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Making Memories




Dean of Students


I snapped the above photo on campus this week. I actually ran into the student who was putting several such frames around campus and asked him if it was for a class. He said "no, not really, it is just a chance to give people a different way to see things." That is such a Trinity student statement. 

This year I have shared several photos in this newsletter of spontaneous campus life images: two students in a hammock on upper campus; students sleeping in the Coates Center; and young women knitting to name a few.

Efforts to orchestrate events, plan activities, and generate traditions in structured ways are no match for the spontaneous and home-grown memories our students make. There is probably no better example than the Acabellas and Trinitones, who held their year-end Aca-Trini-Bella-Tones concert this week. Click here for a couple snippets. 

Have a great summer and congratulations to those of you who have students graduating next week. You will always be part of the Trinity family.



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

Please view the Trinity University 2015-2016 Academic Calendar and the Long Range Planning Calendar (2015-2019).  The calendars can also be found on the Registrar's web page.


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Career Services   


Entering the Jungle” and other Career Skills Events

Career Services is proud to announce the piloting of a new program specifically targeted to graduating seniors about to join the work force.   This program is entitled, “Entering the Jungle: Career Survival Skills for Life after Trinity” and will occur on Thursday, May 14.


The program lasts from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and contains panels and breakout sessions on topics such as: Marketing your Trinity Experience; Negotiating Your First Salary; Networking Etiquette; Professional Dining Etiquette and Managing Your Personal Finances.  This is open to all graduating seniors but space is limited to 50 participants.


From 2 – 3 p.m., there will be a Networking Reception that follows the discussion and will feature representatives from companies that are actively seeking entry-level employees.  It will be a perfect time for graduating seniors to make connections for possible employment.  This event is open to all job seeking graduates.


Please encourage your student to sign-up to attend this end of the year program as soon as possible.  The event registration is located on TigerJobs, which is accessible by all students.


For those who are parents of students who are not seniors, please encourage your student to be on the lookout for programs that cover these topics that are offered all throughout the academic year.  In addition, they may meet with their career advisor to discuss one-on-one. 


Please contact Career Services at 210-999-8321 if you have any questions.


Residential Life


Residence Hall Closing Information 

Residence halls close at noon on Thursday, May 14. Residents are expected to leave 24 hours after their last final. Only graduating seniors will be allowed to remain until noon on Sunday, May 17.  Additional information regarding hall closing can be found on the Residential Life Web page.


Residence Hall Opening in August

Next fall the residence halls will open for returning sophomores, juniors and seniors on Saturday, August 22.


Summer Storage Options

Does your student need to store belongings over the summer? Check out this list for locations near Trinity that offer short term storage.  The SmartBox franchise is no longer offering the pod storage containers for Trinity students but please see the U-Haul location listed.  They have informed us that they are now offering a similar service.  Please see the information attached to the list of storage options for guidelines on how to utilize that type of service on the Trinity campus.


Health Services


Student Health 101 - May Edition


You can read the May issue of the Parent Perspective online

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

In May's Student Health 101…

- A Bit More Fit: Getting around without a car
- Your Top 4 Portable Protein Packs
- The Job Prob:
 How career services can help right now
- And much more…


Submitting Proof of Health Insurance Required by the University

In July, when electronic bills are sent to students, there will be a charge of $1386 for the 12 month premium for the student health insurance plan.  This charge will serve as a reminder to go to the Academic HealthPlans website to either submit a waiver or enroll in the plan. A link to the waiver site will accompany the bill.  If the student completes the waiver the charge will be removed from the student's bill.   


The waiver/enrollment will be available at the beginning of July at https://trinity.myahpcare.com/waiver. The deadline for submitting a waiver and having the charge removed from the University bill is September 2, 2015.


Questions about the waiver/enrollment can be directed to Health Services, 210-999-8111.

Questions about your bill may be directed to Student Financial Services, 210-999-8898.


Graduating Seniors


Trinity University will hold its spring 2015 commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2015. Click here for details.

Baccalaureate Vespers for Seniors and their Families
Friday, May 15 / 5 p.m. / Margarite B. Parker Chapel
Chaplain Stephen Nickle will preach at this service of thanksgiving that officially begins your graduation celebration.  Graduates may sit with friends and family.

Easing Your Graduating Senior’s Transition FROM College

Just as the transition from high school to college was a mixture of excitement and anxiety for your son or daughter, so too is the transition from college to what is next . . . which may be unclear! Moreover, as Dr. Johanna Soet has observed, for most students graduation will involve “saying goodbye to a way of life, a familiar place, financial dependence on parents, and good friends and family.” In a brief article written for parents of graduating seniors while she was a member of the counseling center staff at the University of Michigan, Dr. Soet identifies several stages of the transition process for graduates. She also suggests several ways that graduates and their families might signify the transition with meaningful rituals. To read her thoughts, click here.


Dining Services

Renovation Commons Food Court
We had a great year filled with fun theme nights and giveaways. There will be some changes to Trinity Dining this summer! Construction will start in our Commons Food Court to make way for a new dining location. Follow @TrinityUDining throughout the summer to see the renovation process.      


Commuter Meal Plan
Is your student going to be a senior living off campus next year? Not a problem! Get ahead of the game and sign your student up for a commuter meal plan so they can eat on campus! Purchase one now under the “Shop” link on our new website!



2015 - 2016 Dates & Deadlines 
Once again we are offering a small poster for families to print for household bulletin boards or refrigerators. It is available on the Trinity Parent Web page. You may simply print a copy for the home and/or office to keep handy dates and contact information on hand. This was produced by Campus Publications Adviser Katherine Martin.


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 2015

Message from the Trinitonian
Life After Trinity--make it a GREAT one!


Class of 2017
SGA Senator Vacancies

Trinity Step Up Survey - Please Respond - $50 Prize!

Class of 2018
SGA Senator Vacancies

Trinity Step Up Survey - Please Respond - $50 Prize!

Informational Announcements

Tobacco Survey Results

Saturday Admissions Program

Memorial Bike Trek

Alamo Stadium Closures

Coming Soon from the Business Office, e-Check!

Severe Weather Alert

Fwd: Alamo Stadium Closures

College Signing Day

Seeking Proposals for Trinity's Next Quality Enhancement Plan

Reading Days Policy

SGA & TU Challenge

Sign up Now to Help Move-in New Students in August!

Reminder! Donut Cheat!

Names Matter-Disability Services for Students now Student Accessibility Services
Coates Library is Going to the Dogs! (again)

Bicycle Removal


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.


May 8, 2015


May 6 - 12
- Final Exams

May 14
- Residence Halls close at
  noon  (students are to leave
  within 24  hours of their last
  final exam)

Twilight at Trinity - Senior

May 15

- Baccalaureate Vespers

May 16
- Spring Commencement

May 17

- Residence halls close at
  noon for seniors who
  graduated the day before

August 20
- Residence halls open for
  new students

August 22
- Residence halls open for
  returning students

August 26
- Classes begin








TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent:
Fall 2015

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