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April 2013
Commencement Ceremonies Set for May 19
Arts, Sciences & Engineering will hold its commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 19, on the River Campus Eastman Quadrangle. Steven Chu ’70, a Nobel laureate in physics and U.S. secretary of energy from 2008 to 2013, will deliver the commencement 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. Sunday, May 19, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Visit the University’s Commencement 2013 website for details on commencement activities, parking, and frequently asked questions.
Conference Confronts Sexual Assault on College Campuses
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More than 80 students, faculty, staff, and community members came together for “Survivor to Thriver: Confronting Sexual Assault on Campus,” to address issues of sexual assault and gender violence on college campuses. The conference, held April 2 and 3, included a series of lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. An archive of social media and photos from the event is available here.
Health Insurance for Graduating Students
Graduating students are encouraged to check their health insurance status to assure continuing coverage and access to health care following graduation. Students enrolled in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan are covered through July 31, 2013. For students needing more time to secure alternate coverage, a single-term three-month continuation plan is available for students currently enrolled in the plan. Write to the University Health Service Insurance Advisor,, for additional information. Students must enroll in the continuation plan within 30 days of loss of coverage or by Aug. 30, 2013. If your student is on your insurance plan, UHS recommends checking with your insurance company to determine if they can continue on your plan. Many young adults can remain on their parent’s health insurance plan until their 26th birthday if the policy covers dependent children.
University Responds to Controversy
A controversy last month surrounding a blog post by Steven Landsburg, professor of economics, resulted in letters, petitions, and demonstrations from members of the University community. Landsburg has apologized for the post, which poses hypothetical questions about the rights of an unconscious rape victim. Read the University’s most recent statement on the issue.
Flags Lowered to Honor Victims of Boston Tragedy
In accordance with a presidential proclamation, flags at the University will be flown at half staff through sunset Saturday, April 20, to honor the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15. 

First Group of University Peace Officers Sworn In
Twenty-five members of the University’s Department of Security Services were sworn in as the first group of peace officers last month. The officers are taking part in a five-month peace officer academy program for training and certification. Read more...

Financial Aid Applications for 2013–14 Due May 1
Parents can contact the Financial Aid Office with questions regarding financial aid for the current 2012–13 academic year, including the summer semester, as well as aid for the 2013–14 academic year. Applications for 2013–14 are due May 1. Financial Aid Office staff say now is a great time to confirm everything for next year’s application has been submitted before your student heads home for the summer.
Performances to Be Streamed Live
Upcoming concerts from two ensembles in the College’s Department of Music will be streamed live at Watch the Chamber Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and the Symphony Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.
Links/Eastman Scholarship Recipient Presents Concert
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Saxophonist Keenan McKoy ’14, this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the Rochester chapter of the Links Inc., will present a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in Kilbourn Hall. McKoy is pursuing a double major in saxophone performance and music education and studies. Read more...
Rochester Teams Advance in Business Plan Competition
Six University teams have advanced to the New York Business Plan Competition finals in Albany on April 26, where they will vie for $225,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Rochester finalists include undergraduate team TrakOR (W. Spencer Klubben, Ankit Medhekar, Michael Nolan, Sonja Page, Matt Plakosh, Erin Schnellinger) and graduate student team Health Care Originals (Prinson Dsouza, Ran Gao, ChenChen Qu, Sharon Samjitsingh) in the biotech/health care category; graduate student team MedThru ICT (Sarah Catheline, Nirish Kafle, Nick Lewandowski, Alvin Lomibao) in the information technology/software category; graduate student team SMP MicroStamps (Megan DeWitt, Andrew Durney, Will Finnie, Kwaku Owusu) and undergraduate team Formation 3D (Alex Feiszli, Eric Frank, Steven Trambert) in the nanotechnology/advanced technology category; and Sound ExChange (Emily Wozniak, Eastman School graduate student) in the social entrepreneurship/nonprofit category.
2013 Interpres Yearbooks on Sale
The 2013 College yearbook, Interpres, can still be ordered for $65 with cash or a check made out to the University of Rochester. Payments may be mailed to Jennelle Hart, 103 Wilson Commons, PO Box 270281, Rochester NY 14627. Be sure to include a note with your contact information and your student’s name.
Concerned about the Cost of Study Abroad?
Students who study abroad as part of a University-sponsored program during the fall, spring, or full academic year will be charged for standard University tuition and housing, and any financial aid they receive will also transfer to the study-abroad program. There are also study abroad–specific scholarships available. In addition, students will receive a $2,000 grant for taking part in a University-sponsored exchange program. The University sponsors exchange programs in Australia, China, Israel, Japan, Peru, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. For more information, students should contact the Center for Study Abroad at (585) 275-7532 or stop by Dewey 2-147.
Festival Illuminates Rochester Landmark with Art, Music
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The student-organized ArtAwake festival will take over the Sibley Tower Building on April 20—turning the Rochester landmark into a vibrant art and music venue. The one-day festival runs from 2 p.m. to midnight at 25 Franklin St. (At left: Wandering by Alexandra Born ’15.) Read more...
Host a Yellowjacket at Work
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center is seeking alumni and parents to invite a Rochester student to their workplaces. A daylong shadowing experience or a special project can provide a student valuable experience and help him or her refine career goals. Complete this brief form if you’re interested in participating. Your student can also check out hundreds of parent- and alumni-connected opportunities posted on the career center’s blog.
Send Your Student a Birthday Cake
Sigma Delta Tau will deliver to the River Campus a Wegman’s birthday cake with a message from home. Email Nessie Sax-Bolder and Emily Trapani at for an order form. Proceeds benefit the sorority.

