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University Ranked as ‘Economically diverse’

The University is among the most “economically diverse top colleges,” according to a list created by the New York Times that factors in graduation rates, percentage of students receiving Pell grants, and other financial measures for low- and middle-income families. The list, called the College Access Index, ranks Rochester at 28th out of the 100 institutions that made the list. Read more.

President Urges University Community to ‘Think Boldly’

In his annual fall address to the Faculty Senate, President Joel Seligman outlined a number of areas of growth at the University. “Universities succeed when they do not stand still,” Seligman said. “Our work is never done. As our Strategic Planning and Campus Master Plan initiatives have and will illustrate, we progress most effectively when we challenge ourselves to think boldly, to stretch to achieve ennobling goals.” Read the full speech.

Join this Fall’s Campus Celebrations

Parents are invited to the University’s signature fall celebrations in October.

  • Meliora Weekend, an annual celebration of family weekend, reunion, and homecoming, takes place Oct. 16–19. Register here.
  • Eastman Weekend, the Eastman School’s biennial celebration for families and alumni, is Oct. 17–19. Register here.

Public Safety Debuts Adopt-a-Hall Program

Starting this semester, students living in each University residence hall will have a go-to Public Safety officer—or two—whom they can get to know and contact throughout the year. Officers will spend time with students and staff, be available to attend hall events and meetings, and make extra security checks and patrols of the halls. Read more.

What’s the Story of Blue Noise Mask?

Two University engineers—Theophano Mitsa ’91 (PhD) and Kevin Parker, the William F. May Professor in Engineering—helped transform the early days of the digital revolution, setting off a “virtuous cycle” of research and invention that continues to be felt decades later. That’s the largely untold story of the blue noise mask. Read more.

AlertUR Fall Semester Test Is Sept. 25

The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. The purpose of the biannual test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it’s working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students are encouraged to go to before the test to review or update their contact information.

Reminder from the Financial Aid Office

Students who wish to contact the Financial Aid Office can do so directly through email. If students have outstanding documents missing from this year’s financial aid application, they need to submit them to the office as soon as possible. During the month of September, the Financial Aid Office will send emails to students who still have application materials outstanding. It’s a good idea to touch base with your student regarding the requirements. Keep in mind that if the requirements are not completed by Oct. 10, it may affect your bill with the University. Contact the office.

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How Do You Get the Semester Off to Good Start?

What steps can students take at the start of the semester to assure that they are well prepared for the challenges to come? Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of College Center for Advising Services, offers a list of tips for all students as they begin their fall semester. Read more.

Resources for students:

Health Care

Campus-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic Set for Oct. 30

The University Health Service (UHS) staff will hold a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic for all students, staff, and faculty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Goergen Athletic Center. All River Campus–based students and employees are asked to try to participate in the clinic to receive the flu shot this year. The clinic is designed to serve as a test of campus emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of a vaccine in response to an urgent public health concern. The effort is being coordinated by UHS, the River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team (RC/MERT), University Environmental Health and Safety, and the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness. Students with high risk health conditions and those who may not be on campus Oct. 30 can receive flu shots at UHS any time, by appointment. Separate clinics will be scheduled to accommodate the Eastman School of Music and School of Medicine and Dentistry.

University Following CDC Recommendations on Ebola

In response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued “Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa.” While the likelihood of someone with Ebola virus infection arriving in Rochester is low, the University has been following the CDC’s guidance on preparedness and containment. The University Health Service has been in contact with everyone who has been in one of the four affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone). Travel to those countries is subject to the restrictions outlined by the CDC, and anyone who has been there in the last 21 days is asked to contact UHS at (585) 275-2679. More information is available on the UHS website.

Student Life

Knit, Purl . . . Boom

Bonnie Nortz ’15, Phil Moulton ’15, and other group members of SOCKS, Society of Crocheting and Knitting Students, are turning fiber art into street art with “yarn bombing”—a kind of needlework graffiti that has become a global phenomenon. The organization has created yarn installations for Meliora Weekend for the past three years. Read more.

Freshman Class Moves In

As the Class of 2018 settles into their routines and life on campus, here are photos and videos from this fall’s Move-In Day, when more than 1,300 students arrived at the College and at Eastman; and Wilson Day, an annual community service day for College freshmen.

Video: A Day in the Life of Wilson Commons

Wilson Commons is a place of eating, studying, and socializing. See a video to get a glimpse into what a day in Wilson Commons is like.

Send Your Student a Birthday Cake

Sigma Delta Tau will deliver a message from home and a birthday cake on the River Campus or at the Eastman School for your son’s or daughter’s birthday. Contact Laura Liebers or Jessica Fry for an order form.

And speaking of cake, parents can order kosher birthday cakes through Chabad House. In addition, Chabad House offers to deliver hot soup to your student when they are under the weather and Hannukah / finals “care packages.” Conact Rabbi Asher Yaras at or (585) 503-9224; or Devorah Leah Yaras at (585) 350-5966.

New Instragram Account Offers Student-Eye View

Attention, Instagram users. A new student-run account lets you see the University through the eyes of a different student each week. Using Instagram, follow @WeAreUofR as Rochesters student shows you life on campus.

Student Offers CARE with Video on Support Network

Fifth-year student Brynn Wilkins created a video as a way to introduce students, faculty, staff, and parents to the campus-wide student support system known as the CARE Network. Parents and other members of the University community who are concerned about a Rochester student can submit a report through the network, and the student will be contacted and offered support resources. Watch the video and visit the CARE website.

Regional Events

Parents, You’re Always Welcome!

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional events.

Brought to you by . . .

This newsletter was compiled by (Som) Euakarn Liengtiraphan ’17, a student employee in University Communications.

Som is a computer science major planning to double major in either data science or digital media studies.


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