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Parent Advisory Council Welcomes You

On behalf of the ONU Parent Advisory Council, welcome to ONU! Your student’s college-search process can be a very difficult and long one. Attending ONU will be an amazing experience for your student and for you as a part of the Polar Bear Nation!

Started in 2012, the Parent Advisory Council works to establish a viable and representative focus group of parents who can effectively relate and communicate their ONU experiences. This group works to incorporate ideas, suggestions, and recommendations into the overall ONU parent/family relations program. The group meets twice each academic year.

All of the individuals serving on the group are volunteers and participate based on their student attending ONU. The overall responsibilities of the group include the willingness to:

  • Review the parent website and printed materials for parents; offer suggestions regarding the importance and priorities of various communication tools, including social media and other connections.
  • Review and discuss events involving parents both on and off campus; offer insights and suggestions.
  • Share experiences, trends and ideas regarding ONU parent engagement; offer insight as to how expectations are being met and how they could be improved.
  • Provide positive testimonials as needed.
  • Serve as a current ONU parent contact so other parents have a resource and referral opportunity.
  • Encourage other parents to help with volunteer activities and make a difference for ONU.
  • Be a part of meetings and online discussions.
  • Consider supporting ONU (as is feasible) and encourage a culture of giving with others, including your student as an alumnus.

Each year, the group welcomes new parents. The members of the 2014-15 Parent Advisory Council are listed here.

The Parent Advisory Council is coordinated by the efforts of Karen Condeni, BA ’74, special assistant to the president. Condeni has served ONU for more than 40 years in a variety of roles within Admissions and Financial Aid, including vice president and dean of enrollment. She is a Polar Bear at heart, having attended ONU as a student, and continues to serve today in her role. If you have something you would like the Parent Advisory Council to review, or if you are interested in serving on the Parent Advisory Council, Condeni would love to hear from you!