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May 2013
Class of 2013 Celebrates Commencement
“Do something you love; do something that matters. When you are old and gray and you look back on your life, you will want to be proud of what you have done. The source of that pride won’t be the things you have acquired or the recognition you receive. It will be the lives you have touched and the difference you have made,” Steven Chu ’70 told the graduating Class of 2013 during Sunday’s graduation ceremonies. The former secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy was one of several honorees and guests who helped Rochester students celebrate the University’s 163rd commencement, a three-day series of ceremonies across campus.

ONLINE: Multimedia coverage from commencement; “Dear Mom and Dad” letters from this year’s graduates.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Professional photographs of the 2013 commencement ceremonies are available to view or purchase
Douglas Lowry Reappointed Dean of Eastman School
Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, has been appointed to a second, five-year leadership term. Read more...
Department of Energy Spotlights University
The University is featured this month in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information’s “.EDUConnections,” which spotlights institutions committed to supporting and advancing the department’s scientific research programs.
O’Brien Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification
O’Brien Hall, the University’s newest campus residence, has earned LEED Gold certification for its sustainable construction, landscaping, and operations. Read more...
Financial Aid Reminders
Returning students who applied by the May 1 deadline for 2013–14 financial aid can expect to receive an email notification regarding next academic year’s financial aid by the middle of June. Students with outstanding application materials are sent email reminders on a monthly basis starting in May. Contact your student’s counselor with questions regarding next year’s financial aid.
Community, University Celebrate College Town Groundbreaking
Mt. Hope community members joined with government leaders, project partners, and University officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of College Town this spring. The project will redevelop 14 acres of University-owned property with 500,000 square feet of retail and dining space, hotel and conference facilities, parking, and housing for the Mt. Hope and University communities and area visitors.

Eastman’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
spiderman on top of police car in front of Eastman Theatre
Look for cameo appearances by Eastman Theatre in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, scheduled to hit theaters next spring. Some of the film’s action sequences were filmed in downtown Rochester, including the area adjoining Eastman Theatre. University photographer Adam Fenster captured a few scenes from the last day of filming, when Spider-Man himself made an appearance.
Students Can Explore Careers This Summer
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center maintains a list of alumni offering to host Rochester students for job shadowing. Check out the listings by career field and read senior MacLain Christie’s experience shadowing an alumnus in Washington D.C. this spring. Does your student need inspiration? Check out the Senior Success Stories and Spotlight on Summer Interns features on the Career Center’s blog.
Students Complete Leadership Program
Douglas Done ’13, Jonathan Jamison ’14, Caitlin Grady ’13, Calvin Yoon ’13, and Michael Dymond ’13 have completed Compass to Personal Success, a three-year leadership development program run by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Visit the program website or contact Molly Sarubbi at to learn more.
Concerned about the Cost of Study Abroad?
Students who study abroad as part of a University-sponsored exchange program during the fall or spring semester or the 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. Students taking part in a University-sponsored exchange program will also receive a $2,000 grant in addition to their existing financial aid. The University sponsors 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.
Undergrad Juggles Physics, Astronomy, and … Rings
Senior Adam Lanman’s Take Five thesis performance included juggling, unicycling, acrobatics, clowning, and dance. Read more...
New Pre-College Course Explores 16mm Film
Pre-College Programs is offering a new summer course for current undergrads and high-school students, 16mm Film Workshop, an intensive three-week course that will teach students every aspect of authoring a short movie on 16mm black-and-white film stock. Pre-College Programs offers a variety of one- to six-week credit and noncredit courses with the option to live on campus. Learn more online, call (585) 275-3221, or email Tuition discounts apply to children and grandchildren of University employees and alumni.
New Website Celebrates University Leaders
University Advancement announces a new awards website devoted to honoring Rochester's alumni, parents, and friends. Visit to check out descriptions of each award, profiles on the most recent winners, and photos and tribute videos from ceremonies held in Rochester and across the country.


Online Health Insurance Process Site Opens May 21
Every year all full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process. The site opens on Wednesday, May 22. Completing the online process by June 30 will assure accurate billing on the July billing statement. Insurance plans must meet all University criteria to be approved for a waiver. Requests to waive may be audited. University Health Service reminds parents that completing the online insurance process is especially important for students who want to waive the insurance. Students with international-based plans who want to waive the University-sponsored insurance must submit the Insurance Verification Form for International-Based Insurance Plans” by Sept. 16. Check the UHS website for more information about health insurance.
Health Insurance for Graduating Students
University Health Service encourages graduating students to check their health insurance status to ensure continuing coverage and access to health care following graduation. Students enrolled in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance are covered through July 31, 2013. A three-month continuation plan is available for graduating students who are currently enrolled in the Aetna Student Health insurance plan. If your student is on your insurance plan, UHS recommends checking with your insurance company to determine if coverage continues after graduation. Many young adults can remain on their parent’s health insurance plan until their 26th birthday if the policy covers dependent children.


NSF Awards Fellowships to Rochester Students, Alumni

Two Rochester students and eight alumni have been named recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Additionally, 13 current students and recent alumni were given honorable mentions by the NSF. Read more...

