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Students enjoy petting miniature horses in the Stress-Free Zone on Thursday, April 18
as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2013.   The horses were sponsored by the TU Equestrian Team.


Dean of Students



My last communication to you was about the passing of one of our dear students on April 8. I have communicated the well wishes and support of the parent community to the Kaushish family. They are appreciative. We held a memorial service on campus on April 18. The family attended and we had several people speak about Sheena, including her advisor and several students. Their comments and reflections were wonderful. Sheena's family was appreciative to learn that she mattered to others and to know that she was surrounded by high quality people and classmates.

Sheena's situation was complicated, as you may know. All of our students are complex though. I want to draw your attention to my latest blog post about a student named Chelsea, and how she turned tragedy into a passion. Another student was identified in the Trinitonian today related to a drug investigation. (There was a SAPD report, and thus the name was public.) I know him and like him, by the way. Life's triumphs and challenges aren't suspended when students are in college. In many ways they are amplified. And our job is to try to deal effectively with the individuals in their highs and lows while we consider the needs of the greater University community.

In today's paper we also learned that Taco Taco will be setting up shop in the Coates Center next year - so budget for more bonus and Tiger Bucks! Another headline caught my eye, revealing that Health Services offers free chylmidia (sic) testing for students. That must be reassuring for parents to learn. (More money for tacos maybe?) Finally, a Trinity alumna was featured in the Trinitonian because she was at mile 25 in Boston this week when the explosions occurred. That she is a blind transplant recipient marathon runner will tell you all you need to know about her resilience.

In the end, campus life has highs and lows, successes and failures, milestones and drudgery, agony and ecstasy. I have said before that Student Affairs work involves gravity, levity, and absurdity. Seems my words have found their way back to me with some pop in the last few weeks. Maybe we can put to rest the idea that there is a Trinity bubble or that real life starts AFTER college. It happens here everyday - for better or worse.



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

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Trinity Parents Fund

It’s not too late! There is still time to make a gift to the Trinity Parents Fund that will help your student and the thousands of other students the fund serves. Your gift supports the unique Trinity experience for today’s students: from faculty mentors to service learning projects to studying abroad and everything in between. Each year Trinity parents like you come together to support the Trinity Parents Fund and collectively give more than $300,000 to help Trinity students! Gifts range from $5 to $10,000, so you can make a gift that fits your budget. You may designate your gift to a particular academic, athletic or other program by making a note in the comments box on the form online. You may even use your gift to honor a favorite professor, administrator, or student!

To make your gift, click here. For more information, speak with Jennifer McElroy, director of parent giving programs, at 210-999-8438 or jmcelroy@trinity.edu.

Counseling Services


When First-year Students Come Home for the Summer

In about a month, most first-year students will return home, and some parents and students may be in for a shock. Many students will return home after living a college lifestyle quite different from the one they lived during high school. For the past nine months, many students have had more freedom than they have ever known. No curfew. No “chores". No “bedtime". And soon they return home to parents who may have a curfew, house rules, and expectations of a sleep schedule that bears little resemblance to the wacky rhythms of college life.


The bottom line is that the cultures of home and campus will collide this summer for some students and their parents. Conflict can be reduced if there is communication and negotiation regarding needs and expectations early on. Check out the online article “When College Kids Come Home for the Summer” for tips on ways to reduce misunderstandings and conflict.


Career Services


Summer is Fast Approaching

This is the time of year when we begin to talk with a lot of students, including upcoming graduates about their summer work plans. While we would advise students to begin working on this earlier than mid-April, the reality is that a lot of students do wait until they see the "light at the end of the tunnel" as far as school is concerned. We are big advocates of current students using their summers in a constructive manner. For upper-class students (Sophomore and above) an internship related to their major or future occupation would be ideal. Even though it's late in the semester we have quite a few internships posted in TigerJobs at this writing. For first-year students we would suggest a somewhat less rigorous part-time job their first summer. Our reasoning is that the first year is pretty intense academically and their first summer is a good time to take a bit of a breather.


Finally with regard to seniors, that is May graduates. Hopefully, those who are intending on job searching have already started but if they have not, they should not defer beginning the process until after graduation. Even for students who are enrolling in graduate school in the fall, work experience can be a great experience that brings another dimension to the graduate classroom.


