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Family Connection keeps families in the loop

July 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Nearly 300 people joined the Western Michigan University Family Connection during June. They will be among the first to receive information of significance to the parents and families of those who will study at WMU this fall.

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"In the next couple of months, we will welcome the next generation of students to WMU. This is an exciting time for students and their families, but it can also be an unsettling and emotional transition for everyone concerned," says Shari Glaser, director of parent and family programs. "College students are responsible and accountable for their choices. They are learning to deal with an independence that may be new, and this is a learning experience for the student and the family, as roles and expectations change."

The WMU Family Connection eases this transition by keeping families involved in their students' educational development and up to date on happenings around campus. It is open to all parents, guardians and family members of undergraduate and graduate students at WMU, and there is no membership or affiliation fee to belong.

Upon completing a short online form, members receive news and information concerning the campus community. They also get invitations to special WMU events and notifications of upcoming seminars and learning opportunities. Everything is sent directly by e-mail, so members are always well-informed and updates are received as soon as news breaks.

The WMU Family Connection is a program of the University's Office of Parent and Family Programs, which engages parents and families and assists them in proactively supporting their students' growth, personal development and educational success. The office serves as a contact point, liaison and information gateway for the family members of all WMU students.

For more information on the Office of Parent and Family Programs or the WMU Family Connection, visit www.wmich.edu/parents, or contact Shari Glaser at shari.glaser@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4820.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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