Proud Pirate Parent (P3) Newsletter September 2011, Volume 1 Issue 1

Hello Parents and welcome.
We are pleased that you've joined the community of Proud Pirate Parents (P3) and that your student selected Armstrong to prepare for the future!
The Office of Parent Services provides communication to parents with the goal of helping to support student success and working together to empower students to take personal responsibility for their social and academic choices. You will receive the Parent Newsletter on a regular basis and, in the near future, find even more information on our expanded parent website which is in development. We invite you to contact our office with questions: or call 912.344.2890.

Tips for Student Success

Helping your Pirate navigate through first semester
The Armstrong Galley has a great selection of food, but it may not be a replacement for a home-cooked meal. It won't be long before your son or daughter is back at the dinner table - if only for a night. Here are some dinnertime conversation starters that may keep your student on a path toward college success. Read more...

Events and Fairs

Study Abroad Fair slated for September 21
Students interested in earning academic credit while studying in another country will learn about the variety of offerings available from 11 - 2 p.m. in the Savannah Ballroom of the Student Union. Read more...
Health and Wellness Fair, October 5
Health and Wellness Fair: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, from 10 - 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Over 40 different health vendors from the Savannah and Armstrong community will be educating people on different health topics. Read more...
How to keep up with events on campus
The Armstrong website homepage has a complete listing of campus, fine arts and athletic events. You can sign up to receive these by RSS feed or email alerts. Read more...

Healthy Information

Time for Flu Shots
It is strongly recommended that each student receive the H1N1 Flu Vaccine. It is now available and is $25.00 per student at the Student Health Center. Read more...


Important Dates and Deadlines
Here are a few of the most important academic dates for the Fall 2011 semester.
October 5 last day to drop a class with a "W"
October  31-November 18 advisement for spring semester - make an appointment with your adviser
November 2 early registration for spring begins
December 5 last day of classes
December 6 Reading day
December 7-13 final exams
December 13 payment due for early registration

Can you check your student's grades?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs access to and privacy of student records at institutions that receive federal monies. In general, the law allows a student to review and inspect his or her education records, and the law limits the disclosure of information contained in the student's educational records, even to parents, without first obtaining the student's consent.  Read more...

Changes in academic policies that could impact students' Grade Point Averages (GPA)
Armstrong instituted two new academic policies this fall that your students should be aware of. View information on the new academic policies

Student Services and Resources

Notes from Disability Services
Greetings Parents,  My office provides accommodations for students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Acquired Brain Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Systemic Medical Conditions, Mobility Impairments, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Psychological Disorders, and Visual Impairments. Read more...

Hispanic Outreach and Leadership program is here for your student
What is HOLA? The Hispanic Outreach & Leadership program @ Armstrong.  Estamos aqui para ayudar! (We are here to help.) Read more...

Armstrong on the Road

Atlanta Reception is October 17
Is your student enjoying his/her Armstrong Experience? Tell a friend and encourage them to visit. Read more

Good to Know

Be Informed about Potential Grandparents' Scam
Recently, the grandmother of one of our residential students received a frantic call from an individual that identified himself as her grandson. He explained that he had been involved in an accident, had a broken nose, and had been arrested. He needed for her to send him bail money right away and asked her not to let his parents know. The reason his voice sounded strange was explained by the broken nose. Fortunately, this grandmother decided to call her son and he called the Armstrong Police. The Armstrong officers quickly made contact with the student and determined that he did not call his grandmother.  Read more...