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    Parent and Family Programs Columbia Family Connection Newsletter September 2010

    TABLE OF CONTENTSTABLE OF CONTENTSTABLE OF CONTENTSTABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome Family Reading List Sending Mail Family Weekend Spotlight on Multicultural Affairs Volunteer Opportunities Frequently Asked Questions Academic Calendar Photo Gallery

    Family Check-In

    Welcome from Parent and Family Programs

    Dear Families,

    Greetings and best wishes on this, the second week of the 2010 - 2011 academic year at Columbia. This is truly a special time not only for your students, but for you as proud parents and family members. On behalf of Parent and Family Programs and all of my colleagues in Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, we again welcome you to our exceptional community of scholars.

    The word family is very special. Each of us creates a living definition of the word that is unique. When I think of my family, one memory in particular stands out - story time! My favorite book from childhood was "The Wizard of Oz", by L. Frank Baum, and I think the story is relevant for you today, as parents and families of a Columbia student. The main character, Dorothy, leaves home and discovers the mystical Land of Oz. In her adventures, she meets three friends along the way, each of whom is searching for a piece of themselves; the Scarecrow for a brain, the Tinman for a heart, and the Lion for courage. Dorothy's journey takes her along a magical yellow-brick road and she experiences a variety of challenging but ultimately rewarding situations.

    The journey on which you've embarked is similar to that of Dorothy. At Columbia, we may not have yellow bricks, but we have lots and lots of red bricks! More telling, however, is the fact that you, as a Columbia family, have already demonstrated your knowledge, your love, and your thoughfulness by committing to your student and to Columbia. As your student continues on this adventure, please know that you are not alone. I work with a team of great

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  • professionals dedicated to improving the academic, residential, and co-curricular experience for all students.

    If I can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. Additionally, if you plan to visit campus, please let me know. I value greatly the opportunity to meet with you in person over a cup of coffee or tea. I wish you well and look forward to being a partner with you on this journey.

    With regards,

    Matthew Patashnick, Director Parent and Family Programs mp3039@columbia.edu 212-854-5822

    Convocation

    Family Reading List

    T his is an exciting time for your student as it marks another step on their journey towards interdependence, academic inquiry, and learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. In keeping with the spirit of a new semester, I would like to invite all Columbia families and parents to join me in our own journey of intellectual discovery and reflection. For your consideration, I am compiling the inaugural Columbia Parent and Family Reading List!

    Throughout the academic year, I will select books or articles tied to a topical area of interest for parents and families of college students. Feel free to read the selection on your own time and at your own pace. I will include questions for discussion and reflection. After reading, I welcome you to share via email your thoughts, experiences, and advice! I will then distribute your contributions as collective wisdom and ideas for positive engagement with your student, fellow Columbia families, and the University.

    For the month of September, the book I'm recommending is a new release titled, "The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up", by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore. Published in August of 2010, this timely release explores the literal and figurative technological tether that binds students and their families. Barbara Hofer is a Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College and Abigail Moore is a journalist with the New York Times. The book is available for purchase or download at most major retailers.

    As you read the book, please consider the following questions:

    Have you discussed a communication plan with your student? Under what context and through which methods will you communicate? Does all communication with your student need to be instantaneous? How can you lead by example and introduce alternate methods of communication? How will you develop and set boundaries for yourself and how will you encourage your student to do the same? How will you hold both your student and yourself accountable to these boundaries? Healthy communication is good! What do you enjoy about staying connected? Until recently, online and virtual communities were home to mostly college students. As these communities expand and as parents and families join the same virtual social spaces as their students, is there a code of conduct expected? To whom can you turn when you have a question or about use or over-use of technology? Are there activities, events, or happenings of which you can take advantage and consider (temporarily) turning

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  • off your electronic connection? NYC is full of wonderful things to do - what might you recommend taking advantage of to your student?

    If you have ideas or thoughts to share, please email me and I will post your responses on the Parent and Family Programs website.

    P.S.P.S.P.S.P.S. Want to send a letter or package to your student? Want to send a letter or package to your student? Want to send a letter or package to your student? Want to send a letter or package to your student? College students love receiving mail and packages! Consider sending some correspondence to their student mailbox - they will definitely appreciate it. Ask your student for her/his mailbox number. The proper mailing address for students is:

    Student's Full Name #### Lerner Hall 2920 Broadway New York, NY 10027 (Bookcover courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

    Family Weekend October 22 - 24, 2010

    Save the Date! Family Weekend is almost upon us! Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and families of first year Columbia College and SEAS students to visit campus and experience some of the aspects of life at Columbia. This exciting weekend includes lectures and presentations by Columbia faculty, campus and neighborhood tours, opportunities to meet with student advisors, introductions to student service offices, and social activities. Advanced registration and a nominal fee are required. For more information about Family Weekend and to register, please visit Family Weekend online. We hope to see many first year families on campus in October.

    Spotlight on Multicultural Affairs

    Columbia is proud to be a diverse living and learning community. To promote an inclusive and celebratory campus experience, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) serves as a resource for all students. Through volunteer opportunities, mentoring, programmatic initiatives, community connections, and student leadership opportunities, OMA raises awareness of and appreciation for multicultural similarities and differences. OMA advises over 40 cultural and identity-based student organizations and is a great way for you to encourage your student to engage with the Columbia community. OMA will be hosting a brunch over Family Weekend, which is an opportunity for you to learn more about the office and its work on campus! For more information, visit OMA Online.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Many of you may remember meeting with parents and family members of Columbia students when you attended events like Days on Campus or Summer Advising. These events would not be as successful as they are without the support of our parent and family volunteers. Not only are they great ways to participate in the Columbia community but also provide valuable networking opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering with Parent and Family Programs, please email me. In addition to serving as a panelist, we are always looking for event hosts, bloggers, greeters, and friendly faces to help welcome new members to our Columbia community. With events in the NYC Metro area and in locations around the country and the world, we welcome your on-going commitment to Columbia and hope you consider getting involved. Our first major event is our Family Weekend (October 22-24) which is a great opportunity for new volunteers to get involved. Please contact us to learn more about volunteering opportunities for Family Weekend.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    As part of our efforts to enhance online resources, we are in the process of creating a "Frequently Asked Questions for Columbia Parents and Families", but we need your help! What pieces of information would have been helpful to you as you began your experience as the parent or family member of a Columbia student? Are there ideas you have that you'd like to share with other families?

    Email Parent and Family Programs and let us know your questions and ideas! We will post the frequently asked questions on our website to aid current and future Columbia parents and families!

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