Parent Advisory Council

Want to get more involved? Become a member of Saint Leo's Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

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Purpose:

The purpose of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is to develop and nurture relationships in order to create a deeply-rooted sense of community between and among parents, alumni, students, and friends of Saint Leo University.

The purpose is achieved through members’ commitment to volunteering, providing advisement and assistance in the development of Saint Leo University’s parent programming, attending 2 Parent Advisory Council meetings per year (Fall & Spring), and promoting financial support of the university.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations works with the Parent Advisory Council to create a positive and meaningful experience for the parents of Saint Leo University students.

The Council (or Office of Alumni and Parent Relations staff) is not:

  • a policy making group
  • a place to voice individual concerns or receive assistance resolving situations specific to your individual student
  • able to intervene on your/your student’s behalf with other departments on campus

Eligibility:

The Saint Leo University Parent Advisory Council is composed of parents of current Saint Leo University students. Membership is open to any parent of a university campus traditional student. Membership is capped at 20 families.

Becoming a Member:

  1. Review the information provided here
  2. Click here to see if there are any available openings
  3. Determine whether or not you can commit to the requirements of being a member
  4. Call or email Eddie Kenny, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations to set up a phone or in-person meeting. Phone: 352-588-8994 OR Email: edmond.kenny@saintleo.edu.

Mandatory Meetings are Held on University Campus:

  • Fall PAC meetings are always held on the Saturday of Fall Family Festival weekend. Fall meetings are usually no more than 2 hours in length
  • Spring PAC meetings are always held in February (usually the 2nd or 3rd Saturday). Spring meetings are full day meetings and generally begin at 8:30am and end at 5:00pm

Parent Advisory Council Members are required to:

  1. Attend Parent Advisory Council meetings that take place twice each year (once each semester, see above)
  2. Participate by making a contribution to Sustained Giving (any amount that is affordable to you – participation promotes culture of philanthropy)
  3. Volunteer for at least one event per semester (Fall, Spring); or two events per year (Summer Send-Offs, Summer Fest)
  4. Provide your insight from the parent perspective and actively provide feedback, help, etc. toward achieving our University’s mission and vision.
  5. Serve a two-year renewable term

Example of PAC Activities:

The Parent Advisory Council will be involved in the development and implementation of activities that have an impact on the University at all levels. Saint Leo University PAC members are primarily engaged in activities to support the University’s mission, which may result in the following:

  1. Admissions: Assist admissions office with college fairs and open house events. Welcome new parents to Saint Leo (possibly making welcome calls, emails, chatroom sessions, speaking at New Student Orientation events, etc.). Refer family and friends to check out Saint Leo. Host or participate in regional events and Summer Send Offs.
  2. Career Development: Assist career planning with finding internships, job shadowing, and job opportunities for Saint Leo students. Activities may also include sharing career advice and professional expertise (mentoring) with current students and graduates.
  3. University Advancement: Encourage support of Sustained Giving and other fundraising projects. Activities may include: attending/hosting parent donor receptions, sharing your Saint Leo story and explaining why you give back (both with your time and your financial resources), writing appeal letters, placing phone calls, or sending notes to thank donors for their contributions.
  4. Alumni and Parent Relations: Work with the Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations to develop, plan, and implement programs, events, and volunteer activities that build a relationship between the University, parents, alumni, students, and friends.