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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
August 2011
Welcome Parents!
Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2011-12 academic year. We hope you find it helps keep you in touch with what’s happening at the University. Parents whose children have graduated can sign off the mailing list following the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the page or do nothing and 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.

President Seligman: ‘We Are a University on the Move’
“Welcome to the University of Rochester for what promises to be a particularly eventful year,” says President Joel Seligman in his welcome back message to the University community. Read more...
Meliora Weekend Registration Open
Registration is now open for Meliora Weekend 2011, a University-wide celebration combining homecoming, reunion, and family weekends, Oct. 20–23. Visit the Meliora Weekend website to register or for more information.
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.
Rochester Remembers Sept. 11
“Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, terrorists struck the United States, killing nearly 3,000 people. Today let us pause to remember this terrible tragedy, visited upon the innocent,” writes President Joel Seligman.
Classmates remember six Rochester alumni who died in the World Trade Center or aboard United Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania.
New On Campus This Fall
man sauteeing vegetables
The new-look Danforth Dining Center, an innovative new lab space, and the construction of two new buildings are among the changes students can expect on the River Campus as they return to Rochester. Read more...

‘Everything You Need to Know’ for Eastman Students
Eastman students should check out the latest edition of Clef Notes for “everything Eastman” before coming back to campus. It contains information on auditions and placement, parking, student employment, and whom to go to with your questions.
Financial Aid Office Reminder
Notifications about financial aid go directly to a student’s University email address, so the Financial Aid Office reminds students of the importance of checking their Rochester account. It’s also important that they keep you in the loop regarding any emails they receive regarding their financial aid. The Financial Aid Office in Wallis Hall is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesdays 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.
The Campus Job Search
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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 license, Social Security card, a birth certificate (or a certified copy), or a passport. Originals of these documents need to be presented by the student when completing the I-9; copies are not accepted. Read more ...
Need information on Dining Services?
Dining Services looks forward to serving your son or daughter. For students with special dietary needs, parents may contact Cam Schauf, director of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations, or Antonio Pignagrande, resident district chef. Students interested in learning more about Dining Services are welcome to attend Dining Committee meetings. For information on the meetings, email The Dining Services website also includes information about eating on campus.
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.
Session Covers National Academic Fellowships
Students can get information on nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships open to students in their junior and senior years and beyond at a general information session Wednesday, Sept. 7. The session runs from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Achievement level, extracurricular record, and goals for the future may make your son or daughter a strong candidate for an award applicable to the remainder of his or her undergraduate studies or postgraduate study and career plans. Some application deadlines are in fall and early winter, so the Fellowships Office encourages students to get informed now. Read more ...
College Center for Academic Support
The College Center for Academic Support is available to assist College undergraduates with their academic needs. The office, located in Lattimore 312, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; professional advisors are available from 1–4 p.m. for walk-in appointments. Answers to simple questions and a variety of academic forms are available at the Academic Services counter. The staff is available to answer questions about advanced placement and transfer credit, program planning, repeating courses, declaring a major or minor, tutoring, special academic opportunities, and more. Parents are invited to call the center with questions as well. 
Eastman School: A Snapshot 90 Years Ago and Now
As its 90th anniversary year approaches, the Eastman School celebrates its history and legacy, and looks ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the transforming music world. Read more ...

Where Am I Going? How Will I Get There?
Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers advice for developing an academic plan. Read more ...

Welcome Back, Yellowjackets!
Bradley Halpern
“During the upcoming academic year, we will inevitably face many successes and challenges as a campus community,” writes Bradley Halpern ’12, president of the Students’ Association. ”The SA government’s goal is to guide students toward success and provide assistance to overcome the challenges.” Read more...
Hello Eastman Students!
Justis Mackenzie
“There is so much to look forward to in the coming year,” writes Justis Mackenzie ’12, president of the Eastman Students’ Association. “My friends and colleagues in Students’ Association and the Office of Student Life have many exciting ideas coming down the pike.” Read more ...

