First-Year Parent/Guardian Webinar Series

Parent Webinar Series RSVP

As parents, it is important for you to be aware of issues your student may face while in college. All parents, especially first-year parents, are invited to participate in monthly webinars on topics of interest. All you need is access to a computer with audio.

All webinars are on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. EST for one hour

2017-18 Series Descriptions

Welcome Home! Arriving on Campus
August 23, 2017

Hosted by Kamala Kiem, associate dean of students, director of Student Engagement, Meredith Smith, assistant director of Residence Life, and Pejay Lucky, assistant director of Residence Life.

Welcome, Class of 2021! This webinar provides families with important information for a successful arrival process. Our presenters will answer all of your questions while highlighting Move-In Day logistics, what to bring, what not to bring, and our Welcome Week festivities.


Alcohol, Drugs, and Campus Culture
August 30, 2017

Hosted by Lisa Arnold, substance abuse counselor, coordinator of Collegiate Recovery and Dr. Susan Birge, assistant vice president, director of Counseling & Psychological Services.

For many students, college is a place for self-discovery, but every campus culture is different. In this webinar, you’ll learn about trends on the Fairfield campus as they relate to alcohol and drugs, as well as how the University proactively supports its students in creating healthy habits and lifestyle choices through alternative programming and student engagement.


Stag Safety: On and Off-Campus Living and Security
September 6, 2017

Hosted by Todd Pelazza, director of Public Safety and John Ritchie, assistant director of Public Safety.

The Fairfield campus is a place to live, learn, and make your own. It's also an incredibly safe environment. The Fairfield University Department of Public Safety (DPS) is here to ensure that the entire university community stays as free as possible from crime. In this webinar, you’ll learn all that DPS is doing—both on and off campus—to keep students safe.


Homesickness, Transition, and Fitting In
October 4, 2017

Hosted by Counseling & Psychological Services, Kamala Kiem, associate dean of students, director of Student Engagement, and Ophelie Rowe Allen, associate dean of students, director of Residence Life, and director of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

The transition to college if often a normal and significant one, but at Fairfield University, our students have a great support network to rely on. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how to handle homesickness, and strategies for success so that students may grow and thrive.


Academic Advising and Six-Week Check-In
October 11, 2017

Hosted by Will Johnson, associate dean of students and the Academic and Career Development Center

What are students facing at this major checkpoint in their first semester? Find out! In this webinar, you’ll learn about the first-year student experience, how students can get involved on campus, as well as the resources that are offered to our students such as the academic advising process, workshops, tutoring, and more!


Housing Lottery and Residential Colleges
November 15, 2017

Hosted by Charlie Sousa, associate director of Residence Life and Jodie Fitzpatrick, assistant director of Residential Colleges

In this webinar, you’ll learn all about the housing process (eligibility, application information, guidelines, and accommodations) here at Fairfield University, as well as important deadlines and dates for the on- and off-campus housing lotteries, and about Commuter student engagement. You’ll also learn about the Sophomore Residential Colleges, which help students to explore their sense of community, identity, and vocation.


Study Abroad and the International Experience
November 29, 2017

Hosted by Jennifer Ewald, director of Office of Study Abroad and Nicole Moffa, Study Abroad program coordinator

To get the most out of life at Fairfield University, sometimes you need to get away from it! During this presentation, we will discuss a variety of topics including why students choose to study abroad, the different types of programs available, how to get started, the application process, and many other resources.


Financial Planning
March 7, 2018

Hosted by Diana DeVellis, director of Financial Aid

Currently, 85% of our undergraduate students finance their education through a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study, graduate assistantships, and loans. In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the comprehensive list of financial aid options available to you and your student, as well as important upcoming deadlines to be aware of.


The Future of Fairfield
April 18, 2018

Hosted by David Frassinelli, associate vice president of Facilities Management

What is Fairfield expected to look like in the next five years? The next ten years? What new buildings will be coming to campus? What changes are being made? In this webinar, you’ll learn the answers to these, and other questions relating to the campus community.

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