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Some People's Kids...


Bubbles in the Northrup acequia greeted the campus community on the
morning of October 17. No doubt the hi jinx of some sophomoric pranksters.
OR, it may possibly have been students rather than members of the faculty and staff...


Parents and Family Members,

As a type of early warning system, midterm grade reports are sent out each semester before the last day to withdraw from courses. This semester, the course withdrawal deadline is October 25. (A student’s GPA is not affected by an approved course withdrawal, though the transcript reflects a “W.”) Midterm grade reports will be sent to students early next week by e-mail, along with copies to their academic advisors. They are also posted online on TigerPAWS.

Only poor grades – grades of D and F – are reported by faculty at midterm. Not all faculty members send midterm grade reports: In other words, students may ultimately do poorly in some classes from which they did not receive mid-term grade reports. Midterm grade reports have a notation instructing students to contact their academic advisors right away to discuss their grades and decide the best course of action. This is also a good time for parents to have a discussion with their students about their academic progress this fall.



Mr. David M. Tuttle
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

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Parents Council

The clouds and rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the members of the Trinity University Parents Council who met during Family Weekend. During a Saturday morning breakfast meeting, parents were excited to hear from Gary Logan, vice president of finance and administration and to learn more about Trinity’s endowment and budget. Heidi and Josh Friedlander who traveled from New Jersey to visit their first-year daughter, Sarah, said “It was fun to be spend time with other parents who love Trinity as much as we do. From the time Sarah decided to attend Trinity, we knew we would want to be members of the Parents Council. The reception and meeting over Family Weekend proved us right!”

Are you interested in being a part of the Trinity University Parents Council? Call or e-mail Jennifer McElroy, director of parent giving programs on campus at 210-999-8438 or jmcelroy@trinity.edu.

Residential Life

Students give the prize wheel a spin for a chance to test their knowledge and win
great giveaways as part of Alcohol and Drug Awareness Week sponsored by the Residential Life office.

Major Meals
Have a sophomore student stressing about which major to declare? Encourage them to attend major meals, one of the Sophomore College Events sponsored by the Residential Life office. Major Meals is an event where we invite faculty, alumni, and current students still thinking about what major they will choose to come together for a conversation over dinner. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the major they are interested in to see if this is the best fit for their college and professional careers. The event will include a dinner and dessert paid for by the Residential Life department. This year, the event will take place on October 23, 24, and 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Coates Skyline room. Students must R.S.V.P. for this event and can do so by going to www.trinity.edu/socol.

Counseling Services

Is Your Student Struggling Academically?
Midterms have ended, and your student may be lamenting his or her academic performance thus far this semester. If it seems that your student needs to improve time management, be a more savvy test-taker, etc., Counseling Services can help. We offer assistance online with multiple links to resources designed to build academic skills. We also offer one-on-one academic skills coaching. Please remind your son or daughter that these resources are available. To learn more about the varied services we offer, visit our website.

Career Services

Something for First-Years
A lot of posts in the Career Corner are more appropriate for upper-class students but we never forget that first-years should also be working on career goals. This is an amazing time as they have the opportunity to explore lots of new ideas, some of which relate to their major and occupational interests. First-years also have the luxury of time; time to explore, time to research and gather information, time to think about options for their first-destination after they graduate. So if your first-year hasn't "figured it all out," don't panic. Give them some space but encourage them to be intentional in their exploration. They will move on to the first big step in the process, major declaration, within the next year.

If students are really struggling or don't seem to know how to get started then encourage them to make an appointment at  Career Services.

- Brian Hirsch, Ph.D., director of Career Services

Upcoming Career Services Events

Professional Practice Interview Days
10/19/12 (Friday), 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Career Services Office
What’s the best way for students to reduce stress over interviews? PRACTICE! Students can participate in a mock interview with a professional recruiter, and receive feedback on how they can improve before they do the “real thing.” Students will interview with recruiters from Valero, Morgan Stanley, Pape-Dawson Engineers, and Clear Channel. Students can sign up by accessing the Campus Interview Schedules tab in TigerJobs.



