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April 2012
Commencement Is May 20
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The College will hold its commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, on the River Campus Eastman Quadrangle. Ruth Simmons, the 18th president of Brown University and an ardent advocate for the role of higher education in national and global affairs, will deliver the address. Students will receive their diplomas at the departmental diploma ceremonies that take place after the main ceremony. The Eastman School commencement begins at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Eastman Theatre. Visit the University’s Commencement 2012 website for details on commencement activities, parking, and frequently asked questions.
Health Insurance Changes for 2012–13
A letter from the University Health Service director was mailed to parents of undergraduate students to announce the changes to the health insurance requirements for 2012–13. The changes include an earlier start date of the health insurance year. Coverage will begin on Aug. 1 to better accommodate the academic year calendar. The University insurance criteria have been changed to make sure students who waive the University-sponsored insurance have adequate coverage. The University will also audit all waiver requests and require enrollment on the University-sponsored plan for students whose information fails the audit. The link to the online Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver process will be available on the UHS website by May 15. For more information about health insurance, check the links in the pink Quick Links box on the UHS website.
Eastman Alumnus Kevin Puts Awarded Pulitzer Prize
Composer Kevin Puts ’94E, ’99E (DMA) has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts. Read more ...
Nine Awarded Fellowships for Graduate Research
Nine Rochester students and six alumni have been named recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Additionally, 18 current students and recent alumni also were given honorable mentions by the NSF. The fellowship, which is part of a federally sponsored program, provides up to three years of graduate study support for students pursing doctoral or research-based master’s degrees. Read more ...
Math Team Repeats Strong Finish in Top Competition
The math team of Xiaoqing Tang ’12, Vincent Yu ’14, and Douglas Miller ’15 finished in the top three percent in the recent William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The team finished 15th among 460 teams, marking the fourth straight year that a University team has finished in the top 15. Read more ...
2012–13 Financial Aid Applications Due May 1
Parents can contact the Financial Aid Office with questions regarding financial aid for the current 2011-12 academic year, including the summer semester, as well as aid for the 2012-13 academic year. Applications for the 2012-13 academic year are due May 1. Now is the to confirm everything for next year’s application has been submitted, before your student heads home for the summer.
End-of-Semester Transportation Available
Are you interested in end-of-the-semester transportation for your son or daughter? If there’s enough interest, My Bus Home will provide transportation to Ludlow and Newton, Mass.; Easton, Pa.; Bridgewater, N.J.; and New York City (Penn Station). The bus will leave campus on May 12. Contact Betsy at if you are interested.
Clarification: Celebrating Jackson Court
A recent announcement about the naming of Jackson Court on the University’s River Campus should have made clear that the entire complex of buildings, including O’Brien Hall, Anderson and Wilder residential halls, and the Sage Art Center, will be named for President Emeritus Thomas Jackson. Read more ...
Summer Registration Now Open
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 plenty of activities are just some of the summer highlights. For more information, visit
Endowed Scholarship Donors and Recipients Honored
A record number of people attended the University’s Celebration of Scholarships dinner on April 11. Held at the Memorial Art Gallery, the event recognized the generosity of endowed scholarship donors and the accomplishments of the students they support. The annual dinner, now in its third year, is an opportunity for donors and recipients of endowed scholarships to meet and interact. Read more ...
Meliora Leaders Program Offers Scholarship for Service
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The Rochester Center for Community Leadership announces the creation of the Meliora Leaders program. The program will support students who are willing to make a commitment of 300 service hours in the Rochester community during the 2012–13 academic year. Ten students will be selected as the inaugural participants and will be eligible to receive a scholarship worth $2,350 toward their educational expenses at the University. Proposals are due April 23.
Spotlight on Diversity: Robert Wood Johnson Scholars
The School of Nursing has received funding for the fourth year in a row from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program to support the enrollment of students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing. Read more about the program on this flier. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
Spring Issue of The Clarion Now Online
The spring issue of The Clarion, a quarterly newsletter published by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, is now available. The issue features stories about faculty going the extra mile to help students succeed in their internship search; a sophomore who already has one broadcasting internship under his belt and another set up for this summer; and Career Center resources for students prepping for grad school, internship, or job interviews.
New Issue of Innovations Available
View the latest issue of Innovations, the entrepreneurship newsletter that covers stories across all schools and campuses. Sign up online to be mailed a copy of Innovations on a regular basis. For those who have previously signed up, expect the newsletter to arrive in mailboxes later this month.
Take a Virtual Tour of New Children’s Hospital
An interactive tour of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital building is now available online. Click on each level to view floor plans and naming opportunities available.
Is Your Son or Daughter Interested in Studying Abroad?
The University offers a wide range of study abroad programs. Did you know that when a student studies abroad on a University-sponsored program during the regular semester, he or she pays the standard tuition and housing for that semester, and any financial aid also applies? The bill would be essentially the same as if the student were remaining on campus, except that there would be no meal plan charge. Your student may stop by the Center for Study Abroad to speak to an advisor. The University sponsors program in nearly 40 countries, including a new program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, starting in spring 2013. A new edition of “UR There,” the annual guide to study abroad programs, will be published later this summer. For more information, contact the Center for Study Abroad at (585) 275-7532 or
‘What I Did on My Summer Vacation’
Summer is an important time for college students to recharge. But it is also an optimum time to reflect and plan ahead, says Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Academic Support. Read more ...

