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November 2011
Rochester Team Places Third in Regional Programming Contest
A computer programming team—consisting of Josh Pawlicki ’12, Darcey Riley ’12, and Sean Tang ’12—came in third in the regional final of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest this month, behind MIT and Harvard. The northeast final was held at Rochester Institute of Technology and included 12 schools from upstate New York, New England, and eastern Canada. Read more ...
Musicians Unite to Benefit Rochester’s Foodlink
The benefit concert series “If Music Be the Food ...” will open its third season with a concert at Third Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The concert series involves Eastman School faculty and students, members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and international guest artists, who donate their time. Rather than pay an admission price, attendees are asked to bring canned goods and nonperishable food items to help stock the Foodlink shelves. Read more ...
Spring Billing Statements Available Next Week
The spring 2012 billing statement for undergraduates will be posted in UR ePAY by Nov. 21. Note: Students intending to study abroad will receive their spring billing statement in December, unless they have an outstanding balance from the fall term. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931 or
Fundraising Campaign Launches for New Children’s Hospital
Volunteers, University and Medical Center leaders, physicians, and staff launched a $100 million campaign to transform Golisano Children’s Hospital facilities, teaching, research, and patient care programs. Read more ...
Website Captures YellowJacket Pride
YellowJackets singing on TV stage
After weeks of praise for their performances on the NBC a cappella competition The Sing-Off, judges voted the YellowJackets off the show during the Oct. 31 episode. Relive the YellowJackets run on the show through a timeline of tweets, Facebook posts, photos, and video of their performances. 
National Hispanic Institute Honors University
The National Hispanic Institute presented its College of the Year Award to the University during the organization’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Jonathan Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid, accepted the award on behalf of the University. Read more ...
American Studies Major Announced
Starting this fall, Rochester students have the opportunity to blend a variety of disciplines that focus on the history and culture of the United States through the new American Studies major, now offered at the College. Read more ...
University Celebrates International Education Week
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The University celebrates International Education Week this week with several programs that highlight the University’s commitment to diversity. As an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, the week is designed to promote global awareness and recognize the importance of international education and cultural exchange. Read more ...
Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
Is your son or daughter planning on studying abroad in fall 2012? Are they a U.S. citizen and a Pell Grant recipient? If so, he or she is eligible to apply for the prestigious Gilman Scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 1, but the Center for Study Abroad reminds students that it’s never too early to start planning. Students should contact the center for details.
Center for Entrepreneurship Welcomes Jane Plitt
Author and entrepreneur Jane Plitt will give a talk on “Using Business for Social Change” from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Schlegel Hall room 107. A reception will follow in the Eisenberg Rotunda. Plitt’s presentation will highlight how successful businesses have improved society through social entrepreneurship. Register online or call (585) 276-3500.
JanSport Clothing Discounted at Bookstore
Buy one JanSport clothing item and get another 50 percent off at the University bookstore through Nov. 27. Shop online at

Turkey Talk: Perspectives on the Holidays Ahead
Burton Nadler, director of the Gwen M. Green Career and Internship Center, offers some tips for students on how to focus on and articulate their post-graduation goals during the upcoming holidays.
I’m a Sophomore and I Need to Choose a Major. Now What?
Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support and dean of freshmen, addresses the resources that are available to help support the major declaration process and suggests questions students might ask themselves—and others—if they still aren’t sure which major to choose. Read more ...
‘They’re Coming Home ...’
The Office of Parent Relations offers an article with tips for keeping the peace while your student is home for the holidays. Read more ...

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Video: ASME Pumpkin Launch 2011
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This year’s pumpkin launch, held in Genesee Valley Park, included a little something extra: pumpkin cams. The annual contest, sponsored by the University chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, includes entrants from Rochester and RIT.
More Rochester video...
Slideshow: Honoring Our Veterans
For Veterans Day, the University says “thank you” to the Rochester students who are veterans—past and future—of our armed forces. View the photos...

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Parents Buzz is produced by University Communications, Parent Relations, and the Parents Program. It is emailed monthly to parents of undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School. View issues online at Direct feedback and questions to

football players
Rochester researchers and football players collaborate to learn more about the sport’s risks. Read more...
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
Los Angeles: Holiday Organ Spectacular, Dec. 16.

Holiday Sing, Dec. 9.

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

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Nov. 18–19, Chuck Resler Tournament; Nov. 26–27, UR/Holiday Inn Airport Tournament; Nov. 30–Dec. 3, Wendy’s Classic, location TBA; Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton.
Women’s Basketball: Nov. 18–19, Chuck Resler Tournament; Nov. 29–Dec. 3, Wendy’s Classic, location TBA.
Track and Field: Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Blue & Yellow Classic.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Nazareth College; Dec. 10, 4 p.m., Hobart.
Women’s Basketball: Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Elmira; Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Ithaca; Dec. 10, 2 p.m., William Smith; Dec. 13, 7 p.m., RIT.
Squash: Nov. 18, Liberty League Championships in Canton, N.Y.
Track and Field: Dec. 8, 4 p.m., RIT Early Season Opener.

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