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January 2011
Alumna Renee Fleming Returns for Benefit Concert
Celebrated soprano Renee Fleming ’83E (MM) will return to her hometown and alma mater to perform with the Eastman Philharmonia under the direction of Eastman professor Neil Varon in a benefit concert for the Renee Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Eastman School. The concert will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Read more...
Eastman Student Named to YouTube Symphony
Eastman School freshman Jennifer Zhou has been chosen as one of only three flutists in the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra and will be performing under renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas at the Sydney Opera House. Read more ...
Record Number of Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships
A record number of Rochester students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for spring 2011. The recipients are Grace Cannon ’13, Rabat, Morocco; Samantha Echaves ’13, Madrid, Spain; Elaine Hernandez ’12, London, England; Andrea Morrell ’12, Madrid, Spain; Oladoyin Oladeru ’13, Cape Town, South Africa; William Pellett ’12, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Natalie Peterman ’12, Beijing, China; Cecelia Scribner ’12, Cairo, Egypt; Kenisha Smith ’12, Barcelona, Spain; Emilia Sola Gracia ’12, Melbourne, Australia; and Kelly Walsh ’12, London, England. Also awarded the scholarship was Jeffrey Bordeaux ’12, who died Jan. 15. Read more...
Students Host Fundraisers to Remember Slain Student
Rochester students have planned several fundraisers and events to recognize the life of Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., a junior who died Jan. 15 during a party at a fraternity house. Read more ...
New York String Orchestra Taps Eastman Musicians
Three Eastman School students were selected for a prestigious program that counts renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma among its alumni. Read more ...
University Recognized for Scientific Excellence
A recent report by Thomson Reuters places Rochester on a short list of influential U.S. research institutions whose scholarly publications were referred to most frequently by colleagues. Read more...
Need a Ride for Spring Break?
My Bus Home will be arranging roundtrip or one-way transportation from campus to Ludlow, Mass., and Newton, Mass., as well as Easton, Pa., and New York City via motor coach for spring break. To sign up for the service or for more information, e-mail Betsy Kirschbaum at My Bus Home also is gauging interest in adding service to the New Jersey area. If you’re interested, e-mail with contact information and hometown.
Eastman School to Mark ‘Day of Collaborative Music’
A series of concerts at the Eastman School on Saturday, Jan. 22, will mark the International Day of Collaborative Music, part of a yearlong project by the Music Teachers National Association to promote collaborative music making around the world. Read more...
Acclaimed Psychiatrist, Author to Give MLK Address
poussaintHarvard University psychiatrist and noted author Alvin Poussaint will deliver the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 21. Poussaint is perhaps best known for his decades-long collaborations with actor and comedian Bill Cosby. He served as a script consultant to both The Cosby Show and A Different World, ensuring that  the script portrayed a positive image of African Americans and avoided stereotypes. Read more ...
Financial Aid Instructions Will Be Sent to Students
Instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2011–12 academic year will be e-mailed to students’ University e-mail addresses by the end of January. The application deadline is April 15. Returning students who submit a complete financial aid application by the deadline should expect to see an e-mail about their aid for next year in early June. Questions about the application process should be directed to your student’s financial aid counselor.
Study Abroad Expo
It’s not too early for students to start planning for study abroad. Students can get started in the process by attending a general interest meeting and setting up a meeting with an advisor in the Center for Study Abroad. In addition, students will have a chance to learn about study abroad options at the annual Study Abroad Expo on Jan. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Wilson Commons. Students can also get a passport photo taken and have a passport application processed. For more information on study abroad, call (585) 275-7532 or visit the Center for Study Abroad Web site.
Study Abroad Deadlines Approaching
Is your son or daughter thinking about studying abroad this fall or later? Here are some upcoming deadlines: Feb. 15 is the deadline to submit a study abroad proposal. Completing a proposal does not commit a student to study abroad, but it must be done to allow the option of doing so. March 1 is the deadline to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Pell Grant recipients who are U.S. citizens are eligible. April 1 is the deadline to apply for the Freeman Asia Scholarship. U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in studying in east or southeast Asia are eligible. For more information, contact the Center for Study Abroad at (585) 275-7532 or
Winterfest Weekend 2011
The River Campus will be celebrating Winterfest Weekend Jan. 28 to 30. Students can cast their vote for their favorite dish at the Chef’s Challenge in Danforth Dining Hall, showcase their talents at UR Idol, take pictures with a team of huskies, and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride by the Genesee River. Comedian Howie Mandel will give a performance on Jan. 29. See the full events listing.
Habitat for Humanity Awarded State Farm Grant
The University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant from State Farm to continue its efforts to build safe, affordable homes for residents in Rochester. Read more ...
Updated University Mobile App Now Available
ur mobile app on iphoneA new version of UR Mobile, an application that provides access to University information on mobile devices, is available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The new version introduces the ability to search the faculty and staff directory and provides emergency contact numbers. The enhanced capabilities are added to the previous version’s access to campus maps; library information; athletics news, scores and schedules; course descriptions and schedules; and student directory search, along with news and events from around the University. Click here to learn how to download the app to your device.
Spotlight on Diversity: Rochester Center for Community Leadership
This month’s Spotlight on Diversity features the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, which aims to educate students to become engaged citizens and leaders capable of effecting positive social change in their communities.
Alternative Spring Break Options Offered
Each year, more than 100 undergraduates spend spring break learning about important issues and bringing positive change to communities across the country. This March, seven different alternative spring break trips are being planned by students, with guidance from the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Students can attend an interest meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, in Wilson Commons 121 to learn more. Read more...
Ice Skating Event Brings Students, Community Together
The Brooks Landing Family/Student Skate Event is planned for Sunday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Genesee Valley Park Ice Rink. Sponsors include NeighborWorks Rochester, the 19th Ward Community Association, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Sigma Beta Rho fraternity, and the University’s Community Learning Center. Admission is free, and skate rental is $2.75.
‘Once Upon a Time Your Professor Was a Freshman’
Many students report that fear or shyness prevent them from approaching professors. Others think their professors are too busy or not interested in getting to know them. Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers some tips on the “art of getting to know your professors.”  Read more ...
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Programs Groom Future Researchers, Scientists
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Launched in 2008, the Portable Research Grant program is a partnership between the Admissions Office and the Office of Undergraduate Research, providing $3,000 in funding for students to conduct original research projects. The program is just one of many initiatives aimed at encouraging undergraduate students to get involved in research endeavors. Read more ...

