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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
August 2012
Welcome Parents!
Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2012–13 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: ‘The University Is on the Move’
“This summer we have been busy!” says President Joel Seligman in his welcome back message to the University community. A new residence hall, pedestrian bridge, and supercomputer have been added; construction on a new media arts and innovation building is just starting and a new Warner School home is nearly finished. Read more ...

Welcome, Class of 2016
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At left, volunteer Sid Shah ’14 unloads a box to parent Abby Pegoli during move-in day on the River Campus. Total undergraduate enrollment for the 2012-13 academic year on the River Campus is about 4,650 students, having grown 22 percent in the past decade due to increases in both retention and recruitment. At the Eastman School, approximately 130 incoming freshmen will begin classes on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Total undergraduate enrollment for the 2012-13 academic year at Eastman is approximately 520 students.  See a photo gallery and video from Freshman Move-In Day.

Yellowjacket Weekend Celebrates the Start of the School Year
Students, faculty, and staff will come together for Yellowjacket Weekend, Friday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 3, to celebrate the start of the year with activities to help everyone enjoy the last days of summer. Highlights include an activities fair, carnival, luau dinner, a performance by comedian Craig Robinson, trips to the Waterloo outlet malls, and a Rochester Red Wings game. See the full schedule.
Eastman School Hopes Welcome Week Becomes a Tradition
The Eastman School this fall will kick off the school year with a series of programs and activities Sept. 4 to 9 designed to engage students, create community, build spirit, and allow students to experience Rochester.
Organizers hope it will create a new fall tradition for the school, much as Yellowjacket Weekend is for the River Campus.
   Melissia Schmidt, Eastman’s assistant dean of student life, proposed Welcome Week because “it is important for students to see how vibrant their campus is, to engage with other students, faculty, and staff, and to feel part of the campus community and the Rochester community.”
   Also, be sure to look online at the 2012 Clef Notes summer newsletter for all new and returning Eastman students. It contains “all things Eastman” and has information about important dates, departments, auditions, placement exams, faculty appointments, health services, and more.
Registration Now Open for Meliora Weekend Events
Registration for Meliora Weekend (Oct. 11-14), is now open. To set up your account, click on the “Sign In/Create Account” button in the top right corner of the homepage. Users who have their account information from last year may sign in using the same account to update personal info and add guests. Note: for Internet Explorer users, the Meliora Weekend website works best when viewed in IE8 or higher. For questions on registration, call (877) MELIORA (877 635-4672) or (585) 273-5888. Tickets to the live keynote address by Barbara Walters were decided by lottery which is now closed. Simulcasts are available on the River, Medical Center, and Eastman campuses. 
Eastman Weekend Planned for October
Eastman Weekend will be held Oct. 11–14. Parents and families are invited to Eastman for a weekend full of concerts, recitals, and other programs. Check the Eastman Weekend website for updates.
Reminders from the Financial Aid Office
• Students should have money with them on campus to help pay for their books and supplies as financial aid is not always available to help with these items.
• Students should get into the habit of checking their University email as all financial aid information will be emailed to that address going forward. Financial aid information is only sent to students, so be sure that you are communicating with them about their financial aid.
• Students who are planning on working at the University must complete an I-9 form before they can start work. Part I of the I-9 must be completed by students at Students should then schedule an appointment with their financial aid counselor to complete Part II of the online I-9. When they arrive in the Financial Aid Office for their appointment, they must remember to bring their original documentation with them. The most common documents used to complete the form are a driver's license and original Social Security card, birth certificate or a certified copy, or a passport. The appointment should take about 5 to 10 minutes. The Financial Aid Office is in G13 Wallis Hall on the River Campus. Eastman students must visit the Financial Aid Office at Miller Place on Gibbs Street to complete their I-9.
Communal Principles Project Offers Chance to Make a Difference
The Communal Principles Project, coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students, is
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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 the principle. Students are invited to apply for mini grants to develop programs and events that exemplify responsibility. For more information, click here.
Student Advantage Card Can Help Students Save
The University partners with Student Advantage to offer students a card that includes discounts from many national retailers. A card can be purchased online.  A one-year card is $20, and a four-year card is $45.
Bus Transportation Home during University Breaks
My Bus Home will arrange one-way and round-trip transportation for the 2012-13 academic breaks. Private, fully insured motor coaches with restrooms, DVD, and wi-fi will pick up students on campus and go to and  from central locations in Easton, Pa; Bridgewater, N.J.; New York City (Penn Station); and Ludlow and Newton, Mass. Read more...
Spread the Word about Your Student
Help the University share your son’s or daughter’s accomplishments with your local community. Fill out the hometown mailings form and University Communications will send a news release to your hometown newspaper when your child makes the Dean’s List, participates in a signature program, or achieves special recognition.
Send Your Student a Birthday Cake
Sigma Delta Tau will help make your student’s birthday a special one by delivering a Wegmans birthday cake on campus, singing, and delivering a message from home.  If you are interested, email Hannah Rejali for an order form. Proceeds benefit the sorority. 
Stay Current with The Buzz
From academics to athletics, from research and internships to study trips abroad, The Buzz keeps you informed about undergraduate life at Rochester. Check out the site, or if you know someone worth buzzing about, send an email to
University Well Represented in Rochester’s First ‘Fringe’ Festival
The YellowJackets and several other University-affiliated groups will be featured in the inaugural First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, which runs from Sept. 19 to 23 at a variety of locations in Rochester’s East End. Read more ...
Travel and Learn Program Heads for the Yangtze River
If you are seeking new cultural experiences and enjoy group travel, consider a Travel and Learn Program travel adventure. The program offers an opportunity to travel in the company of like-minded Rochester alumni, parents, and friends who share an interest in lifelong learning. Upcoming trips include: The Yangtze River China, Oct. 8–21, 2012; Celtic Lands, May 1–10, 2013; and Undiscovered Italy: Apulia, May 21–29, 2013. Spaces on upcoming tours sell quickly, so early reservations are recommended. Read more ...
Chance to Win $50 by Completing the Rochester Web Use Survey
The University website is undergoing some changes so that it displays and works better on a variety of devices, including tablets and smartphones. Input from parents is needed to help with potential improvements. Parents who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. The link to survey is
Move-out Cleanout Has a Record Haul
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The spring Move-out Cleanout campaign to collect unwanted clothing and other items from departing University students diverted 10,657 pounds of clothing, 2,350 pounds of electronic equipment, and about 910 pounds of unopened food from local landfills. Clothing was donated to Planet Aid, the food went to the Open Door Mission, and the electronic equipment was safely recycled. Read more … 
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. 
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 and Simon schools, 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 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, contact Andrea Galati at (585) 276-3500 or

