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Dia del Tigre



ParentTalk parents continued the annual Dia del Tigre tradition by gathering in January and February!
It says so much about our parents that they want to connect with other neighboring parents
whose common bond is Trinity University!  Pictured above are parents from the San Francisco Bay Area.


Dean of Students


Mid-term grades (grades of D and F) have been sent to students. Not all faculty members send mid-term grade reports: In other words, students may ultimately do poorly in some classes from which they did not receive mid-term grade reports. I encourage you to ask your son or daughter if they received any grade reports. They can talk you through how to access this information online, but will need to share their password with you. March 27 is the last day to drop a class.

In this issue you will note that room reservation for the fall will begin April 7, that there is an off-campus housing fair planned, and that you can register for Spring Family Weekend.


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

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Trinity Parent Giving Programs


Heidi and Jorge Ochoa (parents of Olivia ‘16), the new co-chairs of the Trinity Parents Leadership Council, invite parents to consider joining the Parents Leadership Council and Volunteer Council.  “We find great satisfaction in the giving of our time, talent and financial resources to Trinity. By doing so, we know that the echoes of our work and our financial support will impact not just Olivia, but also her peers and those who come to this great university long after Olivia graduates.” The mission of the Parents Leadership Council is to serve as an advisory and advocacy group, helping to foster the sense of community among parents of Trinity students and alumni. An essential component of the council's work is its philanthropic support of Trinity’s Parents Fund. Gifts from parents make a difference in many areas of the University and have a critical impact on our core priorities.

Whether you want to stay informed regarding Trinity University news and plans or welcome incoming families through welcome events or phone calls, the Trinity University Parents Leadership Council and Volunteer Council helps to identify and put to best use the considerable talents and resources of Trinity parents for the benefit of the students’ education.


Are you interested in being a part of the Trinity University Parents Leadership Council or Volunteer Council?  Call or e-mail Tanya Johnson-Ruffin, director of parent giving programs on campus at 210-999-8438 or vjohnson@trinity.edu; Heidi Ochoa at hrheidi@comcast.net.


Spring Family Weekend

Spring Family Weekend 2014

March 28-30, 2014

Spring Family Weekend is an exciting time to see the achievements of your student at Trinity after a year's worth of hard effort. The schedule of events during Spring Family Weekend spotlights our students' talents and successes. Program highlights include: Friday Student Leadership Awards, Saturday Honor Awards Convocation and Trinity Spotlight Talent Showcase.

Click here for a full list of events.

Click here to pre-register. (Note: Pre-registration is not required for attendance. Registration will also occur on-site.)

Twitter Handle and Hashtag
If you want to stay connected to Trinity through social media follow Trinity at @Trinity_U and use the hashtag #TUSFW14 throughout the weekend.


Counseling Services   

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault is a difficult subject to think about and talk about. Yet it is a harsh reality among both male and female students, even at Trinity. Thus, I offer this advice: If your child ever confides that s/he has been sexually assaulted, two things are critically important when you respond. First, listen empathically to convey that you are willing to listen nonjudgmentally and offer support throughout the healing process. This includes affirming that the assault is not your child's fault and that you are available to talk at any time. Second, it is essential that s/he have as much control as possible in handling the events following the assault. This pertains to everything from how much information s/he chooses to share with you to decisions about whether to pursue any disciplinary or judicial action about the assault. For more information about helping a son or daughter who has been sexually assaulted, click here, and visit Trinity’s Sexual Assault website. Survivors of sexual assault may wish to make an appointment with a counselor at Counseling Services or take advantage of the services offered by the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center.

--Kristin E. Eisenhauer, Ph.D.


Health Services


Registration starts April 11. One Less Roadblock…
In the past, students have been required to provide proof of health insurance in March and April prior to registering for fall classes. Students who did not do so were prevented from registering for classes until they did. No more.


However, students are still required to have health insurance and provide proof of the coverage annually. That process will now happen using an online system that is linked to your fall semester bill. That system should be operational by April 1. Instructions are available online.


Students who complete the online waiver may provide proof of personal health insurance or enroll in the University-sponsored student health insurance plan. Students who do not complete the waiver by July 1 will have the premium for the student health insurance plan included on their electronic bill for the fall semester. If you do not want that insurance you will have several weeks to provide proof of other insurance and have that charge removed from your bill. Students who do not do so will automatically be enrolled in the student health insurance plan, after which the premium will not be refundable.


