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Save the Date: Meliora Weekend 2009

Parents: You are invited to join your son or daughter in Rochester from Oct. 8-11 for the Meliora Weekend celebration. The annual event, which combines Family Weekend, Homecoming, and Class Reunions, features a variety of social, academic, athletic, and cultural activities. Program specifics will be available in the coming months.

Eastman Organ Faculty, Students Star on Pipedreams

Students and faculty from the Eastman School will be featured performers on the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams. Performances were recorded in Rochester Feb. 13-15. Read more ...

'The Outlet' Blog Highlights Student Views

A panel of students addresses a different question each week on "The Outlet,"a new blog from the Campus Times.

Financial Aid Deadline Approaching

The application deadline for financial aid for the 2009-10 academic year is April 15. Students in the College were recently e-mailed information on how to access their financial aid application materials for the 2009-10 academic year. Students must log into their account on FAOnline to access instructions for applying for aid and required forms.

Renowned Soprano Tony Arnold in Residence at Eastman

Soprano Tony Arnold, an internationally acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music, is this year's Howard Hanson Visiting Professor of Composition at Eastman. Read more ...

Surprise Your Son or Daughter with a Birthday Cake

Have a birthday cake delivered by the sisters of Sigma Delta Tau. E-mail Savannah Wentz for details.

Alternative Spring Break

Student groups are in the process of planning six "alternative" spring break trips from March 7-15 in at-risk communities in coastal Virginia, Baltimore, Florida, and Rochester. Visit the Alternative Spring Break Web site or e-mail for more information.

Send a 'Feel Better' Care Package

University Health Service recommends sending a "feel better" care package to your child in the midst of cold and flu season. Suggested supplies include over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, Robutussin), a thermometer, tissues, hand sanitizer, cough drops, and comfort items such as soup and tea. The UHS Web site offers self-care suggestions for dealing with a sore throat, cough, fever, and nasal congestion. Students who need to schedule an appointment can call (585) 275-2662.

Blog Promotes Dialogue on Faculty Diversity

The Diverse Voices blog is a forum aimed at informing the University community about ongoing diversity efforts and to stimulate conversation on a variety of diversity topics.

Paychex Leadership Series

On Jan. 24, students from the College participated in the 18th annual Paychex Leadership Institute, a daylong workshop at the Rochester-based firm. The 95 participants were selected from nearly 600 nominees. They attended presentations on topics ranging from mediation to social entrepreneurship to time management. The institute is organized by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.

Rochester Mayor Gives Town Hall Meeting at University

On Feb. 3, Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy met with nearly 100 students and other members of the University community for a town hall meeting to discuss issues such as downtown development projects, sustainability initiatives, and more. Prior to the meeting, the mayor had dinner with a select group of students, giving them an opportunity to ask questions about the city's priorities and initiatives.

Deadline Nears for Two Fellowship Programs

Applications are due March 13 for the 2009-10 Youth Year Fellows. For more information, e-mail, call (585) 275-4085, or visit the Youth Year Web site. March 13 is also the deadline for the Urban Fellows Summer Internship, in which participants work at selected human services agencies in the City of Rochester and learn about issues they encounter through their work. E-mail, call (585) 275-4085, or visit the Urban Fellows Web site.

HPV Vaccine Available

The HPV vaccine Gardasil is available at University Health Service. The cost is $140 for each dose if purchased at UHS. Students may call (585) 275-2662 to make an appointment.

Students Celebrate the Season at Winterfest Weekend

Students embraced winter from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 during the Winterfest Weekend celebration. The weekend included a special lunchtime Iron Chef competition, laser tag, a UR Idol competition and more. On Jan. 31, the River Campus was transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with sled dogs, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, ice skating and other winter activities. Read more ...

Study Abroad Summer Programs

The Center for Study Abroad is offering several new summer programs this year: French Sign Language in Paris and Nantes, an archaeological dig in Italy, Spanish in Ecuador, and Literary Egypt. Application deadlines are typically in March or April. Visit the Center for Study Abroad Web site for details.



Tips for Job Searching in Challenging Times

"Focused candidates using targeted resumes, cover letters, and other documentation and communication strategies can ultimately overcome supply-and-demand obstacles," says Burt Nadler, assistant dean and Career Center director. Read more ...

