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!)
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
Mr. David M. Tuttle
Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Dean of Students' Social Media
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
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.
Greetings! Career Services is
here so that in the coming weeks your first-year will
your sophomore will
your junior will
and your senior will
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!
Career Services Team /
Residence Hall Check-In:
Sophomore College Return Dates
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
Residence Hall Updates
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.
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
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
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
You are also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101
issue for our students
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
- Master Your Muscle Groups: Exercises to build strength this summer
- UCookbook: Healthy Summer Foods
- FitnessU: Fitness with a Friend
- And much more…
First Worship Gatherings of the Semester - Encourage your Student to Be a
Parker Chapel Worship co-led by Chaplain Nickle and the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
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.
Student Association Friday Congregational Prayer Parker
Friday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Join the Jewish Student Association as we celebrate the new school
year with the High Holidays!
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).
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
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
Click here to pre-register. (Note:
Pre-registration is not required for attendance. Registration will also
2013 - 2014 Dates & Deadlines
small poster for important dates, deadlines and contact
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 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
New students move in
Sophomores may return
Upper-class students may
- Student Employment
All Campus Picnic
- Reading TUgether
Speaker: Dr. Siddhartha
- Welcome Week Comedian
Student Involvement Fair
Welcome Week Concert
August 30 - September 1
- Men's & Women's Soccer
- Labor Day Holiday; no
classes, University offices