Director of Fiscal & Administrative Services Division for the Secretary of State's Office
This is my first year serving on the Board of Trustees.
My favorite part of TTU is the feeling of a caring community that TTU provides.
I chose to serve on the board of trustees because I have been blessed in so many ways. I want to give back by supporting the community which gives so much particularly for our young adults, the students.
TTUPA is important to TTU even though these young people are maturing into independence, it is important for the parents to have a voice as well as a means for the administration to get feedback from the parents¹ perspective. Also, it¹s a line of communication for the parents that can be tapped into behind the scenes without it feeling intrusive to the students, a source of moral and informational support among parents, and a means to become part of the community that supports these young people.
I see the TTUPA in next 5 to 10 years being a great source of outreach and public relations to potential incoming students & their families. I think it would be a great resource in welcoming new families to the community..
I currently have one child at TTU currently in general curriculum/undecided.
One of the struggles that parents face with college students is the separation and the letting go. Sometimes it can be the lack of communication from the students as well as the college. These students are adults and they become the central point of contact for the administration. This is a big change for the parents compared to elementary school and high school. Parents no longer have the role of direct involvement that had been required during early education. Parents can miss that element. TTUPA can bridge some of that gap for them.
My advice to other parents of college students is to take a deep breath, a step back, and let your student work through things. It may not be as smooth a road as you would want but it¹s their road to travel. At the end of the day, they will get there. Trust them and remember you are the one that raised them. Let them practice what you¹ve been teaching. They will fall sometimes, and that¹s okay. Through the experience, they will have learned (both in and out of the classroom) and that¹s what they are at TTU to do. As parents, we do not move off to college with themSthere¹s a purpose in that!