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October 2012
Residential Life Plan Includes Investment in Fraternity Quad
As part of Residential Life’s plan to upgrade and enhance undergraduate living, six Fraternity Quad houses dating back to the 1930s will receive a multimillion dollar investment by the University to improve and preserve them for current and future students. The investment in the Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Psi Upsilon, Alpha Delta Phi, and Theta Chi houses will remedy deferred maintenance and also provide for the ongoing management of the historic properties. Read more ...
AlertUR Test Set for Oct. 18
The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it’s working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students are reminded to go to prior to the test to review their contact information.
Eastman Students Admitted to Arts Leadership Program
Twenty Eastman students were recently admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program. The program includes courses, internships, and special grants that, in addition to the students’ artistry, help equip music students with the skills and experience necessary to transition into the world of professional music. Read more ...
Denise Yarbrough Named Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
The University has appointed Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough, a scholar, educator, and leader in the Episcopal Church and greater Rochester religious community, as the new director of religious and spiritual life. Yarbrough will support the University’s many faith communities housed at the Interfaith Chapel and will create programming that addresses the spiritual and religious needs of students, faculty, and staff. She assumed the position in August. Read more...
From Undergrad to Korean Reality TV Star
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This fall, Brian Shin ’15 will compete on KPop Star, an American Idol–style reality television competition. Chosen from a pool of nearly 400 people during auditions in New York City, Shin charmed producers with acoustic guitar renditions of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” Read more...
Bus Transportation during University Breaks
My Bus Home will arrange one-way and round-trip transportation for the 2012–13 academic breaks. Private, fully insured motor coaches with restrooms, DVD, and wi-fi will pick up students on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. Buses go to and from central locations in Easton, Pa.; Bridgewater, N.J.; New York City (Penn Station); and Ludlow and Newton, Mass. Read more ...
Financial Aid Application Update
During the past several weeks, the Financial Aid Office has sent weekly emails to students with incomplete financial aid applications for this academic year. Students were given a deadline of Oct. 5 to complete their applications. Financial aid for students with an incomplete application will no longer appear as a credit towards their charges on their student account, starting with the October billing statement. Students who were unable to complete their application by the deadline received a follow-up email on Oct. 16 to confirm that their financial aid will not be applied to their student billing account. Contact your student’s financial aid counselor if you have any questions.
Go Green: O’Brien Hall’s Environmental Design
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O’Brien Hall, the first residence hall built on the River Campus since 1968, is the latest project to join the University’s collection of LEED buildings—those that are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
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Is Your Son or Daughter Studying Abroad this Spring?
The Center for Study Abroad reminds you of the mandatory steps your son or daughter needs to take:
• If your student did not attend the Sept. 27 predeparture meeting, he or she must attend one of the two remaining ones on Oct. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m., or on Nov. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. Register at
• Students must complete the noncredit study abroad Blackboard course by Dec. 12.
• If the study abroad program provider offers scholarships, students are expected to apply for any for which they are eligible. Deadlines are quickly approaching.
• Students are expected to meet with their financial aid advisors so that they fully understand how study abroad will affect their financial aid.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dining Services
At this point, you’ve likely seen brochures and contracts, attended expos, listened to speakers, and heard from your son or daughter about Dining Services at the University. Dining Services provides a recap on some of the most-discussed topics here.
Rochester Named Vegan-Friendly College
For the second year in a row, the University has been chosen as one of the Most Vegan-Friendly Colleges in the United States by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cast your vote and help the University land the top spot.
Send Your Student a Birthday Cake
Sigma Delta Tau will deliver a Wegmans birthday cake on campus to your son or daughter on their birthday. Email Hannah Rejali at for an order form.
Key Study Strategies During Midterm Time
It’s midterm time at the University, and, for many students, it’s also a time of increased anxiety, decreased sleep, and potentially disappointing news. Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Advising Services and dean of freshmen, suggests some strategies to help students through midterms. Read more ...