College Center for Advising Services
The College Center for Advising Services (formerly the College Center for Academic Support) can assist undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Academic advisors are available to see students on both a walk-in basis and for scheduled appointments. Students regularly stop by CCAS for program planning advice; to rearrange their schedule (e.g., dropping or adding courses, overloading or underloading); to learn about clusters and how to use the Cluster Search Engine; to access resources such as tutoring; to verify that AP or IB credit has been awarded; and to help answer specific academic questions. Freshmen are assigned a pre-major advisor or a faculty advisor in late August but are also welcome and encouraged to use the advising services available through CCAS and to consult with the dean of freshmen, whose office is located in CCAS. The College Center for Advising Services is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lattimore 312

CARE Network Can Provide Help for Distressed Students
The CARE system identifies students in or heading toward distress and suggests appropriate campus
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resources to assist them. Members of the University community are encouraged to submit a CARE report when their concern for a student is significant enough to warrant help. CARE reports are funneled through Erin Halligan,  assistant director for student support services, and undergo a confidential review by the CARE team. If you have significant concerns about a student, or are uncertain whether a CARE report should be submitted, contact Dawn Bruner, director of parent relations, or visit the CARE website for additional information. Read more ...
Students Can Apply to the UR Student Incubator at HTR
The University has opened a student incubator at High Tech Rochester, made possible by Mark Ain ’67S (MBA). Student incubator companies will have access to all client amenities within the HTR Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, as well as access to High Tech Rochester’s director of new ventures and entrepreneurs-in-residence, who can provide additional coaching, mentoring, and connections. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, Rochester students at any level of study can apply. Learn more about eligibility requirements and download an application.
Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center
From setting to achieving goals, counselors from the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center are available to students every step of the way. The center encourages students to seek career counseling early in their academic careers for help with focusing goals and answering the question What can I do with this major? Upperclassmen should schedule appointments for networking and job and internship search assistance, help with cover letters and resumes, and interview prep. In addition to one-on-one counseling, the center offers targeted weekly workshops and seminars, on- and off-campus recruiting events, student-alumni networking events, and panel discussions. Keep up with events at the center’s Facebook page, visit online, or drop by in person anytime.

Where Am I Going? How Will I Get There?
Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services, offers advice for developing an academic plan. Read more ...
It’s Not Easy Sending a Child Off to College
Whether you are preparing to send your child off for the first time or sending your child back as a returning student, your relationship with your child will continue to evolve throughout the college years. Karen Platt from the University Counseling Center offers parents some tips on how to handle the transition to college. Read more .... 

Welcome Back, Yellowjackets!
Student Spirit
Roshal Patel
“This year, the Students’ Association will be focusing on the themes of ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Responsibility,’ this year’s communal principle,” writes Roshal Patel ’13, Students’ Association president. “We intend on working with all student organizations to ensure that they all are adequately represented and feel a part of the larger campus community.” Read more ...

Hello Eastman Students!
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Molly O'Roark
“Every (Students’ Association) meeting has an open forum where students may voice their concerns ... ” writes Molly O’Roark ’13, Eastman Students’ Association president. “Our goals throughout the year will be to treat any challenges that arise as opportunities, to act as an official voice through which student opinions may be expressed, and to act as a liaison between the student body and the administration.” Read more ...

