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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
July 2010
Welcome to Parents Buzz
You are receiving this special summer issue of Parents Buzz as a parent or family member of an incoming undergraduate student in Arts, Sciences and Engineering or the Eastman School of Music. The goal of the newsletter is to give you a glimpse of the news and happenings that are part of your child’s Rochester experience. You will continue to receive regular issues monthly during the academic year. We welcome your feedback anytime at

Academic Support for Students
The Academic Services Counter at the College Center for Academic Support in 312 Lattimore Hall, open during the academic year, offers answers to simple questions, and a variety of forms also are available. Academic advisors and the dean of freshmen, who can help with more substantial matters, are available by appointment. Advisors can also be seen during 5- to 10-minute walk-in meetings every weekday. In addition, students can e-mail questions to Phone calls and e-mails from parents are also welcome.
  Academic support is available to Eastman students through the Office of Academic Affairs.
'Everything You Need to Know' for Eastman Students
Whether it’s information on auditions and placement, on parking, student employment, or who to go to with your questions, Eastman students should check out the latest edition of Clef Notes for "everything Eastman" before coming to campus.
Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process
Each year, all full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process to let the University know their insurance coverage for the year. Completing the waiver process is especially important for students who will be covered by their parent’s insurance. If your son or daughter has not completed the online process, please encourage him/her to do so before the start of classes. To access the online process, click on “For 2010-2011” in the pink box on the UHS Web site. Read more ...

Fall 2010 Billing Statement Available

Students received e-mail notification this week that they can view their Fall 2010 billing statement online through UR ePAY. They can set up parents, guardians, or other third parties to view and pay their bills by logging into UR ePay and selecting "authorize payers." Pay online by electronic check. Epay also accepts MasterCard, Discover, and American Express (the vendor will assess a nonrefundable 2.75 percent convenience fee). You may still mail a check payment to the University, or pay via wire transfer, if you prefer. Read more on the bursar's Web site.
What You Should Know About  Copyright Policy
Last year, the University received more than 700 copyright infringement notifications involving the downloading and sharing of copyrighted materials. It is a violation of University policy and federal law to participate in copyright infringement activities, including illegally downloading copyrighted songs, books, and movies. Students found violating the University policy will face disciplinary action, up to and including network access suspension and fines. Read more ...
Security Notice List
University Security Services provides timely safety updates and other important notices about security issues affecting the University community. Students receive these e-mail notices automatically. Parents also are invited to subscribe to the notice list. You may remove your e-mail address from the list at any time. 
Alert UR
AlertUR is an emergency notification system that allows for mass dissemination of critical information about a major emergency via voice, text, and e-mail to students, faculty, and staff. The system alerts recipients about emergency events and supplements the University's already established emergency communication methods. The e-mail address assigned by the University is automatically enrolled. Additional e-mail addresses and other contact information can be added, changed, or deleted directly on the AlertUR site. Students are encouraged to review their information regularly and update it as changes occur. Read more ...
Study Abroad Can Enrich College Experience
It’s never too early for your son or daughter to start considering study abroad options. The University sponsors programs in more than 60 cities in 35 countries for students planning to major in virtually any field. University financial aid is fully transferable to a University-sponsored study abroad program. Study abroad information will be available at orientation and students also are welcome to stop by the Center for Study Abroad in Lattimore 206.
Dining Services Offers Varied Options
Dining and “when are we eating next” are among top priorities for students throughout their college careers. An array of restaurants and dining venues are available throughout campus that are open at convenient hours. Read about what dining services offers and learn more about meal plans and declining balance accounts. More information on dining is also available at the Campus Dish Web site.
Linens Available through Online Store
University beds have extra-long mattresses, and XL twin sheets fit best. The University bookstore has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to offer bedding that will fit the mattresses.
Bus Transportation Offered for University Breaks 
Roundtrip transportation from campus to New England and New York City areas via motor coach is available to students for 2010-11 University breaks. If you're interested in the service, e-mail Betsy Kirschbaum at Read more ...
Best Places to 'Hit the Books'
Rush Rhees Library
Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus recently made the list of Most Beautiful College Libraries by
Inside the iconic building, there are different spaces to meet students' different needs.
Learn more about Rush Rhees and what other University libraries have to offer on the libraries Web site.
Preparing Your Student for Conflict
Morgan Levy, assistant dean of students and director of the Center for Student Conflict Management, writes about ways to help your son or daughter prepare for conflicts they may face at school. Read more ...
Transition Tips for Parents
Your relationship with your child will continue to evolve throughout his or her college years. The University Counseling Center offers some tips for parents during the transition. Read more ...
Financial Aid Updates
Instructions for completing federal loan requirements will be emailed to students at their school address during orientation. Future financial aid information also will be sent to that address.
  Parents who are interested in borrowing the federal Parent PLUS Loan for
the 2010-11 academic year can apply online.
  The Financial Aid Office also recommends that students bring money to campus to pay for their books and supplies since financial aid is not always available to help with these items.
Related Links
College Financial Aid Office
Eastman School Financial Aid Office

