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December 2011
Students Showcase Research at Conference
Sierrah Grigsby ’13, Gerard Markham ’13, Ian Marozas ’13, Tyler Nicholas ’12, Jabari Henriques ’13 (North Carolina A&T State University), and Arshaqui Johnson ’12 (Norfolk State University) attended the 11th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in St. Louis, Mo., last month. The students were supported by the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Henriques, Nicholas, and Markhan received Student Travel Awards. Markham (Social & Behavioral Sciences and Public Health) and Grigsby (Interdisciplinary Studies) received awards for outstanding presentations in their fields and $250 and $50 cash prizes, respectively. 
YellowJackets Receive Key to City
two students accept key to city from mayor
Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards presents the key to the city to Aaron Sperber and Jamal Moore, who accepted the honor on behalf of the YellowJackets. The a cappella group was recognized for its contributions to the city of Rochester, including the group’s recent work with students at Rochester’s World of Inquiry School. Watch video from the key presentation here.
The Year in Photos: 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, watch a slideshow of notable moments from the University this year.
Eastman School Alumni Earn Grammy Nominations
Ron Carter, Renee Fleming, John Hollenbeck, and Christopher Lamb are among a dozen Eastman School alumni who are nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, to be presented Feb. 12. Read more ...
Book Rental Reminder
Did your student rent textbooks from the bookstore this semester? If so, the bookstore asks you to remind him or her to return the books to the store before leaving campus for winter break to avoid being charged a non-return fee.
Student Advantage Card Can Help Students Save
Looking for discounts on Amtrak and Greyhound for your student’s travel plans? The University partners with Student Advantage to offer students a card which includes discounts to many national retailers. Purchase a card online and view the list of existing discounts associated with the program. A one-year card is $20, and a four-year card is $45.
Study Abroad Forms Needed
Is your son or daughter planning on studying abroad in spring 2012? If so, you should have been mailed a parents’ packet with information concerning study abroad. The packet includes a parent acknowledgement form and a family contact information form for you to complete. If you have not already done so, the Center for Study Abroad asks you to return the completed forms by email,; by fax, (585) 461-5131; or by mail, Center for Study Abroad, University of Rochester, Lattimore 206/P.O. Box 270376, Rochester, NY 14627-0376. If you didn’t receive the parents’ packet, call (585) 275-7532.
Student-Alumni Networking Nights Set for January
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and the Office of Alumni Relations encourage your student to attend one of the University’s Student-Alumni Networking Nights this January. Scheduled on the evenings of Rochester’s Career and Internship Connections (CIC) events in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 6), Boston (Jan. 9), and New York City (Jan. 11), Networking Nights provide a comfortable setting for students to connect with alumni advisors from a variety of career fields. There is no charge, but registration is required. Find dates, locations, and registration information at
Basketball Tailgate Events Planned
Rocky the mascot
Warm up this January with Yellowjackets basketball at Brandeis University (Jan. 13) and New York University (Jan. 15). Cheer on the Rochester men’s and women’s teams as they take on the Brandeis Judges and NYU Violets. Bring your friends and family and wear your Rochester gear! There will be a tailgate reception at both games. Admission is $10 per person and free for children under age 8. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit
Spotlight on Diversity: Frederick Douglass Institute
Established in 1986, the Frederick Douglass Institute has as its primary mandate the promotion of advanced research and intellectual exchange within the University community and the field of African and African-American studies. Read more about the institute and its mission on this flyer. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Summer Is on Its Way
Did you know the Summer Sessions schedule is available online? Summer is a great time for students to get ahead, catch up, repeat a course, complete a cluster, or just try something different. New courses, old favorites, campus living, and great activities are just some of the summer highlights. Rochester shines in the summertime. Registration opens April 9. For more information, visit
Urban Fellows Program Seeks Applicants
The Rochester Urban Fellows program is seeking applicants for summer 2012. The program emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and encourages a celebration and appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life. During the 10-week program (May 23–Aug. 1), students receive free housing as well as stipends of nearly $2,000 for their work with community-based organizations in the Rochester area. In addition, fellows participate in seminars on various urban issues, community and cultural activities, and an end-of-summer symposium. For more information and to apply, visit the Rochester Center for Community Leadership website.
‘The Physics of the Job and Internship Search’
“Employment (e) equals majors (m) expressed as field, function, and firm focused options, multiplied by clearly articulated goals and job and internship coaching (c squared),” according to the Physics of Job and Internship Search by Burton Nadler, director of the Gwen M. Green Career and Internship Center. Read more ...
Those Inevitable Academic Detours
“Keeping in mind that Rochester’s flexible curriculum offers students unusual opportunities to explore a diverse range of academic offerings, students newly uncertain of their academic plans should not be discouraged from venturing off on an academic detour,” says Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support and dean of freshmen. Read more ...

Resources for students:
A History of the University
Ever wonder how the University came to adopt Meliora as its motto? Or wonder who Rush Rhees was? During a lecture sponsored by the Inter-Class Living Community, University Vice President Paul Burgett takes the audience through the 160-year history of the University. Watch the video...
Playing Outside the Box
Meet Sound ExChange, a new orchestra made up of students at the Eastman School as well as a handful of musicians from other schools at the University. The group’s mission is to go into the community and find innovative ways to bring classical music to new audiences while educating their listeners about the music. Watch the video...

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student playing a handmade guitar
Michael Israel ’12 and other students in Alice Quillen’s Physics of Music class put their hard work on display as they performed for an audience with both classical instruments and hand-made instruments created for the course.
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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.

Boston: Student-Alumni Networking Night, Jan. 9; Rochester vs. Brandeis Basketball Game and Tailgate, Jan. 13.
Washington, D.C.: Student-Alumni Networking Night, Jan. 6.

Rochester Events


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

Chris Bickford Named AFCA First Team All-American
Post-season honors are coming as quickly for Chris Bickford these days as tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Rochester senior defensive end has just received one of the highest possible honors—First Team All-American as selected by the American Football Coaches Association. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 10, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher.
Squash: Jan. 8, 1 p.m., Princeton.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; Jan. 7, 4 p.m., Emory University; Jan. 13, 8 p.m, Brandeis University; Jan. 15, 1 p.m., New York University.
Women’s Basketball: Dec. 30, TBA, Caribbean Club Team; Jan. 2, TBA, Barbados National Team; Jan. 7, 2 p.m., Emory University; Jan. 13, 6 p.m., Brandeis University; Jan. 15, 3 p.m., New York University.
Squash: Jan. 13, 6 p.m., University of Western Ontario.

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