February 28, 2013 — Coral Gables — About 85 parents of current University of Miami students took an enlightening college field trip on February 15, touring a new facility that will cater to the needs of their sons and daughters when it is completed later this year: UM’s new 119,000-square-foot Student Activities Center. The group, which was visiting the Coral Gables campus for a Parents Council Meeting, also met with senior leadership officials and faculty members, who updated them on University news and initiatives.
Comprising about 100 families, the Parents Council’s mission is to involve parents of students in campus and regional activities, enrich student experiences, provide meaningful opportunities for parent involvement, and strengthen the financial foundation of the University. “It helps tremendously in engaging our parents,” says Georgia Noble, director of the Parents Program. “We consider them our ambassadors.”
Noble notes that some parents host a select number of the UM Alumni Association’s Summer Send-Offs, receptions held in different cities that connect incoming freshmen and transfer students with alumni. Some of the parents also host their own private receptions, inviting other parents and families of students. Two such gatherings were held last January in Hong Kong and London.
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