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President Seligman's Update on the Current Economic Challenge

In a message today, President Seligman addresses the University's response to the current economic challenge and the impact to strategic plans, salary programs, construction projects, and the endowment. Protecting core programs and the quality of the University, he says, is the primary objective in responding to the economic challenge. He also praises the University community's "sacrifice, ingenuity, and determination." Read more ...

Board of Trustees Sets Tuition Rates for 2009-10

The Board of Trustees set tuition rates for all University schools during its March meeting. Read more ...

Online Bill Payments Now Available

Students can now view and pay their student bills online through UR ePay and authorize a parent, guardian, third party, or employer to view their bill and make payments. Students can e-mail PDF copies of their bill and make payments electronically by eCheck or by Discover, MasterCard, or American Express (a 2.75 percent convenience fee applies).

Study Abroad Info for Parents

Information for parents of students interested in studying abroad is available online from the Center for Study Abroad. Get details about student health and safety, financial aid, forms, and more. Several new summer programs are offered this year and application deadlines are typically in March or April.

Festival Highlights Women's Achievements in Music

Numerous events throughout the community will highlight the Eastman School's fifth annual Women in Music Festival. Running from March 23 through 27, the festival celebrates the contributions of women in all aspects of music, including composition, performance, teaching, and scholarship. Read more ...

Eastman Junior Accepted for Prestigious Piano Competition

Eastman School junior Zhang Zuo is one of only 30 pianists from around the world selected to compete in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this May. Zuo, 20, is from China and studies with Nelita True at the Eastman School. She will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the preliminary round May 22 to 26, during which each of the 30 competitors will present a 50-minute solo recital. Read more ...

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. Students must log into their account on FAOnline to access instructions for applying for aid and required forms.

Parents Can Make Deposits to Student 'One Cards'

Parents can add money to a student's One Card account through the Guest Deposits module. Go to and click on "Start Guest Deposit" to begin. One Cards can be used in dining centers, bookstores, laundry centers, copiers, and vending machines at the University.

Viennese Ball Continues a University Tradition

Students can waltz the night away at the historic Harro East Ballroom for the 23rd annual Viennese Ball from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, March 20. There will be a live orchestra and performances by the Viennese Ball Opening Committee and others. Students are encouraged to wear that special dress or tux. Tickets are $15.

Eastman Student Wins Spot in YouTube Symphony Orchestra

Eastman sophomore Nicholas Fitton won the piccolo seat in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and will fly to New York City next month to participate in a classical music summit and perform in Carnegie Hall under world-renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Read more ...

Senior Awarded Churchill Scholarship

Kristin Beck, a senior double degree student in physics and mathematics, has been named a 2009 Churchill Scholar and will advance her studies at the University of Cambridge this fall. Of the 102 participating institutions, Rochester and Princeton are the only universities to have students awarded Churchill Scholarships in each of the last three years. Read more ...

Graduation Fair

Seniors will be able to pick up their graduation attire and get information and products from different departments during a Graduation Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in the River Campus Bookstore. A photographer from CLIX will also be on hand to take pictures of students in regalia. Packages start at $10. Contact Sucie at (585) 275-4012 for details.

Students Interact with Political Leaders

Students are invited to a town hall meeting with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks in April. Sponsored by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, the "R World R Vote" initiative facilitates opportunities for students to become engaged citizens, and to question and learn from political leaders. Read more ...

Eastman School Participates in National Food Drive

The Eastman School is participating in the national food drive, "Orchestras Feeding America," sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. Monetary donations or donations of food items are being collected between March 16 and 30. All proceeds will be donated to Foodlink Rochester. Eastman students and staff also will be volunteering weekly at St. Martin's Place Food Kitchen in Rochester, helping to serve the noon meal on Wednesdays. Read more ...

A Capella Group Tours Hurricane-Stricken Areas

The Midnight Ramblers, an all male a cappella group, embarked on a 10-day service tour to New Orleans to perform in several municipalities stricken by hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. The Ramblers performed in high schools, where artistic opportunities are limited, and for volunteers of several different service programs helping to rebuild communities. In addition, they held several public performances, from which all ticket sales and donations will be given to the Arts Council of New Orleans. See photos and blog entries from their trip.

Parking Reinstates Booting

car bootStarting March 16, Parking and Transportation Services resumed booting vehicles with four or more unpaid tickets. Booting, or wheel-locking, had been used for several years but was suspended for the past year. It's being reinstated to address recurring parking violations. Read more ...

Students Can Learn About Off-Campus Living

Students can learn about off-campus housing options during the Rochester Neighborhoods and Off Campus Living Bus Tour. The tour will show neighborhood options off campus, including details about the housing types, average rents, and transportation options in each neighborhood. Running from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, the tour will stop at an apartment to practice talking to a landlord and inspecting an apartment. Students can e-mail Robin Doughty to sign up.

Online Ride Board

Roadtrip, the online ride board, connects students who are looking to carpool with those willing to give a ride. Students can log on to the service with their NetID.


