Prairie Stars Family Association (PSFA)

The Prairie Stars Family Association (PSFA) was founded in the Fall of 2015 to support UIS parents, guardians, and family members by promoting shared experiences among UIS family members and help them feel more connected to UIS and their students. It is currently inactive in large part due to Covid. If you have free time and are looking for a way to get involved at UIS, contact and let us know if you are interested in helping PSFA get back on its feet.

Parent & Family Connection Group

We are currently working on launching a new platform for Parent/Family communications. We hope to debut it later this summer of 2023. Stay tuned. We will email you information on how to become a part of our new platform and stay connected with UIS. In the meantime, you will receive an email to join our UIS New Families Facebook group, where we post interesting articles and pictures from campus events that your student might be participating in.

Resources and Reading for Parents of College Students

Some of these resources are online articles – please contact if a link is broken or the article is no longer found at that site.



iGen - Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D. (2017). ISBN-13: 978-1501151989.

Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level. Sandra Yancy McGuire and Mark McDaniel. (2018). ISBN-13: 978-1620367568. This is the book reference in the parent sessions.

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke. Suze Orman. (2005). This is a great book about money for young adults.

Reading for Parents (pdf document of a list of books)


College Parents of America. College Parents of America’s mission is to promote greater student achievement & completion of post-secondary education. Please join us for helpful tips, insights & benefits that support student success.

College Parent Central. This site is designed to give you information, and food for thought, about college and about parenting a college student. If you have a son or daughter currently attending college, or getting ready to go to college soon, we hope that you will find College Parent Central helpful.

Social Media

Grown & Flown. Has a lot of great articles and resources about the college search process, success strategies for college students and parents, as well as some comic relief with common adulting issues. They are on several of the social media platforms.