Early Spring Issue - February/March 2012
From the Desk of the PresidentDear parents,
College is a journey, and as we all know, it is an arduous and expensive odyssey. The topic in many recent newspaper headlines has been "is college too expensive?" As someone who put himself through college and law school, graduated with a substantial amount of debt, and who is currently putting two children through college, I am keenly aware of the cost. I suggest, though, that we are asking the wrong question. We should be asking, "Are we getting our money's worth?" Read more...
Howdy!While Spring has not quite sprung at UD, we are certainly enjoying the mild days winter has given us. This spring semester offers many fun and exciting events -- one just for you - the families of UD students. On March 23-25, 2012, we will host Family Weekend and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus. It is a great way for the entire family to share in your student's UD odyssey and experience what it means to be part of the UD Crusader Family. Check out the Family Weekend webpage for more information and to RSVP.
Assistant Director of Student and Parent Services
Academic Success Office
Brandon Jones, academic success advisor, helps students with their time management and study skills, and emphasizes that he is here to help everyone. Read more...
Aspiring Scholars Preview
The University of Dallas is a first-year member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
Career Services Update
The Spring 2012 semester is off to a flying start in Career Services. Many of our students, graduating seniors, and recent graduates are finding tremendous success in their job and internship searches! University of Dallas candidates have recently accepted positions at Ogilvy and Mather in New York, GE Capital Finance, Accenture, the Fort Worth Modern Museum of Art, Aberg Center for Literacy, and others. Others have recently interviewed or will be interviewing with the FBI, the CIA, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and more. Read more...
Countdown to CommencementIf your student is a graduating senior, he/she will need to start thinking about preparations for commencement. With coursework and extracurricular activities keeping them busy, May 13th will sneak up on them in a hurry. Your student will need to order a cap and gown (February 28-29 - no additional cost). Information will be available then about the purchase of graduation announcements. They will also need to check with the Registrar's Office to make sure they are on the graduation list, and complete Exit Counseling if they have borrowed federal loans (see the Financial Aid section). Read more...
Financial Aid Office
The Office of Financial Aid would like to remind all parents that the Priority Deadline for submitting your FAFSA ( http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ ) is March 1st. If you have not yet completed your 2011 taxes, you can submit your FAFSA using estimates (based on your 2010 taxes). Two weeks after you have filed your 2011 taxes, your can make corrections to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval tool to bring in information directly from your tax return. Those students who submit their FAFSA prior to March 1st are much more likely to be considered for need based funds like work study which tend to run out quickly.
Midterm exams are the week of February 27 - March 3. Students should remember to attend tutoring when needed and always speak to their professors when help is needed. You can also advise your student to contact Brandon Jones, Academic Success Advisor, for help with time management and study techniques.
UD Rec and Sports
UD Rec and Sports is offering a wide variety of new and exciting recreational classes and sports to help your student have fun and stay active this spring! In addition to the popular Zumba and boxing classes, we have added P90X, Yoga and sailing! Whether it is dodge ball, basketball, soccer or tennis, we have something to suit everyone's recreational needs. We've also partnered with UT Southwestern Medical Center to present Fit Fridays, a weekly lecture series that focuses on nutrition. Check out the rec program website for more information on all the upcoming classes, intramural sports and activities.
The spring 2012 Rome class is packing its bags for their first educational trip of the semester. This is one of three extended trips scheduled for the months ahead, and its destination is Umbria, the virtual heart of Italy. The Umbrian cities of Orvieto and Assisi - two of Italy's most charming, historic and beloved cities - are on the itinerary. Read more...
Spring Drama Production
March 22-April 1, the Drama Department will present Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and directed by Stefan Novinski.
Student Account Services
Payment plan is due on the 15th of each month. A $30 late payment fee will be assessed after the 15th of each month. 1098T tax forms have been mailed. They are also available on CASHNET and BannerWeb. Questions?...contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Student Health @ UD
Take care of your heart this Valentine's Day. While Valentine's Day is all about hearts, it does not have to be just about the 'lovey-dovey' kind. Valentine's Day can also be about taking care of your own heart.
Groundhog Day Celebration
More than 1,000 students and alum attended the 'Party in the Park' Groundhog celebration. The festivities began Thursday evening with Groundhog TGIT. The following morning students woke up early to partake in the free breakfast. The 5K run on Saturday morning drew huge crowds. The upperclassmen were defeated by underclassmen in the Powder Puff football game. Click here to view slideshow
Important DatesFebruary 15
Payment Plan Due
Aspiring Scholars Weekend
February 27-March 3
Midterm Exam Period
Senior Cap & Gown Measuring
Family WeekendMake your plans now to attend Family Weekend, March 23 - 25, 2012. The weekend will be full of great events showcasing the many talents and wonderful contributions of our students and faculty.
Click here to view the schedule
Click here to RSVP
Important Housing Information
Alumni RelationsCheck out all the fun Alumni events happening this spring
Senior education major Patricia Russo comes to UD from Cleveland, Ohio. Her family is related to the legendary Tom Braniff, who was her grandfather’s uncle. It is because of this connection that Patricia’s mother decided to come to UD and in turn that Patricia herself ended up here. Read more...
Professor Charles Sullivan: 2012 King Fellow
The Haggar Cafe to undergo major renovations this summer - Read more...
Did you know that textbooks and course materials may be tax credits you can claim? Read more...
New Student Orientation 2012
Orientation Leader Applications Now Available
Would your student make a good Orientation Leader (OL)?
These positions are critical to retention, the transition from the Admission Office to the student body, and building the community and pride for UD in the freshman class. Therefore, these positions will be highly competitive and selective. This position will be as beneficial to OLs as it is to the incoming students. We have some exciting new benefits and opportunities for those who are chosen to be an OL:
- A one hour internship credit will be available for the OL positions through Career Services.
- In an effort to help students build up their resumes and gain the most experience they can from this position, we’ll be doing some leadership training as part of the OL training the week of orientation. We will be developing skills that future employers will be looking for on a resume.
- OLs get to know key staff on campus that can lead to recommendation letters and references for future jobs/graduate schools.
- This position is a great stepping stone for future opportunities on campus (SPUD, SG, tour guides/Student Ambassador, RA, etc).
Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission
The Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission created several videos to assist with community and law enforcement education related to alcohol and why it is important to pay attention to what is being consumed. The short educational videos can be viewed here.
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