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May 2011
Celebrating the Class of 2011
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Congratulations to parents and families of 2011 graduates! 
“I would encourage all of you to follow the example of the University and embrace change and learning,” Xerox CEO Ursula Burns told Arts, Sciences, and Engineering graduates at their commencement ceremony May 15. “Do it willingly and with a sense of excitement and wonder.” At the Eastman School ceremony, Emmy Award–winning composer Jeff Beal ’85E encouraged graduates to learn and grow from adversity they may face at times. “The arts are the social and spiritual glue that holds society together—they give us joy, transcendence, and catharsis,” he said.

MORE ONLINE: Photos, video, and audio from Commencement 2011; Dear Mom and Dad” letters from this year’s graduates.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Professional photographs of the 2011 commencement are available for viewing, and also for downloading or purchase for personal use, here. Download instructions are offered here.
Introducing the University’s New Mission Statement
“Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better.” The Board of Trustees enthusiastically approved the University’s new, 10-word mission statement. Read more ...
Live from New York: The Simon School
Tune in to the Fox Business network Thursday, May 19, for live TV reports from the Simon School's NYC conference, Emerging Risks to America’s Financial Stability. Other media scheduled to cover the conference include Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones), Reuters, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Bloomberg TV, Crain’s New York Business, National Underwriter P&C, Agenda, Law360, and Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
Eastman School Composer Named Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, an associate professor of composition, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Music for his work “Comala.” The work was released on a recording last year that features the Eastman BroadBand ensemble. Read more...
Students Awarded Fellowships for Graduate Research
Twelve Rochester students and seven alumni have been named recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowship provides up to three years of graduate study support for students pursuing doctoral or research-based master’s degrees. Read more ...
Parents Buzz Takes a Break
This is the last issue of Parents Buzz for the academic year. The newsletter will return to your inbox in August.
Health Insurance Update
If your student will be on your health insurance this coming year, you can help your student and University Health Service by sending your student back to campus with his or her own insurance card. Students who enroll in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance will receive an insurance card within a few weeks of enrolling. In last month’s Parents Buzz, UHS indicated the link to the enrollment/waiver site would be available by mid-May. Due to the addition of family coverage options for next year, the site will be ready instead in mid to late June. Students will be notified when the site is ready. Read more ...
Health Coverage Reminder for Graduating Students
UHS advises graduating students to check their health insurance status to ensure continuing coverage and access to health care following graduation. Due to changes in the new health care reform law, many young adults are eligible to remain on their parent’s health insurance plan until their 26th birthday if the policy covers dependent children. Graduating full-time students who have paid the mandatory health fee can continue to receive primary care services at UHS through Aug. 31, 2011. Graduating full-time students who are covered by the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance are covered through Aug. 31, 2011.

Student Engineers Honored in Three Competitions
As part of a senior design class, Frances Bell ’11, Jacy Krystal Bulaon ’11, and Swapna Kumar ’11 devised a system to help back-surgery patients get into and out of their back braces throughout the recovery process. The team was honored for its project in three recent competitions. Read more ...
Student Team Finishes Strong in Two Competitions
Biomedical engineering students Benjamin Freedman ’11 and Johanna Kelly ’11 took first place in this year’s Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition and third place in the Mark Ain Business Model Competition for their business plan to commercialize two devices for monitoring pain in premature infants. Read more ...
Financial Aid Update
Returning students who applied by the April 15 deadline for 2011-12 financial aid can expect to receive an email notification regarding next academic year’s aid by mid-June. Students with outstanding application materials are sent email reminders on a monthly basis starting in April. Contact your student’s counselor with questions regarding next year’s financial aid.
Urban Fellows Get to Work
The Rochester Urban Fellows program, coordinated by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, engages students in the civic life of Rochester, promotes learning about cross-cultural issues, and fosters an appreciation for urban life. The following students have been chosen to serve as Urban Fellows this summer: Mahlet Tebeka, Kathleen Delargy, Priscilla Alabi, Faye Gura, Kuhu Parasrampuria, Allison Brandt, Julia Gallogly, Cedrick-Michael Simmons, Cainaan Webb, Griffin Gyr, Jennifer Mott, Michelle Giwerc, Elizabeth Riedman, Kiera Anderson, Robert Snyder, Pendle Marshall-Hallmark, Justine Robinson, Chantal Phillips, Alisa Jimenez, and Tolulope Ogunbor.
Rochester Youth Year Fellows Selected
Rochester Youth Year is an AmeriCorps VISTA program that allows recent graduates of Rochester-area colleges to spend a year of service working with youth-oriented agencies helping to alleviate poverty and improve opportunities for youth and their families in the areas of health and wellness, education, and public safety. The 2011–12 fellows include Rochester students Natasha Williams, Emma Rainwater, and Andrea Polanski. Fellows will begin their year of service in August.
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...
Middle, High School Students Sample College Life
The Office of Admissions is offering pre-college programs that allow middle and high school students to explore the University and its resources. There are a wide range of options over the summer, including one- and two-week noncredit programs, credit-bearing courses, and the opportunity to live on campus. Registration is open for Rochester Scholars Summer A, July 11–22; Rochester Scholars Summer B, July 25–29; Taste of College Summer, June 27–July 25; and Rochester Scholars Jr., Aug. 1–5. For further information, call (585) 275-3221 or (888) 822-2256, or email Discounts are available for children and grandchildren of Rochester alumni. 

