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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
July 2011
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. 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
Save the Date: Meliora Weekend
Meliora Weekend 2011, a University-wide celebration combining homecoming, reunion, and family weekends, will take place Oct. 20–23. Learn more at the Meliora Weekend website.
Eastman Family Weekend Planned for October
Eastman Family Weekend will be held Oct. 21-23. Parents and families are welcomed back to Eastman for a weekend full of concerts, recitals, and other programs. Check the Family Weekend website for updates.
Fall Billing Statement Available Online
The fall 2011 billing statement is available online beginning today in UR ePay. Visit the bursar’s website for more information.
Financial Aid Updates
The Financial Aid Office recommends that students bring money to campus to help pay for their books and supplies since financial aid is not always available to help with the items. Next steps for loan requirements will be emailed to incoming students in mid-August. Students should get into the habit of checking their University email as all financial aid information will be emailed to that address going forward. If you are interested in borrowing through the federal Parent PLUS Loan, please visit the Financial Aid website for details and a link to the federal application.
Communal Principles: The Year of Respect
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The Communal Principles Project, coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students, is an initiative of the College. This project aims to promote the communal principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility, which are woven into the fabric that make up the University’s community of engaged, lifelong learners. Beginning with the 2011-12 academic year, one of the six principles will be highlighted annually. This year will be the Year of Respect. Students will be invited to apply for mini grants to develop a program or activity that exemplifies the spirit and purpose of respect to the community. For more information, call (585) 275-4085.
Entrepreneurship at the University
The University understands entrepreneurship to have a broad definition: the transformation of an idea into an enterprise that creates value—economic, social, or cultural. Undergraduates can get involved in entrepreneurship by joining the UR Entrepreneurs Club, taking courses such as ENT 225 Technical Entrepreneurship or ENT 227 Entrepreneurship in the Not-for-Profit Environment, entering a business plan competition in the spring, or stopping by the Center for Entrepreneurship to learn more.
Student Employment Opportunities
Students who plan to work at the University must complete an I-9 form. These forms can be completed in the Financial Aid Office. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States must be provided when completing the I-9. Acceptable documentation includes a driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate (or a certified copy), and/or a passport. Originals of these documents need to be presented by students when completing the I-9; copies are not accepted. A Student Employment Job Fair will be held Friday, Aug. 26, for all incoming students to meet potential employers. Read more...
Sustainability News
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Over the summer, Monroe County expanded its recycling criteria for both plastics and metals. The University’s sustainability website includes information for the University community on the new guidelines. Two residence halls—Anderson Tower and Wilder Tower—have also received Energy Star Certification for energy efficiency. Fewer than 100 residence halls have qualified for Energy Star awards across the nation.
Third Move-out Cleanout a Success
This year’s Move-out Cleanout, an effort to collect and donate unwanted items as students move out of their campus housing in May, resulted in a collection of 7,930 pounds of gently used clothing, exceeding 2010’s collection by almost 400 pounds. Read more ...
TEAM Master’s Program for Business-Savvy Engineers
The new interdisciplinary master’s program in technical entrepreneurship and management, or TEAM, jointly offered by the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Simon Graduate School of Business, is a GEAR option for undergraduates. GEAR, or Graduate Engineering at Rochester, allows selected students to accelerate and complete their master’s degree in engineering and applied sciences in a 3-2 BS/MS Program. Students in the TEAM MS program can concentrate in an engineering area that is different from or the same as their undergraduate major while simultaneously taking graduate-level business courses. To learn more about the program, contact Andrea Galati at (585) 276-3500 or
Spotlight on Diversity: Pride Alliance
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The Pride Alliance is an employee resource group dedicated to creating and sustaining a positive work environment in which all individuals are valued and supported regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Learn more about the group and its mission on this flier. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Welcome from the Center for Study Abroad
The Center for Study Abroad would like to let you know that study abroad is available for virtually any undergraduate, regardless of major, financial situation, foreign language proficiency, or other factors. Study abroad is also an excellent stepping-stone to future endeavors. In areas like graduate school admission and employment prospects, international experience is becoming a necessity. The University offers programs in more than 60 locations in nearly 40 countries. Planning is key: Encourage your son or daughter to learn more about the study abroad opportunities available. Students and parents can also call (585) 275-7532, email, or stop by Lattimore 206 to ask questions, pick up materials, and meet with advisors. 

