: Michael Gardner, Associate Director of The Muhlenberg Fund, Parent Giving, at 484-664-3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Muhlenberg College Parents Council was created in 1992 to forge a partnership between parents and the College for the benefit of Muhlenberg students. Muhlenberg parents appointed by the President comprise this group and are resources for both the College and all Muhlenberg families. Each year the President invites a select number of parents to serve a one-year renewable term on the Council.
Membership builds a deeper relationship with Muhlenberg and stronger connection to the President, senior staff and fellow parents. Parents Council members are invited to be the President’s guests at a fall reception and spring dinner he hosts before each meeting. This valued time with the President and interaction with other parent members are highlights of the meeting weekends. Meetings are catered and, on occasion, some meals or events may be open for members' students to attend.
Share the parent perspective: As representatives of Muhlenberg families, council members are asked to share their perspectives and questions on College matters with the administration. Through visits with the Parents Council liaison and participation at the two meetings each year, council members are expected to lend their perspective on the Muhlenberg experience – from academic and support offerings to student life to readiness for post-graduation plans and more.
Stay informed and engaged:To passionately and accurately represent Muhlenberg in advocate and ambassador roles, members are expected to attend at least one of the two Parent Council meetings each year. The fall meeting takes place over Family Weekend, usually Sunday morning. The spring meeting typically takes place on a weekend in March or April. Council members are also asked to review various communique regarding the College in general (Presidential Updates, Muhlenberg Magazine, Dean of Students E-Newsletter) and give due attention to any information communicated by the Parent Council Chairs and liaison.
Lead Muhlenberg philanthropically: As members of one of the College’s leadership groups, those on the Parents Council are expected to give at a leadership level. Contributions to The Muhlenberg Fund beginning at $1,500 annually place these parent leaders in the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society (HMMS). Many Parents Council members also lend philanthropic support to programming and capital projects of their passions beyond their annual contributions to The Muhlenberg Fund.
Other involvement: In addition to the responsibilities above, several Parents Council members also avail themselves to be networking resources for the Career Center and support peer resources to newer parents during events such as Orientation, Move-in Day and Family Weekend.