How I Teach

"My overarching goal is to motivate students to want to learn more about the material. ... Because students ultimately decide what, whether, and how much they learn, successful training requires that the student be intrinsically motivated to acquire skills and knowledge. Thus, at every level of teaching, my biggest goal is to foster student interest in developmental and family psychology." —Patrick T. Davies, professor of psychology and a past recipient of a Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching. Read more ...


Author Will Share Healthy Eating Tips

Bestselling health and lifestyle author Anne Fletcher will talk to students Thursday, March 26, about keeping their New Year's resolutions on track. Fletcher will share her food secrets for maintaining a healthy weight as well as tips for adopting a healthy attitude about weight and lifestyle changes. The 4 p.m. talk will be held in The Meliora restaurant.

Local Foods Week to Mark Earth Day

Dining Services will host several Local Foods Week events during the week of April 20. The University works with many local businesses and vendors and will showcase them through a series of specialty dinners and information fairs. Visit the Campus Dish Web site for details.


'Golden Rule Develops Early But Doesn't Come Easily'

National Public Radio (March 9)

According to Judi Smetana, professor of psychology, the sense of morality begins to develop early in humans. And by the time children are 3 to 4 years old, they recognize certain behaviors—such as hitting—as wrong, even when no one is watching, Smetana says.

'Rochester Chilean TV'

Television Nacional de Chile

The Chilean national TV station profiled the University Chamber Orchestra during their visit to Chile earlier this year.


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Celebrating the start of its third decade as one of Rochester's defining programs, Take Five epitomizes the idea of learning for its own sake. Take Five scholar Nicholas Huang '11 is majoring in biomedical engineering and music and his Take Five program is "The Intricate Puzzle of the Mind."


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

Florida: Eastman School of Music Student and Faculty Concert in Naples. 4 p.m., March 22.

Boston: Tackling the Challenges of the 21st Century: A University of Rochester Perspective. 6 p.m., March 23.

Florida: Reception with President Joel Seligman in Hillsboro Beach. 6 p.m., March 26.

Westchester: Accepted College Student Reception. 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 2.

Washington, D.C. : Accepted College Student Reception. 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 6.

New York City: Accepted College Student Reception. 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 6.

Boston: Accepted College Student Reception. 7 to 8:30 p.m., April 6.

Boston: A Rochester Evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 6 p.m., April 18.

In Rochester

Frederick Douglass Institute Lecture Series. 5 p.m., March 26.

See more on the University Events Calendar.


Takács Quartet. 3 p.m., March 22

Le Nozze di Figaro. April 2-5.

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.


Women's Basketball Reaches Sweet 16

The women's basketball team finished their season with a run to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Yellowjackets fell to the College of New Jersey on March 13 at home. Read more ...

Squash Finishes Third at Nationals

Rochester's squash team took third place in the College Squash Association's national championship in February. The Yellowjackets ended the season at 12-6 and finished with their highest-ever national ranking. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home

Men's Baseball: March 21, 2:30 p.m., Cobleskill; March 22, noon, Cobleskill; April 1, 4 p.m., SUNY Brockport; April 7, 4 p.m., St. John Fisher; April 10, 2 p.m., RPI; April 11, noon, RPI; April 14, 4 p.m., RIT.

Women's Softball: March 26, 3 and 5 p.m., RIT; April 5, 1 and 3 p.m., Pitt-Bradford;. April 10, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 11, 1 and 3 p.m., SUNY Brockport;

Men's Tennis: March 24, 4 p.m., Hobart College; March 28, TBA, Case Western Reserve; March 29, 2 p.m., Case Western Reserve; April 1, 4 p.m., Nazareth; April 4, 4 p.m., Stevens Institute of Technology; April 5, 10 a.m., St. Lawrence.

Women's Tennis: March 28, 10 a.m., Brandeis; March 29, 10 a.m., Case Western Reserve; April 5, 10 a.m., St. Lawrence.

Women's Lacrosse: March 24, 4 p.m., SUNY Brockport; March 27, 4 p.m., Clarkson; March 28, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence; March 31, 4 p.m., RIT.

Yellowjackets Away

Men's Baseball: March 24, 3:30 p.m., Cortland; March 28, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence; March 29, noon, St. Lawrence; April 4, 1 p.m., Union College; April 5, noon, Union College; April 15, 3 p.m., Keuka.

Women's Softball: March 29, 1 and 3 p.m., Ithaca; April 2, 2 and 4 p.m., SUNY Cortland; April 8, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Oneonta; April 15, 3 and 5 p.m., Buffalo State College.

Men's Tennis : March 31, 4 p.m., RIT; April 10, TBA, NYU; April 11, TBA, The College of New Jersey.

Women's Tennis: March 21, 1 p.m., Skidmore; April 10, TBA, NYU; April 11, TBA, The College of New Jersey.

Women's Lacrosse: April 2, 4 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 10, 4 p.m., Skidmore; April 11, 2 p.m., Union College.

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