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Parents and Family Members,

Welcome, and welcome back, to the first edition of the TrinitE Parent newsletter. It is a new year and the campus has a new look, as most of the finishing touches (green grass!) are being completed near the Magic Stones. (I am vowing to stop using photos showing construction and landscaping progress from now on!)

Most everyone on campus looks forward to some return to new normalcy. I find myself getting inappropriately frustrated navigating the peculiar out-of-the-way paths to my temporary office in the library. I will be in the Coates Center in mid-September, which will be a positive change. In my old Northrup office students will now find the Registrar, who moved to make way for Admissions.

So things are fresh here as the year begins. One constant is that we will try to continue to communicate with you as we work together as partners for the success of our students. It will be great to have them - and you - back soon!


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

Dean of Students' Social Media


Counseling Services

Saying Goodbye

Sending your child off to college can be quite emotional, for dads as well as moms. But you knew that already, didn’t you! There are many sources of advice for parents as they prepare for and ultimately leave their sons and daughters at Trinity. This Today Show interview with Dr. Michele Borba offers great tips for the parents of First Years. Best wishes in this time of tremendous transition--for you and your child.

--Richard Reams, Ph.D.

Career Services

Greetings! Career Services is here so that in the coming weeks your first-year will
explore, your sophomore will connect, your junior will engage, and your senior will apply. Our mission is to empower Trinity students with career resources, connections, and coaching in preparation for successfully launching into a personalized career path. We invite you to be a part of this mission by prompting your students to visit their career advisor early in the semester and encouraging them to attend several of the programs and events offered throughout the year. Be sure to check each TrinitE Parent newsletter to see what's available to support students in exploring and pursuing their career goals - then send them our way!

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


Residential Life


Residence Hall Check-In:

Sophomore College Return Dates
Students moving into Sophomore College (Prassel, Thomas, and North Halls) may check in at the Witt Center starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24.  The Witt Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and check-in will continue through Wednesday, August 28.

Upper-class Return Dates
Upper-class students may move into the residence halls beginning on Sunday, August 25.  The Witt Center will be open for check-in from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, August 28.


Classes Begin on Wednesday, August 28
The only students permitted to return early are fall athletes and those whose services are essential to opening the campus (such as RA's, RM's, and Orientation Team). In order to accommodate our returning students, the Residential Life Office opens the residence halls on a weekend day (for family travel purposes) and allows for four days to arrive to campus.  Given that, we ask that you not request to arrive earlier than that time, as such requests will be denied.  Please allow the staff to focus on checking in new students and the start of New Student Orientation.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Residence Hall Updates

Winn and Witt Residence Halls are being renovated as one building this summer.  The new building will be called Witt-Winn.  It will be receiving new furniture so that now all of the beds on campus will be ones that use the extra long twin sheets.


"Can't Miss" Event


Reading TUgether is a University-wide common reading program in which the entire campus community, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni, participate. Reading TUgether is comprised of three primary components -- the book, the annotated bibliography assignment, and the keynote lecture -- each serving as complements to the other in order to facilitate a deeper exploration of the book. Each year, a book is selected around a central theme. This year, that theme is defiance. The selection, which won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize, is The Emperor of All Maladies. It describes turning points in the history and treatment of cancer. Many of those turning points were catalyzed by the actions of people -- physicians and patients -- who were defiant in facing the disease, even defiant in facing death.

The keynote lecture will take place on Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium.




Student Health 101

Summer Issue of Student Health 101

As a service to our families here at Trinity, we are providing an online subscription to Student Health 101 for both your student and yourself.  Student Health 101 is a monthly health and wellness magazine just for Trinity students and their families.  Each issue contains valuable information that will help your student make better decisions and can help you gain a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today's students.

Please take a few minutes to read the issues each month, as we believe that they can be a valuable resource for your family.



You can read the June issue of the Parent Perspective online.  You are also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101 issue for our students online.

The June issue has some great articles including:
- Coffee, Copies, Fries with That?  5 skills to take away from any job or internship.
- Recharge and Refocus:  Ways to make time for yourself
- How Do You Identify:  Exploring the labels of sexual identity
- Free Yourself from Fast-Food: Building blocks for budget-friendly meals
- Master Your Muscle Groups: Exercises to build strength this summer
- UCookbook: Healthy Summer Foods
- FitnessU: Fitness with a Friend
- And much more…


Spiritual Life

First Worship Gatherings of the Semester - Encourage your Student to Be a Part!



Parker Chapel Worship co-led by Chaplain Nickle and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Reformed University Fellowship, and the United Methodist Student Movement
Parker Chapel - Sanctuary
Sunday, August 25 at 5 p.m.

Catholic Student Group Mass
Parker Chapel - Meditation Chapel
Sunday, August 25 at 5 p.m.

Muslim Student Association Friday Congregational Prayer Parker Chapel 201
Friday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Join the Jewish Student Association as we celebrate the new school year with the High Holidays!

JSA will be holding dinners before Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 4-6) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 14-15), arranging rides to services and holding a break-the-fast on campus on Sept. 15. For more information, please e-mail Hillel Director Rachel Rustin or call 210-201-JEWS (5397).


Dining Services


Don’t forget to have a plan! Commuter meal plans are available online to make sure your student never goes hungry. Sign up today!

COMING SOON! Taco Taco Café renovations are almost complete in the Commons at the Coates University Center. Don’t forget to check it out and keep an eye out for the grand opening event!


Healthy Choices. Healthy Minds.

Visit Mabee Dining Hall to see our new Wellness Wall that features nutrition and health information on the food served daily.


Fall Family Weekend

October 4 - 6, 2013

Before you know it, six weeks will have passed since move-in day. Soon it will be time to attend Fall Family Weekend, where you can meet the adult your student is becoming. The schedule of events is intentionally light during Fall Family Weekend in order to provide plenty of opportunity for you to spend individual time with your student. Program highlights include: Friday afternoon tea at the President's home, Saturday morning coffee with the Dean of Students, a University update and a reception with the faculty.

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.)


2013 - 2014 Dates & Deadlines
Print this small poster for important dates, deadlines and contact information.



Remind your students that upon their return to campus they can sign-up for the YMCA for nine months for $180. This is an incredible deal at $20 per month.


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.


August 14, 2013
Opening Edition


August 22
- New students move in

August 24
- Sophomores may return

August 25
- Upper-class students may

August 26-27
-  Student Employment

August 27
All Campus Picnic

August 28
- Classes begin
- Reading TUgether
  Speaker: Dr. Siddhartha

August 29
- Welcome Week Comedian

August 30

- Student Involvement Fair
- Welcome Week Concert

August 30 - September 1
- Men's & Women's Soccer

August 31
- Hallympics begin

September 2
- Labor Day Holiday; no
  classes, University offices




TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent: September 6

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