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Student Break-fast


Over 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.

Seasons Greetings!  

Dear Parents and Family Members,

I find 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 Midnight 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
Associate 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

Read the Dean's Blog
Prevention and Education the Keys to reducing Sexual Assaults

Sexual Assault Continues to be a Difficult Issue
Doin' the Trinity Shuffle

Other New Information
Class Newsletters


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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 University.


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 alumni.


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,


Sonja Ball '86

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 considerations.


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Trinity Legacy Scholarship Fund


Created 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 alumni.


To 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.


Your gift toward a legacy
scholarship will be doubled in value.  Give Today!


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, vjohnson@trinity.edu.  


Counseling Services   


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

Residential Life

Need to change a meal plan?

Changes to the meal plan for the Spring 2015 semester may be made by e-mailing
ResLife@trinity.edu . The last day to make changes is January 22, 2015. If you need to review the meal plans, please click here.

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
https://trinity.managemyid.com/. 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 contact the Tiger Card Office at 210-999-7885 or e-mail at tcrd@trinity.edu.

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.


Career Services   


9 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:

 1.  How did you choose a major?

 2.  Did leadership roles in student organizations help you gain experience?

 3.  Which professors in your major mentored you or collaborated on research projects with you?

 4.  Did you meet with professionals working in your field of interest before graduating?

 5.  Did job shadowing and internships help in your decision?

 6.  How did you search for and secure internship experiences?

 7.  How did you research industries and companies?

 8.  How did you prepare for job interviews? What personal insight do you have to share?

 9.  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.


Health Services


Student Health 101 - December Edition


You can read the December issue of the Parent Perspective online

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

The December issue includes the following articles:
-Capture Your Calm: 8 small steps to stress less
-Calling All Night Owls:  Making your sleep habits work for you
-Find Your Drive to Exercise: Take the quiz
-Season's Eatings:  Healthy twists on holiday dishes
-Aftermath & Recovery:  A students' guide to getting help after an

-Does Your Spending Need a Reality Check? How to budget better


Flu Vaccine
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.


Winter Break hours for Health Services

Regular semester hours continue through December 19.  

For Winter Break, Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Closed on weekends and December 24 through January 3.

Regular semester hours resume on Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The physician will not be available during winter break.  

Students requiring medical assistance may view the Health Services web page for information about self-care

or urgent care.


Dining Services


Mabee Hall Events

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!




Birthday Cakes
Not in town for your student’s birthday? Get them a cake anyway!

Click here to buy a birthday cake through E-Commerce!  Please allow at least two business days for the order to be processed. 

Meal Plans

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.

Hip Kits

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 gift-giving fun.



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 & Sorority Life.

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.


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 2018
Trinity Step Up Survey

Informational Announcements

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

SGA Runoff Election ATTN: First Years

Saturday Trinity in Focus

Time Sensitive -- Study Abroad in 2015-16

Reminders--Course Evaluations and Reading Days Policy

P2P Reminder

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Video

Top Ten Ways to Survive Finals

Alamo Stadium Event

President Ahlburg to Begin Sabbatical; VP Fischer named Interim President

Invitation: Donut Cheat Event

Rock & Roll Marathon - Sunday, Dec. 7

Take a Paws at Coates Library - Wednesday
Trinity Selects Danny J. Anderson as 19th President


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.


December 16, 2014


December 12 - 18
- Final Exams

December 18 - 20
- Men's & Women's

December 20
- Winter Commencement
- Residence Halls close at

December 21
Residence halls close at
  noon for graduating seniors

December 24-January 2
- University offices closed


December 28
- Women's Basketball


December 30
- Women's Basketball

January 11
- All residence halls open at

January 14
- Spring classes begin

January 15
- MLK Jr. Commemorative

January 16 - 17
- Men's & Women's

January 19
- MLK Jr. Holiday; University
  offices closed

January 23
- Welcome Back WinterFest





TrinitE Parent Updates

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January 23

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