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Bus and Shuttle Changes
Bus and shuttle schedules for the reading period, exams, and summer are now posted on the Parking and Transportation Web site. Shuttles will run an extended schedule through May 11. Summer shuttle schedules go into effect May 18.

Arabesque Winds Wins Prestigious Award; Headed for Kennedy Center

Arabesque Winds won the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass at the April 25 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition at Cal Tech. The ensemble is representing the Eastman School this year for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. They’ll be giving a free recital in Kilbourn Hall on Friday, May 8, before heading off to Washington, D.C. later this month. Read more...

Photo Contest Results Are In
Where did your education take you? Rochester Review asked Rochester students that question, and the results are in. See a slideshow of the winning photos from the magazine's first Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Video Highlights Mug Program
Dining Services’ Green Team has created a short video to encourage the University community to take part in the Mug Program.

Violin Virtuoso Joins Ying Quartet, Eastman Faculty
Frank Huang, who has established a major international career, will join the quartet this summer. He will also be appointed associate professor of violin and associate professor of chamber music at the Eastman School, where the ensemble is the string-quartet-in residence. Read more...

ArtAwake 2009 T-shirts

Didn't get a shirt at this year’s ArtAwake? It's not too late! ArtAwake t-shirts are available at the Common Market for $10 each through May 14.

Want a Space at the Clothesline Festival?

There are only 18 booth spaces left for this year’s M&T Bank Clothesline Festival on Sept. 12 and 13. Apply online.


Sell Back Your Textbooks
During finals week, the bookstore will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You can also sell your books back from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. outside Danforth on May 4 and 5, from noon to 4 p.m. May 5 and 6 in Wilson Commons, and from noon to 5 p.m. on the Residential Quad May 7 and 8 (rain location in Wilson Commons). Don't forget to bring your student ID. The Eastman Bookstore also will be accepting books and offering a 15 percent sale on all Eastman items during graduation weekend.
End of the Year Cleanout

Don't trash the items you don't want! Donate them instead. Clothing, linens, shoes, and/or books can be dropped in the ABVI Goodwill collection boxes at Hill Court, Towers, Sue B, the Quad, and Valentine. White barrels for the Open Door Mission are collecting non-perishable food in the main entry of each residence hall. Label unwanted electronics "RECYCLE" and leave them on the loading dock at Gale, Sue B, Towers, or the community rooms of Gilbert and Valentine. Cinder blocks can be left at the Sage loading dock.

Health Insurance–Make your selection for 2009-10

Have you completed the online Health Insurance Selection Process yet? Make sure you do this before you leave for the summer to avoid being billed for the wrong plan on your July tuition bill. Remember, you must select a health insurance option with UHS each year that you are a full-time student.


Mark Ain Business Model Competition: Final Presentations
See the five finalist teams pitch their ideas to a distinguished panel of Simon alumni judges at the third annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition Final Presentation event on Wednesday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall. Winners will be announced.

Learn the Basics to Launch a Company
This month's FIRE Lecture Series continues with a discussion on “The ABCs of Starting a Company,” led by Daniel Kinel from Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. This talk takes place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, in the LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Register by noon on May 12 at 784-8856 or e-mail David Englert.

Sunday, May 3
River Campus Study Breaks
Art Break, 4 to 6 p.m. Visit Graham Smith Plaza for tie-dying, chalk art, and delicious treats in Hartnett Gallery. Bring your own shirt or buy one there.

Chicken Wings and Pizza Study Break
, 6 to 8 p.m. Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees.

Late Night Breakfast Study Break, 9 p.m. Take a study break with a gourmet breakfast in Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons.

Carlson Library Study Break, 9 p.m. Stop by for food, drink, and conversation.

Monday, May 4
Rush Rhees Study Break
Stop by the Welles-Brown Room at 9 p.m. for food, drink, and conversation.

A Look at 'Miniature Landscapes'
 "Miniature Landscapes: Adventures with a Borescope," 5 p.m., Sloan Auditorium. A photo gallery presentation by Kent Loeffler, scientific photographer from Cornell University, and Kathie Hodge, associate professor of mycology at Cornell. Reception and book signing will follow. RSVP no later than 9 a.m. today to or 275-8828. Read more...

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Undergraduate Research Expo

Students showed off their work at the Undergraduate Research Exposition on  April 24. Undergrads presented research on quantum dots, newspaper coverage of presidential campaigns, and the "black power" films of the late 1960s. At the Poster Presentation Fair, Jessica Chery ’09, shared a visual synopsis of her research findings to attendees.

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Deadlines and Reminders
Reminder: Course Evaluations
Take some time to complete your online course evaluations for this semester.

Graduate Assistant Position Available

Any student enrolled full-time, or enrolling in the fall, in a University graduate degree program may apply for the Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator position.
The expected start date  is July 1.

Submit Study Abroad Proposals after June 1
Students who wish to study abroad during the Spring 2010 semester may begin filing study abroad proposals after June 1. 

Security Tip of the Week
Copyright and File Sharing

Did you know the University receives hundreds of copyright infringement notifications for students, faculty, and staff? These notifications can lead to disconnection from the Internet and fines for students. Read more about copyright and file sharing and explore links for legal music and movies.

Rochester in the News
'UR Among Giants in Federal Research Funds'

Democrat and Chronicle (May 1)
The University of Rochester received more research money from the federal government in fiscal year 2008 than all SUNY schools combined, and more than four of the eight Ivy League schools.
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