October 2017 Newsletter

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Dear GW Families,

We hope that your students are enjoying being back on campus after a restful fall break and that they are on their way to having a successful semester.  Your students are getting ready to begin their midterm exams, and as this can be a stressful time, we wanted to ensure that you are able to offer support for your students during this time by guiding them toward the various
on-campus resources we have available. 
Feel free to submit an online CARE Network Report form if you know of a student that may need extra support.  The CARE Network identifies and responds to students facing academic or personal challenges by connecting them to university resources in order to help retain and support them through graduation.  The system "connects the dots" between appropriate university departments to provide streamlines, holistic care for students who need additional support. 

And remember, as parents and family members, a text/email of encouragement or even a care package from home can go a long way in easing the stress and anxiety of midterm exams.  Letting your student know that you're thinking of them can help tremendously!    

I look forward to seeing you next week at Colonials Weekend!


Dr. Tracy Arwari
Director, Student Support and Family Engagement
Colonials Weekend
We are less than a week away from Colonials Weekend!  I hope you are as excited for the weekend as we are.  Click here to register for the FREE Campus Pass, if you haven't done so already.  The deadline to register online is Friday, October 13th at 5pm EST.  Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center in the Marvin Center Continental Ballroom on Friday, October 20th from 2-8pm or Saturday, October 21st from 7:30am-7pm, to pick up your nametag and schedule. 
Also, there are 10 seats remaining for the Mount Vernon Estate tour.  Join us for an exciting afternoon spent learning about our namesake, seeing the beautiful grounds, and experiencing history first-hand.  Tickets can be purchased online at the link provided above.  
University Resources for the Most Recent Natural Disasters and Tragedies
Our hearts go out to the communities and families affected by the most recent natural disasters and tragedies.  As some of our states and countries around the world begin to recover from the many hurricanes, earthquakes, and, most recently, the Las Vegas shooting and Western Wildfires, we extend our deepest concern for those whose lives, families, and neighborhoods have been seriously affected.  Click here to view the following university resources if your student is having difficulty dealing with the aftermath of these natural disasters/tragedies.   
Center for Student Engagement (CSE)
Is your student looking for ways to get involved at GW but not sure where to start?  One of the great things about being a student at GW is that there are many ways to get involved outside the classroom such as joining a student organization (including the Greek Community), developing leadership skills, connecting with CSE programming, and getting involved with residential life.  
First-Generation and International Student Support
The CSE offers a number of resources to support the First-Generation student experience such as the Founding Scholars program, First Generation Connect, First Friday Dinners/Workshops, First-Generation 2 College, to name a few.  
International Connections is a program for international students (both undergraduate and graduate) at GW.  The mission is to build community and develop relationshiops between domestic and international students at GW as well as assist international students in their transition to their new living and academic environment.   
Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC) 
Is your student interested in studying abroad during a fall semester?  If so, encourage them to check out the Focus on Fall Abroad Community (FOFAC)!  After spending a fall semester abroad, students in FOFAC have the opportunity to live in a community with other GW study abroad and international exchange students.  
GW Today
George Washington Today serves as the primary resource of news and information for George Washington University students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Through original journalism and communications from the GW administration, GW Today offers a range of stories and information about university operations, campus events, higher education trends and articles that showcase members of the GW community.  Click here to subscribe. 
On behalf of the DormAid team and the George Washington University, we are excited to announce that DormAid is GWU's official full-service student laundry service provider!  DormAid has 10 years of experience providing valet laundry services to university students.  Laundry plans include wash & fold laundry and dry cleaning- picked up from and delivered to your student's residence hall.  Use the coupon code PRESSED at checkout to receive a $20 discount on your first order.  
Campus Advisories
Maintained by Health & Emergency Management Services, Campus Advisories is the university's primary website used for communicating emergency preparedness and incident-related information to the GW community.  
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