Online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process
All full-time students who have not completed the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process for 2012-13 should do so as soon as possible. The link is in the pink "Quick Links" box on the UHS website. Click on "Online Process—For 2012-13." 
Primary Care Providers at University Health Service
Every student is assigned a primary care provider at the University Health Service. UHS makes it a priority for students to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider whenever possible. To schedule an appointment, all a student has to do is to call (585) 275-2662. For more …
Student Health 101, the Online Health Magazine for Students
The University Health Service will provide students with an online subscription to Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness magazine especially for University students. Each issue features articles addressing health issues relevant to students. Check out Student Health 101 or Parent Perspective, a briefer version for parents.

So When Do We Eat?
Dining Services will greet your son or daughter with expanded menus offering healthy options, campus favorites, new offerings, and a focus on variety for students with alternative diets and food allergies. Revitalized spaces, fun-themed events and, new this year, Starbucks breakfast sandwiches will also be offered. Follow Dining Services on Facebook, email, or call (585) 275-6265.

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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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New Majors Cross Disciplinary Lines to Explore Digital Media

Kedar Shashidhar ’15 (above) will be among the first students pursuing a major in audio and music engineering this fall. It’s one of two new majors—the other is digital media studies—that offer students a state-of-the-art opportunity to explore the evolving fields of digital technology, through multidisciplinary research and learning. Beginning in fall 2013 they will move into the Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, now under construction between Wilson Commons and Morey Hall.  Questions about the audio and music engineering major can be directed to Barbara Dick at (585) 275-5719 or
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
Washington: An Evening with Simon School Dean Mark Zupan, Seattle, Aug. 29.

In Rochester
Yellowjacket Weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.
Donald Asher: “When Type A’s Retire: Pitfalls, Warnings, Hopes, and Dreams,” Sept. 19, register for either live presentation or simulcast.
Donald Asher: “Gaining Admission to Highly Competitive Graduate Programs,” 7 p.m., Sept. 20, at Sloan Auditorium for students; parents can  register for a free simulcast.
Alumni Reception at the Rochester Fringe Festival, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 21, Cominsky Promenade at the Eastman School.

Student Spirit
Claude Debussy
Two major festivals centering on famous composers, one celebrating the sesquicentennial of Claude Debussy’s birth and the other showcasing the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, highlight the fall concert season at the Eastman School. Early music, new music, world music, and jazz will fill the school’s concert halls and be offered in community venues as well. Read more...

Barbara B. Smith World Music Concert Series: Raga Rendezvous, Sept. 14, Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School.

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

2012-13 Sports Preview
Student Spirit
Regardless of which season—or sport—you follow, the coming athletic year will be filled with high-quality events to excite fans. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Cross Country: Sept. 15, 11 a.m., Yellowjacket Invitational.
Field Hockey: Sept. 2, 6 p.m., Oswego State University; Sept. 7, 4 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; Sept. 9, noon, Oneonta State; Sept. 12, 4 p.m., Elmira College; Sept. 15, noon, Union College; Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m., Hartwick College.
Football: Sept. 8, noon, Thiel College.
Men’s Soccer: Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Marywood University; Sept. 2, 3 p.m., Fredonia State University; Sept. 7, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence University; Sept. 8, 5 p.m., Clarkson University; Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Hobart College.
Women’s Soccer: Sept. 12, 7 p.m., RIT; Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Union College.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 8–9, 9 a.m., Rochester Flower City Tournament.
Women’s Tennis: Sept. 13, 4 p.m., Nazareth College.
Women’s Volleyball: Sept. 7–8, UR Volleyball Invitational; Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Buffalo State; Sept. 18, 7 p.m., RIT.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 8, 11 a.m., Oswego State University Invitational.
Field Hockey: Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m., Kenyon College, Syracuse, N.Y.; Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Nazareth College, Pittsford, N.Y.
Football: Sept. 15, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher College (Courage Bowl).
Golf: Sept. 8–9, St. John Fisher College Invitational, Stafford, N.Y.; Sept. 16–17, Allegheny College Guy Kuhn Memorial, Meadville, Pa.
Men’s Soccer: Sept. 11, 7 p.m., RIT (Sahlen’s Stadium).
Women’s Soccer: Aug. 31, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.; Sept. 1, John Hopkins University, Ewing, N.J.; Sept. 7, 5 p.m., Fredonia State; Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m., SUNY Geneseo, Fredonia, N.Y.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 15–16, 8 a.m., St. Lawrence University Invitational, Canton, N.Y.
Women’s Tennis: Sept. 8–9, 8 a.m., William Smith College Mary Hosking Invitational, Geneva, N.Y.
Women’s Volleyball: Aug. 31–Sept. 1, SUNY Cortland Red Dragon Classic; Sept. 14–15, RIT Tournament.

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