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December 2010
Two Students Are Finalists for YouTube Orchestra
Eastman School students Patrick Shelc ’12 (viola) and Jennifer Zhou ’14 (flute) have been chosen as finalists for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra and a chance to play at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Vote online at by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Read more ...
Student Places Third in Major Math Contest
Xiaoqing (Sean) Tang ’12 finished third in the 32nd annual Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest. Two other Rochester students, Christopher Kauffman ’11 and Kevin Lin ’12, placed in the top 3 percent of the field. Read more ...
Eastman School Celebrates Debut of New Wing
The Eastman School celebrated the completion of its new East Wing and the renovation of Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre with a series of concerts, programs, and special events. Read more ...
Quiz Bowl Team Outsmarts the Competition
Rochester undergrads and Thelion Society members Benjamin Seitelman, Matt Aaronson, and Mario Morales recently won first place at the 2010 Trash Everyone Really Prefers Tournament at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The competition was modeled on the popular quiz bowl Testing Recall About Strange Happenings, better known as TRASH, which focuses on pop culture topics like sports, movies, and music. Seitelman took the second place prize for individual players.
2010 Iota Book Award Recipients Honored
The University’s Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, along with deans of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, recognized the 2010 Iota Book Award winners during a formal ceremony on Nov. 30. Seventeen sophomores were recognized for their scholarly achievement, demonstration of humanistic values, and involvement in cocurricular activities during their first year at Rochester. Read more ...
Eastman Quartet, Alumnus Earn Grammy Nominations
The Ying Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School, and Bill Cunliffe ’81E (MM) have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Winners will be announced on Feb. 13, 2011. Read more ...
University, George Eastman House Form Alliance
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The University and George Eastman House have entered into an alliance to further public engagement, research, and education in the arts and sciences, with a focus on the museum’s photography and motion-picture collections. It will be the most extensive museum and university alliance of this type in existence. Read more...

Safety Reminders for Students
University Security Services encourages continued use of good safety practices by everyone in the University community. Here are some safety tips that parents may share with their students and practice themselves.
Commencement 2011
This year’s commencement ceremonies for the College and the Eastman School are planned for Sunday, May 15. Look for updates on the Commencement Web site. A list of area hotels also is available.
Spotlight on Diversity: SimonUnited
This month’s Spotlight on Diversity features SimonUnited, a student-led multicultural organization dedicated to educating students, faculty, and staff about international cultures through events that encourage greater awareness of nationalities, religions, and cultures. Read more ...
Textbook Preorders Available
It’s time to preorder spring textbooks for your son or daughter. Visit to rent or buy (new or used) textbooks or download digital books. Orders will be boxed up and ready for pickup at the bookstore when your son or daughter returns to campus in January. 
2011 Mark Ain Business Model Workshops and Competition
The University community and the general public are invited to a series of three monthly workshops beginning in January. Students at any level of study can submit a written business plan by April 25, 2011, for a chance to win $10,000 in the fifth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. For workshop dates and competition information, download the competitor’s guide or learn more online.
Urban Fellows Program Seeks Applicants
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The Rochester Urban Fellows program is seeking applicants for summer 2011. The program emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and encourages an appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life. During the 10-week program, fellows receive stipends of $2,000 for their work with community-based organizations in Rochester. In addition to their internship, fellows participate in urban issues seminars, community activities, and an end-of-summer symposium. Interested students can contact Patricia Waters in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership for more information.
Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Opportunities Available
The Rochester Youth Year fellowship places recent graduates of Rochester-area colleges in youth-based community organizations for one year in order to create or expand initiatives that address the various challenges facing youth and families in Rochester. Visit the Rochester Youth Year Web site to read more about the program. Contact Kyvaughn Henry for more information on how to apply.
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
The Summer Sessions schedule is now available online. Summer is a great time for students to get ahead, catch up, repeat a course, complete a cluster, or just try something different. New courses, old favorites, campus living, and many activities are just some of the summer highlights. Registration opens April 8. For more information, visit
Study Abroad Guide for Parents
Is your son or daughter studying abroad this spring? If so, you should have been mailed a Parent Guide to Study Abroad several weeks ago. If you did not receive one, it is available, in both English and Spanish, here.
Note that the mailed parent guide includs two forms (the parent/guardian acknowledgement form and the family contact information form) that need to be filled out and returned to the Center for Study Abroad. The forms are also available here. Return address and fax information is printed on the forms.

Winter Break Events
Several off-campus, career-related events occur during winter break. Career and Internship Connections and Student-Alumni Networking Nights, sponsored by the Career Center and the Office of Alumni Relations, are open to all majors and class years. Both can be invaluable for those seeking career focus, contacts, leads, and interviews for internships and their first jobs.  Read more...
Food for Thought
Burt Nadler, director of the College Career Center, offers some tips for students on how to focus on and articulate their post-graduation goals. Read more ...
Your Career Questions, Answered
Can students use the career center for help with graduate school applications? If so what kind of help is offered? Are there tutorials offered over the summer for the GREs? Burt Nadler, director of the College Career Center, answers questions from parents. Do you have your own question? Send it to the Career Center staff, who will respond in future issues of Parents Buzz.

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Woofers 101’
Mechanical Engineering undergrads calculate the optimal characteristics for speakers and build them from scratch.

Welcome, Winter
Check out scenes from the River Campus during the first snowfall of the season this month.
UR Quidditch Team
Do you know the difference between a pitch and a snitch? Learn more about the game of quidditch with the University's quidditch team, the Thestrals, in this video.

See more videos from the University on the Videos at Rochester page.

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Parents Buzz is produced by University Communications, Parent Relations, and the Parents Program. It is e-mailed monthly to parents of undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School of Music. View issues online at Direct feedback and questions to

esther conwell shaking hands with president obama
President Barack Obama congratulates Esther Conwell, a professor of chemistry, after she received a National Medal of Science at the White House in November. Watch a slideshow of other notable moments from the University in 2010.

Also, see the Best of Photo Friday 2010, featuring photos from the University community, and the University's report on the 2009-10 academic year.
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
Boston: Jan. 10, 6–8:30 p.m., Student-Alumni Networking Night.
Los Angeles: Dec. 16, 6–8 p.m., Happy Hour at Copa d’Oro; Dec. 17, 6 p.m., Holiday Organ Spectacular. 
New York City: Jan. 6, 6:30–9 p.m., Student-Alumni Networking Night.
Washington, D.C.: Jan. 5, 6–8:30 p.m., Student-Alumni Networking Night.

Local Events
Great Impressions, Dec. 22–March 21, Memorial Art Gallery.

Keep Up with Rochester Sports This Winter
Tune into WRUR’s online stream, The Sting, for live broadcasts of men’s and women’s basketball games. Student sportscasters Jordan Blades, Brian Sheffler, Cody Monday, and Nate Mulberg will bring you live coverage and commentary from every basketball home game this winter.

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 4, 8 p.m., RIT; Jan. 8, noon, Emory.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 4, 6 p.m., RIT; Jan. 8, 2 p.m., Emory.
Swimming: Jan. 14, 6 p.m., Cortland.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 14, 9 p.m., University of Chicago; Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m., Washington University.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 11, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher; Jan. 14, 7 p.m., University of Chicago; Jan. 16, 2:30 p.m., Washington University.
Swimming: Jan. 5, 6 p.m., Hamilton at the Deerfield Beach (Fla.) Aquatic Center; Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m., Nazareth. 
Track: Jan. 15, 10 a.m., RIT Invitational.

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