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February 2014
Renovation, Expansion Planned for Outdoor Athletic Facilities
The University’s outdoor athletic facilities will undergo a significant renovation and expansion over the next several years. A lead gift from Brian Prince ’86 ’89S (MBA) made in honor of his parents, Richard and Christine Prince, supports the multimillion-dollar project and establishes the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex. Read more...
Update on Measles
On Monday, Feb. 10, students and parents received an email message letting them know a Rochester undergraduate student had been diagnosed with measles. The University coordinated its response with the Monroe County Health Department. All necessary precautions were taken, and will continue to be taken, to avoid the spread of measles to students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University community. The vast majority of students were not at risk because they provided evidence of their immunity to measles when they entered the University. For information about measles, check the Centers for Disease Control website. If you have questions, you can call the Office of Parent and Family Relations at (585) 275-4085.
Spring Break Transportation Registration Deadline Is Feb. 21
Roundtrip or one-way motor coach transportation from the River Campus to Ludlow and Newton, Mass., or New York City/Bridgewater, N.J./Easton, Pa., is available to students for spring break. Students from the College and Eastman School may sign up. For information about My Bus Home and to reserve a seat, visit The registration deadline is Feb. 21.
AlertUR Test Set for Feb. 27
The spring semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:45 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it is working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students are encouraged to go to prior to the test to review/update their contact information.
Public Safety Conducts Preparedness Drill
On Jan. 9, the University’s Department of Public Safety conducted a drill to help ensure the University’s preparedness to respond to a worst-case scenario of an active shooter. The half-day training simulation, conducted at Wilson Commons over winter break, involved Public Safety, the Rochester Police Department, an FBI team, Monroe County 911, and other local responders to practice the units’ coordinated response. The exercise also tested the AlertUR emergency notification system and its ability to send out text, email, and phone messages on demand. 
Reminder: Financial Aid for 2014–15
Application instructions for financial aid for the 2014–15 academic year were emailed to students this month. The Financial Aid Office asks parents to touch base with their students to ensure that application materials are submitted on time. The deadline for financial aid for the 2014–15 academic year is May 1.
Is Your Student Considering Living Off Campus Next Year?
The Financial Aid Office encourages students to set up a meeting with their financial aid counselor to discuss how moving off campus may affect their financial aid. The River Campus office can be reached at (585) 275-3226. The Eastman School office number is (585) 274-1070.
Financial Aid Office Introduces Parent Newsletter
The Financial Aid Office’s new parent newsletter is designed help demystify the financial aid process for parents of Rochester students. Future editions will be posted on online and updates will be announced through Parents Buzz.
Watch Live: Cardinal Newman Lecture
The Rev. Thomas Rosica, who served as one of the Vatican’s official spokesmen for the recent papal transition, will present the second lecture in the Catholic Newman Community’s Faith in America Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Interfaith Chapel. He will speak about the transition in the papacy one year ago and how Pope Benedict’s decision to resign and Pope Francis’s leadership have changed the Church. The lecture will be streamed live at See upcoming events that are scheduled to be livestreamed here.
Research Experience Leads to Science Paper for Undergrad
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Owen Colegrove ’14 was part of a research team that used data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to observe the movement of giant convection cells. Colegrove is coauthor with astrophysicist David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Lisa Upton, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, on a paper in the journal Science describing the research. Read more...
University Hosts Successful National Recruiting Events
This year’s Career and Internship Connections in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., were the biggest to date. Each city hosted more employers and more students. On- and off-campus career fairs are a traditional part of career services. But how large of a role do they play in outcomes for today’s college graduate? And does being “well-rounded” help a student’s chance at job and internship search success? In his new column, Burt Nadler, director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, asks faculty to help define messages that will inspire students to succeed today.
Registration Opens April 7 for Summer Sessions
The Summer Sessions 2014 schedule is now available online. Students can choose from more than 70 courses to enroll in to improve a grade, lighten their semester load, get ahead, or focus on a particular course. Courses cost 40 percent less in the summer, and a wide variety of social activities are available both on and off-campus. Registration opens April 7. For more information, visit the Summer Sessions website, email the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies at or call (585) 275-2345.
River Campus Bookstore to Host Graduation Fair
The River Campus Bookstore will host a Graduation Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 21. It will be the first day that students can purchase regalia for commencement. A representative from Balfour will be in the store to take orders for announcements and class rings. Diploma frames will be 10 percent off during the event. The alumni office, senior class council, yearbook staff, and more will also be on hand to answer questions.
Upcoming Travel and Learn Programs
The 2014 schedule for the University’s Travel and Learn Program includes opportunities to travel with alumni, parents, and friends to Istanbul and Turkey’s Turquoise Coast (May 29–June 12) and to cruise the Baltic Sea (June 20–29). To learn more and register, click here.

