Poly Parent News: August 2020

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Message from Our Team

Register for Upcoming Mustang Family Insights Sessions

Roadmap to Fall 2020

Immunization Requirements for Incoming Students

Career Services Graduate Statue Report

Service Spotlight: Campus Health and Wellbeing Counseling Services

Parents Make an Impact

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Message from Our Team

Parent and Family Programs is excited to welcome a new cohort of Mustangs and their proud parents and supporters to our family this fall. Many of you have connected with us during SLO Days this summer, and we look forward to connecting meaningfully over the next several years.  

You are invited to join us for one of our exciting upcoming Mustang Family Insights sessions, featuring timely updates on fall planning and valuable resources. Learn more and register through our story below. 

In this month’s Mustang Family Insights sessions, we will be chatting with leadership from the City of San Luis Obispo (SLO) about important safety information for students residing in or returning to SLO for fall. We will also host a two-part session for supporters of first-generation students, as well as a session for students with dependents. An archive of previous sessions can be found on our website. Check them out! 

Incoming families are encouraged to participate in our virtual welcome events, scheduled for the first week of fall quarter (details in our story below) and ALL Mustang families can mark their calendar for Mustang Family Week this Oct. 19-24. More details and registration coming soon!    

Enjoy this month’s edition of Poly Parent News. 

Sincerely,  
Parent and Family Programs Team

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Register for Upcoming Mustang Family Insights Sessions

Join Parent and Family Programs for three upcoming Mustang Family Insights sessions featuring the City of San Luis Obispo, families and supporters of first-generation students, and the Students with Dependents Initiative. Featured panelists include representatives from the City of San Luis Obispo, Equal Opportunity Program (EOP), Financial Aid Office, Career Services, Student Diversity and Belonging, Academic Advising, and Students with Dependents.

Upcoming session dates (click to learn more and register):

Hosted by Parent and Family Programs, Mustang Family Insights is a resource webinar series for Cal Poly parents and supporters featuring campus and community experts.

Register for upcoming sessions and view past episodes at parent.calpoly.edu/stay-informed. Stay informed about the series by following Parent and Family Programs on FacebookInstagram and signing up for department newsletters.

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Roadmap to Fall 2020

As you and your student prepare for fall quarter, we want you to stay informed and learn how to thrive in this new environment. A new website has been created to serve as a resource for the fall quarter that will be updated regularly with new details about learning on campus. This site will highlight key information such as in-person classes, housing, dining, campus life, health, safety and critical wellbeing services. Learn more.

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Immunization Requirements for Incoming Students

The California State University (CSU) is committed to supporting the health and wellness of all students. To comply with this overarching goal, the Chancellor’s Office requires that all incoming students (first-year, transfer, and graduate students) must satisfy the immunization requirements and complete the Tuberculosis risk assessment. We encourage you to start this process as early as possible as some vaccines require multiple doses and may take six months to complete. Failure to comply by the first day of classes of your first quarter MAY result in a registration hold for your second quarter. Learn more.

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Career Services Graduate Status Report

According to Cal Poly's latest Graduate Status Report, students continue to successfully obtain their career goals, with 93 percent securing positive postgraduation outcomes (work, graduate school, and other intentional plans). The job market remains strong, with 75% of our graduates working (full time and part- time) and 13% enrolled in graduate education. A minority of graduates seek other intentional plans (3%), such as travel, gap year experience, artistic pursuits, and family care. The percentage of students still seeking employment is 7%.

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Service Spotlight: Campus Health and Wellbeing Counseling Services

Cal Poly Counseling Services promotes the development of holistic student emotional health.  As mental health professionals, the office serves the campus community through advocacy and the provision of confidential, accessible services.

Counseling Services is staffed by licensed mental health professionals with graduate degrees in clinical and counseling psychology. They work with a range of students from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds; students who want to talk about anxiety, poor academic performance, traumatic experiences, suicidal thoughts, substance use, or anything else that might be going on for them. Rather than advice-giving, they offer a particular kind of listening (called "active listening") and an expertise in human development, along with strategies to support your student's personal, social, and emotional growth. You might be surprised how much talking with a professional can help. Counseling services are free, confidential, and available to all currently enrolled students. Learn more.

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Parents Make an Impact

Thank you Cal Poly Parents, for your amazing support of Learn by Doing during the 2019-2020 academic year. Parents of current students and parents of alumni came together and, through giving, directly enhanced the lives of our hardworking students.

Last year more than 3,000 parent households transformed students’ lives through their gifts, totaling more than $18 million dollars. Many of these gifts were small and a few were large, but together, parents fed more than 800 students through the Hunger Program and Food Pantry; provided $40,000 in grants through Cal Poly Cares; and more than $2.4 million in scholarships to deserving students.

Cal Poly provides a Learn by Doing education for students and that same hands-on engagement is encouraged from parents and family members. For those that are able, Parent Philanthropy can directly improve your student’s experience at Cal Poly, while leading by example and showing them that investment in education and the future of Learn by Doing is a top priority.

When current parent donors, Pam and Tim Gray, were asked why they give to Cal Poly, they said, “Pam and I both understand that universities don’t get as much funding from the state as most people think they do. Given our positive experience with Cal Poly, we’re committed to seeing the school prosper, and we think it’s a great role model for the future of education.”

If you are interested in learning more about parent philanthropy or are ready to make an impact today, contact Morgen Marshall, director of Parent Philanthropy at mnmarsha@calpoly.edu, or go to giving.calpoly.edu.

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How to raise successful kids -- without over-parenting | Julie Lythcott-Haims (TED Talk)

By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.

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