Last Saturday, October 25, Dean Brent Iverson and School of Undergraduate Studies staff invited parents to gain a firsthand glimpse of campus life as part of Family Weekend, an annual event hosted by Texas Parents’ Association. The morning began with breakfast and a panel of speakers moderated by Dean Iverson. Panelists included Signature Course professor Dr. Brad Love, Assistant Dean for Advising David Spight, and several UT students who participate in UGS programs. The Q&A panel highlighted resources that are available to UGS students.
PACE student Danielle Cogburn and her mother at breakfast
In the afternoon, the James W. Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling hosted two workshops on choosing a major and career decision-making. Career Counselor Lynne Levinson spoke to parents about the importance of supporting students as they explore career paths.
“Many students came with their families to the program this year, which was great,” said Levinson. “It’s always heartening when parents regale the audience with stories of how they combined their major with various experiences to create a career path they never would have imagined when they were 18 or 20 years old.”
Kathy Uitvlugt, senior program coordinator for the University Honors Center and coordinator of the school’s Family Weekend events, praised the affair as an important opportunity for families to see UT through their students’ eyes.
“We hope that our parents and families leave Family Weekend with a better sense of their students’ experience at UT and can see how well their students are settling in,” said Uitvlugt. “It was wonderful to meet the parents and families of so many of our UGS students.”
Photo by: Alexia Apollo