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University of Rochester News for Parents, September 2015



RenÉe Fleming Named Distinguished Visiting Artist at Eastman

Soprano RenÉe Fleming ’83E (MM) has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Eastman School. She will offer master classes, coaching sessions, lessons, and open talks and presentations for students on a recurring basis beginning this academic year. Read more...

New Eastman School Institute Focuses on Music for Film, Contemporary Media

Students will have a range of opportunities to write, produce, and perform music for film and contemporary media as part of a new initiative at the Eastman School. That’s thanks to a $2 million commitment from Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal ’85E and vocalist Joan Beal ’84E to launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media. Most recently known for his critically acclaimed scores, Jeff Beal won his fourth Emmy this month for his work on the Netflix series House of Cards

Institute for Performing Arts Director Named

John Covach, founding director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, professor and former chair of the Department of Music, and professor of music theory at the Eastman School, has been named the inaugural director of the newly created Institute for Performing Arts. Read more...

AlertUR Test Set for Tonight

The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur tonight at 6 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it is working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students have been encouraged to review and update their contact information at prior to the test.

Reminder: Financial Aid Communications

The Financial Aid Office communicates directly with your student via email. If your student has any outstanding documents from this year’s financial aid application, he or she needs to submit them to the office as soon as possible. Students who have outstanding application materials will receive an email from Financial Aid this month. If the requirements are not completed by October 9, their University bill may be affected.

UHS to Hold Flu Vaccine Clinic on October 15

University Health Service will hold a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic for students, staff, and faculty on Thursday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Goergen Athletic Center. All River Campus–based students and employees are encouraged to come to the clinic to receive a flu shot. The cost for the flu shot ($25) will be billed to the student’s insurance plan. If not covered by insurance, the cost can be billed to the student’s tuition billing statement. Students with high-risk health conditions and those who will not be on campus on October 15 can receive flu shots at UHS by appointment. A separate flu vaccine clinic will be scheduled at the Eastman School.

Meliora Weekend Registration Closes October 2

Celebrate the spirit of Meliora this October. Register now for
  •  A keynote address by best-selling author Walter Isaacson, whose 2011 biography, Steve Jobs, served as the inspiration for the upcoming feature film of the same name
  • A presentation by Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi
  • A performance by Emmy and Tony Award–winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth–fewer than 300 seats remain
  • Inspiring, engaging presentations by students, faculty and alumni in the third annual MEL Talks
Additional highlights include faculty mini lectures for parents; “Athletics of the Mind,” a showcase of student skills and talents; and the River Campus Deans’ Reception and Welcome Dinner. And check out College Town, featuring dozens of restaurants and retailers, including the Barnes & Noble bookstore. Registration for Meliora Weekend closes Friday, October 2. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit




Tips for Building a Strong Semester

What steps can students take at the start of the semester to assure that they are well prepared for the challenges to come? Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services, offers a list of tips for all students.


Student Life


An Internship, Oceans Away

Mechanical engineering major Wendy Snyder ’17  spent her summer internship aboard the E/V Nautilus, a vessel dedicated to the exploration of the ocean’s biology, geology, and archaeology. Read more about other students who made the most of summer getting real-life experience in fields they hope to pursue after graduation.

A Wilderness Welcome

Freshman Orientation Outing Treks (UR FOOT) offers freshmen a wilderness respite before college life begins.

Class of 2019 Settles In

Nearly 1,300 freshmen from 47 states and 83 countries moved in to their new homes on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. See photos and a video from Move-in Day. Freshmen also participated in the annual Wilson Day and George Eastman Day community service events—see the photos.

Send Your Son or Daughter a Birthday Cake

Sigma Delta Tau sorority can help make your student’s birthday special by delivering a Wegmans birthday cake to his or her residence hall, accompanied by a message from home. Email Chirlien Pang and Genevieve Caldwell at for an order form.


Celebrate Diversity 2015

For the first time, freshmen from the River Campus and the Eastman School gathered for an evening of musical and dance performance put on by student groups from both schools. The event showcases the wide-ranging diversity of the students at the University. Watch...

The Next Chapter for the Ying Quartet

Watch the Ying Quartet, the string-quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School, as the members select the quartet’s newest member. Get an inside look at the audition process and meet the next violinist of the Ying Quartet as they write the next chapter of their story.

Regional Events

Parents, You Are Always Welcome

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional events.

What’s Happening on Campus?

Check the University Events Calendar for a comprehensive list of happenings at the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.
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