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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
July 2012
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 & 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 at
Eastman School Changes Orientation for New Students
The Eastman School has announced changes in its orientation program for new students. Most new students will arrive on Aug. 27, followed by returning students on Aug. 29. However:
   • Students pursuing dual degrees will have the option of moving in early on Aug. 23 to allow them to participate in orientation programs at both Eastman and the College. Students opting for the early date should contact the Eastman Office of Student Life in advance.
   • New international students will arrive on Friday, Aug. 24, for three days of educational and social programs to help them adjust to life at Eastman and in Rochester. Go to for a full schedule.
   • The Office of Student Life has partnered with a mobile app guidebook, which allows users to view a color coded orientation schedule by track (such as graduate, undergraduate, and international programs), add sessions to a calendar, explore the neighborhood with a map of downtown Rochester, view information on local eateries, upload pictures to a shared photo album, create to-do lists, and interface with other users through Facebook and Twitter. The office will notify students when the guidebook is available to download.
   For more on Eastman orientation, visit
    A Parent Orientation session will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. The presentation and panel discussion with deans will help familiarize parents with student life, residential life, and academic life at Eastman. There are several resources for parents available at
Parents, Welcome to the College Orientation Program
Orientation at the College begins on Thursday, Aug. 23. Visit for resources and information updates. Schedules will be available on the website in early August. Students should be completing their Orientation Online forms (available through your student's Blackboard page before it closes on July 27). Parents can also register for the Parent Orientation program via their student's Blackboard page. Email or call (585) 275-4414 with any questions.
Fall Billing Statement Available Online
The fall 2012 billing statement is available online in UR ePAY. Student billing procedures can be reviewed at the bursar's website to be sure you receive the statement.
From the Financial Aid Office
• It is recommended that students bring money to campus to help pay for books and supplies as financial aid is not always available to help with such items. Students should get in the habit of checking their University email as all financial aid information will go to that address.
• To borrow through the federal Parent PLUS Loan, visit the website at for details and a link to the federal application.
• Students who plan to work at the University must complete an I-9 form. Part I of the form must be completed by students at Students should then schedule an appointment with their financial aid counselor to complete Part II. When students arrive for their appointment, they must bring their original documentation with them. The most common documents used to complete this form are a driver’s license and original Social Security card, birth certificate or a certified copy, or a passport. The Financial Aid Office is at G13 Wallis Hall on the River Campus. Eastman students must visit the Financial Aid Office at Miller Place on Gibbs Street.

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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 ...

Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center
Freshmen can meet with a counselor in the library of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center to informally explore career options for various majors and academic interests, to talk about on-campus research, to find an opportunity to shadow alumni in a field of interest over winter break, and to discuss internships. Visit the website or drop by 302 Meliora Hall to learn more about the resources and the center's "one student at a time" counseling philosophy. For more job-, career- and internship-related postings and news items, visit the Career and Internship Digest or follow the center on Facebook.

Other resources for students:
Eastman's Office of Academic Affairs
College Center for Advising Services (formerly College Center for Academic Support)
It's Not Too Early to Consider Study Abroad
Study Abroad is an increasingly integral part of a college education and it’s never too early for your student to start planning. The University has affiliated programs in nearly 40 countries. The first step is to submit a Study Abroad Proposal, a nonbinding, online form that alerts the College to a student’s interest. The Center for Study Abroad can then alert the student to important information like program representative visits and study abroad events. A proposal can be submitted several semesters before a student’s intended study abroad term. However, students interested in studying abroad for the spring 2013 term must submit a proposal by Sept. 15. To learn more, stop by Study Abroad's table at Orientation or contact (585) 275-7532 or
Communal Principles Project Offers Chance to Make a Difference
Here’s an opportunity to make a difference on campus. The Communal Principles Project, coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students, is charged with promoting six defining principleshighlighting one each yearfor the University community: Fairness, Freedom, Honesty, Inclusion, Respect, and Responsibility. This is the Year of Responsibility, featuring activities related to this principle. Students are invited to apply for mini grants to develop programs and events that exemplify responsibility. For more information, click here
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, entering a business plan competition in the spring, or stopping by the Center for Entrepreneurship to learn more. 
Online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process
All full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process for 2012-13. Students who have not completed this online process should do so as soon as possible. The link is in the pink Quick Links box on the UHS website. Click on “Online ProcessFor 2012-2013.” UHS staff will be at student and parent orientations to answer questions. Read more ….
Class of 2016 Asked to Complete Alcohol e-CHECK UP
The University is asking all members of the Class of 2016 to complete Alcohol e-CHECK UP to Go, an online alcohol education program, before arriving on campus in August. An invitation to complete the program will be emailed to freshmen in mid-August. Parents are asked to encourage their son or daughter to complete this program.
Primary Health Care Providers at University Health Service
Each University student is assigned a primary care provider at the University Health Service (UHS). UHS makes it a priority for students to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider whenever possible. Visits to UHS are by appointment. All a student has to do is to call UHS at (585) 275-2662. Read more … 

