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February 2012
Health Insurance Changes for 2012–13
The University is changing the start date of the health insurance year to Aug. 1, 2012, to better accommodate the needs of the many students required to be on campus in August. The University will also be enforcing its waiver policy, auditing all waiver requests and requiring enrollment on the University-sponsored plan for students whose information fails audit. A letter to members of the University community is being mailed and can also be found in the pink Quick Links box on the University Health Service website.
Two Eastman Alumni Receive Grammy Awards
Two Eastman School graduates were recognized during the 54th Grammy Awards. Robert (Bob) Ludwig ’66E and ’01E (MM) was honored for Best Surround Sound Album and Christopher Lamb ’81E won for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Read more ...
President Seligman’s Statement on a Safe Community
“In the aftermath of disturbing revelations about sexual abuse of minors alleged to have occurred at Penn State and Syracuse last year, I asked our Office of Counsel to review reports made at our University during the past 20 years that might be classified as sexual abuse. The office has now completed a review of Security and Human Resources records and had discussions with representatives of Security, Human Resources, the Deans of Students, the Athletics Department, and others who might have relevant information. The review has provided me assurance that we currently have in place systems and people who will effectively address situations when they are brought to our attention.” Read the full message.
Financial Aid Deadline Reminders
The application deadline for next year’s financial aid is May 1, 2012. Instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2012–13 academic year were emailed to student University email addresses in early February. Weekly email reminders will be sent to students throughout the spring semester up until the deadline, and monthly follow-up email reminders will be sent to students who have failed to complete the application by May 1. Returning students who don’t submit their financial aid applications with all supporting documentation by May 1 are not guaranteed full consideration for need-based assistance and may have their aid reduced due to limited funding. To contact your student’s financial aid counselor with questions on the application process, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

New Option Aims to Simplify Financial Aid Application Process
There is a new option on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year called IRS Data Retrieval, which aims to simplify the application process. In order to utilize the new option, the Financial Aid Office recommends that students file their FAFSAs about two weeks after filing a federal tax return electronically.  Read more ...
A Reminder from the Bursar’s Office
Student account balances must be paid in full to participate in the housing lottery and fall 2012 registration. Housing contracts are due April 4, and fall registration begins April 9. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931 or
Benefit Concerts, Instrument Drive Aid City Schools
The Eastman School’s student chapter of the National Association for Music Education is organizing activities to benefit music programs in the Rochester City School District. A two-month instrument drive and a pair of concerts in March are planned to help boost programs for elementary and secondary school students. Read more ...
Etiquette Dinner for Juniors
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The Office of Alumni Relations and the 2013 Class Council present this year’s etiquette dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meliora Restaurant. Kathleen Powell will present “How to Put the Class in Classy!” in which she will share tips on how to glide through a networking reception as well as a formal multicourse dinner. The program will also include a “dress to impress” fashion show. Tickets are $12 per person and are available for juniors only at the Common Market in Wilson Commons. Read more ...
Spotlight on Diversity: African American Network
The African American Network is a voluntary association of people who share a common interest in embracing diversity, building relationships, strengthening communities, and enhancing the quality of life for the University. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
UR/Paychex Leadership Institute
On Jan. 28, 89 undergraduates participated in the UR/Paychex Leadership Institute at the headquarters of Paychex in Penfield, N.Y. Organized by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, the institute enhances the leadership capabilities of undergraduate students through skill-based workshops and discussions surrounding leadership issues. Students attending the institute were able to network with peers, presenters, and other dignitaries in attendance. Participants were nominated by faculty and staff, and we selected through a competitive application process. Read more...
Student Planning Service Trips for Spring Break
alternative spring break
“Alternative spring break” trips immerse students in diverse environments, allowing them to experience, reflect upon, and comprehend social issues in a significant way. For spring break 2012, Rochester students are planning four different service trips that will engage students with communities in Rochester, Montreal, Baltimore, and Goldsboro, N.C. Trips are planned with advisement from the Rochester Center for Community Leadership in the Office of the Dean of Students. Read more...
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
In addition to the variety of courses offered through the College during the summer, on-campus activities and off-campus events and festivals provide plenty to do when studying is done. Course registration begins April 9. For more information, visit the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies website. Summer housing information will be available shortly. If you have questions, call (585) 275-2345, or email
Dinner Supports Peruvian Community Development Group
On Saturday, Feb. 25, GlobeMed is hosting a benefit dinner themed “Hope in Health: the Next Generation of Leaders.” All proceeds benefit Kallpa Iquitos, a grassroots community development organization in Iquitos, Peru. The dinner will feature speakers from Discovering Deaf Worlds and the GlobeMed National Office. The catered dinner will be held in the grand ballroom of The Meliora at 5:30 pm. Tickets cost $10 for Rochester undergraduates and $15 for others. You can RSVP, purchase tickets, or donate to the cause online. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Hurry Up and Advise Me
While the Millennial Generation comes to college with a significant will to achieve, the rush of trying to get everything done often leaves limited time to spend contemplating some of the “big” college questions such as “what should I major in?” Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support, offers advice on how students can make the most of an advisement session. Read more ...

