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October 2013
Celebrating Meliora Weekend
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Several thousand alumni, parents, students, faculty, and friends celebrated the 2013 edition of Meliora Weekend. Highlights included the dedication of Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, a keynote address by former defense secretary and CIA director Robert Gates, milestone reunion celebrations, and the introduction of MEL Talks—presentations by faculty, students, and alumni on important research and career experiences.

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See more photos and social media coverage from Meliora Weekend.

President Adds $100,000 of Support for the Humanities
President Joel Seligman has announced that he is increasing the University’s commitment to the humanities for the duration of his presidency. Read more...
AlertUR Test Set for Oct. 17
The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it is working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students have been encouraged to go to prior to the test to review their contact information.
Eastman Family Weekend, Oct. 18–20
Eastman Family Weekend—featuring concerts, tours, student recitals, and other programs for families of undergraduates at the Eastman School—starts Friday, Oct. 18.  View a full schedule and register your family here. Some events are ticketed and others are free and open to all. If your Eastman student will be attending ticketed events with you, you must include him or her in your family’s registration, and purchase those tickets through the registration system. There is not a designated Family Weekend hotel, but here is a list of area hotels offering standing Eastman discounts. Mention your affiliation with Eastman when making your reservation to secure the best possible rate. If you have questions about Eastman Family Weekend, contact the Office of Student Life at (585) 274-1106 or
Finalists Selected for Campus Sculpture
The University has selected six finalists from more than 120 international proposals for a sculpture near Sage Art Center on the River Campus. The University community is invited to “like” one or more of their top choices. Read more...
UHS Flu Vaccine Clinics Scheduled
University Health Service is holding flu vaccine clinics on the River Campus (Oct. 21, 23, 29, and Nov. 4) and at the Eastman School (Nov. 4). No appointment is needed. Students should bring their insurance cards to the clinic. If a student’s insurance plan does not cover the cost of flu shots, the charge will be sent to the student’s tuition billing statement. The Aetna Student Health insurance plan covers the cost of flu shots. Students who prefer to come to UHS for their shot can schedule an appointment by calling (585) 275-2662.
Several Events to Be Streamed Live Online
Watch live performances from several ensembles in the College’s Department of Music as well as a handful of upcoming lectures and forums at Click here for the schedule.
Financial Aid Deadline
The deadline for outstanding financial aid documents to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office was Oct. 11. If your student missed the deadline, encourage him or her to contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible at (585) 275-3226. Contact information for specific counselors can be found here.
Eastman Students, Alumni to Perform in Carnegie Hall
Pianist Cahill Smith and musicians from the Eastman School will perform an all–Nikolai Medtner program of solo piano, vocal, and chamber music Sunday, Oct. 27, in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Discounted tickets are available for $15 using promotional code ESM17338. Visit the Carnegie Hall website for details.
New Students Admitted to Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program
Twenty-nine Eastman School students were recently admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program. The program includes courses, internships, and special grants that equip music students with the skills and experience necessary for a transition into the world of the professional musician.
Rochester Every Day Program Offers Student Discounts 
The Rochester Every Day (RED) program, managed by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, is a discount program available to undergraduates in the College and Eastman School and students at the Simon Business School. Students with the RED sticker on their ID cards receive economic incentives at more than 150 participating local stores and restaurants, allowing students to explore local neighborhoods and the city at large. Many RED businesses are located along the free bus lines that serve campus. Students may obtain a free RED sticker for their ID card from the Common Connection, 201 Wilson Commons, and in the Eastman Office of Student Life.
Health Insurance Information for Students Studying Abroad
If your son or daughter will be studying abroad in the spring semester, University Health Service staff say now is a good time to check if your student’s insurance plan provides adequate coverage in international locations. You might also check to see if the study abroad program offers health insurance coverage. Another option is the Aetna Student Health insurance plan, which offers coverage throughout the world. Read more...
Coming Soon from Dining Services
HarvestFest, the Veg Challenge, the monthly dining committee meeting, and Local Foods Week are coming soon to College dining halls. More information will be available on Dining Services’ Facebook page. Dining Services will also distribute its annual NACUFS Benchmarking Survey to get feedback on how to continue to improve its programs. Dining Services will launch its Add-on Declining Balance program from Nov. 1 to 15. The program will offer prizes for students who add declining-balance dollars—the discretionary portion of your son or daughter’s meal plan that can be used at any dining location on campus—during the program. Remaining declining-balance funds will roll over from the fall to spring semester. Click here for details on how to add to your student’s declining-balance funds and contact the ID card office at (585) 275-8756 with any questions.
Parents Can Take Part in ‘Faculty Perspectives’  Webinar
Lynn Gatto, visiting assistant professor at the Warner School of Education, will discuss the Horizons at Warner summer enrichment program at the next Faculty Perspectives webinar, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. The session starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Registration is free. Contact Oliver Cashman-Brown, assistant director of alumni relations, at 273-3513 or for additional information.