New Menus at Residential Dining Centers
Chefs and the campus nutritionist have used student feedback to define healthy new residential menus for Danforth, Douglass, and Eastman dining centers. Students can look for expanded vegan and vegetarian offerings, optimal variety, and the return of campus favorites.
Contact the Nutritionist
Have nutrition or allergy related questions about campus dining? Contact campus nutritionist Christina Patterson at
Meliora Catering Has Been Revamped
Meliora Catering has a new menu to help you provide special meals or treats for your students. Call (585) 275-7687 or email for more information. Look for the new Meliora Catering website coming soon.
Other Dining Service Information
• Fall meal plans begin Thursday, Aug. 23. Fall meal plans end Thursday, Dec. 22. Meal plan change period: Sept. 4–14. For questions concerning meal plans, call (585) 275-8756 or (800) 661-1118 or email
• Additional Declining Balance funds can be added online at, in person at the Customer Service Center in Susan B. Anthony Hall, or by phone at (585) 275-3975 or (800) 661-1118. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover cards are accepted. 
• For questions concerning meals, or University dining facilities, call (585) 275-6265 or email

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Student Spirit
After several years of increasing demand, the University is using a lottery system for tickets to the live, Meliora Weekend keynote address by Barbara Walters on Oct. 13. The system aims to provide better customer service. The lottery, which began July 18, will be open to entries until Wednesday, Aug. 1. NOTE: Date of entry has no bearing on lottery results.
Lottery entrants will be notified of the results on Thursday, Aug. 9, by email. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit or call (585) 273-5888 or (877) MELIORA.

Meliora Weekend (Oct. 11-14), now in its 12th year, is the University-wide celebration that combines homecoming, reunion, and family weekends. This year, Meliora Weekend will feature more than 200 programs, including lectures and panels by faculty and alumni; performances by student ensembles; athletic contests; and reunion gatherings.
    Barbara Walters, correspondent for ABC News, host of The Barbara Walters Specials, and creator, co-host, and executive producer of The View, will deliver this year's keynote address. Registration for free simulcasts on the River, Medical, and Eastman campuses will be available beginning Aug. 20.
     Comedian Craig Ferguson, the Emmy Award-nominated host of The Late Late Show, will perform two shows on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Palestra.
      For more information on Meliora Weekend registration, events, and Frequently Asked Questions visit: Registration for events begins Aug. 20.

Student Spirit
Eastman Weekend,
an opportunity for the Eastman School community to come together, will also be held Oct. 11-14. The weekend features concerts, tours, and other programming, and will also provide opportunities for alumni to reconnect with fellow classmates, including:
• 50th reunion celebration for the Classes of 1961 and 1962.
• Recognition of the 1961-62 Eastman Philharmonia European tour.
• A tribute to Eastman’s legendary jazz professor and arranger, Rayburn Wright, and a reunion of his students.
• A 15th-year celebration of the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program.
• A 20th-anniversary celebration of the classical guitar program.
For updates and a link to a full schedule, visit
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, July 29; San Francisco Summer Sendoff, July 29.

Colorado: Denver Summer Sendoff, Aug. 6.

Connecticut: New Haven Summer Sendoff, Aug. 5.

Illinois: Chicago Summer Sendoff, July 29.

Maryland: Baltimore Summer Sendoff, Aug. 6.

Massachusetts: Boston Summer Sendoff I, Aug. 7; Boston Summer Sendoff II, Aug. 8; Rochester at Tanglewood, Aug. 11.

Minnesota: Rochester Takes You Out to the Ballgame/Minneapolis, July 29.

New Jersey: New Jersey Summer Sendoff, Aug. 1.

New York: Buffalo Summer Sendoff, July 29; New York City Summer Sendoff, Aug. 1; Utica Summer Sendoff, Aug. 1; Westchester Summer Sendoff, Aug. 2; Albany Summer Sendoff, Aug. 5; Syracuse Summer Sendoff, Aug. 5; Long Island Summer Sendoff, Aug. 8.

Ohio: Cleveland Summer Sendoff, July 29.

Oregon: Portland Summer Sendoff, Aug. 1.

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Summer Sendoff, July 29.

Texas: Houston Summer Sendoff, July 29.

Washington: Seattle Summer Sendoff, July 31.

Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C., Summer Sendoff, Aug. 5.

Local Events
Rochester Summer Sendoff, July 30.
Rochester/UR Summer Sendoff, Aug. 9.

July 28: Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition: Opening Concert. Read more ...

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.

Aug. 3: 'Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn—Beyond the Basic Profile,' free, offered by John Hill, higher education evangelist with LinkedIn, and the University's Office of Alumni Relations. Read more ...

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