Fall Issue - October/November 2011
From the Desk of the PresidentDear parents,
If you dropped your son or daughter off for the beginning of the school year or have had the opportunity to visit the campus within the last year you know that navigating the highways and streets around campus can be something of an odyssey. It may not be quite the same as fighting off the fearsome monsters Scylla or Charybdis, but I’m sure that you felt tempest-tossed at times. I have some good news to share! Read more...
Fall has finally reached us and we are no longer enduring the 100+ temperatures you may remember from when you dropped your son or daughter off at the end of August. The temperatures have dropped to the mid 80s and the students are certainly enjoying the cooler weather as they participate in all of the Charity Week events going on. We just completed the fifth week of classes and mid-terms are quickly approaching. Is your student ready? Here is a list of questions you might ask your student to help ensure he/she is on the right track.
Academic Success OfficeDid you know the University of Dallas has an Academic Success Advisor?
My name is Brandon W. Jones and I am the Academic Success Advisor for the University. It is my responsibility to collaborate with the faculty, registrar, academic support staff, and student life staff to maximize student success and enable the successful progression of your student to graduation/program completion. So if your student is overwhelmed, unsure about their major, or needs academic assistance, have them pay me a visit! My office is located in Augustine Hall, Room 114. For more information visit the Academic Success Office webpage.
As the newest freshman class at the University of Dallas settles into their residence hall rooms, prepares for their first round of exams and begins building friendships that will last a lifetime, the UD Admissions Team is already busy recruiting the Class of 2016! Read more about how you can help a prospective family.
Our Men's Ministry and Women's Ministry groups have begun the process of prayer and faith sharing this semester. Our young men and women are forming friendships with each other based upon a shared love for the Lord and a sincere desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Career Services Update
Career Services hosted Career Services Week on September 12-16. We hosted a number of workshops co-hosted by Executives and Hiring Managers from Southwest Airlines, Verizon, Deloitte, Cambium Learning, GE Capital, The Irving Chamber of Commerce, Aberg Center for Literacy, and Aquire. Read more about Career Services Week and how Career Services can help your student explore diverse career opportunities.
Papers due yesterday? Quizzes tomorrow? Midterms on the horizon? Is your student stressed yet?
UD Fitness and WellnessPhysical fitness is an integral part of a college student's success. Regular exercise reduces stress, improves cognitive functions and elevates one's mood. The University of Dallas offers students multiple opportunities to engage in physical activities and daily exercise. Read more...
Rome Sweet Home
Dr. Hatlie proclaims, "So far the fall semester has been fabulous. This semester's students seem as eager to embrace the challenges of our core curriculum and the pleasures of living in Europe. It's exciting to see a whole new world open up to them."
At UD, the Rome Program is a decisive factor in shaping the intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth of students. Everyone, regardless of major, is encouraged to study in Rome and over 80% of UD students choose to spend a semester on our Rome Campus - usually the fall or spring semester of their sophomore year.
Dallas Year is UD's off-campus events program. The program, which encourages students to explore all that the surrounding metroplex has to offer, extends an open invitation to all undergraduate students. It promises one unique event per week, guaranteeing that there will be something of interest to each kind of student. The list of past events includes cooking classes, Cowboys' games, museum visits, shopping trips, and downtown excursions. The University provides free transportation to all Dallas Year events and even subsidizes the ticket costs for events which require paid admission. Thus, Dallas Year is a manifestation of UD's commitment to cultivate the well-roundedness of its students. Please visit the Dallas Year website to learn more about this semester's events.
Student Health @ UD
Here at UD we have a microcosm of what is circulating nationwide, with fall viruses causing respiratory illnesses associated with sore throat, congestion, runny nose, cough, low grade fever and body aches. Usually the symptoms peak at about the 3rd or 5th day and then resolve within a couple of weeks. In addition, we have a 24 hour stomach virus circulating with nausea and vomiting, occasionally with diarrhea. The best treatment for these illnesses involves rest, increased fluids, over the counter cold meds or homeopathic meds, and diligent hand washing to avoid spread to friends. Read more about respiratory infections.
Fortunately, the Flu season hasn’t hit us yet, which it will do with a vengeance eventually. All students are encouraged to get the Flu vaccine, especially since it could hit right around finals. We have the new micro-needle vaccine which is almost pain free, so hopefully more students will take advantage of the vaccine this year. Now is a great time for students to get the Flu vaccine before the flu hits campus.
In the Thick of It: Parenting Strategies for Mid-Semester
Fading is the excitement of being back or starting new. Students look tired, many have a cold brewing, and some have gained weight while others have lost. Many have failed or skipped something – a quiz, a test, a class. What seemed fun and possible may now be exhausting and even feel unattainable. Some students are thriving, but many are working against a tide of depletion – lack of sleep, poor diet, and stress.
When your student comes home during the Thanksgiving break, it will be a time of transition. You may have lived separately, while your student enjoyed some newfound independence. This can be challenging to reconcile when you are living under the same roof. So, here are some things to keep in mind as you all make this transition work.
Important Housing Information
Meet Mariana Zayas, a senior at UD, as she reflects on the "Aha" moments of Charity Week and Rome. Read more....
Super Dave might be the most recognized and beloved person on the University of Dallas campus. We had the opportunity to talk to Super Dave about some of his favorite things and people at UD. Read more...
Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden was recently recognized as one of Dallas' 'Six Cool Scientists'. Read more....
Question of the Month
When college students have questions or problems, they most often turn to their parents before talking to anyone on campus--even when the problem is related to the college experience.
UD Trivia Question
When did UD receive its Phi Beta Kappa chapter? Established in 1776, PBK is the oldest academic honorary fraternity in the US. UD was the youngest school in the 20th century to receive a chapter--what year was it?
Interesting Articles for Parents
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