Aquinas College Parent & Family Guide

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A guide for parents and families of incoming Aquinas College students.

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  • AQUINAS COLLEGE FAMILY GUIDE

    COMMUNITY service

    PRAYER study

    Www.aquinas.edu

  • Family Welcome to Aquinas....4

    Families..5

    Academics Dean of Students Office.7

    Career and Counseling...8

    Academic Success...9

    International Programs..11

    Student Life Residence Life..14

    Aquinas Dining...15

    Campus Life....16

    Campus Ministry..17

    resources Diversity Initiatives..19

    Integrative Campus Health Services..20

    Student Accounts.....21

    Information and Technology Services22

    Campus Safety..23

    The Next Step..24

    Table of Contents

    All information provided in this guide is current as of June 2012. Visit www.aquinas.edu for up-to-date information.

  • Welcome!YouarethenewestmembersoftheAquinasCollegefamilyandwewanttoextendourgratudeandhospitalitytoyou. Overthenext fewyears,youandyourstudentwillcometo learnabouttheAquinasdierence. FoundedbytheDominicansistersover125yearsago,thecorevaluesofprayer,study,serviceandcommunitysllholdtrueonourcampustoday.Itisthesevaluesthatyouandyourstudentwillexperienceonadailybasis.Your familyprobably choseAquinas inpartbecauseofour size.Our faculty, sta and administraonprideourselvesongengtoknowandworkwithyourstudent.Duringyourstudentsmehere,heorshewillhavetheopportunitytointeractwithusinavarietyofways.Inaddiontoourwonderfulliberalartseducaon,wearecommiedtoholiscdevelopmentandbelieveinhighimpactexperienallearning.Weencourageyourstudenttostudyabroad(manyofourparentswillvisittheirstudentswhileabroad),goonservicelearningtrips,partakeinaninternshipandperhapsevenconductresearchwithafacultymemberaspartofourMohlerThompson research scholarshipprogram. Thesehigh impactexperienal learningopportunieshelpourstudentsapplytheknowledgethattheyhavegainedintheclassroomtotheworldatlarge.Your studentwill also likelywant to get involved in campus life. Whether your student chooses to live on campus orcommute,wehaveover70clubsandorganizaonsthatmayfityourstudentsinterest.Thislistconnuestoexpandaseachyearnewstudentscollaboratetoaddnewclubsandorganizaonstoourcampus.Asyoustayengagedwithyourstudent,besuretoaskthemaboutlifebothinsideandoutsideoftheclassroom.Wewilldothesameonourendandtogether,wewillworktoensurethatweareindeedmakingallthedierenceintheworld.Sincerely,BrianMatzkeDeanofStudentServices

    Welcome to the Aquinas family

  • Families We are happy to have you as part of our AQ Family, and we feel honored to be part of yours as well. Over these next few weeks, you may be asking yourself,How do I help my student get ready for college? More importantly, you may be asking yourself, How do I get myself ready?!

    Having a college student in the family is an adjustment. Your role and relaonship with your student will change. Whether its your first college student, or your fih, we understand that this me of transion can be dicult for some. We hope this guide will help ease the transion and that it will serve as a resource for you and your Aquinas student these next few weeks and years. Heres some advice and informaon to assist with this change.

    Communication

    Beforecollege,youmorethanlikelytalkedwithyourstudenteverydayaboutwhatheor shewasdoing. However,withyour student in college, your communicaon will change.Communicang daily might not be an opon, but it isimportant to keep the lines of communicaon open. Setexpectaonswithyourstudentabouthowyouwanttostayin touch and check in every once in awhile,whether it isthroughaphonecall,oranemail.Transition to Mentor

    Werecognizethatmostfamilieshavestrongbonds,andthatitmaybediculttoseparate. Someparentsandguardiansare used to being their students goto person when adilemma occurs. Know that your student can be aresponsibleadultand iscapableofmakingdecisionsforhimor herself. Your studentmight sll call youwhen an issuearises, but empower him or her to determine their ownsoluonandallowyourselftotransionfromtheirparentorguardiantoamentorforyourstudent.Stay at AQ!

    Ifyourstudentplanstoliveoncampus,chancesaretheywillvisithomeatvariouspointsthroughouttheyear,whetherforaweekend,oronly foramajorholidaybreak. However, in

    your students first fewweeks at Aquinas, encourage yourstudent to stay on campus rather than coming home for aweekend.Studiesshowthatthefirstsixweekofastudentscollege experience is vital to his or her success thereaer.NotonlyhasAquinas implemented variousprograms thesefirstsixweekstoensureyourstudentssuccess,butthiswillalso serveasanopportunity foryour student tomakenewrelaonshipsandgetinvolvedatAquinas.Home Visits and Breaks

