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February 2011
Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner Honors Notable Women
Several students were honored at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner Feb. 3. Awards were presented to Melika Butcher ’12, Vicky Baudin ’12, Maya Dukmasova ’11, Bridget Lenkiewicz ’11, Hilary Wermers ’13, and Lauren Yu (Take 5) during the event, which included a keynote address from former ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr. Mary Huth, former assistant director of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, was awarded this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Watch a slideshow from the event.
Student Leaders Celebrated
students building house
The winner of the Leadership Appreciation Dinner Photo Contest was UR Habitat for Humanity
The annual Leadership Appreciation Dinner, celebrating the diversity of student initiatives and programs for the campus community, highlights the hard work and community-building skills of student leaders. Jordan Cicoria ’12, Edisa Andelija ’11, Lucas Piazza ’12, Emily Nash ’12, James Robbins ’11, and Susana Acosta ’12 were awarded the Alice DeSimone Award, recognizing their contributions to cocurricular life that have strengthened community spirit and involvement. The Ana Hubbard Award, presented to a student whose participation in a student organization has improved their life, provided valuable skills and contributed to the vitality of their student organization and campus community, was awarded to Joseph Gardella ’11.
Meet the Handler Scholars
The largest contribution to scholarships in the University’s history increases to $25 million a scholarship fund for exceptional students in financial need. Meet a few of the recipients of the Alan and Jane Handler Scholarship Fund.
Video: Valentine’s Day at Rochester
Students share their plans for the holiday.
Financial Aid Application Deadline Approaching
The application deadline for 2011-12 financial aid is April 15. Returning students who do not submit their financial aid application and supporting documentation on time are not guaranteed full consideration for need-based assistance and may have their aid reduced due to limited funding. Instructions on how to apply will be e-mailed to students this month, followed by several reminders this semester. To contact your student’s financial aid counselor with questions on the process, visit the Financial Aid Office website.
Spring Break Transportation Offered
My Bus Home will be arranging roundtrip or one-way transportation from campus to Ludlow, Mass., and Newton Mass., as well as, Easton, Pa. and New York City via motor coach for spring break. To sign up for the service or for more information, e-mail Betsy Kirschbaum at My Bus Home is also gauging interest in adding service to the New Jersey area. If you’re interested, e-mail Kirschbaum with your contact information and hometown.
Flu Vaccine Available
University Health Service has flu vaccine for every student who needs it. Students can call (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment, or they can attend the flu vaccine clinic on Monday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons (River Campus). Students are asked to bring their insurance card. The cost is $20 if not covered by their insurance.
Health Committee Letter Due March 18
Is your student hoping to start medical, dental, veterinary or other health professional school in 2012? March 18 is the deadline to request an important part of the application: the Health Committee Letter. Visit the Health Professions website for the necessary forms and information. Questions? Contact Catherine Towsley, director of health professions advising, with any questions.
Teleseries Addresses Job Search Success Strategies
The Office of Alumni Relations offers the “Absolutely Abby” teleseminar series on job-search success to all members of the University community. The partnership with human resources expert Abby Gilbert Kohut ’88 aims to help job-seekers of all levels. Students can sign up here.
Dan Senor to Give Entrepreneurship Week Keynote
Dan Senor, founding partner of Rosemont Capital and Rosemont Solebury Capital Management and author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, will give the keynote lecture for National Entrepreneurship Week at the University. His talk, which is supported by the University's Ruth Leon Fund, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Gleason Hall 318/418. A book-signing will follow the lecture.
Video: Brass Choir Tours Washington, D.C.
Join the University’s Brass Choir as they embark on their first-ever road tour, to Washington, D.C., in this video. The band, which includes undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, played at some of the nation’s most prestigious venues during the January tour.
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
It’s not too early to start thinking about summer in Rochester. Students may live and dine right on campus while they take a course or two. A room has a comparable cost to that of a sublet, but has a greater sense of community. A variety of courses are offered (around 40 humanities and social science courses and 35 basic science courses). Some students take courses to catch up, to get ahead, to try something new, or to repeat a course that may not have gone well the first time. If you have questions, check the program’s website, send an e-mail to, or call (585) 275-2345.
Spotlight on Diversity: Wilson Commons Student Activities
Wilson Commons Student Activities, a unit in the Office of the Dean of Students, champions the University’s mission to be a world-class, inclusive, and diverse community of learners. Read more...
University Celebrates 20 Years of UR-Paychex Leadership Institute
students having discussion around table
The 20th annual UR/Paychex Leadership Institute took place Saturday, Jan. 23, at the headquarters of Paychex, a Fortune 500 company based in the Rochester suburb of Penfield. Nearly 90 students, who were selected from nearly 500 nominees, attended leadership skills workshops facilitated by the company’s award-winning training staff, and by staff members from the College. At the close of the day, University Vice President Paul Burgett highlighted a networking reception with local alumni in celebration of the anniversary. The institute is coordinated by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, in partnership with Paychex.
Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Opportunity Available
The Rochester Youth Year Fellowship is an AmeriCorps*VISTA program based at the University’s Center for Community Leadership. It allows recent graduates to dedicate a year of their time and talents to the Rochester community. Fellows work on projects that expand the capacity of community-based organizations that serve youth and their families. Applications for the 2011-12 service year are due by March 11. Fellows receive a living allowance stipend and an end-of-service award from AmeriCorps. Visit the Rochester Youth Year website or contact VISTA leader Kyvaughn Henry for details.
Urban Fellows Program Seeks Applicants
The Rochester Urban Fellows program is seeking applicants for summer 2011. The program emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and fosters an appreciation of crosscultural issues and urban life. During the 10-week program, fellows receive stipends of $2,000 for their work with community-based organizations in the Rochester community. Fellows also participate in urban issues seminars, community activities, and an end-of-summer symposium. Visit the Urban Fellows website or contact Patricia Waters in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership for more information.

