Dear SCSU Family Members,
On behalf of the administration, faculty and staff, I enthusiastically welcome you to the 2018–2019 academic year at Southern Connecticut State University! I can’t wait for the campus to come alive again and it is such an exciting time at Southern!
Returning residential students move in to the residence halls on Monday, August 27th, and all students start the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 28. We will again begin the year with WOW, our Week of Welcome. This is a celebratory week of programs and events designed to kick off a new semester. Please encourage your students to take full advantage of this week of activities. Their involvement on campus will greatly enhance their leadership development, social adjustment, and academic success, as well as their preparation for success upon graduation. New or returning, there is something for everyone!
As parents and guardians of Southern students, your involvement with the University is critically important to the success of our students. I invite you to become actively involved in the SCSU community and offer your ideas, support and overall school spirit to help us in our mission to provide students with the most rewarding and satisfying years of their academic life. One way to do that is by following us on social media, and in particular joining our parent group on Facebook. In the parent group you will have an opportunity to openly network with other parents and connect with a Southern representative if needed. You can join by going to www.facebook.com/southernct, navigating to “groups” in the left-side menu, selecting “parent group” and requesting entry. We hope to see you there!
I’d also like to highlight an important SCSU tradition, Owl Family Day, which will be held on Saturday, October 20st. It is an opportunity to visit campus, meet our university president, talk with faculty and staff, meet other SCSU families and cheer on the SCSU football team (vs. American International College at 3 p.m.) and the field hockey team (vs. Merrimack College at 11 a.m.). Mark your calendars now!
Thank you for supporting your student’s choice of Southern Connecticut State University as the place for them to broaden their horizons, develop their talents, earn their degree, and set them on course to a successful future. You have put your trust in us to provide quality learning experiences in a safe, engaging environment. Our mission for social justice elevates our commitment to provide a welcoming forum to learn and grow from each other’s viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences, as we prepare students to live and work in a world that becomes more rich and complex in its diversity every day. Working together, we can help our students navigate their way to personal development, professional competency, and overall success that will bring lifelong rewards!
More information on how you can become involved will follow in forthcoming issues of this free Parent Newsletter. The newsletter is sent monthly via email to all parents/guardians of our students informing you of campus happenings, important announcements and deadlines, financial aid and scholarship news, and a myriad of other interesting information we hope you will find relevant and engaging in ways that will inspire our partnership together to meet the needs of our students during their time with us at SCSU! If you have any questions about the newsletter or if you have any thoughts and ideas you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us at DeanofStudents@SouthernCT.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!
Again, we are excited to have you as a part of the SCSU family! Go Owls!
Tracy M. Tyree Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs