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February 2013
Rochester Hosts NCAA Hoops This Weekend
The men’s and women’s basketball teams have been selected for the NCAA Division III championships. The women will host Emmanuel College at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in a first-round matchup at the Palestra. The men will host Fitchburg State University in the first round at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Can’t make it to the games? Follow live stats, watch video, and listen to the games online. Visit the Rochester Athletics website for details.
Bus Transportation Home during University Breaks
My Bus Home will arrange one-way and roundtrip transportation for the 2012–13 academic breaks. Private, fully insured motor coaches with restrooms, DVD players, and Wi-Fi will pick students up on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. Coaches go to and from central locations in Easton, Pa.; Bridgewater, N.J.; New York City (Penn Station); and Ludlow and Newton, Mass. Read more...
University to Offer Open, Online Courses through Coursera
The University continues its exploration of online education with the announcement of a new partnership with the well-known provider Coursera. Along with 28 other universities, Rochester is joining the 33 schools already associated with Coursera by making a commitment to provide three or more massive open online courses (MOOCs). Read more...
AlertUR Test Set for Feb. 28
The spring semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it is working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students have been reminded to go to prior to the test to review their contact information.
Reminder: Student Account Balances
Student account balances must be paid in full to participate in the housing lottery and fall 2013 registration. Fall 2013 registration begins April 8, and housing contracts are due April 10. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931 or
Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad
Five Rochester juniors—Manda Brefo, Teija Corse, Arthur Dashan, Jonathan Kho, and Anjalene Whittier—have accepted Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for spring 2013. Read more...
University Named Tree Campus USA
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The University is a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has announced. The national program was created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Read more ...
Updates from the Financial Aid Office
For students who receive financial aid and are thinking of moving off campus next year, the Financial Aid Office recommends that they speak with their financial aid counselor about the impact this change may have on aid eligibility. In addition, instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2013–14 academic year were emailed to students’ University email addresses at 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 should be directed to your student’s financial aid counselor.
Eastman Ensembles Release All-Stravinsky Album
Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Virtuosi have teamed up to release an all-Stravinsky album, Octet and L’histoire du Soldat. Read more...
Help Your Student Be Prepared for Illnesses
There are many benefits of living in residence halls, but there’s also the risk for quick transmission of viruses such as influenza and the noroviruses. University Health Service reminds students to practice simple actions, like washing their hands often, to stay virus-free. You can help by preparing a health kit for your student to keep in his or her room. Pack the kit with a thermometer, cold and flu medications, Powerade or Gatorade, Band-aids, and some snacks. UHS sells many over-the-counter medications used to treat cold and flu symptoms. For more information, check the UHS website. If your student needs to schedule an appointment at UHS, the number to call is (585) 275-2662.
Is There an App for That?
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Lauren Blair ’13 displays a route through downtown Rochester mapped with an app developed by Leila Nadir, lecturer in sustainability studies, and Cary Peppermint, assistant professor of art, that’s designed to encourage people to engage with the environment. Faculty in several disciplines are creating mobile applications for smartphones and tablets as a way to explore important aspects of the digital age—as well as to address social, medical, and clinical issues and demonstrate the artistic potential of the technology.
2013 Intepres Yearbook On Sale
Yearbooks for the College are on sale now at Enter the code 13777 to order.
Career Center Hosts Career Fairs in Several Cities
Over winter break, Rochester students participated in the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center’s Career and Internship Connections. The off-campus career fairs in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles are led by career center staff and include hundreds of employers along with students from 17 consortium schools. This year’s events included a higher number of interviews across all four cities, for a total of 949 interviews. Read more and see photos from the events on the career center’s Facebook page.
Going Green with RecycleMania
The University is in week six of RecycleMania, a friendly competition among hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Over an eight-week period each spring, participating colleges report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. Read more...