Hurry Up and Advise Me
While the Millennial Generation comes to college with a significant will to achieve, the rush of trying to get everything done, often leaves limited time to spend contemplating some of the “big” college questions such as “what should I major in?” Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers advice on how students can make the most of an advisement session. Read more ...
The Early Bird and That Worm
Does the proverbial early bird really get the worm? Does starting early impact job or internship search success? What should you be telling students, and when? Burt Nadler, director of the Career Center, offers some guidance in tackling these questions. Read more...
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Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, will be the keynote speaker at the University’s Meliora Weekend, Oct. 20 to 23. (photo by Ralph Alswang/Clinton Foundation)

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
Atlanta: Feb. 27, 1 to 3 p.m., “Education Reforms: Helping or Hurting, featuring David Hursh, an associate professor of teaching and curriculum.
Florida: March 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Rochester Forum in Bonita Springs; March 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Rochester Forum in Boca Raton; March 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Reception with President Joel Seligman in Palm Beach.

Local Events
Rediscovering Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, featuring Manning Marable. Feb. 15, 6 p.m.


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Tennis: Feb. 20, LeMoyne.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 6, Husson (ME), Orlando, Fla.; March 7, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Orlando, Fla.; March 9–13, UAA Championship Tournament, Sanford, Fla.
Men’s Basketball: Feb. 18, Carnegie-Mellon; Feb. 20, Case Western Reserve; Feb. 26, Emory.
Women’s Basketball: Feb. 18, Carnegie-Mellon; Feb. 20, Case Western Reserve; Feb. 26, Emory.
Golf: March 5–12, UAA Championships, Orlando, Fla.
Women’s Lacrosse: March 8, Muhlenberg, Hilton Head, S.C.; March 9, Susquehanna, Hilton Head, S.C.
Softball: March 6–8, NTC Spring Games, Clermont, Fla.; March 10–14, UAA Championship Tournament, Altamonte Spring, Fla.
Squash: Feb. 16, Hobart;
Swimming and Diving: Feb. 16–19, UAA Championships, Webster, N.Y.
Men’s Tennis: Feb. 19, Ithaca; March 6, The College of New Jersey, Orlando, Fla.; March 7, Wesleyan, Orlando, Fla.; March 9, Coe College, Orlando, Fla.
Women’s Tennis: March 6,The College of New Jersey, Orlando, Fla.; March 7, Wesleyan, Orlando, Fla.; March 9, Coe College, Orlando, Fla.
Track: Feb. 18, RIT Tiger Invitational, Henrietta, N.Y; Feb. 19, NYU Team Challenge at the Armory Track and Field Center, New York, N.Y.; Feb. 25–26, NYSCTC Championships at St. Lawrence University; March 4–5, ECAC Division III Championships at the Armory Track and Field Center, New York, N.Y.; March 11–12, NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

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