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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
August 2010

Welcome Parents!
Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2010-11 academic year. We hope you find it helps keep you in touch with what's happening at the University. For parents whose children have graduated, you can sign off the mailing list, or do nothing and you will continue to receive Parents Buzz. We also recommend Rochester Buzz for parents of alumni. The monthly newsletter includes items of interest to Rochester alumni and friends. Sign up for Rochester Buzz here. As always, comments and feedback on Parents Buzz are welcome.

New Students Connect with Community, Classmates
Incoming freshmen will help the greater Rochester community and connect with classmates this month during Wilson Day at the College and the George Eastman Day of Community Service at the Eastman School. Read more ...
Save the Date: Meliora and Eastman Weekends
Meliora Weekend (Oct. 14–17)
Sanjay Gupta
Join your son or daughter in Rochester from Oct. 14 to 17 for Meliora Weekend, the annual campus celebration that combines family weekend, homecoming, and class reunions. Featured events include a keynote address by Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for health and medicine at CNN; a performance by comedian Jim Gaffigan; a presidential panel on the future of health care; student performances; family events; and more. Visit the Meliora Weekend Web site for a full listing of programs. You can create a Meliora Weekend registration account online now. Popular programs often sell out quickly, and creating your account in advance will allow you to immediately select events when online registration opens Aug. 30.

Eastman Weekend (Oct. 15–17): The Eastman School celebrates its past, present, and future with a three-day celebration that includes music, tours of the newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and socializing time with friends. Eastman Weekend combines alumni weekend and family weekend and offers an opportunity for Eastman’s community to come together and enjoy all things Eastman. Read more ...
Students Can Witness the Electoral Process
This November, Rochester undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate directly in the electoral process by working as college poll inspectors, thanks to a grant from the federal Election Assistance Commission through the “Help America Vote Act.”  Read more ...
'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 they need to know before coming to campus.
UR Goes Mobile
UR Mobile is a suite of apps and sites designed to deliver information when, where, and how you want to get it. Featuring University news, the student directory, events listings, sports schedules and scores, campus maps, videos, and photos from the University’s homepage, the tools are currently available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Blackberry. Read more ...

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 Find out more here. Also, My Bus Home is gauging interest in motor coach transportation to the Pennsylvania area. E-mail if you're interested. 

'Move Out Cleanout 2010' a Success
Last May, the University collected a grand total of 7,586 pounds of clothing during Move Out Clean Out, an effort to collect and donate unwanted items as students move out of their campus housing. This year's event surpassed the collection from last year, the first year of the initiative. Read more ...
Student Employment Information
Students who plan to work at the University must complete an I-9 form, which can be filled out in the Student Employment Office. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States must be provided. Acceptable documentation includes a driver's license, a Social Security card, a birth certificate (or a certified copy), and/or a passport. Originals of these documents need to be presented by the student when completing the I-9; copies are not accepted. The office's business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Spring Study Abroad Proposals Due Next Month
Is your son or daughter interested in studying abroad this spring? The study abroad proposal deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15. The proposal, which is non-binding, is the mandatory first step in the process. Students can fill out the proposal form online. Questions? Call the Center for Study Abroad at (585) 275-7532 or stop by 206 Lattimore Hall.
Students Can Still Preorder Fall Textbooks
Has your son or daughter preordered their fall textbooks yet? Students can go to to reserve today. Orders are packed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner the order is placed, the more likely used books will be available. The bookstore also has dozens of digital textbooks available this semester, which can be purchased in the store or online. Your student should save their receipt because the store will not accept returns without it. The last day to return textbooks without an add/drop slip is Sept. 8. The bookstore's hours are available online.
News from Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office advises students to check their University e-mail for future financial aid information e-mailed to that address. The office (124 Wallis Hall) is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feel free to schedule an appointment to meet with your student's counselor if you have time while on campus.
Students Must Enroll or Waive Health Insurance
Full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process for 2010-11. If your son or daughter has not yet completed the process, they should do so before the start of classes. Read more ...
Student Dental Plan Open Enrollment Starts Sept. 1
Enrollment for the Student Dental Plan will be open from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, for coverage beginning Sept. 1, 2010, and ending Aug. 31, 2011. A brochure and enrollment forms are available on the University Health Service Web site. For questions about the application process or coverage, call 1-800-724-1675 or TTY (585) 454-2845.
Attention Parents of Freshmen
The University Health Service Health Promotion Office, in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students, has unveiled a new resource for freshmen. Members of the Class of 2014 received an e-mail requesting that they complete the Alcohol e-CHECK UP To Go program before arriving on campus. Please encourage your son or daughter to complete the program. Read more...
'Year Ahead is Bound to be a Memorable One'
A new food court in Wilson Commons isn't the only thing that is going to make this academic year even more appetizing than the last, writes Scott Strenger '12, Students' Association President. Read more ...
Much to Look Forward to at Eastman School
Student Life has some great things in store, including changes and additions to the campus, according to Alec Powell '11, president of the Eastman Students' Association. Read more ...
'Women More Attracted When Men Wear Red: Study'
U.S. News and World Report (Aug. 3)
"We found that women view men in red as higher in status, more likely to make money and more likely to climb the social ladder," says lead author Andrew Elliot, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. "And it's this high-status judgment that leads to the attraction."
'Engineering and Music: A Powerful Duet for Art and Science'
National Science Foundation (Aug. 16)
An engineer with a love of music and a musician who likes technology, Mark Bocko and Dave Headlam are both professors at the University of Rochester. For more than 10 years, their collaboration has been moving both fields forward.

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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

Caitlin Smigelski, left, and Annalise Kjolhede have built a garden that may provide food for the University community. The pair hopes the garden, part of their Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year project, will help students become more conscientious about what they eat. 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
New York: The Future of Care: Excellence and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Sept. 11, Skaneateles Falls.


More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar and the University's arts and entertainment listing.
Looking Ahead
The 2010-11 athletic season promises to be an exciting and challenging one for Rochester’s 23 varsity sports. Five All-Americans return to the lineups. Here’s a primer on what to look for when sports get started on Sept. 1. Read more ...

Courage Bowl Benefits Childhood Cancer Group
The annual football game between Rochester and St. John Fisher raises money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children who are coping with cancer. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Field Hockey: Sept. 1, 4 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; Sept. 4, 4 p.m., Hartwick (at Nazareth College); Sept. 15, 6 p.m., Elmira.
Football: Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Case Western.
Men's Soccer: Sept. 4-5, Flower City Classic; Sept. 10, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence; Sept. 11, 2 p.m., Clarkson.
Women's Soccer: Sept. 1, 7 p.m., Brockport; Sept. 4-5, Flower City Classic.
Men's Tennis: Sept. 12-13, Flower City Invitational.
Women's Volleyball: Sept. 10-11, UR Invitational; Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Geneseo.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 11, 11 a.m. SUNY Brockport.
Field Hockey: Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Nazareth; Sept. 11, 1 p.m., Washington & Jefferson.
Golf: Sept. 4-5, Hamilton Quadrangular; Sept. 11-12, St. Lawrence University Invitational.
Men's Soccer: Sept. 1, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher.
Women's Soccer: Sept. 10-11, Blue Devil Tournament, SUNY Fredonia.
Women's Tennis: Sept. 11-12, William Smith Invitational; Sept. 15, noon, RIT.
Women's Volleyball: Sept. 3-4, Red Dragon Invitational, SUNY Cortland; Sept. 7, 7 p.m., Ithaca.

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