Spotlight on Diversity: Presidential Diversity Awards
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The Teen Health and Success Partnership and Lynne Maquat, the J. Lowell Orbison Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Medical Center, were honored as the 2013 Presidential Diversity Award recipients. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.
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 for students to do when studying is done. Course registration begins April 8. For more information, visit the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies website. Summer housing information will be available in March. If you have questions, call (585) 275-2345 or email
Dinner Honors Campus Leaders 
Eight undergraduates received leadership awards from the Wilson Commons Student Activities Office and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership during the annual Leadership Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 24. Marissa Abbott ’14, Marika Azoff ’15, Rohini Bhatia ’13, Antoinette Esce ’15, Jennifer Hansler ’15, Abby Lalone ’14, and Siobhan McLaughlin ’14 received the Alice DeSimone Award, which recognizes students whose contributions to cocurricular life at the University have strengthened community spirit and involvement. Adam Russak ’14 was the recipient of the Ana Hubbard Award, established in 2009 in memory of Ana Hubbard ’99. The award honors students whose participation in a student organization has improved their life, provided valuable skills, and contributed to the vitality of their student organization and campus community.
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.
LGBT Parents of College Students Needed for Survey
The University of Maryland is conducting a national study to explore the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents of college students and recent graduates. The survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, aims to help colleges and universities better understand the issues faced by LGBT parents. Responses are anonymous. The deadline to respond is March 1.
Five Steps to a Successful Summer Internship Search
The search for this summer’s job or internship should be well under way for most students, according to staff from the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. The center has many resources to help your student get started, from its seminar series to one-on-one appointments where staff will help students explore majors, use the alumni network to find opportunities, create resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and negotiate offers. Read “5 Steps to Your Summer Internship” by Jodyi Wren, associate director of the career center, to learn more.
‘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 contemplate 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 Advising Services, offers advice on how students can make the most of an advisement session. Read more ...

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audio engineering major
In response to rapid changes in the field of audio engineering, the University is combining its expertise in music and engineering to help students succeed in the redefined industry. The New York State Department of Education has recently certified the University’s new undergraduate audio and music engineering major, which is being offered to students for the first time this academic year. Watch a video about the program.
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

Local Events
The Rochester Plays, through March 2, Todd Theater, River Campus.
A Presidential Voice: The History of Speechwriting, through March 8, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, Rush Rhees Library.


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

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: March 2, 1 p.m., College at Brockport; March 3, 1:30 p.m., Medaille College; March 20, 3 p.m., SUNY Cortland.
Lacrosse: March 20, 4 p.m., Elmira College.
Men’s Tennis: March 6, 4 p.m., Roberts Wesleyan College.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 10–17, UAA Championships, Sanford, Fla.
Golf: March 10–11, UAA Championships, Sorrento, Fla.
Lacrosse: March 6, 4 p.m., Ithaca College; March 12, 1 p.m., Westfield State College, at Clearwater, Fla.; March 14, 1 p.m., Swarthmore College, at Clearwater, Fla.
Softball: March 9, 1 p.m., John Carroll University, at Clermont, Fla.; March 9, 5 p.m., Coe College, at Clermont, Fla.; March 10, 1 p.m., College of New Jersey, at Clermont, Fla.; March 10, 3 p.m., Bethel University, at Clermont, Fla.; March 12–16, UAA Championships at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Squash: March 1–3, CSA Individual Nationals, Hartford, Conn.
Swimming and Diving: March 1, NCAA Diving Regional Qualifier, Ithaca, N.Y.; March 20–23, NCAA Division III Championships, Shenandoah, Texas.
Men’s Tennis: March 11, 9 a.m., Connecticut College, at Claremont, Calif.; March 11, 3:30 p.m., California Institute of Technology; March 13, 9 a.m., Stevens Institute of Technology, at Claremont, Calif.; March 13, 3 p.m., Pomona College; March 16, 2 p.m., Chapman University.
Women’s Tennis: March 11, noon, Connecticut College, at Pasadena, Calif.; March 12, 1 p.m., Washington University in St. Louis, at Palm Springs, Calif.; March 13, 1 p.m., Bowdoin College, at Palm Springs, Calif.; March 15, 11 a.m., California Lutheran University.
Track and Field: March 1–2, ECAC Division III Indoor Championships, New York, N.Y.; March 8–9, NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Naperville, Ill.

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