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March 2011

Undergraduate Tuition to Rise 4 Percent
The Board of Trustees approved rates for tuition and room and board during its March meeting. Read more ...

College Offers New Business Major
This spring, undergraduates will have the opportunity to declare a major in business, thanks to a new collaboration between the College and the Simon School of Business. Read more...

Grant Helps Expand Science and Math Programs
The University’s David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering was recently awarded a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students in the areas of science and mathematics. Read more...

Professor Ching Tang Wins Wolf Prize
Ching Tang, the Doris Johns Cherry Professor of Chemical Engineering in the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the Wolf Prize in the field of chemistry. Read more...

Warner’s New Home to Be Named for Raymond F. LeChase
The University’s Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new home for the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, President Joel Seligman announced yesterday. The building will be named in memory of the late Raymond F. LeChase, founder of LeChase Construction Services, renowned philanthropist, and dedicated supporter of education. Read more ...

Commencement Info Available Online

students in caps and gowns clapping
The University is preparing for its 161st Commencement ceremonies during May and June 2011. More than 2,000 students will have their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees conferred. Check the Commencement website for more information and updates.
Graduation Fair
The River Campus Bookstore will be hosting a Graduation Fair on Friday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s fair will include the debut of new eco-friendly caps and gowns. Read more...
Reminder: Student Account Balances
Student account balances must be paid in full to participate in the housing lottery and fall 2011 registration. Housing contracts are due March 30, and fall 2011 registration begins April 4. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931 or
Have Questions about Financial Aid?
The Financial Aid Office encourages you to contact your student’s counselor with questions regarding financial aid for this academic year or with questions regarding application materials needed by April 15 for the 2011-12 academic year. Visit the Financial Aid Office website for contact information.
Event Celebrates Major Declaration
Declaring a major marks an important milestone of the sophomore year. Students in the Class of 2013 who have completed the declaration process will receive an invitation to attend the new Major Declaration Celebration, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13. At the festive event, students will have their photos taken for their departments and will be welcomed by faculty, staff, and other students in the major. To find out more, visit the Dean of Sophomores website.
Students Pursue Service for Spring Break
Forty-three undergraduates spent spring break undertaking service projects at five sites around the country. The service trips were organized by student organizations with the support and advice of the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. The Catholic Newman Community sponsored a project working with school children in Baltimore; the Habitat for Humanity student chapter worked on housing in and around Wilmington, Del.; the Refugee Student Alliance volunteered with the International Rescue mission in Atlanta; the Rotaract chapter worked on conservation projects at a state park in Lorton, Va.; and the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence sponsored an outreach program in Rochester.
Eastman Celebrates Women in Music
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The Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School includes free concerts and events across the Rochester area that will celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in all areas of music. Running from March 21–25, the annual festival features collaborations with several local arts organizations. Read more...
Free Recordings Available from Job Search Success Teleseries
If you missed a call from the Office of Alumni Relations’ Absolutely Abby Job Search teleseries, each session is archived for you to listen at your convenience. Read more...
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
In addition to the variety of courses offered in the College, on-campus activities and off-campus events and festivals provide plenty to do when studying is over. Course registration begins April 4. For more information, visit the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies website. Summer housing information will be available shortly. If you have questions, call (585) 275-2345, or e-mail
Learn more about Eastman School’s summer course offerings on the school’s Summer Sessions 2011 website.
Center for Entrepreneurship Lecture is April 13
Mary Walshok, an industrial sociologist and associate vice chancellor for extended studies and public programs and a professor of sociology at UC San Diego, will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in Gleason Hall, Room 318/418 as part of the Center for Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. The following morning, she will moderate a community roundtable on economic development at the Alumni and Advancement Center. The events are free and open to the public. Register online or call (585) 276-3500.
Study Abroad Reminders
If your son or daughter is planning to study abroad during the 2011-12 academic year and they haven't already done so, they need to attend a mandatory predeparture meeting from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18, or from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Morey Hall 321. Anyone planning to take part in a Rochester-sponsored program is required to apply for scholarships offered by the program. For those planning to propose an interdepartmental major, minor, or cluster, the deadline is April 1. Contact the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs at (585) 275-7532 or
Spotlight on Diversity: Inclusiveness at the School of Nursing
The mission of the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness in the School of Nursing is to “create a welcoming environment that reflects and values increasing diversity of the faculty, staff, and students at the School of Nursing.” Read more about the group and its efforts on this flierLearn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.

