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December 2013

Winter Break Services
Check out a list of services and programs offered on the River Campus for those students staying in Rochester during Winter Break.
NAACP President to Deliver MLK Address
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the youngest president in the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will deliver the University’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 24. Read more...
Eastman Remembers Tatiana Tchekina
Tatiana Tchekina, pianist and assistant professor of accompanying at the Eastman School, died Dec. 7 in an automobile accident. The wife of Oleh Krysa, professor of violin, Tchekina joined the Eastman faculty in 2002 and performed with her husband in solo and chamber music recitals in major concert halls throughout the world to great acclaim. The Eastman community held a vigil for Tchekina on Dec. 9. Read more...

Eastman School Alumni Earn Grammy Nominations
Scott Healy, John Hollenbeck, Bob Ludwig, Maria Schneider, David Slonaker, Martha Cluver, and Eric Dudley—all graduates of the Eastman School—are among the artists who received nominations in the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Read more...
Looking Back at 2013
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As the year comes to a close, check out a collection of photographs and news stories from the University in 2013.
Rented Textbooks Must Be Returned by Dec. 22
If your son or daughter rented textbooks from the bookstore this semester, the bookstore staff asks you to remind him or her that rentals are due back to the store by Dec. 22. A free UPS shipping label is available in case your student is unable to get to the store before leaving for winter break. Just make sure the books are shipped out on or before the due date.
Insure Your Student’s Belongings
The University has partnered with Haylor, Freyer, and Coon to offer low-cost personal property protection for student belongings. The program is available with several coverage options depending on the value of the items. The policy will cover accidental damage or damage from fire, water, smoke, and theft. Covered items include cell phones, computers, books, clothes, TV, electronics, bicycles, instruments, and more. Call 1-877-535-0456, email, or visit for program details.
New Sophomore Online Curriculum Offered
A new, optional curriculum, “How to Be a Successful Sophomore,” is available by logging in to Campus Club Connection. The Sophomore Committee created the tool to help sophomores at the College navigate resources and to solidify their curricular and cocurricular paths. Items on the curriculum can be completed by indicating the date on which the item was completed and also writing a brief reflection using the prompts. Ask your son or daughter about the new program as there are several curriculum items that can be completed over winter break, such as having a discussion with family members about their academic path. All sophomores who complete the curriculum by April 30 will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore.
Urban Fellows Program Seeks Applicants
The Rochester Urban Fellows program is seeking applicants for summer 2014. The program emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and encourages an appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life. During the 10-week program, fellows receive stipends of $2,000 for their work with community-based organizations in Rochester. In addition to their internship, fellows participate in urban issues seminars, community activities, and an end-of-summer symposium. Interested students can contact Emma Rainwater in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership for more information. Applications are due Feb. 7.

Global Fair Set for Jan. 31
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The annual UR Global Fair will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 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. The event is highly recommended for students interested in studying abroad.

Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Opportunities Available
The Rochester Youth Year fellowship places recent graduates of Rochester-area colleges in youth-based community organizations for one year in order to create or expand initiatives that address the various challenges facing youth and families in Rochester. Visit the Rochester Youth Year website to read more about the program and for information on how to apply.

Study Abroad Opportunities
There are new opportunities for exchange programs in Australia, Hong Kong, Peru, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Some of these programs are available for students starting the second semester of sophomore year. Students can learn more about all study abroad opportunities by contacting the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs at, (585) 275-7532, or dropping by the office’s new location in Dewey Hall 2-161. Scholarships—such as the Gilman Scholarship (March 4 application deadline) and the Boren Scholarship (internal deadline is Jan. 24)—are available. Students are encouraged to ask a study abroad advisor about scholarship opportunities.
Fraternity Offers ‘Balanced Man’ Scholarship
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity offers the Balanced Man scholarship to recognize and reward freshmen who display exemplary balance and excellence in the areas of leadership, scholastic achievement, athleticism, and social maturity. The scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded during the spring semester of 2014. Applications are due Jan. 10.
Those Inevitable Academic Detours
“Keeping in mind that Rochester’s flexible curriculum offers students unusual opportunities to explore a diverse range of academic offerings, students newly uncertain of their academic plans should not be discouraged from venturing off on an academic detour,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more ...

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Prepare for Flu Season
Did your son or daughter get a flu shot this fall? There’s still time to get a flu shot before the flu season hits. Over winter break might be a perfect time to get a flu shot. Another option for your student is to schedule an appointment at University Health Service either before coming home for break or upon return to campus in January. Many of the students at the UHS clinics this fall said they came because their mom or dad told them to come. UHS thanks you for your help.
Is Your Student Returning from Study Abroad?
All students returning from studying abroad in the fall must complete the online Health Insurance Process to enroll or waive the University-sponsored insurance for the spring semester. UHS recommends completing the requirement in December; the final deadline is Jan. 30. If you miss the deadline, your student will be enrolled into the University-sponsored health insurance and will need to pay the full insurance charge for the spring semester. If you have questions about health insurance, check the UHS website or write to
Check out Student Health 101 Online
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As a service to families, UHS provides an online subscription to Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness magazine for Rochester students and their families. Each issue contains information that aims to help your student make better decisions and can help you gain a better understanding of the health and wellness challenges that face today’s students. Read the latest issue.

Shave to Save
Rochester students step up to the scissors for Colleges Against Cancer’s annual Shave to Save event. Funds go to the American Cancer Society, and donated hair is given to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program.

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Season’s Greetings from Parent and Family Relations
“We’re wishing you a wonderful winter break with your students and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. May you have a happy and healthy new year! If you are in need of assistance, please contact”

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
Nationwide:Career Entrepreneurism,” a webinar featuring Ben Casnocha, Jan. 9.

In Rochester
Kwanzaa Celebration, Dec. 29. Memorial Art Gallery.
Winter Activities Fair, Jan. 17, River Campus.
Opening Reception: (en)Gendered, Jan. 17, River Campus.

William Warfield: A Legacy of Music, Jan. 12, Eastman School.
Pablo Ziegler’s Classic Tango Quartet, Jan. 21, Eastman School.

More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Case Western Reserve University; Jan. 19, noon, Carnegie Mellon University.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 8, 4 p.m., Averett University; Jan. 11, noon, Emory University.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 5, 2 p.m., William Smith College; Jan. 8, 2 p.m., Averett University; Jan. 11, 2 p.m., Emory University.

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