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Parents Buzz: News for University of Rochester Parents
August 2013
Welcome, Parents!
Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2013–14 academic year. We hope you find it helps keep you in touch with what’s happening at the University. Know others who would like to receive Parents Buzz every month? They may subscribe online at
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Preordering Books Can Save Time, Money
Students can preorder textbooks from the bookstore. Enter your student’s schedule at the University bookstore’s website to see what books are needed for his or her courses. The books will be boxed up and waiting for your student at the bookstore on move-in day. The bookstore offers money-saving options such as used books, rental books, and e-books, so you can decide what the best option is for your budget.
Welcome, Class of 2017 
The Class of 2017, the University’s largest-ever class, is a diverse and unique group of students. The incoming freshmen represent 49 states, 71 countries, 574 different combinations of first- and second-choice major, and more than 1,000 different high schools.
Bus Transportation Available
My Bus Home will arrange one-way and round-trip transportation for the 2013–14 academic breaks. Private, fully insured motor coaches with restrooms, DVD player, and Wi-Fi will pick up students on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. Buses go to and from central locations in Easton, Pa.; Bridgewater, N.J.; New York City (Penn Station); and Ludlow and Newton, Mass.
    Trailways bus service also offers weekly bus service from the University to Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany, Utica, New York City, and Boston.
This Year’s Communal Principle Highlight: Honesty
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The Communal Principles Project, coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students through the Intercultural Center, promotes six defining principles by highlighting one each year for the University community: Fairness, Freedom, Honesty, Inclusion, Respect, and Responsibility. This is the Year of Honesty, featuring among other things, student-initiated activities related to the principle. Students are invited to apply for mini grants to develop programs and events that exemplify the spirit and purpose of honesty in the community. The College will also conduct a comprehensive academic honesty assessment to review its policies and procedures, benchmark against other institutions, and recommend any needed changes. A committee of faculty, administrators and students, chaired by Professor Beth Jorgensen, will invite the College community to participate in the process through surveys, focus groups, and other activities.
Registration Open for Meliora Weekend
Meliora Weekend (Oct. 10–13) registration is now open. Sign in to create an account and register for events on the Meliora Weekend website. One highlight of this year’s event is MEL Talks, featuring Rochester alumni, faculty, and students who will share their ideas from experience in the latest breakthrough research to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Attend one or both sessions to watch a variety of live speakers, video presentation, and performances. Visit the Meliora Weekend website for a full list of speakers and topics.
University Welcomes Rabbi to Lead New Hillel
Michael Silbert has been named executive director, Jewish chaplain, and rabbi of the newly established Hillel at the University. He will foster the development of social, cultural, religious, and spiritual experiences and programs for students, faculty, and staff of the Jewish faith. Read more...
Tips for Completing an I-9 Form for Student Employment
If your student is interested in working on campus he or she will need to have a valid I-9 on file. The I-9 is a two-part form. The Office of Financial Aid strongly encourages students who are interested in working on campus to complete Part I prior to their arrival. See detailed instructions for the I-9 process. When students complete Part I online, they will be provided with a list of acceptable documentation that they are required to provide when they complete Part II. Students must bring original documentation—photocopies will not be accepted.
Reminders for First-Time Student Loan Borrowers 
If your student is a first-time borrower of federal loans, he or she will need to complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before the loan can be credited to the student’s account. Students should receive information regarding the requirements via email. The Financial Aid Office reminds you that students will not be able to access entrance counseling or the MPN online before their loan has originated. The office will hold a “Loan Lab” on campus during orientation week to assist students with completing the loan requirements online before the start of classes.
Talk Marks 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird 
Join Thomas DiPiero, dean for humanities and interdisciplinary studies, for a look into To Kill a Mockingbird’s analysis of what it means to be American. Admission is free for reunion alumni. For all others admission is $15 and includes tea, coffee, and light refreshments. Register online.
Students Honored for Participation in Civic Engagement Programs
Twelve students from the Rochester Urban Fellows summer program were honored by the City of Rochester for their service projects in agencies throughout Rochester. In addition, 13 recent Rochester-area college graduates were recognized by the city for their participation in the Rochester Youth Year program. Both programs are coordinated by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership at the University.

College Center for Advising Services
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The College Center for Advising Services assists undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Professional academic advisors are available to see students on both a walk-in basis and for scheduled appointments. Students stop by 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. All new students are encouraged to use the CCAS advising services in addition to consulting with their individually assigned pre-major advisors. CCAS is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lattimore 312 and offers walk-in appointments every afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m.

Resources for students:

There Are Many Ways to Get Involved
Students’ Association president Shilpa Topudurti outlines the group’s goals for the upcoming year.
Plenty to Do at Eastman This Year
Kim Merrill, Eastman Students’ Association president, offers updates and opportunities for Eastman students.

Stay Connected with Dining Services
Dining Services is dedicated to providing healthy and delicious options throughout a variety of locations, including all-you-care-to-eat residential dining halls, food court and retail outlets, and coffee and convenience shops. Student and parent feedback is welcome. Stay connected with the Dining Services website and Facebook page
Have Questions about Meal Plans, Nutrition, or Food Allergies?
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For general questions about dining, meal plans, locations, food offerings, and more, contact Kevin Aubrey at (585) 275-6265 or
   For technical questions, billing, appeals, meal plan changes and more, contact the ID Card Customer Service Office at (585) 275 8756 or

   For questions concerning general health and food allergies, contact University Health Service at (585) 273-5770 or
   For specific questions about dining options for students with food allergies or nutritional information of food items, contact Christina Patterson, campus nutritionist, at (585) 273-4805 or
Adding Declining Balance and URos Online
You can add additional funds to your student’s ID card at Declining balance funds roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester but expire at the end of the year.
Meliora Catering
Want to order something special for your student? Peruse the Meliora Catering menu at and contact them at or (585) 275 7687.

