Family Weekends

Campus & Community Involvement
Coates University Center,
Main Wing, Suite 122
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Office: 210-999-7547
Fax: 210-999-7254
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Fall Family Weekend 2014
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28

We look forward to having families and parents visit their students, Trinity's campus, and the San Antonio community.  Please see our tentative schedule below for Trinity's Fall Family Weekend. 

Click here to register for Fall Family Weekend. Pre-registration is encouraged although not required. On-campus registration will be available in the Coates University Center on Friday and Saturday.

Alamo Stadium Parking Lots:
 The entrance to one parking lot is located at the traffic light directly across from the sidewalk to Northrup.  The entrance to the other lot is just south of the light.  Both lots are available on Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  On Friday, cars must be removed no later than 4:30 p.m.  Both of these lots are closed to the university on weekends.

On Campus Parking:  On Saturday and Sunday, the campus will be "open parking" for parents and family members.  However, parking in fire lanes, loading docks and handicap areas (without permit) will not be permitted.  Also, the 24-hour reserved parking signs on lower campus will be enforced.

Below is our tentative schedule of events.  This schedule is still subject to change, and any new or pertinent changes will be reflected here immediately.

Twitter Handle and Hashtag
If you want to stay connected to Trinity through social media follow Trinity at @Trinity_U and use the hashtag #TUFFW14 throughout fall family weekend.

Friday, September 26, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In  (Coates University Center)

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Attend an Open Class (Various Locations)
Many faculty make their classes available for family attendance.  A link listing available classes will be available on this page closer to Family Weekend.  Tip: If one of your student's classes is on the open class list, check with them first to make sure your presence will not be a distraction...or like, totally embarrassing.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Center for the Sciences and Innovation Tours (Center for the Sciences and Innovation Lobby)

You may have heard about CSI, but if you are interested in hearing more about the planning that went into CSI and in seeing "under the hood," this is a tour for you.   Meet in the atrium of CSI at either 10:30 or 12:30 for a 50 minute tour.  Lead by David Ribble, faculty shepherd during the planning, and Leslie Bleamaster, CSI Science Facility Manager.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Parent Leadership Council Lunch (Coates University Center, Fiesta Room)
During this program, which is exclusive to parents, several University leaders will present updates on the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, as well as community service and involvement. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear from Student Ambassador Ben Whitehead '15, who will give an introduction to the Trinity University Student Ambassadors and how they serve the University.  If you plan to attend please RSVP to or 210-999-7375. Please click here to view a flier for the event.  

2:30 p.m.
Green Chemistry Demonstrations presented by the Chemistry Club (Center for the Sciences and Innovation Atrium)
A hands-on look at how chemists view sustainability.  Some tips for green household chemicals and plenty of audience participation.  Come help us with some fun experiments!

3:30 - 4:30 p.m
Fall Family Weekend Tea (150 Oakmont)
Penelope Harley, Dr. Dennis Ahlburg's spouse, will host an informal reception in their home near the Parker Chapel. Tea and scones will be served. 

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Alternative Break Information Session for Parents (Coates University Center, Waxahachie Room)
Edwin Blanton, coordinator for community service and engagement, will present information on the international alternative break program for 2014-2015. 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cocktail and Appetizer Reception with Alumni (Coates University Center, Skyline Room)
Enjoy free cocktails and appetizers sponsored by Alumni Relations and Development. Parents will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with alumni from the San Antonio community and hear more about the benefits of a Trinity degree. 

6:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer v. Schreiner University (Soccer Field)

8:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer v. Schreiner University (Soccer Field)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Family Weekend Check-In (Coates University Center)

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
ParentTalk Coffee Hour (119 Oakmont)
Dean Tuttle hosts a morning coffee hour at his home near the Holt Center. While it is designed to help ParentTalk members put faces with email addresses, all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

10:30 -  11:30 a.m.
State of the University Address (Ruth Taylor Recital Hall)
Dr. Dennis Ahlburg, university president, will provide an update on the university, highlighting achievements and recent initiatives, followed by a short question and answer session. David Tuttle, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will join Dr. Ahlburg for the question and answer session.  

11:00 a.m.
JV Women's Soccer v. TBD (Soccer Field)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Reception with the Faculty (Coates Library)
Before heading to lunch, join faculty representatives from various academic departments for light refreshments.

1:30 p.m.
JV Men's Soccer v. Texas A&M University (Soccer Field)

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (Coates University Center, Various Locations)
Study Abroad Information Session, Waxahachie Room
Career Services Information Session, Woodlawn Room
Higher Education Hot Topic Discussion, Tehuacana Room

Parents will have the opportunity to choose one of three breakout sessions based on the above topic areas. Sessions will be repeated from 3:00-3:30 p.m. to allow parents to attend two of the three options. More information on these sessions coming soon!

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (Coates University Center, Various Locations)
Study Abroad Information Session, Waxahachie Room
Career Services Information Session, Woodlawn Room
Higher Education Hot Topic Discussion, Tehuacana Room

6:00 p.m.
Trinity Football v. Pacific Lutheran (Football Stadium)

Sunday, September 28, 2014 

8:30 a.m.
 Running with the Dean (Meet at the Witt Center)
Join Dean Tuttle on a morning run through the scenic neighborhoods surrounding campus. More details coming soon

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Siclovia (Off-campus, Broadway Street)
Join Trinity at Siclovia. Síclovía is a free event that turns major city streets in to a safe place for people to exercise and play.The streets become temporarily car-free for about 5 hours on Sundays for families to run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and enjoy their city streets.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Catholic Mass (Parker Chapel)

12:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer v. Texas Lutheran University (Soccer Field)

2:00 p.m.
Women's Soccert v. Texas Lutheran University (Soccer Field)

Acequia and Tower