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Family Webinar Series 22-23

Whether your Eagle is new to AU or is approaching graduation, we are here for you. Our family webinar series seeks to introduce you to our staff and resources while we focus on ways in which parents and champions can work in partnership with us to best support students on their journey. 

Register for upcoming webinars below or view recordings of recent sessions above.

October 3 | 7 - 8 p.m. EST

As we start the new academic year and your Eagle settles in to classes, the campus and the city, we know that you'll have new questions and concerns. We'll use this time together to re-introduce you to some of the key resources that help to support your student during this transition. 

Recordings of this and all of our webinars are shared to our YouTube playlist as featured above on this page.

Early milestones where are your students now? connect to campus. first assignments. first midterms. course registration. final exams

October 19 | 7 -8 p.m. EST

How is your student guided through the process of choosing courses, declaring a major, finding support to meet academic challenges, and ultimately mapping and realizing a unique plan that carries them into the future? Find out what happens to help your student make the most of an AU education. 

While this is focused on the undergraduate experience for those who are new to AU, anyone is welcomed to join us. 

This session will cover: 

  1. Early Milestones: Where are your students now? 
  2. The Path Ahead: What is next for your students? 
  3. Staying on Track: What's available at AU to help students thrive? 
  4. Partnering with Families: What can you do to help your student succeed?

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Support Services.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for Navigating Academics

November 3 | 7 p.m. ET

Let's talk about student stress. How can we help our students to develop healthy coping strategies so they are better equipped to manage the inevitable challenges of college life? And how can we support them in ways that promote self-efficacy and resiliency when they call for help? Join with staff from the Well-Being center to review resources for students and effective tips for families. 

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Well-Being Center.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

November 16 | 7 p.m. ET

It’s hard to believe that the fall semester is already coming to a close! Whether your Eagle is coming home for Thanksgiving or not until Winter Break, you're probably eager to see them soon. Along with all the laundry, your student will also be bringing home new ideas, new social networks, and even some new habits and behaviors. Join us in discussion with Join Andrea Brenner to learn more about what you might expect during this transition for you and your students.

Andrea Malkin Brenner, PhD is a college transition educator and author who speaks frequently with high school students and parents on the challenges related to college transitions. She draws on her 25 years of experience as a sociology professor at American University, as the creator and former director of the AUx program, and as the faculty director of our University College program.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for "Home for the Holidays."

November 30 | 7 p.m. ET

For our social fraternities and sororities, spring recruitment is only weeks away. Whether your student is just curious about the new member process or they're already a proud member of the community, we're pretty sure that you've got some questions.

This session will be scheduled in advance of the spring recruitment season beginning for our three councils. Staff will help explain the fraternity and sorority community makeup, what they do, how they recruit, and how we all work to foster connection and student thriving through the Fraternity and Sorority Life experience. 

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Fraternity and Sorority Life website

*Students must have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours at AU, post high school graduation or be a transfer student with 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university to participate in recruitment activities in spring semester.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for "It's All Greek to Me."

Thursday, December 1, 7-8 p.m.

Many of you have expressed concerns about the instances of fire alarms in the residence halls, including how they impact student wellbeing and safety. Join us for a webinar to learn more about these issues, what the university has done to date, and solutions.

Register for Addressing Fire Alarms

January 18 | 7 p.m. ET

Let's talk about what to expect as your student returns to classes and campus at the start of the semester. The start of the spring semester during winter can feel very different from the warmth and high energy of the start of the fall semester. It is normal for students to experience winter blues and even begin to wonder if AU really is the right place for them! Join us as we help you prepare for these conversations with your Eagle.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

February 8 | 7 p.m. ET 

AU offers a comprehensive array of resources, programs and services to assist students and graduates with their career development. There's so much more here than resume critiques and job listings! In this session, we'll hear from experts in our Career Center as well as our business and international service schools to talk about our resources for students, how we cultivate relationships with employers, and how families can best support their students. Some of the trends we're spotting might surprise you - join us to learn more! 

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Career Center.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

February 16 | 7 p.m. ET

Studying abroad can be a transformative experience on so many levels. Between picking the “right” program and thriving in a new culture, it seems like there are countless decisions to make.  In this session, the AU Abroad team shares how you can help your student choose a program, finance their studies, and access health and student services while overseas.

Before participating in this session, you may find it helpful to visit the AU Abroad website.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

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In this session, we'll walk through the key elements of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with AU's own Shirleyne McDonald, Associate Director of Financial Aid. This session will focus on need-based (not merit-based) aid and is best suited for parents/sponsors of undergraduate students.

Before participating in this session, you may find it helpful to visit the FAFSA website. We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Please note: Questions that are specific to your student's financial situation are best addressed directly with their financial aid counselor.

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In this session, our Housing and Residence Life team will review the simple steps your student needs to take to select their Fall 2022 roommate and housing assignment. We'll be sure to review key deadlines and we'll answer your questions about the options available.

This session is intended for families of currently enrolled undergraduates who plan to return to the halls for Fall 2022. 

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review our Housing and Residence Life website for general information and the room selection instructions for specific details. 

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Is your student hoping to move off-campus? This can be an exciting step towards adulthood, but it also comes with new responsibilities for students and lots of big questions for families. Which neighborhoods are safe? Who signs the lease? How will your student deal with roommate issues? Landlord/tenant issues? How does AU address off-campus student conduct? How does this transition change how you parent and support your Eagle? How do you find a good deal on a used sofa?

Join us as we explore:

  • various resources offered by our Housing and Residence Life team to help students to find available housing and potential roommates,
  • how the Dean of Students office works with students to be good neighbors and to navigate landlord/tenant concerns, and
  • practical parent-to-parent tips for supporting your Eagle's transition to a new nest. 

** We schedule this session for families in advance of our Virtual Off-Campus Housing fair (for students).** Before participating in this webinar, you may find it helpful to visit our Off-Campus Housing resources and guidance for students Living in DC. We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu

 

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American University students are motivated, passionate, and intellectually curious. The opportunity for students and faculty to learn together through research is a coveted part of the undergraduate experience. Join us to learn about a just a few of the ways that we support undergraduate research. Panelists will include students and faculty to answer your questions. This webinar is intended for families of undergraduate students.

We recommend that you visit our website about Undergraduate Rearch Funding Opportunities as this will be our focus for this session. 

As always this will be captioned and recorded. We welcome your questions on the registration form or via email to auparent@american.edu.

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Orientation 2022 video playlist

Find recordings of summer orientation presentations for students and families in our Orientation 2022 playlist on YouTube!

Orientation Playlist