‘What I Did on My Summer Vacation’
“Summer vacation is an important time for college students to recharge,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. “But it is also an optimum time to reflect and plan ahead.” Read more... 
Job Search and Career Speaker Series Offers Advice for New Graduates
In May, many members of the Class of 2013 will make the transition from student to job seeker. The Internet and social media have drastically changed the processes of career exploration and job hunting, and many “tried-and-true” methods of job acquisition no longer apply. The Office of Alumni Relations encourages you to help your student successfully navigate the landscape with the assistance of its Career Author Speaker Series. The webinar series features experts sharing their knowledge on resumes, LinkedIn, interviewing, personal branding, and more.

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A student team from the Hajim School has received a da Vinci Award for its innovative approach to promoting accessibility for people with disabilities. The students—Jackson Block, Sara Hutchinson, Dominic Marino, David Narrow, and Martin Szeto—developed the MonoMano Cycling Control System, which enables riders to steer, brake, and shift gears on a recumbent tricycle with one hand. 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

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

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: April 20, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Clarkson University; April 21, noon and 2:30 p.m., Clarkson University; April 23, 6:30 p.m., SUNY College at Brockport; May 4, noon and 2:30 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Golf: April 19–20, University of Rochester Fred Kravetz Invitational.
Lacrosse: April 26, 4 p.m., Clarkson University; April 27, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence University.
Women’s Tennis: April 21, 11 a.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: April 27, 1 and 3:30 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 28, noon and 2:30 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 30, 4 p.m., SUNY College at Brockport; May 5, noon and 2:30 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; May 9–11, Liberty League Championships, details TBA.
Golf: April 27–28, Liberty League Match Play Championships, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; May 14–17, NCAA Division III Championships, Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla.
Lacrosse: April 19, 4 p.m., Skidmore College; April 20, 2 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; May 3–4, Liberty League Championships, Details TBA.
Rowing: May 4–5, NYS Championships, Whitney Point, N.Y.; May 10–11, Dad Vail Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.
Men’s Tennis: April 20, noon, Skidmore College; April 26–28, UAA Championships, Orlando, Fla.
Women’s Tennis: April 20, 9 a.m., Skidmore College; April 25–27, UAA Championships, Orlando, Fla.
Track and Field: April 19–20, SUNY Cortland Classic; April 27, 10 a.m., St. John Fisher College Invitiational; April 28–29, NYSCTC Multievent Championships, Ithaca, N.Y.; May 3–4, NYSCTC Outdoor Championships, Canton, N.Y.; May 10, 11 a.m., Allegheny College Gator Invitational; May 16–17, ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships, Springfield, Mass.; May 23–25, NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, LaCrosse, Wisc.

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