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University of Rochester News for Parents, August 2015



Welcome, Parents

Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2015–16 academic year. Parents Buzz is a monthly newsletter produced by University Communications, Parent and Family Relations, and the Parents Program. We hope you find it helps keep you in touch with what’s happening at the University. Know others who would like to receive the newsletter each month? They may subscribe online at Comments and feedback are always welcome.

Families Invited to Meliora Weekend

Registration is open for the 15th annual Meliora Weekend, a Rochester tradition that welcomes alumni, parents, and friends to campus for homecoming, reunion, family, and Eastman weekends—all rolled into one. Highlights include a keynote address by Walter Isaacson, best-selling author and president and CEO of the Aspen Institute; comedy and conversation with Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and a performance by Emmy and Tony Award–winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth. Catch a glimpse inside the classroom with faculty mini lectures for parents and “Athletics of the Mind,” a showcase of student skills and talents. Learn about the latest College news at an informal reception with the deans and other senior leaders and then join students, families, alumni, and friends for a casual buffet dinner and family-friendly entertainment.
     At the Eastman School, there will be concerts, lectures, and rehearsals, as well as tours of new performance venues. Other highlights at Eastman include the Brass Cavalcade, featuring Eastman’s Horn Choir, Trombone Choir, Tuba Mirum, Trumpet Ensemble, and Brass Guild performing several compositions by Eric Ewazen '76E; and a concert featuring the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
     See the full schedule and register online.

Rochester Selected as Photonics Hub

United States Vice President Joe Biden (above) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this summer that the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) will be headquartered in Rochester. The University is a key partner in the consortium that put together the Rochester proposal for the national competition.
     Video: Rochester's strengths in optics and photonics

Fall Billing Statements Due

The first due date of the fall 2015 semester was August 10. If for some reason you have been unable to make a payment up to this point, the Bursar's Office requests that you do so as soon as possible. September billing statements are available in UR ePAY for your review.

New Career Center Director Gets to Work

This fall will include a listening tour of sorts for Joe Testani, the new assistant dean and executive director of the College's Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center.

University Health Service Is Your Student's Doctor's Office on Campus

University Health Service (UHS) is your student's doctor’s office on campus. UHS, located in the building next to Susan B. Anthony Halls on the River Campus, is open seven days a week during the school year. UHS also has an office on the first floor of the Eastman Student Living Center. Care is provided by a staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Every student has a primary care provider (PCP) at UHS. Students call (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment. Click here to learn more.
     UHS suggests sending your son or daughter to campus with a “Student Health Kit” with over-the-counter medications for colds, pain, fever, and stomach distress and supplies such as a thermometer, bandages, and hand sanitizer.

Financial Aid Parent Newsletter Available

The Financial Aid Parent Newsletter is now available for fall 2015. It contains information about the sibling enrollment verification process, updates about the office's financial literacy program, fun facts about staff members, and more.

‘Like’ Parent and Family Relations on Facebook

The Parent and Family Relations Facebook page offers campus updates, informational articles, tips, pictures, and more. You can also download the official UR Parents and Family cover image.

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 a list of discounts associated with the program. A one-year card is $20, and a four-year card is $45.

UR Tech Store Offers Back-to-School Promotion

Buy a Mac with education pricing and receive a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones. Or upgrade to wireless headphones for $100 (UR Tech Store: $85). The promotion applies to personal purchases only through September 9. For details, visit the UR Tech Store website or one of their retail locations in Rush Rhees Library or at the Medical Center (G-7220B).



The College Center for Advising Services

CCAS assists undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Professional academic advisors are available to see students both on a walk-in basis and for scheduled appointments. Students can 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 explore special academic opportunities such as the Take Five Scholars and KEY programs; 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. Read More...

Is Your Son or Daughter Considering a Health Profession?

The Health Professions Advising Office offers support to students as they explore health professions, plan an academic program, obtain meaningful clinical and research experience, and prepare for the postbaccalaureate application process. Read more...

Student Life


Student Leaders Look Ahead to the New Year

• Students’ Association President Grant Dever ’16 and Vice President Melissa Holloway ’16 share their excitement for 2015–16
• Eastman Students Association leaders Andrew Winslow ’17E and Anna Dunlap ’18E welcome students to a fun-filled year

The Classroom Beyond the Classroom

There are nearly 40 courses offered at the College that involve working within the greater Rochester community—providing academic enrichment for students and service to the community. Read more...

Student Activism at Rochester and Beyond

Whether or not colleges are entering a new era of student political engagement is difficult to say. But 2014–15 was an active year. Read about how campus groups at Rochester and beyond are building alliances for more effective activism.

An App for ‘Ever Better’ Eating on Campus

The URdining mobile app, developed by two undergraduate students, is a “living” rating system designed to allow students to explore and review University dining. Get other dining updates here.

Fall Filled with Special Events

Yellowjacket Weekend, Eastman Welcome Weekend, the Fringe Festival, and Meliora Weekend are among the featured events this fall.

‘EPIC’ New Student Organizations Form at Eastman

New groups include Eastman Programming and Involvement Council, Spectrum, and Eastman Americana. Read more...

Meet This Year’s Student Alumni Ambassadors

Nearly 40 Student Alumni Ambassadors will serve as liaisons within Rochester’s alumni community, offering insights to current student culture and building relationships that grow beyond campus borders.



Veteran Yellowjacket Squads Return for 2015–16

There is promise aplenty on the athletic fields for the coming season. 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.

What’s Happening on Campus?

Check the University Events Calendar for a comprehensive list of happenings at the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.
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