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Current ISO Student News

Issue 6: November 16, 2015


Table of Contents

  1. Immigration Update: DHS has Redesigned the Form I-20 (more)
  2. Update Your GLACIER Record by December 15 (more)
  3. Winter Weather is coming! (more)
  4. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women (more)
  5. RGC Spotlight: Ice Skating & Light Up the Holidays Event - Saturday, December 5 (more)
  6. Campus FocusThanksgiving Break University Hours & Services (more)


Immigration Update: DHS has Redesigned the Form I-20

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently upgraded the SEVIS system and changed the look of the Form I-20 for F-1 students and F-2 dependents.  However, the old version and the new ones are both valid through June 30, 2016.  Please do not be concerned if you see that some students have an I-20 that looks different from yours.  The ISO will ensure that all students receive a new style I-20 during this academic year.  You do NOT need to take any action right now on this issue.  More details will be available in ISO Student News and on our website in the coming months.  For more information about the new I-20, please visit Study in the States:


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 2015 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 current 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 coming!

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. 26-28) 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 2016-2017 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: Ice Skating & Light Up the Holidays Event - Saturday, December 5

Join RGC for Ice Skating downtown at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park on Saturday, December 5th!  Following ice skating, you will be able to enjoy the City of Rochester’s Light Up for the Holidays event.  Skating fee is $8.00 (including skate rental).  Bus transportation will be available from UR for $5.00, and payment is required in advance.  RSVP online by Friday, November 27th.  Please contact RGC with any questions:

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 many events and activities.


Campus Focus: Thanksgiving Break University Hours & Services

Please be advised that the University will be closed on Thanksgiving (November 26) and the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 27).  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 Public Safety at any time (on-campus: x13 in an emergency or x5-3333; off-campus: 275-3333). 

**ISO will close at 12:00PM on Wednesday, November 25 for Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 9:00AM on Monday, November 30.  ESM Walk-In hours will not be held Wednesday, November 25.  Please see the ISO Holiday Hours flyer for additional information about our holiday hours.


Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor