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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 Student Association)

Dean of Students

Dear 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
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.


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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. 

Valentine’s 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 experience

special! 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 they do!

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, vjohnson@trinity.edu.  


Counseling Services   


Your 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 Web site.

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

Career Services   


Career Services Spring Workshops

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 during Resumania on February 2-3, and create business cards to hand out to employers at the fair (student business card template online).


Health Services


Student Health 101 - January Edition


You can read the January issue of the Parent Perspective online

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

The 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
Flu 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.



Dining Services



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 student a commuter meal plan so they can eat on campus! Purchase one now!      



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! 



Are you worried your student doesn’t have anything to eat? TrinityUDining.com has daily and weekly menus so your student never goes hungry.




Save the Date

Spring Family Weekend

March 27 - 29

More 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 & Sorority Life.

Parents of Seniors -
Countdown to Commencement

2/17/2015 - 2/18/2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fiesta Room

Has 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 minutes.


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.

Ring Sales

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 questions.

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.

Please join 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.

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.)

Informational Announcements

Nominations Open: Student Recognition Opportunities

Making Connections Reminder

Important--NEW Natural Science Course Options

Parking Permit Information

P2P Reminder

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

Aaron Konstam

"Party Safe"


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.


January 23, 2015


January 23
- Welcome Back WinterFest
- Men's & Women's

January 24
- Men's & Women's

January 31
- Trinity in Focus

February 3
- Stieren Guest Artist: Doug

February 4
- Last Day Opt Pass/Fail
- Spring Career Fair

February 5
- Greek 201

February 6 - 7
- Baseball Tournament

February 12
- Men's Tennis

February 17 - 18
- Countdown to





TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent:
February 13

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