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September 2012


Meliora Weekend Online Registration Closes Oct. 8
Online registration for Meliora Weekend will close Monday, Oct. 8. College deans and senior leadership invite parents to learn more about the Statement of Communal Principles and how the University is highlighting this year’s main principle of responsibility. The lunch event takes place Saturday, Oct. 13. You may also sign up for the Presidential Symposium on “The Humanities, Artistic Expression, and the Digital Age: Innovation and Opportunities” on Oct. 13 or attend one of the many other programs and activities scheduled throughout Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14.
For more information and to register, visit Paper registration forms are due Monday, Oct. 1.
Eastman Weekend Features Special Celebrations
Eastman Weekend, Oct. 11–14, will feature special programming for Eastman School alumni and parents. Highlights include a recognition of the 1961–62 Eastman Philharmonia European Tour; a tribute to Eastman’s legendary jazz professor and renowned arranger, Rayburn Wright, and a reunion of his students; a special Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program 15th year celebration; a 20th anniversary celebration of the classical guitar program; and a multiple-ensemble concert called “Extravagant Debussy” to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy. Registration for Eastman Weekend will close Monday, Oct. 1. More information is available on the Eastman Weekend website.
University Joins Davis Scholarship Program
This fall, the University joins more than 90 colleges and universities around the United States who partner with the Davis United World College Scholarship Program. As the largest international undergraduate scholarship program in the world, the program has increased global diversity on U.S. campuses by awarding more than $70 million to more than 4,000 disadvantaged students from United World College (UWC) high schools since 2000. The undergraduate Admissions Office will send counselors on regular visits to UWC campuses worldwide, with the hope of enrolling and welcoming UWC and Davis students to campus during the coming years.
Admissions Adopts ‘Test Flexible’ Policy
Beginning fall 2012, the admissions office will become “test flexible,” allowing applicants to the College to submit any national or international test result along with their secondary school records of courses and grades. Read more...
Updates From the Financial Aid Office
Now that the fall semester is in full swing, the Financial Aid Office is sending weekly emails to students who have indicated an interest in financial aid for this academic year, but still have an incomplete application. The emails are sent to the student’s University address and provide them with a link to FAOnline, their online financial aid portal. Students can log into FAOnline at any time to review items they are still missing. Students are also stopping into the office to complete their I-9 forms, which allows them to start their University jobs. Normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Course Helps Students Achieve Leadership Citation
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership offers a two-credit course that provides students with an opportunity to learn about leadership history, theory, and practice by engaging with other leaders, and by analyzing their own experiences. The “Leader to Leader” course (CAS 358) is open to all class years. For the first time, the course may be used to satisfy the requirements of the Citation for Achievement in College Leadership. Students may register online and questions can be directed to
Is Your Son or Daughter Registered to Vote in Nov. 6 Election?
Students may register to vote in Rochester, or in their home voting districts. Either way, they can stop by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership to pick up a voter registration form and drop it off in the center’s “Ballot Box,” located at the fifth floor reception desk in Wilson Commons on the River Campus. For students voting in their home districts, information on absentee ballots may be found here. The center is also promoting the following activities to encourage students’ informed participation in the 2012 elections:
• Voter registration information tables in Wilson Commons, hosted by the Center’s Committee for Political Engagement
• College Democrats and College Republicans promoting their respective candidates
• A faculty discussion of the 2012 election during Meliora Weekend
• Debate watch parties
• Shuttle service to student poling sites in Rochester on Election Day
• An election-night party in Wilson Commons
Study Abroad Opportunities
The University has affiliated study abroad programs in nearly 40 countries, including new programs this semester in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kunming, China; and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. There are also numerous scholarships available for study abroad. Most program providers offer both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Students who are both a United States citizen and a Pell Grant recipient are eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship, a study-abroad specific scholarship that can award up to $8,000. The Gilman application deadline for spring 2013 study abroad is Oct. 2. Whether your child is planning on studying abroad next semester or in a later semester, the Center for Study Abroad asks you to encourage him or her to meet with a study abroad advisor and explore scholarship opportunities.
Social Event for Parents on Long Island 
Spend an afternoon with fellow Rochester parents at the Long Island, N.Y., home of Carol and Steven Schanker ’70, P’99. Enjoy a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment from a student music group, and get an update on the University from Dean Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
Career and Internship Digest Highlights
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Students who make time to visit the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center say they are better equipped to focus their goals and find career success. The center aims to keep students informed without overwhelming them. Read more about how the center communicates with students and how to stay informed as a parent. You can also learn more about the career resource library with resource counselor Carrie Gruschow.

‘I Hope Your Semester Is Off to a Good Start’
Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services, explains steps students can take at the start of the semester to assure they are well prepared for the challenges to come.
Read more ...

