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September 2011
President Seligman Gives State of the University Address
The University will embark on a transformative chapter in its history this fall, President Joel Seligman said in his annual report to the Faculty Senate. Outlining recent success in research, teaching, faculty achievement, clinical care, the performing arts, fundraising, program development, and progress toward strategic goals, he said, “Our alumni and friends share our dream: To be one of the leading research universities of the 21st century, a community leader and builder, home to outstanding faculty, students, and staff.” Read the full speech and view the presentation...
Meliora Weekend Registration Ends Oct. 10 
Students, alumni, and families will come together to celebrate family weekend, homecoming, and class reunions at Meliora Weekend, Oct. 20–23. Register by Monday, Oct. 10, on the Meliora Weekend website. See a list of events for parents and families, including the Celebration of Meliora on Saturday, Oct. 22, which will celebrate and showcase the University’s history and future promise.
Eastman School Family Weekend
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Eastman Family Weekend, Oct. 21–23, has been designed to bring the Eastman School community together, provide families opportunities to spend time with each other, and meet faculty and staff. A list of area hotels with special room rates is available here. It is strongly recommended that you book hotel rooms early. Mention your affiliation with Eastman to get the special Eastman rate. A schedule and registration details can be found here. Contact the Office of Student Life at (585) 274-1106 or with any questions.
Message to the University Community on Campus Safety
University President Joel Seligman accepts recommendations to enhance University Security Services, including the training of 40 security staff as sworn officers who will be authorized to carry safety equipment such as batons and pepper foam. Read more...
AlertUR System Will Be Tested
This semester’s test of the emergency notification system, AlertUR, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The system is designed to alert undergraduates during an emergency. Students can select to be alerted by text message, email, or other methods. Contact information can be updated at
Bus Transportation Offered for Academic Breaks
My Bus Home will be arranging roundtrip or one-way motor coach transportation from campus to Ludlow and Newton, Mass., and to Easton, Pa., and New York City. To sign up and receive more information, visit
What’s Buzzworthy? Visit The Buzz and You'll Know
When undergrads look for info on all things happening around campus, they head to the tunnels under Eastman Quad. Consider The Buzz your virtual tunnel. From academics to athletics, The Buzz is the place to read about all the buzzworthy things happening across campus.
Financial Aid Update
Now that the fall semester is in full swing, the Financial Aid Office is sending weekly emails to students who have indicated an interest in financial aid for the academic year but still have an incomplete application. The emails are sent to the student’s University email address and provide them with a link to FAOnline, their online financial aid portal. Students can log in at any time to review what items they are missing. Many students have been stopping into the office to complete their I9 forms, which allow them to start their University jobs. Students may stop by G13 Wallis Hall during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays) to complete the forms or schedule appointments with their counselors.
Student Receives Legion of Valor
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Michael Krestos ’12 was recently awarded the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, one of the Navy’s highest awards for excellence in military service among midshipmen. Krestos, who is a midshipman in the University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Command unit, is one of only six students out of a thousand nominees to receive the Legion of Valor award. Read more ...
Senior Awarded Astronaut Scholarship
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Halley Orshan ’12 (known to the University community as Darcey Riley) has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Skylab astronaut Ed Gibson ’59 presented her with the award during a Sept. 15 ceremony. Riley, who is the first Rochester student to be selected as an Astronaut Scholar, is a senior triple-majoring in computer science, mathematics, and linguistics. Read more ...
Spotlight on Diversity: UR Valued
University IT’s UR Valued program builds diversity and inclusion into the organization’s culture by encouraging people to bring their whole selves to work, by developing staff, and by building community. Read more about the program on this flier.  Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Survey: College Mental Health Services and Supports
Are you or is your child a recent or current college a student living with a mental health condition? The National Alliance on Mental Illness wants to hear from you. Participate in a survey on services and support for college students living with mental health conditions: student survey; parent or guardian survey. All responses are confidential. The survey closes Sept 30. For more information, contact Dana Markey at
Study Abroad Proposal Deadline Extended
The deadline to submit a study abroad proposal for the spring 2012 semester has been extended until Sept. 30. The proposal is non-binding and can be submitted on the Center for Study Abroad’s website. Students who want to preserve the option of studying abroad in the spring 2012 semester must submit a proposal before Sept. 30. Want to learn about the study abroad process and see what types of programs are available? The 2011-12 copy of UR There: A Guide to Study Abroad is now available.
Futurity’s on Flipboard: Research News for Your iPad
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The research news website Futurity—hosted and edited at Rochester—is now available on Flipboard, the social magazine named Apple’s iPad app of the year. (Don’t have Flipboard? Download it from iTunes.) Futurity features the latest research in science, tech, health, environment, and society from top universities around the world.
College Center for Academic Support Info Sessions
The College Center for Academic Support, located in Lattimore 312, offers a number of academic information sessions during the fall semester. Students interested in learning more about health professions planning, declaring a major, Take Five and KEY scholars programs, or the Hajim School’s co-op program should consult the schedule available at
Student Group Offers Care Package Deliveries
The University chapter of GlobeMed is offering customizable care packages to be delivered to students in October. Help your son or daughter stock up on college essentials or send him or her some support for midterm exams. Items available include food, cleaning supplies, batteries, cough drops, and even a birthday kit. Instant coffee, chocolate, gummy vitamins, and adhesive hooks are also available. Place your order.
Share Your Admissions Experience
Where did you find good information as a parent of a college-bound student? Can you help the “next generation” of parents? The Office of Admissions invites you to log in and ensure accurate information about the University and the admissions process gets shared in social media forums such as and

