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Student Break-fast



Over eight hundred students took a well deserved study break to attend Trinity's 10th Annual Late Night Breakfast.  This finals tradition includes free breakfast (and some much needed caffeine) served by faculty and staff.  The event is sponsored by Residential Life and ARAMARK.  Photos courtesy of Anh-Viet Dinh.

Seasons Greetings!


I love the festive setting and exceptional performances of the annual Christmas Concert. Friday night, following that show, I checked out a singer-songwriter performing in the re-done Skyline Room. I enjoyed seeing the city from that venue as students enjoyed a coffeehouse atmosphere. Walking home with my wife and our youngest daughter we passed the illuminated stained glass windows of the Chapel, the Miller Fountain, and the new holiday lights in the tower windows. Oakmont was decorated for Christmas Vespers and the open houses on Sunday. It was really one of those times that made me appreciate this beautiful jewel of a campus.

On Sunday, tired from a full day, my wife and I greeted hundreds of students at our home as they went house-to-house following Vespers. Donna remarked that the students were "so cute and sweet," and was energized by their presence, as was I. As beautiful as this campus is, the students are what make it shine. If you have students who performed over the weekend I hope you got to see them. In any case, you should be really proud of them. And they are all so nice. (And they have great manners!)

On Thursday night, again a line of students came through, this time in Mabee Hall for our annual Midnight Breakfast study break. They are always so appreciative and spirited even though finals are looming. My only regret, seeing them by the hundreds this past week, is that I don't know each and every one of them.

You should must love the people they are becoming and know that I appreciate the important role they play in making this an outstanding University community. And you do too. On behalf of my staff I wish you all the best for a safe, blessed, and relaxing holiday season.



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

Dean of Students' Social Media

Counseling Services

Prepare Yourselves, Parents of First-Years . . . They’re Coming Home!
Soon they’ll invade from every corner of the country, arriving in trains, planes, and automobiles. They'll be sleep-deprived and burned out, bearing laundry bags instead of gifts. Your “independent” son or daughter is heading home, and along with them and their dirty laundry may come potential challenges for them as well as for you.

While parents can dangle a curfew in front of high-schoolers, college students are used to living without a curfew and are unlikely to accept prohibitive rules without resistance. And they must balance their independence with the needs and schedules of family members. Consequently, both parents and students may need to lower expectations, negotiate and compromise, and be prepared for mixed results.

The above paragraphs are my adaptation of the first two paragraphs of a thought-provoking online article I found on FamilyEducation.com. I commend it to you to help you prepare for the arrival of your First-Year.

--Richard Reams, Ph.D., Associate Director

Career Services

Winter Break Making Connections 2013

Students can come meet and mingle with dynamic Trinity alumni who can answer questions about student’s career fields, internships, and graduate schools. This is a great opportunity for students to network and make lasting connections. Learn more about networking and the Making Connections events here.



Winter Making Connections Schedule:
Houston - 1/9/2013 (Wednesday), 6 - 8 p.m.
Forth Worth - 1/10/2013 (Thursday), 6 - 8 p.m.
Dallas - 1/11/2013 (Friday), 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Austin - 1/12/2013 (Friday), 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Additional Events
San Diego - 1/4/2013 (Friday) 6 - 9 p.m.

National Capital Area - 1/8/2013 (Tuesday), 6:30 - 8 p.m.
St. Louis - 1/10/2013 (Thursday), 4 - 6 p.m.
Atlanta - 1/10/2013 (Thursday) 6 - 8 p.m..
Chicago - 1/12/2013 (Saturday), 1 - 3 p.m.


Career Services

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Appointments: 210-999-8321

Questions: careerservices@trinity.edu


Trinity University Career Services Facebook

TUCareerServices1 on YouTube

TUCareerServices1 Career Corner on Blogger


Health Services

Student Health 101 - December Edition



You can read the December issue of the Parent Perspective online

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

The December issue has some great articles including:
- 4 Steps to Successful Finals: Productive study strategies that pay off
- Fight the Urge to Splurge: 7 ways to avoid monster spending
- Eat Well in Hectic Times: Easy foods that keep you fueled
- Fling or Forever?: Find what you're looking for in a relationship
- UCookbook: A Sweet Tooth without Added Sugar
- FitnessU: Quick & Effective Exercise During Finals
- And much more…


Flu Shots Available
Students can still get a flu shot now to protect them during the spring semester. It takes only two weeks to develop protective antibodies after getting a flu shot. Flu shots are available in Health Services, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $12. Students may pay with Tiger Bucks, personal check or it can be billed to their student account.



