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January 2012
President Seligman Gives Midyear Report
“We are midway through a memorable year with many exciting events scheduled to occur in the spring semester,” President Joel Seligman begins his midyear report to the University community, which outlines recent accolades for faculty and students, notable events, and progress toward the University’s strategic goals. Read the full report.
Statement by President Seligman on Eastman Kodak Announcement 
“The news that Eastman Kodak is filing for bankruptcy reorganization is deeply saddening for Rochester. Kodak has been a vital part of our community for 130 years,” says President Joel Seligman. “This does not mean that Kodak will be liquidated or that all of Kodak’s current employees will lose their jobs. In the best outcome, Kodak will emerge from reorganization a smaller company with less overwhelming debt and a sustainable future.” Read his full statement.
Rochester Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad
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Twelve students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for spring 2012. Recipients of the prestigious study abroad scholarship are chosen through a competitive process and use the award to offset the cost of pursuing international education experiences. The recipients are Kiera Anderson, Rachel Bierasinski, Janise Carmichael, Gabrielle Cornish, Allayna Dehond, Donias Doko, Shukri Dualeh, Maxine Humphrey, Marius Kothor, Heather Owen, Yaritza Perez, and Kellen Tsai. Read more ...
Student Leaders Inducted into National Residence Hall Honorary
The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services announces its first chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, the only nationwide organization that exclusively recognizes leaders in the residence halls. Membership is limited to 1 percent of the top student leaders at the College within residence halls. Nineteen upperclass students were inducted on Jan. 17: Joseph Ciminelli, Akilah Collins-Anderson, Gabrielle Cornish, Vincent DeRienzo, Michelle Dick, Douglas Done, Ahmed Faisal, Kyle Fedorchak, Dongdong Han, Raquel Lopez, Anupa Manjunatha, Gerard Markham, Clay Monson, Kimberly Ornell, Kaitlin Pellicano, Yaritza Perez, Natasha Turner, Yu Xu, and Jiaqian Zhou.
Bus Transportation Offered for Breaks
Roundtrip or one-way motor coach transportation from the River Campus to Ludlow and Newton, Mass. or New York City/Bridgewater, N.J./Easton, Pa., is available to students for spring break. For information about My Bus Home and to register, visit My Bus Home is also gauging interest in motor coach transportation to Chicago, Bethesda, Md., and Pittsburgh areas. Email Betsy Kirschbaum at if your student is interested in traveling to these areas. Be sure to include the student’s name and hometown. Transportation to these new areas is not guaranteed but will be determined based on student and parent interest.
2012–13 Financial Aid Deadline Is May 1 
Instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2012–13 academic year will be emailed to students’ University email addresses by the end of January. The application deadline is May 1. Returning students who submit a complete financial aid application by the deadline should expect to see an email about their aid for next year by the middle of June. Questions about the application process should be directed to your student’s financial aid counselor.
2012 Mark Ain Business Model Workshops and Competition
The University community and the general public are invited to a series of three monthly workshops beginning in January. Students at any level of study can submit a written business plan for a chance to win $10,000 in the sixth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. Read more ...
Study Abroad Expo Provides Information on Available Programs
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If your son or daughter is thinking about studying abroad, the Center for Study Abroad encourages them to attend the annual Study Abroad Expo from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Wilson Commons. The expo provides an opportunity for students to learn about the wide range of University-affiliated study abroad programs available as well as scholarship opportunities. If you would like more information about the College’s study abroad programs, call (585) 275-7532, email, or visit the Center for Study Abroad website.
Health Committee Letter Deadline for 2013 Application Cycle
Is your student hoping to start medical, dental, veterinary, or other health professional school in 2013? March 23 is the deadline to request an important part of the application—the Health Committee letter of recommendation from the University. The application cycle for the programs is significant, and advising is available for students considering these fields. Visit the Health Professions website for more information.
Questions? Contact Catherine Towsley, director of health professions advising.
Student Health 101—Keeping Students (and Parents) Healthy
The UHS Health Promotion Office provides all undergraduate students with an online subscription to Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness magazine. As a bonus, there is a parent version that provides information to you about the articles and information your student is receiving. Feel free to check out the Parent Perspective or, if you’d like, the student version.
Dining Services Update
Dining Services is kicking spring semester off with “Welcome Back to Wilson,” a celebration featuring free food samples, a student group information fair, music, and door prizes. In December, more than 30 national collegiate chefs attended a three-day seminar, hosted by Dining Services, where they created new recipes—and students, faculty, and staff got to eat the creations. Also this year, Dining Services continues to use local, sustainable foods at its locations while cutting back on fat and sodium. To promote consumption of healthy fare, Dining Services is offering frequency cards at the The Commons and The Hillside Market. As always, you can email your comments or questions to
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
It’s time to start thinking summer! Students may live and dine on campus while they take a course or two at the College. The cost of a room is comparable to the cost of a sublet, but the convenience and sense of community are incomparable. The variety of courses offered (around 50 humanities and social science courses and 35 basic science and engineering courses) is on display here. Some students take courses to catch up, to get ahead, to try something new, or to repeat a course that may not have gone well the first time. The weather is usually magnificent. If you have questions, check the Summer Sessions website, send an email to, or call (585) 275-2345.
Lecture Covers the Entrepreneurs Network
Jean Case, executive director of the Entrepreneurs Network, will present a free talk at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425 and 1-2495) at the Medical Center. The talk is part of the FIRE Lecture Series. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Register at (585) 784-8856 or email David Englert. Read more ...
This Summer, High School Students Sample College Life
At Rochester, students design their own educational plans, studying only what they want to study and doing what they love, driven by their interests. So what exactly does that kind of freedom look like? Pre-College Programs make it possible for high school students to explore the University and its resources through both credit and noncredit courses. Options available include taking a one-, two-, or three-week course, completing a college class for credit, and participating in a summer study-abroad seminar. Discounts apply for children and grandchildren of University employees and alumni, siblings of current students, and families with more than one child attending. View the 2012 summer offerings, call (888) 822-2256, or email for further information.
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Available programs include the Malawi Summer Immersion Program.
Urban Fellows Program Seeks Applicants
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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. For more information and to apply, visit the Rochester Center for Community Leadership website.
Rochester Youth Year Accepting Applications
Rochester Youth Year is seeking applications from graduating seniors for summer 2012. Rochester Youth Year is an AmeriCorps VISTA–sponsored program that places talented recent graduates in community-based organizations for one year to create or expand initiatives that address the various challenges facing youth and families in Rochester. Successful applicants will receive a biweekly stipend, an Education Award, loan forbearance or deferment, and health care coverage, among other benefits. Fellows also take part in skill and leadership development workshops and networking opportunities and receive a high level of support from program staff. For more information and to apply, visit
George Eastman Circle Reaches 2,000 Members
The George Eastman Circle has surpassed its most recent membership goal of reaching 2,000 members by Dec. 31—a milestone for the young program. The 2,021 members represent 44 states and 11 countries as leaders who are defining the future of the University. Members commit to gifts ranging from $1,500 to more than $50,000 annually in unrestricted support for the more than 150 annual funds of the University. Jim Thompson, senior vice president for Advancement, and Advancement leadership congratulate the George Eastman Circle and thank alumni, patients, faculty, staff, friends, and parents for their leadership. For more information on the impact of these gifts and how you can become a member, visit
A Road Map to Better Health
Join Nancy Bennett, director of the Center for Community Health, professor of medicine and community and preventive medicine, and associate vice president at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 21. She will discuss the development of new models of patient care and how the application of these new models results in empowering patients and their families with the knowledge and support to make the best choices. For more information and to register, click here.
Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better
Join University Provost and Vice President Ralph Kuncl in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 19 as he shares an update on the University and discusses its newly adopted mission statement: Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better. For more information and to register, click here.
Building Rome Aeterna: Ancient Engineering in Rome Campania
The Office of Alumni Relations brings the architectural treasures of the Roman Empire and the pleasures of life in modern Italy together in a custom-designed journey exclusively for alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Click here for the full itinerary and to reserve your space on the trip.

