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Current ISO Student News

Issue 8: December 16, 2014 



Table of Contents

  1. "ISO Student News" Takes a Vacation (more)
  2. Prepare Your Documents for Travel this Winter (more)
  3. Join ISO for a Ski Trip - Saturday, February 21 (more)
  4. RGC Spotlight: Thank You and Exciting Events Planned for the Spring! (more)
  5. Campus Focus: Winter Break University Hours and Services (more)

"ISO Student News" Takes a Vacation

ISO Student News will also be taking a vacation this holiday season!  This will be our last ISO Student Newsletter for 2014.  Bi-weekly newsletters will resume mid-January 2015.  Please note that the ISO at 213 Morey Hall will maintain normal business hours during the break, with the exception of University holidays.  See ISO Holiday Hours for more information.


Prepare Your Documents for Travel this Winter

As a reminder, all students should have an up-to-date F-1 travel signature or J-1 validation signature before traveling overseas.  If you still need to update your I-20 or DS-2019 signature, please be sure to visit ISO during business hours to renew it.  To renew your U.S. visa stamp during the winter break, please make an appointment with the locate consulate as early as possible.  If you anticipate Security Clearance processing during the visa application, you should also prepare in advance for potential delays and as your department for a letter of support.  Most clearances are processed within 3 to 4 weeks.  You should carry your original immigration documents with you whenever you travel, even within the U.S.  These include your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, and valid I-94 record.  More information is available online:

Please see this message from Peter Lennie, Provost regarding travel to Ebola-affected regions:

In an effort to help limit the spread of the Ebola outbreak, the University recommends against travel to affected regions, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Mali, and Liberia.
Anyone planning travel to affected regions must register his/her travel with the Global Engagement Office ( and 273-1665) and consult with University Health Service (275-2662) prior to travel.
More information on the University’s Ebola preparedness is available on the Office of the Provost, UHS and Newscenter websites.


Join ISO for a Skip Trip - Saturday, February 21

ISO Ski Trip
Saturday, February 21 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Swain Ski Resort
Take a day trip with the ISO to Swain Ski Center this upcoming February!  For students who are interested in skiing or snowboarding (standing upright, on two skis or one wide board), the price will be $110 per person and includes the following: roundtrip transportation, lift ticket, equipment rental, and a lesson.  If you are new to winter sports or not as comfortable in the snow, you may want to try snow tubing (sitting on a large rubber tube, like a sled).  The cost for this option will be $40 per person, which includes tube rental and roundtrip transportation.  If you want to do both, skiing or snowboarding AND tubing, the cost will be $115.  You may now sign up for your preferred choice in the ISO.  Accepted payments are cash or check only.  There are limited seats, so please book your spot early!  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Johnson at  Please see the ISO Ski Trip Flyer for additional details and an important note regarding the refund policy.


RGC Spotlight: Thank You & Exciting Events Planned for the Spring!

The ISO would like to thank RGC for the wonderful activities hosted this fall that celebrate and unite our international community here at UR!  It’s been a wonderful year and we have much to look forward to for the spring.  Stay tuned for our next issue of ISO Student News for more information on the upcoming RGC events scheduled for the spring semester, and be sure to follow RGC's Facebook page!  You can also find more information about RGC's Events by visiting their website:

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: Winter Break University Hours and Services

Many offices and campus services will be closed or have limited hours during the winter break, 12/22/2014 to 1/13/2015.  Be sure to check the University's Winter Break page ( for modified schedules of various services such Dining and Transportation if you will need to access those services during this time.  Also, there is a Winter Break Facebook page ( which you can "Like" to get updates about new winter break programs planned and to connect with other students staying on-campus during the break!

During the break, you will still be able to contact Campus Security at any time (on-campus: x13 in an emergency or x5333; off-campus: 275-3333).

*Over winter break, the ISO will maintain normal office hours, with the following exceptions:

Wednesday, December 24th ....... Reduced ISO Hours: Only open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, December 25th ....... Closed
Friday, December 26th ....... Closed
Thursday, January 1st ....... Closed
Friday, January 2nd ....... Closed

ISO Office Hours at the Eastman School of Music have ended and will resume for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 13th.


Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor