Parent Webinars

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.

First-Year Parent/Guardian Webinar Series 2018-19

All webinars are at 12 p.m. EST for one hour. All webinars are hosted on Wednesdays except the Pre-Orientation webinar.


May 31
Hosted by Elizabeth Elliott, program coordinator of Student Engagement; Colby Lemieux, associate director of Academic Success and Retention; and Julia Smith, social worker/psychotherapist of Counseling & Psychological Services.

Welcome, Class of 2022! This webinar will provide families with important information about the upcoming Orientation sessions on June 25-26 and June 27-28. Our presenters will answer all of your pre-arrival questions about both the student and the parent/guardian Orientation schedules while highlighting Orientation logistics, what to bring, and what not to bring. We’ll also discuss the course registration process, which takes place at Orientation for first-year students, and we’ll highlight ways to make the transition to college life successful for both you and your student.


Welcome Home! Arriving on Campus

August 22
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 2022! 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 29
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 12
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 3
Hosted by Counseling & Psychological Services, Kamala Kiem, associate dean of students, director of Student Engagement, 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 17
Hosted by Will Johnson, associate dean of students 
Colby Lemieux, associate director of Academic Success and Retention

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 14
Hosted by Charlie Sousa, senior associate director of Residence Life
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 28
Hosted by Jennifer Ewald, director of Office of Study Abroad and Nicole Moffa, Study Abroad program manager

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

February 20
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.


College to Career

March 14
Hosted by Cath Borgman, director of Career Center

How early is too early to start looking and applying for internships and jobs? What should your student wear to an interview? It’s never too early for students to begin making connections with professionals in their industry. In this webinar, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks when it comes to internships, interviews, job shadows, and more!


The Future of Fairfield

April 10
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.


Alcohol Awareness

One way we help our students—your children—make the safest, healthiest decisions possible is through our partnership with EverFi, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention, financial literacy, digital citizenship, etc. in high schools and higher education institutions across the country. 

Each year over half a million students complete AlcoholEdu for College, EverFi’s online, non-opinionated, science-based alcohol abuse prevention course. This 2-3 hour program uses the latest prevention techniques and research to educate students about the impact of alcohol on the mind and body.

As part of our comprehensive alcohol prevention program, Fairfield University expects each member of the first-year class to complete this course and pass the course exam. Whether your student drinks or not, AlcoholEdu will empower them to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help them better cope with the drinking behavior of their peers.

While we are committed to making a difference with our students, we also understand that parents are the first line of defense against alcohol misuse and abuse. EverFi offers additional content that is designed to support your conversations about alcohol that will help shape the decisions your son or daughter must make in college surrounding alcohol use.

We also encourage you to read this Parent Alcohol Handbook, which offers many insights on how to talk to your student about alcohol use and abuse.


For more information, visit the EverFi site, which includes:

  • An overview of the AlcoholEdu for College course structure and key concepts
  • A demo video that provides you with an overview of the course experience your child will be moving through
  • Helpful resources, such as tips on talking to your college student about alcohol, warning signs of an alcohol problem, and links to additional resources.

About Sexual Harrassment

We take the issue of sexual violence and sexual harassment seriously and strive to provide a safe environment where your student can live and work free from exploitation and discrimination based on gender.


We are confident that these resources will help ensure your child’s success at Fairfield and in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Will Johnson, Dean of Students, at 203-254-4211.

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