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Kicking off the New Year




Students enjoying the renovated Coates Center to kick off the year.


Dean of Students

Parents and Family Members,

Last Wednesday night I made the mistake of leaving my Tiger Card at the student government meeting. I believe the SGA President, Evan Lewis, posted it on one social media site or another, as Thursday random students kept asking me if I had retrieved it from President Lewis.

They're back! And I am pretty glad, shenanigans aside.

At Fall Family Weekend we are offering a number of sessions for parents in the afternoon. One is a discussion on a current hot topic. For this program we chose this Atlantic Monthly article on the Comfortable Kid. If your schedule permits, please come join us for a staff-led discussion.

Finally, please enjoy Tower Climb and all-campus picnic photos (courtesy of University Communications).  Maybe you will recognize someone!



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

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When 74 is Greater Than 76
Twelve Ways for Students to Affect Campus Life

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Fall Family Weekend


September 26-28, 2014

Before you know it, six weeks will have passed since move-in day. Soon it will be time to attend Fall Family Weekend, where you can meet the adult your student is becoming.

Program highlights include: Friday afternoon tea at the President's home, Saturday morning coffee with the Dean of Students, a University update and a reception with the faculty. This year we are adding several new events including: a tour of our new Center for Sciences and Innovations, information sessions with study abroad and career services, and cocktails and appetizers with alumni!

Click here to register and click here for Fall Family Weekend details.

* All events are free and open to Trinity parents/family!


Parent Giving Programs 

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John and Barbara, Career Services Chairs of the newly formed Trinity Parents Leadership Council, (photo below) invite parents to get involved. The Career Services committee will help the Trinity Career Services office to provide the best possible opportunities and career-driven experiences for Trinity students. John and Barbara are the proud parents of two Trinity University graduates, Maria Wallace ‘10, Master’s Degree in Education, and Mark Greene ‘14, Bachelor’s Degrees in International Business and Mandarin. They have been a part of the Trinity family for 30 years. John serves the University as the Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability where he has led the construction of the Center for the Sciences and Innovation, and Barbara is the founder and CEO of Greene and Associates, Inc. She is a member of the Business Affiliates Program and volunteers to facilitate the Trinity Networking session to prepare students for the Alumni Making Connections event each fall. Together they have hosted hundreds of students at their home from at least 15 different countries.

The mission of the Parents Leadership Council is to serve as an advisory and advocacy group, helping to foster the sense of community among parents of Trinity students and alumni. An essential component of the council's work is its philanthropic support of Trinity’s Parents Fund. Gifts from parents make a difference in many areas of the University and have a critical impact on our core priorities.

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   

A Parent’s Thrill—Tempered by Sadness

Have you felt sad or empty since your child left home for school? Even if you have done the 'college goodbye' in the past, it is not uncommon for parents to feel a twang of sadness amid the excitement of sending their child off to college. It is indeed a loss, says this Associated Press article, and there are some ways to cope with--and grow from--that loss. The tips in this article may help you to enrich your life and relationships in multiple ways, including the evolving relationship you have with your emerging-adult child.

--Kristin E. Eisenhauer, Ph.D.

Career Services   


Both you and your student can follow the new Career Services blog. Read testimonials of how other students have benefited from our services and events, get tips from the advice of our career advisors, learn about our upcoming events, and discover internship and job opportunities posted in our TigerJobs system. We’re just getting started, so come back and visit the blog often.


Student Health 101 - September Edition




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

The September issue has some great articles including:

- Sleep Study: Top 10 tips for better nights
- Good Mood Food: The new twist on emotional eating
- Desirable Habits:  Systems for your self-transformation
- Look up!  Is your smartphone replacing your social life?
- Start smart: Transition tips for the school year from a student and a
- 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


Dining Services

We are pleased to share that Trinity University Dining Services was included in The Daily Meal’s 75 Best Colleges in America for Food” list. Dining programs were graded on factors such as health and wellness, sustainability, accessibility and service, special events and atmosphere. We are proud to say we are in the top 4% of colleges that were considered.



Throw a party for your college student without ever leaving home!  

Click here to buy a birthday cake through E-Commerce!  



Don't worry, there is still time to purchase a commuter meal plan for your student! Having a meal plan on campus allows for maximum flexibility and convenience.

Hey parents, follow us if you're on Instagram!  By following  @TrinityUDining, you'll receive updates on location closings, special deals for your students, theme nights and more!




Looking for a reason to call your student next week? Remind him or her to have a yearbook photo taken Tuesday or Wednesday, Sept. 9 or 10. Sitting for a photo is free. Puppies will be on hand Wednesday during the day in the Fiesta Room, and kittens will be on hand both evenings in front of the library.   Why? Well, who doesn’t smile when holding a fun bundle of fur?

To order a yearbook, go to cpstore.trinity.edu or e-mail cpbusiness@trinity.edu.



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

Tower Climb 2.0

First Year Academic Honor Council Application

Informational Announcements

2014-2015 Parking Permits

Reading TUgether Talk

Presidential Search Update

SGA Funding Requests

Dramaturgy Course

System Maintenance - Sept. 2

REMINDER - System Maintenance

University Committee Assignments for the Academic Year 2014-2015

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Self-Defense Class

Important! Add/Drop Deadline

TUVAC Announcement - Volunteer Opportunities

VDI@TU System

Fall 2014: FERPA, Complaints, Whistleblower, Missing Persons Notices

Fall 2014: Seasonal Weather Information and Preparedness
Fall 2014: Alcohol and Drugs
Fall 2014: Sexual Assault Information

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 5, 2014


September 5
- Faculty Retreat; no classes

September 6
- Greek Council Carnival &
- Football

September 12
- Men's & Women's Tennis
- Men's Soccer

September 12 - 13
- Volleyball TU Fall Classic

September 15
- Distinguished Scientist
  Lecture: Robert Sapolsky

September 17
- Last Day Opt Pass/Fail

September 19
- Cross Country

September 19 - 21
- Women's Tennis ITA
   Regional Championships

September 23
- The Beckman/True Duo in
   Concert: Champagne and
   Bon Bons

- Women's Soccer

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



TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent:
September 26

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