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October 2011

New Students Admitted to Arts Leadership Program
Twenty-seven Eastman School students were recently admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program. The program includes courses, internships, and special grants that equip music students with the skills and experience necessary for a transition into the world of the professional musician. Read more ...
Bus Transportation Offered for Academic Breaks
My Bus Home will be arranging roundtrip or one-way motor coach transportation for all academic breaks from campus to Ludlow and Newton Mass., as well as Easton, Pa., and New York City. To receive more information and to reserve seats, visit The deadline for the Thanksgiving Break trip is Nov. 1.
Goergen Awards Honor Teaching Excellence
Chosen from among the College’s more than 300 faculty members, the 2011 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching have been presented to Dan-Andrei Geba, an associate professor of mathematics; John Givens, an associate professor of Russian; and Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English. Read more ...
University Appoints Deputy Director of Security
Mark Fischer, a law enforcement professional with 28 years of New York State Police experience, has been selected deputy director of operations for Security Services at the University. He will start in the new position Nov. 1. Read more ...
Rochester Parents Fund
The Rochester Parents Fund is a tradition that supports the University’s top priority: the students. The fund exists to enhance and strengthen the student experience. Richard Feldman, dean of the College, uses these funds to support student initiatives throughout the year. Parent gifts have helped with many things such as supporting the Collegiate Readership Program, providing Internet access kiosks around campus, and supporting workshops. Parent giving was strong during the past fiscal year—reaching more than $1.2 million including the Parent Fund. You can also learn more about the Parents Council, a group of parents who volunteer their time and financial support to support admissions, career guidance, and mentoring programs, and who attend and host events. Call the Parents Program Office at (585) 276-4075 with any questions. For more information about the Eastman Parents Fund and Eastman Parents Ambassadors, contact (585) 274-1040.
YellowJackets Advance on TV Singing Competition
YellowJackets on stage
The YellowJackets have advanced through several rounds of NBC’s a cappella competition, The Sing-Off. They are among the remaining seven groups vying for a Sony Music recording contract and a $200,000 cash prize. Their previous performances are available online. The Sing-Off airs Monday nights on NBC. Read more ...
Rising Leader Conference Offered for Freshmen and Sophomores
The Rising Leader Conference is a new initiative being organized by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Order of Omega, Sigma Chi fraternity, and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The leadership program encourages freshmen and sophomores to become active contributors to the community. The conference will be led by a facilitator from The LeaderShape Institute, who will present their Catalyst Workshop as part of the initiative. The daylong workshop will take place on campus on Sunday, Nov. 6. Students can register here.
Financial Aid Update
Over the past several weeks, the Financial Aid Office has sent weekly emails to students with incomplete financial aid applications for this academic year. Students were given a deadline of Oct. 7 to complete their applications. Financial aid for students with an incomplete application will no longer appear as a credit towards their charges on their student account, starting with the October billing statement. Students who were unable to complete their applications by the deadline received follow-up emails on Oct. 14 to confirm that financial aid is no longer expected for their student billing account. Contact your student’s financial aid counselor if you have any questions.
Yearbook Orders Available Online
Yearbooks for students at the College can be purchased at (enter the code 13777). On the same site, you can also purchase an ad congratulating your son or daughter on their graduation on the same site. In addition, your son or daughter can sign up to take his or her senior photo (school code is 8514). Portraits are being taken from Nov. 16 to 18 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Photo sessions are free, and you can order a photo package so you can have copies of the portrait for yourself.
Spotlight on Diversity: Office for Faculty Development and Diversity
Meet the members of the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Faculty Diversity Officers in this month’s Spotlight on Diversity. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Student Discount Program
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Rochester Every Day
(RED), a student discount program launched by students in 2003, continues to be coordinated by students through the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Students receive discounts at more than 60 participating businesses, ranging from restaurants to museums to movie theaters to spas and salons. Students can pick up RED stickers for their student IDs as well as handy pocket guides from the Common Connection information desk in Wilson Commons.
New Issue of Innovations Available
View the latest issue of Innovations, the entrepreneurship newsletter that covers stories across all schools and campuses. A hard copy is also available at the Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. Sign up online to be mailed Innovations on a regular basis. For those who have previously signed up, expect the newsletter to arrive by the end of the first week of November.
University’s Mobile App Launches New Features
UR Mobile has new features available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Windows Mobile users. Integration with Mobile Learn connects students to their course materials in Blackboard and “Parking” offers maps, bus schedules, and Medical Center parking availability. Download the app and learn about other new features at
New Models Added to Zipcar Lineup
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The University has two new fuel-efficient 2012 Ford Focus vehicles as part of its existing fleet of environmentally friendly Zipcar vehicles. Zipcar is a car-sharing program that provides an affordable and convenient transportation solution for Rochester students, faculty, and staff. The program’s all-inclusive rates cover parking, gas, insurance, maintenance, and roadside assistance. As part of Ford’s sponsorship, students, faculty, or staff joining as new members will receive $10 off their first year Zipcar membership, and the hourly rate for Ford vehicles on campus will also be reduced by $1 per hour. Read more ...
Student Group Offers Care Package Deliveries
The University chapter of GlobeMed is offering customizable care packages to be delivered to students. 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.
Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Application Deadline is Nov. 1
The Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Program offers selected students a fifth, tuition-free, year of college to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. KEY Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to Liz Monte ( in Lattimore 312. Letters of recommendation are due the same day as the application and should be sent directly to Lattimore 312. For more information, call (585) 275-2354 or visit
Engineering and Entrepreneurship Master’s Program
The Master of Science in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) degree program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a technical cluster of their choice while receiving a strong foundation in entrepreneurial management. Through a fast-paced curriculum at the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Simon Graduate School of Business, students can complete the program in as little as one year. An information session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 1-211 Carol Simon Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Students can register by calling (585) 276-3500 or by emailing
Key Study Strategies During Midterm Time
It’s midterm time at the University, and, for many students, it’s also a time of increased anxiety, decreased sleep, and potentially disappointing news. Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support and dean of freshmen, suggests some strategies to help students through midterms. Read more ...

