Celebrating the Class of 2016
The University recognized graduating students and their families, outstanding faculty and alumni, special guests, and other honorees during commencement ceremonies last weekend.
Wendi Heinzelman Named Dean of the Hajim School
Wendi Heinzelman, currently dean of graduate studies for Arts, Sciences & Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be the next dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Heinzelman will be the Hajim School’s first female dean and has been appointed to a five-year term beginning July 1. Read more...
Recognizing Outstanding Students
Diversity Report Issued; Race and Diversity Commission Update
In his 10th annual diversity report
, President and CEO Joel Seligman says the commitment to making the University welcoming and inclusive is a never-ending one. The Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity continues its work to review the climate for race and diversity throughout the University. Because of the large amount of data that needs analysis—from town halls, focus groups, and surveys—the commission’s final report is now expected in September. On May 3, the College released a Report on College Initiatives on Race and Diversity
, which provides an update on steps taken in the College during the past several months.
Meliora Weekend Headliners Announced
Save the dates for Meliora Weekend
, October 6–9, when the University celebrates the conclusion of The Meliora Challenge
Campaign. The weekend will include reunions, homecoming, and family activities. Featured guests include legendary singer Tony Bennett, acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, MSNBC’s Morning Joe
hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, singer/songwriter Ben Folds, and the host of The Daily Show
, Trevor Noah. Registration and ticketing open in July. Read more…
Health Insurance Reminders for Graduating and Returning Students
For graduating students:
Graduates on a parent’s insurance plan can usually remain on the plan until age 26. Graduates who are enrolled in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan automatically continue that coverage through July 31, 2016; coverage is worldwide. Ending student coverage as a result of graduation is a “qualifying life event” that allows enrollment in another plan effective August 1. UHS officials say it’s generally best to find a plan that has a network of providers where you will be living or one that offers nationwide coverage. Go to www.healthcare.gov
for further information.
For returning students:
The annual fall open enrollment period to either enroll or waive the University-sponsored insurance is expected to open in mid-June for coverage beginning August 1, 2016. All full-time students, with the exception of students studying abroad in the fall, need to complete the online insurance process annually. Check the UHS website
after June 6 for notices about completing the online process. Email reminders for returning students will be sent to University email addresses starting in late June. Undergraduates who complete the process by June 30 will have correct accounts for the July billing cycle.
Prizes Recognize Inspirational High School Teachers
The Singer Family Prizes for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching honor the high school teachers and staff that have made an impact on a Rochester graduate’s growth and academic development. This year's recipients are Mary Bohning, Randall Harper, Chris Hartman, and William Kibler. Read more...
Messages for Mom
‘Day of Giving’ and ‘TAG Day’ Results
More than 500 yellow tags were hung across the University on April 25 for TAG Day—an event to recognize the support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and students. View photos
from TAG Day. On May 3, the University hosted its second Day of Giving
—resulting in 1,100 donors giving more than $840,000, thanks to the University community and matching gifts from Stephen Givant ’81, and Mark ’78 and Jill Marcus Goldstein ’79N. The Day of Giving supports student scholarships, patient care, research, community programs, and more.
Student Health 101—a Publication for Students and Parents
The UHS Health Promotion Office provides Student Health 101
, a monthly online health and wellness magazine especially for Rochester students and their families. Each issue contains information that will help your student make better decisions and can help you gain a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students. Read the latest Parent Perspective
Parents Buzz Takes a Break
This is the last issue of Parents Buzz
for the academic year. The newsletter will return to its monthly schedule in August. Parents of graduating seniors will receive Rochester Buzz
in the future. The monthly newsletter includes items of interest to Rochester alumni and friends.