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January 2013
A Welcome Back Message from President Seligman
“Welcome back! We have been busy during winter break,” says President Joel Seligman in his mid-year report, which highlights progress at the University, celebrates recent accolades for faculty and students, and looks ahead to notable events in the coming months. Read the full message.
Intercultural Center Director Named
The University has appointed Michelle Thompson-Taylor as the director of the new Intercultural Center. In the role, Thompson-Taylor will promote engagement and collaboration among students, faculty, and staff in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Read more ...
2013–14 Financial Aid Application Deadline Is May 1
Instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2013–14 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 in early June. Questions about the application process should be directed to your student’s financial aid counselor.
Doors Open on LeChase Hall
Nearly 50 years after its founding, the Warner School of Education has a home to call its own. Raymond F. LeChase Hall opened with the start of the spring 2013 semester. The first-floor classrooms will be used by classes in the College during the day; in the evenings and weekends, Warner School classes take over. Altogether, about 3,000 students taking roughly 100 courses will use the classrooms every day. Read more...
University Creates Institute for Popular Music
The University has established an Institute for Popular Music that treats the study of popular genres as seriously as classical music. Read more ...
New Buses Feature Card Readers, Real-Time Tracking
Last fall, Parking and Transportation Services began the rollout of 19 new buses, updating its shuttle fleet that serves students, faculty, and staff. Each new bus is equipped with features that add efficiencies and safety to the service. Read more ...

Bus Transportation during University Breaks
My Bus Home will arrange one-way and round-trip transportation for the 2012–13 academic breaks. Private, fully insured motor coaches with restrooms, DVD, and Wi-Fi will pick up students on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. Buses go to and from central locations in Easton, Pa.; Bridgewater, N.J.; New York City (Penn Station); and Ludlow and Newton, Mass. Read more ...
Sending Mail and Packages to Your Student?
Click here for Campus Post Office information.
Global Fair Highlights Study Abroad Programs
The annual UR Global Fair will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Wilson Commons. The fair highlights University-affiliated study abroad programs. Students who have studied abroad will provide peer advising, and representatives from College departments will be available to advise students about how study abroad can fit into the overall University experience and enhance graduate school and career opportunities.
Career Webinar Series Offered
The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to join live presentations by bestselling authors and career experts as they share their secrets, research, and tips to assist you with your professional development and job search skills. Learn more and register for the next webinar, “Seven Mistakes Job Seekers Make Online,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Entrepreneurship Opportunities at the University
The University understands entrepreneurship to have a broad definition: the transformation of an idea into an enterprise that creates value—economic, social, or cultural. Undergraduates can get involved in entrepreneurship by joining the UR Entrepreneurs Club, taking courses, applying to join the Student Incubator, entering a business plan competition—Mark Ain, Forbes, Eastman New Venture Challenge, or the New York State Business Plan Regional Competition in the spring—or stopping by the Center for Entrepreneurship to learn more.
MLK Speaker Aims to 'Pique Curiosity'
Melissa Harris-Perry
Melissa Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, professor of political science at Tulane University, and acclaimed author, talks about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and her research on race, gender, and politics in advance of her upcoming talk at the University. Harris-Perry will deliver the University's 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Thursday, Jan. 17. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. Read more ...
College Center for Advising Services Aims to Assist Students
The College Center for Advising Services, located in Lattimore Hall 312, can assist undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Students regularly stop by CCAS for program-planning advice, to rearrange their schedule (e.g., dropping or adding courses, overloading or underloading), to learn about clusters and how to use the cluster search engine; to access resources such as tutoring, to verify that transfer credit has been awarded, and to help answer specific academic questions. All undergraduates are welcome to use the advising services available through CCAS and to consult with the dean of freshmen and the dean of sophomores, whose offices are located in CCAS. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in appointments are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. every day.
TEAM Master’s Program for Business-Savvy Engineers 
The interdisciplinary master’s program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM), jointly offered by the Hajim and Simon Schools, allows selected students to accelerate and complete their master’s degree in engineering and applied sciences in a 3-2 BS/MS program. Students in the program can concentrate in an engineering area that is different from or the same as their undergraduate major while simultaneously taking graduate-level business courses. To learn more, contact Andrea Galati at (585) 276-3500 or
Send Your Student a Birthday Cake
Sigma Delta Tau will deliver a message from home and a Wegmans birthday cake on campus for your son's or daughter's birthday. Email Nessie Sax-Bolder and Emily Trapani at for an order form. Proceeds benefit the sorority.
Reviewing the Fall Semester’s ‘If Only ...’ List
“Winter break offers time to reflect and recharge, to develop action plans, and to take advantage of the fresh start of the spring semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more ...

