesn’t understand the situation, there is no consent. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.”

‘Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood….Silence does not necessarily constitute consent.’ 

The Affirmative Consent policy creates clarity. If both parties cannot meet the standards of the policy and confidently say, “Yes,” it is not considered consensual. Prior to this policy, a student would have to verbally say, “No” for the incident to be considered sexual assault.  To ensure students are aware of the policy and what is expected of them, Mankato State University provides educational training.

“Students are required to complete the Consent and Respect course. Our office does presentations and trainings on campus to students and employees. The Women’s Center and Violence Awareness and Response Program (VARP) collaborate with other campus offices to offer programming on topics related to sexual violence prevention and awareness. Our office participates in some of this programming,” said Quenter Ramogi, Equal Opportunity & Title IX Specialist, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of sexual, dating or relationship violence, call University Security at 389-2111 immediately, or talk to someone you trust, like your Resident Advisor. To submit a complaint please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX at 507-389-2986. You may also consider filing a report with local law enforcement. To report in the city of Mankato, please dial 911.

Discounted Medical Clinic Services for Students

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

By MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

The Student Health Services On-Campus Medical Center supports student success.

College students are at a critical stage in their lives with less parental supervision and more responsibilities. They’re in complete control of their own health. 

The campus medical clinic in Carkoski Commons lower level is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and offers convenient and affordable medical attention.

Services Provided: 

At Minnesota State University, Mankato, the Student Health Services Medical Clinic provides a wide array of health care services to their students including:

  • Treatment of Illness and Injury (Primary Care)
  • Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • SANE Exams
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Mental Health
  • ADHD Services
  • Immunizations
  • Travel Abroad Consults

In addition to their services, the clinic also offers both physicians and nurse practitioners.

Affordable Care

Currently enrolled full-time or part-time students at Minnesota State Mankato, who are paying student activity fees are eligible to receive the student discount price. Students enrolled in previous terms are eligible to receive services and may be asked to pay for services at the time they are provided. If you’re concerned about your eligibility check online at http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/eligibility.html.

Scheduling an Appointment

“Scheduling an appointment is preferred and can be done by calling 507-389-6276 or using our online patient portal,” said Lori Marti, Student Health Services health educator. “Students may request a specific health care provider at the time the appointment is scheduled and can be seen by a physician or nurse practitioner. Non-emergency “walk-ins” visits are seen as the schedule permits. Students with a busy class or work schedule will be best served by calling ahead.”

Save Time, Plan Accordingly

As a college student, it’s not easy to find time to visit the medical center. If you plan ahead you will spend less time waiting and more time getting the medical attention you need.

“Students being seen for the first time need to fill out a patient registration form. This form can be found on our webpage and can be filled out in advance and brought to the clinic at the time of the visit,” Marti said.

If you’re interested in setting up an appointment call 507-389-6276, visit the online patient portal at https://mnsu.medicatconnect.com.



Reflecting on the Holocaust

October 10, 2018, inSIDER

by Morgan Stolpa, CSU Public Relations Intern

Spotlighting Minnesota Holocaust survivors is the focus of a series of free events through the Social Justice Lecture Series.

The series is presented by the Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Sociology and Corrections, the Kessel Peace Institute and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“These events focus on the Holocaust, both its past and the lessons we can learn from it today to create a more peaceful world,” Carol Glasser, director of the Kessel Peace Institute, said.

Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibit (Oct. 8 – Oct. 23) (CSU Art Gallery)

The gallery is located in the basement of the Centennial Student Union and will be open during CSU operating hours:

Mondays-Fridays 6:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

Sundays 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

The exhibit illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full colors. Each story is about survival during unfathomable circumstances. However, the collection focuses on life and hope.

Echoes and Reflections Teacher Training (Oct. 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

Echoes and Reflections is a training for teachers dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process and navigate the world by supporting effective teaching of the Holocaust. This is a program for K-12 educators and educators-in-training. The program provides access to a range of classroom-ready content, sound teaching pedagogy and instructional strategies — all designed to engage students in a comprehensive study of events and to explore how the Holocaust continues to influence social issues in the world today.

An RSVP is required to attend, due to the targeted audience for this training. Please contact Dr. Kyle Ward at kyle.ward@mnsu.eduto RSVP.

Finding Art in my Photography with David Sherman (Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

NBA Team Photographer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, David Sherman is another creative mind behind the Transfer of Memory exhibit. In this talk Sherman will discuss how Transfer of Memory opened his creativity and allowed him to think of his daily and personal work in terms of art instead of only its commercial application.  He also will discuss how creating Transfer of Memory allowed him to develop an artful voice.