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Goergen Award Recipients Exhibit Passion for Learning
Chosen for their passion for learning and their ability to inspire the same enthusiasm in students, Mark Bocko, Alison Frontier, and Richard Kaeuper are this year’s recipients of the Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Read more ...
Help Your Student Stay Healthy
The cold season is already here, and the flu season will be here before we know it. You can help your student be prepared for this year’s cold and flu season by suggesting or providing him or her with some self-care basics, according to staff at University Health Service. At the top of the list is a thermometer, if your student does not already have one. Other supplies to include in a self-care kit are tissues, over-the-counter medications to treat cold and flu symptoms, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can also encourage your student to have a personal supply of water, juice, and other fluids in his or her room. UHS also recommend a flu shot for all students. 
Flu Vaccine Clinics
UHS is holding several flu vaccine clinics for students. All clinics are on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should bring their insurance cards. Upcoming dates include Monday, Oct. 22 (5:30 to 7 p.m., Goergen Athletic Center); Tuesday, Oct. 30 (4 to 6 p.m., UHS Building); and Tuesday, Nov. 6 (4 to 6 p.m., UHS Building). Aetna Student Health insurance covers the cost of a shot. The cost is $20 if not covered by your health insurance. See a list of clinic dates.
Student Dental Plan Open Enrollment
The Eastman Institute for Oral Health, which is located next to the University Medical Center, offers a student dental plan for full-time students. Coverage is from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2013. Students can enroll in the plan during the open enrollment period, which ends on Oct. 31. For information about the plan, including brochure and enrollment form, check the institute’s website.
Events Offer Networking Opportunities
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center hosted its fall Career and Internship Day and Student-Alumni Networking Night earlier this month. See photos on Facebook. Companies are also invited to conduct pre-screened and open interviews or to conduct information sessions. Read more about on-campus recruiting. Next month, read more about off-campus recruiting efforts.
Career Webinar Series Offered
The Office of Alumni Relations is sponsoring a new, free career webinar series including tips and tricks from notable career authors and experts. Register yourself or encourage your student to view one, a few, or all of the nine monthly, hour-long, live webinars. Each presentation will be recorded and available for future viewing. Read more...
Professional or Graduate Degrees in Your Student’s Future?
If there are discussions with your student about the eventuality of grad school or professional school, the Office of Alumni Relations recommends viewing Don Asher’s recorded presentation on “Gaining Admission to Highly Competitive Graduate Programs.”
Life on the Fringe
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The University was among the sponsors of the first-ever First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, supporting more than 30 shows over five days. Rochester faculty, students, and alumni performed at numerous festival events. See photos and watch a video from the festival.

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student teaching father sign language
Amy Eisenstadt ’16 shows her father, Bert, the basics of finger spelling at an American Sign Language open house. The American Sign Language program celebrated its 15th anniversary during Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14. Thousands of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff took part in the celebration, which combines alumni reunion, homecoming, and family weekend.

See photos and a social media archive from Meliora Weekend.
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

In Rochester

“The Prismatic Debussy” festival, throughout October, Eastman School.
Brass Choir Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 27, Strong Auditorium, River Campus.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
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Garnish Scholars Honored
Ten student-athletes received the Lysle “Spike” Garnish Scholar-Athlete awards Saturday. The Garnish Program was created in honor of Lysle “Spike” Garnish, coach and mentor to many Rochester student-athletes from 1930 to 1948. Recipients include Adam Bossert, Claire Crowther, Andres Duany, Beni Fischer, Shelby Hall, Bridget Lang, Jon Menke, Lauren Norton, Jakob Seidlitz, and Jackie Walker.

Yellowjackets at Home
Cross Country: Oct. 27, 11 a.m., UAA Championships; Nov. 10, 11 a.m., NCAA Atlantic Regional.
Field Hockey: Oct. 24, 6 p.m., St. John Fisher College; Oct. 27, 1 p.m., College at Brockport.
Football: Nov. 3, noon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Washington University (St. Louis); Oct. 28, 1 p.m., University of Chicago; Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Case Western Reserve University.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Washington University (St. Louis); Oct. 28, 10 a.m., University of Chicago; Nov. 3, 5 p.m., Case Western Reserve University.
Swimming and Diving: Oct. 26–27, UAA Invitational; Nov. 10, 1 p.m., Union College.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Oct. 20, 11 a.m., NYSCTC Championships, Fairport, N.Y.
Field Hockey: Oct. 19, 4 p.m., Vassar College; Oct. 20, 2 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Football: Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., Union College; Nov. 10, noon, Hobart College.
Rowing: Oct. 27, 8 a.m., Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia, Pa.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Kean University.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 20, noon, Vassar College.
Swimming and Diving: Nov. 11, 1 p.m., Nazareth College.
Volleyball: Oct. 26–27, N.Y. Regional Challenge, New York City; Nov. 2–3, UAA Regional Championships, Atlanta, Ga.

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