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Video, Photos Highlight MLK Commemorative Address
Michael Eric Dyson talking with students
In a speech that quoted extensively from works by figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Kanye West, author, MSNBC political commentator, and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson presented the MLK Commemorative Address Jan. 27. See photo and video highlights from the event.
A Chinese New Year Tradition
Behind the scenes of a photo shoot celebrating Chinese New Year, Alexander Wei ’12, Anthony Wan ’14, and Moxi Zhou ’12 explain the costume and the custom behind the Lion Dance. Watch...
A Tale of Tacos
The 2013 Class Council and Aramark food services joined forces to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous taco chain. Watch the video and see the photos here.
Books Spring to Life
Spring to Life: Movable Books & Mechanical Devices is a new exhibit on display through Aug. 17 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Preservation at Rush Rhees Library. The display features more than 50 examples of pop-up books, interactive mechanisms, and feats of paper engineering spanning nearly 500 years of the movable book. Watch the video...

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Named by
Forbes magazine in 2009 as one of the world’s seven most powerful thinkers, Kwame Anthony Appiah will visit the University from Feb. 21 to 24 to lecture and participate in workshops and group discussions with the campus community. 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
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.: “Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better” with Provost Ralph Kuncl, Feb. 19.
San Francisco: New Frontiers in Energy, March 12.

In Rochester


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

Three Basketball Players Earn Academic All-District Honors
Nathan Novosel ’12, Jodie Luther ’12, and Jackie Walker ’13 have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Three First Team after voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. 

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Emory University.
Women’s Basketball: Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Emory University.
Field Hockey: March 7, 4 p.m., Ithaca College.
Women’s Tennis: Feb. 25, 1 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: UAA Championships in Sanford, Fla.: March 11–17.
Men’s Basketball: Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Case Western Reserve University; Feb. 19, noon, Carnegie Mellon University.
Women’s Basketball: Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Case Western Reserve University; Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University.
Field Hockey: March 13, 4 p.m., Becker College, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; March 15, 10 a.m., Lycoming College, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Golf: UAA Championships in Sorrento, Fla: March 13–14.
Softball: March 10, 1 p.m., Fredonia State University, Clermont, Fla.; March 10, 3 p.m., 3 p.m., Manhattanville College, Clermont, Fla.; March 11, 1 p.m., Lesley University, Clermont, Fla.; March 11, 3 p.m., SUNY Plattsburgh, Clermont, Fla.; UAA Championships, March 13–17, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Swimming and Diving: UAA Championships in Cleveland, Feb. 15–18.
Men’s Tennis: Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Colgate University; March 12, noon, Kenyon College in Claremont, Calif; March 13, 9 a.m. Washington University (St. Louis) in Claremont, Calif; March 13, 5 p.m., Chapman University; March 15, 3 p.m., Whittier College; March 16, 2 p.m., Whitman College.
Women’s Tennis: Feb. 26, 10 a.m., Colgate University; March 13, 2 p.m. Chapman University; March 15, 3 p.m., Whittier College; March 16, 2 p.m., University of Redlands; March 17, 9 am., Bowdoin College in Orange County, Calif.
Track and Field: Feb. 17, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology Tiger Invitational; Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., New York University Division III Challenge; Feb. 24–25, 10 a.m., NYSCTC Indoor Championships in Clinton, N.Y.; March 2–3, ECAC Indoor Championships in New York, N.Y.; March 9–10, NCAA Indoor Championships in Chester, Pa.

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