Closing Reception for the Transfer of Memory Exhibit (Oct. 22, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) (CSU Lounge, next to the Art Gallery)

 The closing reception of the Transfer of Memory Exhibit will allow attendees the opportunity to talk with the speakers, one another, tour the exhibit, and to celebrate this powerful series of events.

If you are a professor and would like to incorporate any of these events into your classes, you can request attendance and sign-up sheets for class participation or individual extra credit. Students will be provided with FREE copies of the book, Witness to the Holocaust: Stories of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors.

If you have any questions about these events contact Carol Glasser at carol.glasser@mnsu.eduor (507)-389-1345.


Your College Student Still Needs You

by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Communications Student Intern

College students need your support, advice and knowledge as they begin to take on adult responsibilities. It is vital that parents adapt to their new role as the resilient force in their student’s educational journey.

Supporting Your Student is Essential

After the first few weeks of class, students need several things from their parents. However, one of the most important things is support. Regardless of how well your student says college is going, there are always going to be bumps in the road. As a parent, it’s important to know the resources available for your student on-campus. Alert your student on the academic advising and health services available to them. Whether it be the the center for students with disabilities, the writing center, health services, the career center or many of the other services offered on-campus, encourage your student to utilize the numerous valuable campus resources. To locate these resources and more, consult the university’s website and find more information about them at: https://www.mnsu.edu/student/studentresources.

Plan to Visit Your Student

There’s nothing quite like seeing how your student is managing the college lifestyle. One way for parents to do this first-hand is by planning a visit. Whether it be for a football game or the traditional Family Weekend (Oct. 12-14). One of the benefits of Family Weekend is the opportunity to participate in many events happening on-campus. For a list of all the events happening over Family Weekend, visit the New Students and Family Programs page on university’s website and select register for Family Weekend.

Keep in Contact

Contacting your student can be done in a number of ways. Whether it be texting, emailing, calling, sending packages or facetiming. Remember that your student won’t always have time to respond to all of your contacts. However, they want to hear from you. Your student misses you and appreciates hearing from you. Be sure to let your student know you’re thinking of them.

Stay Informed

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on events, important issues and dates in the university calendar. Visit the New Student and Family Programs page on the university website, scroll down and select subscribe to updates.

When the Family Comes: 5 Tips to Prep for Family Weekend

by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Communications Student Staff

Family Weekend is upon us! For some of you that means seeing your mom or dad and siblings for the first time since you moved in a little more than a month ago. For others, it just means your parents are the ones making the drive this time around. But now that they’re coming to see you, you need to get ready? I’ve compiled five helpful tips that will impress your family:

  1. Clean your room. It sounds pretty self-explanatory, but making sure your room is clean is a key to showing your parents and family that you’re able to handle life on your own. Make your bed, take out the trash, scrub down the sink and bathroom and make sure everything is in order. First impressions are everything.
  2. Let your roommate know they’re coming. The last thing you want is your family to come to town and walk into your room to a snoring/sleeping roommate. Make sure you contact your roommate and let him or her know when you’re family is coming. Coordinate with them and you may even be able to solicit their help for cleaning your room.
  3. Make a plan. A pleasant surprise for your family is having something planned for when they arrive. MSU sponsors lots of Family Weekend Events, but there are plenty of things to do (and places to eat) in Mankato! Suggest an activity to them when they arrive and you’d be surprised at what they’re willing to do.
  4. Show them around campus. Now that you have a better feel for campus, take your family around campus and show them some of your favorite places and where some of your classes are. They’re sure to be interested in what you’ve been up to since they last dropped you off.
  5. Thank them! Before they hit the road and head home, be sure to thank your family for coming. It’s a small gesture, but gratitude always goes a long way, especially with your loved ones.

And that’s it! The most important part of Family Weekend is to simply enjoy your time with family and have fun!

Host A Family Visit Oct. 12-14

Family Weekend Offers Activities For Family Fun

by AFURE ADAH, CSU Communications Student Staff

Family Weekend is almost here.

Every fall semester, Family Weekend provides a great time to have your family visit and join you for some awesome events.

Here is a run down of all the events that will be happening during Family Weekend, October 12-14.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Noon – 6:00 p.m.: Registration / Check In (for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event), New Student and Family Programs Office, Preska Residence Community 103

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Memorial Library Open House and Tours, Memorial Library – Brief tours highlighting the different library services and resources available on the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

5:00 – 11:30 p.m.: FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union – All lanes/tables will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

5:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union – Free admission to registered families. Concessions available for purchase.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Head for a great workout, play some basketball, or do many other activities in our campus recreation center. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy your time at the Rec Center! Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. Open Gym, Walking/Jogging Track, Weight Room, Cardio Area and Racquetball Courts. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

7:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union – Free admission to registered families. Concessions available for purchase.

