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Current ISO Student News

Issue 6: November 17, 2014 



Table of Contents

  1. Update Your Glacier Record by December 15 (more)
  2. Winter Weather is here! (more)
  3. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women (more)
  4. RGC Spotlight: Sign Up by 11/20 to Join a Family for Thanksgiving Dinner, 11/27 (more)
  5. Campus FocusThanksgiving Break University Hours (more)


Update your Glacier Record by December 15

If you are enrolled in UR Payroll’s GLACIER tax program, you must ensure that your record is active and up-to-date.  As of December 15, you will not be able to make any more changes to your record for the 2014 calendar year.  The data stored in GLACIER will then be accessed by a free tax software program to assist you with completing your tax forms next year.  If your address and contact information are not accurately reported in GLACIER, you may have problems when it comes time to file your taxes next year.  Please take a few minutes to verify the following:

- Your current email address (especially for forms delivered electronically)
- Appropriate exit date, which should match the I-20 or DS-2019 completion date for students or the EAD card for those pursuing F-1 OPT
- Accurate mailing address

Please refer to the ISO’s Glacier section on the web for help with completing your Glacier record.

**If you are receiving compensation from the Payroll office, this is also the time you should log into employee self-service and choose to receive the W-2 form electronically instead of waiting for it to be sent to you by mail, if you would prefer the electronic method.


Winter Weather is here!

If this is your first year in Rochester, you may not be familiar with the winter air and changing seasons.  Though the temperatures are still highly fluctuating, please be aware that average temperatures for the winter months in Rochester can range from highs around 34°F (1°C) to lows around 20°F (-6°C).  To keep yourself healthy, consider this a friendly reminder to make sure that you have the necessary clothing and accessories to stay warm and comfortable over the next few months.  Each year the ISO hears new stories of students who did not realize just how cold it might get, especially coming from some of the world’s warmer regions.  If your jacket and other outerwear are barely keeping you warm now, please consider getting a heavier one.  Hats, gloves and scarves, while not necessarily stylish, are definitely recommended!  And winter boots are a must!!  With American holidays quickly approaching, many stores will offer sales and discounted prices on these items.  Thanksgiving weekend in particular (Nov. 27-29) is known for its bargain deals.  Rochester in the winter can be great fun and offer new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors … provided you have what you need to stay warm!


P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.  Eligible students must have at least one year of coursework remaining in a full-time graduate program and may not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  The maximum amount awarded is $10,000 and is based on individually demonstrated need.  More information can be found at the organization’s website:  To apply for a scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year, students must submit eligibility forms online by December 15 and complete all application materials within 60 days from the time eligibility forms were submitted.  Members of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding and are dedicated to the promotion of educational opportunities for women.


RGC Spotlight: Sign Up by 11/20 to Join a Family for Thanksgiving Dinner, 11/27!

Thursday, November 27th will mark the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday!  This classic American tradition is generally celebrated in family gatherings, with plenty of good food and good times.  Members and friends of Rochester Global Connections will invite Rochester area international students to join them for a holiday feast.  If you will be in town over the break and would like to visit with a local family for Thanksgiving Dinnerplease sign up by Thursday, November 20th.  Transportation is available if needed.  To sign up, please submit the online form for Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have a friendship volunteer, check with them before responding - they may be expecting you for dinner.  If you register and your plans change so that you are unable to attend, it is ESSENTIAL that you notify the host and Rochester Global Connections by phone.

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors all events and activities.


Campus Focus: Thanksgiving Break University Hours

Please be advised that the University will be closed on Thanksgiving (November 27) and the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 28).  For information about some changes to University services and resources available during the break, please visit the University's Breaks webpage:  In particular, please note that shuttle buses do not run on University holidays and the Regional Transit Services (RTS) provides reduced services during all federal holidays.  If you will remain on campus for the holiday, please be sure to check the dining schedules as Dining Services will limit services the week of Thanksgiving.  However, you can still contact Campus Security at any time (on-campus: x13 in an emergency or x5-3333; off-campus: 275-3333). 

**ISO will close at 4:00PM on Wednesday, November 26 for Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 9:00AM on Monday, December 1.  ESM Walk-In hours will not be held Wednesday, November 26.  Please see the ISO Holiday Hours flyer for additional information.


Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor