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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE FALL

RESIDENTIAL LIFE

SOP III participants
Freshmen and transfers are scheduled for check-in Tuesday, August 24, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Freshman move-in
Freshmen who participated in SOP I and II should arrive Wednesday, August 25, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The "Focus on First Year" program begins Wednesday, August 25, with convocation. All freshmen and new students are highly encouraged to participate.

Upperclass student move-in
Upperclass students will not be allowed to return to campus housing before Friday, August 27, without special advance approval from Residential Life. Requests should be based on the guidelines listed below. Special living conditions (temporary space) and a $40-a-day early-rent charge will be in effect in exchange for early-move-in privileges. Students who do not qualify for early move-in will have to secure other housing (hotel, motel, etc.) until University housing opens. All requests should be made by Saturday, August 7, to be given strongest consideration, although guarantees are not possible. Priority will be given as follows:

  1. Students who the University deems necessary to perform specific, essential duties for University move-in, orientation, and pre-opening functions;

  2. Students enrolled in formally organized University programs that start before the open move-in date--athletic teams, for example;

  3. Students enrolled or employed in formal University activities or programs that are not directly related to the academic year opening program, but that require participation in training programs or performance of specific duties before the regularly scheduled move-in date for their housing group;

  4. In years when the halls open in September, students with private housing leases that expire on the last day of August, leaving them without a suitable housing alternative until their scheduled move-in date. Students with leases expiring earlier generally must secure alternate housing elsewhere. Requests must be accompanied by a photocopy of the lease agreement; or

  5. Lowest priority for early move-in will be given to applications based on personal inconvenience that results from the opening schedule.

To receive an early-move-in application, contact the Office of Residential Life, Room 20, Gates, Susan B. Anthony Hall, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627; 275-3166; fax 442-7941; e-mail housing@reslife.rochester.edu.

Upperclass student check-in dates and times are Friday, August 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 29, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday, August 30, noon-5 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 31, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the area offices.

For check-in after August 31, contact your area office.

Check-in locations for all (residence halls are listed first, followed by the check-in location): Crosby, Hoeing, Gilbert--Gilbert Community Room; Burton, Lovejoy, Tiernan, Drama, Medievel, Quad Annex--Tiernan Community Room; Susan B. Anthony--lobby service desk; Towers (excluding Valentine Tower)--basement service desk; Hill Court--multipurpose room, Kendrick basement; Valentine Tower--Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 104 Morgan, SBA Hall; all other times report to the Valentine service desk.

The Office of Residential Life will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day during opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29.

OFF-CAMPUS LIVING


Students who plan to live off campus should begin their search for housing at least three to four weeks before they would like to move in. If possible, plan a special housing trip to Rochester and include a visit to the University's Community Living Program (CLP) located in Gates 20, Susan B. Anthony Hall. CLP maintains rental listings, maps, general information on leases and apartment mates, and telephones for making housing inquiries.

For more information, call x5-1081 (275-1081), or e-mail offcampus@reslife.rochester.edu.

COMPUTER SALES (URCS)


Owned and operated by the University, URCS is responsible for the sale and distribution of personal computers and related information technologies to the University community. Its mission is to provide innovative, practical, and top-quality products that are cost-effective and support University standards. Through URCS, you also receive warranty and out-of-warranty service for computer products and installation of computer accessories at the store throughout the year.

URCS carries several lines of computers, printers, and related products, including Apple Macintosh, Compaq, Dell, Epson America, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba. It also offers educationally discounted prices on Adobe, Apple, Borland, FileMaker, Microsoft, Norton, Corel/WordPerfect, and many more productivity and game software titles.

URCS will be assembling "Back to School" bundles on some of the more popular computer packages in use on campus. As part of Academic Technology Services (ATS), it works closely with the ResNet program, sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, to offer "ResNet Ready" computers and ethernet products. The purchase of an appropriate ethernet cable is all that's needed to connect to the Internet from students' dorm rooms.

URCS offers financing in the form of loan programs from several manufacturers and a computer leasing program, which permits you to lease the most up-to-date computer system for 18, 24, or 36 months with an option to buy at the end of the lease. There will be a Computer Fair on Wednesday, August 25, where you can talk to vendors about computers, software, and accessories suitable for this campus. The distribution of pre-ordered computers will begin at the fair and continue during the last week of August for those customers who order before Monday, August 9. Orders after this date cannot be guaranteed to be available during the distribution days, and may not be available until after the start of classes. URCS is planning a special distribution day for Eastman School students on Sunday, August 29, at the Eastman Commons Student Living Center.

