Opportunities for Involvement
Opening Day @ FAU Committee
Opening Day marks the beginning of college life for many students. Our goal is to make this day as easy and as enjoyable as possible for everyone. For parents of off-campus/commuter students, your student will need to check into campus so they don’t miss the information on student opportunities throughout the coming weeks. For parents of on-campus/resident students, your student’s first step will be to check in at the residence hall or community in which your student has been assigned. We are looking forward to your arrival on campus! The Owl Parent Association is present during this time to lend a shoulder to cry on and some muscle while carrying boxes to the residence halls during Move-in Day. A Parents’ Lounge is available for all to kick up their feet, relax, refresh, and enjoy stories told by sophomore, junior and senior parents and families. The Opening Day Committee is responsible for planning the Parents’ Lounge and move-in help.
Fall Parent and Family Weekend Committee
Fall Parent and Family Weekend is a great excuse to come visit your son or daughter as well as experience FAU’s campus life, athletics and social activities. The activities for the weekend include a wine and cheese reception, the Bi-Annual OPA meeting, tailgate, football game and family brunch. This committee assists the Office of New Student and Family Programs (NSOFP) with Fall Parent and Family Weekend events.
Parents are welcomed to the university to participate in some of the homecoming festivities. The OPA participates in the Homecoming Parade, enjoys Fall Family Fest, and hosts a tailgate prior to attending the football game. The Homecoming committee is involved in parade and tailgate planning.
Spring Parent and Family Weekend Committee
The OPA uses this weekend to focus on the family by hosting family bowling, a family lunch, the Bi-Annual OPA General Meeting where FAU’s Campus Housing Dept. will give parents insight on the housing room selection process for the upcoming academic year, attending men’s and women’s basketball games, and much more! The committee plans the events of the weekend with the NSOFP Office.
Summer Send-Offs Committee
Summer Send-Offs are hosted in various regions throughout the state of Florida and beyond. Incoming students and parents to FAU come together in the same area to network with each other just before school starts in the Fall semester. It is a great opportunity for students to make new friends to share in their university experience together. Parents often exchange phone numbers at these events to create a network of parents to call upon throughout the year for rides to Boca, package delivery, emergency services, and much more! This committee secures Summer Send-Off hosts and assists the NSOFP Office with planning.
Parent’s Academy Committee
The Parent’s Academy was created with parents of current students in mind. We know that after the first semester of a student’s time at FAU parents must overcome challenges. The Parent’s Academy is a peer-to-peer program. A workshop created by parents for parents. In this workshop, parents of upper-class students will address challenges they had and how they were able to solve them. This committee works with the NSOFP office in planning the agenda for the Parent’s Academy and food & refreshments for the day.
Mentor Program Committee
The purpose of the OPA Mentor Program is to welcome incoming families to our family at FAU and guide parents throughout the school year. Current OPA members are available via e-mail or telephone to incoming Freshman parents after each orientation session and throughout the year to offer guidance to their students’ FAU experience. The OPA Mentor Team also assists with Summer Send-Offs and the Parent’s Academy in January. Mentors are members of the Membership Committee.
The Membership Committee serves to develop and coordinate programs and activities that are designated to enhance Parent Association membership, focusing on recruitment and retention.
Marketing/Public and Campus Relations Committee
The purpose of this committee is to build relationships with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, FAU Athletics, FAU Alumni Office and community business partners. The committee assists the NSOFP Office with marketing efforts on behalf of the OPA to include brochures, updating the OPA website, Parent’s Calendar, OPA apparel, and OPA give-aways.
Interested in serving on a committee? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.