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Mock Trial at Rochester
Mock trial teams from around the country attended the Yellowjacket Invitational in February. Watch one of the trials in action, with Rochester on the defense team.
Eastman Student Finds Success at Opera Competition
Matthew Grills, a second-year master’s student at the Eastman School, talks about his experience competing in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions last month. Grills was one of five winners after the Grand Finals Concert in New York City. Watch the video...
Crafting Modernism
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design at the Memorial Art Gallery explores the post World War II–era of American art, craft, and design up through 1969. The exhibition runs until May 20. Watch the video...

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barbara walters
Veteran journalist Barbara Walters and late-night TV host Craig Ferguson will headline the 12th Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14. The event combines alumni reunion, homecoming, and family weekend and attracts thousands of attendees each year for four days of lectures, performances, seminars, and social gatherings.  After several years of increasing demand for tickets, the University will introduce a lottery system for the keynote address. The new system aims to provide better customer service during the live registration period. 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
Chicago: A Conversation with Richard Thaler ’74 (PhD), April 25.
Washington, D.C.: Black Girls’ Anthem featuring Melany Silas ’99, ’01W (MS) and Kate Washington ’04S (MBA), April 27.

Rochester Events
Adding Machine: A Musical, through April 29.


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: April 28, 1 p.m., Union; April 29, noon, Union; May 6, noon, RIT.
Lacrosse: April 27, 4 p.m., Union; April 28, 2 p.m., William Smith College.
Softball: April 27, 3 p.m., Alfred.
Track and Field: May 4–5, NYSCTC Outdoor Championships.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: May 1, 4 p.m., Brockport; May 5, 1 p.m., RIT; May 11–13, Liberty League Tournament, location TBA.
Golf: April 28–29, Liberty League Championships Match Play, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; May 15–18, NCAA Division III Championships, Howey, Fla.
Lacrosse: May 4–5, Liberty League Championships, location TBA.
Rowing: May 6, New York State Championships, Whitney Point, N.Y.; May 11–12, Dad Vail Regatta, Philadelphia.
Softball: April 24, 3 p.m., Brockport; May 4–6, Liberty League Championships, location TBA.
Men’s Tennis: April 27–29, UAA Championships, Orlando, Fla.; May 11–13, NCAA Regionals, location TBA.
Women’s Tennis: April 26–29, UAA Championships at Emory University; May 11–12, NCAA Regionals, location TBA.
Track and Field: April 28, 10 a.m., Roberts Wesleyan Raider Open; April 29–30, NYSCTC Multi-Event Championships, RPI; May 11, 10 a.m., Gator Invitational, Allegheny College.

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