7:07 p.m.: Maverick Hockey vs Boston University, Verizon Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – Individual game tickets go on sale the first Monday of October at the Verizon Center ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations or call 800-745-3000. Reserved Adult $16-35; Reserved Youth $8-14 (ages 3-17)

8:00PM – 9:00 p.m.: Family Weekend Feature: Wacky Chad, Bresnan Arena, Taylor Center- Wacky Chad is an award-winning pogo stick performer who appeared twice on America’s Got Talent twice and at a Superbowl event. Prepare to be amazed! Show includes:

  • Award Winning Pogo Stick Tricks
  • Tall Unicycle (5′, 7′, or 9′)
  • “Dangerous” Juggling
  • Skateboard Tricks
  • Tiny Bicycle
  • Balancing
  • Comedy with Audience Participation
  • Other Miscellaneous Tricks

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Star Gazing, Andreas Observatory – You can reach the observatory by a short walk south on the gravel road from Green Parking Lot 1. Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.

9:30 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Registration / Check In (for those that did not pick up their registration information prior to the event), Myers Field House (near the entrance to the track)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Learning Community Meet and Greet, Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union – Meet and greet for Learning Community students and their families. Members of the Learning Community team will be available to answer questions or just say hello!

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.: FREE Cosmic Bowling and Billiards, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union

9:15 a.m.: Family Weekend Kids Stomper Sprint, Fitness Trail Entrance/Outdoor Track, near the MSU softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1 – Calling all kids to join Stomper for a Kids Fun Run on our outdoor track! Event includes 100-meter fun run for kids ages 4 and under and a 400-meter (1 lap) fun run for kids ages 5 and up. No pre-registration. Meet at the entrance to the track (right next to the start of the 5K) by 9:10 a.m. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian the morning of the event in order for the child to participate.

9:30 a.m.: Family Weekend 5k Fun Run/Walk, Fitness Trail, near the MSU softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1 – Join us for a FREE non-competitive 5K fun Run/Walk on our paved fitness trail by the softball fields and Green Parking Lot 1. T-shirts are provided to the first 200 participants who check in at the 5k registration table on the day of the event starting at 8:45 a.m. A separate pre-registration is required for this event. Registrations are accepted starting at 8:45 a.m. A waiver must be signed by all participants the morning of the event in order to participate.

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Family Fun Carnival, Myers Field House – Enjoy games, caricatures, photo booth, indoor rock wall climbing, inflatables and other fun things for the entire family, brought to you in part by the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

10:30 a.m.: Alumni Legacy Brunch, Centennial Student Union Ballroom – The Office of Alumni Relations presents a brunch for students who have family members who are MSU alumni. Invitations will be sent via email to Legacy Families. If you are a Legacy Family and have not received an invitation, please contact the Alumni Office at 507-389-1515 or alumni@mnsu.edu. An RSVP is required.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Pictures with Stomper, Myers Field House – Have a professional photo taken with the Maverick mascot, Stomper. You will have the opportunity to have a photo emailed to you or order online after the event.

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Free access for our Family Weekend Guests. No minors in Weight Room or Cardio Area.

12:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

1:00 p.m.: Maverick Football vs. Minot State, Blakeslee Stadium- General admission is $5 for adults (normally $10) and FREE for youth ages 17 and under (normally $5). Current MSU students get in free with MavCARD.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Open Swim, Highland Center Pool

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Disc Golf, near Parking Lot 1 – Play a round on MSU’s 9-hole Maverick Disc Golf course! Our very own par 3 disc golf course is open for you to play year-round, dawn till dusk. Meet the Campus Recreation staff at the northwest corner of Lot 1 (right field fence of the Women’s Softball diamond) to grab a scorecard, map and check out a disc to use. Feel free to bring your own disc golf discs, too.

3:00 p.m.: Stomper’s Cinema – Incredibles 2, Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Outdoor Rock Climbing, Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall – Enjoy our outdoor rock climbing wall! The feel and texture of this climbing wall is amazingly realistic, allowing climbers to use natural features and attached handholds to climb unique routes up the wall. Take on the challenge of climbing this 35-foot pinnacle! Come to Green Parking Lot 1 and take a short walk down the gravel road.

7:07 p.m.: Maverick Hockey vs Boston University, Verizon Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – Individual game tickets go on sale the first Monday of October at the Verizon Center ticket office and all Ticketmasterlocations or call 800-745-3000. Reserved adult $16-35; Reserved youth $8-14 (ages 3-17)

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Star Gazing, Andreas Observatory- Weather permitting; check the Family Weekend Schedule online for cancellation updates.

