Parents

Parents Association

Purpose

The purpose of the Association will be to assist Hillsdale College in the service and advancement of its mission.

Founded in 1844 “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary and scientific education…and to combine with this, such moral, social and artistic instruction and culture as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of the students,” Hillsdale College is dedicated to difficult but noble ends. In concert with the parents of its students, the College cultivates moral, spiritual and intellectual virtues that are good in themselves and necessary for self-governing, free citizens.

The Association advances these ends by promoting them and soliciting support for them among parents. Through involvement in College projects and functions, fundraising and student recruitment and effective communication with parents and others, the Association serves students by helping the College enrich students’ lives and ennoble their humanity.

Membership

All parents of the Hillsdale College students will be members of the Hillsdale College Parents Association. For membership information to the PASC, please contact Mary Ewers, Director of Parent Relations, or any member of the PASC.

PASC Chairmen

  • Heino and Karen Blaauw – IL
    Cameron – ’10
    Kaylyn – ’12
    Rachel - '16

Vice-Chairmen

  • Bruce and Elitza Meyer – TX
    Ayla - ’15

PASC Members

  • James and Sheila Banovetz – WI
    Mary Beth – ’10
    James – ’12
    John – ’14
    Joe – '15
  • James and Ellen Beley – NC
    James – ’10
    Michael – ’17
    Tommy – ’17
  • Heino and Karen Blaauw – IL
    Cameron – ’10
    Kaylyn – ’12
    Rachel – ’16
  • Brian and Laura Cotner – AR
    Caleb – ’17
  • Chad and Kimberly Davis – IN
    Andrew – ’16
  • Greg and Cynthia Gensler – NE
    Evan – ’15
    Ian – '17
  • Robert and Maureen Hall – WI
    Kirsten – ’15
    Brigitte – ’17
  • Gary and Jane Handel – MN
    Margaret – ’17
  • Art and Colleen Kunath – KY
    Sean – ’15
  • Steve and Edie Langston - FL
    Emma – ’15
  • Bruce and Elitza Meyer – TX
    Ayla – ’15
  • Merril and Jena Morey – IN
    Russell – ’13
    Dani – ’17
  • Howard and Jana Morrison – TX
    Allyn – ’16
  • Andrew and Abby Odell – PA
    Andrew – ’11
    Shannon – ’13
    Elizabeth Anne – ’13
    Margaret – ’ 18
  • David and Suzanne Overholtzer – IA
    Madeleine – ’15
  • Tom and Barbara Parell – IN
    Cecily – ’17
  • Ron and Noreen Pearsall – CT
    Angela –‘14
    Catherine –‘17
  • Hud and Tammy Peters – OH
    Betsy – ’10
    Michael – ’12
    Shelly – ’15
    David James - '17
  • Rick and Melissa Reuss – IN
    Andrew – ’15
    Alexander – ’17
    Joseph Nchia – ’17
  • Bret and Lorraine Shillingstad – WI
    Danielle – ’16
  • Terry and Linda Clemedtson–Sieker – WI
    Silvia – ’16
  • Richard and Alicia Sparks – OH
    Samuel – ’11
    Sydney – ’16
    Sarah – ’ 16
  • Jeff and Heather Ventrella – AZ
    Jefferson – ’11
    Kirklan – ’16
  • Hugh and Beverly Verano – CA
    Catherine – ’14
  • Brian and Tracy Warman – CA
    Tyler – ’14
  • Dave Wargo and Nancee Whitson – CA
    David – ’17

Faculty Representatives

  • Dan York – Biology
  • Don Westblade – Religion
  • Mark Kalthoff – History

Chairs of Sub-Committees

  • Ellen Beley – Chair of the Fundraising Sub-Committee
  • Jim and Sheila Banovetz – Chairs of the Freshman/New Parent Sub-Committee
  • Bret Shillingstad – Chair of the Career Opportunities Sub-Committee
  • Colleen McGinness – Chair of the Recruiting/Admissions (HCAAP) Sub-Committee
  • Karen Blaauw – Chair of Hillsdale Parents Prayer Partners Sub-Committee

SUB-Committees of the PASC

The PASC has formed six sub-committees for which you may volunteer:

Fundraising Sub-Committee

The Fundraising Sub-Committee will assist with the Parent Phonathon and with other college approved fundraising activities. Ellen Beley; c/o cclawson@hillsdale.edu

Freshman/New Parent Sub-Committee

The Freshman/New Parent Sub-Committee will help coordinate parent volunteers for the College’s varied, ‘new student’ activities, in efforts to welcome new parents to the Hillsdale College family and invite them to be active members in the Parent Association Steering Committee (PASC).  Sheila Banovetz:  banovetz@charter.net.

Career Opportunities Sub-Committee

The Career Opportunities Sub-Committee will coordinate parent volunteers as a resource pool for potential internship and job opportunities, to support the efforts of the Career Planning and Placement Office. New information will be coming soon.  Brett Shillingstad: drshillingstad@reagan.com

Recruiting/Admissions (HCAAP) Sub-Committee

The Hillsdale College Admissions Assistance Program (HCAAP) Sub-Committee will seek out parent volunteers to participate in our nationwide recruiting efforts. Colleen McGinness: cmcginness@hillsdale.edu  

Hillsdale Parents Prayer Partners Sub-Committee

The Prayer Partner Sub- Committee seeks to bring the specific needs of Hillsdale College, our students, and our faculty before the LORD in prayer.  We believe that God is in control of all things and that without His assistance we cannot hope to be or achieve all that He would have for us.  Karen Blaauw: kblaauw7@aol.com.

If you have an interest in becoming involved, please contact our office at 517-607-2382 or cclawson@hillsdale.edu to find out more.  We’d love to have you!