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December 2012
Message from President Seligman on Bordeaux Civil Suit
A civil lawsuit has been filed by the family of the late Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., a University junior who in January 2011 was stabbed during a fight on campus and subsequently died from his injuries. Classmate Daren Venable was charged in the stabbing but was found by a judge to be not guilty by reason of self-defense. “This was a terrible and painful tragedy that forever altered the lives of the Bordeaux and Venable families,” says President Joel Seligman. “As a University, we must always keep in our thoughts these two Rochester students while also being mindful of how the University moves forward for the better following an incident such as this.” Read the president’s full message.
Vocal Point Performs at White House
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Eleven members of the a cappella group Vocal Point were invited to perform at the White House Saturday, Dec. 8. They performed a variety of holiday classics, including traditional Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, for guests and visitors taking an annual holiday tour at the White House.
Snapshots of 2012
As the year comes to a close, check out a collection of photographs and news stories from the University in 2012.
Safety Reminders
University Security Services reminds students to be aware of their surroundings and to use caution and common sense while walking, biking, talking on the phone, and texting. Here are some safety tips that parents may share with their students and practice themselves.
Eastman Alumni Earn Grammy Nominations
Eastman School graduate Robert (Bob) Ludwig ’66E, ’01E (MM) received four nominations, and alumni Renee Fleming ’83E (MM), Bill Cunliffe ’81E (MM), and Gene Scheer ’81E (MM), ’82E (MM) also were nominated for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. Read more...
Networking Opportunities during Winter Break
An important part of the job and internship search is networking with alumni, according to the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Along with the Office of Alumni Relations, the center offers students three networking opportunities over winter break. Student-Alumni Networking Nights are planned in New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C., in early January. Read more ...
Rented Textbooks Due Back Dec. 22
Did your son or daughter rent any of their textbooks this semester? If so, the bookstore asks you to remind him or her to bring them back to the bookstore by Dec. 22 to avoid being charged non-return fees. If your student can’t make it to the bookstore before returning home, a UPS shipping label can be printed here.
Class of 2013 Senior Portraits
Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch will be on campus Jan. 16, 17, and 18 to take free portraits of College seniors for the 2013 yearbook. Visit and enter school code 8514 to make an appointment.
Programs Offer Chance to Study in China
Two opportunities for students to study and work in China reflect the University’s growing connections in Asia. The University has signed an agreement with the Chinese consulate in New York City that will provide a scholarship exclusive to a Rochester student to study in China for a semester or year. In addition, the South China Internship program offers 20 American undergraduates a chance to participate in a “tandem internship” in which they will team up with 20 Chinese students to spend eight weeks together in summer 2013 as interns in companies and NGOs in the Pearl River Delta of south China. The teams will work together on joint projects for their cultural hosts. The program is run by the non-profit Hong Kong America Center, based at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a University of Rochester partner university. Both programs have application deadlines in January and February. See for more information.

Spotlight on Diversity: Rochester Urban Fellows
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The Rochester Urban Fellows program engages students in the civic life of Rochester, promotes learning about cross-cultural issues, and fosters an appreciation for urban life. Students intern four days per week at community-based organizations in the city and attend weekly seminars about the history, politics, demographics, and sociology of the urban neighborhoods in Rochester. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Summer Is on Its Way
Did you know the College’s Summer Sessions schedule is 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 a variety of activities are just some of the summer highlights. Registration opens April 8. For more information, visit
The Rochester Forum in Sarasota
Join University alumni, parents, and friends at the Rochester Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla. Whether you live in Florida year-round, seasonally, or are planning a visit, the Office of Alumni Relations invites you to join them for a day of intellectual enrichment. Read more...
Job and Internship Searching over Winter Break
Recent graduates cite undergraduate internships as the key to finding their first full-time job. Laura Godwin, associate director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, offers advice for getting started on the internship or job search over winter break.
Those Inevitable Academic Detours
“Keeping in mind that Rochester’s flexible curriculum offers students unusual opportunities to explore a diverse range of academic offerings, students newly uncertain of their academic plans should not be discouraged from venturing off on an academic detour,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more ...

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Boar’s Head Tradition Continues
Students and staff transformed Douglass Dining Center into a medieval banquet hall for the 78th annual Boar’s Head Dinner. Modeled on English court dinners of the 16th and 17th centuries, the feast begins with a trumpet call and procession of students, faculty, and administrators wearing period costumes. Watch the video.
Tunes in the Tunnels
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Music in the Tunnels, sponsored by WRUR, livens up the University’s underground passageways with fiddlers, singers, guitarists, and more. Watch a video from the first party.

Rochester Youth Year

Rochester Youth Year participants talk about their experiences in the postgraduate fellowship program, which aims to alleviate poverty by helping individuals and low-income neighborhoods in Rochester. Watch the video

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Melissa Harris-Perry, noted scholar and host of her own MSNBC current affairs program, will deliver the University’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Thursday, Jan. 17. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. Harris-Perry’s talk will focus on racial issues, religious questions, and gender concerns related to American politics. 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.

In Rochester
Kwanzaa Celebration, Dec. 28.
34th Annual Economic Seminar featuring Charles Plosser and James Glassman, Jan. 15. 

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 5, noon, Emory University; Jan. 11, 8 p.m., University of Chicago; Jan. 13, noon, Washington University in St. Louis.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 2, 6 p.m., Ithaca College; Jan 5, 2 p.m., Emory University; Jan. 11, 6 p.m., University of Chicago; Jan. 13, 2 p.m., Washington University in St. Louis.

Yellowjackets Away
Women’s Basketball: Dec. 30, 3 p.m., Buffalo State.
Squash: Jan. 12, 2 p.m., University of Toronto.

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