Residential Life

Need to change a meal plan?
Changes to the meal plan for the Spring 2013 semester may be made by e-mailing ResLife@trinity.edu . The last day to make changes is January 24, 2013. If you need to review the meal plans, please click here.

If you would like to verify Meal plan and Tiger Bucks balances, or make deposits without a transaction fee charge, please go to the Tiger Card Office's 'ManageMyID" Web site at https://trinity.managemyid.com/. If you have never registered to view your student's account from this online system, then follow the link on that page to 'register' and then once you confirm that registration, you'll be able to logon and view balances. You will also be able to view transaction history and together with your student, can logon 24/7 to view this information and make Tiger Bucks deposits at any time. For more information or help with this process, please contact the Tiger Card Office at 210-999-7885 or e-mail at tcrd@trinity.edu.

Residence Halls Close for the Winter Break
Halls close: Noon, Saturday, December 15, except for graduating seniors, who may stay until noon on Sunday, December 16. E-mails were sent to all students on campus with important information regarding the halls closing for the winter break. The information includes a number of things that residents must do before heading home for the break.

Residence Halls re-open at noon on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Does your student have a bicycle on campus?
The Trinity University Police recommend that students register their bikes by going to the website and filling in the form.

Dining Services

Click here for Winter Break Hours of Operation.  Dining Services has enjoyed this semester and would like to wish everyone a happy holiday!

Let us do the cooking for you!  Early meal plan sign up for commuter meal plans here.

Before their friends dunk them in the fountain as tradition, order your student a birthday cake to enjoy afterwards; surprise them with a birthday cake package from TU Dining!  Order today and have all your spring birthdays covered!
Visit our CampusDish website and place your order today.


1.       Review birthday party options

2.       Click ‘login’ button on the top left

3.       Create a free new account to check out


You will be contacted with confirmation of your order via e-mail!



As a thank you, Dining Services held a Customer Appreciation celebration featuring a banana split bar and prize wheel, allowing students to win fun prizes!

Click here to see photos and videos from the event and make sure  you like us on Facebook for more updates!





Spring Student Involvement Fair
Students who are still trying to find their niche on campus should attend the Spring Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 23 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on the Esplanade. A variety of organizations and student groups will be present to share what they do on campus and how others can get involved.

Sophomore Leadership Initiative
Sophomore students are invited to apply to the Sophomore Leadership Initiative program before January 22. The program consists of a series of workshops that focus on individual leadership development. Workshop content includes identity exploration, leadership styles, values exploration through art, and more. Workshops include small and large group experiential activities, as well as opportunities for reflection and introspection.

Greek Life
Please take this holiday break to speak with your son or daughter about his or her interest in Trinity's fraternity and sorority community. Make sure if they are going through the recruitment process that they have signed up on the Master rush list. Also, please have a conversation about the importance of good grades and a strong foundation in school work.  Remind them that if they do not meet the 2.3 GPA minimum requirement in 12 or more completed hours in the fall, they will not be allowed to take a bid in the Spring. If you have any questions, please e-mail Briana McGlamory, coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life.


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.)

Class of 2016
Top Ten Ways to Survive Finals

Informational Announcements
Dennis Massey Retirement 11/29/12

Phone System Maintenance - Tonight

Crime Alert Update

Trinity In Focus on Saturday

Naturalization Ceremony - Tuesday, Nov. 20th

J.C. "Jay" Pool

Christmas on Oakmont - Sunday, December 2
Laurie Auditorium Event - Friday, December 7

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act Statement

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.


December 7, 2012


December 7 - 13
- Final Exams

December 8
- Swimming & Diving

December 9
- German Christmas
  Candlelight Service

December 15
- Winter Commencement
- Residence Halls close at

December 16
Residence halls close at
  noon for graduating seniors


December 24-January 1
- University offices closed

December 28-30
- Men's & Women's
  Basketball Holiday

December 31
- Women's Basketball

January 4-5
- Men's & Women's
  Basketball SCAC

January 13
- All residence halls open at

January 16
- Spring classes begin

January 18-19
- Tiger Diving Invitational

January 21
- MLK Jr. Holiday; University
  offices closed

January 23
- Spring Student Involvement





TrinitE Parent Updates

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January 18

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