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Blessing of the Hands


Chaplain Stephen Nickle performs his annual blessing of the hands with the Health Services staff as they prepare for the new academic year. The Chaplain helps the staff reflect on their roles as healers and celebrate their commitment to student patients.  Here, he seems especially determined in blessing Dr. Janna Wilder, whose clinic hours are increasing to 20 hours per week.

Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

I am excited to welcome back returning parents and to welcome new parents to the Trinity family! The Trinity campus looks incredible right now. Once Murchison Hall is done we will have no major construction happening for at least a little while. It will give our students a chance to really appreciate the grounds that are so well-designed and maintained by the staff.

This promises to be an interesting year as the presidential search gears up, the strategic plan begins to crystallize, and the faculty crafts the details of the new curriculum for 2015. We will also be sad to bid farewell to Dr. Ahlburg and his wife Penelope Harley in the early spring.

If you are interested in running the half marathon on December 7 with me and the Trinity group, please complete this survey. We would love to have you and parents often participate.

Each month students receive a class newsletter featuring information from their class marshals and alumni sponsors. 
We have modified them slightly this year.  Click here to see the first version sent to students this week.

Thank you for trusting your sons and daughters with us and for making this important sacrifice and investment in their future.



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

Take a look at a blog post by two Trinity students this summer to help create a deeper look at what makes this such a great place to study-live-work (i.e., Discover - Grow - Become)


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

Counseling Services   

Saying Goodbye

Sending your child off to college can be quite emotional, for dads as well as moms. But you knew that already, didn’t you! There are many sources of advice for parents as they prepare for and ultimately leave their sons and daughters at Trinity. This Today Show segment, featuring an interview with Dr. Michele Borba, offers great tips for the parents of First Years. Best wishes in this time of tremendous transition--for you and your child.

--Richard Reams, Ph.D.

Career Services   


Your Student and the Importance of Networking

Will your student know what to do when meeting someone who can help them along their career path?


Career Services is hosting the networking etiquette workshop, “Connecting with High Impact,” with presenter Barbara Greene. The interactive workshop will teach your student how to build relationships with Trinity University alumni and other contacts they make. Networking can lead to information and job leads, often before a formal job description is created or a job is announced. It is a valuable skill to master, and when used appropriately, has lifelong benefits. The workshop will be held Monday, September 15 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Storch Memorial Building Lobby.


Your student immediately will be able to put this new skill to work during Making Connections, a career-networking event with San Antonio alumni, on Thursday, September 18, from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Skyline Bistro. The goal of Making Connections is to give alumni and students an opportunity to interact with each other and to explore career or graduate school opportunities in various fields of interest.


Your student can benefit from either session independently, but the sessions are the most powerful when taken together. Your student may sign up for one or both of these opportunities on TigerJobs.


Residential Life


Residence Hall Check-In:

Sophomore College Return Dates
Students moving into Sophomore College (Prassel and Thomas Halls) may check in at the Witt Center starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 23. The Witt Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and check-in will continue through Wednesday, August 27.


Upper-class Return Dates
Upper-class students may move into the residence halls beginning on Sunday, August 24. The Witt Center will be open for check-in from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, August 27.


Classes Begin on Wednesday, August 27
The only students permitted to return early are fall athletes and those whose services are essential to opening the campus (such as RA's, RM's, and Orientation Team). In order to accommodate our returning students, the Residential Life Office opens the residence halls on a weekend day (for family travel purposes) and allows for four days to arrive to campus. Given that, we ask that you not request to arrive earlier than that time, as such requests will be denied. Please allow the staff to focus on checking in new students and the start of New Student Orientation. We appreciate your cooperation.


"Can't Miss" Event


Reading TUgether is a university-wide common reading program in which the entire campus community, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni, participate. Reading TUgether is comprised of three primary components -- the book, the annotated bibliography assignment, and the keynote lecture -- each serving as complements to the other in order to facilitate a deeper exploration of the book. This year, the selection comes from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Raymond Bonner. "Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong" tells the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.  

The Reading TUgether keynote lecture will be delivered by Diana Holt, LLC Attorney, with special guest Edward Lee Elmore, on Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium.  It is free and open to the public.




Health Services


Student Health 101 - June Edition



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

The June issue has some great articles including:

- Take Charge of Your Credit: What It Means and How to Make It Stronger
- 30 Seconds to Make an Impression: How to Market Yourself in Any
- Love Your Body
- Go Off the Grid: How Unplugging Can Help You Unwind
- Your Core is Key: How to Build Abdominal and Back Strength
- Think Clean, Go Green: Explore Natural Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning
- Active Listener or Problem Solver? How to Help Friends Through
  Tough Times

- And much more…


ATTENTION: Was your student billed for $1216 for the student health insurance plan?

All students are required to have health insurance. Required proof of personal insurance is provided through an online waiver. If the waiver was not completed before July 1 the student will be enrolled in the student health insurance plan and the premium of $1216 will be added to their University bill. If your student has personal health insurance and you do not wish to purchase the student health insurance plan the waiver must be completed by September 4. Details are available online. Questions may be directed to Health Services 210-999-8111 or healthservices@trinity.edu


Dining Services




We are excited to announce a new dining location has arrived on campus. A P.O.D. Express will be located in the Center for Sciences and Innovation. On Wednesday, August 27, Trinity community members can stop by for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sushi, drinks or healthy snacks.





Not in town for your student’s birthday? Get them a cake anyway! Click here to buy a birthday cake through E-Commerce!      



Even commuter students get hungry! Purchase a meal plan for your student, today! 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!


Fall Family Weekend

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 for a full list of events.

*NOTE: This year, we will be charging a nominal fee for several events. Please click the above link for more information regarding this year's registration.



Parents of a sophomores:  Is your student seeking strengths clarification?
In July, all sophomores were invited to participate in StrengthsQuest for SoCol, a program designed specifically for sophomore students as they explore major declaration, study abroad, leadership roles, and more. Through StrengthsQuest (an affiliate of Gallup'sStrengthsFinder), sophomores will identify their top five talent themes. Students are invited to attend a strengths workshop in mid-September to learn more about their strengths and how to apply them to academics and careers/graduate school. Encourage your student to complete the StrengthsQuest inventory prior to arriving to campus on August 23! Contact Jamie Thompson with questions or for more information.

HCOM 1170 - Leadership Academy

Is your first-year or sophomore student looking for a one-credit course to round out her/her fall schedule? Check out HCOM 1170, a one-credit leadership class designed for students to learn leadership essentials and explore how their leadership impacts others through theory-to-practice leadership activities, discussion, and significant written and personal reflection. Leadership Academy concludes with a participation in a student-designed service project. Contact Jamie Thompson for more information.



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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.


August 12, 2014
Opening Edition


August 21
- New students move in

August 23
- Sophomores may return

August 24
- Upper-class students may

August 25
- Student Involvement Fair

August 25-26
-  Student Employment

August 26
All Campus Picnic

August 27
- Classes begin
- Reading TUgether

August 29
- Welcome Week Concert
Men's & Women's Soccer

August 31

- Men's Soccer

September 1
- Labor Day Holiday; no
  classes, University offices
- Hallympics begin











TrinitE Parent Updates

Next TrinitE Parent:
September 5

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