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March 2014

University Sets Tuition Rates for 2014–15
Tuition for undergraduates in the College and the Eastman School will be $46,150 in the 2014–15 academic year, a 3.5 percent increase from 2013-14. Read more ...
Chris Matthews to Give Commencement Address
Political news commentator Chris Matthews will deliver the 164th Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement address on Sunday, May 18. More than 3,000 individuals will have their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees conferred during this year’s ceremonies. Check the Commencement 2014 website for more information and updates.
Trustee Establishes Fund for River Campus Renovation, Preservation
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Draft conceptual rendering provided by HOLT Architects
With a particular focus on revitalizing the Eastman Quad’s historic academic buildings and spaces, University Trustee Ronald Rettner has established the Ronald Rettner Campus Improvement Fund. Read more...
Rochester Celebrates Five Years of Diversity Conversation
The University will host its fifth annual diversity conference, “Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress,” on March 28. The keynote address by Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, will be streamed live at
Expanded Technology Services Aim to Improve Residential Experience
Screens were recently installed at popular bus stops on the River Campus and at the Eastman School to help students track their shuttle’s current location and estimated arrival time. Two similar installations are planned for Riverview Apartments and the Medical Center. University IT also expanded the University network to Riverview Apartments, providing faster, more reliable Internet access than the previous vendor-provided service. Read more…
Reminder: Student Account Balances
Student account balances must be paid in full to participate in the housing lottery and fall 2014 registration. Housing contracts for the River Campus were due March 21. Housing contracts at the Eastman School were due March 20 and the lottery begins Tuesday, March 25. Course registration begins April 7. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office: (585) 275-3931 or
Info Available on Housing Selection Process
The housing selection process for 2014–15 has begun. Students at the College will receive a packet of information that explains the process and the options. The Residential Life website offers a basic overview and a more detailed document. Eastman students have received a packet including their housing contract and an explanation of the process and options.
Financial Aid Updates
Financial aid applications for returning students are due May 1. Application instructions were emailed directly to students in early February. To check application requirements, your student can review the “Required Documents” tab in his or her FAOnline account. If your student is interested in taking classes over the summer, the Financial Aid Office asks you to encourage him or her to set up a meeting with their financial aid counselor to discuss funding options.
Computer Science Students Help Students Voice their Vowels
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Voice students who want to perfect how they sing their vowels could get help from a new application developed by a group of Rochester students as part of their human-computer interaction computer science class. Read more...
Measles Update
In the February Parents Buzz, the University advised parents that an undergraduate student was diagnosed with measles. All of the necessary precautions were taken to avoid the spread of measles. The incubation period has now passed and University Health Service reports that there were no new cases of measles, thanks in large part to the high level of compliance with the New York State immunization requirement for MMR vaccination of all students. The UHS staff thanks parents for the role they play in ensuring students have received the required vaccinations.
RCCL Honored for Community Leadership
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The Rochester Center for Community Leadership was recently recognized in Washington Monthly's annual college guide for its work in fostering a culture of service and civic engagement at the University. Read more...

Summer Planning Should Be Well Under Way
While it’s not too late to line up career-related summer experiences, counselors from the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center say students should not wait. Read about opportunities for alumni job shadows and summer internships on the center’s blog. If you have a graduating senior, the center has alumni-connected jobs and postbaccalaureate internships in the CareerLink database. Encourage your student to stop by the career center’s resource library for help getting started with writing resumes and cover letters. Application are now being accepted for Reach funding, available to assist students with unpaid summer internships.
Make a Plan, Check It Twice
Spring break “divides the semester into two halves for many students: the challenging but optimistic first half of the semester and the intensely busy, sometimes worrisome, second half of the semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Advising Services and dean of freshmen. “Successful students return from spring break with a plan in mind.” Read more...

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Eastman Percussion Ensemble
Watch the Eastman Percussion Ensemble’s performance of Fandango 13, a piece composed by Michael Burritt, chair of the woodwinds, brass, and percussion department at the Eastman School.
‘Spread the Word to End the Word’
Students on the River Campus and several programs at the Medical Center are hoping to help inspire respect and acceptance of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities by asking people to think about their word choices. The students, together with the University’s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, the Institute for Innovative Transition, the Golisano Foundation, and Special Olympics, hosted a series of events on March 5 as part of the national “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. The effort asks people to pledge to stop using the words “retard” or “retarded.” See a video of the student-organized event.
MEL Talks 2013 Available on YouTube
American Sign Language interpreter Dana Mittelman ’05 shares her experience interpreting for President Barack Obama. Todd Krauss, professor of chemistry and optics, discusses the potential for groundbreaking nanotechnological applications in numerous areas. Emily Wozniak ’09, ’14E (MM) presents alternative ways to reimagine and reinvigorate the traditional classical music concert experience. These are three of the 12 speakers who presented Mel Talks during Meliora Weekend 2013. Watch the full listing on Youtube.

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Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: March 26, 5 p.m., SUNY Cortland; March 28, 4:30 p.m., Medaille College; March 29, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 2, 4:30 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 8, 4 p.m., Keuka College.
Lacrosse: March 25, 4 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 11, 4 p.m., Skidmore College; April 12, 2 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rowing: March 29, 8 a.m., St. John Fisher College/St. Lawrence University.
Softball: March 26, 3 and 5 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 6, 1 and 3 p.m., St. Lawrence University; April 8, 3 and 5 p.m., Buffalo State; April 12, 1 and 3 p.m., Clarkson University; April 13, 1 and 3 p.m., Skidmore College; April 15, 3 and 5 p.m., Nazareth College.
Men’s Tennis: March 27, 4 p.m., Nazareth College; April 5, 3 p.m., New York University; April 9, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Women’s Tennis: April 5, 11 a.m., New York University; April 10, 4 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 16, 4 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Track and Field: April 5, 9 a.m.University of Rochester Alumni Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 30, noon and 2:30 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 5, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; April 6, noon and 2:30 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;  April 9, 4 p.m., SUNY Cortland; April 12, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Bard College; April 13, noon and 2:30 p.m., Bard College; April 15, 4 p.m., Ithaca College.
Golf: March 29–30, McDaniel College Spring Invitational; April 6–7, The Hershey Cup, Hershey, Pa.; April 12–13, Manhattanville College/NYU Invitational.
Lacrosse: March 29, 2 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; March 30, 2 p.m., Hilbert College; April 4, 4 p.m., Clarkson University; April 5, 3 p.m., St. Lawrence University.
Rowing: March 30, 9 a.m., William Smith/Franklin and Marshall, Marietta; April 5, 9 a.m., Ithaca/Rochester Institute of Technology; April 13, 9 a.m., WPI/Wellesley/Trinity/Bates.
Softball: April 2, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Geneseo; April 9, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Cortland; April 16, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Utica College.
Men’s Tennis: March 30, 2 p.m., College of New Jersey; April 3, 4 p.m., Hobart College; April 12, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence University.
Women’s Tennis: March 26, 4 p.m., William Smith College; March 30, 10 a.m., College of New Jersey; April 12, 10 a.m., St. Lawrence University.
Track and Field: March 28, 10 a.m., North Carolina State Raleigh Relays; March 29, 10 a.m. Houghton College Highlander Invitational; April 12, 10 a.m., Nazareth College Roc City Challenge.

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