Welcome to the Orientation Page for Parents

Parents should check in for Orientation on the second day between 8 and 9 a.m. on the quad on the Midtown campus (or in the Bill Williams Gym in case of rain)  Signs will guide you to the correct location.  A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.  Both student and parent programs commence at 9 a.m. 

Parent Workshops

General Workshops:  9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. - 10:00am

Building Academic Success
Warner Hall 101

Ms. Lisa Temkin Carrozza, Associate Director of Career Development Center; Ms. Lisa Peck, Associate Director, Academic Advisement Center 

Is your student unsure about how to pick a major or questioning whether s/he has chosen a suitable major?  How can your student get off to a good start at college? What should the game plan be for success?  And speaking of success, how does your student find out about experiential education and career options?  These questions will be addressed by representatives from our Academic Advisement Center and Career Development Center. Learn some tips for academic success; find out about assessments that can assist your student in choosing a suitable major; get important tips that will boost your student's chances for success, beginning the very first semester.


The Importance of Getting Connected at Western
Warner Hall 102

Mr. Dennis Leszko, Director, Student Life/Activities 

Students entering their first year of university face a range of challenges in making a successful transition from high school to college.  The goal of this workshop is to review those challenges and to provide suggestions on how parents can assist their students in making important campus connections.

Parent Information Sessions:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


University 101: The Basics
Ives Concert Hall

This session will provide parents with information about a wide range of topics that will help them support their students at Western.  Representatives from Student Financial Services, Cashier’s Office, Housing, Parking, WCSU Police, Registrar’s Office, WestConnect Card Office, and Food Service are among those who will talk with parents.  There will be time for questions.


University 102:  Support Services
White Hall 122

This session will focus on the variety of support services that are available to your students.  The goal of the session is to introduce parents to these services so parents are aware of how their students can access them.  Offices represented include Counseling Center, Women’s Center, Activities, CHOICES, Academic Advising, Study Abroad, Career Development Center, and Recreation/Intramurals/Club Sports.

Specific Topic Workshops:  2:00pm
- 3:00pm

Financial Aid
Midtown Student Center

Ms. Melissa Stephens, Director of Student Financial Services

This workshop offers an introduction to the financial assistance available through the Office of Student Financial Services, such as: student grants from private, state and government organizations, low-interest loans with deferred payment schedules, scholarships and on-campus employment opportunities.  The workshop will also focus on alternatives concerning financing your student’s education through payment plans and alternative loans.


Visit our CULTURE ™:  Housing & Residence Life at Western
Midtown Student Center

Ms. Maribeth Griffin, Director for Residential Programs and Staff; Mr. Ed Mulvihill, Associate Director, Housing & Residence Life

Whether or not your student has decided to live on campus, join the staff of the Department of Housing & Residence Life as they “show and tell” about what it is like to live on campus.  You’ll discover the nuts and bolts (costs, due dates, when your student will know their room assignment) and you’ll find out about the great experience the Housing & Res. Life staff is planning for your student’s on-campus experience.  Join them in exploring the CULTURE ™ of Western’s residence life!


Additional Links:


Office of Parent Services

Parent Information Form

Orientation Workshop Handouts


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