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November 2010
Professor Awarded National Medal of Science
President Barack Obama presented a National Medal of Science to Esther Conwell, a professor of chemistry at Rochester, during a White House ceremony on Nov. 17. Watch video from the event.
Rochester Senior Named a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist
Yaneve Fonge ’11, a microbiology and immunology major, has been named a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. Fonge travels to Boston this week for an interview session with the selection panel. If chosen, Fonge, who also is a member of Rochester track and field team, would be one of among just 32 American students selected to study at the University of Oxford.
Eastman School Welcomes Renowned Composer
Oliver Knussen, one of the most respected composer-conductors in the world today, will be in residence at the Eastman School in December. Read more ...
Free Airport Shuttle for Thanksgiving Break
The Students Association is offering free shuttles to and from the airport throughout the Thanksgiving break weekend. Read more ...
Instructions for Mailing Items to Students
Interested in sending your son or daughter something from home? Send mail to the Campus Post Office by following these instructions.
Spring Billing Statements Available Nov. 20
The spring 2011 billing statement for undergraduates will be posted in UR ePAY by Nov. 20. The University delivers student billing statements electronically to students and their families and does not mail paper bills. If you are not receiving monthly billing notification by e-mail, ask your son or daughter to add you as an "authorized payer" in UR ePAY. Payment details are available on the Bursar's Web site.

New Issue of Innovations Available
View the latest issue of Innovations, the entrepreneurship newsletter that covers stories across all schools and campuses. You may also sign up online to be mailed a copy of Innovations on a regular basis.
Seniors Can Still Sign Up for Senior Pictures
Prestige Portraits, the yearbook’s official senior photographer, has reserved appointment times on campus for seniors at the College on Dec. 3, 7, and 8. Students can go to for details and to schedule an appointment. Call Karen at (800) 852-0674, ext. 114, or e-mail
Discover Futurity
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There’s a smarter way to get research news: Futurity ( The site—hosted and edited at Rochester—features the latest discoveries from top universities in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Follow Futurity on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or download the mobile app.
Middle, High School Students Sample College Life
At the University, students design their own educational plans, studying only what they want to study and doing what they love. The University’s pre-college academic enrichment programs extend this same experience to younger students. Options include taking a one-week course, living on campus for a month, completing a College class for credit, and participating in a summer study-abroad seminar. Find out more in the 2011 Pre-College Brochure. For further information, call (585) 275-3221 or (888) 822-2256 or e-mail
Admissions Interviews
Prospective students are encouraged to take part in an admissions interview. Spread the word to any prospective students and parents you know to come to campus or to take part in one of the Universitys regional interviewing opportunities this fall. For more information, visit the Admissions Office Web page or contact the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or at
A New Look Online for the Memorial Art Gallery
A redesign of the Memorial Art Gallery Web site was recently launched. The site features an updated store, an online membership form, and a searchable database of 50 centuries of world art.

Looking Ahead to the Next Semester
"Keeping in mind that Rochester's flexible curriculum offers students unusual opportunities to explore a diverse range of academic offerings, students uncertain of their plans should not be discouraged from venturing off in new directions," says Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support. Read more ...
Well-Rounded or Angular: The Shapes and Sizes of Success'
"While 'diamonds in the rough' are wonderful, employers no longer mine for those gems. Students can become multifaceted, with each academic and experiential angle cut contributing to clarity of multiple field-, function-, and firm-focused goals," writes Burt Nadler, director of the College Career Center. Read more ...

Your Career Questions, Answered
Can freshmen use the career center to help them choose a major? 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 questions from parents. Do you have your own question? Send it to the Career Center staff, who will respond in future issues of Parents Buzz.
Video: Student Athletes Take Part in Giant Read
college student reading to little boy
Steve Just ’11 (at left) of Liverpool, N.Y., reads The Giant Jam Sandwich to Walideen Jeylani, a student at Rochester City School 16. Just was among the nearly 400 area athletes who read to students in Rochester on Nov. 5 for the Giant Read project. Watch the video...

Video: Whipple Park Microfarm
Watch a video that shows off the microfarm started by undergraduates Caitlin Smigelski and Annalise Kjolhede as part of their KEY project. Produce from the farm is sold to campus dining services. 

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Parents Buzz is produced by University Communications, Parent Relations, and the Parents Program. It is e-mailed monthly to parents of undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School of Music. View issues online at Direct feedback and questions to

new wolk atrium with large chandelier
The opening of a new wing at the Eastman School—highlighted by the new Wolk Atrium featuring a sculpture by noted glass artist Dale Chihuly—marks the latest chapter in achieving a vision set out by founder George Eastman. Read more...
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
Los Angeles: Holiday Organ Spectacular. Dec. 17.

Rochester Events
32nd Annual Economic Seminar featuring Charles Plosser and James Glassman. Dec. 2.

Festival Week, Dec. 6–12, Eastman School, marks the completion of the schools renovation and expansion project with a series of concerts.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Yellowjackets at Home
Men's Basketball: Nov. 19–20, Chuck Resler Tournament; Nov. 23, 8 p.m., Nazareth; Nov. 27–28, UR/HIA Tournament; Dec. 11, 4 p.m., Hobart.
Women's Basketball: Nov. 19–20, Chuck Resler Tournament; Nov. 23, 6 p.m., Elmira; Dec. 11, 2 p.m., William Smith.
Squash: Dec. 5, 1 p.m., Harvard.

Yellowjackets Away
Men's Basketball: Dec. 1–4, Wendy's Classic Tournament at SUNY Geneseo and St. John Fisher College; Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Elmira.
Women's Basketball: Nov. 30–Dec. 4, Wendy's Classic Tournament at SUNY Geneseo and St. John Fisher College; Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Oswego.
Men's Cross Country: Nov. 20, 11 a.m., NCAA Championships, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Squash: Nov. 20, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m., Hobart, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Nov. 21, 10 a.m., Vassar, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Swimming: Nov. 20, 11 a.m., Lancaster, Pa.; Dec. 3–4, Liberty League Swimming and Diving Championships, in Schenectady and Troy, N.Y.

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