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Parent and Family Newsletter
March 2018
Save the Date for Family Weekend 2018!
Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28

Watch the Family Weekend page on the Parents Office website for details in the coming months.
Spring Break Information
Free Shuttles: Bus/Train Station and Airport

Shuttle Service to the Airport and Regional Transportation Center (Bus/Train station), sponsored by the Student Association, is available for students when leaving for the spring break. Click here for details.

Syracuse Airport Renovations

Hancock International Airport is currently undergoing major renovations that may cause delays. Students should allow extra time when planning for their spring break air travel.

Other Transportation Options

The Parents Office website has a transportation page that you and your student may find helpful. The page includes links for major transportation providers, campus shuttles, local transportation information, and Student Association-sponsored transportation.
Dining Center Hours

Since many students leave campus for spring break, March 10 to 18, the residence hall dining centers are closed. However, students will be able to use their meal plans at Goldstein and Schine Student Centers.

Spring Break Tips from the Department of Public Safety

If your student is traveling for spring break please share this helpful information from the Department of Public Safety. Read More
Housing Selection for 2018-2019
Room Selection Process for 2018-2019

Returning students looking for housing on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year will soon start the Room Selection Process. Room Selection is an online process for eligible students to select their housing for the coming academic year. Your student should monitor their SU email box to make sure they do not miss important information or deadlines. This process can seem overwhelming, but here is a breakdown of the major steps.

Advance Housing Payment

Your student will receive an e-bill via email for the $450 due by March 20 . For information about how to make a payment, please visit the Bursar's Office website at

Complete the Room Selection Application

Only after the advance fee is paid can students complete the application via MySlice.
Complete the Roommate Matching Process

Before each selection round the student should complete the roommate matching process. Students should us the Facebook group: SU Housing Room Selection 2018 for help finding roommates.
Select a Room

Students log on to Myslice and select their room at their assigned selection time.
For more details about the Room Selection Process, please visit

Need Help?

Students can visit the Housing Office at 206 Steele Hall


Stop by one of the information locations listed below.
Lunch Hours at the following
Tues. March 6 – Shaw Dining
Wed. March 7 – Sadler Dining
South Campus Open House
 Sun. March 25 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
175 Small Rd., #8
170 Small Rd., #2
311 Slocum Heights, #3
Health and Wellness
Effective Communication with Your Students

On April 5 and 6, Health Services is offering a free screening of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the clinic. We advise parents to let their student(s) know that this is being offered and to get screened. While some STIs show symptoms, most do not. It is important to have an open line of communication with your student. In New York State, half of sexually active young adults have had an STI by the time they are 25 years of age. Also, 50% of males and 75% of females do not have symptoms when they have contracted chlamydia. We advise that you encourage your student to be smart and have safe sex, along with routine testing for STIs.
Survive the Stomach Bug

Syracuse University Health Services has received an influx of students who have been experiencing symptoms due to the stomach bug. These symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and dehydration. If your student is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should rest, sip small amounts of clear liquid frequently, let their stomach settle and eat easy to digest foods. Foods to avoid would be dairy products, greasy and spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol. If your student is experience more urgent symptoms such as a fever for more than 24 hours, prolonged vomiting, signs of dehydration, and diarrhea lasting longer for three days, then they are advised to call Health Services and seek medical care. You can learn more about the stomach bug on the Health services website at
Excuse Note Policy

The excuse note policy has changed and Health Services would like to make you and your student(s) aware of this change. If your student is seen by a provider at Health Services and is specifically advised to stay out of class, the provider will give the student an excuse note. Excuse notes for an illness that is mild or has already resolved will not be provided. Missed classes or incomplete academic work is an issue between the student and their instructor.
Financial Aid and Scholarships

 If you applied for fall 2018/spring 2019 financial aid, please have your student check their MySlice 2018-19 Financial Aid To Do List and complete any listed items. As staff review FAFSA and Profile applications that have been received, additional documents may be required. These will be posted on the To Do List. Your child may grant you access in MySlice to view the To Do List. To ensure the smooth awarding of your financial aid for the next academic year, please check the To Do List weekly and submit any items.
Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry
Hendricks Chapel houses a small food pantry for students in immediate need of food and personal hygiene items. Please help--or encourage your student to do so--by contributing non-perishable goods or a monetary donation.  

Suggested donations:
  • cans of vegetables/fruits/beans
  • canned tuna/chicken
  • peanut butter/jam
  • rice/pasta
  • cereal/oatmeal
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate, powdered milk
  • condiments (ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, olive oil, etc.)
  • personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)

Thank you for your support!

Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry
Dean’s Office, Room 003
Syracuse, NY 13224
315 443-5044

Ginny Yerdon
Food Pantry Supervisor
Invent@SU Summer 2018
Students Can Earn $1000 and Learn About Design
Invent@SU  is looking for undergraduates to participate in a program to transform them into inventors while earning a stipend. The program is open to all Syracuse University undergraduate students from all SU schools and colleges. Students who are accepted to the program will have the opportunity to design, prototype, and pitch original ideas.
The summer program supported by Bill and Penny Allyn, helps students learn about design, ideation, and intellectual property, as they build and refine their own inventions with weekly feedback from alumni and industry leaders.

There is no charge for the program, but housing and transportation is not provided.
In addition to a chance at winning up to $5,000 participants receive:
  • $1,000 stipend
  • $1,000 team budget for materials
  • Expert guidance from consultants and evaluators
  • Access to laser cutters, 3D printers, a machine shop, and pro machinists
  • Assistance with provisional patent application
  • Daily lunch, coffee, and snacks

Program dates :
May 14 – June 22 program at the  Fisher Center in NYC  
July 2 – August 10 on the SU campus
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until March 23, Apply Now!
For complete information visit .
Summer at Syracuse
Did your student finish the semester a few credits short?

Summer offers a refreshing opportunity to squeeze in some credits and ensure on-time graduation. Summer@Syracuse can help:
  • More than 100 classes offered online, students can earn credits from home while working a summer job
  • More than 500 classes are available on campus
  • Students can catch up or prepare for study abroad or a dual major

Learn more about summer opportunities at Syracuse University! Read More
Fighting the Winter Blahs
Spring 2018 Events
The popular Orange After Dark program is a great way for your student to de-stress during the semester and meet other students. Events are low or no-cost and transportation is provided.
Recreation Options
Recreation Services offers a wide variety of programming for your student including; exercise facilities, intramural sports, fitness classes, sports clubs, outdoor education, a challenge course and more.
Alumni News
SUAA News: Save the Date: Orange Central 2018!

Coming off a highly successful Orange Central Weekend in 2017, the Syracuse University Alumni Association invites you to mark your calendar for Orange Central 2018, Oct. 18-21. Orange Central is our once-a-year homecoming and reunion celebration for members of the Orange community. Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends come together to enjoy activities ranging from lectures and panel discussions to campus tours, performances, and social and athletic events. With nearly 50 events and programs, including the SU football game against North Carolina, there will be something for everyone, so plan to join in the fun this fall. Check out  regularly to view updates.
Plan Now for...
Lazybones Summer Storage

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

For more information, click on the photo above or visit .

Commencement Weekend 2018

The Commencement website is now updated. Visit to view the schedule of events.

To read about securing special accommodations, hotel information, and on-campus lodging click on the Preparing tab .

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