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In Today’s Issue

  • Math Team Repeats Strong Finish in Top Competition
  • Ensembles Perform with NYC 'New Music Dream Team'
  • Clarification: Celebrating Jackson Court
  • Women in Music Festival Starts Today
  • Alternative Film Series Explores Issues of Community
  • This Week’s Retirement Plan Information Sessions
  • Flamenco Con Tres: Dance Performance
  • Rochester Community Celebrates Day of Brass
  • Simon School Hosts Open House April 2
  • Two Events Celebrate Deaf Culture
  • Are Your Prone to These Six Internet Security Risks?
  • Participants Sought for Mentoring Study

News and Announcements

Math Team Repeats Strong Finish in Top Competition
The math team of Xiaoqing Tang '12, Vincent Yu '14, and Douglas Miller '15 finished in the top 3 percent in the recent William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The team finished 15th among 460 teams, marking the fourth straight year that a University team has finished in the top 15.

Ensembles Perform with NYC 'New Music Dream Team'
The critically acclaimed New York City–based Ensemble Signal will join the Eastman School's new music ensembles Musica Nova and Ossia to present three major works by Steve Reich at Kilbourn Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The concert is part of a collaboration in which the students will work alongside Signal members in all aspects of the project.

Clarification: Celebrating Jackson Court
A recent announcement about the naming of Jackson Court should have made clear that the entire complex of buildings, including O'Brien Hall, Anderson and Wilder residential halls, and the Sage Art Center, would be named for President Emeritus Thomas Jackson. Read more...

Women in Music Festival Starts Today
The Women In Music Festival kicks off today with a noontime concert featuring Eastman School faculty and students and Penfield High School students, and an evening concert by the early music ensemble Publick Musick. See a full schedule of festival events.

Alternative Film Series Explores Issues of Community
Four graduate students from the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies will host a series of alternative film screenings during the last week of March and in April centered on communities and issues of belonging, collectivity, and inclusion. Titled OnFilm, the project began in 2009 with the mission to show rarely seen films from around the word, centered on a select theme, and shown in their original formats.

This Week’s Retirement Plan Information Sessions
Numerous informational sessions are planned in the coming weeks regarding upcoming changes to the University’s retirement program. Sessions this week include a meeting from noon to 1 p.m. today in Wallis Hall Room 278 and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. A full schedule of informational sessions and more information on retirement plan enhancements are available on the Benefits Office website.

Flamenco Con Tres: Dance Performance
The program of Movement and Dance presents A Palo Seco: Flamenco con Tres, a performance in the Spurrier Dance studio by alumna Rebecca Tomas.

Rochester Community Celebrates Day of Brass
The Department of Music presents its third annual Day of Brass with dozens of brass musicians, including high school, college, and adult players from the community, who will join the University’s Brass Choir in a celebration of brass instruments and music. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in Hoyt Auditorium. A final concert featuring students, faculty, and guests will start at 3 p.m.

Simon School Hosts Open House April 2
Experience the Simon School firsthand at an Open House scheduled for Monday, April 2, in Schlegel Hall. Candidates with completed undergraduate degrees who are interested in full-time MBA or MS studies are invited to participate. Participate in scheduled presentations or discussions, attend a Simon class, and meet Simon alumni, faculty, and staff. There will also be a chance for a University tour. Register online. You may also choose to set up an admissions interview during the open house, but preregistration is necessary.

Two Events Celebrate Deaf Culture
The American Sign Language Club presents two events that explore and celebrate Rochester’s Deaf community. ASL will host a free screening of See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in Hoyt Auditorium. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, deaf comedian CJ Jones, who was featured in the documentary, brings his stand-up routine to Rochester.

Are Your Prone to These Six Internet Security Risks?
The Internet wasn’t made with security in mind. There are a lot of things we do that open private information to hackers, scammers, and computer viruses. Here are six Internet security risks and what you can do to fix them. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Participants Sought for Mentoring Study
Are you a full-time graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member interested in participating in a mentoring study? Learn more about a NIH-sponsored mentoring study at the University. 

March 26, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Plutzik Centennial Reading Series: Dramatic Reading of Horatio
Nigel Maister, artistic director of the International Theatre Program, gives a dramatic reading from series namesake Hyam Plutzik's Horatio, 5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (March 23)
Eastman Student Wins Metropolitan Opera Contest
Tenor Matthew Grills, a second year master’s degree student at the Eastman School, was one of five winners at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. Nearly 500 people entered the competition; the five winners each won $15,000.

Democrat and Chronicle (March 22)
Victor Teen Musician's Star Rising Fast
At first it was just sibling envy. When Dylan Kennedy was five and running around in his kindergarten classes, he already knew he wanted to play piano because his big sister had started lessons. “Music isn’t something I just do. It’s something I love doing because there is something about music that creates a deeper way of communicating and expressing yourself,” said Kennedy, 18, who currently studies violin with professor of violin Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School. “I practice every day for as long as I can.”

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