Anthony Center Honors Women’s Achievements
The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership honored Jane Possee, associate director of athletics and recreation, with the Susan. B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 9. Seven undergraduates also received awards and scholarships at this year’s Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner: Anisha Gundewar ’14, Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award; Anjalene Whittier ’14, Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award; Crystal Hans ’15 and Tanatchaya Chanphanitpornkit ’15E, Susan B. Anthony Scholarship; Elizabeth Riedman ’14, Susan B. Anthony Prize; Brianna Isaacson ’14, Jane R. Pitt Award; and Fatima Bawany ’15, Fannie Bigelow Prize. Read more...
Student Leaders Recognized
Eight students and a student organization were honored at the Student Leadership Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 23.

Benjamin Jealous Visits Rochester
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Benjamin Jealous, former president of the NAACP, presented the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address. During his visit to Rochester, Jealous met with students and encouraged them to get involved in the causes they find most important. Watch a video from his visit.

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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

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: March 1, 2 p.m. College at Brockport; March 2, 1:30 p.m., Medaille College; March 19, 4 p.m., Keuka College.
Men’s Basketball: Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Brandeis University; Feb. 23, noon, New York University; March 1, noon, Emory University.
Women’s Basketball: Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Brandeis University; Feb. 23, 2 p.m., New York University; March 1, 2 p.m., Emory University.
Lacrosse: March 1, 1 p.m., Medaille College; March 5, 4 p.m., Ithaca College.
Men’s Tennis: March 5, 4 p.m., Roberts Wesleyan College.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 9–15, UAA Championships in Sanford, Fla.
Golf: March 9–10, UAA Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Lacrosse: March 15, 2:30 p.m., Smith College; March 18, 4 p.m., Elmira College.
Softball: March 8–9 (Clermont, Fla.): March 8, 1 p.m., Manhattanville College; March 8, 3 p.m., Heidelberg University; March 9, 9 a.m., Rhode Island College; March 9, 1 p.m., Transylvania University; March 11–15, UAA Championships in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Squash: Feb. 28 to March 2, CSA Individual Nationals in Philadelphia, Pa.
Swimming and Diving: Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m., Kenyon College Invitational; Feb. 28 to March 1, NCAA Diving Regional Qualifier at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Men’s Tennis: Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Ithaca College; March 10, 9 a.m., Washington University (St. Louis) in Claremont, Calif.; March 11, 9 a.m., Stevens Institute of Technology in Claremont Calif.
Women’s Tennis: Feb. 22, 10 a.m., Ithaca College; March 9, Trinity University in Claremont, Calif.; March 10, 9 a.m., Washington University (St. Louis) in Claremont, Calif.; March 12, Swarthmore College in Pomona, Calif.
Track and Field: Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology Orange/Brown Invitational; Feb. 22, 10 a.m., Cornell University Deneault Invitational; Feb. 28 to March 1, NYSCTC Indoor Championships in Canton, N.Y.; March 7–8, ECAC Division III Indoor Championships in Boston, Mass.; March 14–15, NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.

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