New Year, New Start
A new 15-week semester is under way, and many freshmen have made a renewed academic commitment to improve upon their fall semester performance. What steps can students take now to prepare for the semester ahead? Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Academic Support and dean of freshmen, offers her advice. Read more ...

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Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson, political analyst for MSNBC, acclaimed author, and professor of sociology at Georgetown University, will deliver the University’s 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 27. 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
Beijing: Simon Alumni Reception, Feb. 6.

In Rochester


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 20, 8 p.m., Case Western Reserve; Jan 22, noon, Carnegie Mellon; Feb. 3, 8 p.m., Washington University (Mo.); Feb. 5, noon, University of Chicago; Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Brandeis University; Feb. 12, noon, New York University.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 20, 6 p.m., Case Western Reserve; Jan. 22, 2 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Feb. 3, 6 p.m., Washington University (Mo.); Feb. 5, 2 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Brandeis University; Feb. 12, 2 p.m., New York University.
Squash: Jan. 21, noon, Yale; Jan. 25, 6 p.m., Cornell; Feb. 1, 6 p.m., Hobart College; Feb. 4, noon, Franklin & Marshall College.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 21, 1 p.m., Ithaca College; Jan. 22, 1 p.m., Nazareth College.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 15, 1 p.m., New York University; Jan 27, 9 p.m., Washington University (Mo.); Jan. 29, 1 p.m., University of Chicago.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Washington University (Mo.); Jan. 29, 3 p.m., University of Chicago.
Squash: Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Trinity College; Jan. 28, 3 p.m., Harvard; Jan. 29, noon, Dartmouth College.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 28, 1 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; Feb. 15–18, UAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
Track and Field: Jan. 21, 10 a.m., Continental Invitational in Clinton, N.Y.; Jan. 27–28, SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open in Geneva, Ohio; Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Hamilton College Invitational; Feb. 11, 9 a.m., Cornell Kane Invitational.

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