If you have any additional questions, call the store at x5-8353 (275-8353), visit the store during orientation, or connect to the Web site at www.csales.rochester.edu for price lists and announcements.

RESNET


ResNet is the campus network and Internet service for the residence halls that is provided by the Office of Residential Life and Academic Technology Services. In addition to managing the wiring behind the scenes, support services are provided to get you up and running and keep you connected throughout the year.

ResNet is not a piece of Internet software. Although some Internet software is available for your use, you can use any Internet software once your computer is configured properly for the network.

ResNet is not a standard Internet Service Provider that uses a modem connection and a telephone line. It is a faster and more direct campus network connection for which you need an ethernet card and cable for your computer. A modem will not work with ResNet, nor will it work in the residence halls because the phone lines are not modem-capable.

ResNet is people. Your ResNet Consultants (RNCs) are available to help configure your computer to work properly with your ethernet card and to access the campus network and the Internet. RNCs work from a help desk located in CLARC and provide phone, walk-up, and in-room support for connectivity problems in the residence halls. In addition, for the week before classes start, a program called "Launch" concentrates ResNet efforts in a particular area of residence halls to connect as many computers as possible. This year's location-specific Launch schedule:

Susan B. Anthony Halls: Thursday, August 26

Residential & Fraternity Quad: Friday, August 27

Towers/Hill Court: Saturday, August 28

During the remainder of Launch week, assistance with connections will be available to anyone in any residential area.

Please check the Web site at www. resnet.rochester. edu for more information on the ResNet program and this year's Launch schedule, or call x5-3166 (275-3166).

COMPUTING


Taylor Hall, the administrative center of Academic Technology Services, is located between Gavett and Hutchison halls on Hutchison Road. The Info Center, located in Room 16 of Taylor Hall, is fully staffed to provide troubleshooting and assistance with a variety of computing issues.

ATS provides e-mail accounts for all undergraduate students within the College. With the June 1999 upgrade, account quotas have been increased to 5MB. The new e-mail server also has been given a new name--mail.rochester.edu--although the previous name--uhura.cc.rochester.edu--still will be usable. Customers can either walk in, call x5-2811 (275-2811), or send e-mail to info@ats.rochester.edu for assistance. Customer Service, located in Room 2 of Taylor Hall, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It's the place to go for e-mail or General Purpose Computing accounts, to reserve a classroom or lab, or to have e-mail passwords reset. Customer Service also can be reached by calling x5-2811 (275-2811).

Taylor Hall features two electronic classrooms with Pentium IIs and Macintosh G3s. Taylor is open from 8 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; and noon to midnight on Sunday. (It is closed on Saturday.) Classes have priority use in these classrooms, which are available for general use at other times.

Located in the back of Rush Rhees Library, the Computing Library and Resources Center (CLARC) is the largest computing lab on campus. CLARC features Pentium IIs, Macintosh G3s, high-speed printers, and a 100Mbps ethernet network. The CLARC consulting desk has student consultants on duty to answer computing questions and assist patrons in the lab or over the phone during all hours of operation. CLARC is open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Friday. It closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Extended hours during the reading and finals period are posted in the lab. Classes have priority use in the two computer classrooms, which are available for general use at other times.

Located on the first floor of Harkness Hall, Room 114 is an electronic classroom with Pentium computers that feature statistical and mathematical programs. Harkness 114 is open Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Classes have priority use.

Remote Labs: ATS operates remote labs in the College Writing Center, located in Morey 100, featuring Pentium and Power Macintosh computers, laser printers, and ethernet networking. Tiernan and Hoeing residence halls also have computers.

For more information about ATS check its Web site at www.rochester.edu/ATS or call x5-2811 (275-2811).

DINING SERVICES


Dining Services offers resident students three types of dining plans and three cost levels for a total of eight choices. Depending on individual spending and eating habits, students can select a plan that is right for their needs.

The first type of plan is a block plan. From the first day of class to the last exam, block dining plans carry through for the entire semester. Block plans budget meals automatically by guaranteeing a maximum number of meals each week. Within the week, participants can use up to four meals per day during designated periods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. A meal is deducted each time the student enters the Danforth or Eastman School dining centers or when a single transaction purchase for up to $5 is made in a retail dining outlet. The latter is termed "meal equivalency."

