Student standing in front of research poster, flanked by parents, smiling at camera

The Honors College recognizes that families play a vital role in the personal and educational success of students. We also know how much easier it is to support and encourage students when you have up-to-date information about all the resources and opportunities the Honors College has to offer.

Honors Parent Council

As an additional resource to the Towson University Family Network, the Honors Parent Council is a community of parents committed to initiatives that enhance the honors student experience at TU. In support of the mission and future development of the Towson University Honors College, the goals of the Honors College Parents Council are to:

  • Provide opportunities for parents and family members of highly-motivated students to share advice and information;
  • Facilitate opportunities for parents and family members to build relationships with Honors College faculty and staff;
  • Assist parents and family members with navigating and identifying the best resources for their students;
  • Make the experiences of Honors students even more personally and educationally rewarding;
  • Raise awareness about the opportunities inherent in undergraduate honors education;
  • Enrich the Honors College community and build a network that benefits students and alumni;
  • Facilitate communication between students, families and the Honors College; and
  • Increase the stature and reputation of the Towson University Honors College

In order to connect to the Honors Parent Council and stay abreast of opportunities available to Honors College students, we encourage all parents and family members to join the Honors College Weekly mailing list by contacting us at .

The founders of the Honors Parent Council are Margie and Paul Cronhardt (Megan '15 and Lauren '18).  Read their welcome to learn about how valuable the Honors experience has been to them and their students. Lauri and David Sacks (Brandon '16 and Morgan '20) currently chair the council.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

  • On Wednesday, August 22 the Honors College and Honors Parents Council will host an Honors Parent Orientation Session for parents of incoming Honors students. The session will be held in West Village Commons 4th Floor Ballroom from 5-6:30 pm, immediately following Tears and Cheers (where families spend some final time with their students before heading to separate events). Attendees will meet Honors staff and campus partners, and have a chance to ask questions about their students' TU and Honors experiences.
  • The Honors College Family Breakfast and Celebration of Celebration of Learning (CSL) will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 as part of the Towson Family Weekend. Registration is open/tickets go on sale September 1 for all events is through the Towson New Student and Family Programs Office. The Honors Breakfast and Fall Celebration of Scholarship and Learning (CSL) will take place on October 13 at 9 am in the West Village Commons Ballrooms and is free, but guests must still pre-register using the link above. Additionally, Honors Parent Council members are invited to be judges for the event. Judging simply requires arriving about 30 minutes prior to the event and using a simple rubric to evaluate a students’ research or work. If you are interested, please email Ms. Napoli at .

  • At the end of each term the Parents Council organizes Smoothie Saturday, where Honors families make smoothies and provide snacks for students on the Saturday morning before the Final Exam Period. It's a great opportunity to connect with students and show support for them in a stressful academic moment. This fall's Smoothie Saturday will be on Saturday, December 8 from 11 am - 1 pm in Douglass House. All parents (and students) are welcome regardless of whether they live in Douglass or elsewhere on or off campus.

Websites of Interest to Parents and Families

Books and Articles of Interest to Parents and Families

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