Parent Orientation

 

What is a Parent Orientation?

Because the transition to university life can be as important for you as it is to your student, we’re inviting you to attend one of our seminars. Along with these seminars, we invite you to explore Southern's Parent Portal. This is where you can see what is happening on campus and keep up with your student.

These sessions are designed to help you understand the student's transition into university life. Parent Seminars generally cover six important areas:

Academic Administration

Receive tips on what your student can expect from professors and how responsible learning is approached. Subjects include grading, final exams, contacting professors, how Southern deals with academic honesty issues, Southern’s academic philosophy, online technology in the classroom, library services, and how to let your student mature in the university environment.

How Things Work at Southern

Get the inside scoop on how Southern handles scholarships, billing, campus jobs, and the cafeteria meal plan. In addition, you’ll find out how Southern will communicate with you throughout the year.

Student Services

Discover the resources available to your student while on campus, including residence hall worships, the First Year Experience, freshmen mentors, chaplain activities and student ministries, convocation, counseling and testing, career counseling, Student Association, and campus activities designed to connect students and encourage a healthy social and spiritual atmosphere.

The President

You’ll have a chance to meet President David Smith and ask questions.

Information Technology

Learn about the computing and Internet resources available on campus, including computer labs, printing facilities, computer and software support, bandwidth issues, Southern’s Internet policy, and the Campus Card system.

Campus Safety

In this day and age, the safety and protection of the campus is of utmost importance. You’ll meet the chief safety officer and learn about what Southern has in place to ensure a safe environment.

 

Parent Orientation Schedule

Summer Parent Orientation

Sunday, July 22 - 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Hulsey Amphitheater

There will be three sessions throughout the day. The 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. sessions will be general sessions covering the following:

1. President, Student Services, Academic Administration

2. Finances, Tax Credits, Meal Plan, Student Employment

3. Student Health, Campus Safety, Information Systems, Risk Management

The 11:00 a.m. session will be an in-depth discussion about Finances, Tax Credits, Meal Plan, and Student Employment. This session will not cover the other topics listed.

Fall Parent Orientation
Tuesday, August 14 - 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Hulsey Amphitheater

There will be three sessions throughout the day. The 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. sessions will be general sessions covering the following:

1. President, Student Services, Academic Administration

2. Finances, Tax Credits, Meal Plan, Student Employment

3. Student Health, Campus Safety, Information Systems, Risk Management

The 11:00 a.m. session will be an in-depth discussion about Finances, Tax Credits, Meal Plan, and Student Employment. This session will not cover the other topics listed.