Volume 17 • Issue 2

Parents

Family Days 2006

Pinsky Speaks
Susan Little, Stephanie Little ’07, Anne Olson ’08 and Tracy Little enjoy Family Days.

Family and friends of Southwestern students gathered for Family Days 2006 during the weekend of Feb. 17-19. Student organizations welcomed families for afternoon receptions, while the Offices of Career Services and Academic Services opened their doors to share information on programs and resources available to Southwestern students. Family members also had the opportunity to see what students are learning in the classroom through classroom exchanges taught by Southwestern faculty, including “Latinos in the U.S.: One or Many Cultures?” and “Why People Believe Weird Things.” The annual Parents’ Forum provided a time for discussion between parents and staff. Mark your calendar for Family Days 2007, scheduled for Feb. 16-18.

SU Connections: Houston

More than 60 Southwestern alumni, students and parents gathered at The Coronado Club in downtown Houston for the inaugural SU Connections program in January 2006. The SU Connections: Houston program provided a networking opportunity for current Southwestern students from the Houston area. Students were matched with alumni or parents in their respective occupational field of interest, ranging from chemistry to financial analysis to the ministry.

The SU Connections program included a presentation by Diane Gottsman, director and founder of The Protocol School of Texas, a formal luncheon at The Coronado Club and an afternoon of mentoring. Heather Boyd Martin ’96 spent the afternoon with junior Jennifer Bussell. Martin stated, “Since my mentee wasn’t that familiar with nonprofit organizations and what jobs might be available to her, we visited with each employee at the Epilepsy Foundation. She met the executive director, development director, financial officer, program director, camp director and program services coordinator. Each shared their earned degrees, their connection to the organization, job descriptions, daily tasks and what they like or don’t like about working for nonprofits.”

The Houston Association of Southwestern University Alumni, the Office of Career Services and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations co-sponsored this program to encourage networking among alumni, parents and students within the Houston community. Based on the positive feedback from participants, the staff plans to hold similar events in other cities.