Health Insurance—Know the Basics
University Health Service asks parents take a few minutes to talk with students about health insurance. Students should know the basics about their coverage and to know where to call if they have questions about their coverage. They should also be encouraged to carry their insurance card. Full-time students pay the mandatory health fee, which covers their visits to UHS and the University Counseling Center. Read more...
Attention Parents of Freshmen
The UHS Health Promotion Office, in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students and the University Health Service, is asking all students in the class of 2015 to complete Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO, an online education program. Freshmen received an email message about the program last week. Parents are asked to encourage their students to complete the online program. 
Don’t Miss the Health Insurance Deadline
Each year, all full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process. Students are encouraged to complete the online process before the start of classes. It is especially important for students who have their own insurance (or their parents’) to complete the process by Sept. 30, the final deadline to waive coverage from the University-sponsored plan. Read more ...
Preparing a First Aid Kit
blue first aid kit
UHS suggests sending your son or daughter back to school with a first aid kit, especially for minor things that might happen during the year. A shoe box or plastic container would work well. Some items you might consider are: medications your student takes regularly; over-the-counter medications for cold symptoms, pain, fever, allergies, insect bites, stomach distress, etc.; and some supplies (thermometer, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bandages, etc.). For more ideas, check the UHS website.
Study Abroad Proposal Deadline Is Sept. 15
If your student is thinking about studying abroad in the spring 2012 semester, he or she should be aware that the study abroad proposal deadline is Thursday, Sept. 15. The nonbinding proposal can be completed online.
New Australian Program Announced
The College’s Center for Study Abroad announces a new University-sponsored study abroad program at the highly regarded Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Students can stop by the center’s office in Lattimore, 206, call (585) 275-7532, or email to learn more.
Gilman Scholarship May Help Fund Study Abroad
If your student is a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, he or she is eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which can provide up to $8,000 toward the cost of study abroad. The application deadline is Oct. 4, but the College Center for Study Abroad recommends getting started on the process as early as possible. Read more...

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student carrying a guitar case
Incoming freshman Matt McCormick carries his belongings into Susan B. Anthony Hall during Freshman Move-in Day Aug. 24. Approximately 1,300 members of the Class of 2015 moved in this week at the Eastman School and River Campus.

Eastman School (Aug. 22)
River Campus  (Aug. 24)

Time-lapse Video
A Scene from Move-in Day

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
San Francisco: Rochester Takes You Out to the Ballgame, Aug. 28.

Local Events

World Music Series: Caution Shonhai with Erica Azim—Ancient Mbira Music of Zimbabwe, Sept. 14.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.

2011–12 Sports Preview
field hockey
There is much excitement on the River Campus as the 2011-12 athletic season approaches. Eleven sports were represented at the national championships last year. Rochester had 11 All-Americans a year ago. Six of those competitors are back this year. Here’s a quick rundown–by season–of what to expect from the various sports teams. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Field Hockey: Sept. 7, 7 p.m., Nazareth; Sept. 10, 1 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Elmira.
Football: Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Case Western; Sept. 17, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher, Courage Bowl.
Men’s Soccer: Sept. 1 and 3, Flower City Tournament; Sept. 13, 7 p.m., RIT.
Women’s Soccer: Sept. 2–3, 4 p.m., Flower City Tournament.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 10–11, Flower City Tournament.
Women’s Volleyball: Sept. 9–10, UR Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 10, 11 a.m., SUNY Brockport Invitational; Sept. 17, 11 a.m., Stampede Invitational at the University at Buffalo.
Field Hockey: Sept. 1, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher; Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Hartwick; Sept. 17, 1 p.m., Kenyon College; Sept. 18, 1 p.m., College of Wooster;
Golf: Sept. 3–4, Hamilton Quadrangular in Clinton, N.Y.; Sept. 12, Tim Brown Invitational in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Sept. 18–19, Gary Kuhn Invitational in Meadville, Pa.
Men’s Soccer: Sept. 9, 4 p.m., St. Lawrence; Sept. 10, 2 p.m., Clarkson; Sept. 17, 2 p.m., Hobart.
Women’s Soccer: Sept. 9–10,  Fredonia Tournament; Sept. 14, 4 p.m., RIT; Sept. 17, 1 p.m., Union; Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m., William Smith.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 17–18, St. Lawrence Invitational.
Women’s Tennis: Sept. 10–11, William Smith Invitational.
Women’s Volleyball: Sept. 2–3, Red Dragon Invitational at SUNY Cortland; Sept. 14, 7 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; Sept. 16–17, RIT Tournament; Sept. 20, 7 p.m., RIT.

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