The winter fair lived up to
its name today. It was a festive and fun way to help students
identify interests and clubs. (Pictured on the left is the Jewish
Dean of Students
Parents and Families,
We are slowly rolling out elements of the
Strategic Plan. The
Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success will be led by Professor
Jacob Tingle. Tentatively, that area, which includes Career Services, will
operate out of the Coates University Center. A handful of positions are
being filled for the new Student Success Center, location to be determined.
Increasingly, students and parents are looking for a venue for students to
go to to seek supplemental advising, referrals for tutors, and assistance
with study skills. This Center will offer that. It will include Counseling
and Health Services, though likely not in the same location.
You may note some new language as well. Student Affairs has changed to
Student Life and includes the Dean of Students Office, Residential Life, and
Student Involvement (formerly CCI).
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
To all who
have made their gifts during the fall semester, thank you!
In fact, by the end of the calendar year, more than 475
Trinity families made a gift, and those added up to more
than $250,000 in support of the unique Trinity experience.
Day is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to
kick off our first “Share the Love” campaign!
Every student benefits from gifts made by Trinity parents,
but now you can show your appreciation for the wonderful
professors and faculty members who make your child's Trinity
From February 9th to the 14th, we will ask parents to
“Share the Love”. With a donation of $100 or
more, you will have the opportunity to send a Valentine's
e-card to a professor or Trinity staff member who has made a
difference in your child's life! Take this limited time
opportunity to enrich your child's Trinity experience and
show a Trinity staff member how much you appreciate all that
For more information about the “Share the Love”
campaign or Parents Fund, call or e-mail Tanya Johnson-Ruffin, director of parent
giving programs on campus at 210-999-8438,
First-Year’s Fall Semester Grades
Parents of first years, I presume you now know the course grades from your
student’s first semester. Some students and their parents have been
shocked—or at least disappointed. First semester grades are often
disappointing, especially compared to those of high school.
The academic transition from high school to Trinity challenges many
first-year students. Reading assignments are more numerous and
lengthy. Writing assignments are more challenging. Tests are fewer and
farther between. Although paying attention in class and studying the night
before an exam may have been sufficient for achieving As and Bs in high
school, first years discover that strategy no longer works. Add to the mix
a great deal of unstructured time—with no parent present to ensure that
homework gets done—and you have a recipe for academic disappointment.
Many first years adjust their study strategies during the course of fall
semester and are ready to tackle spring semester from the first week of
classes. Some others have yet to discover an effective approach to
studying. Counseling Services offers assistance online with
multiple links to resources designed to build academic skills. We also
offer one-on-one academic skills coaching. Please remind your student that
these resources are available. To learn more about the varied services we
offer, visit our
--Richard Reams, Ph.D., associate director of Counseling Services
Career Services Spring
Did you know that the career fair
can be just as valuable to a first-year student as it is to a graduating
senior? Your student, regardless of classification, is encouraged to discuss
opportunities with participating employers—everything from job shadowing
opportunities to internships, and from part-time jobs before graduation to
full-time jobs after graduation.
To prepare for the
Spring Career Fair on February 4, encourage your student to attend a
mock interview on January 28, have a resume drafted and/or reviewed
Resumania on February 2-3, and create business cards to hand out to
employers at the fair (student
business card template online).
Student Health 101 -
You can read the January issue of the Parent Perspective
You are also invited to read the accompanying Student Health 101
issue for our students
January issue includes the following articles:
Small Steps to Big Fitness
- The Science of Happy
- Meal Makeovers
- An Expert Edits Your Resume
Flu Vaccine Available
shots are still available in
Health Services. It's not too late to
get vaccinated. The cost is $17 and no appointment is necessary.
Health Services is seeing students return from Winter
Break with the flu. Students with sudden onset of fever
with headache, body aches and cough should call Health
Services or come in for an evaluation. Students with
flu or flu-like symptoms are asked to stay in their
room, do not go to class, until the fever is gone for 24
hours, without taking fever reducing medications.
To avoid the flu students are encouraged to stay away
from others who are sick, get adequate sleep and wash
hands frequently. Gargling with warm salt water can
also be helpful.
Hey parents, don’t forget to
follow us on Instagram! By following @TrinityUDining
You’ll receive updates on location closings, special deals
for your students, and more!
Not on campus? Not a problem! There’s still time to get your
commuter meal plan so they can eat on campus!
Purchase one now!
Not in town for your student’s birthday? Get them a cake
Click here to buy a birthday cake through
Are you worried your student
doesn’t have anything to eat?
TrinityUDining.com has daily and weekly menus so your student never
Save the Date
March 27 - 29
information coming soon!
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 &
Parents of Seniors -
Countdown to Commencement
2/17/2015 - 2/18/2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fiesta Room
your senior ordered their cap and gown? Selected graduation announcements?
Scheduled a time for senior portraits? If you answered no to any of these
questions, do not stress. We have a one-stop-shop opportunity for seniors
to complete preparations for commencement, and it will only take them 30
Students will be able to purchase a class ring, order a diploma frame, and
get some fun freebies and prizes along the way. They will also receive
information about their student accounts, financial aid, transcripts, and
more. Encourage your senior to attend the Countdown to Commencement event
in the Fiesta Room on Tuesday or Wednesday, February 17-18 any time between
the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information on additional senior events
go to trinity.edu/seniors.
Tuesday, February 17 and
Wednesday, February 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
By having at least 73 credit hours students are eligible to participate in a
Trinity Tradition - the Trinity Ring Ceremony being held during Spring
Family Weekend on Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. An official
ring sales representative will be attending Countdown to Commencement in the
Fiesta Room to assist with the ring selection, sizing and any additional
Trinity Chamber Singers West Coast Tour
The Trinity University Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Gary Seighman, are
presenting concerts on the West Coast March 6 - 14 during Spring Break. Selections will
include works by Arvo Pärt, Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi,
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, newly-commissioned works, and well-known
arrangements and spirituals.
Trinity University’s premiere choral ensemble as they perform a wide variety
of selections and collaborate with local choirs on their West Coast Tour.
Click here to view dates and locations.
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
Nominations Open: Student Recognition Opportunities
Making Connections Reminder
Important--NEW Natural Science Course Options
Parking Permit Information
Show Trinity Spirit - BIG Hoops weekend
Fresh Start in Spring 2015
Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Fair
Student Conduct Board Vacancy
Reminder - Summer Research Opportunity Fair
SGA Funding Requests
Academic Honor Council Applications
SGA Senator Vacancies
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.