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The JMU Parents Council serves as liaisons between parents/families and the University, working hand-in-hand with the Office of Parent Relations for the benefit of both the students and the University. The mission of the JMU Parents Council is to:
Encourage mutual understanding and facilitate communication between parents/families and the University,
Serve as an effective spokesperson and advocate for the University,
Collaborate with the University in developing programs and activities that promote parent and family involvement in the life of the university and create opportunities for participation in their student's experience,
Assist in promoting and enhancing the University both nationally and internationally, and
Promote the development of the University and its students by supporting the Parents Council Endowed Scholarship fund or any JMU fund of choice.
Council members represent each of the four classes and are eligible to serve for four years or until their children are no longer enrolled at JMU. Both married couples and single parents can be members.
Giving to JMU
Parents Council members must participate in the Parents Council Endowed Scholarship fund or any JMU fund of choice.
Attending spring and fall meetings
Members must attend the meetings held during Family Weekend in the fall and the spring meeting. During these meetings parents participate in informative group presentations and break-out sessions to learn about and discuss various aspects of university life including academics, enrollment, finance and physical development, resource development and student life.
Assisting/hosting of First–Year Send Offs
Parents Council members serve as hosts at their geographic area's First–Year Send Offs. Held each year in July and August, the events are an opportunity for the council members to meet JMU's newest Dukes and to answer any last–minute questions from the first–year parents.
Parents Council members have other opportunities for involvement including the JMU admission's Choices programs, assisting at job fairs, recruitment efforts and regional receptions.
If you are interested in being considered for membership, please complete the attached application. Applicants will be selected for telephone interviews conducted by the council chairpersons. Final selection and notification will take place by the end of August.
Today's Date: July 25, 2014