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Current ISO Student News

Issue 2: September 16, 2014 



Table of Contents

  1. Reminder: Address Reporting to ISO  (more)
  2. Free English Conversation Classes starting September 30  (more)
  3. Sign Up Now! ISO Day Trip to Niagara Falls - October 11  (more)
  4. Rowe Fund Loan Program for Citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean  (more)
  5. RGC Spotlight: Hike at Letchworth State Park - October 5  (more)
  6. Campus FocusHispanic Heritage Month 2014  (more)


Reminder: Address Reporting to ISO

Please remember that all F-1 and J-1 students must report their current address information to the ISO and notify our office of any changes within 10 days.  You must report both a foreign address and your local address, which must include a street address and apartment number or University dorm.  It is also critical that the ISO be able to contact you.  Please report to us your current local phone number(s) and an email address that you check regularly.  If your emergency contact information has changed, make sure the ISO knows how to reach them and that they speak English.  You can report this information at any time through our website, using the appropriate online registration tool for your UR division.  Students on F-1 OPT, please use our online OPT Reporting Form


Free English Conversation Classes starting September 30

The Warner School of Education is partnering with the ISO to offer FREE English Conversation Classes!  Classes will run for 10 weeks, starting September 30th and ending December 11th.  There are three available sections, and you simply need to choose the one that best suits your schedule!  Your class section options are the following: 

Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm

Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm


Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm

To sign up for a class section, visit ISO at 213 Morey Hall or email  There are a limited number of spots available in each class, so don't delay! 


Sign Up Now! ISO Day Trip to Niagara Falls - October 11

Take a day trip to the American side of Niagara Falls!  We will depart at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 11th from River Campus and return that evening around 6:30 pm.  The cost of the trip at $65 for adults ($55 for children 6-12 years, and $30 for children under 6 years) includes roundtrip bus transportation and a Discovery Pass.  The Discovery Pass includes the following attractions: Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and the popular Maid of the Mist boat ride.  This day is yours to plan!  There are plenty of things to see and do during our day at Niagara Falls.  Seating on the bus is limited, so sign up soon!  Payment in full is required to reserve your seat (cash, check, or money order only) and cancellations can only be refunded when another student is available on our waitlist to take your space.  Please see the event flyer for additional details.  Please email the ISO at with any questions.  This trip has become very popular among our international students and 2014 promises to be another great one.  We hope you can join us!


Rowe Fund Loan Program for Citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Organization of American States offers the Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund to financially assist students with their studies or research at accredited universities in the U.S.  This program provides interest-free educational loans of up to $15,000 to both undergraduate and graduate students who are citizens of Latin America or the Caribbean.  For more information and application instructions, please visit


RGC Spotlight: Hike at Letchworth State Park - October 5

Letchworth State Park Hike
Sunday, October 5th 

Consider joining RGC for a hike through Letchworth State Park this fall!  The Genesee River roars through the Letchworth gorge over three major waterfalls located between cliffs (as high as 600 feet in some places) that are surrounded by lush forests.  You will experience breathtaking overlooks and hiking trails that lead to the river.  Snacks will be provided, and it is recommended that you pack your own lunch.  Bus transportation will be provided at a small cost per person.  To sign up, you will soon be able to submit a reservation form online.  You will also be able to make payment for bus transportation online via PayPal.  

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: Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

America has a large and vibrant Spanish-speaking population, which contributes to the diversity of our nation and communities.  Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year beginning on September 15th.  The University of Rochester has planned several programs in recognition of Hispanic heritage and its influence on our campuses, and a detailed calendar of events has been posted online

The Memorial Art Gallery will also host Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day, where you can experience Hispanic/Latino culture with art activities, music and dance performances, tours, international displays, and more!  Programs will run from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 5th. 



Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor