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May 2012
Class of 2012 Celebrates Commencement
Commencement 2012
Shufan Sun, a microbiology major from Suffern, N.Y., shows her class spirit with her father, Chaode; mother, Liz; and brother, Robert.
“Your education benefits society only if you are a drum major for human dignity,” Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, told members of the College Class of 2012. At the Eastman School, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer George Walker ’56E (DMA) urged students to focus on their goals: “Go forth and extend the legacy you have inherited.” Simmons and Walker were among several honorees and guests who joined Rochester graduates in celebrating Rochester’s 162nd commencement. Congratulations to parents and families of 2012 graduates!
ONLINE: Photos, video, and audio from Commencement 2012; “Dear Mom and Dad” letters from this year’s graduates.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Professional photographs of the 2012 commencement ceremonies are available to view, download, or purchase here. Download instructions are available here.

New Digital Media Studies Major Announced
The University will offer a new major in digital media studies in fall 2012 that will focus on the analysis and production of digital media, or new media, from two perspectives simultaneously—science and technology; and art and humanities. Read more ...
Site Showcases International Activities
A new website provides a hub for information about the University’s international activities. Visit UR Global for news, international research projects, travel information, and more. 
Meliora Weekend Keynote Will Be Determined by Lottery
After several years of increasing demand for tickets, the University will introduce a lottery system for the keynote address at Meliora Weekend this Oct. 11-14. The new system aims to provide better customer service during the live registration period. The lottery will take place in July and is open to the University community. Watch your mailboxes this June for additional details on the lottery. For information on Meliora Weekend, visit
Improvements to Athletic Fields Begin this Summer
Renovations to the University’s baseball field, replacement of Fauver Stadium lighting, and the enhancement of playing areas near Hill Court will be completed for River Campus students this fall. The University Board of Trustees has approved $4.1 million for the design and construction of the projects. Read more ...
Parents Buzz Takes a Break
This is the last issue of Parents Buzz for the academic year. The newsletter will return to your inbox in August.
Financial Aid Reminders
Returning students who applied by the May 1 deadline for 2012–13 financial aid can expect to receive an email notification regarding next academic year’s financial aid by the middle of June. Students with outstanding application materials are sent email reminders on a monthly basis starting in May. Contact your student’s counselor with questions regarding next year’s financial aid.
Senior Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Nepal
Sorcha Dundas ’12 has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholarship to Nepal, where she will serve as an English teaching assistant. Dundas, a native of Rutland, Vt., is the first Rochester student to be accepted into the Nepal program. In the past five years, 35 Rochester students and alumni have received a Fulbright Scholarship. Read more ...
Eastman Students Win DownBeat Awards
Two Eastman School students, Levi Saelua ’12 and graduate student Karl Stabnau, have received DownBeat honors in the magazine’s 35th annual student music awards. Read more ...
Senior Named Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
Maya Dukmasova ’12 was selected as a 2012-13 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Dukmasova, who is a resident of Liverpool, N.Y., will use the $25,000 scholarship toward graduate work at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Read more ...

Shianne Chatarjee Named Student Employee of the Year
shianne chatarjee and president seligman
Shianne Chatarjee ’12 has been named the 2011–12 University Student Employee of the Year. Chatarjee, who works for the Office of Alumni Relations as the Meliora Weekend student program assistant, was recognized for the contributions she has made to Alumni Relations. Read more ...

Eastman Arts Leadership Program Awards for 2012–13
Funding was recently awarded to Arts Leadership Program certificate students at the Eastman School for paid internships and special opportunities. The awards provide monetary support to further explore professional areas of interest that expose students to experiences that can only be learned in practical, “real world” settings. Read more ...
Student Team Finishes Strong in Two Competitions
Biomedical engineering students Travis Block ’12, Sara Hutchinson ’12, Dominic Marino ’12, David Narrow ’12, and Martin Szeto ’12 tied for first place in this year’s Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition and came in second place in the Mark Ain Business Model Competition for their business, Mono-Mano, a recumbent cycling control system for users with unilateral upper body deficiency (e.g. amputation or stroke).
Campus Leaders Recognized
Nineteen students and four student organizations were recognized for the significant contributions they have made to campus life during the Student Life Awards ceremony this spring. Read more ...
Preorder Textbooks this Summer
Did you know that students can preorder their textbooks over the summer? The bookstore will have them boxed up and ready when students return to campus in the fall. Students may place their orders here.
This Summer, High School Students Sample College Life
At Rochester, students design their own educational plans, studying only what they want to study. Pre-college programs make it possible for high school students to explore the University and its resources through both credit and noncredit courses. Options available include taking a one-, two-, or three-week course or completing a college class for credit. Discounts apply for children and grandchildren of University employees and alumni, siblings of current students, and families with more than one child attending. View the 2012 summer offerings, call (888) 822-2256, or email for further information.
Travel & Learn: The Yangtze River China
Join the Office of Alumni Relations for their upcoming trip to China, Oct. 8-21. For details on this and other 2012 trips, read more ...