8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.: Mavericks After Dark: The Price is Right, Ostrander Auditorum, Centennial Student Union – Three shows!  Please arrive 30 minutes early to the show. Limit 350 people per show – get your free tickets now! mnsuevents.comOver $2,000 in prizes! Back by popular demand, the Student Events Team  will be hosting the “The Price is Right” game show. Students and families will have a chance to win prizes such as groceries from Hy-Vee, kitchen appliances, free bowling at Wow Zone for a Semester, and so much more!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  2018 Deep Valley Book Festival, Mankato Event Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza (off campus) – The FREE, day-long festival includes authors Lorna Landvik, David Geister, and more than 40 Minnesota authors, illustrators, publishers and literary organizations. The Festival provides the chance for guests to interact with their favorite authors and meet new ones. For more information, visit www.mnheritage.com/bookfestival.html.

11:00 a.m.: Mass with the Catholic Mavs, St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, 1502 Warren St. – Begin your day by celebrating with the CatholicMavs. Coffee and donuts to follow Mass. All are welcome!

Noon: Watch Minnesota Vikings vs the Arizona Cardinals, Maverick Bullpen, lower level of the Centennial Student Union – Watch the game on one of the many TV’s in the Maverick Bullpen lounges.

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Open Recreation Time, Otto Recreation Center – Free access for our Family Weekend guests. Open gym, walking/jogging track, weight room, cardio area and racquetball courts. No minors in weight room or cardio area.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Open Swim, Highland Center Pool

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact New Student and Family Programs at 507-389-5498 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers.

How the University Takes Disciplinary Action

By ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Communications Student Assistant

Minnesota State University, Mankato has made many changes to its student disciplinary process. One of the major changes happened after the landmark case Dixon V. Alabama State Board of Education.

The 1961 case allowed the establishment of the rights of students to be given notice of the allegation and an opportunity to be heard prior to expulsion. Moreover, students are not entitled to the same degree of due process as afforded in criminal and civil actions meaning that students have a different protocol when their disciplinary action is being decided.

The University has adopted the philosophy of educational discipline that promotes personal growth and accountability. It strives for fair and consistent policies and practices. For parents this means that we want students to learn from a “teachable moment” to consider consequences of their actions before acting on impulse or acceding to peer pressure.

It is important for parents to know when and how to intervene. Intervention sends a message to your students that you don’t trust their ability to handle their own affairs. Helicopter parenting can hinder the development of independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

The college experience strives to provide opportunities for your students to grow in the following areas:

  • Developing an identity separate from parents
  • Developing interdependence and competency
  • Managing emotions
  • Strengthening integrity and personal accountability
  • Establishing meaningful friendships and connections

To access the school’s parents’ resources CLICK HERE.


That First Family Reunion With Your College Student


Being a parent of a college student has its challenges. One of them can be the first meeting after students have been attending college for a few months and living away from home. No one knows what to expect when a parent first sees their student after a few weeks or months apart from home.

Are they the still dependent on mom and dad?

Have they changed so much that they don’t even resemble who they used to be?

Will they be embarrassed of being seen with their parents?

There is no rule book on what to do or what to expect when you haven’t seen your college son/daughter for a period of time. College introduces students to new experiences and opportunities. A lot of students realize that they have to start looking after themselves and have to start doing chores they never had to do; like laundry.

Your first reunion is highly encouraged. But be ready to expect changes in students. It is important to acknowledge growth and improvement. Be encouraging and supportive. Be sensitive but straightforward on criticism. It is important to have fun in your first reunion and not constantly argue on how or what they should do.

Try to meet some of your students’ friends and try to learn about their college life. Most college students are eager to see their parents. Also try to ask them what they need. College students are constantly hungry and it is useful to have snacks and food available; make sure they have a good supply.

Some parents might also learn that their students have a life that they are no longer a part of. College students often hang out late with their friends. They might not do it during family weekend or whenever your first reunion happens. However, it is better to expect it just in case you were planning on spending an entire evening together.

The most important factor to remember is that students will change. Not all students might make their own meals or wash their clothes as frequently as they should. However, students’ first few months and their first year at college will change their behavior and that change is maturity. They have been living their own experiences and making their own decisions where the outcomes range from performing beyond their own expectations to screwing up. They all add up to learning experiences.

Parents will now not always be part of the decision making but rather witness it. All the small changes college student go through in their short time in college will be apparent all at once in your first reunion. Just remember, you’re still their parent. Their love has transitioned with their new life as a college student.