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March 2013
University Sets Tuition Rates for 2013–14
Tuition for undergraduates in the College and the Eastman School will increase at its lowest rate in more than a decade—3.9 percent, from $42,890 to $44,580 for the 2013-14 academic year. Read more...
Steven Chu to Address Commencement
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Steven Chu ’70, a Nobel laureate in physics and U.S. secretary of energy from 2008 to 2013, will deliver the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement address on Sunday, May 19. More than 3,000 individuals will have their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees conferred in May and June.
Check the commencement website for  information and updates on this year’s ceremonies.
Meal Plan Changes for 2013–14
At the request of students, Dining Services is making changes to meal plans for next year that will provide greater flexibility. Dining Services worked with the Students’ Association when updating the plans. The new plans and changes in housing groups will:
• Split the current Group 1 housing group into two new groups—one for freshmen housing and another for upperclass housing
• Give all upperclassmen, regardless of housing group, an option for an all-declining plan
• Give freshmen the option of a block plan with more declining than the Unlimited Plan
• Lower the commuter student buy-in requirement
Read more about the plans and housing groups. The Students’ Association website also includes additional information. “While change is often confusing, we believe that these changes will better meet the needs of our students,” says Cam Schauf, director of campus dining services and auxiliary operations. 
Rob Clark to Lead Hajim School, Research Efforts
Robert Clark has been named senior vice president for research and has been appointed to a second term as dean of the Hajim School. Both five-year appointments have been approved by the Board of Trustees and are effective April 1. Read more...
Reminder: Student Account Balances
Student account balances must be paid in full to participate in the housing lottery and fall 2013 registration. Registration begins April 8 and housing contracts are due April 10. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office: (585) 275-3931 or
Greek Leadership Association Honors Rochester Students
Three undergraduates and one fraternity were honored with four awards at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association conference last month. Kyle Coapman ’13 of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Harini Morisetty ’13 (T5) of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, and Kelly Scull ’14 of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, were recipients of the Greek Leaders of Distinction Award. Sigma Phi Epsilon was recognized with the Amy Vojta Impact Award for Philanthropy and Service for their work organizing the 19th Ward Spelling Bee. Read more...
Student Health—The Parent Perspective
The UHS Health Promotion Office provides students with an online subscription to Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness magazine especially for Rochester students. UHS recommends The Parent Perspective to help parents stay in tune with student health and wellness needs.
Summer Course Registration Opens April 8
Registration for summer courses at the College opens April 8. Courses are guaranteed to run as long as students register by the first day of class. Simplified scheduling aims to make it easier for students to take multiple courses. Registration opportunities for internships are available. Students may live in Gilbert Hall on the River Campus; housing contracts will soon be available. Festival outings and other activities will provide plenty to do when studying is over. Questions? Visit the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies website, email, or call (585) 275-2345.
Financial Aid Help Available
Contact your student’s counselor with questions regarding financial aid for this academic year or with questions regarding what application materials are needed by May 1 for the 2013–14 academic year. Visit the Financial Aid Office’s website for contact information.
Diversity Conference Highlights ‘Our Differences, Our Strength’
On Friday, April 12, representatives from across the University will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2013 Diversity Conference: “Our Differences, Our Strength. This year’s theme will explore how diversity can be a source of strength in the academic community. Lani Guinier, civil rights attorney and the first tenured African-American woman professor at Harvard University, will give the keynote address to open the conference. Read more...
Conference: ‘Survivor to Thriver’
The University is hosting a one-day conference, “Survivor to Thriver: Confronting Sexual Assault on Campus,” on April 3. The conference will focus on the impact of gender violence on individuals and campus communities. The conference is free and is open to everyone interested in the issues being discussed. Read more...
Concerned about the Cost of Study Abroad?
Students who study abroad as part of a University-sponsored program during the fall, spring, or full academic year will be charged for standard University tuition and housing, and any financial aid they receive will also transfer to the study abroad program. In addition, they will receive a $2,000 grant for taking part in a University-sponsored exchange program. The University sponsors exchange programs in Australia, China, Israel, Japan, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. For more information about these programs, and other study abroad options, students may contact the Center for Study Abroad at (585) 275-7532 or stop by Dewey 2-147.
Spotlight on Diversity: Douglass Leadership House
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Read more about the Douglass Leadership House, a new academic living center on the River Campus Fraternity Quad. Douglass Leadership House helps members learn or improve leadership skills through the examination of leadership models from the black experience. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
2013 Interpres Yearbooks on Sale
Visit and enter order number 13777 to order a copy of the 2013 College yearbook, Interpres. A majority of the
undergraduate student body is represented in the hardcover, full-color book. April 6 is the last day to order online.
Career and Job Search Speaker Series for Students (and Parents)
The Internet and social media have changed the processes of career exploration and job hunting. Students and parents are invited to join an ongoing alumni relations webinar series and watch recordings of previous topics. Register at to hear experts share their knowledge on resumes, LinkedIn, interviewing, personal branding, and more. 
Finger Lakes Region Business Plan Contest Set for April 3
The University community and the general public are invited to attend the inaugural Finger Lakes Region Semifinal Presentation Round of the New York Business Plan Competition at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the Rochester Institute of Technology Student Innovation Hall. Student teams from the University of Rochester, RIT, St. John Fisher College, Hobart and William Smith College, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY Brockport will compete for a chance to advance to the final round at the University at Albany at the end of April, when they will vie for $225,000 in cash and prizes.
Admissions Office Thanks Parent Volunteers for Support
As recruitment of the freshman class of 2017 wraps up, the Office of Admissions thanks the parents who assisted in outreach efforts. The University had a record-breaking year of applications (more than 16,000) from well-qualified, high-achieving high school students from around the world. Parent volunteers play an important role in the office’s mission to promote Rochester by connecting with prospective students and parents one-on-one throughout the admissions process, sharing the perspective of a current Rochester parent, as well as by interacting with families at interviewing and admitted student celebration events. If you are interested in becoming a parent admissions volunteer, contact Beth Luke or visit for more information.

