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Parents' Advisory Council

Welcome to the WKU Parent's Advisory Council

The Parents' Advisory Council is the governing body of the Parents' Association. It is composed of parents representing the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes. The Parents' Advisory Council meets 3 times per year and allocates the funds raised by the Parents' Association. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Parents' Advisory Council, please contact Blair Silliman at

Click here to view a list of the Parents' Advisory Council members for the 2011-2012 school year. Please feel free to contact any of them with questions regarding the Parents' Association.

Council Responsibilities

As a member of the Parents' Advisory Council, you will formulate ideas and programs that will further integrate the entire family into the WKU Experience.

Group Tasks

1. Assist in the planning of an annual Parents' and Family Weekend.

2. Assist in the development of a comprehensive plan to involve parents in student life.

3. Establish a career-mentoring network for students.

4. Assist in regional student recruitment.

5. Identify funding needs that may be met through the utilization of contributions to the Parents' Fund.

6. Develop a mechanism for gaining broad-based parent feedback.

Individual Tasks

1. Attend meetings of the Council.

2. Attend annual regional recruitment nights

Coordinating Offices

1. Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving maintains the ties our alumni have with Western as well as provides an unrestricted funding source enabling the University to respond to the changing needs and demands in education and society. Academic departments, public broadcasting, athletics and libraries and museum comprise the majority of areas of giving through the private support of our alumni. In addition, the Office coordinates local alumni clubs, produces the alumni magazine, and offers the Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

2. Career Services

The Career Services Center assists current students and alumni with career planning, job search strategies, and access to employers and job listings. The Center staff helps individuals determine career interests and facilitates opportunities for career exploration and experience through cooperative education and internship programs. We act as a liaison between employers seeking part-time, summer, co-op/intern and permanent employees and students/alumni seeking job opportunities. Specific services and resources include job search workshops, individual career counseling, job vacancy listings, career/job fairs, on campus interviews, credential referral, Internet resume posting site, and a comprehensive career planning and employment information website.

3. Housing and Residence Life

Residence Life promotes the well being of Western students living on campus through social and leadership training. Master Plan is coordinated through Residence life. This program gives each student that participates a head start with a week-long schedule of activities that are designed to ease the transition to college life.

4. Student Activities and Leadership

The Office of Student Activities & University Centers exists to serve the University community. The Office enhances student life and development by facilitating student involvement in organizations; providing broadly based programs of entertainment and culturally diverse activities; and presenting opportunities for students to develop leadership, social, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The Office provides direction, management, and leadership to the student union programs.

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