It’s OK to Change your Mind ... and Other Advice from the Experts
It is far better to take some advice from the “veterans” than to assume that life in college won’t be much different from life in high school, writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen. Read more ...

Online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process
Each year every full-time student must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process. Students who have their own health insurance can waive the University-sponsored insurance. The link to the online process is in the pink "Quick Links" box on the University Health Service homepage. The recommended date for completing the process was July 15 to ensure correct billing on the July billing statement. If your student waives the insurance after July 15, you will see a credit for the insurance charge on the next billing statement. UHS staff will be on hand at student and parent orientations to answer questions.
University Health Service Receives Accreditation
UHS has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Status as an accredited organization means UHS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by the association.

Changes Under Way at Danforth Dining Hall
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It’s a rite of passage for college freshmen everywhere: the move from the comforts of the family kitchen to the realities of mass-service in a campus dining hall. But when a renovated Danforth Dining Hall and a new campus marketplace open for service in August, Rochester students may find they have little reason to be homesick. Read more ...
Meal Plan Changes
Reacting to student feedback, Dining Services has created unlimited meal plans. Unlimited meal plan members can enter Danforth, Douglass, and Eastman Dining Centers as often as they like. Customers on Declining Balance plans can enter Douglass, Danforth, or Eastman Dining Center for a door rate of $4.95 for breakfast, $6.50 for brunch or lunch, and $7.50 for dinner. Declining can also be used at The Commons, Pura Vida, Connections, The Hillside Market, The Meliora, Southside, Starbucks, The Orchestra Pit, The Cave, and for catering.
Key Dates
Fall meal plans begin on Freshman Move-in Day (Wednesday, Aug. 24) and end Thursday, Dec. 22. The meal plan change period is Sept. 6–16. Have feedback for Dining Services? Email any comments or questions to

About Parents Buzz

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

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Orientation leaders at the College  are getting ready to welcome the Class of 2015 to Rochester during this year’s orientation, Aug. 24-30.
A Parent Orientation program for parents of students at the College provides information about resources available to you and your student. Parent registration is not required, but if you know you are coming, you may register online by Aug. 15. A fee-based Sibling/Teen Orientation program will also be held for kids ages 5–17. Email Eleanor Oi or the orientation staff with any questions.

At the Eastman School, incoming undergraduates will attend orientation between Aug. 21 and 28. Read more...

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Wondering what move-in day will be like? Check out a video from last year’s move-in day on the River Campus.
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 Sendoff, Aug. 7; San Francisco Summer Sendoff, Aug. 14; Rochester Takes You Out to the Ballgame, Aug. 28.
Colorado: Denver Summer Sendoff, Aug. 4.
Connecticut: New Haven Summer Sendoff, July 31.
Illinois: Chicago Summer Sendoff, July 31.
Maryland: Baltimore Summer Sendoff, July 31.
Massachusetts: Boston Summer Sendoff I, Aug. 3.
New Jersey: New Jersey Summer Sendoff, Aug. 3.
New York: Utica Summer Sendoff, July 31; Buffalo Summer Sendoff, Aug. 3; New York City Summer Sendoff, Aug. 7; Albany Summer Sendoff, Aug. 7; Westchester Summer Sendoff, Aug. 10; Long Island Summer Sendoff, Aug. 14; Syracuse Summer Sendoff, Aug. 14.
Ontario: My Fair Lady at the Shaw Festival, Aug. 9.
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Summer Sendoff, Aug. 2; Pittsburgh Summer Sendoff, Aug. 14.
Washington, D.C.:  Washington, D.C., Summer Sendoff, July 31; Rochester Takes You Out to the Ballgame, Aug. 21.

Rochester-Area Events
Rochester Summer Sendoff, Aug. 1;
Eastman School Rochester Sendoff, Aug. 4

To register for a summer sendoff, click here.

See more Rochester-area events on the University Events Calendar and  Eastman’s concert calendar.

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