If you know that your student will be enrolling in the Student Health Insurance plan they may enroll now so that they can access benefits when the policy term starts on August 10, 2014. The premium of $1216 will be included in their bill for the fall semester.

Questions about submitting the online waiver can be directed to Health Services 210-999-8111.


Career Services   

Career Services encourages you to prompt your student  to attend several of the programs and events offered throughout the year. Click here to view the upcoming April events that may benefit your student.


Upcoming Career Service Events

2014 Summer/Part-Time Job Fair

April 2, 2014 (Wednesday), 3-5 p.m., Coates Lobby

Physassist Scribes Information Session

April 9, 2014 (Wednesday), 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tehuacana Room


Jobs, Internships, and Research

Midway ISD Job Fair

March 29, 2014 (Saturday), 8:30-11 a.m., Midway High School Waco, TX

Crandall ISD Teacher Job Fair

March 29, 2014 (Saturday), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Crandall, TX

Education Service Center Region 13 Information Session

April 2, 2014 (Wednesday), 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Austin, TX

Your Career Services Team / careerservices@trinity.edu / 210-999-8321


Residential Life

Room Reservations

Residence hall room reservations for the 2014-2015 academic year will be the week of April 7-11. Students will receive an e-mail from the Residential Life Office with complete instructions. There will be a roommate mixer for students looking for a roommate on Wednesday, April 2. Please note that by the end of the room reservation process, some current students will find that there are no more rooms available. This is typical. By the time the halls open in August, all students who are on the wait list will be assigned rooms.


Moving On Out: Off-Campus Housing Fair
Is your rising senior son or daughter thinking of moving off campus? Tell them to stop by our Apartment Fair on Friday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Esplanade. Special incentives will be offered for Trinity students.


Residence Hall Closing in May
The residence halls will close at noon on Thursday, May 15, for all first-year, sophomore, and junior students. Graduating seniors are permitted to remain in the residence halls until noon on Sunday, May 18.

Residence Hall Opening in August
Next fall the residence halls will open for Sophomore College students on Saturday, August 23 and juniors and seniors on Sunday, August 24.


Reading TUgether


Reading TUgether is a University-wide common reading program in which the entire campus community, including students, staff, faculty, families, and alumni, are invited to participate. This year, the selection comes from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Raymond Bonner. Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong tells the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semi-literate, mentally retarded black man with no previous felony record. His only connection to the victim was having cleaned her gutters and windows, but barely ninety days after the victim's body was found, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Elmore had been on death row for eleven years when Diana Holt, a young attorney from Houston, Texas, first learned of his case.



With the exemplary moral commitment that has distinguished his reporting career, Bonner follows Holt's battle to save Elmore's life. According to the New York Times, “Anatomy of Injustice” is Holt’s book more than Elmore’s; it chronicles her journey through the prosecution’s omissions, manipulations and deceits to uncover the truth, and, in the process, turns a sad story into an engrossing true-crime tale.


The Reading TUgether keynote lecture will be delivered by Diana Holt, LLC Attorney, with special guest Edward Lee Elmore, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.


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.)

Informational Announcements

San Antonio Young People's Concert
Weather Update
The Expositor--a call for submissions
Officer Marc Kelley

Sexual Assault Forum II
Midterm Grades - Important & Time-Sensitive

Message to TU Community

2014 Alamo 13.1 Half-Marathon

Honor Code--important updates/reminder

Dorm Renovation Forum

DSLS Speaker Dr. Sheila Nirenberg - Monday, 3/31
Reminder: Cameron Lecture by Walter Isaacson

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.


March 25, 2014


March 25
- Softball

March 26
- Cameron Lecture: Walter
- Softball

March 28 - 30
- Spring Family Weekend

March 28
- Concert: Spring Choral
- Women's Tennis

March 29
- Trinity Spotlight
- Men's & Women's Tennis

March 31
- Men's & Women's Tennis

April 4
- Off-Campus Housing Fair

April 5
- Men's & Women's Tennis

April 6
- Concert: Trinity Handbell

April 7
- Room Reservation
  process begins

April 10
- Men's Tennis

April 11
- Baseball
- Theatre: The Skin of Our

April 18
- Good Friday Holiday; No
   classes, University  offices
   are closed










TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent:
April 11

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