Declining balance is another plan available to resident students. It works like a bank debit card. Every time a purchase is made, the dollar amount is subtracted from the individual's total existing account dollars, gradually lowering the balance. In retail dining locations, this plan offers a 25 percent discount on a la carte purchases. While this plan gives flexibility and allows control of daily spending, the student is responsible for budgeting food dollars throughout the semester.

Combination dining plans, new this year, guarantee a certain number of "block meals" per week, along with a specific spendable dollar amount, like the declining balance plan. The declining balance purchases are eligible for the 25 percent discount on a la carte purchases.

All three plan types offer two guest passes per semester and are securely tied in with the University photo identification card. For more information about which plan type and spending level might be best for you, contact the Customer Service Center at x5-8756 (275-8756).

Flexible spending open to all students
All students can open a flexible spending account, known as a flex account. This is a declining balance account accessed by your student ID. The funds may be spent at any of the locations where you see the "Flex It" sticker, including all University dining outlets, the bookstores, C-Stores, Computer Sales, the Common Market, copiers, and many laundry and vending locations. Flex accounts are activated by making a deposit at any of the deposit locations, including the value transfer stations located in the libraries and the Customer Service Center on the first floor of Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall.

Have a question about the flex account? Call the Customer Service Center at x5-3975 (275-3975).

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICE


In April, UHS received Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. This is the highest level of accreditation awarded by JCAHO and signifies "exemplary performance by UHS ... and a commitment to providing quality care," said Dennis O'Leary, JCAHO president.

Staffing changes
Susan Walworth, nurse manager of the UHS Medical Center office, now is seeing patients as a nurse practitioner in UHS. Ingrid Kotch has replaced Jacqueline Halladay as the UHS gynecology consultant. In August, Nancy Reynolds replaces Mike Schmoyer in the UHS Health Education & Communications Unit as a health educator.

Forms due to UHS
All new students must submit the Health History & Immunization Form to UHS before the start of classes. For more information call x5-0697 (275-0697) or send an e-mail message to mknotowicz@uhs.rochester.edu or jtai@uhs.rochester.edu.

All full-time students who have not submitted their Health Insurance Options Form must do so before the start of classes. For more information call x5-2637 (275-2637) or e-mail lstrang@uhs.rochester.edu.

Immunization Clinic
Students unable to complete the immunization requirement before coming to campus can come to the UHS Immunization Clinic for immunizations required to complete the form. The clinic will be held on Thursday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the UHS River Campus Office in Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall. There will be a fee for the visit, in addition to the cost of the immunizations. If you have questions, call the health history form office at x5-0697 (275-0697).

UHS hours
The UHS office in the Medical Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays throughout the year (except Tuesdays when the office opens at 9 a.m.).

The River Campus office, located in Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall, will reopen on Sunday, August 29, at 2 p.m. The River Campus office will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week during the academic year, except for school vacations. UHS' Eastman School office will reopen on Tuesday, September 7, and will be open weekdays during the school year.

Students with a chronic illness or who have frequent visits to UHS are encouraged to choose a UHS physician or nurse practitioner as their primary care provider when they come to UHS this fall.

RIVER CAMPUS LIBRARIES

Get acquainted with library Web pages
Students say they like the library Web pages (www. lib.rochester.edu). For new or returning students, an hour's exploration (try it from home this summer) could alert you to a wealth of resources and services that can simplify and enrich your life as a Rochester student.

If you can't peruse every link, try these:

About the Libraries: For a quick overview of collections and services on all University campuses.

Voyager: The University's state-of-the-art catalog and database-link system, with many search options for books, journals, index databases, and full-text sources.

Databases: The One-Stop Electronic Databases page gives a quick overview of databases available to you (many from your dorm desktop) once you have a University "IP" electronic address.

Subject Guides: Compiled by librarians, these customized lists lead you to the best library resources in each subject area and provide Internet links to useful Web sites. You'll also find the names and contact information for the librarian who's the specialist for the subject you need.

