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September 2010
Registration Open for Meliora Weekend and Eastman Weekend
Students, alumni, and families will come together to celebrate family weekend, homecoming, and class reunions at Meliora Weekend, Oct. 14-17. Register at the Meliora Weekend Web site by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Featured events include a keynote address by Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for health and medicine at CNN; performances by comedian Jim Gaffigan; a presidential panel on the future of health care; student performances; family events; and more. See other events for parents and families.

From Oct. 15-17, Eastman School welcomes alumni, parents, and families to Eastman Weekend, a three-day celebration that includes music, tours of the newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Highlights include “The Gift of Music: The Rhythm of Life” concert and a performance by legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter ’59E and the Ron Carter Quartet. A full schedule and registration information is available on Eastman’s Web site.
President Seligman Gives State of University Address
The state of the University is “stable and strong,” President Seligman said during his annual report to the Faculty Senate on Sept. 7. “While we will be challenged by the same economic forces that affect the entire world, our core academic and clinical care operations will continue to demonstrate the agility to effectively meet whatever challenges are sent our way,” he said. Seligman also stated that we are all partners in the comprehensive capital campaign that will help galvanize the resources needed to realize the aspirations of the University’s modified strategic plans and to build on Rochester’s great strengths in teaching, research, clinical care, creative and performing arts, and community leadership. He said the campaign will be his top priority for the next five years. Read more ...
Work Continues on Eastman School Addition
Construction of a new building at the Eastman School will wrap up this fall. The addition, which will be connected to Eastman Theatre, will contain Hatch Recital Hall, rehearsal and studio space, a soaring atrium, a box office, gift shop, and restrooms. Construction updates and photos are available online.

Scholarships Support Study Abroad for Students at the College
Is your son or daughter a student at the College who is planning on studying abroad in the Spring 2011 semester? If they are a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, they are eligible to apply for a Gilman scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 additional aid per semester for study abroad in all majors. The deadline to submit the online application is Tuesday, Oct. 5. The Center for Study Abroad asks you to encourage your child to seek out study abroad scholarships and meet with an advisor to learn more. The center will mail a parents’ packet with information about study abroad soon. In the meantime, please visit the center’s Web site or call (585) 275-7532 with any questions.
Senior Portrait Appointments Available
Prestige Portraits, the yearbook’s official senior photographer, has reserved appointment times on campus for seniors at the College on Oct. 8, 11, and 12. Students can go to for details and to schedule an appointment. Call Karen at 1-800-852-0674, ext. 114, or e-mail
Campus Times Web Site Gets a New Look
The Web site for the Campus Times student newspaper relaunched this month with a new design, improved multimedia content, and enhanced features. View the site at
Pride Network Marks 40 Years
For 40 years, the Pride Network, a student organization at the University, has provided a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students on campus. A series of events during Meliora Weekend will celebrate the group’s milestones, look at the history of the Pride Network, and explore the future of diversity issues on campus. Read more ...
Off to a Green Start
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The EcoReps Program, designed to train incoming freshmen to be leaders of sustainability in their halls, got off to a strong start this year as students moved in for the semester. EcoReps broke down cardboard boxes and collected Styrofoam packing materials from their hall-mates for recycling. Nearly 3.2 tons of cardboard were collected for recycling in one week. Read about and discuss the University’s sustainability efforts on The Green Dandelion blog or UR Sustainable (Facebook).
Group Celebrates 15 Years of Building Homes
Throughout its 15-year history, the University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity has volunteered on Flower City Habitat sites, building homes in Rochester’s inner city. In 2009, the group was able to partially sponsor a house after raising $10,000 in funds for the construction of the house. In recognition of the chapter’s 15-year anniversary this year, undergraduates are working with alumni to organize nationwide builds. Photos will be taken of each build to create a slideshow that will be featured during Meliora Weekend, on Friday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ruth Merrill Center in Wilson Commons.
Leadership Luncheon Series Begins This Month
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is starting a luncheon series that give students an opportunity to improve their leadership skills and awareness through casual discussion with the guidance of a knowledgeable facilitator. The first leadership luncheon will be held Sept. 22, and space is limited to 25 participants. Students should RSVP to Katie Smith at
Become a Fan of the Bookstore on Facebook
Become a fan of the University bookstore and Eastman School bookstore on Facebook to get updates on bookstore promotions and events.

'Academic Advising Can Have a Powerful Impact on Student Success'
“Parents can play a key role in helping their students understand the value of advising and guide their students in developing skills and strategies that will help build a strong relationship with an advisor,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support. She shares some tips and strategies to help nurture an advising relationship. Read more ...