It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot
University Health Service will hold a flu vaccine clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the UHS Building (second floor). No appointment is needed. Students are asked to bring their insurance card to the clinic. Students who cannot come to the clinic can schedule an appointment at UHS by calling (585) 275-2662. Another option is to go to a local pharmacy that is offering flu shots. The Aetna Student Health insurance plan covers the cost of flu shots. Write to with questions.
UHS is Here to Help
University Health Service helps your student receive the care and attention to help them through an illness—whether it's mono, the flu, chicken pox, or recovery following surgery. UHS is your student’s doctor’s office on campus. Care by UHS’s staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses is covered by the mandatory health fee, regardless of the student’s insurance plan. Click here to read about the ways UHS can help when your student is ill.

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Parents Buzz is produced by University Communications, Parent Relations, and the Parents Program. It is emailed monthly to parents of undergraduates in the College and at the Eastman School. View issues online at Direct feedback and questions to

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Four Eastman School student musicians will perform at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 21. Violinists Che Ho Lam and Markiyan Melnychenko, violist Kelsey Farr, and cellist Hyeok Kwon were selected after a school audition process to represent Eastman during inaugural activities at the invitation of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, chairman of the 2013 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. 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
Atlanta: Organ Anniversary Concert featuring David Higgs, chair of the Department of Organ and Historical Keyboards at the Eastman School, Jan. 25.
Honolulu:Dialogues of the Carmelites: Behind the Scenes,
featuring Katherine Ciesinski, professor of voice at the Eastman School, Feb. 9.

In Rochester


More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar.
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Jan 25, 8 p.m., New York University; Jan. 27, noon, Brandeis; Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Feb. 17, noon, Case Western Reserve.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 25, 6 p.m., New York University; Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Brandeis; Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Case Western Reserve.
Squash: Jan. 26, 1 p.m., Trinity College; Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Dartmouth College; Feb. 15, 6 p.m., University of Western Ontario.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 26, 1 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Men’s Tennis: Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Colgate; Feb. 16, noon, Oneonta State.
Women’s Tennis: Feb. 10, 10 a.m., Colgate.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Jan. 20, noon, Case Western Reserve; Feb. 1, 8 p.m., New York University; Feb. 3, noon, Brandeis; Feb. 8, 9 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 10, 1 p.m., Washington University in St. Louis.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 18, 6 p.m., Carnegie Mellon; Jan. 20, 2 p.m., Case Western Reserve; Feb. 1, 6 p.m., New York University; Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Brandeis; Feb. 8, 7 p.m., University of Chicago; Feb. 10, 3 p.m., Washington University in St. Louis.
Squash: Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m., Colby College; Jan. 19, 11 a.m., Yale; Jan. 23, 6 p.m., Cornell.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 19, 1 p.m., Ithaca College; Jan. 25, 6 p.m., SUNY Cortland; Feb. 13–16, UAA Championships, Chicago, Ill.
Track and Field: Jan. 26, 11 a.m., Hamilton College Continental Invitational; Feb. 2, 10 a.m., College at Brockport Invitational; Feb. 8–9, Boston University Valentine’s Invitational; Feb. 8, 6 p.m., Ithaca College Invitational; Feb. 15, 4 p.m., RIT Tiger Invitational.

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