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Parent and Family Newsletter | December 2016
Highlights from
Family Weekend 2016
Read more about Family Weekend 2016 in SU News .  In addition, please take a few minutes to enjoy the many wonderful photographs at  Family Weekend Photos .

If you were unable to attend this year, plan on coming next year.  Dates for Family Weekend 2017 will be announced March 2017 on the Parents Office website .
Syracuse University Alumni Association News: Family Weekend Orange Legacy Event
The Syracuse University Alumni Association thanks all of the families who participated in the Orange Family Legacy event during Family Weekend. Nearly 100 people filled the first floor of the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center, enjoying remarks by Sue Ballard, Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement, Chancellor Kent Syverud, and Malcolm-Ali Davis ’18. Davis’ parents and three siblings are all Syracuse University Alumni, so Orange pride clearly runs deep in the Davis family!

Steve and Christine Moretta met when Steve moved Christine into Shaw Hall as a member of the Goon Squad. Now their son Steve is a sophomore.
  Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen look on as Malcolm-Ali Davis ’18 shares what his family’s Orange legacy means to him. 
Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs News
Here is the latest news from the Office of Financial Aid and
Scholarship Programs:
  • February 1, 2017 is the returning undergraduate student financial aid deadline. File your FAFSA and CSS/Profile applications now. Read more about applying for financial aid.

  • When completing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import income tax data from the IRS into your FAFSA. This makes filing the FAFSA quicker, easier, and helps to avoid errors.

  • New!  Students can now make appointments to see their financial aid counselor on MySlice via Orange SUccess. If they prefer to drop in to see a counselor, they can check if there are waiting times on Orange SUccess too.

  • Follow the Office of Financial Literacy @SUFinLit on Twitter for information on scholarship announcements, applications, and other money management tips.

  • Searching for scholarships from outside Syracuse University? Check out the extensive list on our website, have your student join the scholarship listserv to receive announcements via email, or he/she can make an appointment to see Stephanie Barlow in our office to help kick start their scholarship search.

The latest e-newsletter from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs.


Financial Literacy Coordinator Counsels
Students on Money Matters
This is the first in a series of stories by SU News, in collaboration with the Office of Financial Literacy, on money management tips and strategies for students. This story highlights the work of the office and that of its financial literacy coordinator, Derek Brainard.


Health Help
Cold versus Flu...
Does your student know?
Your student wakes up coughing, sneezing and congested and feels like they don’t even have enough energy to get out of bed. But how sick are they? While people are able to quickly recognize that something is going through their system, many people are unable to differentiate between a common cold and influenza. The common cold and flu are different types of viral infections of the respiratory system that are spread from person to person. Because they share similar symptoms and may feel the same, it can be hard to tell them apart. Here is a handy link to send to your student if they are not sure.

FACT: Antibiotics treat bacteria, not viruses. Since both the common cold and influenza are viral infections, antibiotics will not help. 

If your student is directed to remain in their room or apartment because of flu-like symptoms, they may request a boxed meal called a  “Feel Better Food Pack.”

Health Services Earns AAAHC Accreditation
Health Services has earned full accreditation and re-accreditation for another three years from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  The AAAHC accredits more than 6,000 medical facilities with ambulatory care, and most frequently serves as the accrediting body for college health centers.   Read what this means for your student.
Health Services

Pancake Breakfast "Stressbuster"

10 p.m. on December 11 
to
1 a.m. on December 12

Join Orange After Dark and snack on warm syrupy pancakes to help you get through your finals! Other stress-relieving activities will be available as well!

Schine Dining Center

Free for students with SUID (no tickets needed)



The Stress-Reduction Room is a recently introduce space on campus initiated by the Contemplative Collaborative and run by the Office of Health Promotion. Students, staff, and faculty are often fraught with stress, and rarely have an opportunity to just be themselves, as they are! This room provides such a safe space.

Student can click here to learn more about the space and reserve a time to use it.
Semester Break and Beyond
Residence Hall Semester Closing

Students living in the residence halls should plan to leave campus  within 24 hours after their last final exam and  no later than Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 12 Noon.  Approval from residence hall staff must be granted in order to remain in the residence hall beyond the 24 hours.  Your student can find final exam information in their MySlice account. 

Students may return to the residence halls beginning Friday, January 13, 2017 at 12 Noon.

Spring classes begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.


Syracuse University Literacy Corps

The Syracuse University Literacy Corps tutoring position is open to Syracuse University students of all majors. Tutors are trained to provide academic support in elementary schools in the greater Syracuse area and surrounding community-based organizations. Literacy Corps tutors develop leadership, critical thinking, and career skills in the position. Compensation is $10 per hour and is paid through your student’s Federal Work Study award (applicants must have an award of at least $1800 per academic year). Tutors work 8-10 hours per week in blocks of 3+ hours at a time during the school day. Transportation is available. 

Applications, available on the Shaw Center website, are due Monday, January 30 by 12 Noon. 

Safety Reminders: Topics to Discuss with Your Student

Does your student know about LifeSafe? 
LiveSafe is a free mobile application that offers improved safety and communication abilities for smart phone users. The app provides an additional outlet for connecting the University community with emergency services and safety-related information.   Read More

On-Campus Housing Safety Guidelines
When your student is home for the break remind them of the steps they should take to stay safe when on campus.  Read More

Off-Campus Housing Safety Reminders
If your student is living off-campus, the Department of Public Safety offers these reminders.  Read More 

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