Eastman Students Take Top Prizes in National Competition
Two student ensembles from the Eastman School were winners at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In the Senior Wind Division, Project Fusion received the Gold Medal and $3,500 prize. The Midic Winds took the Bronze Medal and $2,000. Read more...

Nine Students Awarded Research Internships in Germany
Nine Rochester undergrads have been selected to spend their summers conducting research in German laboratories through the German Academic Exchange Service-Research Internships in Science & Engineering Scholarship (DAAD-RISE) program. Read more...

Student Receives $10K to Fund Youth Peace Project
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace, Fatima Bawany ’15 will launch a summer enrichment program for young refugees that includes a retreat focused on nonviolent communication education, a photography project called Voices of Hope, and a workshops on educational opportunities after high school. Read more...

Beinecke Scholar to Pursue Study of American History
Daniel Gorman Jr. ’14  has been named a 2013 Beinecke Scholar. The scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need, provides $34,000 in funding that will help offset the cost of Gorman’s work toward a doctoral degree in American history. Read more...

Students Garner Scholarship for Summer Research
Aaron Cravens ’14 and Benjamin Goulet ’14 will engage in independent biological science research experiences this summer, thanks to a scholarship from the Amgen Foundation. Read more...

Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners Announced
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Students share their photos from around the world in Rochester Review’s fifth annual Study Abroad Photo Contest. The grand prize–winning photo, Streaming Sulfter Pits (above), was taken in Iceland by Matthew Shulman ’13, a sustainable development major from Washington, D.C. See the winning photos.

Winners Announced in Mark Ain Business Model Competition
Joungyoon (Felix) Kim ’14 came in third place and won $1,000 for his company, Ovitz, at the seventh annual 2013 Mark Ain Business Model Competition. Ovitz produces a portable eye diagnosis instrument that is smaller, cheaper, and more accurate than existing devices. Formation 3D (Steven Trambert ’13, Alex Feiszli ’14, and Eric Frank ’13), which offers an inexpensive 3D printer/scanner device, also made it to the finals. The other finalists in the competition, teams consisting of graduate and doctoral students, included HeaIth Care Originals (first place), SMP MicroStamps (second place), and SixFold Equity (finalist).
Forbes Competition Winners Named
Undergraduate engineering and applied science students presented their technical business plans to a panel of alumni and faculty judges to compete for cash prizes in the 2013 Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition. First place was Ovitz (Joungyoon “Felix” Kim ’14). Tied for second place were TrakOR (Sonja Page ’13, Erin Schnellinger ’13, Ankit Medhekar ’13, W. Spencer Klubben ’13, Matt Plakosh ’13, and Michael Nolan ’13) and Formation 3D (Steven Trambert ’13, Alex Feiszli ’14, and Eric Frank ’13). Bio ReSolutions (Kyle Fedorchak ’14 and Wai Ling Ye ’13) was also a finalist.
University Teams Place in Statewide Business Contest
Three University teams won cash prizes at the 2013 New York State Business Plan Competition, one of the largest collegiate startup idea contests in the country. TrakOR, formed by graduating seniors from the School of Arts & Sciences, won third place and $1,500 in the biotechnology/healthcare category; SMP Microstamps, formed by students enrolled in the technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) master’s degree program and an MBA candidate at the Simon School, took second place and $5,000 in the nanotechnology/advanced technology category; and Sound ExChange, founded by an Eastman School graduate student, won second place and $5,000 in the social entrepreneurship/nonprofit category. Read more...
Arts Leadership Program Announces Funding Awards
Funding was recently awarded to Arts Leadership Program certificate students for paid internships and special opportunities. The awards provide monetary support to further explore professional areas of interest that expose students to extra-musical tools and experience that can only be learned in practical, “real-world” settings. Read more...

Student Filmmakers Recognized at Gollin Film Festival
A diverse group of 12 student films were presented at the eighth annual Gollin Film Festival, with the top three films winning $1,000 in cash prizes. Read more...

‘Teachable Moments’
The concept of “advising as teaching” has had a significant impact on the academic advising profession in the last several decades,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. “Good advising engages students in their educational choices, just as good teaching engages students in their learning activities.” Read more ...

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Alarm Will Sound Brings 1969 to Eastman
Although the 20 members of Alarm Will Sound are scattered around the country, most of them got their start in one spot—the Eastman School. Learn more about the ensemble and take a look at its recent visit to Eastman for the group’s multimedia performance of 1969 in this video.
Hajim Senior Design Day
students work on design day project
Throughout the year Hajim School students have partnered with local companies and institutions to solve real-world engineering problems in the fields of medicine, alternative energy, optics, communications, and other areas. Their innovations were on display at the annual Hajim School Design Day. Watch the video.
Movin' On Out—and Doing Good
Two recycling efforts—Grassroots’s “Dump and Run,” and the University Recycling Office’s “Move-Out Cleanout” program—work to collect students’ unwanted items as they move out of their dorms. Watch the video.

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Campus Leaders Recognized

Seventeen undergraduate students were recognized for making significant contributions to campus life during the 2013 Student Life Awards. The Undergraduate Religion and Classics Council, Douglass Leadership House (above), and organizers of Eastman Welcome Weekend also were honored for their work to strengthen the campus community. Read more...

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