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March 2012
Undergraduate Tuition to Rise 4.5 Percent 
The Board of Trustees approved rates for tuition and room and board during its March meeting. Read more ...
University Formally Joins Global Network
President Joel Seligman met with representatives of the Worldwide Universities Network to sign an agreement and discuss a new relationship with a select group of research universities around the world. Read more ...
Residence Hall, Courtyard Named for University Presidents
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The residence hall now under construction on the River Campus will bear the name of President Emeritus Dennis O’Brien and the adjoining redesigned courtyard will be named for President Emeritus Thomas Jackson. Read more ...
Changes Approved for Engineering Science BA Degree
The College Curriculum Committee recently approved changes to the engineering science BA degree to make it more appealing to students who desire technical literacy without having to commit to a full-blown engineering or computer science degree. It’s designed for students who recognize the increasing importance of science and technology in today’s world, and who want to better understand the engineer’s role in service to humanity. Read more ...
Alumni Establish Three New Professorships 
The Nathaniel and Helen Wisch Professorship in Biology, the Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professorship in Pediatrics Funded by Roger and Carolyn Friedlander , and the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professorship have been established to support leading educators and researchers at the University. The Gabrellians have also permanently endowed an innovation grant for outstanding incoming undergraduates. The gifts supporting the professorships and research grant are part of the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.
$1 Million Gift to Create Ferrari Humanities Symposia
The inaugural Ferrari Humanities Symposia begins with a visit and public talk by Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. Trustee Bernard Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and his wife, Linda Gaddis Ferrari, have made a $1 million gift to Arts, Sciences & Engineering to endow the yearly humanities symposium and related curricula and support The Meliora Challenge. Read more...
Students, Residential Life Prepare for 2012–13 Housing Selection
Students and the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services are preparing for the housing selection process. Students will receive additional information from Residential Life after spring break. Learn more about student housing options and how the housing lotteries work on this flier. Note: All housing contracts are due to Residential Life by 5 p.m. on April 4.
Financial Aid Info Available
The Financial Aid Office reminds you that you may contact your student’s counselor with questions regarding financial aid for this academic year or with questions regarding what application materials are needed by May 1 for the 2012-13 academic year. Visit the Financial Aid Office website for contact information.
Reminder: Student Account Balances
The Bursar’s Office reminds you that 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 2012 registration begins April 9. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office: (585) 275-3931 or

Commencement Info Available Online

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The University is preparing for its 162nd Commencement ceremonies during May and June 2012. More than 3,000 students will have their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees conferred. Check the Commencement website for more information and updates.
Graduation Fair
The River Campus Bookstore will host a Graduation Fair on Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be the first day that seniors can purchase regalia. In addition, the bookstore will offer a 10 percent discount on diploma frames (in-store only); a representative from Balfour will be on hand to take announcement and class ring orders; and  CLIX Portrait Studios will take photos of students in their regalia (packages start at $10).
Third Annual Diversity Conference Is April 20
On Friday, April 20, representatives from all University constituencies will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2012 Diversity Conference, “Change the Conversation.” The keynote speaker will be Claude Steele, a social psychologist and dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. Visit the conference website to learn more about the keynote and the 15 workshops planned for the day. The conference is free and open to the public.
Student Incubator Space Available at High-Tech Rochester
The University announces new student incubator space at High Tech Rochester, made possible by Mark Ain ’67S (MBA), a University trustee. Applications are now being accepted from Rochester students at any level of study. Learn more about eligibility requirements and download an application. The winning company in the 2012 Mark Ain Business Model Competition will automatically qualify for admission into the student incubator.
Leadership Library Available to Students
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership maintains a collection of titles especially for students to use to improve their leadership skills and the effectiveness of their interactions with others on campus and in the community. Holdings cover a wide range of topics—from ideas for ice-breakers, to theories of student leadership development, to ground-breaking works on community engagement. The library is housed on the fifth floor of Wilson Commons, and students may stop by during business hours to peruse the titles and check out books. View a list of holdings.
Spotlight on Diversity: Presidential Diversity Awards
The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education, and Diversity in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and John Fetter, assistant professor of music education at the Eastman School, were named recipients of the 2012 Presidential Diversity Awards. Read more about the winners on this flier. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Necessary Steps for Study Abroad
Is your son or daughter planning on studying abroad for the fall 2012 semester or the 2012–13 academic year? If so, you will be mailed a parent information packet within the next week. The Center for Study Abroad also requests that you make sure they complete the necessary steps in the study abroad process: Submit all application materials for their desired program(s) by the deadline; attend one of the mandatory predeparture meetings; meet with an advisor in the Center for Study Abroad to discuss their plans; meet with their financial aid counselor to fully understand how study abroad will affect their financial aid; complete the noncredit Blackboard Study Abroad course; and apply for any scholarships for which they are eligible (most study abroad program providers offer need-based and merit-based scholarships). For more information, call (585) 275-7532 or visit
Summer Course Registration Opens April 9
Registration for summer courses at the College opens April 9. Courses are guaranteed to run as long as students register by the first day of class. No more canceled classes means no more canceled plans. Simplified scheduling makes it easier to take multiple courses. Registration opportunities for internships are available. Students may live in “Sue B.” on the River Campus; housing contracts will soon be available. Festival outings and other activities will provide plenty to do when studying is over. Questions? Visit the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies online, email, or call (585) 275-2345.
CEIS University Technology Showcase
The annual CEIS University Technology Showcase provides a meeting place for industry and universities to share information, identify new technical opportunities and needs, and form new partnerships. This year’s showcase will take place on Thursday, April 5, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register in advance.
Club Organizing Entrepreneur Networking Night
The UR Entrepreneurs Club is organizing a networking night on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall, for entrepreneurs and those interested in entrepreneurship. The event will bring together undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, professors, alumni, and local entrepreneurs to provide an opportunity for a meet and greet. Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending or would like to be one of the featured entrepreneur guests, contact club president Susanna Virgilio.
Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend
Registration is now open for the first-ever Rochester Startup Weekend on April 27-29 at Eastman Business Park in Rochester. Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event at which teams of software developers, graphic designers, engineers, and business people form the basis of a credible business in just three days. Food, drinks, and prizes for the top-rated teams are included in the student registration fee of $49 or $99 for the general public. The University’s Center for Entrepreneurship is offering $25 toward the fee to the first 20 students to register. Students who are interested in attending should contact All students must register online using the promotional code “STUDENT.”

