Parents and Families

Welcome Parents and Families

Marian University faculty and staff are here for your students, but they also need your support to have the best college experience possible. The Alumni and Parent Engagement Program is here to provide information on how to help your student through this important stage of their life. Alumni and Parent Engagement will keep you connected with event information, volunteer opportunities, and occasions for you to connect with Marian University community.

Ruth Rodgers
Vice President Student Success & Engagement and Dean of Students

Ruth Rogers"I feel privileged to serve at our Catholic, Franciscan university, supporting students and their development."

Cathy Siler '86
Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement

Cathy Siler"There are many ways that parents can get involved at Marian, including swelling the crowd at performances and competitions, working with the Exchange to provide internships or providing support for athletics by being a member of the M-Club."

Marian University Parent Committee

The Marian University Parent Committee helps plan Family Weekend activities, supports Admissions by participating in or referring participants for panel discussions, and advising the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement. If you would like to serve on the Marian University Parent Committee, please contact Cathy Siler at or 317.955.6241.

Information for Parents and Families

Get Involved with the Exchange

The work of the Exchange centers on promoting Experience that Matters: connecting students to learning opportunities of all types (internships, applied research, special projects) to help them hone their communication, problem-solving, team building, and leadership skills. Marian University also teaches students how to effectively translate their activities, achievements, and demonstrated abilities to advance their professional goals.

Contact a member of The Exchange team at or call 317.955.6500.

Support Marian

Marian University relies on annual support through gifts from alumni, parents, and friends. There are many ways to you can make a gift to Marian University. You can give annually by buying and renewing a Marian University license plate, you can support a major support initiative like an Endowed Scholarship, or you can make a deferred gift and leave a legacy. 

Make a gift!

For more information

Cathy Watt Siler '86
Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
(317) 955-6241

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