    Ifyourstudentdoeschoose to travelhome foravisitoranextendedbreak,knowthatthesevisitsmaybedierentthanancipated. Your studentwill become used to a sense ofindependencewhile livingon campus. Beforeyour studentplansahomevisit,discussyourexpectaonsregardingrules,curfews,etc. Rememberto listentohisorherexpectaonsaswellandfindacommongroundwithyourstudent.FERPA

    TheFamilyEducaonRightsandPrivacyActof1974(FERPA)is a federal law intended to protect the privacy of studenteducaons records accumulated from early childhoodthroughcollege.Thisamendmentgivesparentscertainrightsto access informaon regarding their students educaonrecords from Kindergarten throughHigh School. However,once a student reaches 18 years of age, all of the rightsguaranteed under FERPA are transferred to the student.Understandthatpaying forastudentstuiondoesnotgiveanyone the right toaccess thatstudentsacademic records.Usually,collegestudentsare responsible forcommunicangtheirgradesandacademicstatustotheirfamilies.For more informaon on FERPA, visit www.ed.gov orwww.collegeparents.org.

  • Dean of Students OfficeTheDeanofStudentsOceworkswithparentstoprovideapartnershipforhelpingstudentsmakekeytransions. Overthenextfouryears,wewillgettoknowyourstudentandwillhelptoeducateyourstudentboth insideandoutsideoftheclassroom. It isourgoal toorientyourstudentasseamlesslyaspossible into theAquinasCollegecultureandeventuallyfacilitatehis/her transion fromAquinas into theprofessionalworld. Ourmission arculateshowwedo thisusing theCatholicDominicancharismsofprayer,study,communityandservicewhileholiscallydevelopingstudentsguidedby theprofessionalprinciplesandtheoryofStudentAairs.AtAquinasCollege,werealizethatnotwostudentsarethesame.Keytransionalpointsinayoungadultslifedierfromstudenttostudent.Somestudentswillwalkinandreadilyadapttotheirnewenvironment.Otherstudentswillneedalilemoreguidanceintheirtransions.Wewanttomakesurethatstudentsandparentsalikeknowabouttheresourcesthatareavailable. The Dean of Students oce supervises Campus Ministry, Campus Safety, Diversity Iniaves, Career andCounseling services,Residence Life,Campus Life,Academic and Learning services,Health andWellness, Student SupportServices and theHealthCenter toprovide resources to assist your studentsdevelopment throughouthisorher collegecareer.Ouroceisalsoheretohelpwithgeneralquesonsandtopointstudentsintherightdireconwhentheyareunsurewheretogo.Ifyouoryourstudenthasaqueson,besuretostopbyouroceintheAcademicBuildingroom107,callusat6166322171,emailus,orvisitourwebsiteatwww.aquinas.edu/dos. We look forward tosupporngyourstudentscollegesuccess.

    Brian Matzke Jennifer Dawson Dee Wagner Dean of Student Services Associate Dean of Student Affairs Secretary to the Dean of Students

  • Career and Counseling Aquinas College Career and Counseling Services assists our students and alumni with pursuing life and career planning skills that will enable them to have a career filled with passion and balance.

    We help students with the process of defining and pursuing life, academic and career goals that complement individual interests, as well as skills and values. By providing students with support and resources, they can increase their professional skills, reality test their career opons, and expand occupaonal networks. We provide supervision and support for students during their internships and alumni and help connuing educaon students refine career search strategies.

    In addion to career oriented counseling, we provide personal counseling. We oer a safe environment where students can openly express their thoughts and feelings to a counselor who serves as an objecve listener. Counselors are available to support students through concerns they may encounter while at college.

    Career Development Classes

    Success instudentschosencareersdemandthattheyknowthey are unique individuals, are aware of the vast array ofopportunies available as college graduates, and that theyhavetheskillsandknowledgenecessarytodevelopplansforreachingtheirpotenals.Career Development courses are designed to help yourstudent develop a foundaon for lifelong careerdevelopment.Sincethemajorityofadultswillhavemulplecareers,yourstudentwillbeabletousetheskillsdevelopedinthesecoursesthroughouthisorherlifeme.Internship Program

    Internships are an excellent way to gain work experiencewhile sll in college.When asked about the importance ofinternships, employers increasingly respond that theexperienceisnecessaryifcollegegraduateswanttostandout

    as job candidates. Recent stascs indicate that 58% ofstudents who complete internships receive fullmeemploymentoersasaresult.Internshipexperiencealsohasaposiveimpactonstarngsalaryoers.Job Search and Career Planning

    Thesearchformeaningfulfullmeemploymentortherightgraduateschoolisadaunngundertakingformoststudents.Professional career advisors are available to guide studentspreparingtograduatethroughthisprocess.Advisorscanhelpwith selfassessment, career exploraon, and decisionmaking, as well as the technical aspects of the job searchprocess.Counseling Services

    Personal issues and conflicts, ranging from roommateconflictstosubstanceabuse,caninterferewithacademicandpersonal success. Knowledgeable, caring professionalco