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September 2009
H1N1 Influenza Planning
University Health Service (UHS) will hold flu vaccine clinics for seasonal flu and H1N1 flu this fall, starting with seasonal flu vaccine clinics this month. UHS expects to offer H1N1 flu vaccine clinics in late October/early November, based on vaccine availability. Clinic dates will be announced widely.
    Staff members from key University departments have been preparing plans to be ready should the flu affect a large number of students. For more information, check the UHS Web site and the University’s Emergency/H1N1 Flu page.
    With fever as the key indicator of the flu, UHS recommends that students have a thermometer. Thermometers are available at UHS and the University bookstore. UHS also has outlined steps your child should take if he or she is sick with an influenza-like illness.
University Community Mourns Alumna's Death
Students and staff attended a vigil Sept. 15 in remembrance of Annie Le, a Class of 2007 Rochester graduate whose recent death at Yale University has been widely reported.
    "Our hearts go out to her family and her many friends," President Seligman writes in a message to the University community.
    Le earned a bachelor of science degree in cell and developmental biology with honors from Rochester. She was pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmacology at Yale and was engaged to 2007 Rochester graduate Jonathan Widawsky at the time of her death.
Registration Open for Meliora Weekend and Eastman Family Weekend
Students, parents, and families will come together to celebrate family weekend, homecoming, and class reunions at Meliora Weekend, Oct. 8-11. Register at the Meliora Weekend Web site. Events of special interest to parents include:
President Seligman
President Seligman
• "Presidential Perspectives on the University of Rochester Today." Saturday, Oct. 10. Hear President Joel Seligman give an update on the University and describe the future roles the University will play in education, research, discovery, and the Rochester community.
• George Eastman Statue Dedication and Reception. Saturday, Oct. 10. The statue will become a permanent landmark on the Eastman Quadrangle in recognition of George Eastman’s vision and extraordinary contributions to the University.
• Rochester Dinner Revue. Saturday, Oct. 10. Dinner and entertainment by Rochester’s talented student groups representing cultures from around the world. Tickets are limited and the event sells out every year.
• Parent Breakfast with the College deans and Student Services Fair. Sunday, Oct. 11. An opportunity to get answers to your questions directly from Dean Peter Lennie and other senior College leaders. Representatives from Academic Advising, Campus Dining, Student Activities, and the Career Center will be there, too.
Registration also is open for the Eastman School’s Family Weekend Oct. 9 to 11. Get schedules and information and register online.

President Seligman Delivers State of University Address
President Seligman called the state of the University "strong" in his annual report to the Faculty Senate on Sept. 8. At the start of his address, he discussed the recovery of Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk, saying "unless unexpected developments occur, I am now confident that Brad Berk will return to his job as chief executive officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center at a time to be determined later." President Seligman also gave updates on Eastman Theatre's renovation and ongoing projects at the Medical Center. He highlighted the University's fundraising efforts, progress on the faculty diversity initiative, and work on each school's strategic plan, saying each division has reported "considerable progress in implementing strategic plans to date and a determination to move forward and achieve core objectives." Read the full speech and view the presentation ...
Eastman School Celebrates Kodak Hall
The first Eastman School concert in the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, which opens in October, features the Eastman Philharmonia on Friday, Oct. 9, during Meliora and Eastman Family Weekends. Under Neil Varon, the ensemble performs Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, and Shostakovich’s dramatic Symphony No. 5. See pictures, floor plans, and get all the news on how construction is progressing on Eastman School's Web site.
Students Get Settled
move in
See photos of new students getting settled into their dorms during freshman move-in day at the Eastman School Aug. 24 and at the College Aug. 25. Also, in a video from move-in day, students and parents share their thoughts and advice as the school year was about to begin. 
AlertUR System Will Be Tested This Month
This semester's test of the emergency notification system, AlertUR, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. The system is designed to alert undergraduates during an emergency. Students can choose to be alerted by text message, e-mail, or other methods. Contact information can be updated at
Send in Your Photos for 'Photo Friday'
Check out the Rochester homepage every Friday to see photos submitted by students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni—and vote for your favorites. Visit the "Photo Friday" site to send a photograph of your own for consideration in a future edition. Read more ...

