December 2011


From Brian and Rebecca Tower
Current Parent Steering Committee Members
& 2003-2004 Parents Program Chair-Couple

We recently had a visit from our son, Jason (A&S ‘02) and his family. We had a wonderful time together. On one of our travels around town, it suddenly became very quiet in the back seat. Mayfair, our two year old granddaughter, had fallen asleep with the little friend she carried around all day. We are hoping for another Billiken in the family someday. But for now, we wish the SLU family the very best of everything this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Christmas Reflection
“Christmas Rush” or “Christmas Rest”? Which one sounds more appealing? Which do you think would do you the most good? Then why not choose rightly and choose to rest? Full story

3rd Annual Parents Program
Trivia Night

Saturday, March 10, 2012

All table registrations made by February 29 will be entered into a $100 cash drawing. Support the Emergency Scholarship Fund and enjoy a fun night with family, friends and fellow Billikens. Click here for more information.


Academic Calendar

Study Day
Tuesday, December 13

Final Exams
Wednesday, December 14 -
Tuesday, December 20

Mid-Year Graduation Celebration
Friday, December 16

Residence Hall and Marchetti Towers East close
Tuesday, December 20

8 p.m.

Official University Holiday
Monday, January 2

Residence Halls open - International Students
Friday, January 13
9 a.m.

Martin Luther King Day: Official University Holiday
Monday, January 16

Classes Begin
Tuesday, January 17

Change of Registration & Late Registration
Tuesday, January 17 -
Friday, January 27

Last day to drop without a "W" for Law School
Friday, January 20

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22

Midterm Exams
Monday, March 5 -
Saturday, March 10

Residence Halls close
Friday, March 9
8 p.m.

Spring Break
Friday, March 10 -
Sunday, March 18

2012 Mass & Reception Schedule
There are numerous events throughout the year outside the St. Louis area that focus on welcoming potential parents and students to our Billiken Family. These are ideal for parents who are enthusiastic and friendly and interested in helping parents feel secure about their decisions before, during, and after their student's transition to SLU. 

Join area alumni, admitted, and prospective students, and their parents for a mass and brunch especially for the SLU community. Reconnect with your Jesuit roots and share your experiences with future SLU students. Register online and plan to attend one of the following events.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Old Saint Patrick’s Church
Register online

Sunday, January 22, 2012
10 a.m.
Creighton Prep High School
Register online

Sunday, January 29, 2012
10 a.m.
Strake Jesuit High School
Register online

Saturday, February 4, 2012
5 p.m.
Dallas Jesuit High School
Register online

Sunday, February 19, 2012
10 a.m.
Marquette University High School
Register online

Kansas City
Saturday, March 10, 2012
5 p.m.
Rockhurst High School
Register online

Sunday, March 18, 2012
10 a.m.
Saint Ignatius High School
Register online


Sunday, March 25, 2012
10 a.m.
Regis High School
Register online

Residence Hall information for Winter Break
Winter Break is a wonderful respite for our students, but we encourage students living in on-campus housing to be aware of some important information before they leave for their extended break. Full story

The Department of Housing
and Residence Life

Parents, watch your mailboxes for a postcard to arrive in mid-December.  The postcard will have the link to our annual parent’s letter which includes information about how your student will sign up for a space on campus next year. Our 2nd annual online Select Room process will start with applications in mid-December and room selection in late March 2012.

Make A Difference Day
A record-breaking 3,000 Saint Louis University students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends for volunteered for the 2011 Make a Difference Day held on October 29. The day began with a Kick-Off Ceremony in the Soccer Stadium, then groups of volunteers dispersed to over 100 non-profits, schools, neighborhoods and homes for a day of giving back. Eight parent volunteers participated on that vibrant day. Full story