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Dear Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the entire Student Services unit, I would like welcome you to the Nicholls State University family. The transition to college marks the beginning of significant changes for you and your child. Feelings such as anxiety, elation, sadness and even disappointment often accompany these changes.

The college years themselves are filled with anticipation and excitement. Your child will be experiencing important and normal developmental challenges. These include cultivating their own personal and professional identities; working on identifying, understanding and applying their own interests and values; making critical life decisions; and progressing from adolescence to adulthood.

We are very proud to offer a variety of wellness services that will help you and your child effectively navigate this transition as well as successfully traverse your child’s entire college career. Our wellness service departments are University Counseling Center , University Health Services, Disability ServicesCampus Recreation, Crisis Management, Career Services and Student Educators and Leaders . Rest assured that each of these areas provides a vital service that will facilitate your student’s academic achievements and enhance his/her emotional health. Additionally, we can provide consultations for you as parents regarding concerns you have about your child. Please understand, however, that due to the nature of our services and the legal and ethical obligations associated with them, we adhere to strict confidentiality policies. Therefore, we cannot even confirm whether or not your child has received or is receiving our services, much less release any information about their use of the service without the student’s written permission. Exceptions exist for each department (i.e. a student receiving counseling services who is a danger to him/herself).

Please visit our Student Services website at http://www.nicholls.edu/services/ for links to each of the above listed departments. Each department’s website provides detailed descriptions of all services and programs offered as well as useful parent information specific to each area.

We are so very pleased to have the opportunity to support your family’s health and well being and to compliment your child’s academic and nonacademic goals. If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to assist you or your Colonel, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Michele E. Caruso, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Dean of Student Services

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