Student Employment Information
A Student Employment Job Fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, for all incoming students. Students who plan to work at the University must complete an I-9 form, which can be completed in the Student Employment Office. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States must be provided when completing the I-9. Acceptable documentation includes driver licenses, Social Security cards, birth certificates (or a certified copy), and/or passports. Copies will not be accepted. The Student Employment Office in G33 Wallis Hall is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
'Survival Tactic Evolves in Flies Using Bacteria, Not Genes'
MSNBC (July 9)
"Normally, you'd think that a species would evolve resistance [to disease] using its own genes, but in this case they evolved resistance by spread of this symbiont," says study author John Jaenike, a professor of biology at the University of Rochester.

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Parents Buzz is produced by University Communications, Parent Relations, and the Parents Program. It is e-mailed monthly to parents of undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School of Music. View issues online at Direct feedback and questions to

Welcome to Parents Buzz
orientation leaders

Orientation leaders at the College are getting ready to welcome the Class of 2014 to Rochester during this year's orientation, Aug. 25-31. Read more...

At the Eastman School, incoming undergraduates will attend orientation between Aug. 22 and 29. Read more...
Parents: You're Always Welcome
Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional alumni programs. Visit the regional calendar for details and registration information.

Regional Events
California: Los Angeles Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1; San Francisco Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1.
Connecticut: New Haven Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1.
Illinois: Rochester's Renee Fleming '83E at the Ravinia Festival, July 24; Chicago Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1.
Massachusetts: Boston Summer Send-Off I, July 28; Boston Summer Send-Off II, Aug. 4; 'Rochester at Tanglewood: A Spectacular Evening of Music," Aug. 7.
New Jersey: New Jersey Summer Send-Off, Aug. 15.
New York: Syracuse Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1; Albany Summer Send-Off, Aug. 3; Long Island Summer Send-Off, Aug. 8; Buffalo Summer Send-Off, Aug. 10; New York City Summer Send-Off, Aug. 11; Westchester Summer Send-Off, Aug. 12.
Ohio: Cleveland Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1.
Oregon: "Uncork! The Nature of Wine and Aging," Portland, Aug. 3.
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Summer Send-Off, Aug. 5; Pittsburgh Summer Send-Off, Aug. 8.
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Summer Send-Off, Aug. 4.
Washington: "Uncork! The Nature of Wine and Aging," Seattle, Aug. 2.
Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C. Summer Send-Off, Aug. 1

Rochester-Area Events
Rochester Summer Send-Off I, July 28.
Eastman School Rochester Send-Off, Aug. 5.
An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Aug. 12.
Rochester Summer Send-off II, Aug. 12.

To register for a summer send-off, click here.

See more Rochester-area events on the University Events Calendar.

See the Eastman School's summer concert schedule.

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.
Did You Know?
Rochester Among Top Regions to Raise a Family
The Rochester area was recently ranked the third-best metropolitan region in the country for raising a family by Forbes magazine. 
Read more ...

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