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November 2013
Meliora Challenge Campaign Passes $1 Billion Milestone
The University’s comprehensive campaign has passed the $1 billion mark, President Joel Seligman announced Nov. 20. The goal for The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester is to surpass $1.2 billion by June 30, 2016, including $225 million in student support primarily for endowed scholarships and fellowships. To date, this Campaign focus has established 245 endowed scholarship and fellowship funds. In announcing the billion-dollar milestone, Seligman emphasized that there is much more to be done to meet or surpass all Campaign goals in the final 32 months. Read more…

$1 Million Grant to Support Digital Humanities at Rochester
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University a $1 million grant to support an innovative graduate program that will unite the study of humanities with the latest technology. Read more...

University Expands Resources for Veterans
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Starting this month, veterans and active members of the military at the University will have expanded resources and support services, thanks to the Veterans Alliance, a new affinity group on campus. Read more...
App Provides Comprehensive Assistance for Students
The CARE Network, a nationally recognized student support system launched full time at Rochester in 2011, has launched a new smartphone application called the CARE Resource Center that can connect students more quickly with the many wellness resources available on campus. Read more...
Spring Billing Statement Available
The Spring 2014 billing statement for undergraduates is now posted in UR ePAY. Note: Students intending to study abroad will receive their spring billing statement in December, unless they have an outstanding balance from the fall term. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931 or

New Public Safety Director Announced
After more than 33 years of service to the University, Walter Mauldin, director of the Department of Public Safety, will transition to a senior advisor role, focusing on assessment, policy, and planning. Mark Fischer, who has served as deputy director to Mauldin since 2011 as part of a succession plan, will succeed him on Dec. 1. Read more...
Thanksgiving Shuttles Offered
The Students’ Association is providing free shuttles from the River Campus to the airport and Amtrak stations on both the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving Break, as well on the Sunday students return. Trailways will also be providing free shuttles to the Trailways station. The full listing of times and locations can be found on the SA website.
Thanksgiving Break Services
Check out a list of services and programs offered on the River Campus for those students staying in Rochester during Thanksgiving Break.
Study Abroad and Financial Aid
If your student is considering studying abroad, and you have questions about how it will affect his or her financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office directly.
Send a Declining Balance Care Package 
Adding extra declining balance funds (DB) to your son’s or daughter’s meal plan can be helpful as final exams approach. DB can be used in any on-campus dining location for food or beverage items. Leftover funds will roll over to the spring semester. Dining Services is offering a special: for every $50 DB added, students can choose Rochester gear such as T-shirts, mugs, sunglasses, and sweatshirts. Read more about adding funds to your student’s account or call (585) 275-8756 for more information.
Several Events to Be Streamed Live Online
Watch live performances from several ensembles in the College’s Department of Music as well as a handful of upcoming lectures and forums at Click here for the schedule.

Registration Open for Off-Campus Recruiting Events
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Registration is now open for the Career and Internship Connections, off-campus recruiting events held in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., during winter break. Part prescreened interview, part career fair, the events are appropriate for any student looking for full-time employment or summer internships. Read more on the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center blog, including directions on registration, how to find and apply for positions in each city, and dates for student prep sessions.
Author to Discuss Challenges to 21st Century Catholicism
George Weigel, noted author and NBC News Vatican analyst, will present the John Henry Cardinal Newman Lecture on “21st-Century Catholics in an Unfamiliar America.”  Weigel’s lecture, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, will explore challenges to Catholicism in 21st-century America and suggest how Catholics can meet those challenges. The talk, which is sponsored by Catholic Newman Community, will be streamed live at For more information, visit
Free Career Webinar Series
The Office of Alumni Relations offers you access to a free nine-part webinar series that brings the nation's top career authors live to your computer. The series features one author a month from October 2013 to June 2014. The next webinar is Wednesday, Dec.  4, at 8 p.m. EST. It will feature Chris Westfall, author of The New Elevator Pitch. For more information and to register, click here. Registrants will also have access to the archived webinar recordings and handouts, as well as a unique feature that allows participants to join ongoing conversations about careers and career opportunities.
Alumni and Parent Travel and Learn Programs for 2014
The University invites you to join alumni, parents, and friends for an opportunity to travel in the company of like-minded people who share your interest in lifelong learning. Visit Italy’s Lake District from May 20 to 28, take a tour of Turkey from Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast from May 29 to June 12, or cruise the Baltic Sea from June 20 to 29. Spaces on upcoming tours sell quickly. Click here for more information and to reserve your space.
Advising Parents, Advising Students
Advising offices in colleges throughout the country have noticed that parents are increasingly involved in their students’ lives. “In the College Center for Advising Services we let parents know that we are advocates for their students and respect their students’ right to privacy,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