Mastering Those ‘Freshman Fifteen’
”Many students find themselves working harder when they begin college. But are they working smarter? Students who challenge themselves to master the “freshman fifteen” will find that they will go further in college than those who blissfully believe that they’ll do fine if they just do what they’ve always done,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support. Read more ...
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Kwame Anthony Appiah on ‘Islam and the West’
Kwame Anthony Appiah, noted author and Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, delivered his talk “Islam and the West” as part of the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Humanist Series. In his talk and during discussions with students, Appiah reflected on the misconceptions about Islamic culture, the notion of a monocultural society, and what can be done to overcome these barriers to effective discourse. Watch...
No Jackets Required Presents ‘Beatlemania’
The latest No Jackets Required show featured the songs of the Beatles in three acts—from the early pop songs to the psychedelic era and finishing with material from Abbey Road and Let it Be. Watch...
Yellow Roses for Susan B. Anthony
Faculty, students, and staff commemorate Susan B. Anthony’s 192nd birthday by leaving yellow roses at her gravesite in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Watch...

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midnight ramblers rap video
A new video featuring the Midnight Ramblers a cappella group was created by the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, to give prospective students facts and figures about the University with a hip hop twist.
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

Rochester Events

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Jodie Luther Named First Team WBCA All-American
Senior center Jodie Luther has been selected as a First Team All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Read more ...

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: March 31, 3 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 1, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 10, 4 p.m., SUNY Cortland; April 11, 4 p.m., College at Brockport; April 18, 4 p.m., St. John Fisher College.
Lacrosse: March 24, 11:30 a.m., SUNY Geneseo; March 30, 4 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; March 31, 2 p.m., Skidmore College.
Softball: March 25, 3 p.m., D’Youville College; March 28, 5 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 1, 3 p.m., Ithaca College; April 3, 5 p.m., Nazareth College; April 10, 5 p.m., Buffalo State; April 14, 3 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 15, 3 p.m., Skidmore College.
Men’s Tennis: March 24, 11 a.m., Ithaca College; March 29, 4 p.m., Nazareth College; March 31, 3 p.m., New York University.
Women’s Tennis: March 31, 11 a.m., New York University; April 1, 2 p.m., Skidmore College.
Track and Field: April 7, 10 a.m., University of Rochester Spring Invitational; April 14, 9 a.m., University of Rochester Alumni Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 24, 3 p.m., Skidmore College; March 25, 2 p.m., Skidmore College; March 28, 3:30 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 7, 3 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; April 8, 2 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; April 14, 3 p.m., Clarkson University; April 15, 2 p.m., Clarkson University; April 17, 4 p.m., Ithaca College.
Golf: March 31–April 1, McDaniel Spring Invitational, Abbottstown,  Pa.; April 8–9, Mid-Atlantic Regional Invitational, Hershey, Pa.; April 14–15, NYU/Manhattanville Invitational.
Lacrosse: April 6, 4 p.m., Bard College; April 7, 2 p.m., Vassar College; April 13, 4 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 14, 2 p.m., Clarkson University; April 17, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Rowing: March 28, 5 p.m., William Smith College; April 1, 8 a.m., Trinity/Wellesley/Bates/WPI, Worcester, Mass.; April 7, 8 a.m., Ithaca College; April 14–15, Knecht Cup, Camden, N.J.
Softball: April 4, 5 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 7, 3 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 11, 5 p.m., SUNY Cortland; April 18, 5:30 p.m., Utica College.
Swimming and Diving: March 21–24, NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, Ind.
Men’s Tennis: April 5, 4 p.m., Hobart College; April 14, 2 pm., St. Lawrence University.
Women’s Tennis: March 25, 11 a.m., Ithaca College; March 28, 4 p.m., William Smith College; April 14, 10 a.m., St. Lawrence University.
Track and Field: March 30–31, Danny Curran Invitational, Chester, Pa.

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