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April 2011

A Message from President Joel Seligman
“Monroe County Court Judge John DeMarco has issued a not guilty verdict in the criminal case involving University of Rochester student Daren Venable. This verdict deserves our respect. No one who was not in the courtroom throughout the entire proceeding can fully appreciate the full extent of evidence that was presented to Judge DeMarco. The overarching tragedy remains that our student, Jeffrey Bordeaux, Jr., has died. Let me again articulate my sadness and empathy for both families.”
Read the full message and view a list of support services available to students here.

Commencement is May 15
Ursula Burns
Ursula Burns
The College will hold its commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, on the River Campus Eastman Quadrangle. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns will deliver the address. Students will receive their diplomas at the departmental diploma ceremonies that take place after the main ceremony. The Eastman School commencement begins at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, at Eastman Theatre. Visit the University's Commencement 2011 website for details on commencement activities, parking, and frequently asked questions.

Gowns Go ‘Green’
The caps and gowns that bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates will be wearing to commencement next month are made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Read more ...
Student Health Insurance Reminder 
All full-time students must enroll in or waive the University-sponsored health insurance every year. Discuss coverage with your student to assure that he or she understands the options and has the information available to make an appropriate insurance selection for 2011-12. Details of the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance are available here. Students will be notified next month by email when the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Process is available on the University Health Service website.
Student Life Awards Presented
The annual University Student Life 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 or surrounding community. Read more ...
Messages for Mom
Visit the University’s homepage between May 6–8 for special Mother’s Day messages from Rochester students.
New Online Health Magazine Launched for Students
The UHS Health Promotion Office presents Student Health 101, an online monthly health and wellness magazine especially for Rochester students. The April issue includes articles about exercise, stress, testing for sexually transmitted infections, energy drinks, sexual assault, and more. You can also check out Parent Perspective, a briefer version for parents.
New Medical Center Building Dedicated to Advancing Care
University and state officials dedicated the new Saunders Research Building at the Medical Center April 8. Named in honor of Rochester businessman E. Philip Saunders, the building will serve as the hub of clinical and translational medicine for both the Medical Center and a network of researchers across the state. Read more ...
Eastman Musicians Performing in Washington, D.C.
The Eastman Percussion Ensemble will represent the Eastman School in this year’s Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center and will perform a free concert on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Read more...
Eastman BroadBand Ensemble Returns to New York City
Following their highly acclaimed New York City-Mexico tour last fall, Eastman BroadBand will give back-to-back performances at the Americas Society on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., and at Symphony Space as part of the Wall to Wall Sonidos program on Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m.
Financial Aid Reminders
Parents can contact the Financial Aid Office with questions regarding financial aid for the current 2010-11 academic year, the summer semester, as well as for the 2011-12 academic year. Applications for 2011-12 were due April 15. The Financial Aid Office recommends confirming that everything for next year’s application has been submitted before your student heads home for the summer.
Study Abroad Checklist
Students planning to study abroad during 2011-12 should have a current passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months after the anticipated end of the planned study abroad term. If your student receives financial aid, he or she should meet with their financial aid counselor before going abroad. Also, a Bon Voyage reception for students going abroad next semester will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Contact the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs at (585) 275-7532 or with any questions.
Senior Named Student Employee of the Year
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Isthier Chaudhury ’11 has been named the 2010-11 Student Employee of the Year, an award given annually by the Student Employment Office. Chaudhury works for University Information Technology as a classroom technology technician and printing support technician. Read more...
Spotlight on Diversity: Pride Network
Pride Network, the University’s undergraduate GLBTQA (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally) student organization, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
Registration for summer courses is now open. New this summer: courses are guaranteed to run as long as students register by the first day of class; new registration opportunities for internships; and simplified scheduling. Students can live in “Sue B.” and eat in Wilson Commons on weekdays. Gleason Library and the IT Center will be open late, and movie nights, festival outings, and other activities will provide plenty to do when studying is over. For all the details visit the Office of Summer and Part-Time Studies website, email, or call (585) 275-2345.
Students Share Their Business Plans in Competition
Students are invited to submit their business plans to the fifth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition by Monday, April 25. First place will win $10,000; second place will receive $2,500; third place will get $1,000; and a Crowd’s Pick prize of $500 will be offered this year. Parents are invited to the finalists’ presentations and judging on Wednesday, May 11, at 4 p.m. in Gleason Hall, Room 318/418 on the River Campus. Register online or call the Center for Entrepreneurship at (585) 276-3500 to attend the presentations and reserve a free River Campus parking pass.

