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2021 Spring Family Weeks

2021 Spring Family Weeks Program will be held virtually from Monday, March 1 – Sunday, March 12.

This event has always been a treasured and exciting time for families to connect with students, faculty and staff and experience the excitement and expertise within the Landmark College community. We are committed to delivering on the tradition of a Landmark College Family Weekend.

Please review the offerings, a series of online workshops, presentations and discussions below, and mark your calendar!

2021 Spring Family Weeks Program
March 1 – 12

Sunday, February 28, 7 p.m.

President’s Welcome & Family Weeks Q & A
Dr. Peter Eden, President
Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs

Session Recording

Monday, March 1, 7 p.m.

What to Expect in the First Semester—Part II
Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs

The transition to college is an eventful one with many clear benchmarks and milestones along the way. This workshop will review the patterns of a student’s transition into college and will make suggestions on how parents can support their son or daughter in making the transition. A brief overview of Landmark College’s support systems will be provided.

Join the meeting here:

Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m.

What’s Your Major?
An opportunity for students and families to explore major options

Degree program faculty and students will be gathering at different locations across campus to highlight each of our major options at LC. Come check out program requirements, student work, and find out what kind of work happens inside and outside the classroom when you are a part of the major.

Session Recording

Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m.

PEERS/Social Pragmatics Support Overview
Andy Donahue, Director of Social Pragmatics & Sallie Banta, Assistant Director of Social Pragmatics

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a once a week, evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated students who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships.

Session Recording | Session Slides

Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m.

The Gift of Dyslexia—Keith Harris

Keith Harris is an opera singer who has performed all over the world at places like the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. His book, The Odds Against: Finding the Advantage in Your Disadvantage, discusses his life with dyslexia and how he went from almost being placed in a reading group with kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities to performing on some of the most renowned stages of the world. His book was motivated by his talk, The Gift of Dyslexia, where he combines music with his message offering inspiration and hope. Keith can be found at

This online presentation is no longer available. 

#LCSharkDay Events!

Virtual caricatures, photos, trivia and more! Don’t miss magician Peter Boie live-streamed at 8:30 p.m.!
To register for programs and receive the complete schedule, email, or download further details here.

March 8 – 12

Parent/Student Advisor Meetings

Monday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Reach One Teach One Peer Mentorship Program
Marc Thurman, Coordinator, Centers for Diversity and Inclusion
Fabio Arnaldo Ayala, Assistant Director for Conduct and Resident Dean

Marc Thurman and Fabio Arnaldo Ayala cordially invite the parents of students enrolled in The Reach One Teach One Peer Mentorship Program to a community gathering where we will introduce the mentorship program, share goals and programming for this semester, and hold space to connect with parents and discuss the supports and services available for African American students connected to the Reach One Teach One Peer Mentorship Program.

Session Recording

Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m.

The Parenting Journey—Part II
Jacala Mills, Director Counseling Services
Counseling Staff:  Meg Spicer, Tori Tilson and Matt Cherry

Explore some of the challenges of effective communication with your college-aged adults. For those family members who were at the Parenting Journey during orientation, join us and let us hear how things are going. This is a chance to share your experiences with other Landmark College parents. In order to create a comfortable environment for all participants, this session is for families only.

Session Recording | Session Slides

Written materials:
Join the meeting here:

Friday, March 12

Virtual Painting Pause
Nicole Pacenka, Assistant Director of Housing Operations, Resident Dean... and Artist!

Since 2018, Nicole has been offering painting classes for family weekend and loves to connect with families in this way. Time spent being creative is time well spent!

Watch Nicole as she guides you through a step-by-step painting class to create a beautiful winter scene. Here are two steps that you can do to participate:

Register for this session here and we will email you the link to the recording on March 12th.

Purchase your supplies! Check out the Amazon List (If any students on campus want to participate with their family, contact Nicole for supplies)
Note: These supplies are based on 2 people; if you have more than two people participating, please order accordingly. Often when getting craft supplies, ordering in bulk is really cost efficient. If you want help, email Nicole with the subject line: PaintingPause for Family Weekend

Once your masterpiece is complete, email a photo to Nicole of you holding your painting for the group post!

Monday, March 15, 8 p.m. (This session has been rescheduled from Thursday, May 11)

Open Forum
Dr. Peter Eden, President
Jon MacClaren, Executive Vice President
Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jeff Huyett, Director of Health Services

Meeting Link to be provided

Prerecorded Sessions

Tax-Savings for Parents
Russ North, Financial Advisor Wilder Business Service

Because of the nature of Landmark College’s comprehensive program, the cost of sending your student to LC may seem daunting. This session will show you real-life examples of how to use the therapeutic tax deduction and various financial strategies to dramatically reduce tuition expenses.

Session Recording | Presentation Slides | IRS Publication 502: Medical and Dental Expenses (Including the Health Coverage Tax Credit) | Deductible & Nondeductible Medical Expenses | Sample Tax Return Letter

Career Connections: Planning for the Next Step
Jan Coplan, Director

It is never too late to plan for the future! With that in mind, this session will introduce the Office of Career Connections. Topics covered will include services and supports available to students and alumni, and factors to consider when making the transition to a transfer institution or into a career.

Session Recording | Contact: | Learn more:

Honor Society Induction

Landmark College recognizes our students’ academic achievements in multiple ways, including the Beta Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for associate degree students and the Golden Key International Honour Society for bachelor’s degree students. Watch this semester’s induction of new Honor Society members below and find more information about our Academic Honors here.

Presenters: Dr. Peter Eden, President, Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stephen Glover, PTK Chapter Advisor, Faculty, Geoff Burgess, Golden Key Advisor

Inducted Honor Society Members

Katherine Addison
Amelia Breslin
Hannah Carr-Lonoff
Marc Catanese
Connor Colty
Luke Dammer
Kadina Erwin
Benjamin Heath
Maximus Jarl
Walter Kennedy
Alexander Knox
Zachary Mankowitz
Devin McHale
Ashley Msallem
Elvis Mullen
Meredith Robertson
Anna Skarimbas
Benjamin Stafeil
Joshua Steinberg
Joshua Tucker
Caroline Voxman

Golden Key
Gabrian Raphael

Dr. Manju Banerjee, Vice President for Educational Research and Innovation

Learn about the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) and hear about what we do to push the boundaries of education as it relates to serving students with learning differences. This “tour” of LCIRT will highlight our recent work with student researchers who developed a virtual reality video game to teach concepts of statistics.

Link to Recording:
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