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April 2010

New Health Insurance Plan for Students
University Health Service announces a significant improvement in University-sponsored health insurance for the coming year. After a thorough review, the University has selected Aetna Student Health as the new student insurance plan vendor. The new plan includes prescription coverage and expanded coverage for services received outside Rochester. Students will be notified when the enrollment/waiver selection process is ready. Read more ...
Commencement Info Online
The University is preparing for its 160th Commencement ceremonies during May and June 2010. More than 2,000 individuals will have their bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees conferred. Check the Commencement Web site and Eastman School's commencement site for updates and more information.

Wegmans CEO to Give Commencement Address
Danny Wegman, leader of the Rochester business that has become a national grocery industry icon for innovation and service, will deliver the commencement address for the College on Sunday, May 16. Read more ...

Family Night Dessert Reception

A Family Night dessert reception will be held from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, to celebrate the Class of 2010 and their families. RSVP here.
Student Life Awards
The Office of the Dean of Students at the College announces the winners of this year's Student Life Awards. The awards recognize those students who, through service to others, investment of talent and time, and pursuit of excellence, have significantly and positively impacted the University and/or surrounding community. The winners will be honored at a dinner ceremony on Friday, April 23. Read more about the awards.
Red Line Sax Quartet Wins Chamber Music Competition
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The Red Line Sax Quartet recently won first place in the 2010 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The group includes Eastman School students Brandon Kies, alto sax, Gai Qun, tenor sax, Quinn Lewis, baritone sax, and Douglas O’Connor, soprano sax.
Math Students Place 14th in Putnam Contest
A Rochester team has won 14th place in the 2009 William Lowell Putnam Competition collegiate mathematics competition. The team, made up of undergraduates Chris Kauffman, Kevin Lin, and Xiaoqing "Sean" Tang, were part of a field of more than 4,000 students from 546 colleges throughout North America. Read more ...
Mock Trial Team Among Top 20 in National Championships
The University's mock trial team finished among the top 20 schools in this year's national championships, picking up a couple of individual All-American honors in the process. Read more ...
Spread the Word
Help the University share your son's or daughter's accomplishments with your local community. Fill out the hometown mailings form and we'll send a news release to your hometown newspaper when your child makes the Dean's List, participates in a signature program, or achieves special recognition.
Financial Aid Assistance Available
Parents can contact the Financial Aid Office with questions regarding financial aid for the current academic year as well as aid for the 2010-11 academic year. Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year were due on April 15. Be sure everything for next year’s aid has been taken care of before your student heads home for the summer.
Is Study Abroad in Your Child's Future?
If your son or daughter is going to be studying abroad this summer or fall, encourage them to visit the Center for Study Abroad to go over any last-minute questions they may have. Advisors can also meet with students interested in studying abroad in the future to discuss the range of programs available, including new programs in Denmark, Thailand, and Naples, Italy.
Mark Ain Business Model Competition
Students are invited to submit their business plans to the fourth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. First place will win $10,000; second place will receive $2,500; and third place will get $1,000. A team of up to five students may submit one plan and students may submit a business plan that was written for a current or past course. Submissions must be submitted electronically to the Center for Entrepreneurship by Monday, April 26, at 4 p.m. See the submission guidelines or download the Competitor's Guide for details.
Middle, High School Students Sample College Life
The Office of Admissions is offering pre-college programs that allow middle and high school students to explore the University and its resources. There are a wide range of options over the summer, including one- and two-week noncredit programs, credit-bearing courses, and the opportunity to live on campus. Registration is open for Rochester Scholars Summer A, July 12-23; Rochester Scholars Summer B, July 26-30; Taste of College Summer, July 11-Aug. 7; and Rochester Scholars Jr., Aug. 2-6  View the 2010 Pre-College Course Catalog and call (585) 275-3221 or (888) 822-2256 for further information. You also can e-mail
Rochester Shines in the Summer
Registration for summer courses is now open. This summer, students can live on the quad at prices comparable to off-campus living. Applications for summer housing are available through the Office of Summer and Part-Time Studies Web site. University Health Service and the University Counseling Center are open every weekday; the health fee paid by full-time students is good through Aug. 31. Students can eat in Douglass during the week, and Gleason Library and the IT Center will be open until late. Movie nights, festival outings, and other activities will provide plenty to do when studying is over. For more information, call (585) 275-2345 or e-mail
Your Career Questions, Answered
Do you have resources to help current students find paid jobs over the summer at the University? Is there a site I could direct my son to, to see if there are research positions available? Burt Nadler, director of the College Career Center, answers these questions from parents.

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Exam Survival Kit
Help your son or daughter get through a tough week of exams. Purchase a survival kit from Starbucks in Wilson Commons through Dining Services to let your student know that you’re thinking of them. Call (585) 275-6265 with any questions.

'Rochester Has Hand in Historic Crash at Large Hadron Collider'
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (March 31)
Regina Demina, professor of physics at Rochester, watched history be made with about 100 other scientists in a control room over a 17-mile tunnel at the Swiss-French border. 
'Your Social Network Affects Your Drinking Habits'
MSN (April 6)
"In addition to working with individuals who are drinking more than is good for them, we need to come up with new ways to address this on more of a public health level, looking at groups of people and some of the settings in which they congregate and reinforce each other's drinking habits," says Ralph Manchester, director of University Health Service.

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Charlie Edwards '12, Peter Carlile '13, Kevin McCarthy '12, and Raymond Ling '12 perform recycling skits with a group called The Opposite of People. They were among the performers at an Earth Day celebration on April 17. See a photo slideshow from Earth Day 2010.
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
Boston: Matching Masterpieces, Art from the Memorial Art Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts Collection, May 13.
New York City: Springtime in Central Park, a Guided Walking Tour. May 15.

Local Events

Content. April 26.

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


Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: May 11, 3:30 p.m., RIT.
Golf: April 25-26, UAA Championships.
Women's Lacrosse: April 23, 4 p.m., William Smith; April 24, 2 p.m., Hamilton; April 27, 4 p.m., Ithaca.
Softball: April 24, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence; April 25, noon, RPI; April 28, 3 p.m., Fredonia.
Track: April 25-26, NYSCTC Multi-Event.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: April 24, 2 p.m., Skidmore; April 25, noon, Skidmore; April 28, 4 p.m., St. John Fisher; May 1, 1 p.m., Clarkson; May 2, noon, Clarkson.
Women's Lacrosse: April 29, 4 p.m., Vassar; May 1, 2 p.m., RPI.
Women's Rowing: May 1-2, New York State Collegiate Championships, Whitney Point, N.Y.; May 7-8, Dad Vail Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.
Men's Tennis: April 23-25, UAA Championships, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Track: April 24, 10 a.m., Geneseo Invitational; April 30-May 1, NYSCTC Championships at RPI, Troy, N.Y.; May 13-14, ECAC Championships, Springfield, Mass.

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