five hundred students took a well deserved study break to attend Trinity's 12th 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.
Click here to view more photos.
and Family Members,
this issue full of useful information for parents. The tips for parents from
Pacific University as noted by Counseling Services are very well done. The
Career Services information is quite helpful, as always.
I have added two recent blog posts related to sexual assault. As parents I
hope you take time to learn about this issue as it continues to gain
national attention. Parents are blind-sided when their students allege
assault or face allegations. Some of this information may be helpful in
having a general understanding of the issue and our policy and procedures.
Finally, please enjoy the photos from the
Breakfast. That event, the Christmas Concert, Vespers, and Open Houses on
Oakmont add to a festive feel on campus. Enjoy the holidays in whatever ways
you may celebrate according to your faith or traditions. Mostly, enjoy time
with your families and college students.
Have a happy holiday season!
Mr. David M. Tuttle
Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Please view the Trinity University
2014-2015 Academic Calendar and the
Long Range Planning Calendar (2014-2018). The calendars can
also be found on the
Registrar's web page.
Dean of Students' Social Media
Parent Giving Programs
During this most special time of year, it’s important to
remember the amazing impact our giving – the generosity of
alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff – has on students at
Trinity students come from all walks of life, and scholarships
make it possible for them to enjoy all that Trinity University
has to offer, from athletics to student organizations, research
and study abroad opportunities.
That’s why I’ve chosen to support student scholarships,
specifically, the Legacy Scholarship Fund, a scholarship for
first-year students whose parents or grandparents are Trinity
As you make your year-end giving plans, I hope you will
join me in making a gift to student scholarships at Trinity.
Please make your gift today!
Warm wishes from our family to yours,
Philanthropy and Giving Chair, Parents Leadership Council
P.S. Be sure to
make your gift to scholarships by midnight on December 31,
2014 to ensure your gift is eligible for your 2014 tax
Shine a light on...
by University Trustee Steve Mach '92 and his family, the
Trinity Legacy Scholarship is awarded to eligible first-year
students whose parent or grandparents are also Trinity
encourage growth of the
Trinity Legacy Scholarship Fund,
the Mach Family will match every
gift made to the scholarship
dollar for dollar, up to a grand
total of $150,000.
gift toward a legacy
scholarship will be doubled in value.
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,
First-Year Students and their
Parents during Winter Break: Curves Ahead?
For some families, the first-year
student’s return home for the month-long winter break is marked with
unexpected tensions. A Google search for articles written for parents
and/or returning first years (‘freshmen’ in popular parlance) revealed
dozens of links to online advice. Consider
these tips for both parents and students from the University of
the Pacific website. Perhaps you might share it with your student as you
and s/he anticipate the potential curves in the road ahead.
--Richard Reams, Ph.D., associate director of Counseling Services
Need to change a meal plan?
Changes to the meal plan for the Spring 2015 semester may be made by
. The last day to make changes is January
22, 2015. If you need to
review the meal plans, please
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" Website at
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
Tiger Card Office
210-999-7885 or e-mail at
Residence Halls Close for the Winter Break
Halls close: Noon, Saturday, December 20,
except for graduating seniors, who may stay until noon on Sunday, December
21. 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 11, 2015.
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.
Questions Students Can Ask Alumni This Holiday Season
Is your student nervous
about attending the
Making Connections events over winter break? Networking can be
intimidating if you don’t know what to say. But Career Services is available
to help your student prepare to meet alumni and ask them for advice.
Below are some easy
questions students can ask alumni:
How did you choose a major?
Did leadership roles in
student organizations help you gain experience?
Which professors in your
major mentored you or collaborated on research projects with you?
Did you meet with
professionals working in your field of interest before graduating?
Did job shadowing and
internships help in your decision?
How did you search for and
secure internship experiences?
How did you research
industries and companies?
How did you prepare for job
interviews? What personal insight do you have to share?
What was your first year on
the job like? What were you (or weren’t you) prepared for?
Encourage your student to
make attending Making Connections a New Year’s resolution. They will be able
to cross it off their list early in the year, yet begin building valuable
relationships that could open a lifetime of career opportunities. Alumni are
registering for these events right now.
Ask your student to register too.
Student Health 101 - December Edition
You can read the December issue of the Parent Perspective
You are also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101
issue for our students
December issue includes the following articles:
Your Calm: 8 small steps to stress less
All Night Owls: Making your sleep habits work for you
Your Drive to Exercise: Take the quiz
Eatings: Healthy twists on holiday dishes
& Recovery: A students' guide to getting help after an
Your Spending Need a Reality Check? How to budget better
Health Services is still administering flu vaccine. No appointment is
necessary. Students may walk-in to get the vaccine. The cost is $17 payable
with Tiger Bucks or we can
bill the student account.
Break hours for Health Services
semester hours continue through December 19.
Break, Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
weekends and December 24 through January 3.
semester hours resume on Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
will not be available during winter break.
requiring medical assistance may view the Health Services web page for
On December 8,
we held our Student Appreciation Event with a "Make Your Own Quesadilla"
option at lunch, as well as an opportunity to win prizes!
Not in town for your student’s birthday? Get them a cake
Click here to buy a birthday cake through
E-Commerce! Please allow at least two business days
for the order to be processed.
Why worry over transferring money to your
student’s account when they can have the money preloaded on their ID card?
It’s convenient and hassle-free. Sign your student up for a
commuter meal plan, today.
Send a care package to your student for birthdays, holidays, finals or just
a simple “You can do it!” There are hundreds of packages that are
customizable to fit the lifestyle of every student.
Hip Kits is dedicated to make
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Is your son or daughter participating in Fraternity &
Sorority Recruitment? Do you have questions about the
process or want more information on the Fraternity &
Sorority community? If so, please read this
letter from the coordinator of Fraternity &
Form 1098-T Access
Each January, the Student Financial Services Office issues a Form 1098-T to
students who were enrolled at Trinity during the previous calendar year and
meet certain guidelines established by the IRS. The purpose of the form is
to assist students, and their families, in determining eligibility for
various education tax credits. We understand that while the form is issued
to students, it is quite likely parents who are most interested in this
important tax document so we wanted to give you a heads up and encourage you
to keep the lines of communication open on this topic!
Spring 2015 Payment Due Date
The monthly billing statement issued in early December will contain charges
for the Spring 2015 semester provided your student registered for courses.
It will be possible to enroll in the Trinity Payment Plan for the spring
semester at that time as well. The
payment due date for Spring 2015 semester is January 7, 2015. Please
remember that financial matters related to enrollment at Trinity should be
settled before your student begins classes each semester.
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
Class of 2018
Step Up Survey
Student Government Association General Election Results
Phishing Email Scam Targeting Direct Deposit Information
Trinity University Policy for Travel to areas Affected by the Ebola Virus
Election ATTN: First Years
Trinity in Focus
Sensitive -- Study Abroad in 2015-16
Reminders--Course Evaluations and Reading Days Policy
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Video
Top Ten Ways to Survive Finals
Alamo Stadium Event
President Ahlburg to Begin Sabbatical; VP Fischer named Interim President
Donut Cheat Event
Rock & Roll Marathon - Sunday, Dec. 7
Paws at Coates Library - Wednesday
Trinity Selects Danny J. Anderson as 19th President
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.