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October 2009


Rochester Ranked Among Top 'Best Neighbors'
Rochester is one of the country's top "best neighbor" universities when it comes to its economic impact; the community service it provides; and the cultural, business, and residential influence it has in its surrounding community, according to a new study presented at the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Read more...

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Debuts
The first sounds in Kodak Hall were heard during Meliora Weekend and Eastman Family Weekend. The grand opening included performances by the Eastman Philharmonia and by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which premiered a new work by Eastman School dean Douglas Lowry titled Geo, written in honor of George Eastman. Read more ...
Helping Students Avoid the Flu
You have most likely been reading about novel H1N1 influenza on college campuses across the country. The University has had a relatively small number of students experiencing influenza-like illness (44 since the beginning of the semester). Help your student avoid the flu with advice from University Health Service. Check the University’s Emergency page for H1N1 updates.

Financial Aid Reminders
The Financial Aid Office is sending out reminders to students who have outstanding paperwork for the 2009-10 financial aid application. Students were given a deadline of Oct. 9 to turn in any missing or incomplete documents. After that point, any aid that was not yet disbursed to the student account no longer appears as a credit on the student bill. Contact information for your son's or daughter's financial aid counselor can be found on the Financial Aid Web site if you have any questions.

EROI Festival Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Mendelssohn’s Birth
The eighth annual EROI (Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative) Festival attracts participants from across the globe and includes concerts for the public. Read more ...
Ringing in a Rochester Tradition
The Hopeman Memorial Carillon at Rush Rhees Library features 50 bells and is one of four carillons in upstate New York. Meet the new generation of students who keep the bells chiming.
Watch the video.

New Campus Maps Available
The online campus maps have been redesigned using Google Maps technology and incorporating street views; images and descriptions of buildings; and information on area restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Check them out at
Second Volume of Eastman School History Now Available
Eastman School historian Vincent Lenti has published the second volume of his history of the Eastman School. Titled Serving a Great and Noble Art, it’s available at the Eastman School Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and at University of Rochester Press. Read more...

Follow University IT on Facebook and Enter to Win an iTunes Gift Card
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Become a fan of University of Rochester–Get Technology on Facebook by the end of October and you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 iTunes gift card. The Facebook page offers tips on keeping your computer safe and secure, campus technology updates, and Computer Store promotions and specials.

Frequently Asked Questions about Study Abroad
Is your son or daughter interested in studying abroad? The Center for Study Abroad answers the questions that parents ask most about the program.
RPO Offers Discount for University Community
To mark the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's inaugural season at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the RPO is offering the "Yellowjackets Discount" to University faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. The promotion gives members of the University community a 10 percent discount off the RPO's already discounted subscription series. Redeem the discount at the RPO box office with your University ID or by stating your affiliation with the University. You can also subscribe to the 2009-10 season online and use the password MELIORA to receive the discount. (The discount does not include single tickets, special events, or the RPO's Freedom Four package. It also does not apply to previous purchases.)

Key Study Strategies during Midterms
It's midterm time at the University and for some students it's also a time of increased anxiety, decreased sleep, and potentially disappointing news. Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers some tips for success. Read more ...

Resources for students:
Seeking Student Feedback
Students are encouraged to take Dining Services Fall Semester Survey, which will be e-mailed to each student at the end of October. Another easy way for your son or daughter to provide feedback is by attending a Dining Committee Meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Meliora.
Software Makes Library Searches Fast, Easy, Comprehensive
Results from the new eXtensible Catalog, developed at the University, will draw automatically from different disciplines, encouraging sharing and discovery Read more ...
'Nature, the Cure for Bad Behavior'
Los Angeles Times (Oct. 3)
Communing with nature not only lifts spirits, it helps people behave better, according to a study by psychologists at Rochester. They conducted four experiments with 370 people who were shown computer images of either natural settings, such as landscapes and lakes, or man-made settings, such as buildings and roads.
'New HIV Vaccine has University Link'
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Sept. 25)
Researchers and volunteers at the University's HIV Vaccines Trials Unit, also called the Rochester Victory Alliance, participated in preliminary work on both of the vaccines.

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MELIORA WEEKEND: The introduction of a new statue in honor of George Eastman, the formal dedication of the Hajim School, and the debut of Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre—the University's ninth Meliora Weekend featured historic debuts and celebrations. See slideshow…

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: An Insider's Perspective: Getting into a Selective College. Discussion with Dean of Admissions Jonathan Burdick. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
Washington, D.C.: Social Networking and Happy Hour at Bourbon. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
Syracuse: University History: Stories from Rochester's Past and Present with Paul Burgett '68E, '76E (PhD).
6 p.m. Oct. 29.
Washington, D.C.: The Power of Sleep with Kathy Parker, dean of the School of Nursing. 11 a.m. Nov. 1.

Local Events

College Music Department Concerts. See the full schedule.

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.

Yellowjackets at Home
Cross Country:
Oct. 24, NYSCTC Championships, Genesee Valley Park.
Field Hockey: Oct. 18, noon, Washington and Jefferson; Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Union College; Oct. 25, 1 p.m., Skidmore College.
Football: Oct. 24, noon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Nov. 14, noon, Hobart College (Centennial Cup).
Men's Soccer: Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Emory; Nov. 1, noon, Carnegie Mellon.
Women's Soccer: Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Emory; Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Carnegie Mellon.
Swimming: Oct. 30 and 31, NYU and Case Western Reserve.
Women's Volleyball: Nov. 3, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Oct. 31, UAA Championships in Cleveland; Nov. 14, NCAA Atlantic Regional at Letchworth State Park.
Field Hockey: Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Utica College; Oct. 28, 7 p.m., SUNY Brockport.
Football: Oct. 31, 1 p.m., Alfred University; Nov. 7, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence University.
Women's Rowing: Oct. 18, 8 a.m., Head of the Charles, Boston; Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Head of the Schuykill, Philadelphia.
Men's Soccer: Oct. 18, noon, Washington University in St. Louis; Oct. 25, 1 p.m. NC Wesleyan in Philadelphia; Nov. 7, 5 p.m., Case Western Reserve.
Women's Soccer: Oct. 18, 2 p.m., Washington (Mo.);Oct. 24, 5 p.m., St. John Fisher; Oct. 27, 4 p.m., RIT; Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Case Western Reserve.
Women's Volleyball: Oct. 18, UAA Round Robin #2 at NYU; Oct. 21,
7 p.m., Nazareth College; Oct. 30 and 31, Vassar Tournament in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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