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Parent and Family Newsletter | February 2017
Family Weekend 2017 set for October 13-15
We hope you can join us!

The Syracuse Orange football team will host the Clemson University Tigers the evening of Friday, October 13.

Schedule and registration information will be available on our website  beginning July 17.

Mark Your Calendar: Fall 2017 Is Full of Orange Events
University Launches Center for Learning and Student Success

A new Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) to better support students in their academic endeavors has officially opened this semester on the third floor of E.S. Bird Library. The center unites the Tutoring and Study Center with the Academic Integrity Office in a central location and aims to enhance academic support services available to undergraduate and graduate students.

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External Scholarship Guidance  

Is your student interested in applying for external scholarships but uncertain on where to begin? 

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs provides one-on-one sessions to review general guidelines and organizational tips.  Students can schedule an appointment through Orange Success with Assistant Director Stephanie Barlow, or email “external scholarships” to .   
“Stories from Syracuse”
Celebrates Success Stories

The Syracuse University Alumni Association unveiled “Stories from Syracuse”—an event series designed to connect alumni and parents with Chancellor Kent Syverud and other campus leaders. Led by James Hadnot ’17, one of our outstanding students, participants heard from Chancellor Syverud, Director of Athletics John Wildhack ’80, and football legend Floyd Little ’67. The conversational-style program celebrates success stories from campus while looking ahead to the future. “Stories from Syracuse” visited Philadelphia in November and Naples in January, and events are scheduled in Atlanta on April 26 and Washington, D.C. on May 24. Parents will be included in email invitations, and the Alumni Association hopes you’ll join in!
Housing Lottery 2017-18:
Information from the Office of Housing, Meal Plan
and ID Card Services

The Office of Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services will soon host the 2017-18 Housing Lottery for on-campus housing options. This process begins immediately following spring break. As a parent or supportive family member, below are some things you need to know:

Eligible students are those who reside on campus for the spring 2017 semester; spring 2017 participants in SU Abroad/COOP/Internship programs who resided in University housing in the semester preceding their SU Abroad/COOP/Internship experience; or, new students anticipated to enroll in fall 2017 that are identified as your student’s roommate preference.

To participate, your student must do two things

  1. Submit an advance housing payment of $450 or apply for a waiver via MySlice. The waiver is an instant approval process that waives the $450 payment for students who are funded over 70 percent by financial aid and/or scholarships. The payment or waiver must be processed and posted to your student’s account by March 21, 2017. This can take 5-7 days.

  2. Accept the Terms & Conditions of Student Housing by March 21, 2017.

Learn About the Process
Encourage your student to visit information tables in the dining centers or visit the Office of Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services in 206 Steele Hall. Remind them to ask questions themselves. We are here to help!

Identify a Roommate
Suggest to your student that they consider the type of roommate that they want to have for a compatible living experience. If your student doesn’t have someone to live with, Housing, Meal Plan and ID Card Services will have a Facebook page for students that are eligible to participate in the lottery. Your student can join and look for a roommate once they meet the eligibility requirements for participation in the lottery.

Have a Lottery Plan
Start with their ideal location to live and which roommate(s) to live with and regroup if that 4 person suite in Watson isn’t available at their selection time. Know in advance what to do if all 4 person suites are already full. Having a plan reduces the stress for your student—and for you.

South Campus
Chances are good that your student will select a South Campus apartment or residence hall for their sophomore year since over 2,000 students can be housed there. Please help your student understand that, due to the nature of the Housing Lottery, South Campus may be where they will live next year. Riding a shuttle bus is a reality of living on South Campus, but thousands of students make this work on a daily basis. While it requires some advance planning to make it to class on time, buses run nearly 24 hours per day and on a very frequent schedule during prime hours.

Students have easy access to the Goldstein Student Center and Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. In addition, the student-run organization S.C.O.P.E. (South Campus Organization for Programming Excellence) does an excellent job of organizing events for the South Campus residents. Learn more on their website:

Lottery Results
Students will know their fall assignment immediately after they make a housing selection during the Housing Lottery. It is important for students to focus on the assignment they receive during the lottery and begin learning about their new living environment. In the event that a returning student’s plans change, a summer waiting list is available. While any student with a fall assignment can place their name on the waiting list, there are no guarantees that a move will happen. 

For more information about the Housing Lottery, please click here.

Office of Health Promotion Promotes Culture of Consent on Campus
The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) is encouraging students to talk about a “Culture of Consent,” a new conversation series on campus that explores media and interpersonal violence.

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Preparing for Commencement 2017

The 163rd Commencement of Syracuse University will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. inside the Carrier Dome. Seating at the Carrier Dome is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required. Since more than 15,000 guests are expected to attend this event, it is recommended that degree candidates and their guests read and be guided by the Commencement website.

School and College Convocations where students will be individually recognized will be held throughout the weekend.  

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

  Spring Break is March 11 - 19, 2017

Please note that the Boston bus is sold out and limited tickets remain for the other buses.
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