Health Care Services Available
University Health Service (UHS) and the University Counseling Center (UCC) provide health care services for students throughout the year. UHS and UCC have offices on the River Campus, at the Eastman School, and in the Medical Center. Visits to both offices are covered by the mandatory health fee that all full-time students pay. Students must have health insurance coverage for services not covered by the mandatory health fee (e.g., hospitalization, laboratory testing, surgery, and prescription medications). For more information, check the UHS and UCC websites.
Counseling Center Offers ADHD Evaluations
Starting this fall the University Counseling Center will offer reduced-cost comprehensive ADHD evaluations to students seeking accommodations or related medications from University Health Service. Students interested in a first-time evaluation and those needing to update a past evaluation are encouraged to contact UCC at (585) 275-3113.
Student Health 101: An Online Health Magazine for Students
Parents may enjoy Student Health 101, an online monthly health and wellness magazine for students. Each issue features articles addressing health issues relevant to students. Each month, students are notified by email when each new issue is available. A briefer Parent Perspective is available, too.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The University has affiliated study abroad programs in nearly 40 countries, including new exchange programs with Bristol University and the University of York in the UK, the University of Western Australia, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There are many merit- and need-based scholarships for study abroad, such as the Gilman Scholarship (application deadline is Oct. 1 for study abroad this spring). Whether your child is planning on studying abroad next semester or in a later semester, the Center for Study Abroad asks you to encourage him or her to meet with a study abroad advisor and explore scholarship opportunities. Study abroad proposals for the spring 2014 semester are due Sept. 15.
Master’s Program for Business-Saavy Engineers
The interdisciplinary master’s program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM), jointly offered by the Hajim School of Engineering and the Simon Graduate School of Business, is a GEAR option for undergraduates. GEAR, or Graduate Engineering at Rochester, allows select 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 about the program, contact Andrea Galati at (585) 276-3500 or
Student Incubator Space Available at High Tech Rochester 
The University has opened a student incubator space 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. The incubator is accessible on the bus loop. Learn more about eligibility requirements and download an application.
New Professional Communication Course for Hajim Students
Juniors and seniors in the Hajim School are encouraged to register for WRT 273, Communicating Your Professional Identity. The two-credit interactive course teaches “real life” communication skills and strategies that help students present their best professional selves. Students will revise and refine their written and spoken work across the semester based on critical feedback from peers, instructors, alumni, and potential employers. Three sections are being offered. For more information, contact Laura Godwin at
Course Helps Students Earn Leadership Citation
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership offers a two-credit course that provides students with an opportunity to learn about leadership history, theory, and practice by engaging with other leaders, and by analyzing their own experiences. The “Leader to Leader” course (CAS 358) is open to all class years. The course may be used to satisfy the requirements of the Citation for Achievement in College Leadership. Students may register online, and questions can be directed to
Leadership Programs Accepting Applications
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is accepting applications for “Learning and Exploring at Play” (LEAP) for the 2013–14 academic year. Undergraduate tutors are matched with kindergarten and first-grade students in the Rochester City School District. Applications should be submitted with a resume to Ebony Harrison, graduate assistant for community service. Students are also invited to apply to Compass to Personal Success, a three-year leadership development program for undergraduates coordinated by RCCL. Students who meet the qualifications may submit an application via email or in person. Email to learn more.

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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 Event

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Yellowjackets Poised for Success in 2013–14
The Yellowjackets athletic teams have a wide variety of skilled and honored veterans returning for 2013–14. Read more...

Yellowjackets at Home
Cross Country: Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Yellowjacket Invitational.
Field Hockey: Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Nazareth College.
Men’s Soccer: Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, Flower City Tournament; Sept. 17, 7 p.m., SUNY Geneseo.
Women’s Soccer: Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, Flower City Tournament; Sept. 3, 7 p.m., Alfred University.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 7–8, Flower City Tournament.
Volleyball: Sept. 6–7, UR Volleyball Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 7, 11 a.m., Oswego State Invitational.
Field Hockey: Aug. 31, 11 a.m., Ohio Wesleyan University; Sept. 1, 11 a.m., Kenyon College; Sept. 7, 2 p.m., Oneonta State; Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Utica College; Sept. 14, 2 p.m., Union College; Sept. 17, 4 p.m., Hartwick College.
Football: Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m., Thiel College.
Golf: Sept. 7–8, St. Lawrence University Invitational; Sept. 15–16, Allegheny College Guy Kuhn Memorial.
Men’s Soccer: Sept. 6, 4 p.m., St. Lawrence University; Sept. 7, 2 p.m., Clarkson University; Sept. 14, 2 p.m., Hobart College.
Women’s Soccer: Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Sept. 14, 11 a.m., William Smith College.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 14–15, St. Lawrence University Fall Classic.
Women’s Tennis: Sept. 7–8, William Smith College Mary Hosking Invitational; Sept. 12, 4 p.m., Nazareth College.
Volleyball: Aug. 30–31, SUNY Cortland Red Dragon Classic; Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Buffalo State; Sept. 13–14, RIT Tournament (Rochester).

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