Resources for students:

University of Rochester Career Center

Eastman Office of Careers and Professional Development



Why I Teach

"Teaching and learning are simultaneous processes, and being behind the desk means sitting behind it in equal measure. Otherwise, there is no learning. There is only an imperious and ineffective imposition of facts and figures that should put students to sleep and call into question what real education is actually about." —Curt Cadorette, associate professor of religion and a past recipient of a Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching. Read more ...


College Students' Association Looks Forward to a Fun-Filled Spring

The Students' Association will continue to spearhead a campus-wide school spirit initiative called "Pack the Palestra/Fill Fauver," writes President Tyler Socash. Read more ...

Diversity Fuels Eastman Students' Association

Many changes in Eastman's Students' Association have strengthened and increased the effectiveness of the undergraduate governing body, according to President Erin McPeck. Read more ...


Serving the 'Pride of New York'

Held each year, Local Foods Week highlights local foods and sustainability efforts through special meals, speakers, and events. Read more ...


'Genes Offer New Clues in Old Debate on Species' Origins'

New York Times (Feb. 9)

Daven Presgraves, professor of biology, and colleagues published a paper in the journal Science identifying the latest speciation gene to be discovered.


'Eastman School Graduate Wins Two Grammys'

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 8)

Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey '01E MM picked up two Grammy Awards earlier this month, in the categories of Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.




inauguration photo

About 150 students from the College traveled to Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama's inauguration in January. See a photo gallery, read student comments, and more on the special inauguration page.


Parents: You’re Always Welcome

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional alumni programs. Visit the regional calendar for details and registration information.

Regional Events

Phoenix: Reception with President Joel Seligman. 6 p.m., Feb. 20.

Houston: Reception with President Joel Seligman. 6 p.m., Feb. 27.

Dallas: Reception with President Joel Seligman. 7 p.m., Feb. 28.

Naples: Eastman Student and Faculty Concert. 4 p.m., March 1.

Philadelphia: An Afternoon with Joanna Olmsted, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Vocal Point. Noon, March 8.

San Diego: An Evening with Rob Clark, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 6 p.m., March 9.

Baltimore: An Evening with Joanna Olmsted, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Vocal Point. 6 p.m., March 9.

Washington, D.C.: An Evening with Joanna Olmsted, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Vocal Point. 6 p.m., March 10.

Los Angeles : An Evening with Rob Clark, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 6 p.m., March 10.

In Rochester

Lincoln in Rochester exhibit. Artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Open through April 19 at the Memorial Art Gallery.

See more on the University Events Calendar.


Lotte Lenya Competition. 1 to 4:45 p.m., Feb. 21.

Eastman Studio Orchestra. 8 p.m., March 6.

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.


Yellowjackets at Home

Men's Basketball: Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University.

Women's Basketball: Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University.

Men's Tennis: Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Ithaca; Feb. 22, 11 a.m., LeMoyne; March 1, 10 a.m., Colgate.

Women's Tennis: Feb. 21, 9 a.m., Ithaca; Feb. 22, 11 a.m., LeMoyne; March 1, 2 p.m., Colgate.

Yellowjackets Away

Men's Basketball: Feb. 20, 8 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m., Washington University.

Women's Basketball: Feb. 20, 6 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m., Washington University.

Women's Softball: Feb. 27-March 8, NTC Spring Tournament, Clermont, Fla.; March 10-14, UAA Championships, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Squash: Feb. 20-22, CSA Team Championships, Princeton, N.J.; Feb. 27, CSA Individual Championships, Williamstown, Mass.

Track and Field : Feb. 21, Denault Invitational at Cornell; Feb. 22 NYSCTC Multi-Event at Cornell; Feb. 27-28, NYSCTC Championships at RIT; March 7-8, ECAC Championships at Tufts; March 13-14, NCAA Championships at Rose-Hulman.

Men's Tennis: March 9, 8 a.m. vs. Bentley College, 3 p.m. vs. St. Francis (Ind.), Orlando; March 10, 8 a.m. vs. Wheaton College (Ill.), 3 p.m. vs. Ursinus College, Orlando; March 11, 8 a.m. vs. Wesleyan University, 3 p.m. vs. Oxford-Emory, Orlando.

Women's Tennis: March 8, St. Francis (Ind.), 8 a.m., Orlando; March 9, 8 a.m. vs. Bentley College, 4 p.m. vs. Haverford College, Orlando; March 10, 8 a.m., Creighton University, Orlando; March 11, 8 a.m. vs. Radford University, 3 p.m. vs. Oxford-Emory, Orlando.

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