About

As one of the 15 departments in the Division of Student Life, the Office of Parent & Family Programs works to engage all parents and families as vital partners in advancing the mission of Miami University to create citizen leaders. We value the experiences, perspectives, and wisdom of all families, and create connections that help families appropriately support student learning, transitions, and personal growth.

Learning Outcomes

Parents and family members of Miami University students will be able to do the following:

  • Enact strategies to foster interdependence and decision-making skills in their student.
  • Recognize developmental changes and stages experienced by young adults.
  • Convey to their student the value of engaging with people who hold different beliefs and have different backgrounds.
  • Identify the existence and purpose of campus resources.
  • Appropriately encourage their student to take advantage of available academic and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Articulate the purpose and importance of liberal education to the development of citizen leaders.

Staff

Mark Pontious, DirectorMark Pontious
Director

Mark Pontious has been the director since October 2014. He has worked in higher education since 2007, primarily in the field of student/family orientation and transition. Mark holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree from Florida State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Miami in 2019. He is originally from Columbus, Ohio.


Nathan Flyzik, graduate assistantNathan Flyzik
Graduate Assistant

Nathan Flyzik joined the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs and Office of Parent & Family Programs as a Graduate Assistant in August 2020. Originally from Plaistow, New Hampshire, Nate received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and History from Keene State College in May 2020. During his undergraduate experience Nate coordinated the orientation program for Keene State, while also serving on multiple committees focusing on the improvement of student transition. Utilizing knowledge from his past experiences, Nate is excited to engage students and families in all Miami has to offer.