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The weather is turning and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Thanksgiving Break officially begins with your student's last class on Tuesday, November 26, and goes through Sunday, December 1. Residents not going home for this holiday may stay in their campus housing; however, there is no food service after lunch on Tuesday until dinner on Sunday.
As your student arrives home for Thanksgiving, be prepared for some transition. Your Crusader's newfound independence might be challenging for the family. Click HERE to read some hints to help make the transition work.
Registration for spring classes begins on Monday, November 11, and housing registration for the spring will begin on November 18. Your Crusader has received emails pertaining to both of these registration processes. All student accounts must be current to register. A current student account is one that is paid in full or only has the November 2013 payment outstanding on the payment plan. Spring 2014 statements will be uploaded to CASHNet and mailed out during the first weeks of December. Spring Rome student payment arrangements are due December 18, and all other undergraduates have a payment arrangement due date of January 6, 2014.
Hopefully your student was able to report successful progress after midterms. If your student seems to be struggling, you may recommend that he or she visit the Academic Success Adviser, meet with the professor or seek tutoring. The end of the semester is fast approaching, which means finals are just around the corner. Click HERE for information on ordering a Final Exam Gift Package.
As the holidays approach and you start thinking about Christmas shopping, I would like to remind you of the Blakley Library's affiliate program with Amazon.com. Click HERE to start shopping and support the UD library. If you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for your Crusader, check out "University of Dallas from A to Z" - a book written and illustrated by two UD students.
Last month, UD announced a $12 million gift from Dallas entrepreneurs Satish and Yasmin Gupta. The donation, which is the single largest in the university's 57-year history, will fund construction of a new academic building that will house the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The UD Ministry Conference set a new record for attendance during its seventh annual conference with more than 5,200 people in attendance. The Office of Personal and Career Development hosted its annual Haunted House of Horrors. The event included a haunted house featuring UD faculty and staff volunteers, along with live readings of scary stories by UD faculty members. Click HERE to read about the highlights of the event.
November is a busy month on campus! The Office of Undergraduate Admission looks forward to an eventful November of recruiting with college fairs and Odyssey Days. Click HERE to read more about Admission happenings. Our remarkably talented students tackle Shakespeare's dark and comic look at the lengths we all go to achieve our desired ends in All's Well That Ends Well. Thanks to Ed Stanley's (BA '65) generosity, physics students are using some much-needed equipment to study electronic signal analysis and gamma-ray spectroscopy and work with low doses of radiation. Read more about this wonderful alumnus gift. The Rotaract Club has teamed up with Student Activities to adopt 85 Angels for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The Art Department is hosting several exhibitions this month. And finally, Counselor Mike Brock recalls fond undergraduate memories as he listens to the song "Help Me Rhonda" while strolling across the Mall on Friday.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here for YOU!
Until next time...
Student & Parent Services
Meet the Residence Coordinators
Joseph Aziz and Mitchell Pohl, Residence Coordinators, are the behind-the-scenes guys of Residence Life at UD. Their main job involves supporting the Resident Assistants and making their jobs as easy and fruitful as possible. Read more...
World Youth Day - A Student's Spiritual Journey
Junior Shelby Flood attended World Youth Day in Rio this past July. She shared her experiences with students and faculty in October. Shelby gave a stunning power-point presentation with images of the Pope and the Mass on Copacabana Beach. Those who attended Shelby's presentation found it deeply moving. See her power-point presentation HERE.
Virus du Jour
We've had the usual respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses circulating among the students. For more information about symptoms and preventative measures, click HERE.
Rome Program Complete information about the Rome Program can be found HERE.
Unlike most study-abroad programs, the Rome Program offers students an opportunity to experience firsthand the roots of our faith and culture. Click HERE to read about Summer Rome Programs and deadlines for spring 2014 Romers.
UD ROTC Club Cadets
Once again the University of Dallas ROTC Club cadets and civilians are organizing the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in honor of our country's fallen heroes. The names of service men and women who have lost their lives for our freedoms in the last two operations, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, will be read from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 11 in Gorman Faculty Lounge. The ceremonies will conclude with a Convocation and Flag Lowering Ceremony after 5:00 p.m.