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Health Insurance Deadline is Sept. 30
Each year, all full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process to let the University know if they have their own insurance or if they will be enrolling in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health Plan. It is especially important for students who have their own insurance (or their parents’) to complete the process by Sept. 30, the final deadline to waive coverage. Read more about University-sponsored health insurance.
Info Sessions on Student Health Plan Scheduled
The University Health Service will be offering information sessions for students to learn more about the Aetna Student Health Plan. Sessions will be offered at the Eastman School of Music on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and on the River Campus on Oct. 5 at 11:15 a.m. Announcements with room locations will be shared with students.
It's Not Too Late to Enroll in Student Dental Plan
Students who would like dental coverage can enroll in the Student Dental Plan offered by Eastman Dental and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Enrollment ends Oct. 31 for coverage from Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011. The plan brochure and enrollment form are on the University Health Service Web site. For questions about the application process or coverage, call (800) 724-1675 or TTY (585) 454-2845.

The Start of the School Pictures
University photographers were on hand to capture a few of the notable events as the new school year began. In addition to a video from Freshman Move-In Day, you can watch photo slideshows from:
Eastman Freshman Move-In Day
College Freshman Move-In Day
College Convocation

Students Encouraged to Share Feedback
Now that students have had some time to sample many different dining options on campus, they can share their feedback with Dining Services through Dining Committee meetings, e-mail (, phone (585-275-6265), comment cards, Facebook, or in person.
Catering Services Available
Is your son's or daughter’s birthday coming up? Order a cake for any occasion through Dining Services' Catering Department. Dining Services can also assist you with your catering needs during Meliora Weekend. Call (585) 275-7687 for more information or to place an order.

'Video Mayhem Enlivens Decision Making'
U.S. News & World Report (Sept. 14)
Playing action-packed video games strengthens a person’s ability to translate sensory information quickly into accurate decisions. This effect applies to both sexes, say Daphne Bavelier, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and her colleagues.
'Research Funds Soar for University of Rochester'
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Sept. 10)
Showing more than a $100 million increase over last year, the University of Rochester received a record $458 million in research funds for the fiscal year that ended in June.

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wilson day
Mary Marchetti ’14 of Pittsburgh, Pa., washes windows at Writers & Books during Wilson Day on Aug. 30. Wilson Day—in its 22nd year—and the newly inaugurated George Eastman Day, held Aug. 27, create opportunities for new students to bond with each other and connect with their new home through community-service activities in Rochester.
See photos from both events.
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
New York City: Happy Hour at the Central Bar, Sept. 23; “Corporate Financial Conservatism,” presented by Toni Whited, Sept. 30.

On Campus
Neilly Lecture Series: Jeffrey Jackson, Sept. 23.
Speaker: Brett Ratner, Hollywood director, producer, and filmmaker, Sept. 24.

Eastman-Ranlet Series: Ying Quartet, Oct. 17, Kilbourn Hall, Eastman Theatre.
World Music Series: The Singing Slide with Chitravina N Ravikiran, Oct. 13, Kilbourn Hall, Eastman Theatre.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.

Yellowjackets at Home
Cross Country: Oct. 16, 11 a.m., UR Yellowjacket Invitational.
Field Hockey: Oct. 5, 4 p.m., SUNY Cortland; Oct. 8, 4 p.m., St. Lawrence; Oct. 9, 2 p.m., Hamilton; Oct. 13, 4 p.m., Ithaca; Oct. 17, 5 p.m., College of Wooster.
Football: Oct. 2, noon, Renssalaer; Oct. 16, 1 p.m., U.S. Merchant Marine.
Men's Soccer: Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Brandeis; Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Chicago.
Women's Soccer: Sept. 23, 7 p.m., RIT; Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m., William Smith; Oct. 9, 5 p.m., Brandeis; Oct. 15, 5 p.m., Chicago; Oct. 17, 11 a.m., Washington University.
Women's Tennis: Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Nazareth; Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Brockport.
Women's Volleyball: Sept. 21, 7 p.m., RIT; Sept. 28, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher; Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Fredonia.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 25, 11 a.m., Harry Anderson Invitational; Oct. 1, 12:15 p.m., Paul Short Invitational (Lehigh); Oct. 2, 11 a.m., Geneseo Invitational.
Field Hockey: Sept. 24, 4 p.m., Union; Sept. 25, 2 p.m., Skidmore; Sept. 29, 7 p.m., William Smith.
Football: Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Union College.
Golf: Sept 25-26, Liberty League Championship, Victor, N.Y.; Oct. 2-3, ECAC Championships, Penfield, N.Y.; Oct. 17-18, Nazareth Invitational, Pittsford, N.Y.
Men's Soccer: Sept. 25, noon, Lycoming College; Sept. 28, 4 p.m., RIT; Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m., NYU.
Women's Soccer: Oct. 2, 11 a.m., NYU; Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Nazareth.
Swimming: Oct. 9, 1 p.m., SUNY Buffalo.
Men's Tennis: Oct. 2-4, ITA Regional Championship; Oct. 8, 4 p.m., St. John Fisher.
Women's Tennis: Sept. 24-26, ITAs, William Smith; Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Geneseo; Oct. 15-17, New York State Championship, Cornell.
Women's Volleyball: Oct. 2-3, UAA Round Robin No. 1 in Atlanta, Ga.; Oct. 9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Buffalo State; Oct. 16-17, UAA Round Robin No. 2 in Waltham, Mass.

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