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It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot
University Health Service asks you to remind your student of the importance of getting a flu shot. There was a good response from students to the many flu vaccine clinics this fall, but UHS would like even more students to get vaccinated before the flu season hits. Students can call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment. The charge will be billed to your student’s insurance plan. If the plan does not cover flu shots, then the charge ($20) will be sent to your student’s tuition billing statement. The Aetna Student Health insurance plan covers the cost of flu shots.
Health Insurance for Students Returning from Study Abroad
Did you see a charge for health insurance on your student’s November tuition billing statement? Here’s what to do: Your student, or you on your student’s behalf, need to complete the online insurance process during winter open enrollment (Nov. 4 to Jan. 30) to enroll or waive the University-sponsored insurance. If you have waived the insurance, a credit for the insurance charge will appear on the next billing statement. Students who are enrolling in the University-sponsored plan must complete the online enrollment process even though they have already been billed. If you have questions about health insurance, check the UHS website or write to
UHS Is Here to Help
University Health Service is your student’s doctor’s office on campus. Visits with the UHS health care professionals are 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.

The Silence and the Sounds of Rush Rhees Library
Although much of the time Rush Rhees Library is a quiet space for students to study, research, and collaborate with classmates, that’s not always the case. Watch a video of student musicians from Sound ExChange performing in the library’s reference area.
A Global, Sustainable Feast
This year, International Education Week meets Local Foods Week at Rochester with a feast that combines locally grown foods and international cuisine. Dining Services receives more than 40 percent of the products it serves or sells from sources within New York state. Visit Dining Services on Facebook for photos from Local Foods Week events.

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rendering of proposed data science building

The University is committing $50 million—in addition to more than $50 million it has spent in recent years—to greatly expand its work in the burgeoning field of data science. The commitment will include the creation of an Institute for Data Science, construction of a state-of-the-art building to house it, and as many as 20 new faculty members with expertise in the field. 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

Rochester Events

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

Men’s Soccer Team Advances to NCAA Sweet 16
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The men’s soccer team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Soccer Tournament. It’s the third time in the program’s history that the Yellowjackets have advanced past the second round of the tournament. They will face Montclair State University Saturday, Nov. 23, in Camden, N.J.

Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Nov. 30–Dec. 1, UR/Holiday Inn Airport Tournament; Dec. 4–7, Wendy’s Classic, Rochester, location TBA; Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton College.
Women’s Basketball: Nov. 23, 2 p.m., Oneonta State; Nov. 26, 6 p.m., Oswego State; Dec. 3–7, Wendy’s Classic, Rochester, location TBA; Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Buffalo State.
Squash: Dec. 7, noon, Princeton University.
Swimming and Diving: Nov. 22, 6 p.m., Nazareth College.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Nazareth College.
Men’s Cross Country: Nov. 23, 11 a.m., NCAA Division III Championships, Hanover, Ind.
Men’s Soccer: Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., Montclair State University (Sweet 16), Camden, N.J.
Squash: Nov. 23–24, Liberty League Championships, Canton, N.Y.
Swimming and Diving: Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Allegheny College; Dec. 6–7, Liberty League Championships, Schenectady, N.Y.
Track and Field: Dec. 12, 4 p.m., RIT Early Season Opener.

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