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Getting Cuddly with Campus Canines
Campus Canines visit with students at the Goergen Athletic Center, providing cuddles, hugs, and welcome relief from the stresses of academic life. Watch the video...

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President Joel Seligman applauding at podium

The launch of the University’s first modern, comprehensive fundraising Campaign,
The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester, marked the 10th anniversary edition of Meliora Weekend, Oct. 21–23, as a historic moment in the life of the University.

More than 7,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, and friends celebrated Rochester’s history of achievement and looked forward to making the University “ever better” during gala celebrations Friday and Saturday.

The $1.2 billion fundraising initiative, including a $225 million goal for student aid, is the largest in the University’s history.

See photos from the weekend.
Visit the Campaign website.
Read more about The Meliora Challenge.
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
Denver:Why is Health Care so Expensive? The Inside Story” featuring School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman, Nov. 6.
Maryland: JACK Quartet at the Strathmore, Nov. 5.
Philadelphia:The Future of Care: Excellence and the Doctor-Patient Relationship” with associate professor of medicine David Lambert, Nov. 13.

Rochester Events


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Women’s Basketball: Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Oswego State.
Field Hockey: Oct. 29, 5 p.m., SUNY Brockport.
Football: Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m., Alfred; Nov. 12, noon, Hobart.
Swimming and Diving: Oct. 28, 6 p.m., NYU/Case Western/Carnegie Mellon; Oct. 29, 10 a.m., NYU/Case Western/Carnegie Mellon.
Volleyball: Oct. 28–29, NY Regional Challenge.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Oct. 29, UAA Championships, Chicago, Ill.; Nov. 12, NCAA Atlantic Regional, Canton, N.Y.
Football: Nov. 5, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence.
Rowing: Oct.  29, 10 a.m., Head of the Schuylkill, Philadelphia, Pa.; Nov. 6, 8 a.m., Syracuse Invitational.
Squash: Oct. 28–30, Price-Bullington Invitational at St. Lawrence University.
Men’s Soccer: Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., Washington University (Mo.); Oct. 30, noon, University of Chicago; Nov. 5, 5 p.m., Case Western.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 28, 9 p.m., Washington University (Mo.); Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m., University of Chicago; Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Case Western.
Swimming and Diving: Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Union.
Volleyball: Nov. 4–5, UAA Finals in New York, N.Y.

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