Career Services has a number of resources to help students move forward with their summer plans. Students can contact our office for an appointment at careerservices@trinity.edu.

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


Health Services


Student Health 101 - April Edition



You can read the April issue of the Parent Perspective online

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

The April issue includes:
- Power up your Plate: Top 5 foods to boost nutrition today
- Beat the Stress before your Test
- Drinking Differences: Reveal the reality of your body's reactions
- The Social Web: Pros and cons of online connections
- Run with your Passion: How exercise can make a difference
- UCookbook: Filling Salads
- FitnessU: Equipment-Free Resistance Training
- And much more…


Residential Life


Residence Hall Closing Information
Residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, May 15. Residents are expected to leave 24 hours after their last final. Only graduating seniors will be allowed to remain until noon on Sunday, May 19. In addition to information on the Residential Life Web page, students will receive an e-mail to their Trinity e-mail address outlining check-out procedures.

Students living in the FIRST-YEAR AREA and SOPHOMORE COLLEGE will have floor meetings to discuss check-out. Residents must make an appointment (by Sunday, May 5) for a check-out time with their RA/RM.

Residents living in the UPPER-CLASS AREA (Isabel, Myrtle, Susanna, Lightner, Murchison, South or the upper-class students in McLean) will have two check-out options. This applies to juniors and seniors.
    1. REGULAR CHECK-OUT: Residents schedule an appointment (also by May 5) with the Hall Manager for an
        appointment to check out.
    2. EXPRESS CHECK-OUT: Residents still have the responsibility to complete all steps for check-out and turn in
        their room key to the Witt Center between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. By doing Express Check-out, students waive
        all rights as they relate to dorm damage charges and will not be able to appeal charges. If students are
        concerned about damages in the room, the Residential Life Office suggests that they DO NOT use Express

Residence Hall Opening in August
Next fall the residence halls will open for Sophomore College students on Saturday, August 24 and juniors and seniors on Sunday, August 25.

Apartment Fair

Is your rising senior son or daughter looking for off campus housing?  The Residential Life Office sponsored an Apartment Fair on April 5.  In case your student missed the event, click here for a copy of the Apartment Fair handout with information on apartments that serve the Trinity community.

Summer Storage Options

Does your student need to store belongings over the summer? Check out this list for locations near Trinity that offer short term storage.

Summer School Housing

Is your student planning to attend summer school at Trinity? Living on campus is not required and does not count toward the residency requirement, but if your student wishes to live on campus, applications for summer housing are now available at the Witt Center desk. Applications should be completed and returned to the Witt Center as soon as possible as space is limited.




Dining Services
As we complete another great semester, Dining Services would like to thank our students, employees and the entire TU community for making this spring semester such a success.  more>>




Upcoming Career Services Events

The 12th Annual Bright Futures Award

3/7-6/12/13, 5 p.m., Online

The Bright Futures Award is giving Future Teachers Scholarship money for fall semester of 2013. Bright Horizons believes the profession of Early Childhood Education deserves more respect and support. It is their hope that this scholarship will be a way to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of teaching young children. The scholarships range from $250-$1,000 for full-time students pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education or in a related field. Students must have completed 60 credits of their Bachelor’s degree program or have been accepted into a Master level program. Students can apply online at www.brighthorizons.com/scholarship. The deadline for students to apply is 6/12 by 5 p.m.


LSAT 101: an Introduction to the Law School Admission Test

4/23/13 (Tues), 7:30-8:30 p.m., Online
This free webinar brought by University of Michigan Law School will provide a highly informative overview of the Law Schools Admissions Test (LSAT) for students including, skills that the LSAT will assess, examples of questions and strategies, recommendations for how students can create an effective preparation plan, and information on how and why law schools rely on the LSATs. There will be time for students to ask questions at the end. The keynote presenter is John Rood the President and founder of NextStep Test Preparation. Students must register for this event. Students can register here.




Road Map to Law School: Expert Advice for Those Considering Law School

4/24/13 (Wed), 4-5 p.m., Online
This is a free webinar brought by the University of Michigan Law School that will address a wide range of topics for students who are exploring and considering law school. The topics covered will include: advice for researching law careers, courses and skills that can provide a strong foundation for success in law school, an overview of legal careers and salary information, factors relied on when law schools review an application, and a timeline for students preparing for and applying to law schools. Students must register for this event. Students can register here.


