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Parent and Family Newsletter
April 2018
Commencement Weekend
May 12-13, 2018
Commencement weekend is a joyous and celebratory time for all students, families, faculty and staff. Along with commending the wonderful accomplishments of your student, there are many questions and concerns regarding ceremonies, parking, lodging arrangements, accessibility and more.

For more information and answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Commencement Weekend, please visit the Commencement website at http://commencement.syr.edu .
Commencement Weekend
Guidebook App
This year, in coordination with campus-wide sustainability efforts, we are providing all Commencement materials electronically through the  Commencement website and a mobile app called “Syracuse University Guidebook.” Guidebook can be downloaded to your smartphone, and can also be accessed from a desktop or mobile browser. We strongly encourage you to download the mobile guide to enhance your experience at Commencement 2018 and have access to all information.
  
You will be able to plan your weekend with a personalized schedule, receive important updates, access a campus map and transportation guide--all in the palm of your hand. Make sure you enable “push notifications” so you can receive up to the minute changes and notifications! Please download ‘Syracuse University Guides’ through this direct link on your phone’s browser.
Health and Wellness
Managing Stress and Staying Healthy
It’s the beginning of April and finals are right around the corner for your student. If your student is struggling to manage everyday stresses, there are many resources available on campus to help them feel better and manage their busy schedule.
College culture tends to celebrate neglecting needs such as sleeping or eating in order to get complete a project or attend a cram session. These basic necessities are important aspects of your student’s life and should be highly prioritized. Increased stress or poor stress management can affect the desire or ability to sleep, eat, exercise, relax or engage in social activities. So make sure your student is taking care of themselves and is aware of the helpful resources available on campus. 

The MindSpa is a new space on campus initiated by the Contemplative Collaborative and run by the Office of Health Promotion . It is a room for students to relax, take part in guided meditations, and explore their own mindfulness practices. Equipped with stress reduction videos and light therapies, MindSpa is the perfect start or end to a busy day.

The Office of Health Promotion also supplies sleep kits and stress reducing care packages containing earplugs, tea, stress balls and other self-care products. These kits can be picked up at the Office of Health Promotion located at 804 University Ave. room #110. Health Services and the Office of Health Promotion work together to provide students with necessary tools and resources to get through the semester.
When your student is away at college things can be difficult for both parties involved. Sending a care package can be a fantastic way for parents to still feel nurturing and part of their student’s life. Shipping healthy quick snacks such as trail mix and similar foods is a great way to get healthy fats, fiber and protein into your student’s diet. Nutrition, sleep and self-care during stressful times will set your student on the path to success.
  
End of Semester Logistics
Moving out of the Residence Halls

Unless they are graduating, all students are expected to move out of their residence hall within 24 hours of their last final, but no later than Thursday, May 10. During the week of April 9 students will receive an electronic communication from the Housing Office with full instructions on how to select their departure date.

Students who need to remain past May 10—for example, a student employee working Commencement—may use a link within the Housing Office email to request a “stay late request form.” The electronic application submission deadline is Monday, April 30.

As Sadler and Lawrinson residence halls are being used for Commencement housing, only a limited number of requests to stay late will be granted. Students living in the Sheraton must move out by noon on Wednesday, May 9, to permit the Sheraton to prepare for incoming guests.
Returning Student Move In Dates
for Fall 2018
Fall 2018 classes begin on Monday, August 27.

Students assigned to North Campus residence halls for fall 2018, may move back to campus beginning Friday, August 24. Travel arrangements for returning students should reflect a return date no earlier than Friday, August 24.

Student assigned to South Campus apartments only, may move in beginning Thursday, August 23.
Lazybones Summer Storage

Syracuse University endorses just one summer storage company--Lazybones. They are the only storage provider authorized to provide room to room delivery service in the residence halls.

For more information, click on the graphic below or visit http://mylazybones.com .
Ten Tons of Love
Thursday, May 3 through Friday, May 11
The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services leads an effort to collect clothes and household items and donates them to the Rescue Mission of Syracuse. Through its history, the Ten Tons of Love initiative has collected literally tons of items that help thousands of families in the Syracuse area.
All donated items will support programs and services designed to help fight hunger and homelessness in the community.

Food donations drop off:

Clothing and household items drop off:
  • Residence halls
  • Schine Student Center
  • Goldstein Student Center
Summer @ Syracuse
Is your student short on credits?
Summer@Syracuse to the rescue!

Summer is a great time for your student to get back on track. Your student can earn credits from home. There are more than 100 online classes and more than 500 on-campus classes available.

Summer study can help students catch up, get ahead, prepare for study abroad, or complete a dual major and still have time for a summer job. Learn more about summer opportunities at Syracuse University: Read More

The Summer Scholar Incentive Program can save you money! The a pplication deadline is July 13, 2018 .
Alumni News
Syracuse Community Celebrates National Orange Day!

The Syracuse University community came together on National Orange Day (March 24) to celebrate SU’s founding on March 24, 1870! To honor SU’s 148th birthday, our National Orange Day celebration kicked off the inaugural Forever Orange Week festivities as more than 200 current students wore Orange and enjoyed snacks, a special SU birthday treat, and photo opportunities with Otto. Hosted by the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council, Forever Orange Week celebrated the lifetime bond that forms the moment a student arrives on the SU campus. During the week, current students penned thank-you postcards to donors; members of the Class of 2018 made gifts in honor of their class year on Class Act Day; and the Phanstiel Lecture and Orange Circle Awards celebrated members of the SU community who go above and beyond in giving back. As another way of honoring SU's birthday, 13 alumni clubs across the country planned community service projects in their respective communities. Thanks to all of you who took part in the Forever Orange Week festivities! 
Save the Date for Family Weekend 2018!
Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28

Watch the Family Weekend page on our website for further information. Schedule and registration details will be available in July.
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