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About the Parent Program

Program Mission and Vision

The University of Minnesota Parent Program fosters relationships between the University and parents of our students in order to support student success, generate lifelong affinity for the University, and promote an appropriate role for parents within the campus community. Through research, discovery, and collaboration, the Parent Program works with parents and higher education professionals to understand how family diversity impacts the student experience and to help families support their students’ learning and development.

Parent Communications

The Parent Program provides several communication methods:

University Parent Newsletter

University Parent is mailed in August, December, and March to the parents of full-time undergraduates. The newsletter is mailed to the "home address" that students list on their University registration information. If you move, or if your student changes his or her home address to a campus or apartment address, the newsletter may not reach you. You may contact us and ask to be put on the newsletter mailing list. In addition, we only have one home address listed for each student; parents with a different address from the primary contact also should contact us in order to receive the newsletter. Send your address to parent@umn.edu; phone 612-626-9291; or mail your address to Parent Program Office, University of Minnesota, 109 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

University Parent website

The University Parent website provides updated information online. Our News and Events section changes frequently with links to news stories and websites of particular interest to parents. Timely Issues offers seasonal tips related to the time of year. Each month features a new Question of the Month so that you can give us feedback on a topic related to the University, your student, or you, and we regularly search the University of Minnesota websites for links that will help you understand the University and support your student through his or her academic career.

Parent email updates

The Parent email update list delivers the most current information to you on a regular basis. We send an email message about every two weeks with information about pending deadlines, campus news, and special notices. Sign up by sending your email address to parent@umn.edu. To change your email address, please send both your old address and the new one to parent@umn.edu.

Contact the Parent Program

Contact us—Question/answer service is provided by our Parent Program Director. Email your questions or concerns to Marjorie Savage at parent@umn.edu, call 612-626-9291, or mail questions to Parent Program, University of Minnesota, 109 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Events

Parent events include parent receptions on Move-In Day, when students move into the residence halls before fall semester, and Parents Weekend. Check the Events section of the Parent website for upcoming parent events.

Contact the Parent Program

Question/answer service is provided by our Parent Program Director. Email your questions or concerns to Marjorie Savage at parent@umn.edu, call 612-626-9291, or mail questions to Parent Program, University of Minnesota, 109 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Subscribe to Parent Email

Sign up to receive email messages about pending deadlines, campus news, and other special notices by sending your email address to parent@umn.edu.

History of the Parent Program

In 1993, then-vice president for the Office for Student Affairs, Marvalene Hughes, wanted to improve communications between the University of Minnesota and parents of undergraduates. She asked Student Affairs communications staff to develop a parent newsletter, to be mailed quarterly.

Parents responded favorably to the newsletter, but in focus groups and on newsletter surveys, they requested more—they wanted parent events and a contact person on campus. Student Affairs and University Relations, in response to parent requests, committed additional time and resources to the program. Today the University Parent Program is staffed by Marjorie Savage, Parent Program director and Chelsea Petree, Parent Program assistant director. Additionally, two undergraduate interns and a team of undergraduate volunteers assist staff each year with Parents Weekend, and the Parent Program relies on continuing technical support from University Relations staff.

Marjorie Savage is Parent Program director and works in the Office for Student Affairs. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas.

Chelsea Petree is the Parent Program assistant director. She has a bachelor's degree in family studies from St. Olaf College, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota.

Survey Reports

Survey reports from Surveys of College and University Parent Programs, including the 2013 survey and University of Minnesota Parent Surveys, including the 2012 survey.