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Residential Life is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th Annual Hallympic Games!

Trivia Bowl and Flag Football -- Upper class; Sand Volleyball -- Prassel; Soccer -- Witt-Winn ground and 3rd floors

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Fall Family Weekend


September 26-28, 2014

We look forward to seeing many of you!  Click here for Fall Family Weekend details.

Parent Giving Programs 


Trinity Parents Fund

Gifts of any size make a difference for current Trinity students.  The Trinity Parents Fund supports everything from academic scholarships to intramural sports to residential life, and every gift matters! In fact, last year gifts from parents added up to more than $600,000 in support of the unique Trinity experience.   Gifts to the Trinity Parents Fund are more than an investment in your child’s education; these gifts support Trinity’s tradition of excellence and represent an investment in the University, the community, and the future.  If you are interested in joining the parents who support Trinity through the Parents Fund, call or email Tanya Johnson-Ruffin, director of parent giving programs, at 210-999-8438 or vjohnson@trinity.edu



Greetings! With today being the opening of Fall Family Weekend, I am sure you have experienced excitement similar to your students thus far in the 2014-2015 academic year. They have made new connections within this community of peers and scholars. Likewise, many of you have already connected with each other and the university through various social media channels. As such, we want you to know about another resource that is now available to you as part of the newly formed Parent Leadership Council. Career Services, along with Parent Giving Programs, has created a LinkedIn group—TU Parent Career Network—and we encourage you to join it. We anticipate this group being a great resource through which you as parents can share meaningful, professional, career-focused opportunities for students as well as volunteer your time and energy to promote the mission of Career Services here at Trinity University through a variety of activities.



Request membership in this group through your Linked In account by searching for TU Parent Career Network. Come be a part of this growing community today.

--John H. Birch, Career Services
   Associate Director of External Relations

Counseling Services   

Adjusting to Academics: a Challenge for First-Years
Each year, the three psychologists at Counseling Services talk with students who struggle with the academic demands of Trinity. These bright students typically report having to read much more than in high school. Plus, there are fewer tests spaced farther apart, which requires a different approach to test preparation. The Counseling Services website contains links to academic self-help resources (e.g., time management, test anxiety). If you learn that your student is struggling with the academic adjustment, let hir* know about this online collection of resources. If ze* needs some on-on-one coaching, ze can see one of us at Counseling Services. Learn more here. (*These are gender neutral pronouns in honor of our transgender students.)

--Richard Reams, Ph.D., associate director of Counseling Services

Residential Life

Major Declaration Seminar

Is your sophomore feeling stressed about the major declaration process or not sure where to start? Encourage them to attend the Major Declaration Seminar on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in Northrup 040. They will learn how to declare, or what to do if they're still not sure! Light refreshments will follow.


Career Services   


Career Services events follow a pattern

Being in the workforce, you understand there is a process to the job search. Career Services teaches students about this process, not just through our conversations with students, but even through the way we schedule our workshops and events.

Events are lined up to demonstrate the typical timeline a student follows to find an internship or a full-time career position.


Help us by pointing this out to your students, and they may better see the value in attending multiple events.


For instance, Resumania, a power critique of student resumes, leads the pack this semester on October 1. It is followed by Interview Success on October 2, during which students will learn the ins and outs of interviewing from professional recruiters. Then comes Professional Practice Interview Days from October 8-10, which is a student’s chance to practice in a mock interview and get instant feedback.


All these events culminate in the Fall Career Fair on October 22, where the information students have learned from each of the previous workshops comes into play. By then students will be ready with a polished resume in hand and will know what to say to recruiters at the career fair based on whether they’re there to learn about the company or to discover internship and job possibilities.


Each event gives your student valuable information, but when combined, the outcome is even more effective.


Student Health 101 - October Edition




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

The October issue includes the following articles:
- All in one workouts: How to build strength, stamina, and flexibility
- Battle of the bars: Is your nutrition bar all health or all hype?
- The science of choice: Strategies for better health habits
- Academic hangover: How your brain is affected by drinking
- The Job Prob: Forecasting your future in the job market
- The pursuit of perfection: What is the cost of your high standards?
- Profile of a bystander: How to prevent sexual assault on campus
- And much more…


Ebola Virus in Perspective

In 1981 HIV/AIDS was first recognized, in 2002/03 there was SARS.  Avian flu made the jump to humans in 2003, followed by the swine flu pandemic in 2009.  It seems that some "new" potentially lethal virus is always rearing its ugly head, threatening humanity.  Many, or perhaps most, of these viruses exist in animal hosts prior to a mutation that allows them to infect humans.  Now there's an outbreak of Ebola virus, which was first recognized in Africa in 1976, and came to humans from a viral reservoir in monkeys and fruit bats.  Until this year, Ebola virus, with a case fatality rate of 50-90%, has taken the lives of less than 1000 people per year in Africa.  In just the last few months, over 1000 people have already died from it, and cases continue to spread.  Given the relatively long incubation period, and the reality of global travel, it is entirely possible that Ebola virus may make the journey to the United States at some point.  However, with the heightened vigilance in the medical community in regards to travel history and symptom awareness, it's unlikely that there will be a similar outbreak in the United States.  If there's a good thing about Ebola, it's that the spread is not airborne like flu, making it significantly more difficult to become infected with the virus.  Containment of the virus will be significantly easier than with the flu.  And although the fatality rate is extremely high, the total number of deaths from Ebola pales in comparison with influenza deaths.  The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 killed over 50 million people worldwide, and at least 18,000 deaths occur every year in the United States from influenza and its complications, in spite of available vaccination and antiviral antibiotics.  The media tends to blow things out of proportion and generate a lot of fear regarding the newest "killer" infections, but it's important for us to put them in perspective.  Flu and alcohol and accidents pose a much greater threat to students and all of us.