Immunization Deadline Approaches
To protect student and campus health, all incoming full-time and part-time students must meet New York State requirements for immunizations by Sept. 30. If your student has not submitted a completed health history form to University Health Service, he or she should do so immediately, either in person or sent to intramural mailbox 270617. Students who have not completed the form by the deadline will be assessed late fees and may be asked to leave campus and barred from future registration. More information is available at Questions should be sent to
Flu Vaccine Clinics Begin Sept. 25
UHS will offer flu vaccine clinics beginning Sept. 25. Clinic dates will be announced on the UHS website and in the Weekly Buzz, an electronic newsletter sent to all undergraduate students every Sunday. Students can schedule an appointment at UHS, (585) 275-2662, if they prefer. Students  under 18 need to make an appointment. UHS asks you to encourage your son or daughter to get a flu shot. UHS staff report that many students who attend clinics say they do so because a parent told them to attend.
Did You Know?
Every student has his or her own primary care provider at the University Health Service. Students are encouraged to see their provider whenever they come to UHS. Students should call (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment. Read more...
Paws for Stress Relief Program Returns
The UHS Health Promotion Office is bringing back one of its favorite programs, “PAWS for Stress Relief.” On Monday, Sept. 24, the Campus Canines are returning to campus to help students de-stress. Between 6 and 8 p.m., students can visit with Taylor, Kendall, Bill, Sam, and their canine friends—all registered therapy dogs. The free event will be held in the Goergen Athletic Center. 

‘This Is Rochester’
A new video produced for the undergraduate Office of Admissions and Financial Aid shows prospective students the many ways they can develop their passions at the University.
Students Show Their ‘Gangnam Style’
Students dance to “Gangnam Style” by PSY in a flash mob on the Eastman Quadrangle. Representatives from the popular Korean TV show KPOP Star were in Rochester filming footage of Brian Shin ’15, who has been selected to compete on the American Idol–style talent show.
2012 Fall Activities Fair
The annual fall showcase of student clubs and organizations on the River Campus gets bigger every year. In this video, students talk about the organizations they represent—and freshmen talk about the clubs they’ve joined.

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Freshmen Claire Hotvedt of New Hartford, N.Y., and Brendan Knight of Long Meadow, Mass., shovel mulch at the Seneca Park Zoo. More than 1,000 freshmen fanned out into the city and suburbs to volunteer at nearly 60 of Rochester's nonprofit organizations during the 24th annual Wilson Day. A service experience for River Campus freshmen, Wilson Day is a part of the orientation program and is geared toward creating connections among students while introducing them to Rochester and the many volunteer opportunities the city has to offer.

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Wilson Day photo gallery

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Students work with refugees
at Mary's Place
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

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

Yellowjackets at Home
Field Hockey: Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Utica College; Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Skidmore College; Oct. 6, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence University; Oct. 10, 5 p.m., Ithaca College; Oct. 12, 4 p.m., Morrisville State College.
Football: Sept. 29, noon, St. Lawrence University; Oct. 13, 1 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
Rowing: Oct. 13, 8 a.m., Head of the Genesee.
Men’s Soccer: Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Brandeis University.
Women’s Soccer: Sept 25, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher College; Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m., Brandeis University.
Men’s Tennis: Oct. 4, 4 p.m., St. John Fisher College.
Women’s Tennis: Sept. 29, noon, Stevens Institute of Technology.
Women’s Volleyball: Oct. 5, 7 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Nazareth College.

Yellowjackets Away
Cross Country: Sept. 22, 11 a.m., University of Western Ontario Invitational; Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University Invitational.
Field Hockey: Sept. 22, 2 p.m., William Smith College; Sept. 26, 6 p.m., SUNY Cortland.
Football: Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Springfield College; Oct. 6, 1 p.m., U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Golf: Sept 22–23, Liberty League Championships, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Oct. 8–9 Oglethorpe University Invitational.
Rowing: Sept. 30, 8 a.m., Head of the Potomac, Washington, D.C.
Men’s Soccer: Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Lycoming College; Sept. 25, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher College; Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m., New York University; Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University; Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m., Emory University.
Women’s Soccer: Oct. 2, 4 p.m., Nazareth College; Oct. 6, 11 a.m., New York University; Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University; Oct. 14, 11 a.m., Emory University.
Squash: Oct. 5–7, CSA Intercollegiate Doubles Championship, Philadelphia, Pa.
Men’s Tennis: Sept. 28–30, ITA Regional Championships, Ithaca, N.Y.
Women’s Tennis: Sept. 20, 3:30 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; Sept. 22–24, ITA Regional Championships, Geneva, N.Y.; Oct. 12–14, Bowdoin College Invitational.
Women’s Volleyball: Sept. 21–22, Elizabethtown Tournament, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Sept. 25, 7 p.m., St. John Fisher College; Sept. 29–30, UAA Round Robin No. 1, Chicago, Ill.; Oct. 13–14, UAA Round Robin No. 2, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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