Valero VIP Tour
10/19/12 (Friday), 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Valero Headquarters in San Antonio
Students majoring in Computer Science, MIS and related majors have the opportunity to go visit the San Antonio Valero headquarters to see what technologies and computer programs run behind the scenes. Qualifying students will visit headquarters and get information about the summer internship program. Students can learn more about this on TigerJobs.


Teach for America Information Session
10/23/12 (Tuesday), 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Waxahachie Room (2nd floor Coates)
Students can learn about the Teach for America program at this information session. Students will be given information about the program, career opportunities, and the mission to end educational inequity. Space is limited so students should R.S.V.P. on TigerJobs.




Pre-Law Workshop
10/24/12 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Storch Lobby
Students can come and learn more about what to expect and explore if this is the right career for them. They can participate in a Q&A session and find out what resources are available to assist them at Trinity. Students can R.S.V.P. on TigerJobs.


FactSet Research Systems Inc. Information Session
10/24/12 (Wednesday), 7 - 8:30 p.m., NH 040
FactSet is a leading provider of online data and analytic tools for investment professionals. This company hires the best and brightest from all fields for positions based all over the world. Jobs are available in fields ranging form software and systems engineering, to consulting, product development, and communications. Students attending this info session will learn more about this company and their vast career opportunities! Students can R.S.V.P. on TigerJobs.




Peace Corps Information Session
10/26/12 (Friday), 4 - 5 p.m., Woodlawn Room (2nd floor Coates)
Students can hear fist hand from a Trinity alum about the opportunities the Peace Corps has to offer. Serving 139 countries since 1960, the Peace Corps has 200,000+ volunteers helping countless individuals who want to build a better life. Students would be working on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Students can learn more and R.S.V.P. on TigerJobs.


Career Panel: Education
10/29/12 (Monday), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Waxahachie Room (2nd floor Coates)
Career paths for students in education include teaching, administration, psychology, counseling, policy, advocacy, and more. Students can attend this panel to meet professionals in education, including a local preschool director, a school psychologist, a professor in higher education, and a teacher leader from KIPP-SA, to further explore potential career interests in this field! Students can R.S.V.P. via TigerJobs.




Get Hired by a Best Company
10/30/12 (Tuesday), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Woodlawn Room (2nd floor Coates)
Even during economic downturns, Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For are constantly scouting for talent. Students can attend this workshop to learn and develop strategies to get their foot in the door of their dream company and improve their odds of getting hired. Students can R.S.V.P. via TigerJobs.


CIA Information Session
11/1/12 (Thursday), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Waxahachie Room (2nd floor Coates)
Students interested in current events and foreign affairs, and who like to travel should come to this info session. Students can come learn about the exciting positions available right now within the National Clandestine Services (NCS) of the CIA. Students can R.S.V.P. in TigerJobs.



Student Career Conference and Job Fair (by SACUCCA)
11/2/12 (Friday), 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., YMCA TriPoint, San Antonio
The San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association (SACUCCA) invites students to the 21st annual SACUCCA Job Fair, now including a student conference!

The job fair will run from 1 - 4 p.m. Registration is not required, but to be admitted students must present either their Student ID card or resume. Dress professionally!
The conference occurs earlier in the day, including multiple information panels and a networking lunch, which requires registration via TigerJobs. Visit the SACUCCA website or TigerJobs for more information about the conference.


Internship Search Workshop
11/7/12 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Woodlawn Room (2nd floor Coates)
Students looking for an internship next summer? Getting an internship takes planning, research, and preparation – don’t have students wait until spring to get started! Students should come to this workshop to begin their plan and learn about great resources to help them with their internship search! We’ll also cover how to earn course credit and form professional contacts and networks. Students can R.S.V.P. in TigerJobs.




Health Services

Student Health 101 - October Edition



You can read the October issue of the Parent Perspective online

You are also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101 issue for our students online.