Summer Planning Should Be Well Under Way
While it’s not too late to line up career-related summer experiences, counselors from the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center say students should not wait. Read about opportunities for alumni job shadows and summer internships on the career center’s blog. If you have a graduating senior, the career center has alumni-connected jobs and post-baccalaureate internships in the CareerLink database. Encourage your student to stop by the career center’s resource library for help getting started with writing resumes and cover letters.
Make a Plan, Check It Twice
Spring break “divides the semester into two halves for many students: the challenging but optimistic first half of the semester and the intensely busy, sometimes worrisome, second half of the semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Advising Services and dean of freshmen. “Successful students return from spring break with a plan in mind.” Read more...

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Eastman Wind Ensemble Celebrates 60 Years
The Eastman Wind Ensemble was founded in 1953, and for the ensuing 60 years it has been a pioneering model for other groups. Learn more about the ensemble’s storied history in this video.
Honoring Women in History
MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry speaks on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the role of women in civil rights during her visit to the University earlier this year.

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Five Rochester undergrads studying under Nick Gresens, lecturer in the Department of Religion and Classics, headed to Rome for a week full of visits to the ancient sites of Cicero and Caesar—and unexpectedly had a chance to witness history in the making, as cardinals from around the world gathered in Vatican City to elect the new pope. 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
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More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: April 13, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Skidmore College; April 14, noon and 2:30 p.m.; April 16, 6 p.m., Ithaca College.
Lacrosse: March 29, 4 p.m., Vassar College; March 30, 3 p.m., Bard College; April 10, 4 pm., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Rowing: March 30, 8 a.m., Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Lawrence University, Mercyhurst College.
Softball: April 3, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 6, 1 and 3 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 10, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Cortland; April 17, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Utica College.
Men’s Tennis: April 4, 4 p.m., Hobart College; April 13, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence University.
Track and Field: March 30, 10 a.m., University of Rochester Spring Invitational; April 6, University of Rochester Alumni Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 29, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Vassar College; March 30, noon and 2:30 p.m.; April 2, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 6, 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Union College; April 7, noon and 2:30 p.m., Union College.
Golf: March 30–31, McDaniel College Spring Invitational; April 7–8, The Hershey Cup; April 13–14, NYU/Manhattanville College Invitational.
Lacrosse: April 5, 4 p.m., William Smith College; April 6, 2 p.m., Union College; April 12, 4 p.m., SUNY Geneseo.
Rowing: April 6, 8 a.m., Ithaca College/Rochester Institute of Technology; April 13, 8 a.m., Hamilton College/William Smith College; April 14, 8 a.m., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Trinity, Wellesley, Bates, Holy Cross.
Softball: March 27, 3 and 5 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 9, 3 and 5 p.m., Buffalo State; April 13, 1 and 3 p.m., Skidmore College; April 14, 1 and 3 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 16, 3 and 5 p.m., Nazareth College.
Men’s Tennis: March 28, 4 p.m., Nazareth College; April 6, 11 a.m., New York University; April 7, 10 a.m., College of New Jersey; April 10, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 14, 10 a.m., Hamilton College.
Women’s Tennis: April 6, 11 a.m., New York University; April 7, 11 a.m., Stevens Institute of Technology; April 11, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 14, 2 p.m., Williams College.
Track and Field: March 22–23, Washington and Lee/VMI Carnival; April 13, 10 a.m., Roberts Wesleyan Invitational.

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