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Parent and Family Newsletter
September 2017
Family Weekend 2017 | October 13-15
Visiting campus on Family Weekend allows you to see your student, meet their friends, and engage with other Syracuse University families, administrators, faculty, and staff. In addition, you can get a flavor of the local community.

Syracuse University values the role of parents and families in their students' development. Discussions and bonds that develop at Family Weekend ultimately allow us to better serve all students. Please note that, even if you are unable to make it to campus for Family Weekend, your student is welcome to participate in all programs and events.

Please note that the schedule will be regularly updated until Family Weekend. Download in Guidebook for the latest information.






Family Weekend registrants should expect an e-mail on or about October 9 that includes a printable parking permit and a souvenir coupon to be redeemed at the Family Weekend Hospitality Suite.

If you have any questions, please contact the Parents Office at 315.443.1200 or parents@syr.edu .
Important Conversations
What Can Group Do For You? 

Group therapy provides a unique and effective way to address the developmental challenges faced by college students. Group therapy is a setting where students can learn about forming connections, practice communication, and experience healthy relationship patterns. The mutual support and exploration in group allow students to learn about others and themselves. In fact, research has shown group to be one of the most effective forms of counseling for college students in distress. The Syracuse University Counseling Center offers a wide range of groups to accommodate the diversity of our students and their needs.

To join a group, students must first contact the Counseling Center at 315.443.4715. An orientation session will then be completed prior to starting group. For more information on the different group therapy options, visit the Counseling Center’s Group Therapy website or contact the group Coordinator Carrie Brown at clbrow01@syr.edu .


  • Building Resilience
  • Emotional Resilience
  • First-Generation Support
  • A Brief Introduction to Mindful Awareness Practice
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Group
  • Options Education Group – Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Sexual Assault Recovery Group 
  • Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight 
  • Supporting Students with Anxiety
  • Understanding Yourself and Others
 
 Health and Wellness
Flu Clinic Set for October 11

Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October. It typically peaks in January or February. The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get the vaccine. It won’t protect you against every strain of flu, but it is formulated to protect against the most common strains that are going around. Due to a higher incidence of the flu last year, Health Services will be using the Quadrivalent flu vaccine, versus the Trivalent that has been used in the past.  
Here on campus, our students can begin their flu protection early by getting vaccinated at the free flu clinic on October 11 from 11a.m. to
3 p.m. at Flanagan Gym.  Students may also receive a flu shot at the Health Services Pharmacy on a walk-in basis. More Flu Clinic opportunities will be posted on the Health Services website http://health.syr.edu/ in the coming weeks.

“Everyone on campus should get vaccinated for flu”, Michele Frontale, supervising pharmacist says. “It promotes a healthy campus. The more students, staff and faculty are vaccinated, the more it keeps our teachers teaching and our students going to class.” 
Student Health Insurance Requirements and Waiver Process
Deadline September 18, 2017

All full-time, matriculated undergraduate, graduate and law students are required to demonstrate proof of qualifying health insurance coverage. To provide eligible students with access to a comprehensive, qualifying health insurance plan, Syracuse University is offering a student health insurance plan insured and administered by Aetna Student Health for a cost of $1,672. The plan will cover students from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. 

If your student has existing qualifying coverage, you can complete a waiver form to demonstrate proof of coverage, and if approved, you will not be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students who do not demonstrate proof of qualifying coverage by the deadline, will automatically be enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan.

The deadline to waive or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Program is September 18, 2017. 
Immunization Records Deadline Has Passed

The deadline for submission of immunization records for ALL new students has passed.  If your student has not submitted their immunization records to Health Services, this must be done as soon as possible in order to be compliant with New York state mandates. Please have your student log on to the Patient Portal https://suhsportal.syr.edu/  to upload the immunization records. Parents can fax immunization records to: 315-443-9010. 
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Things to Know

  • Every student has a personal financial aid counselor. Your student can make an appointment through Orange Success to meet with his/her counselor. Orange Success can also be used to check if there are any wait times.
  • Searching for scholarships outside of Syracuse University? Let us help. Check out the extensive list on our website, have your student join the scholarship listserv to receive announcements via email, and he/she can make an appointment to see Stephanie Barlow in our office to help kick start their scholarship search.
  • Follow @SUFinLit on Twitter for scholarship announcements, applications, and other money management tips.
Syracuse Smart Money is Syracuse University’s financial wellness program that teaches students about:

  • Budgeting and minimizing expenses
  • Paying off debt
  • Establishing savings
  • Planning for their financial future

Students can log-in to Orange SUccess to schedule free financial coaching sessions with a Smart Money Coach. Visit the Office of Financial Literacy website for details on the coaching program.
Foundations: Session Series

Foundations is a collaborative partnership of the offices of: Athletics, Career Services, Office of Financial Literacy, Office of Engagement Programs and the Office of Health Promotion.

Foundations is offering six one-hour sessions. Topics covered include: leadership, career development, financial wellness, physical health and nutrition, healthy relationships and self-care.
Mondays 7 to 8 pm , Starting September 11, 2017
Location: 114 Hall of Languages
Thanksgiving Transportation
Limited Charter Bus Tickets Available

Tickets remain for Thursday buses to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. Friday tickets are sold out with the exception of the Washington, DC bus. Click here or on the image above for details.
Shuttle Service to the Airport and Regional Transportation Center Available

Student Association will provide FREE shuttles to the Airport and RTC for Thanksgiving Break. Click here for details.
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.
Around Campus
SU Alumni Association News: Send-Off Success and Syracuse Legacies

The Syracuse University Alumni Association had a very successful New Student Send-Off season, with nearly 2,500 new students, families, and student/alumni volunteers attending 43 gatherings across the world. In addition to helping the nearly 4,000 new first-year and transfer students move into their residence halls, the Alumni Engagement team also hosted the second Syracuse Welcome reception for legacy families. One out of every four new first-year and transfer students has a relative who also attended SU. Another legacy reception is planned for Family Weekend, and all are welcome! 
Click the image for details about the Syracuse University Bookstore's Hugs From Home packages.
Fall Career Fairs and Events
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Intra-University Transfer Fair
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