‘What I Did on My Summer Vacation’
Summer is an important time for college students to recharge. But it is also an optimum time to reflect and plan ahead, says Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support. Read more ...
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Blending Biomed with Ballet
When biomedical engineering student Erin Keegan ’13 is not studying or working in the lab, she is embracing her other passion—ballet. Watch the video.
Alternative Spring Break
Faye Gura ’12 led a group of students on a different kind of spring break, connecting and volunteering with Rochester community improvement efforts. Watch the video.
On Stage: The Winter’s Tale
The International Theatre Program presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale through April 30 at Todd Theatre. Watch the trailer and see a slideshow of photos from the production.
Rochester on The Price Is Right
The Midnight Ramblers a capella group serenades fellow member Aaron Michalko ’14 as he spins the wheel on the Price Is Right on an episode that aired earlier this month. Michalko, who was visiting the set of the game show during the Midnight Ramblers spring break tour in Los Angeles, was selected to “come on down” and be a contestant on the show. Watch the video...

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girl writing caligraphy
Alexa Tarantino ’14, a jazz saxophone performance major, writes calligraphy during the Day of One Thousand Cranes event at the Eastman School. The event, at which students folded more than 1,000 origami cranes, collected more than $1,500 for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help those affected by the March earthquake and tsunami. See the photo slideshow and watch the video. Members of several student organizations on the River Campus also made cranes to raise money for the Red Cross. 
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
Baltimore: April 26, 6:30 p.m., an evening reception featuring John Hansen, a professor of neurobiology and anatomy.
Boston: April 27, 5:30 p.m., “Energy Crisis: Initiatives for the 21st Century” featuring Dean Robert Clark and professors Ching Tang and Philippe Fauchet.
Denver: April 27, 6 p.m., Happy Hour at Lola, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations.
Los Angeles: May 1, 2 p.m. “The Music Behind the Movies” featuring Emmy Award–winning composer Jeff Beal ’85E.
Washington, D.C.: April 28, 6 p.m., Eastman at the Kennedy Center, featuring the Eastman Percussion Ensemble.

Local Events
Gollin Film Festival, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Fiberart International exhibition, opens May 1.

World Music Series: Gamelan Lila Muni, April 25, Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School.
Eastman Percussion Ensemble, April 26, Eastman East Wing.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Yellowjackets at Home
Women’s Lacrosse: April 29, 4 p.m., Vassar.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: April 22, 2 p.m., Vassar; April 23, noon, Vassar; April 27, 3:30 p.m., Cortland; April 30, 1 p.m. Union; May 1, noon, Union; May 10, 4 p.m., RIT.
Golf: May 1, NCAA Division III Championship.
Women’s Lacrosse: April 23, 2 p.m., Hamilton; April 26, 4 p.m., Ithaca.
Softball: April 23, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence; April 24, 1 p.m., RPI; April 27, 3:30 p.m., Alfred.
Women’s Rowing: April 30 and May 1, State Championships in Whitney Point, N.Y.; May 13–14, Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa.
Women’s Tennis: April 22–24, UAA Championships at Washington University.
Track: April 23, Geneseo Invitational; April 30, 10 a.m., Roberts Wesleyan Invitational; May 1–2, NYSCTC Multi-Event at Nazareth; May 6–7, NYCTC Championships at RPI.

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