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Welcome to a New School Year!
We hope your sons and daughters returned to campus with the same joy that we had in seeing them. Thanks to all of our new parents and families who attended the orientation program. It was wonderful seeing so many new faces and we hope that everyone took away something positive and helpful. Welcome back to our returning families! We are looking forward to an exciting year.
This e-newsletter is PACKED FULL of good reading! Be sure to click on all the links so you do not miss any of the important information we have to share with you.
For those unable to attend New Student & Parent Orientation, I would like to share Student Government President Will Chavey's engaging, energizing and humorous speech with you.
Campus is already buzzing with many events and activities. On September 16, Dr. Doe has invited Dr. Filo Maldonado, Director of Admissions at Texas A&M Health Science Center, to talk with students about the medical school admission process. The Office of Personal and Career Development will be hosting Professional Viewpoints September 16-24, which will be a great opportunity for students to enhance their resumes and even attend a mock interview.
Please encourage your student to attend the upcoming Self-Defense Seminar hosted by Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense on Saturday, September 28 in the Maher Athletic Center. This workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will highlight personal defense and awareness skills that all young adults should have. The workshop will be divided into two parts and focus on the ground work self-defense techniques. Students can sign up for this event via Org Sync. This seminar is being offered by the Office of Student Affairs as part of the Personal and Sexual Violence Awareness Program.
The Office of Admission is seeking Crusader family volunteers to represent the university at various college fairs and host off-campus receptions for admitted students in cities across the country. To volunteer, please contact Lacy de la Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hall becomes West Hall...for now. Just as New Hall was never meant to be the permanent name for the most recent residence hall to be built at the University of Dallas, the new name, West Hall, is not meant to be permanent. In fact, the Office of Advancement is actively searching for the best possible prospective donor to approach with a naming rights proposal that would finally give the building a name to call its own. So, you ask, "Why West Hall?" It's simple: the name comes from its location on the campus' west side, and the fact that it can no longer be considered new.
UD routinely sends important information via e-mail to all students at their udallas.edu e-mail address. It is important that students check their UD e-mail accounts regularly. The Office of Student Affairs, Student Account Services, Office of Financial Aid and Registrar's Office are just some of the offices on campus that rely heavily on e-mail to reach students.
As a reminder, The Odyssey, this e-newsletter, is what you will receive monthly every year that your son or daughter is a student at UD. It is written for YOU. If you have thoughts or suggestions that could help us serve you better, email us at email@example.com.
Finally, thank you for blessing us with your children. We are excited to watch them grow in purpose, service and leadership over the next few months.
Hope to see you at Alumni & Family Weekend, October 4-6, 2013!
Student & Parent Services
A Ministry of Empowering: UD's Campus Ministry Team
"Our job is not to give you the answers. We don't have all the answers. Our job is to walk with you at this time of your life to help you in your spiritual life," says Scott Chuchla, Campus Minister, when explaining why students should become involved with UD's Campus Ministry. Read more...
Alumni & Family Weekend
Join us for a fall weekend full of activities and fun October 4-6, 2013. To view the schedule and to register click HERE.
UD Payment Plans
If you are on an Installment Payment Plan, your payment is due on September 15. To avoid late fees make sure that your payment is made by September 15. Any questions should be directed to the Business Office at 972.721.5144.
All refunds are processed through the Higher One Refund Program. Please verify that the program is set up for your student.
Students who wish to make changes to their loans should contact the Office of Financial Aid by Friday, September 13. Loans will disburse to student accounts on Monday, September 16. At this time we will begin the refund process. For more information about the refund process, please visit the Student Account Services Office.
Rome News Parents of student on the spring 2014 Rome list
Parents of fall 2013 Romers
The fall 2013 Rome semester is off to a wonderful start. Check out the UD Rome Semester webpage for updates.
Students will begin their orientation with meetings commencing September 24.
The $495 Rome fee will be due October 2.
Communications will be emailed to parents after each meeting and will be posted online HERE.
Parents of Freshmen
At the freshmen meeting on October 1, we will remind students to get a passport valid to September 2015 so it is ready for the application deadline March 3. They will also be reminded about the academic requirements for Rome which can be found on the Rome program webpage.
Any students with questions about Rome eligibility should make an appointment with Mrs. Davies by calling 972.721.5206 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete information about the Rome Program can be found HERE.
Walking Together in Faith
UD Ministry Conference | October 25-26, 2013
Join us at the seventh annual UD Ministry Conference, which offers Catholics of North Texas and beyond a unique opportunity to receive exceptional faith formation from nationally and locally recognized speakers who will address relevant topics in faith, catechesis, education, theology, prayer and ministry. Click HERE for more information.