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University of Rochester News for Parents, November 2015


Barbara J. Burger iZone to Support Student Innovation

Trustee Barbara J. Burger ’83 has committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries for the creation and implementation of the iZone, a collaborative, technology-rich space that will provide students with programs, services, and resources to explore their ideas and develop innovative projects for social, cultural, community, and economic impact. Read more...

Rochester Ranked among Top Schools for Entrepreneurship

The University and Simon Business School are ranked No. 22 among graduate schools for entrepreneurial studies according to an annual survey in The Princeton Review. It's the first time Rochester has appeared in the ranking. Read more...

Holly Crawford Named Senior Vice President, CFO, Treasurer

Holly Crawford has been named senior vice president for administration and finance, chief financial officer, and treasurer. She will begin in her new roles when Ron Paprocki retires in January. Read more...

Composer Jo Kondo in Residence at Eastman

Jo Kondo, one of Japan’s most distinguished composers, will be in residence at the Eastman School later this month, as the Howard Hanson Visiting Professor. Read more...

Spring Billing Statement Available

Spring semester billing statements for undergraduate students are available in UR ePAY. Payments are due by December 10.

How Does Study Abroad Affect Financial Aid?

If your student is considering studying abroad, and you have questions about how it will affect his or her financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office.

It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

University Health Service (UHS) offers flu shots for students and other members of the University community. Students who have not received a flu shot can call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment. The charge will be billed to the student’s insurance plan. If the student’s plan does not cover flu shots, the student can pay by cash or check or charge it to his or her tuition billing statement. The Aetna Student Health insurance plan covers the cost in full.

Health Insurance Requirements for Students Returning from Study Abroad

Students studying abroad in the fall semester and planning to return to campus in January must complete the online insurance process during the winter open enrollment period (November 9 to January 31). The link to the online process is in the pink “quick links” box on the University Health Service website. Students who have their own insurance can waive the plan offered by the University. Students who do not complete the online process by January 31 will be enrolled in the Aetna Student Health insurance plan and charged for the insurance. Read more...


Advising Parents, Advising Students

Advising offices in colleges throughout the country have noticed that parents are increasingly involved in their students’ lives. “In the College Center for Advising Services we let parents know that we are advocates for their students and respect their students’ right to privacy,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

Parents Can Encourage Healthy Habits

The UHS Health Promotion Office often sees students needing extra support and reminders to eat a balanced diet and get the recommended amount of sleep during the final part of the semester. Parents are asked to remind their sons and daughters that taking care of themselves should be a priority.

Student Life

Supporting Veterans at Rochester

Learn more about how the Veterans Alliance and the Veteran and Military Families Support Office offer help to veteran students and their families.

Service for a Slice at Eastman

The Eastman School Students’ Association and Eastman Office of Student Life began a new service initiative this year called Service for a Slice. During the monthly event, students stop by the service table in the Student Living Center, spend a few minutes on service activities, and get a slice of pie in return. On Veterans Day, Service for a Slice partnered with Full Circle Home, a not-for-profit organization that connects deployed service members with their loved ones across the country and on bases around the world. Eastman students made almost 500 holiday gifts for the loved ones of deployed service men and women in under two hours. Service for a Slice has partnered with Meals on Wheels, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Students Explore Games of the World

Petteia? Tavla? These were just a couple of games from other countries on hand in Wilson Commons, courtesy of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, the Department of Religion and Classics, ASL, the College, and the Language Center. Watch the video.

Twins United in Fight Against Diabetes

Mary Bucklin ’16 founded the University’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network after her twin sister Hannah—who has type 1 diabetes—started the chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. Read about more buzz-worthy students at The Buzz.

Regional Events

Parents, You’re Always Welcome

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional events.

Career Exploration and Networking for Students in Washington, D.C.

Two career-related events are planned for Tuesday, January 5, in Washington D.C.: the Career and Internship Connection and Student-Alumni Networking Night. Students should have received emails about the Career and Internship Connection event, a Rochester-established and managed recruiting consortia event at which there are prescreened interviews and a career fair for students at some of the nation’s top undergraduate institutions. The Student-Alumni Networking Night provides an opportunity for students to connect with alumni and parent “special advisors” who represent a breadth of career fields. From these volunteers, students learn about various career paths and gain insight into internship, job search, and graduate school options. Registration is required for the free event; registration information will be emailed directly to students living within 10 miles of the Washington, D.C., metro area. The event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Contact the Career Center at (585) 275-2366 or email Michelle Marks-Hook at with questions about either event or about career-related matters.

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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