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January 2014
NAACP Leader 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...
Brass Choir to Perform at Rock and Roll, Pro Football Hall of Fames
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The Brass Choir will perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. The ensemble includes students, staff, and alumni from across the University. Read more...
Rochester Named a Top School for Veterans
The University was named a top military-friendly university in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The guide, which is available in print and online, provides potential students with information about institutions that give back to military service members. Read more...
Financial Aid Information for 2014–15
Application instructions for returning students for the 2014-15 academic year will be sent at the end of January. Instructions will be sent directly to students by email, so parents should be sure to touch base with their son or daughter before beginning the application process. The deadline for returning students’ financial aid applications for 2014-15 is May 1.
College Center for Advising Services Aims to Assist Students
The College Center for Advising Services, located in Lattimore Hall 312, can assist undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Students regularly stop by CCAS for program-planning advice, to rearrange their schedule (e.g., dropping or adding courses, overloading or underloading), to learn about clusters and how to use the cluster search engine; to access resources such as tutoring, to verify that transfer credit has been awarded, to consult with a health professions advisor and to help answer specific academic questions. All undergraduates are welcome to use the advising services available through CCAS and to consult with the dean of freshmen and the dean of sophomores, whose offices are located in CCAS. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in appointments are available from 1 to 4 p.m. every day.
Guide Describes Fraternity, Sorority Recruitment Process
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The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs offers a guide for parents and families about the recruitment process for fraternities and sororities at the University.
Class of 2014 Senior Portraits
The last session of senior portraits is scheduled for Jan. 21 and 22. Seniors at the College can sign up for a free session. You may purchase the photos for graduation announcements or gifts. They will appear in the University’s 2014 yearbook. Yearbooks can be purchased online at by entering code #13777. Want to congratulate your senior on his or her achievements? Parents can purchase a “celebrations” ad that will appear in the back of the book. For more information, visit the website or email
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 Katie Neimeyer and Laura Liebers at for an order form.

Reviewing the Fall Semester’s ‘If Only ...’ List
“Winter break offers time to reflect and recharge, to develop action plans, and to take advantage of the fresh start of the spring semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more ...

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The International Reach of the University’s Squash Team
As the University is becoming more globally diverse, the squash team mirrors that trend—with players coming from England, India, China, Japan, Mexico, and Canada, as well as from throughout the United States. Learn more about the team, which is preparing for its Jan. 18 match against Yale University.

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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.
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Case Western Reserve University; Jan. 19, noon, Carnegie Mellon University; Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Washington University (St. Louis).
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 17, 6 p.m., Case Western Reserve University; Jan. 19, 2 p.m., Carnegie Mellon University; Jan. 31, 6 p.m., Washington University (St. Louis).
Squash: Jan. 18, noon, Yale University.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 18, 1 p.m., Ithaca College.

Yellowjackets Away
Men’s Basketball: Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Brandeis University; Jan. 26, 1 p.m., New York University.
Women’s Basketball: Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Brandeis University; Jan. 26, 3 p.m., New York University.
Squash: Jan. 25, 1 p.m., Trinity College; Jan. 26, noon, Harvard University; Jan. 31, 5 p.m., University of Western Ontario.
Swimming and Diving: Jan. 25, 1 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; Jan. 26, Ithaca College Diving Invitational.
Track and Field: Jan. 25, 10 a.m., Spire North Coast Open, Geneva, Ohio.

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