--Janna Wilder, M..D.
University Physician


Parents of Sophomore Students

All sophomore students have been extended the opportunity to participate in the Sophomore College StrengthsQuest initiative (a tool from Gallup). StrengthsQuest helps students understand what makes them unique and more fully understand their talents. Many businesses and corporations are increasingly utilizing SQ in their employee development work (RackSpace is a good example here in San Antonio).


We encourage you to encourage your student to take the StrengthsQuest inventory and participate in an upcoming workshop about strengths and career discernment. We also offer 1:1 coaching every Monday from 3-5 p.m. in the Prassel residence hall.


As a result of participating in these StrengthsQuest initiatives, students will be able to articulate their personal strengths, employ self-reflection to gain insight, and use their knowledge of strengths to assist with decision making. StrengthsQuest exploration fits nicely with the Sophomore College mission which connects students with resources that are unique to the sophomore population (major declaration, study abroad decisions, taking on leadership roles in student organizations, considering questions such as "Who am I?").


Upcoming workshop: "Show, Don’t Just Tell, Your Strengths (How to Document Your Strengths for Your Internship Search)" will take place on Thursday, October 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fiesta Room. Overview: Bring your five StrengthsQuest themes and a lunch to learn more from Career Services about how to incorporate your top themes into your career exploration and internship search. Haven’t taken StrengthsQuest yet? Contact Lisa Petrakis for more info: lpetraki@trinity.edu



Fraternity and Sorority Life
Do you have a student who is interested in Greek Life at Trinity? The recruitment process starts soon. We have seven local sororities and seven local fraternities and one national fraternity on campus. For more information about our organizations, please check out the webpages. Each organization is truly unique and I encourage all students to go through the process and meet new people. As a Trinity alumna myself, I can say that joining one of our sororities was a wonderful opportunity for me. I was one of those students who never thought she'd join a sorority but the community here is so welcoming and inviting and I'm glad I did.

Greek 101, an information session, and Recruitment Kick-Off will happen on Sunday, October 12 beginning at 3pm in Laurie Auditorium. It will be at that point that students can put their name on the rush list and begin the process of finding their home away from home. Recruitment will go until February 6. If you have any specific questions about the recruitment period, please feel free to reach out to me at bmcglamo@trinity.edu.

Parents -- your student will have the choice of two opportunities to participate in Alternative Break 2015!
Alternative Break is a week-long cultural immersion and community service experience led by Trinity faculty and staff members; this year there is an Alternative Winter Break and an Alternative Spring Break!

Dominica, known as the nature isle of the Caribbean is a tropical paradise, while at the same time an underdeveloped country. Students will spend the week there volunteering at a school for children with special needs. When not at the school, students explore the rain forest, swim in a waterfall, converse with the locals, or enjoy the beach! Prior to beginning the service-learning project students learn about Dominican history & culture, teaching children with special needs, cross-cultural communication, and much more.


January 2-11, 2015

Dominica, Eastern Caribbean
Cost: $850 plus the cost of round trip flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico

Click Here for an Application

March 8- 14, 2015

Atlanta, GA
Cost: $700

Click Here for an Application

Due to its rich history in the African American civil rights movement, Atlanta becomes a great place for this Multicultural Immersion Spring Break Trip. The program guides students through socio-historical-cultural areas of the city. Students will learn about cultural heritage, history, demographics, and current events, both in sessions before the break and during the immersion. During the spring break, student will also participate in various service projects throughout the city.


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

New Student Orientation Feedback

Final EIT Announcement

Informational Announcements

Teach for America: Next Application Deadline September 12

New York Time Online Access

Upcoming TrinAlert and VoIP Test

Sophomore and Junior Senator Vacancies

TUPD Bike Registration Night

Major/Minor Declarations

United Way Days of Caring

Student Government Association Newsletter, September 16, 2014

Constitution Day

Student Government Association Newsletter, September 24, 2014

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.


September 26, 2014


September 26
- Men's & Women's Soccer

September 26 - 28
- Fall Family Weekend

September 27
- Trinity in Focus
- Football

September 28
- Men's & Women's Soccer

October 1
- Lennox Series:  Maria

October 2
- Volleyball

October 3
- Theatre: Glass Menagerie
- Men's & Women's Soccer

October 5
- Men's Soccer

October 6
- Women's Soccer

October 7
- Maverick Lecture:  Amy
- Chamber Recital: Romantic
  Art Songs

October 8
- Lennox Lecture: Kimberly

October 10 - 12
- Alumni Weekend

October 10 - 11
- Volleyball

October 11
- Football

October 12
- Greek 101

October 13
- Stieren Series: Zadie Smith
- Lennox Series: Young
  Women Programmers

October 14
- Music:  Strange Bedfellows:
  The Violin in Unusual
  Ensemble Settings

October 17
- Fall Break; no classes

October 18
- Women's Soccer
- Football

October 21
- Mid-term grades submitted
  to Registrar
- Fall Choral Concert

October 22
- Fall Career Fair

October 23
- Concert: Trinity Symphony

October 24
- Men's & Women's Soccer

October 25
- Swimming & Diving

October 26

- Concert: Trinity Symphonic
  Wind Ensemble
- Men's & Women's Soccer

October 27
- Lennox Series: Erin

October 30
- L
ast day for undergraduate


TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent:
October 24

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