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Alabama Southern welcomes parents for orientation

Mom, Dad and Junior are packed in a car full of clothes, supplies and furniture when they pull up to X University. They unload the vehicle, kiss Junior goodbye and head off into a life of childfree bliss.

At least that’s how it goes in the movies.

But for those parents who actually care about the who’s, what’s, where’s and when’s of their child’s learning experience, Demopolis’ Alabama Southern campus is offering a parent orientation and financial information session Monday afternoon.

“This is something for the parents of incoming students, including those of Demopolis High’s dual enrollment students, who will enter Alabama Southern this fall,” Demopolis campus director Dr. Arthur Ogden said as he prepares for more than 150 students this fall. “I absolutely recommend that parents come out because it’s a chance to see what’s happening on campus.”

The one-day orientation will begin at 2 p.m. with financial aid assistance workshops that will last until 6 p.m. and orientation will follow shortly there after. At that moment, parents will have the opportunity to chat with the Alabama Southern dean of students, Ann Clanton.

“This is important because the parents will get to meet Ann, who does a terrific job handling all Alabama Southern students,” Ogden said.

In addition to learning the specifics of financial aid, first-time Alabama Southern parents will be introduced to the policies and procedures of Alabama Southern and the ASSET placement test program.

“They will also go on a tour of campus so they can get a sense and feel of things around here. That gives them the opportunity to see where their children are going to be,” Ogden said. “And the fall schedules will be available so they could possibly begin to register.”

There will also be a few of Alabama Southern professors on hand to meet and greet parents.

Although all Alabama Southern parents are welcomed, Ogden said the orientation isn’t “as crucial” for those who have been through the process before.

And just because the session is dedicated to the parents, students are welcomed to join, even though they will have their own orientation before classes begin on August 18.