Is it something that taps your talents, really engages all of your abilities and gifts and uses them in the best way possible?
Is this a genuine service to all of the people around you?
Do you get a kick out of it? Are you any good at it? Does anyone want you to do it?
These questions are important to us as a Catholic, Franciscan community They come from a “restless search to create another world - - the world of peace and love we are called by the Gospel to create.” And as long as we continue to question “there is hope left for us to finish the creation that God began.” Rev. Michael Himes
Francis did not in want everyone to become priests or sisters. He only wanted people to be free, to be what they wanted to be in their own hearts. “Francis knew that God spoke differently to each person, calling one to marriage, another to the single life; calling one to the city, and other to the country; one to work with the mind, another with the hands. Francis encouraged us to be brave enough to look inside and ask: ‘is this what I should be doing, what I’d really want to do with my life?’ ” - Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM
We want students to know: –O–Our God is a good and gracious and loving God –T–That our God needed the “YES” of Mary to be present in the world –T–That our God needs our “YES” too AND IN ALL OF THIS We need to provide opportunities for our students to say this “YES”
Neumann University RISES on its VALUES Reverence I ntegrity Service Excellence Stewardship
2010 Theme A Joyful Affirmation of our Core Values Celebrating our togetherness in this community Acting fairly, honestly, ethically Accepting responsibility for the consequences of our actions Embracing service to others Performing to the best of our ability Receiving gratefully, using carefully, sharing generously
Welcome to Neumann University Meet a few members of the COMMUNITY who make this happen: Dr. Mac Given, Dean, Arts and Sciences Dr. Elizabeth Doherty, Dean, Business and Information Management Dr. Tish Szymurski, Dean, Continuing Adult and Professional Studies Dr. Kathy Hoover, Dean, Nursing and Health Sciences Ms. Janet Geddis, Director of Health Services Mr. Mike D’Angelo, Director of Wellness Counseling Ms. Theresa Huke, Director, Academic Resource Center Mr. Mike Mullen, Director of Advising Mr. Leon Francis, Director of Safety and Security Ms. Coleen Nedbalski, Student Advocate Mr. Mike Webster, Director of Residence Life Sister Peg Egan, OSF, Dean of Students Dr. Joe Gillespie, Dean, Education and Human Services
Freedom Students are making their own decisions When to wake up When to go to sleep What classes to take and when Where to live and with whom When to study If to study And OH, THE WAYS THEY MAY CHOOSE TO FEEL JOY!
Responsibility With FREEDOM comes RESPONSIBILITY
Responsibility ? Attend all classes Be ACTIVE in class Know your instructors Sit up front Ask questions Be prepared for class Come to understand and respect the Neumann University core values - - how do these values influence YOU and YOUR DECISIONS... What is expected of you?
The Parental Responsibilities: Ask about their classes and instructors Have your student sign the form that allows us to discuss academic progress with you and that allows you to see grades High School Model - - Parent Teacher Conferences College - - students need to give you the “right” to find out this information, even if you are paying the bill You need to the Social Security Number (last 4 digits) of the student about whom you are asking and their birthdate
You will see this information posted outside of the Office of the Registrar RELEASE OF EDUCATION INFORMATION TO PARENTS IF YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER HAS AUTHORIZED NEUMANN UNIVERSITY TO DISCUSS ANY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO HIS/HER EDUCATION RECORD, YOU MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION, AS A CROSS-CHECK VERIFICATION, BEFORE ANY INFORMATION CAN BE RELEASED: THE LAST FOUR  DIGITS OF HIS/HER SSN BIRTHDATE WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THIS MATTER...
Be Aware of These Important Dates: Classes begin: August 31 Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit: Thursday, September 3 [11:00 a.m.] Know about DROP/ADD (Friday, Sept. 4) Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 7 Fall Break: October 12 and 13 Know about PROGRESS REPORTS and MID TERM GRADES (October 16) Withdrawal Period Ends Friday, Nov. 6
Freshmen Registration – about third week of November Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 26 until Sunday, November 29 Last Day of Classes: December 11 Final Exams: December 14 - 19 Residence Hall Close: after last exam... STAY TUNED!!
More Tips for Families: ASK THESE QUESTIONS: Who is your advisor? How often do you talk with him/her one on one? What is the ARC? Where is it? Have you ever been there? When or Why would you go? What classes are you taking next semester? What grades will you get in each class this semester?
Know about and explore unique programs and services: Study Abroad We have partnerships in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy You can do this and still graduate on time... and it is affordable! It’s impressive to future employers It is a fun, growth-filled educational opportunity
More Questions to Ask... Who is your R.A.? Who are your friends? What are they like? If you feel lonely or alone, with whom do you speak? How is your INT 101: Freshmen Experience class going? How are you: – Building and participating in COMMUNITY? – Feeling and Sharing the smiles that mean JOY? – SERVING and being SERVED? – A N D Are you PRAYING? (Let them know you are praying for them!)
John 3:16 An often quoted Bible verse: “God gave his only Son... ” It reminds us that the point of having children is to let them go. They have their own work to do in the world. Remain open to what God has in mind for them and for you as this “next step” unfolds
R E M E M B E R We are here to guide, not give To serve, not save We work in partnership with your student; it is important that he or she BE a partner with US!