What is it That You Know When ‘You Know’?
“Good students learn quickly that it is important to dig beneath the surface of the lecture and engage actively with the content of their course material,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

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Teaching and Learning the ‘Professor H’ Way
Chemistry lecturer Benjamin Hafensteiner didn’t plan on starting the fall semester as a star in a viral video, but that’s exactly what happened. And in true “Professor H” fashion, he turned it into a teaching moment. Read more...
Professors Lauded for Teaching Excellence
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The 2013 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching were presented to Bonnie Meguid, associate professor of political science; Anne Meredith, senior lecturer in religion and director of undergraduate studies; and John Michael, professor of English and of visual and cultural studies. Read more...

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The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center offers students in the College a variety of ways to meet and interact with employers, graduate school representatives, and alumni. The on-campus recruiting program is one part of the effort. The fall Career and Internship Day took place Oct. 9. On Oct. 10, students heard presentations from an alumni career panel and mingled over dessert at a networking reception. The center offers networking seminars and one-on-one networking preparation by appointment.
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
New York City: The Dirty Hippie Jam Band Project, a new musical by Daniel Israel ’05, Oct. 24.

In Rochester


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Chuck Resler Tournament, Nov. 15–16.
Women’s Basketball: Chuck Resler Tournament, Nov. 15–16.
Field Hockey: Oct. 29, 6 p.m., Elmira Collge; Nov. 2, 1 p.m., SUNY Geneseo.
Football: Oct. 26, noon, Union College; Nov. 16, noon, Hobart College.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Kean University; Nov. 1, 5 p.m., Emory University; Nov. 3, 11 a.m., Carnegie Mellon University.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. Houghton College; Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Emory University; Nov. 3, 1:30 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University.
Swimming and Diving: Oct. 25–26, UR Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Hobart College.
Women’s Basketball: Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Ithaca College.
Cross Country: Oct. 19, 11 a.m., Oberlin College; Oct. 26, 11 a.m., NYSCTC Championships in Clinton, N.Y.; Nov. 2, 11 a.m., UAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nov. 16, 11 a..m., NCAA Atlantic Regional.
Field Hockey: Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Skidmore College; Oct. 26, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence University.
Football: Oct. 19, noon, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Nov. 9, noon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Rowing: Oct. 19–20, Head of the Charles, Boston, Mass.; Oct. 26, 9 a.m., Head of the Fish, Saratoga, N.Y.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 18, 5 p.m., University of Chicago; Oct. 20, 11 a.m., Washington University in St. Louis; Nov. 9, 5 p.m. Case Western Reserve University.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m., University of Chicago; Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., Washington University in St. Louis; Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Case Western Reserve University.
Squash: Nov. 1–3, Price-Bullington Invitational; Nov. 8, 5 p.m., University of Western Ontario; Nov. 9, 2 p.m., University of Toronto; Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Middlebury College; Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m., Williams College.
Swimming and Diving: Nov. 2, 1 p.m., Hartwick College; Nov. 9, 1 p.m., Grove City College; Nov. 9, 1 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University.
Volleyball: Oct. 19–20, UAA Round Robin No. 2, St. Louis, Mo.; Nov. 1–2, NY Regional Challenge, Henrietta, N.Y.; Nov. 8–9, UAA Championships, Waltham, Mass.

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