Welcome to the ISU Parents Association website. First of all, thank you for entrusting us with your son or daughter. We do not take this trust lightly and will do everything that we can to fulfill our number one goal: ensure that our students graduate in a timely manner. As parents, you are partners in your student’s success. We want you to be informed about programs, services and activities so you can help us guide your student if there is ever a need, issue or concern.
A few years ago my own daughter was facing some “freshman” challenges during the first few weeks she was attending college over 800 miles away from home. After listening to her tales of woe, I told her to “go to the student affairs office, they’ll help you.” “But Mom,” she replied, “I don’t want to bother them.” I responded, “But it’s their job to be bothered.” And it is. We want to be bothered if your son or daughter is unhappy or experiencing any problems.
ISU has a plethora of support services for students ranging from academic to personal to co-curricular. Our academic support services include tutoring and a freshman seminar program. Our personal support services include counseling and testing and Student Health. Our co-curricular programs include honor societies, fraternities and sororities, clubs and organizations, leadership, community service and recreational programs. In short, we have everything that your son or daughter needs to be successful—but we’re not mind readers. Students need to let us know if and when they need help. But if your student can’t or won’t contact us, don’t hesitate to tell us. Yes, we’re asking you to tattle.
The year ahead promises to be a journey like no other for your student, even if they are continuing at ISU. (We have a special place in our hearts for our continuing students.) They will learn new information, make new friends, stay up late, cheer for the Bengals and did I mention that they will learn new information—that will help them get great jobs? Thank you for joining us on this journey. Best wishes.
Patricia S. Terrell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs