CBA Parent Newsletter from Dean Plowman - 10/13/14

Hello, CBA parents! Fall has taken off and we are hitting full stride. I know some classes are preparing for mid-terms which has students focusing on deadlines. The hustle and bustle will continue as we move through the semester. As a parent, I have accumulated a few pieces of wisdom about transitions in college that may help as your student navigates through the chaos to balance new priorities.
  • Compromise on communication.Students are busy, but they still need you. Discuss a communication plan and embrace technology. Texting is critical and in my own experience college age children prefer texting to emails. And they only want to talk on the phone when they call you – almost never when you call them.
  • Stay engaged.Not only with your son or daughter, but also find out about other activities and opportunities for parents. The CBA webpage can help you stay current on the happenings of CBA. Some may spark talking points when you catch your student for a few minutes on the phone. Others may be opportunities for you to engage with CBA.
While I realize your son or daughter is an independent young adult, I also thought you might not mind knowing some of the upcoming university dates we are discussing here in CBA.
Fall Break: October 20-21. Feel free to start a conversation with your student about their plans for their downtime.
Career Information Day: October 23, 5-9 p.m. Some of our CBA successful alumni will be back on campus discussing their career paths and sharing advice during panel discussions.
Priority Registration: October 27-November 11. I know it seems like you just got them here, but students are beginning, depending on their priority, to register for spring classes. Priority registration runs through November 11, and then open registration will begin on November 12. Traditionally the university allocates three days for each category of students; below are the priority categories and corresponding dates.
  • Seniors (90 credit hours or more) – October 27-29
  • Juniors (53-88) – October 30-November 3
  • Sophomores (27-52) – November 4-6
  • Freshmen (0-26) – November 7-11
Our Undergraduate Advising team has additional information available at Please encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunity – those preferred classes go fast!
State Farm Ethics Presentation: November 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Col. Arthur Athens, director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership will present at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on The Power of Integrity. All students are encouraged to attend; the public is also welcome to attend.
Please remember, the doors of CBA communication are always open.
--Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean