The Carlson School has had a long tradition of fostering relationships with the parents of undergraduate students. A recent success from the last few years is the annual Parent Reception in the fall, which draws more than 250 moms and dads at each event.
“Given our past success working with parents, we are committed to continuing this momentum with other initiatives,” says Assistant Undergraduate Program Director Linda Millington.
Therefore, this past November, the school hosted its first Parents Holiday Party at TCF Bank Stadium. More than 100 parents attended to meet with Dean Sri Zaheer, Undergraduate Program Associate and Assistant Deans Ian Maitland and Mary Maus Kosir, and staff representatives from the Undergraduate Program and the Alumni Relations offices.
“We will do it again next year,” says Institutional Advancement Director of Development Scott Persons. “We were very pleasantly surprised by such a strong turnout for a first-time event. Parents were very enthusiastic to have some time to meet the dean and some key staff people to ask questions and learn about the latest news at the Carlson School.”
At the event, a sign-up sheet was on hand for parents who want to be involved on a more regular basis. In January, these interested parents met to discuss ways they could be more connected to the school while their children were here. Some ideas include having more communication resources for parents, hosting joint student/parent/staff events throughout the year, and creating regional events in cities such as Chicago or Milwaukee which have large concentrations of parents.
“I’ve been thrilled in the energy and enthusiasm among parents in wanting to get engaged with the Carlson School,” says Dean Zaheer.