Winter Issue - December 2011/January 2012

From the Desk of the President  

Dear 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!


Valerie Landrum
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 .  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)

Questions?  Please call 972.721.5320 or email .

We wish a "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" to all our University of Dallas parents and students.

Campus Ministry

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. 

Counseling Corner

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 ( 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 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

On Friday, November 18, 2011, there was an Alcohol and Tobacco Awareness event outside Haggar University Center on 'The Mall'.  This was an education event op to the entire UD community sponsored by Student Recreation Programs and the UD Wellness Committee.  Students from the Pre-Health Society presented information on the effects of tobacco on the human body and a representative from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) was on hand to distribute information and had a simulation demonstration on the effects of alcohol for interested parties to experience.  In addition, smokers were encouraged to turn in their pack of cigarettes in exchange for a $5.00 coupon to the UD Capp Bar.


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.  

Read more from the perspective of Patrick Brehany, a student who was instrumental in the planning and execution of the event.

Rome Office

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.

Do you have or know of a high school student that would love to experience UD in Irving or in Rome this summer?  Read more about the two summer high school programs offered at UD.

Student Activities

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.
The end of the semester is also a high stress time with limited sleep, both of which can cause or worsen symptoms of anxiety and depression. Encourage your student to eat well, get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and find ways to "de-stress". They will be more productive when studying and writing papers and perform better on final exams when their brain has been nourished and well rested.

Twelfth Night  Mainstage Production

The University of Dallas Drama Department presented Shakespeare's haunting somber, comedy, Twelfth Night, directed by Drama Department Chair Kyle Lemieux from November 2-13.  

Read more about the lyrical comedy and somber reflection of the true nature of love and loss.

Important Dates

December 8
    Last day of undergraduate classes

December 10
    Final exams begin
    Final Exam Schedule

December 14
    Interterm semester payments due

December 15
    Final exams end
    Food service ends at dinner
December 16
    Residence halls close at 10 a.m.
    Spring Romers must take all belongings home as we have no storage on campus.
    Continuing residents may leave belongings; however, students need to take home any important personal items (checkbook, medications, passport, etc)

December 19-23, January 2
Registrar's Office closed

December 26-January 2
    Other University offices closed

December 27
    One residence hall open for interterm classes at 4 p.m.
    No campus food service available
December 28-January 13

December 30
Grades available.  Ask your student to show you the grades on BannerWeb.

January 4
    Spring semester payments due

January 15
    All residence halls open at 8 a.m.
    Full food service begins at dinner

January 17
    First day of spring semester classes

January 23
    Last day to register or verify

January 27
    Adds and drops end

February 3
    Meal Plan change deadline

February 27-March 2
    Midsemester exam period

February 14
Grades due for undergraduate students for removal of incompletes from fall semester (excluding students wiith academic review deadlines)

March 5-9
Spring Break
    Residence Halls close March 3 at 10:00 a.m. and DO NOT reopen until 8 a.m. March 11

March 23-25
Family Weekend

Important Housing Information

Hall Closing Notice 2011

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

A Year in the Life of a UD Student


Alumni Relations

All are welcome to celebrate Christmas at the Alumni Advent Mass.  More information can be found here.

Student Spotlight

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. 

Alumni Spotlight

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 more....

Faculty Spotlight

Read about Dr. Murray's love of UD and his current teaching project.   


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
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