Off to a Good Start
What steps can students take at the start of the semester to assure that they are well prepared for the challenges to come? Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers some advice. Read more...

Getting Lean with the Class of 2013
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The Class of 2013 Student Council and dance groups including BPG, Indulgence, Raas, and Bhangra lead students in an 80’s-style workout session—headbands and all—on the steps of Wilson Commons. Watch the video and view the photo slideshow

Did You Know?
Every student has his/her own primary care provider at the University Health Service? Students are encouraged to see their provider whenever they come to UHS. Students can schedule an appointment at (585) 275-2662. Watch for more “Did You Know?” articles in future issues of the Parents Buzz.
Flu Vaccine Clinics Begin in October
UHS will be offering flu vaccine clinics beginning the week of Oct. 3. Clinic dates will be announced on the UHS website, in the Weekly Buzz, and through other means. Students who prefer to come to UHS for their flu shot can call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment.

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Matt Carlin
Rochester a cappella group the YellowJackets (including Matt Carlin ’14E, above) advanced to the second round on NBC’s singing competition
The Sing-Off during the season premiere Sept. 19. Meet the ’Jackets

The YellowJackets entertained a crowd of fellow students, family, alumni, and fans at a watch party in Hoyt Auditorium during the premiere event. The guys performed before the show and answered questions about their experience during the commercial breaks. See photos from the watch party. The full episode of
The Sing Off premiere also is available online. The Sing-Off airs Monday nights on NBC.

Support the YellowJackets by voting for their performance as your favorite from week one of the show.
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 Event
New Orleans: Tauck Jazz Event, Oct. 5–9.

Rochester Events
Campus Consciousness Tour: Janelle Monae, Oct. 1, Palestra, River Campus.
Hispanic Heritage Family Day, Oct. 2, Memorial Art Gallery.
Changing the Way Heart Disease is Treated,” Oct. 6, Saunders Research Building.


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Cross Country: Oct. 15, 11 a.m., Yellowjacket Invitational.
Field Hockey: Oct. 2, 1 p.m., Washington & Jefferson; Oct. 7, 4 p.m., RPI; Oct. 8, 2 p.m., Vassar; Oct. 22, 6 p.m., William Smith.
Football: Oct. 22, 1 p.m., Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Rowing: Oct. 15, 10 a.m., Head of the Genesee.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 8, 5 p.m., NYU; Oct. 14, 5 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Oct. 16, 11 a.m., Emory; Oct. 23, 1 p.m., Kean.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Nazareth; Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., NYU; Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Oct. 16, time TBA, Emory.
Men’s Tennis: Oct. 6, 4 p.m., St. John Fisher.
Volleyball: Oct. 15–16, UAA Championships.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 30, 11 a.m., Paul Short Cross-Country Run in Bethlehem, Pa; Oct. 22, 11 a.m., NYSCTC Championships in Canton, N.Y.
Field Hockey: Oct. 1, 2 p.m., SUNY Morrisville; Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Ithaca; Oct. 15, 4 p.m., Union.
Football: Oct. 1, 1 p.m., RPI; Oct. 15, 2 p.m., U.S. Merchant Marine.
Golf: Oct. 8–9, McDaniel Fall Invitational in Abbottstown, Pa.
Rowing: Oct. 1, 10 a.m., Head of the Trent in Peterborough, Ont.; Oct. 22–23, Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Brandeis.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m., Brandeis; Oct. 22, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 30–Oct. 2, ITA Regional Championships.
Women’s Tennis: Oct. 8–9, Middlebury Doubles Invitational; Oct. 13–16, ITA Small College Nationals. Oct. 14–16, Bowdoin Invitational.
Volleyball: Oct. 1–2, UAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.; Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Nazareth; Oct. 8, noon and 2 p.m. Buffalo State Trimatch; Oct. 12, 7 p.m., SUNY Fredonia.

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