Winter 2013 Parent and Family Quarterly

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This publication is for family members of the Northwestern community

Transcript of Winter 2013 Parent and Family Quarterly

  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

    PARENT AND FAMILY QUARTERLY

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    WILDCATS WIN THE

    2013 GATOR BOWL 6

    IN THIS ISSUE

    A LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDY ABROAD 12

    NEW PROGRAMS FROM NU CAREER SERVICES

    WILDCATS AROUND THE WORLD

    NU ATHLETICS

    NORTHWESTERN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

    3 A LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF NEW STUDENT AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

    CAMPUS INCLUSION AND COMMUNITY

    A NEW UNIVERSITY HOUSING APPLICATION PROCESS

    Student Resources

    NU ARTS

    THE 2012 FAMILY WEEKEND PHOTO BOOTH

    10 NU DANCE MARATHON 2013

    NU GOING GREEN

    OFF-CAMPUS AMBASSADORS 15

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    A LETTER FROM

    The Office of New Student and Family Programs

    Hello Parent and Family Members,

    On behalf of the New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) staff and the Northwestern University community, Id

    like to wish you a happy new year! At his point in time, your student(s) are well into the winter quarter and may

    be feeling a little overwhelmed by their workload and the snow that has finally arrived. (However, if you are on

    the East coast, we recognize that it could be much worse- and we hope you are all coping!!!)

    This issue of the Parent & Family Quarterly provides a lot of information about various campus offices and re-

    sources that are available to assist your student(s) in their journey, as well as some highlights from our busy fall

    quarter. If you are anything like my mom, you will pass some of this information onto your student- who may

    not even be aware of some of these opportunities.

    On March 6, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary as Director of NSFP. In the time I have been at Northwest-

    ern, I have come to fully appreciate the unique culture of this amazing world-class University, and the brilliant

    and talented people that make up the student body. Each day, I am not only impressed by the intelligence of our

    students, but by their maturity, professionalism, sense of humor, and their sincere interest in learning - not just

    what interests them, but what could interest them.

    As the mother of two small children, I often worry that I am not being the best parent for my children. Quite fre-

    quently, I ask my student leaders how they turned out so well. I quiz them about what their parents or family

    members did to help create such remarkable individuals. Some of them can give me a laundry list and some can-

    not pinpoint it however, what is consistent is the amount of love and support you have provided them

    throughout their lifetime to help them get to the level they are at now. This I know is a key factor in their success

    and will continue to be as they grow, develop and prepare for life beyond Evanston.

    Please know, that as Student Affairs administrators who work with your students on a daily basis, we are here to

    provide support (and challenge) to enrich their education and help them develop into responsibly independent

    world citizens. In addition, we are here to support you. If you ever have questions, concerns, or are just not sure

    where to go for assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs and

    we would be more than happy to help in any way.

    Please enjoy the latest edition of the Parent and Family

    Quarterly, and we look forward to hearing from you

    and seeing you the next time you are on campus.

    Best Regards & Go Cats!,

    Patti Hilkert

    Director of New Student and Family Programs

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    Do you remember those students dressed in brightly colored t-shirts during Wildcat Welcome? They helped you move into the

    residence halls, communicated with your student throughout the summer and spent hours helping him/her transition to North-

    western.

    That was a Peer Adviser; they are the student leaders who support new students through their transition to Northwestern and

    create a welcoming atmosphere for both new students and family members.

    If your student is interested in helping shape the experience for the Class of 2017 and new transfer students, encourage them to

    apply online between February 4-18, 2013. Undergraduate students from all classes, schools, and backgrounds are encouraged to

    apply.

