From President Seligman: Remembering Eastman School’s Tatiana Tchekina
“Early Saturday morning Tatiana Tchekina, assistant professor of
accompanying in the Eastman School of Music, was killed in an automobile
accident. Her husband, Oleh Krysa, professor of violin, was injured.
News reports indicate that their vehicle was struck by another going the
wrong way on I-490.
I am deeply saddened to learn of this
tragedy. This is a great loss for the Eastman community and for the
entire University. Gifted musicians, performers and teachers, Tatiana
and Oleh had performed together throughout the world since 1967, with
her accompanying him on the piano. They also recorded 20 CDs together.
Tatiana studied at the Moscow and
Kiev Conservatories. She taught chamber music at Kiev Conservatory and
accompanying at Gnesin Musical and Pedagogical Conservatory in Moscow
before joining the faculty of the Eastman School. She appeared at major
musical festivals on three continents and regularly taught master
classes in Japan.
In his message to the Eastman community, Dean Jamal Rossi wrote, ‘Professor Tchekina was a valued member of our faculty who influenced
the countless students with whom she collaborated on performances and
competitions. As a world-class musician, she had an international career
both as a solo pianist and in collaboration with Professor Krysa. Our
thoughts are with Oleh and their family and friends at this very
The Eastman School will host a vigil to remember Tatiana at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Sproull
Atrium of the Miller Center at the Eastman School.”
Save the Date: MLK Commemorative Address Is Jan. 24
Benjamin Todd Jealous, past president
and CEO of the NAACP, will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Commemorative Address at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Strong
Auditorium. The annual address, which kicks-off the University’s Black
History Month celebration by recognizing the legacy and influence of
King’s life, is free and open to the public. Details will follow.
Nelson Mandela: ‘Inspiration to the World’
“A few persons in each generation
fundamentally improve their societies. Nelson Mandela was such an
individual,” says President Joel Seligman in a message to the University community
“His example of courage, devotion to human dignity, and peace inspired
the world. He showed that success in a political struggle could be
crowned by a determination to reach out to an entire nation—not revenge.
He showed that principle could prevail over power. He showed that human
decency, integrity, and fairness can prevail if one perseveres. He was a
great leader whose example will inspire generations to come. All of us
at the University of Rochester mourn his death.” Flags at the University
will remain lowered in Mandela’s honor through sundown Monday, Dec. 9.
The Office of the Dean of Students is coordinating efforts for students
or student groups who would like to do something in remembrance. Contact
Joanne King at 275-4085 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare for Winter Break Career Fairs
Did you miss the deadline to apply in
advance for job and internship interviews at the Gwen M. Greene Career
Center’s Career and Internship Connections
? Many employers will add interviews during the morning open forum. Learn how and why to attend
. Already registered? Attend one of three prep sessions
with Amber Graham, associate director of the career center, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, or at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec.
13. Prep sessions will be held in the career center conference room on
the fourth floor of Dewey Hall.
Wilson Commons Extended Hours
Wilson Commons will be open all hours
from Monday, Dec. 16, to Tuesday, Dec. 17. Get your study group together
and head over to the May Room for group work or use conference rooms
121/122 for individual quiet study time. To alleviate some of that
finals stress use one of the rowing machines in Hirst Lounge or watch
some cartoons in the Gowen Room before you hit the books again.
Starbucks will be open the entire 24-hour period for all and will be
raffling off prize every hour starting at midnight. “Like” Wilson Commons on Facebook
or follow @WilsonCommons on Twitter
Gifts for the Giving
The Interfaith Chapel is hosting Gifts
for the Giving, a toy drive that benefits children at School 19, Andrews
Center, families at the Baden Street Settlement, and the Eastern
Service Workers Association. General gift donations (ranging from
clothes to magazines to school supplies) are being accepted but people
are encouraged to pick up wishlists for children in a third-grade
classroom. Donations can be dropped off at the Interfaith Chapel until
Dec. 12. Cosponsored by Circle K, Newman Catholic Community, Phi Sigma
Sigma, the St. Sebastian Society, and the Students’ Association for
Interfaith Cooperation. Read more...
Ugly Sweater Sale
Members of Alpha Phi will be selling a
selection of ugly sweaters through Dec. 13 at their table in Wilson
Commons. Proceeds will support the Alpha Phi Foundation, in support of
heart health. Read more...
Gingerbread House Building Contest
Join Habitat for Humanity for its annual
gingerbread house building contest. The group will be tabling in Wilson
Commons Dec. 9–13. Members will be selling festive crafts and
gingerbread building teams can sign up for $20 or individually for $6.
Habitat will provide the candy, frosting, and graham crackers for teams
to compete Friday from noon to 4 p.m. All proceeds go toward
cosponsoring a house and the group’s alternative spring break trip.
3 v. 3 Reading Week Basketball Tournament
Take a break from studying at the 2013
Intramural 3-v-3 Reading Week Basketball Tournament on Dec. 13 and 14
at the Zornow Courts in Goergen Athletic Center. There are three
divisions—men, women, and coed—and each team is guaranteed to play
three pool play games on Dec. 13. The cost is $10 per team; proceeds go
to Toys for Tots. Pick up a registration form at the Goergen Athletic
Center front desk. Direct questions to Kyle Schauls
, 276-5105, or Joe Reina
Library Study Break
Take a break from studying and writing
papers between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in Rush Rhees or Carlson
Library. Fruit, snacks, candy, and beverages will be available.
Ever Thought about a Career as a Registered Nurse?
