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Pick up a Mel burger at the counter, dine in, or take it to go. (photo courtesy of Dining Services)
Pick up a Mel burger at the counter, dine in, or take it to go. (photo courtesy of Dining Services)

Dining plan changes and cancellations

Dining Services reminds students that dining plan changes and cancellations are permitted only during designated change periods: Sept. 3–13 (fall); Oct. 28–Nov. 1, Dec. 2–4, and Jan. 20–24 (spring).

A $25 fee is charged for any plan-level decrease or cancellation that is requested during any modification period except the open change period.

Parents or legal guardians cannot make dining plan changes or cancellations for the participant.
Changes or cancellations must be submitted via the dining plan change form or at the Dining Services Customer Service and ID Office in Susan B. Anthony Hall. Phone or spoken requests are not accepted.

Completed forms must be returned no later than the last day of the change period to the Dining Services Customer Service/ID Office in Susan B. Anthony Hall. Eastman students should give their completed forms to a dining manager.

Several programs have new names

The name of the College Writing Program has been changed to the Writing, Speaking, and Argument
Program. The Writing Center is now called the Writing and Speaking Center.

The name of the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL Program) has also changed. It’s now called the English for Academic Purposes

What’s new in dining?

‘Fast’ food at The Mel: To help serve more customers in less time, The Mel will begin operating like
many of your favorite fast casual restaurants. Order your Mel burger, pick it up at the counter, dine in,
or take it with you. In addition to the new service style, The Mel will continue its local focus by sourcing predominantly from Upstate New York’s Three Square Kitchen. Also new this year at The Mel are grab-and-go options. Choose from select freshly prepared, packaged salads and sandwiches in exchange for your unlimited meal swipe at The Mel Express.

Expanded options at Pura Vida: Enjoy new hot breakfast and lunch sandwiches, more grab-and-go
options, snacks, Greek yogurt, and more.

Questions about meal plans? Want to stay up to date on everything dining? Check out the Campus Dish website and the Dining Services Facebook page.

Clef Notes: ‘Everything Eastman’

Each summer, Eastman’s Office of Student Life publishes Clef Notes, an annual e-publication for new and returning students that explains “everything Eastman.” Students and parents will find information on parking and transportation, academics, student life, residential life, financial aid, student employment, auditions, and other topics. Clef Notes 2013 will be available in early August at www.esm.rochester. edu/studentlife.

This year’s communal principle highlight: Honesty

The Communal Principles Project is coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students through the Intercultural Center. The CPP is charged with promoting six defining principles—highlighting one each year—for the University community: Fairness, Freedom, Honesty, Inclusion, Respect, and

This is the Year of Honesty, featuring—among other things—student-initiated activities related to
the principle. Students are invited to apply for mini grants to develop programs and events that exemplify the spirit and purpose of honesty in the community. For more information, visit

The College will also conduct a comprehensive academic honesty assessment to review its policies
and procedures, benchmark against other institutions, and recommend any needed changes. A committee—chaired by professor Beth Jörgensen and including faculty, administrators, and students—will invite the College community to participate in the process through surveys, focus groups, and other activities.

Eastman School appoints new faculty

The Eastman School has announced the appointment of six distinguished performers and scholars
who will join the faculty beginning in the 2013–14 year.

  • Edoardo Bellotti, associate professor of organ, harpsichord, and improvisation
  • Stephen Carr, assistant professor (teaching) of opera and assistant director of Eastman Opera Theatre
  • Edward (Ted) Goldman, assistant professor of music theory
  • Renée Jolles, associate professor of violin
  • Henry Klumpenhouwer, professor of music theory
  • Nathan Laube, assistant professor of organ, part time

Click here to learn more about the new faculty.

Eastman Family Weekend 2013

Save the date for Eastman Family Weekend, Oct. 18–20. More information about schedule of events, registration, and hotels will be available soon at

Unwind at the Hive

The Hive game room is a place to unwind from your busy schedule with billiards or video games.
You an also grab some food from Blimpie’s with your friends. Enhance your Hive experience
by purchasing the Hive Gaming Card. A one-time charge of $5 gets you a year’s worth of discounts,
including 25 percent off regular billiard pricing and free popcorn every time you visit the Hive. Email to reserve your Hive card. Freshmen will be able to pay for and pick up a card at the Technology and Campus Expo on Aug. 27.

Also, look for a weekly trivia night competition this fall at the Hive.

Welcome Back to Wilson Commons

Dining Services and Wilson Commons Student Activities invite students to stop by Wilson Commons
on Wednesday, Sept. 11, for the Welcome Back to Wilson Commons event. Enjoy free samples from
local and national vendors, listen to music, and take part in raffles.

Exhibit explores special collections research

A new exhibit at Rush Rhees Library, opening Oct. 7, will highlight research projects past, present, and future. Drawn from Rare Books and Special Collections’ holdings spanning more than 500 years, the exhibit will showcase manuscripts, letters, documents, books, drawings, and photographs, and celebrate the journey of research as reflected by a range of scholars throughout and
beyond the University community.

App offers resources for Eastman students

Eastman’s Office of Student Life has partnered with Guidebook to create a mobile app that
allows students to view a color-coded schedule by track (such as graduate, undergraduate, and international programs), add sessions to a calendar, view interactive venue maps, explore
the neighborhood with a map of downtown Rochester, view information on local eateries, upload pictures to a shared photo album, create to-do lists, and interface with other users in real-time through social media. The app is expected to go live later this summer.