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Student Spirit
Daniel Bonga and other freshmen from Africa are helping to bring a global perspective to the College.
Bonga intends to study electrical and computer engineering and return to Sierra Leone to help rebuild infrastructure decimated during his country's civil war. Read more...

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. 30, noon–3 p.m., Rochester vs. Brandeis basketball games.
New York City: Jan. 20, 6:30–9 p.m., An Evening with Andrew Ross Sorkin; Jan. 28, 6–9 p.m., Rochester vs. NYU basketball games.

Opera: Orfeo ed Euridice, Jan. 27–30.
Eternal Tango, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.

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


Yellowjackets at Home
Men's Basketball: Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Carnegie-Mellon; Jan. 23, noon, Case Western Reserve; Feb. 4, 8 p.m., NYU; Feb. 6, noon, Brandeis; Feb. 11, 8 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m., Washington University.
Women's Basketball: Jan. 21, 6 p.m., Carnegie-Mellon; Jan. 23, 2 p.m., Case Western Reserve; Feb. 4, 6 p.m., NYU; Feb. 4, 2 p.m., Brandeis; Feb. 11, 6 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m., Washington University.
Squash: Jan. 29, 1 p.m., Trinity; Jan. 30, noon, Dartmouth.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 29, 1 p.m., RIT.
Men's Tennis: Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Colgate.
Women's Tennis: Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Colgate.

Yellowjackets Away
Men's Basketball: Jan. 28, 8 p.m., NYU; Jan. 30, noon, Brandeis.
Women's Basketball: Jan. 28, 6 p.m., NYU; Jan. 30, 2 p.m., Brandeis.
Squash: Jan. 22, noon, Yale; Jan. 23, 11 a.m., Middlebury at Yale; Feb. 2, 6 p.m., Hobart; Feb. 9, 6 p.m., Cornell; Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Franklin & Marshall; Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Princeton; Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Penn.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 22, 1 p.m., Ithaca; Feb. 16–19, UAA Championships, Webster Aquatic Center.
Track: Jan. 22, 10 a.m., St. Lawrence Invitational; Jan. 28–29, Terrier Invitational (at Boston University); Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Hamilton College Invitational; Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Kane Invitational at Cornell.

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