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Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parents Council
As the parent of a Transylvania student, would you be willing to share what you have learned with other Transy parents and family members? Do you have organizational or professional skills you could apply to event planning or coordination? Do you work in an industry that might have opportunities for student interns to learn about the business?

If so, we’d like you to consider serving on the Parents Council.

Parents are experts on their children, and the student life staff at Transylvania recognizes that the members of the Parents Council are invaluable advisors. Council members may be asked to offer insight into issues related to the admissions process, dining options on campus, or the available health services. Those who choose to serve on the social committee may schedule functions where parents can get to know each other, such as tailgating at an athletics event or mingling after a performance on campus. Council members may also volunteer at campus events during Senior Celebration Week and Family Weekend, or during admissions preview days and new student orientation.

We’re also developing the Ask a Parent program, which will give families access to other parents who, through their own experiences, have become experts in a particular area of student life: navigating the details of a study abroad experience, helping a student manage a chronic illness, advising students who are juggling academics and athletics, sorting out financial aid options, or simply encouraging a student who’s feeling homesick.

As parents of seniors rotate off the committee each May, we'll need new members. Please contact Marian Baker, assistant to the vice president of student affairs, at (859) 233-8215 if you’re interested in serving.

Admission/Recruitment of Students
There are many opportunities to help Transylvania's Office of Admissions, including volunteering at admissions events or talking with parents of prospective students. To refer a prospective student, contact Brad Goan, Director of Admissions at (800) 872-6798 or bgoan@transy.edu.

Parents Potluck
Are you interested in meeting some of the students who help with the development office’s annual phonathon? At the beginning of each term, you are invited to bring a dish and get to know the student callers while you enjoy a meal with them at the Parents Potluck.

If you’d like to participate, contact Amy Bridges at (859) 233-8206. Our calling center is located in the basement of the Alumni and Development office at 415 North Broadway.

The phonathon gives students the opportunity to connect with alumni, parents, and friends of the university as they update contact information and raise funds for Transylvania’s Annual Fund.

Family Weekend
Parents, siblings, and grandparents are invited to visit the campus each fall for a variety of sports, academic, and cultural activities. When the schedule is set, you'll be able to find all the details on the Family Weekend page. Please make reservations for your overnight accommodations as soon as possible. List of local hotels for family visits.

Grandparents
Grandparents are part of our "Transy family." They will receive an invitation to Family Weekend and copies of the Transylvania University magazine. Of course, grandparents are always welcome on campus for concerts, lectures, and sporting events. We also hope that, once they see how the Transylvania experience is benefiting their grandchildren, they'll consider supporting the university by contributing to the Annual Fund.

Career Opportunities
The Career Development Center helps students gather information about career opportunities and graduate schools. One of the most effective methods for conducting this research is through meeting professionals from various occupational fields, either in the workplace or on campus. If you can provide job opportunity information for Transylvania students, please contact Susan Rayer, director of career development.

Internships
Internships provide students with opportunities to relate their liberal arts studies to specific career fields, to test skills and interests, and to apply theory to practical work settings. Internships can be undertaken in any professional field during any academic term, including May term. Student interns may be paid or unpaid (decided by the sponsoring organization), and they receive college credit for approved internships. For additional information, contact Susan Rayer.

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