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September 16, 2005
Contact: KU Dean of Students Office, (785) 864-5872, parents@ku.edu

KU forms Parent Association to enhance communication, form partnership

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas announced today that it has started the KU Parent Association, a group with the goal of enhancing communication between the university and families of students.

"We want the KU Parent Association to foster a partnership between the university and families," said Interim Dean of Students Frank DeSalvo. "The association will provide important information to parents and family members; promote university programs and services; and encourage members to be informed, effective ambassadors for KU in their local communities."

Members of the association can be parents, guardians or family members of KU students. Membership will be free.

In addition, KU is seeking parents and family members who are interested in serving on the association's advisory board. The 16-member board, led by Vice Provost for Student Success Marlesa Roney, will be made up of students, university officials and parents/family members. Meetings will be once a semester in Lawrence.

" The advisory board will look at ways to improve all aspects of the KU experience," Roney said. "The board will allow parents to bring up any concerns they have directly with KU administrators and students."

For more information about receiving the monthly electronic newsletter or about serving on the advisory board, contact (785) 864-5872 or parents@ku.edu. Parents can sign up for the newsletter through the association's Web site at www.parentassociation.ku.edu. The Web site contains other helpful information for parents, such as student enrollment information and a calendar of KU's class and holiday schedule.

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