Make a Plan, Check it Twice
“As academic advisors we’ve learned that the spring break week divides the semester into two halves for many students: the challenging but optimistic first half of the semester and the intensely busy, sometimes worrisome, second half of the semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support and dean of freshmen. “Successful students return from spring break with a plan in mind.” Read more...
How Is the Job Market?
“By focusing on ‘micro job markets,’ we might get closer to a meaningful and inspirational answer that allows us, as we should, to address efforts of individuals actively seeking internships or postbaccalaureate options,” writes Burt Nadler, director of the Career Center. Read more ...
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Send it to the Career Center staff, who will respond in future issues of Parents Buzz.

inspireDance Nurtures Fancy Footwork
Arielle Friedlander’s KEY project helps the Rochester community get footloose at the University’s first-ever dance festival, inspireDance. Watch the video.
World Day of Social Justice
To mark the annual World Day of Social Justice on Feb. 20, members of the University’s student chapter of GlobeMed asked members of the University community to complete this sentence: "Every human deserves _______."
Watch a slideshow and video of the responses.

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pi day
Lucia Petito ’12, a mathematics and applied music (violin performance) major, and Alicia Cornelia ’12, a mathematics major, hoist a banner in celebration of Pi Day. The University celebrated Pi Day (on 3.14, of course) with mini lectures, Pie a Pi pastry throws, music, and more.

Video: How many digits of pi do you know?
Audio Essay: Pi Day by C. Douglas Haessig, an assistant professor of mathematics
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
Chicago: March 22, 6 p.m., “Self-Determined: What Motivates You?”; March 23, 6 p.m., Happy Hour at Moe’s Cantina.
Philadelphia: March 27, 11:30 a.m., “Self-Determined: What Motivates You?”
New Jersey: April 7, 6:30 p.m., “Stem Cell Medicine: The Next Medical Revolution.”

Local Events
Women’s History Month—events throughout March.

Kilbourn Concert Series: Sa Chen, Piano, March 2, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Fonge Is NCAA National Runnerup
Rochester senior Yaneve Fonge finished second in the 20-lb. weight throw at the NCAA Division III national track championships.  Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: March 23, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher; March 26, 1 p.m., Skidmore; March 27, noon, Skidmore; April 2, 1 p.m., Clarkson; April 3, noon, Clarkson.
Women’s Lacrosse: March 19, noon, RIT; March 22, 4 p.m., Brockport; April 1, 4 p.m., Clarkson; April 2, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence.
Women’s Rowing: March 26, RIT/William Smith/Hobart at Genesee Valley Waterways.
Softball: March 23, 3 p.m., RIT; March 26, 1 p.m., Brockport; April 6, 3 p.m., Geneseo.
Men’s Tennis: March 19, noon, Oneonta; March 31, 4 p.m., Nazareth; April 3, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence; April 7, 4 p.m., Hobart.
Women’s Tennis: March 30, 4 p.m., William Smith; April 2, 10 a.m., Ithaca; April 3, 11 a.m., St. Lawrence.
Track: April 9, 9 a.m., UR Alumni Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: April 6, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher; April 9, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence.
Golf: March 26–27, McDaniel Spring Invitational, Abbottstown, Pa.; April 3–4, Mid-Atlantic Regional Invitational at Hershey, Pa.; April 9–10, Edward Jones Shootout in Apollo, Pa.
Women’s Lacrosse: March 24, 4 p.m., Nazareth; April 7, 4 p.m., Geneseo; April 9, 2 p.m., William Smith.
Women’s Rowing: April 2, 8 a.m., Ithaca/RIT at Ithaca; April 3, UAA Championships, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Softball: March 27, 1 p.m., Ithaca; March 30, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher; April 5, 3 p.m.
Swimming: March 23–26, NCAA Division III championships at the University of Tennessee.
Men’s Tennis: March 22, 4 p.m., RIT; March 26, noon, Kenyon; April 9, 2 p.m., NYU.
Women’s Tennis: March 19, 11 a.m., Middlebury; March 20, 1 p.m., Skidmore; March 26, 2 p.m., Kenyon; April 9, 10 a.m., NYU.
Track: March 25–26, Washington & Lee-VMI Carnival in Lexington, Va.; April 2, 10 a.m., RIT/Roberts Wesleyan/Houghton at Roberts Wesleyan.

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