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Financial aid office reminders

The Office of Student Financial Assistance would like to remind returning students that the following requirements must be met as soon as possible to avoid any potential problems with financial aid:

To be eligible for financial aid, students should have submitted their Dependent Verification Statement, copies of required 2003 federal tax returns and W-2 forms, and the FAFSA by April 15. Reminders were sent to students whose files were incomplete. Award letters were sent at the end of June or beginning of July to students whose files were complete. Anyone who has applied for financial assistance but has not received an award letter should contact the office at x5-3226 or help@finaid.rochester.edu.

First-time borrowers must sign and return promissory notes that were sent to the students' permanent addresses. They also must complete entrance counseling online, at www.rochester.edu/financialaid.

New York State residents must declare their majors by the fall of their junior year to maintain eligibility for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

For more information on alternative loans or the Federal Parent Loan (PLUS) program, visit www.rochester.edu/financialaid.

Interested in babysitting?

The Family Care Program maintains a student referral list for occasional babysitting. Those interested in signing up should call x3-4643.

Take care of those pearly whites

The University Student Dental Plan, which is included in the $210 student enrollment fee, covers preventive care and basic services, including checkups, x-rays, fillings, and wisdom tooth extractions up to $500 maximum annually, with no deductibles or copayments, for the entire academic year, from September through the following August. Affordable family rates also are available.

The cost-effective, convenient oral health care is available to undergraduate and graduate students right on campus, at Strong Memorial Hospital or the Eastman Dental Center. Both sites are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some evening and Saturday morning appointments available.

For more information, call x5-5000 or visit www.rochester.edu/uhs.

Make a difference in kids' lives

The Mt. Hope Family Center has positions available in its After School Program. Undergraduates who would like to gain experience in psychology research and intervention and who enjoy working with children between the ages of 7 and 11 may apply for counseling, research assistant, and bus monitor jobs. Interviews will begin in September when classes resume. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Craig Cypher at x5-2991, ext. 263, or cypher@netacc.net.

Play it, sing it

Musicians and vocalists are invited to audition for a number of ensembles based in the College Department of Music.

  • Midnight Ramblers a cappella group: August 25 and 27, 7 p.m., Todd Union 202F

  • After Hours a cappella group: August 26, 28, and 29, 7 p.m., Todd Union 108

  • Orchestra: August 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Strong Auditorium

  • Chamber Singers: August 30 and 31, 4 to 6 p.m. Todd Union 108

  • Wind Symphony: August 30 and 31 and September 1, 7 to 10 p.m., Strong Auditorium

  • Jazz Ensemble: September 2 and 3, 7 to 9 p.m., Strong Auditorium

  • Gospel Choir: September 7, 7 p.m., Interfaith Chapel

All audition times are subject to change. All students must reserve an audition time slot; signup sheets are posted in the second-floor stairwell of Todd Union. Students may also audition for the Musical Theater Workshop, August 23, in Lower Strong (times TBA) and for private lessons at the Eastman School. For information about private lesson auditions, contact Josef Hanson at x3-5157. For more information on other auditions, call x5-2828.

College e-mail policy

The College has formally adopted the following policy regarding e-mail: Official communications from the College may be sent electronically, using the student's University-assigned e-mail address. The College expects that students will read such official College communications in a timely fashion. Students who choose to forward e-mail from their University account to another e-mail address remain responsible for receiving and reading official College communications.

Help save a life

There are 8,000 people in western New York in need of a life-saving organ transplant, and you can help. Sign a donor card. Talk to your family about donation. Invite a speaker to your church, temple, or mosque. Volunteer at a health fair. Make a presentation to your class about organ donation. Educate yourself.

For more information or to request a donor card, contact the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the organ recovery program for central and western New York, at (800) 810-5494 or www.donorrecovery.org.

Art on the line

Rochester's oldest and largest arts and crafts festival, the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery, features original work by 600 artists from 27 counties in upstate New York, activities, and food and drink. And it's on, rain or shine, Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $6 (12 and under free).

Positions open in sports publicity

The Sports Information Office, which oversees publicity for the varsity intercollegiate athletic program, is seeking students for the following jobs:

  • Announcers for starting lineups and scoring plays.

  • Game coverage for home athletic events, gathering statistics, reporting results to the media, and writing summaries for Web updates and hometown news releases.

  • Statisticians for field hockey, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, women's lacrosse, and track and field.

Hours for all jobs are dictated by the athletic schedule. Experience is preferred but not mandatory, and training is provided. Preference will be given to students who can remain in the position for more than one year. Interested students should contact Sports Information Director Dennis O'Donnell as soon as possible to arrange an interview. Call x5-5955 or e-mail dennis.odonnell@rochester.edu.

Drama across the border

Spend a weekend with one of the most acclaimed major repertory theater companies in North America, at the Stratford Festival, September 24-26. The $125 fee covers round-trip transportation to Stratford, Ontario, two nights' accommodation, and tickets to five plays. Contact the English department at x5-4092 for information.

New health insurance information

Health insurance is charged to all full-time students on the August 2004 tuition statement. However, this coverage can be waived if students are covered under another health plan. To waive health insurance, log on to the URAccessPlus System at www.uis. rochester.edu/isis/ and select the University Health Service option form from the list on the left. Remember that returning students need to complete this process each year. Contact the University Health Service at x5-2637 with any questions.

Wilson Commons Wednesdays returns

On the second Wednesday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilson Commons Student Activities will host a themed lunch and music. Some themes were so successful last year that they're making a return engagement; others are new. Mark your calendars:

September 8: Greek

October 13: Oktoberfest

November 10: Italian

December 8: Holiday

January 12: Fiesta Mexicana

February 9: Chinese New Year

March 16: St. Patrick's Day

April 13: BBQ & Blues

For more information about Wilson Commons Wednesdays and other events, contact Wilson Commons Student Activities at x5-9390 or visit www.sa.rochester.edu/sao.

Dance the night away

For one evening in October, the din of video games and the clatter of food trays in Wilson Commons will be replaced by the melodies of Johann Strauss. The student center will be decked out in hundreds of balloons, lights, and streamers for the annual Viennese Ball. The formal event, a fundraiser for the University Chamber Orchestra and the University Chamber Singers, will be held on Saturday, October 30, from 9 p.m. to midnight. The night will feature performances by the Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers, light refreshments, and door prizes. Admission is $10 in advance--tickets are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons--or $13 at the door. For more information, contact the Department of Music at x5-2828.

Art and the city

Students interested in the New York art scene can put themselves in the thick of the action with the Department of Art and Art History's internship program, Art New York. The program combines an internship with a colloquium and elective courses in New York, for a total of 16 credits--eight for the internship and four for the colloquium and classes. Internships, approved by the art and art history faculty, constitute working 25 hours per week in a prestigious New York art institution. For more information, including how to apply, visit www.rochester.edu/College/AAH/ undergrad/NYC.htm.

Simon's undergraduate options

Although the Simon School is thought of mainly as a graduate school, undergraduates have unique opportunities to obtain certificates and degrees in business. Not only can undergraduates complete a business certificate, they also are eligible to apply to the 3-2 Program, which allows undergraduates to complete the bachelor's and master of business administration degrees in five years. Eligible students may be nominated by department chairs, faculty, and staff members to the Young Leaders Program. Admission to the program includes a waived application fee to Simon and guarantees a merit-based scholarship. The Simon School accepts applications from students of all academic majors, with coursework in economics and statistics desirable. For more information about opportunities at the Simon School, visit www.simon.rochester.edu or call x5-3533.



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