Get acquainted with buildings and people
The libraries offer a variety of spaces for quiet study, small groups, meeting friends, or getting coffee and a bagel. In Rush Rhees, some of the most popular places are the Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room (redecorated last summer in its original 1930s style), the Multimedia Center, and the third-floor Rhees stacks behind the Management Library. A Starbuck's coffee outlet operates from the rear ground-floor lobby. Carlson Library, home of collections for engineering and most of the sciences, has popular study areas and late-night hours. The Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library offers a focused collection for work in those specialties.

Library staff in all the River Campus libraries enjoy meeting and working with students. They understand the pressures and demands on students' time and energies. They welcome questions like: "I'm writing a paper on acid rain. What's the best way to get started?" or "I've found what looks like a fabulous Web site, but how do I know the data they're citing is reliable and up-to-date?"

Many students find it helpful to have a librarian's undivided attention and guidance when launching a term paper or research project. Both Rush Rhees and Carlson libraries offer arrangements for a one-to-one appointment with a librarian. Inquire about TPRA (Term Paper Research Assistance) at Rush Rhees (for humanities and social sciences research) or the Library Research and Writing Assistance Program at Carlson (for science projects).

Be scared
Save the date--Friday afternoon, October 29--for the Scare Fair at Rush Rhees. Last year, more than 300 students toured haunted stacks; viewed the campus from Rush Rhees tower; met a ghost, a storyteller, and a reader of head bumps; and enjoyed bagpipes, snacks, and a Wizard of Oz re-creation in the lobby. Everybody wanted another Halloween party, so top-secret planning is already under way for this year's version. Don't miss it.

Be rich and famous
Help the University celebrate its 150th birthday (1850-2000) by writing a research paper on the University's history. First prize is $1,000; second prize, $500. Both winners will present their papers on Sesquicentennial Day, Saturday, October 14, 2000. Due date for the papers is Tuesday, August 15, 2000. Papers written for a course are eligible, as are papers written on your own, but each contestant must have a faculty advisor for the project. Students are encouraged to draw on the archives of the University. For more information, contact Kathy McGowan at kmcgowan@rcl.lib.rochester.edu.

SECURITY SERVICES


University Security Services is pleased to provide Think Safe publications for your ongoing use as information resources.

Think Safe is composed of several parts. The main document contains information on security programs, practices, and procedures, with key areas highlighted for easy reference.

The map includes sites for Blue Light Emergency Phones, a summary of safety tips, and a list of emergency numbers. Other inserts contain information on the number and general location of certain crimes reported to the University. Narrative sections may be updated from time to time by Security to address questions raised by members of the community and as required by regulatory changes.

The "Think Safe" logo will be used on publications that address personal safety issues. Developed under the auspices of the University-wide Committee on Campus Safety, the three wavy lines represent intellect in action. The words "Think Safe" in the logo are to remind us of our role, as individuals, in remaining aware of personal safety issues.

Please take a moment to read your copy of Think Safe when you receive it this fall and hang on to it for use during the coming years. You may call Security Services at x5-3340 (275-3340) for more information.

UNIVERSITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES

Let's talk trash!
As you can imagine, activities at the University result in a tremendous amount of solid waste. Efforts to minimize this waste and its impact on the environment are ongoing. Each of us has a role to play to achieve success in recycling and waste minimization.

The best way to manage waste is to never generate it in the first place. Simple, you say. Planning ahead, not wasting supplies, proofreading documents prior to printing, using e-mail rather than memos, not taking more napkins than you need at lunch, and other simple waste avoidance actions taken by each of us can add up to a huge reduction in waste.

Recycling
Buying recyclable items is the first step. However, this will do no good unless recyclable materials are placed in the proper receptacle for recycling. Again, each person's effort is essential. This involves placing the material in the proper container as well as not contaminating the recyclables with non-recyclable items.

Recycling containers are located at many points on the River Campus. Please take time to find the one that is located near you. If you have questions about recycling, you can call the following: River Campus, x3-4567; Medical Center, x5-6253; Eastman School, x4-1170; and Memorial Art Gallery, 473-7720, ext. 3041.

Waste Minimization Committee
This group meets periodically to evaluate current waste-disposal practices and to discuss ways to decrease overall waste generation. Students count among our members. Great success and improvements have been realized in paper recycling, regulated medical waste reduction, hazardous waste minimization, and making recycling facilities more readily available for students.

Help and good ideas are always welcome. If you would like to learn more, call Mark Schwartz, x5-2026, or Marvin Stillman, x5-2056.


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