The spring semester is in full swing, and I hope your student is adjusting to a new semester at UD. The weather continues to be warm one day and freezing the next. All of our immune systems are being put the test! If your student is feeling ill, be sure to have them stop by the Student Health Clinic!
The cold weather did not stop the students from enjoying the Groundhog Party in the Park. Encourage your student to get out and get involved! For ways to participate in campus life, students should check out Crusader Connect, their very own online connection to all of the happenings on campus. Part of the educational process is what students learn outside the classroom. UD has a lot to offer, and getting involved is also a great resume builder! Employers like to see that students developed themselves outside of the classroom, as well.
March 1, 2014, is the financial aid priority deadline for the 2014-2015 school year. If your student will be enrolled at UD for fall 2014 and plans to apply for loans, grants or work study, please submit your FAFSA by March 1. After March 1, our financial aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so I encourage you to complete and submit your FAFSA before that date. The FAFSA can be completed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 972.721.5266 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Midterm exams take place the week of March 2-6. Students should remember to visit the writing lab, get tutoring and speak to professors when help is needed. Click HERE for a list of the resources and tutoring sessions available. Residence halls will close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 for Spring Break. Please take a look at the Spring Break Hall Closing Reminder that students will receive in early March.
Our athletes are becoming busy this semester with men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball and baseball all underway. Be sure to support all their hard work by showing your pride and attending a game! You can find each sports schedule as well as news updates on their website.
We hope all students are enjoying the new semester. Our office is here for both students and parents who may have questions or concerns.
All the best to you and your family,
Student and Parent Services of the
Office of Student Affairs
From the Rome Office!
Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Prospective Romers
On February 5 a Prospective Romers Meeting was held for students interested in attending Rome this Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. The application and eligibility requirements were discussed at the meeting. You will find the PowerPoint presentation shown at the meeting as well as other pertinent information for parents at udallas.edu/rome/prospectiveromers/applicationprocess.
Applications for both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Rome are due to the Rome Office by March 2. Part of a complete application includes submitting a copy of a passport valid until at least September 2016. Students without a valid passport will be waitlisted for Rome.
Tuition is the same on the Rome and Irving campuses, with room and board in Rome somewhat higher. Additional costs of the Rome semester relate to independent and faculty-led travel, administrative fees, and international airfare. For more information visit udallas.edu/rome/prospectiveromers/costsandfees.
Applications open for Summer Rome Programs
Summer 2015 marks the conclusion of a celebratory 20th anniversary of the Due Santi campus as well as UD’s high school summer programs. Our programs continue to offer a unique experience of informed travel and rigorous study to mature high school students as well as undergraduates from other institutions. Visit udallas.edu/travel for more information.
Undergraduate Summer Rome Program
Our Undergraduate Summer Rome program is an option both for UD students and for siblings who chose to attend other universities. Course offerings in 2015 include two core courses: The Literary Tradition III and The Human Person; two upper level humanities courses (Shakespeare's Rome with Dr. Crider and God, the Lover and the City with Dr. Rombs), as well as second-year Italian.
High School Program in Texas
Arete: An Introduction to the Classics - an introduction to UD readings, coursework, faculty and residence life on our Irving campus.
High School Study Abroad Programs in Rome
Latin in Rome*
Shakespeare in Italy*
and introducing a new high school Rome program: Rome and the Catholic Church.* *Students who participate in a UD high school program in Rome and later enroll as an undergraduate at the University of Dallas will be eligible for a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per academic year). The Scholarship is effective for 2015 Summer Programs. Acceptance into the university is not guaranteed and is dependent upon a student’s application for freshman admission and the decision made by the admission committee at that time.
Spring Break Safety Tips
These topics are not always the easiest conversations to have with your student, but your advice and guidance can be essential to ensuring safe and responsible decisions. We want every UD student to have a relaxing and safe spring break.
- Always carry an ID with you.
- Stay with friends, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area.
- Think basic safety:
- Check emergency exits in the hotel.
- Know local telephone numbers (usually 911) for an emergency.
- Do not ride with drivers who have been drinking.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Be familiar with the laws, customs and standards in a given country or state.
- Before leaving town, lock doors and windows in your home and car. Draw curtains or shades so valuables will not be visible.
Other Things to Remember
*Protect yourself at the beach or on the ski slopes - sunblock, appropriate attire, safety equipment, etc.
*Before hitting the road, be sure to check all fluid levels in your car and tire pressure, and check for worn tires.
*Stick to a pre-determined budget for the week. Keep track of cash, credit cards and passport.
*Stay with your friends at all times. Do not wander off by yourself in an unfamiliar location.
*Make sure a family member knows where and with whom you will be so you can be easily contacted in case of emergency at home.
*Make sure someone has your emergency contact information.
Have fun and relax.....responsibly!
Underage drinking is against the law, and consequences are always severe! The safest choice is not to drink even if you are of legal age. If you choose to drink, please be responsible and safe about it.
**Eat before you drink -- do not drink on an empty stomach.
**Make sure you have a non-drinking designated driver.
**Stick close to friends that you know and trust.
**Set a limit on the number of drinks you will consume -- never more than one drink per hour.
**Never leave your drink unattended, and always say no if you are offered a drink by a stranger.
**Remember that any amount of alcohol impairs judgment.
**Never mix alcohol with prescriptions or other drugs.
Alternative Spring Break with Campus Ministry
The office of Campus Ministry continues to offer the alternative to the stereotypical spring break with an opportunity for service. The Alternative Spring Break program welcomes any and all contributions from people who feel called to give to its mission. Individual contributions, outside of current fundraising events, help the ASB program fund the entire team, provide for the communities we visit, and prepare future ASB mission trips.
If you wish to give an individual contribution to the ASB program, contact Denise Phillips at 972-721-5168 or email@example.com.