The October issue has some great articles including:
- Train Your Brain
- Eat Right NOW: Answers to your most common nutrition questions
- The Drinking Myth
- Still Fetching Coffee?
- Jump-start Your Career with a Meaningful Internship Now
- UCookbook: Vegetarian Dishes Everyone Will Love
- FitnessU; Building Stamina and Lung Capacity
- And much more…


Fraternity & Sorority Life

Men and women interested in joining the fraternity and sorority community attended Greek 101 on Wednesday, October 17 in Laurie Auditorium. Students had the opportunity to meet and mingle with the 10 organizations prior to a formal presentation about requirements for membership, the four pillars of fraternity and sorority life, online resources, and introductions from each of the 10 organization presidents. Interested students who were unable to attend should contact Women's Rush & Orientation Chair - Jen Lewis (ΣΘΤ) and the Men's Rush & Orientation Chair - Derek Tinker (ΩΦ). Parents can learn more information on the fraternity and sorority homepage, as well as the parent information page.


Dining Services

Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand your student’s campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing their thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve their overall campus experience. Please share this link, (http://www.college-survey.com/trinity) with your student so that they may access the survey and be entered into our sweepstakes to win a $150 VisaŽ Virtual Gift Card or one of three $50 VisaŽ Virtual Gift Cards!

Check out the latest Campus Dining info and event photos, ‘like’ us on Facebook at Trinity University Dining.



Alternative Spring Break in Dominica
The deadline for students to submit applications to attend Alternative Spring Break in Dominica is Monday, October 22 at 5 p.m. in CCI. For more information on Alternative Spring Break please click here. Any questions can be directed to Edwin Blanton, coordinator for Community Service and Engagement.

Ring Sales
Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
By having at least 73 credit hours you are eligible to participate in a Trinity Tradition - the Trinity Ring Ceremony being held during Spring Family Weekend on Saturday, April 6. An official ring sales representative will be in the Coates Center Lobby to assist you with the ring selection, sizing and any additional questions.


Campus Spotlight

Source: University Communications

Student Communication

This section features e-mails that were sent to all students since the last TrinitE newsletter. These are shared with you for your information. By policy, students are responsible for information sent to them through e-mail, which serves as an official Trinity University communication tool -- because all students are assigned accounts. We want you to see what they have been sent.  (Click on each heading to read the full e-mail.)

A Message for the Class of 2013
Weekend Fun

A Message for the Class of 2014
Go to the Fair

A Message for the Class of 2016
Freshmen Elections for Student Government

Informational Announcements
IT Skills Placement Exam
Scheduled Recycled Water Testing

Last Chance: IT Skills Placement Exam

Earl M. Lewis

The Difference

The difference between… The Trinity Parent and Family newsletter is an electronic newsletter that is distributed to parents of new students in the summer. The TrinitE Parent and Family electronic newsletter is sent to subscribers about every three weeks during the academic year. ParentTalk is an interactive listserv available to parents and family members. Participants must subscribe to this list, which allows parents to respond to posts submitted by others. It is a valuable list to utilize to pose questions about local services, parental dilemmas, general concerns, and inquiries.


October 19, 2012


October 20 - 21
- SCAC Divisional Volleyball

October 22
- Stieren Arts Enrichment:
  Mary Karr

October 23
- Fall Choral Concert

October 24
- Third Annual International
  Business Symposium
- Men's Soccer

October 25

- Last day for undergraduate

October 26
- Men's & Women's Soccer

October 27
- Football
- Stieren Arts Enrichment:
  Eternal Tango Quintet in

October 29

- Concert: Trinity Symphony

October 29 - 30
- DeCoursey Lecture:
  Douglas Hofstadter

November 2
- Men's Soccer
- Concert: Symphony Pops

November 3
- Concert: Jazz Ensemble
- Men's Soccer

November 4
- Men's Soccer

November 5
- Registration begins

November 6
- Lennox Lecture: John
- Stieren Arts Enrichment:
   Rachael  Z. DeLue

November 9 - 11
- Alumni Weekend
- Theater: La Tempesta

November 21 - 23
- Thanksgiving break


TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent: 
November 9

Click on bold maroon type as these are links to more specific information.