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University of Rochester News for Parents, August 2016
August 2016: Meliora Weekend registration; Meliora Challenge; campus construction; student resources; student life; upcoming events

News and Announcements

Welcome, Parents

Welcome to the first issue of Parents Buzz for the 2016–17 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 and feedback are always welcome.

Families Are Invited to Meliora Weekend 2016

Register now for Meliora Weekend, the University's annual celebration for alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends, planned for October 6 to 9; tickets are selling fast. Enjoy a variety of weekend entertainment, food trucks, student performances at the Meliora Village, Yellowjackets football against the St. Lawrence Saints, the new Edmund A. Hajim Science and Engineering Quad Dedication and Celebration Barbecue, the Scholar Showcase, Eastman concerts, MEL Talks, and the River Campus Family Celebration. Check out the full event schedule to plan your weekend and show your Meliora spirit by using #URMW16 on social media.

Meliora Challenge Campaign Raises Historic $1.37 Billion

The Meliora Challenge campaign concluded on June 30, raising more than $1.368 billion, exceeding its initial $1.2 billion goal by more than $168 million. Read more...

A Summer of Construction Gets Campus Ready for Students

This summer has been one of the most active construction periods of all time on the River Campus. Multiple new facilities and improvement projects are currently under way, with many scheduled to be completed this fall. Read more...

New Dining Choices at a Renovated Douglass Building

The newly renovated Douglass Dining Center features five micro restaurants that serve a blend of global fare in a casual, contemporary setting. The Kosher Comfort Station has full Orthodox oversight and offers comfort food like whole roasted meats and sides, plus an entire NYC-style deli with sandwiches made to order with house-cured meats, house-made kosher pickles, and sides. The allergen-free station has fresh farm-to-table entrees and sides devoid of the top eight food allergens as well as gluten. The Bistro Station features European flair and campus favorites, while the Street Station delivers authentic, globally inspired dishes. The Just Desserts station features items from the in-house bakery, cold slab ice creams, local coffee, and more. 

Eastman Dining Center Renovated

Eastman’s Dining Center now offers a full retail menu including an artisan deli featuring Boar’s Head freshly sliced meats and cheese, fresh bread selections and specialty salads, a “home zone” featuring international menu items, a pizza station, local grilled favorites, and a full salad bar. Students can also enjoy quick grab-and-go items or stock their rooms with an expanded variety of snack and convenience items.

Get Discounts at UR Tech Store

Parents of Rochester students can purchase computers and other technology for their children at educational discount prices through the UR Tech Store. Buy an eligible Mac and receive a pair of Beats Solo2 wireless headphones or buy an eligible iPad and receive a pair of Powerbeats2 wireless headphones, through September 5. You can also save $25 on a Microsoft Surface or up to 12 percent off a Dell computer. For details, visit the store's website or call (585) 275-8353.


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

University Health Service (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 can 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, as well as supplies such as a thermometer, bandages, and hand sanitizer.

Check Out Student Health 101

Each month, the UHS Health Promotion Office publishes an online health and wellness magazine called Student Health 101 especially for students. Students and parents can read interactive articles on nutrition, fitness, travel, improving academic performance, and more. If you are the parent of a freshman, encourage your student to complete the wellness survey in the orientation issue. They could win $1,000 for completing the survey. A parent version of Student Health 101 is also offered.

Welcome from the University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides evaluation, counseling, and referral services. All interested Rochester students who pay the mandatory student health fee will receive a comprehensive initial assessment, individualized treatment plan, and support to put such a plan into action. UCC staff will develop a treatment program with each client to address their unique needs and concerns. UCC staff members strive to provide services with sensitivity to individual and cultural differences. Click here for more information about services for students.

Online Health Insurance Process

Every year, all full-time students must complete the online health insurance process during fall open enrollment, which lasts until Thursday, September 15. Promptly enrolling or waiving health insurance ensures continuing coverage and accurate billing. Waivers approved after any month’s billing date will be reflected on the next tuition billing 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 University-sponsored plan for the year. If you have questions, write to a UHS insurance advisor for assistance. Read more...

Advising Services Assists with Academic Needs

Professional academic advisors from the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) 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, 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 Hall 312 and offers walk-in appointments every afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Read more...

Education Abroad Career Benefits and Resources

The Center for Education Abroad shares information about some of the benefits of studying abroad. According to a survey by IES Abroad, nearly two-thirds of study abroad alumni secured their first job within two months of graduation and earned an average of $6,000 more in starting salaries compared to other U.S. college graduates (according to the National Career Outcomes Report). About 90 percent of study abroad alumni continuing on to graduate school earned admission into their first or second choice graduate or professional school. CNN published an article explaining that studying abroad sets students apart from other job applicants and gives them an edge in the increasingly globalized job market. The Center for Education Abroad offers a Parent Guide to Study Abroad (available here in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean) for resources on supporting your son or daughter with education abroad. For further information, visit

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) grants students the right to inspect and review their educational records and to request the amendment of their records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. Review students’ rights under FERPA here and the grade-release policy here.

Bus Transportation Available for Academic Breaks

My Bus Home will arrange bus transportation for Rochester students for 2016–17 academic breaks. Round-trip or one-way motor coach transportation is available from campus to
  • Easton, Pennsylvania; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and New York City (Penn Station)
  • Jericho, Long Island; and White Plains, New York 
  • Albany, New York; Ludlow, Massachusetts; and Newton, Massachusetts 

The reservation deadline for fall break is September 15. Sign up for Thanksgiving break by October 21 and reserve your space for winter break by November 28. For more information, visit or


Student Life

Student Leaders Look Ahead to New Year

The leaders of the Students' Association at the College and at the Eastman School of Music welcome students to campus and preview some of the events and initiatives on the calendar this fall.

Undergraduate Xerox Fellows Experience Hands-On Research

Twenty-six students from the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences participated this summer in the Xerox Engineering Research Fellows program, during which they took part in hands-on research experiences, seminars, and training sessions. Read more...

Election Season a Busy One for Political Engagement Group

Before voters head to the polls on November 8 to pick candidates for president, Congress, and local races, the Committee for Political Engagement wants to help inform and inspire students to form their own political opinions and participate in the democratic process. Read more...

A Resource for First-Generation Students

The David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering is now the official academic home for all first-generation students. Read more...

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services Expanded

After a two-year review, the University has implemented several changes and enhancements to its services to help ensure that students needing clinical support can get it easily, effectively, and promptly. Read more...

Optimism Abounds for Fall Sports

Get a preview of Rochester’s upcoming sports season.

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 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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