Welcome Back Issue - August/September

From the Desk of the President  

Hello and welcome back to UD!

As many of you contemplate your students’ imminent odyssey to the University of Dallas, I offer you these lines from the proem of the original Odyssey. Homer says of Odysseus:

      Many were they whose cities he saw, whose minds he learned of,
      Many the pains he suffered in his spirit on the wide sea, 
      Struggling for his own life and the homecoming of his companions.
                                                                 I. 3-5, trans. Richmond Lattimore

The process of education is an odyssey. 

Welcome Back!

The Parent and Family Program seeks to provide resources, information, and opportunities for parents to stay inclUDed in the educational experiences of their children. This e-newsletter is one of the ways we will remain in contact with you throughout the year. This web-based newsletter  publication especially for parents and families is sent to all subscribers every two months.  Learn about upcoming deadlines, and events, campus news, and much more. Information is also available on the Parent and Family webpages designed specifically for you.

As very important members of the UD community, we wish to be available to you as parents and help you feel confident about your student's experience.  The door is always open and the welcome mat is always out for our parents and families to be a part of the activities and spirit found at UD. 

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's experience, please let us know. 

Best wishes for a successful and rewarding year.


Valerie Landrum
Assistant Director of Student and Parent Services

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry offers a variety of activities and other ways for students to get involved in the University of Dallas community. From a lecture/discussion series to Bible Studies to volunteer opportunities throughout the University and Dallas area communities, there is something for everyone.  Read more about the Campus Ministry options for August and September.

Campus Safety

To the maximum extent possible, the University of Dallas is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment through the development and implementation of a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan.  Read more about updating students' emergency contact information. 

Career Services Update

Kenneth Spence is a perfect example of a recent graduate seeking out opporunities designed to allow him to continue to hone his craft and discern where he can best contribute while gaining real-world experience.  Read more about Kenneth and where recent graduates are working, along with information about students gaining traction in their career search.

Counseling Corner

The UD Counseling Office provides confidential counseling to students for a variety of concerns ranging from adjusting to college life to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many others.  No concern is too small; no concern is too large.  For more information visit the UD Counseling webpage

Letting Go

The separation process is a mutual one, with both adolescent and parents experiencing changes. While separation can be difficult, successful separation allows the young adult to function independently while still maintaining an important emotional tie to his or her parents.  Read more...

Ciao from Rome!

On August 24th the University of Dallas Rome Program looks forward to welcoming another group of eager sophomores to its beautiful Due Santi campus for the Fall 2011 semester.  New additions to staff for the 2011-2012 academic year include Sister Catherine Joseph Droste (O.P. and S.T.D) in Theology and Dr. Andrew Osborn in English, together with Ms. Sara Ambler, Mr. Peter Blute and Mr. Joey Pustejovsky as this year’s Rome Assistants.  For more information on the Rome Program, including recent issues of its Forum Romanum newsletter, see http://www.udallas.edu/romeprogram.

Student Activities

What is Charity Week?

Each fall the Student Activities and Leadership Center sponsors Charity Week, an event almost as old as the University itself. Charity Week is coordinated by the junior class and meant to bring the University together while raising money to donate to national and local charities. Read more about Charity Week and how you can be inclUDed.

Student Employment

Student employees are the foundation of the work force at the University of Dallas. Each department employing students depends on those students as essential members of our team.  Read more...

Student Health @ UD

UD Student Health Services is located in upstairs Haggar and is staffed every afternoon from 12:30 – 5 p.m. by Laurie Dekat, MD, MPH, ’79. Dr. Dekat has been with the University of Dallas since 2003, having previously served as an associate medical director in the Parkland community clinics for more than 10 years. Read more about Dr. Dekat and the health services she provides at UD. 

20 Tips for Families

There is never an easy answer to the issues, problems or challenges that students and their parents and families experience.  Parents often wonder how to best prepare themselves for the experiences that lie ahead.  While there are always unique situations, there are also many common threads that unite the experiences that parents and families have with their college students.  Read more for helpful hints and advice for parents and family members.

11th Annual Golf Tournament a Success

The 11th Annual tournament raised over $140,000
for the university's Cor Fund. 

Important Dates

 August 8
      Fall Tuition Due

 August 25
      AlcoholEdu (part 1) Deadline
     (for incoming students only)  

 August 26
     New Student Resident 'Drop-Off' in residence hall rooms - 3-9 p.m.

 August 27
     New Student and Parent Orientation begins - 8 a.m. 

 August 28
     Continuing Student Move-In

 August 29
     Mandatory Meeting for New Students with Work Study 

 August 31
    Classes Begin

 September 4 
      Campus Resident Room Check-In Deadline **  

September 6
      Activities/Volunteer Fair - Haggar Foyer - 11-2 

September 7
      Last Day to Register or Verify

 September 12-16
      Career Services Week

 September 16-18
      Freshman Retreat 

 September 16 
      Meal Plan Change Deadline ** 
      Consolidation Meeting

September 17 
      Deadline to Waive Student Sickness Insurance ** 
      Hearts and Hammers

September 24
     Hearts and Hammers

October 2
     Charity Week Family Day - Mall - 11-4

October 3 - 8
     Charity Week

October 14
     Fall Reading Day

October 17 - 21
     Midsemester Exams

October 21
     Oktoberfest - Mall - 9-12 midnight
**Students will receive multiple emails to their UD email address with direct links to these forms.

A Year in the Life of a UD Student



Did You Know...?

As a parent of a current student, you have the unique opportunity to extend your family's UD network through your endorsement of prospective students.  If you know a student that will be applying to the University beginning August 1st, you may visit this application waiver fee form.  Thank you for your continued support of the University of Dallas!

Contact Us

Do you have questions or comments related to campus life?  
Please contact the Parent and Family Program office at 972.721.5113
or email parents@udallas.edu