Parent Network

Parent Network Council (PNC)

The UHart Parent Network Council (PNC) includes our most engaged parents who are committed to sharing their time and expertise with UHart. Our members believe in the power every individual has in making an impact in not only their students’ experience, but for their peers and the overall community.

Members of the PNC provide annual philanthropic support to help further the mission and values of the University and gather twice per academic semester to meet with campus partners, engage in thoughtful discussion, and connect with fellow parents. Launched in 2019, the University is thankful for such an important partnership and is grateful for the valuable role parents play in enhancing student success.

Join us! If you are interested in learning more and would like to join UHart’s Parent Network Council, please contact Erica Light at

About the Council

The mission of the council is to support the advancement of UHart through philanthropy and active volunteer engagement, with the shared interest of strengthening our community and furthering the mission and values of the University, all in pursuit of providing our students with the most empowering experience academically, professionally, and socially.

Members of the Parent Network Council commit to making UHart one of their top philanthropic priorities during their time of service. Most families provide unrestricted support through the UHart Impact Fund, however, may designate their gift to any area of the University.

This past academic year, our PNC members volunteered in the following ways:

  • Day of Giving Ambassadors
  • fundraising campaign signatories
  • Admission event panelists
  • hosts for parent social hours
  • sharing their UHart story in parent-to-parent communications to prospective families
  • sharing internship opportunities with the Office of Career and Professional Development
  • guest speakers for specific classes and mentoring sessions

The PNC gathers twice per academic year, once during Hawktober weekend and again during the spring semester, to meet with campus partners, engage in thoughtful discussion, share feedback, and connect with fellow parents.

Previous guest speakers have included
  • Aaron Isaacs, Vice President for Student Success; Dean of Students
  • Erin Pollard, Director of Annual Giving
  • Kylee Heyerdahl, Senior Director of Recruitment Marketing
  • RJ McGivney, Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Jim Shattuck, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies