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ISSUE #33 October/November 2010

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2010 is for everyone

Have you made your plans to attend Homecoming and Family Weekend 2010? The weekend of Oct. 22-23 is packed with activities not only for alumni, but for parents and family of current students, too.

This is a great opportunity to visit your student and learn about Manchester campus life. Tour campus, including residence halls and the new addition to the Physical Education and Recreation Center, sit in on a science class with Indiana Professor of the Year Jerry Sweeten, and attend the Bucket Boys concert at Cordier Auditorium.

Of course, there's football, too … and a Tailgate Party prior to watching the Spartans claim victory over Hanover College! The volleyball team is also in action, and young ones will enjoy carnival activities, face painting and crafts throughout the day.

Register at the Science Center when you arrive on campus, and get a special price for meals. Or register online now for the Tailgate Luncheon and game – 18 and younger eat free.

See a complete schedule for Homecoming and Family Weekend here. Enjoy the weekend, and go Spartans!


Students invite brothers and sisters for Sibs Weekend

"We love the 90s!" is the theme for this year's Sibs Weekend, sponsored by the Manchester College Activities Council (MAC). No, it's not the heat this past summer they love, it's the 90s decade when their guests for Sibs Weekend were born.

Sibs Weekend, Nov. 5-6, is for brothers and sisters, 13-18 years old, of MC Students although the invitation can also go out to a niece, nephew, cousin or friend.

It's a fun weekend that includes a scavenger hunt, a magician, bowling, Wii tournaments, putt-putt, laser tag, roller skating, ice cream sundaes and more! It's a great opportunity, not only for your student to have a great time with a sibling, but for the younger teens to spend time on campus and experience some of the weekend fun that's all part of the college experience.

Parental consent is required. Find more information and registration forms online here.


First-year timeline: typical first-year adjustment issues and how parents can be supportive

October/November

  • Roommate problems begin to arise
  • Students question: “Do I fit in here?”
  • Midsemester exams and grades
  • Consequences of decision-making experienced
  • Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving
  • Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for Thanksgiving
  • First series of campus-wide illnesses (cold, flu, strep, etc.)

How can family members help?

  • Encourage use of campus resources: hall directors, RAs, Counseling Services, MURS, Success Center (study tables, tutors).
  • Listen, be supportive, encourage.
  • Refrain from rescuing, but convey, "It's okay to ask for help."
  • Send care packages and notes.
  • Brainstorm options to assist with grades/studying.
  • Acknowledge the increased difficulty of college over high school.
  • Assure that friends and family support the college experience, while missing the student, too.
  • Refrain from lecturing or "I told you so," "You know better," etc.
  • Remind the student that mistakes can be learned from - what can be done differently in the future.
  • Anticipate and express optimism about changes the student has made.

Visit http://www.manchester.edu/OSD/Counseling/FirstYearExperiences.htm for a complete timeline.


Important dates to remember
October
15 1st half semester ends
18-19 Fall Break
20 2nd half semester begins
22-23 Homecoming and Family Weekend
November
5-6 Sibs Weekend
24-28 Thanksgiving Recess
December
13-16 Final exams
22 Fall semester grades on WebAdvisor

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