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November 2015

Week in Review

It's On Us | #ItsOnUsSU

November 9 - 13

As part of the “It’s On Us” campaign’s National Week of Action, Syracuse University hosted Vice President of the United States Joseph R. Biden Jr. L’68 on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

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Career Services introduces...

Working Orange Observation Program

January 5 - 15, 2016

Alumni and parents of Syracuse University can serve as hosts for this job shadowing program. Offered during the winter break in January 2016, these are unpaid opportunities that vary in length based on availability, providing an inside look at a job, firm, career field, or industry. Please click on the link to learn more.

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Preparing for Semester Break

Online Classes Offered During Winterlude

by Eileen Jevis, University College

Syracuse University’s Winterlude is back with many more classes to choose from. Winterlude offers students the opportunity to earn three or four credits in four weeks. The online session will run from Dec. 21, 2015-Jan. 15, 2016.
All Winterlude classes are offered completely online and students are limited to taking one class. Winterlude tuition is not included in the full-time academic year tuition charge. Financial aid may be available based on demonstrated need.
Registration begins Nov. 11. Visit, call 315-443-9378, or e-mail for more information.

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Residence Hall Closure for Semester Break

Students living in the residence halls should plan to leave campus within 24 hours after their last final exam and no later than Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12 Noon. Approval from residence hall staff must be granted in order to remain in the residence hall beyond those 24 hours.  Your student can find final exam information in his or her MySlice account.
Students may return to the residence halls beginning Friday, January 15, 2016 at 12 Noon. Spring classes begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Transitioning After the Transition

From page 17 of the Parents Handbook 2015:
Returning home after a semester at college can require its own adjustment. Leaving for college and returning home during breaks can yield positive and negative feelings. Students are experiencing a natural separation from family as they develop their own identities, and explore their newfound independence.
Remember as your student returns home for holidays and breaks, life at college is probably very different from the life she led at home during high school. Students are now responsible for making many decisions that you may have made for them in the past—what to eat, when to study, the curfew policy, etc. You may notice that your student challenges the rules you have in place at home or even “tests” you to see how you react. This can be particularly challenging with younger siblings at home.
Though some flexibility is important, it may be a good idea to discuss mutual expectations before your student returns home. Outline your expectations, and have a conversation about any concerns that may arise. If questions or conflicts arise and you or your student need help, contact campus resources such as the Counseling Center, the Parents Office, the Couple and Family Therapy Center, or Hendricks Chapel (pastoral counseling).


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