Student Affairs

Semester Progress, to parents, summer 2011

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe the 2011 fall semester is almost here! Even though it’s summer, chances are your student is busy taking classes, studying abroad, working or interning. Despite everyone’s hectic schedules, summer is a great time for you to sit down with your student to reflect on their progress thus far. Here are several ideas you can incorporate into your conversations with your student when discussing the future:

  • Ask about classes for the fall semester. Encourage your student to check SIS regularly and contact professors about courses. Make sure they are frequently communicating with their adviser to ensure they are on the right path for graduation.
  • Ask about extracurricular involvement. If your student is already involved in organizations on campus, perhaps suggest a leadership or executive position. If your student is not involved yet, maybe advise him or her to consider one of Clemson’s 400+ student clubs and organizations. A complete list of all the clubs and organizations students can be involved with is available on the Clemson website at
  • Give advice about maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There are many clubs and organizations on campus that offer recreational opportunities, and summer is the perfect time to be active. For example, more than 5,000 students participated in Intramural Sports at Fike Recreation Center last year. Also, remind your student how to make healthy decisions when considering controlled substances such as alcohol. If he or she is underage, it may be a good idea to review the University alcohol policies together (

I hope you find these suggestions helpful and useful. I would like to also take this opportunity to invite you to visit and “like” the Clemson Student Affairs Facebook page, which can be found at Here you’ll find updates on happenings in the Division of Student Affairs and featured students, organizations and staff. You never know when you may see your son or daughter or their organization on the page!

From our Clemson Family to yours, the Division of Student Affairs wishes you a safe and happy rest of the summer. We look forward to seeing your students in the fall and hopefully many of you at Family Weekend.

Go Tigers!


Gail A. DiSabatino
Vice President for Student Affairs