Rochester and Top Research Universities Launch

Rochester and 34 other leading universities have joined forces to launch, a Web site featuring the latest research discoveries. The site is hosted at Rochester and led by Rochester, Duke University, and Stanford University. Read more about Futurity's launch in Inside Higher Ed. Sign up for an RSS feed and daily e-mail update at the Futurity Web site or follow the site on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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Need Help with Financial Aid?
The River Campus Financial Aid Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. To contact your student’s financial aid counselor during the academic year visit the office's Web site or call (800) 881-8234 or (585) 275-3226.
Student Employment Office on the Move
The Student Employment Office will be moving into the Financial Aid Office in G033 Wallis Hall in October.

Connect to University Information Technology on Facebook
Stay in touch with the latest campus technology news, see weekly tips on securing personal information, and learn about upcoming computer store promotions and events by becoming a fan of University Information Technology's Facebook page: University of Rochester—Get Technology.
Engineering, Redesigned
The Hajim School looks to bring more creativity and hands-on design—as well as humanities and social sciences majors—into its programs as the school prepares students to address the technological questions of the 21st century. Read more ...
League of Librarians
Librarians a Resource for Students
Students are already starting to work on papers and class assignments. Librarians can help them not only find the best articles and books, but to refine their topic. Every class is assigned a subject librarian, who has either academic background in their assigned area or considerable experience working with the literature of the discipline. They know the faculty, the curriculum, and in many cases, the assignment. The River Campus libraries have been handing out cards like the one at left as a novel way to introduce these experts to students.
'Multitasking Muddles the Mind?'
Science Magazine (Aug. 25)
Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, says research showing that cognitive performance declines when people try to pay attention to many media channels at once, presents a puzzle about the brain's ability to learn from experience. Bavelier has discovered that people who play action video games get better at the kind of task-switching those games require.
'Portrait of a Castrato'
WXXI Arts Friday (Sept. 2)
Roger Freitas, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School, discusses his new book, Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani.

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Wilson Day
Nicole Staie from Rochester helps paint playground patterns at the Center for Youth Services in the Rochester City School District on Aug. 31. Staie and other incoming students participated in a variety of community service projects during the University's Wilson Day, now in its 20th year.
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 Event
Washington, D.C.: Reception with President Joel Seligman. Sept. 22.

Local Events
Meliora Weekend. Oct. 8-11.
Eastman Family Weekend. Oct. 9-11


More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.
Rowing to Success
Women’s rowing makes its debut as Rochester’s newest varsity sport. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Field Hockey: Sept. 30, William Smith, 7 p.m.; Oct. 6, Elmira College, 4 p.m.; Oct. 9, Vassar College, 4 p.m.; Oct. 10, Rensselaer, 5 p.m.
Football: Sept. 26, Union College, 6 p.m.; Oct. 10, Susquehanna University, 1 p.m.
Women's Rowing: Oct. 10, Head of the Genesee.
Men's Soccer: Sept. 29, RIT, 7 p.m.; Oct. 3, NYU, 5 p.m.
Women's Soccer: Sept. 26, Utica College, 1 p.m.; Oct. 3, NYU, 7 p.m.; Oct. 6, Nazareth College, 7 p.m.
Women's Volleyball: Oct. 1, Roberts Wesleyan, 7 p.m.; Oct. 3-4, UAA Round Robin #1; Oct. 8, SUNY Fredonia (Dig Pink Match), 7 p.m.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 19, University of Buffalo Invitational; Sept. 26, Roberts Wesleyan Invitational; Oct. 3-4, Geneseo Invitational; Oct. 10, Hamilton Invitational.
Field Hockey: Sept. 19, Hartwick College, 1 p.m.; Sept. 25, St. Lawrence, 4 p.m.; Sept. 26, Hamilton College, 2 p.m.; Oct. 14, Ithaca College, 4 p.m.
Football: Sept. 19, Courage Bowl at St. John Fisher College, 7 p.m.; Oct. 3, Rensselaer, 1 p.m.
Golf: Sept. 20-21, Guy Kuhn Memorial, Meadville, Pa.; Sept. 26-27, Liberty League Championships, Canton, N.Y.; Oct. 11-12, Nazareth Invitational.
Women's Rowing: Sept. 19, Western Ontario Invitational; Oct. 3, Challenge on the Canal, Geneva, N.Y.
Men's Soccer: Sept. 20, Hobart College, 2 p.m.; Oct. 10, Brandeis, 5 p.m.
Women's Soccer: Sept. 20, Union College, noon; Sept. 22, Nazareth College, 4 p.m.; Oct. 10, Brandeis, 7 p.m.
Women's Volleyball: Sept. 19, RIT Tournament; Sept. 22, RIT, 7 p.m.; Sept. 25-26, Hamilton College Tournament.

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