October 2011


Welcome to the SLU Family
As you read this newsletter, you will see that Saint Louis University is committed to supporting the families of our students. We invite you to consider all the ways in which parent and family initiatives can assist you in supporting your student and making the SLU experience one that is rewarding and memorable. Consider influencing your student’s educational experience by volunteering, attending events, and visiting campus as often as possible. There is something for everyone. 

If you ever find yourself in need of additional resources, visit the parent website at http://slu.edu/parents.xml to explore more about how SLU is continuously seeking to build upon our services for parents. Welcome to an exciting year for both you and your student. Enjoy the newsletter.

SLU Celebrates Class of 2015, One of Biggest, Brightest in History
More than 2,700 family members and friends attended the New Student Convocation Friday at Chaifetz Arena.

Full story

Patricl T. Quinn, S.J.

A message from
Patrick T. Quinn, S.J.
Campus Ministry

A Grateful Giver
Every spring I watch birds hatch. Every spring I watch hatchlings squawk and clamor for attention and food as mom or pop returns with water and worm and whatever from the hunt. And every summer I watch as hatchlings turn to fledglings and juveniles are no longer nest bound yet still bound to parents for feeding, protection and instruction. These mottled miniatures grow but in the process of growing heckle and harangue their parental providers for more and more—until at last they learn to hunt and seek on their own. Every spring, every summer I hear the call of the young saying “feed me”.

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A Parent’s Perspective
Sonia Boca has been a proud Saint Louis University parent for the last four years as her daughter, Emily, pursued her undergraduate education at SLU.  Emily graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. Saint Louis University has been the perfect fit both for Emily and Sonia.
Full story

Department of Housing and Residential Life Welcomes New Live-in Professional Staff
Ever wondered who is behind the scenes managing the day to day aspects of the student’s living experience? Full story >>

Academic Calendar

Family Weekend
Friday, September 23 -
Sunday, September 25

Last day to receive
partial tuition refund

Friday, September 30

Midterm Exams
Monday, October 17 -
Saturday, October 22

Fall Break
(Undergraduates and
Law only)
Monday, October 24-
Tuesday, October 25

Midterm Grades
Due by 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25

Make A Difference Day
(University Service Day)
Saturday, October 29

Registration for spring semester
Monday, October 31 -
Friday, December 2

Check Registrar’s website for registration information.

University Memorial Mass
Wednesday, November 2

12 noon

Last Day to Withdraw
Friday, November 4

Residence Halls close
(Laclede Houses and Apartments remain open)
Tuesday, November 22

8 p.m.

No classes
(except Law School and Medicine Year 3)
Wednesday, November 23

Official University Holiday
Thursday, November 24-
Friday, November 25

Residence Halls Reopen
Sunday, November 27

9 a.m.

Classes Resume
Monday, November 28



Upcoming Parent Events

Make A Difference
Saturday, October 29
To volunteer for this event, contact LaVerne Robinson at robinslp@slu.edu or (314) 977-2206.

Sunday Brunch
Theater Event

Blithe Spirit
Sunday, November 20
10:30 a.m. Mass
11:45 a.m. Brunch
2 p.m. Matinee

$50 per person includes a $20 gift to support the General Scholarship Fund
Download the flyer >>
Register online >>



Men's Soccer
Special Events

St. Bonaventure vs. SLU
Sunday, October 16
2 p.m.
Student Appreciation Day
SLU Students attending the soccer match will receive free food and drink.

Dayton vs. SLU
Friday, October 28
7 p.m.
Billiken Blue Out - Support the Men's Soccer team by wearing SLU Blue to the game!

Xavier vs. SLU
Sunday, October 30
1 p.m.
Halloween Costume Day - Celebrate Halloween at the game by wearing a costume and receive complimentary admission.

Charlotte vs. SLU
Saturday, November 5
7 p.m.
Senior Night and Fan Appreciation Night

Celebrate Family Weekend September 23-25

Saint Louis University’s Family Weekend is held in conjunction with Homecoming. Created for parents and families to visit with their students, attend various events, and to explore our beautiful campus. This year's Family Weekend will be held Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25. Weekend activities include SLU traditions such as the parent jazz reception, soccer tailgate party, homecoming parade, and men’s soccer game with half-time fireworks. Click here for more information about Family Weekend

If you have not registered yet, you can purchase a $35 all-inclusive ticket at the registration table this weekend.

Family Weekend

Contact Information
Student Support and Parent Services
Busch Student Center, suite 313
20 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314.977.7326
Fax: 314.977.2196
E-mail: parents@slu.edu


MISSION MATTERS: Diversity is Our Strength
By Paul Stark, S.J.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry

In our modern world, we are challenged daily by the diversity of peoples and cultures. Our ordinary response for these differences is often that we strive to recognize others and their differences in what seems to be passive acceptance. We try to make the best of all the differences we can. Full story >>

Health Sciences Education Union:
A Central Gathering Place

A new school year brings a new facility -- the health sciences education union -- that will enhance student life and strengthen the sense of community at Saint Louis University Medical Center. Construction on the project began last year. Full story >>

The health sciences education union is a new hub of activity at the Medical Center.

Quality Time
Saint Louis University recognized for its "contribution to the public good."
Once again, Saint Louis University has earned national recognition for community service.
In its recent "2011 College Rankings" issue, Washington Monthly magazine named SLU No. 2 on its list of universities that participate in the most community service. Overall, the University was listed 94th out of 258 colleges making a "contribution to the public good. Full story >>

SLU Forms Coalition to Address
Alcohol Abuse Prevention

University officials recently met with area bar owners to discuss ways to reduce incidents among students.
Full story >>

More Than 300 Participate in
Third Annual Billiken 5K Run/Walk

Net proceeds from the event benefit the Saint Louis University Cancer Center.
Full story >>
Billiken 5k video
Watch the video >>

Get Involved
There are numerous events throughout the year, in and outside of St. Louis that are focused 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.
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Billiken Parent Association
The Saint Louis University Billiken Parent Association (BPA) is active and growing each year. The BPA is designed to provide parents with a close support network to better assist their students and to serve as a forum for parents to connect to the University during the time that their student is here.

BPA members receive regular e-updates and newsletters, invitations to campus signature events as well as many other resources and opportunities for engagement. There is no cost to join and parents can register on-line at http://www.slu.edu/x27287.xml. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit our website, http://www.slu.edu/x37730.xml.

Parent Clubs
Throughout the year, the Billiken Parents Association will establish parent clubs in Chicago, Dallas, and St. Louis. Additional regional clubs will be added each year.  Parent Clubs will be designed to provide an avenue for regional parents to be informed about and involved in activities and events. Clubs will take on varying shapes and forms based on the activities regional parents would like to organize. Full story >>