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Parent and Family Newsletter
November 2017
Thanksgiving Break Information
Free Shuttles to Bus and Train Station and the Airport
Shuttle Service to the Airport and Regional Transportation Center (Bus/Train station) are available for students when leaving and returning to campus for the Thanksgiving break.

Zimride | Rideshare Information

Remember those ride boards from your own college days? Click here for the online answer to "how can my student connect with a ride home?
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.
Thanksgiving Break Dining Hours

Some Dining Centers close during the Thanksgiving break and those that remain open have special hours. If your student is staying on campus during the break (November 17- November 26) make sure they are aware of the changes.

Important Conversations
Coming Home: What to Expect for Break
Returning home after a semester at college can require its own adjustment. Students experience a natural separation from family as they develop their own identities and explore their newfound independence. They left home as a high school student but return as an emerging adult with new ideas.

Remember, as your student returns home for holidays and breaks, life at college is probably very different from the life they led at home during high school. Students are now responsible for making many decisions that you may have made for them in the past—what to eat, when to study, the curfew policy, etc. You may notice that your student challenges the rules you have in place at home or even “tests” you to see how you react. This can be particularly challenging with younger siblings at home.

It is a good idea to discuss expectations--chores, curfews and setting a good example for younger siblings--before they return. Though some flexibility is important, anticipating these potential conflicts and discussing them will keep things from becoming uncomfortable for you both.

If questions or conflicts arise and you or your student need help, contact campus resources such as the  Counseling Center or the  Parents Office .
Family Weekend 2017 Highlights
What A Weekend!

 The Parents Office welcomed 5,749 parents and family for Family Weekend 2017 and Flat Otto was everywhere!

The beautiful upstate New York weather combined with an amazing football victory over the defending national champion Clemson University Tigers made for a terrific weekend.

It was a pleasure to meet so many of our supportive parents and family members.

Winterlude 2017
Winter Online Classes
Registration open November 8, 2017

 Syracuse University’s online Winterlude Session is an opportunity for students to earn three or four credits while on semester break.

Session runs December 18, 2017 to
January 12, 2018

Financial Aid and Scholarships
It’s Time to File 2018-2019
Financial Aid Applications

Students returning for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 academic year, should file the 2018-2019 federal FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile applications. Although the returning student undergraduate financial aid deadline is February 1, you are encouraged to file your applications now. Read more on the application process .
When filing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that helps you to accurately and quickly complete the application.
Late applications will result in aid being awarded on a funds-available basis. Wondering if your student’s financial aid will renew? Visit the Renewing Financial Aid webpage.
Foundations Scholarship Winners

 Foundations is a six-week lecture series that introduces Syracuse University students to essential life-skills. Lecture topics include: community involvement, leadership, career development, financial wellness, healthy relationships and self-care, physical health and nutrition, and information literacy. Students who attend all six sessions can enter to win a $1,000 Foundations Scholarship.

Five $1,000 Foundations  scholarship winners were recently announced at the final Foundations session. The winners were selected from the students who completed the fall Foundations series.

Congratulations to the scholarship winners:
Julianne Doherty ’20, Noah Goldmann ’21, Gabriel Lizer ’21, all from the College of Arts and Sciences; Eldon Tsoi ’21, School of Information Studies; Zadia Wallace ’19, Falk College.

The Spring 2018 Foundations series begins January 22 at 7 pm in room 010 Eggers Hall.
Please encourage your student to attend.
Career Treks
Semester Break Residence Hall Information
Residence Hall Closing Dates
Students living in the residence halls should plan to leave campus  within 24 hours after their last final exam. Approval from residence hall staff must be granted in order to remain in the residence hall beyond the 24 hours. All students must leave campus no later than Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 12 Noon.  To arrange travel plans, your student can find final exam information and schedules in their MySlice account and/or class syllabi. 

Students may return to the residence halls beginning Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12 Noon.

Spring classes begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Alumni Engagement
Successful Syracuse Legacies Event
Syracuse University’s Alumni Engagement team hosted another successful Orange legacy reception Oct. 14 during Family Weekend. One out of every four new first-year and transfer students has a relative who also attended SU, and more than 230 alumni and their families joined our welcome reception, which we moved to the Milton Atrium due to overwhelming response. Check out our photo gallery from the Family Weekend legacy reception. Thank you for being Forever Orange!

Boost the ’Cuse Thank you
Also thanks to those parents who made Boost the ’Cuse, Syracuse University’s first-ever day of giving, a huge success. Together, we raised $1,769,780 for Syracuse University.
Flu Vaccine

Health Services Office continues to offer free flu shots. The fall schedule: November 14, November 28, December 5, and December 12. All shots are administered at the Health Services , 111 Waverly Ave.  
Attention Parents of Seniors

Please remind your senior to schedule their portrait sitting at the link below. For a limited time, the yearbook is only $65 dollars. Buy yours today!

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