Online Health Insurance Enrollment—Site is Now Open
Every year all full-time students must complete the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process. Completing the online process by June 30 will ensure accurate billing on the July billing statement. The link is in the pink Quick Links box on the UHS website. Changes in the health insurance requirements for full-time students for 2012-13 were announced earlier this year. All requests for waivers will be audited to assure compliance with University criteria, which are stricter for 2012-13 to ensure students have adequate coverage. Completing the online insurance process is especially important for students who want to waive the insurance. All requests to waive the insurance will be audited. Students with international-based plans who want to waive the University-sponsored insurance must submit a written appeal for a waiver. Their plan must meet all University criteria. The appeal form must be received by UHS by Aug. 15. Read more ...
Health Insurance for Graduating Students
Graduating students are encouraged to check their health insurance status to ensure continuing coverage and access to health care following graduation. Students enrolled in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance are covered through Aug. 31. If your student is on your insurance plan, UHS recommends checking with your insurance company to determine if their coverage ends at graduation or if they can continue on the plan. Many young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until their 26th birthday if the policy covers dependent children. Read more ...
‘Teachable Moments’
The concept of “advising as teaching” has had a significant impact on the academic advising profession in the last several decades,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support. Good advising engages students in their educational choices, just as good teaching engages students in their learning activities.” Read more ...

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Communal Principles Project Promotes Respect
students performing
The Communal Principles Project is an initiative at the College designed to promote the principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. This year, students were encouraged to apply for grant funding to develop a program or activity that promotes the principle of respect. One project that received funding was a campus production of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Watch the video...
Dandelion Day
Dandelion Day, one of the longest running traditions in University history, included carnival rides, food, music, and more. Watch the video...
Major Declaration Day 2012
Sophomores (and others) who declared a major by April 6 were treated to music, munchies, and merriment as they celebrated a “major” milestone in their academic careers. Watch the video...
Messages for Mom
Rochester students sent special messages to mom on the University homepage for Mother’s Day. Watch the video and view the photos...

About Parents Buzz

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

study abroad photo contest
Students share their photos from around the world—including for the first time, photos from the United States—in
Rochester Review’s fourth annual Study Abroad Photo Contest. The grand prize–winning photo above, Morning Ritual on the Ganges River, was taken by Scott Strenger ’12, an entrepreneurship major from Plainview, N.Y. See the collection of winning photos...

Where are students studying abroad?
Although interest in particular countries varies by semester, listed below in order of popularity are the top destinations for students intending to study abroad in fall 2012, according to the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs.

1. United Kingdom
2. Italy
3. Spain
4. China
5. France
6. Denmark and Japan (tie)
7. Australia
8. Netherlands
9. Scotland and South Africa (tie)

Numerous University-sponsored programs are offered in these countries and many others. For students interested in studying abroad, encourage them to contact the Center for Study Abroad in Lattimore 206, (585) 275-7532, with any questions or to pick up materials about University-sponsored study abroad programs. The office is open all summer.
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: June 14, 6:30 p.m., “Medicine, Technology, and Innovation” featuring deans Robert Clark and Mark Taubman.
Cleveland: June 14, 7 p.m., “Michael Jackson and the Reinvention of Popular Music” featuring doctoral student Joseph Vogel.

Rochester Events

Eastman Summer Sing: July 3, 10, 17, and 24.
Hopeman Memorial Carillon Recital Series, July 9, 16, 23, 30.

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

Yellowjackets Away
Track and Field: May 26–28, NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, Claremont, Calif.

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Campaign News

Read the latest issue of Fast Forward, a newsletter about the University's campaign, and learn more about the following stories: Discover Ball Honors Inspiration, Perpetuates Hope; Diversity Initiative Supports the Meliora Challenge; and Simon Addresses Economic Risk at 2012 New York City Conference.

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