    Heres what some 2012 Peer Advisors had to say about their experience:

    The most rewarding experience I have had at Northwestern so far! -2012 Peer Adviser

    The group of 200 Peer Advisers is a group of people that truly care. -2012 Peer Adviser

    I could not love Northwestern any more than after serving as a PA. -2012 Peer Adviser

    Students can apply online February 4-18, 2013 at northwestern.edu/orientation

    Wildcat Welcome is looking for Peer Advisers

    Pictured: the 2012 Wildcat

    Welcome Peer Advisors

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    2012 NU Family Weekend

    Photo Booth

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    Plans are already under way for what will be the Third Annual International Parent and

    Family Orientation, to be held in Fall 2013. 2012 marked the second time the International Office

    presented this program, which was developed in response to increasing interest from parents of

    incoming international undergraduates accompanying their students on their move to Evanston.

    The 2012 program, held over five days preceding Wildcat Welcome, was presented in conjunc-

    tion with the annual International Undergraduate Student Orientation, now in its fifth year. This

    program is specifically tailored to the unique experience of matriculating international students

    and third culture kids (students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents but grew up

    overseas).

    The International Office, along with the invaluable and tireless efforts of our International

    Peer Advisers who are selected and trained in the winter and spring, guide international students

    and their families through their transition to student life at Northwestern. Since many parents

    are unable to stay throughout Wildcat Welcome, this program provides valuable resources and

    insights that will help them support their newly minted Wildcats throughout their careers at

    Northwestern.

    Over 100 parents and siblings of international undergraduates attended this event in

    2012, participating in a variety of activities throughout the five day program, including campus

    tours, meals in the dining hall, shopping trips coordinated jointly by the International Office and

    NU Shuttle Service, an NU Mens Varsity Soccer game, and welcome barbeque. Additionally, a

    program specifically for parents was presented at Norris University Center on September 17,

    2012, which included information on academic advising, resources and opportunities at NU, and

    other information pertinent to our internationally residing parents.

    The International Office expects to see a significant increase in participation as this

    program continues to grow and develop and are excited to have the opportunity to further en-

    rich the experience of all members of the Wildcat family.

    Wildcats Around the World

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    NU Athletics

    The Wildcats finished the regular season with

    11 points (3-1-2), securing a share of the 2012

    Big Ten Title alongside co-champion Penn

    State (3-1-2, 11 points).

    Five-time National Coach of the Year Kelly Amonte-Hiller has begun her 12th season at the

    helm of Northwestern Lacrosse. The top-ranked team looked every bit like the defending

    NCAA champions in its 2013 season-opener, cruising past No. 14 Massachusetts, 16-4 at the

    University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Visit the Womens Lacrosse website to find

    more stories and the 2013 season schedule.

    Last spring, the Wildcats finished the season with a 21-2 record and

    defeated Syracuse, 8-6, in the 2012 national title game at Stony Brook University on Long

    Island.

    Northwestern Men's Soccer Class of 2013 and

    head coach Tim Lenahan, pictured above.

    Womens Lacrosse

    Mens Soccer

    The 2012 NU Womens Lacrosse

    team and NCAA champions.

    Mens & Womens Basketball

    Basketball season is officially underway! Both the Mens and

    Womens teams have started the 2013 seasons with solid plays

    and promising results. With a slew of games coming down the

    pipeline, visit the athletics website to find up-to-date results,

    news, and schedule.

    Womens Basketball website

    Mens Basketball website

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    VICTORIOUS!! Cats Win the 2013 Gator Bowl

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    The Northwestern

    University football team

    jumped out to a fast 13-0

    lead and never looked

    back during the 2013

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    Gator Bowl. The Cats rode an NU-bowl-record four interceptions to a 34-20 victory over

    Mississippi State, and a 10-win season. NU's 10-3 record marks the first double-digit win season

    since the 1995 Big Ten Championship team, of which current head coach Pat Fitzgerald was a

    member. The Gator Bowl victory also gives Fitzgerald his 50th win as NU's head coach, making

    him Northwestern's all-time leader in victories. The game marked NU's 11th all-time bowl ap-

    pearance, and fifth straight bowl game.

    Complete bowl game information and merchandise can be found at NUsports.com.

    Photos Courtesy of NU Athletics

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    Athletes by the numbers

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