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University of Rochester News for Parents, July 2014
welcome, orientation information, health insurance, student discounts, advice from dean of freshmen, student opportunities
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July 2014


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 at the College 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

Orientation Information

Orientation Week at the College, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, will include academic and informative programing and social events that aim to help incoming students start their Rochester experience on the right note. The orientation team (above) is excited to greet more than 1,300 freshmen (including a record 345 international students), 100 transfer students, and their families. Registration and more information on Parent Orientation, Teen and Sibling Orientation, Orientation Online, and pre-registration is available here. Email or call (585) 275-4414 to learn more.

During Eastman School’s orientation program, Aug. 21 to 29, new students will receive academic advising and take placement exams, register for classes, get to know resident advisors, and more. A Parent Orientation program will help familiarize families with student life, residential life, and academic life at Eastman. Check the Orientation website for updated information and forms. Contact the Office of Student Life at (585) 274-1106 or with questions.

Health Insurance Selection Site Now Open

Every year, all full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process during open enrollment (June 16 to Sept. 15). Enrolling or waiving health insurance promptly ensures continuing coverage and accurate billing. Waivers approved after any month’s billing date will be reflected on the next billing cycle statement. Insurance plans must meet all University criteria to be approved for a waiver. Requests to waive may be audited. Students who do not enroll or waive online will be enrolled on the UR-sponsored plan for the year. Read more...

Reminders from the Financial Aid Office

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. Students should get in the habit of checking their University email since all financial aid information will be emailed to that address. All information from the Financial Aid Office is sent only to the student in accordance with federal guidelines.
    If you’re interested in borrowing through the federal Parent PLUS Loan, visit the Financial Aid website for details and a link to the federal application.
   Students who are receiving federal direct loans must complete their loan requirements in order for those loans to disburse. The master promissory note and entrance counseling can both be completed online.

I-9 Form Required for Students Planning to Work at the University

Students who plan to work 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. They must bring their original documentation with them to the appointment. The most common documents used 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 located 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.

Meliora Weekend, Eastman Weekend Planned for October

Now in its 14th year, Meliora Weekend, Oct. 16–19, is a Rochester tradition welcoming alumni, parents, and friends to campus for homecoming, reunion, and parents and family weekend. The weekend features entertainment, alumni and faculty speakers, athletic events and tailgates, student group performances, networking opportunities, and the chance to visit with family and friends. This year's highlights include a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, a performance by actor Jason Alexander, and a presentation by actress Laverne Cox. Registration opens in August. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit

Eastman Weekend, Oct. 17–19, will feature concerts, lectures, tours, and exhibits for Eastman School alumni and parents. Highlights include the 50th-reunion celebration for the classes of 1963 and 1964, the 25th-anniversary celebration of the accompanying and chamber music program, and Fennell-ebration!—a 100th birthday presentation honoring Frederick Fennell, founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. More information is available at

Parents Council Welcomes Class of 2018 Parents

Debra and Ed Boullianne P’11, P’17, cochairs of the Parents Council, welcome you to the University family. They offer the following message:
     "Your student will be fine!  We have a wonderful team of administrators and professors here ready to welcome your student and support them during their adjustment to college.
     "Check out Parents Buzz each month—it is your window into what is happening on campus.
     "You will soon be receiving lots of information on Meliora Weekend and Eastman Weekend, Oct. 16–19.  Both of these are our version of family weekend, reunion weekend, and homecoming—all rolled into one.
    "Finally, if you’re interested, we hope you will find out more about the Parents Council. This leadership donor group of parents support the dean of the College and our current students through additional gifts to the Parents Fund and volunteer to help with student initiatives in Admissions and Career Services. If you’re interested, visit the Parents Council website or send an email to the Parents Program Office."

Stay Current with The Buzz

From academics to athletics, from research and internships to study abroad trips, 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

Student 'Clean Out' Effort Nets Success

For the sixth year in a row, students took part in Move-Out Clean-Out, an event to collect unwanted clothing and shoes and nonperishable food items at the end of the spring semester. With the help of nonprofit organizations Planet Aid, Open Door Mission, and student group Grassroots, the University diverted thousands of pounds of waste from the landfill.  Read more...


The Dean of Freshmen's Top 10 List

What advice would rising sophomores and juniors give to their pre-frosh selves if they had an opportunity for a “do over”? Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services, shares the top pieces of wisdom she’s collected from upperclassmen.
Resources for students:

Opportunities for Students

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, entering a business plan competition, applying to the student incubator, pitching an idea to the Simon School Venture Capital Fund, or stopping by the Center for Entrepreneurship to learn more.

Activities Fair Showcases Student Activities

The Fall Activities Fair on Friday, Sept. 5, kicks off the annual Yellowjacket Weekend on the River Campus. Approximately 250 student organizations will be available to talk about what they do and try to attract new members. A list of all student organizations is available at You can also check out a video of the activities fair.

TEAM Master's Program for Business-Savvy Engineers

It’s not too early to think about a graduate degree. The interdisciplinary master’s program in technical entrepreneurship and management, or TEAM, is offered jointly through the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and the Simon Business School. The program is also a GEAR option for undergraduates. Students in the TEAM program can concentrate in an engineering area that is different or the same as their undergraduate major while simultaneously taking specialized graduate-level business courses. To learn more about the TEAM program, contact executive director Andrea Galati at (585) 276-3500.

Bookstore Offers Loyalty Card

Did you know that the University bookstore has a loyalty program for students and parents?  Go to to sign up.  You'll immediately receive a coupon for 25 percent off Rochester clothing and you'll continue to receive exclusive discounts, textbook information, and more. Visit the bookstore's website at or Eastman School's website,, to find the list of textbooks being used in the fall.

Student Advantage Card Can Help Students Save

Looking for discounts on Amtrak and Greyhound for your student’s travel plans? The University partners with Student Advantage to offer students a card that includes discounts to many national retailers. Purchase a card online and view the list of existing discounts associated with the program. A one-year card is $20, and a four-year card is $45.


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