The University’s School of Nursing has a
one-year accelerated program for students who graduate with a
non-nursing baccalaureate. There is a September cohort (in addition to
the January and May start dates) with an application due date of March
1. Individual half-hour appointments are available with the director
of admissions. Call 275-2375 to make a phone or in-person appointment.
DEADLINES AND REMINDERS
Did You Rent Textbooks from the Bookstore This Semester?
Rented textbooks are due back to the
textbook information desk in the bookstore by Sunday, Dec. 22. If you
don't have time to drop them off before leaving campus you can print a free UPS shipping label
. Be sure to send them out by the due date.
Submit Your Art for (en)Gendered Exhibit
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for
Gender and Women’s Studies is seeking submissions for its annual (en)Gendered Juried Art Exhibit
. Submit your work by Thursday, Dec. 12. Forms are available in Sage Art Center. Read more...
Final Performances: A Bright Room Called Day
This week is your final chance to see the International Theatre Program’s production of A Bright Room Called Day
by Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Tony Kushner. Performances are
scheduled at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8; at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12, and 13; and at 6
p.m. on Dec. 14. Tickets are available online
or at the Common Market in Wilson Commons.
Sign Up for MLK Day of Service
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
students will work on a variety of small community service projects at
various host sites in the Rochester community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18. Free T-shirts, breakfast, and bus transportation will
be provided. Sign up here
A leadership opportunity as a team coordinator is available; training
will be provided. Also, if you’re interested in creating the MLK Day
T-shirt design, contact Becky Chu
. Questions? Contact Becky Chu
, Cary Rothman
,or Yasmeni Sandridge
. Sponsored by the Community Service Network and Black Students’ Union.
Fulbright US-UK Summer Institutes Competition Open
The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission
offers undergraduates the opportunity to travel to the U.K. on a 3–6
week academic and cultural summer program. The program is open to U.S.
citizens; only freshmen and sophomores may apply. A scholarship covers
most costs. There is a minimum 3.5 GPA requirement, and applicants
should have little or no international experience. Applicants also need
to have a valid U.S. passport by the application deadline. Applications
are due Feb. 27 or March 6, depending on the program. Interested
students may seek assistance with their applications from Belinda Redden
at the Fellowships Office, email@example.com
Going Abroad this Spring and Planning to Apply for Fulbright?
Juniors and fourth-year Take Five and
KEY students who will be abroad in spring 2014 are encouraged to meet
with the director of fellowships (Dewey 4-209B, 276-5869) about next
year's Fulbright competition cycle before the end of this term. Find out
what you need to do this winter and spring to prepare your Fulbright
application and have a strong dossier by the end of summer. The
Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Program is open only to U.S. citizens.
University endorsement is required for enrolled candidates; alumni may
also apply through University. See the Fellowships Office website
for meeting details and information about the campus nomination process for Fulbright.
Weekly Buzz Returns Next Semester
Weekly Buzz will be on hiatus until Jan. 12. Have a safe and happy winter break!
Monday, Dec. 9
Concert Honors 40th Anniversary of Carillon
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the
Hopeman Memorial Carillon with a selection of music that includes music
from the dedication program on Dec. 9, 1973. The concert starts at 12:30
p.m. on the Eastman Quadrangle, River Campus. It will also be streamed
live at www.rochester.edu/news/live
‘Move It’ with Healthy Monday @ UR
TEAM Master’s Program General Information Session
Grab a friend and learn some dance moves
with Indulgence from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Leibner-Cooper Room in Goergen
Athletic Center. If you can’t join them, Healthy Monday @ UR
encourages you to stay active by walking, swimming, running, or dancing on your own free time.
Learn about the master of science
program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at a general
information session at 4 p.m. in the Center for
Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. The session is hosted by
Andrea Galati, executive director of the program. The University
community qualifies for scholarship opportunities. RSVP to 276-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Paws’ for Stress Relief
Feeling stressed? Take a “Paws” for
Stress Relief on “Mellow Out Monday.” A visit with the dogs from Campus
Canines can help your stress melt away. Drop by the Goergen Athletic
Center any time between 6 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Community Conversation: ‘On Belonging at the U of R’
Holiday-Themed Study Break
An in-depth community conversation will
explore questions about belonging, including issues of race, class,
gender, sexuality, faith, and ability. Moderators will be Michelle
Thompson-Taylor, director of the Intercultural Center; Kit Miller,
director of the M. K. Gandhi Institute; and Vicki Sapp, assistant
director of upperclass housing for Residential Life. The conversation
runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Friel Lounge, Susan B. Anthony Hall. Food will
Join the Inter-Class Living Community
and the Music Interest Floor for a holiday-themed study break. First,
meet in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, at 6 p.m. for holiday card making.
Then head to the Jackson Court fire pit at 7 p.m. for holiday caroling,
s’mores, and hot chocolate.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Learn Interviewing Basics
River Campus Libraries Forum
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center’s final “Interviewing Basics
” seminar of the semester will start at 2 p.m. in the career center conference room on the fourth floor of Dewey Hall.
Stop by the Gandhi Room (first floor of
Rush Rhees Library) at 5 p.m. for a discussion on how to improve River
Campus Libraries. The vice provost and dean of the River Campus
Libraries will lead the discussion. Pizza and refreshments will be
Friday, Dec. 13
Customer Appreciation Day at the River Campus Bookstore
Family Therapy Training Program Open House
The bookstore’s annual Customer
Appreciation Day will feature discounts, free popcorn, prizes, and more.
Learn about the Department of Psychiatry’s Family Therapy Training Program at an informational open house
from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Bartlett Room (1-9043), Medical Center. Contact Diana Julian
or call 275-2532 to RSVP.