What Is Good Academic Advising?
“Good advising is not optional, it is instrumental in helping students build relationships within the campus community and is critical to student success,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support. Read more ...
It Is Never Too Late, Redux…
Last year, inspired by parent calls, emails, and “my car is packed, I'm leaving in 15 minutes, so how do I find an internship” student requests, Career Center director Burt Nadler shared insights and strategies. Now, he revisits important issues to help inspire you to empower your sons and daughters in the weeks and months ahead. Read more ...

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Messages for Mom
Rochester students sent special messages to mom on the University homepage for Mother’s Day. In case you missed it, the photo and video greetings are available here.
Design Day
Engineering teams showcased their senior projects—the results of partnering with local companies and institutions over the past year to solve real-world engineering problems—during Hajim School Design Day. Watch...
Just Another Music-Filled Day at Eastman
Students at the Eastman School don’t limit their performances to the stage. Every few weeks, students, faculty, and staff strolling through the school’s Main Hall are serenaded by their fellow musicians. Relive the brass music played on the last day of school for 2011, led by Dylan Smith on trumpet. Watch ...
One Sweet Sculpture
Dana Herbert, dessert chef and winner of TLC’s Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker, visited the University to demonstrate the art of pastry. Herbert walked the audience through a cake design of Rush Rhees Library. Watch...
American Sign Language Meets American Idol
In a clever play on American Idol, undergraduates and high school students from the Greece Central School District show off their knowledge of American Sign Language during Sign Idol. Watch...

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Where have you been lately? That’s the question
Rochester Review asks undergraduates each spring in the Study Abroad Photo Contest. The answer for this year included entries from 40 students who studied in 33 countries in more than three dozen academic programs recognized by the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs. Maya Dukmasova ’12 of Liverpool, N.Y., was a cowinner in the culture category for the photo above, taken in Cairo in October 2010.
View the winning photos.
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: May 19, 8 p.m., Eastman at the Symphony Center.
London: May 22, 11:30 a.m., “Kenya Feel the Love Tonight: A Bon Voyage Concert” featuring the YellowJackets
New York: May 18, 6:30 p.m., “Kenya Feel the Love Tonight: A Bon Voyage Concert” featuring the YellowJackets; May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Emerging Risks to America’s Financial Stability; June 7, 6:30 p.m., “Live from New York, It’s Weekend Update!”

Local Events
The Rochester Forum, June 30, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Eastman Summer Sing, July 5, 12, 19, 26.
Hopeman Memorial Carillon Recital Series, July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1

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

Nicholas Palladino Named Top Freshman Golfer
Nicholas Palladino has been selected as the winner of the Phil Mickelson Award as the most outstanding freshman in Division III men’s golf. Read more ...

Soccer Trip to Germany Mixes Culture, Games, Tours
The men’s soccer team trip to Germany features exhibition matches and a chance to visit some historic sites. See updates and photos from their trip on the Athletics website.

Yellowjackets Away
Track: May 19–20, ECAC Division III Championships at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.; May 26, NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

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