Winter Issue - December 2011/January 2012
From the Desk of the PresidentDear parents,
Much like Odysseus waking up on the shores of Ithaka after 20 years fighting at Troy and struggling for his homecoming, so our students, and your sons and daughters, will soon be stumbling back home after their odyssey of a semester. Read more...
My how this fall semester has flown by! Students are now preparing for finals, writing papers, and pulling all-nighters. Please remind your student to check into a variety of study sessions and study break opportunities on campus. Additional information on encouraging your student to 'finish strong' can be found here. Classes end on Thursday, December 8, Dead Day is Friday, December 9, and final exams begin on Saturday, December 10 and end on Thursday, December 15. Christmas break is December 16, 2011 - January 15, 2012. Residence Halls officially close at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 16.
Be sure to mark March 23-March 25, 2012 on your calendar for Family Weekend. We have many fun and exciting events planned and look forward to seeing our Crusader parents and families on campus. More information and registration for Family Weekend can be found here.
On behalf of the University of Dallas faculty and staff, I wish you much joy this Christmas season and peace for the New Year!
Assistant Director of Student and Parent Services
Save time -- order spring course materials on-line, pick up in the bookstore. Students can locate required course material by using their spring course schedule and accessing http://www.udallas.bkstr.com/ . Select department, course number and section, and all materials will be listed. You may then select from New, Used, Digital and Rental, (Please note: not all materials will be available in all four formats)
A group of students will be taking a trip to Joplin, MO during Spring Break to help repair homes from the extensive damage caused by last year's tornados. We will be having a Valentine's Day fundraiser later in the year to help support our trip. If you would like to make a side donation, please feel free to send checks payable to "Alternative Spring Break" to the office of Campus Ministry. Thank you for your prayers and support!
Career Services Update
Career Services has been busy helping students with their job search process by exploring possible fields to preparing for interviews. Read how a current student landed a job before even graduating.
At some point during your child's college career, you may sense that he or she might benefit from meeting with a counselor. The Counseling CenterI does receive phone calls from parents who want to know how they can make that suggestion to their children. This is the advice Mike Brici, UD Counselor, gives to parents: "Yes, by all means please do encourage your student to call (214.364.4154) or email (email@example.com). No concern is too small and no concern is too large to be addressed in the counseling office. And it's a safe and confidential place to talk out whatever the concern is."
Financial Aid Office
The Office of Financial Aid would like to remind you that the 2012 FAFSA will be available January 1, 2012. The University of Dallas recommends that you complete the FAFSA by visiting http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA to the University is March 1, 2012. The FAFSA must be completed each year in order to receive need based financial aid and unsubsidized Direct Loans. Click here for more information about the FAFSA and the new Student Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
Health and Wellness
National Remembrance Day
This Veterans' Day the UD community honored the men and women of the Armed Forces in a unique and moving way. The University was a proud member of a grassroots effort known as National Remembrance Day.
All spring 2012 Rome applicants must clear with the Business Office by December 14. For more information regarding clearance, the Higher One Refund Program and how to pack and prepare for Rome click here.
Did you know that UD is offering a new undergraduate Summer Rome program? Information regarding the cost, courses offered, and deadlines can be found here.
The Student Activities & Leadership Center is overflowing with gifts this week! This past month the students from the Rotaract Club have teamed up with Student Activities to organize the Salvation Army Angel Tree project on our Irving campus. Read more...
Student Health @ UD
We continue to have multiple viral illnesses on campus, both respiratory and gastrointestinal, which cause the students to miss several days of class. Rest and plenty of fluids with nutritious foods are the most important ingredients to heal. When Influenza (the Flu) starts coming through in December and January, symptoms can be more severe, so please encourage your student to come to the clinic for their Flu vaccine, especially if they have lung or heart disease or live on campus or are traveling to Rome next semester.
Twelfth Night Mainstage Production
Important Housing Information
New Meningitis Vaccine Law in Texas
Texas State Legislation mandates that ALL students under the age of 30 enrolling for the first time at UD or returning from leave of absence must submit evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. Students must provide evidence that the vaccination was administered at least ten days prior to the first day of classes (January 17, 2012) and within the past five years. Students without this proof of meningococcal vaccine will not be permitted to register for classes at the beginning of the spring semester. Contact the Student Health Center for more information about the Meningitis Vaccine Policy.
All are welcome to celebrate Christmas at the Alumni Advent Mass. More information can be found here.
If you’ve ever had a craving for a great dirty, chai tea latte (chai tea latte with a shot of espresso), Kellie Fitzpatrick is the barista to make it for you. Read more about Kellie as she reminisces about UD.
If you are ever on campus listening to the casual conversations in the Capp Bar, they often take a turn from the less casual and move to be more intellectual. Politics and theology are possibly one of the most popular topics of conversation, so it isn’t a surprise that many alumni take an interest in continuing that conversation after leaving the University. Victoria Degado added her name to the ranks of those alumni and is currently employed by the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington DC.
Read about Dr. Murray's love of UD and his current teaching project.
Do you have questions or comments related to campus life?
Please contact the Parent and Family Program office at 972.721.5113
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.