Information Session with Union Pacific Railroad Fiesta San Antonio

4/25/13 (Thurs), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Holiday Inn San Antonio-Riverwalk

Students can join Union Pacific representatives to learn more about internships and full-time job opportunities at UPRR. Continental breakfast and box lunches will be provided. Students can R.S.V.P. to mrthomason@up.com.




Bright Horizons X-Treme Summer Career Fair

4/25/13 (Thurs), 4-6 p.m., JP Morgan Chase Child Development

Students can come join the Bright Horizons family! This summer open house event is where students can find out why Bright Horizons has been named fourteen times as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Bright Horizons is looking to hire summer substitute teachers. Students can come to this event and discover more about Bright Horizons and learn about various opportunities in all their programs. Students can R.S.V.P. by contacting Christie Hall at christie.hall@brighthorizons.com or calling 512-926-2786.


InternInSanAntonio Spring Fair

4/27/13 (Sat), 2-5 p.m., Grantham Center at Tri Point Y
Students can come visit with 50+ local startups, small businesses, and nonprofits offering more than 500 summer internships (mostly paid). Students can visit TigerJobs to learn more.




Consulting Career Connection: Essential Communication Skills

5/14/13 (Tues), 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Online

This free webinar is for students who want to learn what consultants wish they knew in their first year as a consultant. Topics to be addressed include: project work, learning, growing, and contributing, making the most of evaluations and feedback, cultural issues, including work/life balance, mentoring, and career planning, on-the-job training and more formal education, longer term prospects for advancement and development. Students must register for this event. Students can register here.


Making Connections Arizona

5/23/13 (Thurs), 6:30-8:30 p.m., Phoenix, AZ

Students can come and meet with Trinity alumni from the Arizona area. They can take advantage of the great networking opportunity provided by the Making Connections program. Over the years Making Connections has proven to be a successful way for students to explore career opportunities in various fields and share in the common bond of Trinity University. Students can register at TigerJobs or contact Arizona Career Networking Chair, Ray Fox ’78 at ray.fox@baml.com or the Alumni Relations Office at nford1@trinity.edu.


Bexar County Summer Arts Internships

Summer 2013, San Antonio, TX

Bexar County is offering paid summer arts internships. The application period is now open to apply for nine different paid summer arts internships within Bexar County. The interns will be paid $3,500 for the 10 weeks. Each participating nonprofit organization is responsible for screening and hiring the intern, so students need to apply directly to the organization they wish to work for, applications are due by 4/30. Visit TigerJobs to get a list of all the participating nonprofit organizations.


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 2013
Alex Reinis Award Nominations Sought for Class of 2013

Informational Announcements
Student Conduct Board/Conduct Review Board Application

TUSecure and TUGuest are Restored - Monday
Wireless Network Maintenance
R U Ready for Registration?
Registration Holds for Health Insurance

Severe Weather Alert

Expositor 2013

The New ASR

OZ White

Trinity Users Group: User-driven Technology on Campus

Reminder--Reading Days Policy

Colleague/Registration Unavailable Tomorrow Morning
Trinity 360 Saturday


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.


April 19, 2013


April 19 - 20
- Theater: The Crazy

April 20
- Trinity 360
- Concert: Choral Union
Celebration of Women's

April 21
- Concert: Trinity Jazz
- Mabuhay Festival

April 22
- Baseball

April 26 - 27
- Men's and Women's Tennis
- Track & Field

April 28
- Men's and Women's Tennis
- Concert: Trinity Symphonic
  Wind Ensemble

April 29
- Alternative Spring Break
  Open House

May 1
- Food for Thought Lecture:
  The Contemporary
  Relevance of the Iliad
  Erwin Cook

May 6 - 7

- Reading Days

May 7
- Residential Life Late Night
   Breakfast at 11:55 p.m.
- Trinity Brass and Organ

May 8 - 14
- Final Exams

May 10 - 11
- Symphony Pops Concert

May 15
- Residence Halls close at
  noon  (students are to leave
  within 24  hours of their last
  final exam)

May 16
Twilight at Trinity - Senior

May 17
- Baccalaureate Vespers

May 18
- Spring Commencement

May 19

- Residence halls close at
  noon for seniors who
  graduated the day before




TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent: 
May 10 (Last one for the semester.)

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