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'Invisibility cloak'; Meliora and Eastman Weekends; transition at the Medical Center; updates on health, travel during breaks, and more news. Email not displaying correctly?
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Project Brings New Visibility to Invisibility

A “cloaking device” developed by John Howell, professor of physics, and graduate student Joseph Choi is bringing new attention to a field that’s long captured the imagination of physicists and futurists. The two have demonstrated a way to hide objects from view using a combination of four standard lenses. Read more . . .

National Visibility: The “Rochester Cloak” is earning attention from several national outlets, including NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, and Time Magazine and others.

Get Social at Meliora Weekend

Join the conversation and share your snapshots of Meliora Weekend, Oct. 16–19, by using the hashtags #MW14 and #UReunion14 when posting to social media networks. And follow online for news and live coverage of the weekend. You can find Alumni Relations on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also grab a flat Rocky at walk-in registration and take him on your adventures over the weekend. Post your Rocky photos to Instagram with the hashtag #WheresRocky and you’ll be entered in a drawing for free swag.

Speaking of Meliora and Eastman Weekends . . .

For parents who are finalizing their schedules:

  • Seats Remain for Jason Alexander’s Eastman Show

    A limited number of tickets remains available for Jason Alexander’s show at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Buy tickets here.

  • Presidential Symposium Explores Higher Education

    Where are the opportunities for—and pressures on—higher education in the 21st century? What does a global campus really look like? President Joel Seligman convenes a panel of experts to consider such questions as part of this fall's Presidential Symposium, moderated by University Trustee Hugo Sonnenschein '61, president emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. The session takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in Strong Auditorium.

More about Meliora Weekend. More about Eastman Weekend.

New University History Chronicles 155 Years of Change

Our Work Is But Begun, a new history of the University that covers 1850 through 2005, is scheduled for publication Oct.18. Journalist Janice Bullard Pieterse wrote the book, which includes a foreword by University President Joel Seligman and an afterword by Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president. Orders are being taken with the University of Rochester Press.

Medical Center Leaders Announce Transition

Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk ’81M (MD/PhD) has announced that he plans to transition from that role to launch a new University institute devoted to developing new devices and therapies to help patients with neurological deficits live fuller lives. President Joel Seligman named School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman as the next senior vice president for health sciences and Medical Center CEO. Read more . . .

University of Rochester Press Celebrates 25 years

The University of Rochester Press is celebrating its 25th year as a scholarly publisher.
Read more here.

Students Admitted to Arts Leadership Program

A total of 19 students have been admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music, a program designed to equip music students with the skills and experience necessary for a transition into the world of professional musicians. The program includes courses, internships, and special grants. Read more...

Which Services Are Available During College Breaks?

Parents of River Campus students are encouraged to bookmark the College Breaks Webpage for information about transportation options for students leaving and services available to students staying during breaks. The information will be updated for information on Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer breaks. The page is maintained by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Intercultural Center Director Named

Jessica Guzman-Rea has been named director of the Intercultural Center. The center promotes cultural awareness and engagement, and works to provide opportunities for collaboration among faculty, staff, and students on issues of diversity and human rights. Read more...

Visiting Priest to Address Issues of Science and Religion

The University's Catholic Newman Community welcomes guest speaker Rev. George Coyne, a Jesuit priest, astronomer, and former director of the Vatican Observatory, for the lecture "The Dance of the Fertile Universe: An Interplay of Science and Religion" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Interfaith Chapel. Read more...

Faculty Novels Probe Family Dynamics

New novels from English professors Stephen Schottenfeld and Joanna Scott explore the dynamics and histories of two fictional families. In his debut novel, Bluff City Pawn, Schottenfeld, the James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of English, follows a Memphis, Tennessee, pawnbroker in a story of class, race, ownership, and loyalty. And Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, mixes fiction with real-life family lore in De Potter’s Grand Tour, a novel inspired by her late great-grandfather.


What Is it That You Know When ‘You Know’?

“Understanding how to approach college-level work requires good strategizing: What is the professor spending time on in class and why? What are the connections between the text assigned for this class and the lectures I am listening to? What are other ways to explain these phenomena?” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

Resources for students:

Deadlines and Reminders

Are Your Student’s Financial Aid Documents In?

The deadline for outstanding documents to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office was Friday, Oct. 10. For parents whose students did not submit their required documents by the deadline, the Financial Aid Office has begun the process of removing their undisbursed aid, which will affect their bill with the University. Parents are reminded to encourage students to contact their counselor for assistance.

Need to Request a Dining Plan Change?

The dates to change dining plans for the spring are Oct. 27 to Oct. 31 and from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3. Students can find a dining plan change request form on the meal plan tab online at or at the ID Card Office in Susan B. Anthony Hall. Completed forms must be received in the ID Card Office by 7 p.m. on the last date of each change period.

Outstanding Balances Are Due

The Bursar’s office is reminding students that all past due balances must be paid in order to register for spring 2015. Currently enrolled students with a past due balance of more than $5,000 are subject to cancellation of their registration for the current semester, which would result in withdrawal from the University unless acceptable arrangements are promptly made. For more information, contact the Bursar's Office at (585) 275-3931.

Need a Ride Home for Breaks?

The University works with the bus service My Bus Home to help students get home on breaks. The service offers round-trip or one-way motor coach transportation from campus to Albany, New York, and Ludlow and Newton, Massachusetts; Easton, Pennsylvania, Bridgewater, New Jersey, and Penn Station in New York City; and Jericho, Long Island, White Plains, New York, and Darien, Connecticut. The deadline to sign up for upcoming breaks are Oct. 22 for Thanksgiving Break and Nov. 29 for Winter Break.

For more information and to reserve a seat, visit My Bus Home

Student Life

Student Vie for Business Prize

The members of the student-run start-up Ovitz—Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez ’16, Joung Yoon (Felix) Kim ’14, Samuel Steven ’13, graduate student Aizhong Zhang, Len Zheleznyak ’05, ’06 (MS), and Nicolas Brown ’16—are among a handful of University-connected teams competing for up to $5 million in prize money in a business competition this month. Read more . . .

Students Honored for Success in Courses and Sports

Ten student-athletes received the University's Garnish Scholar Award, named for longtime coach Lysle (Spike) Garnish and presented in recognition of achievement in both academics and athletics. Read more . . .

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 for an order form. (The last issue of Parents Buzz had an incorrect email address.)

Theater Program Debuts 25th-Anniversary Season

The International Theatre Program begins its 25th season with the comedy What the Butler Saw. Read more...

Health Care

Campus-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic Set for Oct. 30

The University Health Service is holding a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 the Goergen Athletic Center. The clinic will serve as a test of campus emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of a vaccine in response to an urgent public health concern. To fully test the system, UHS needs a large number of students, as well as staff and faculty, to come to the clinic. UHS asks parents to remind their sons and daughter to attend the flu vaccine clinic. The clinic will be fully staffed to move everyone through quickly and efficiently. As always, 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.

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.


Academic Calendar: AS&E

Academic Calendar: Eastman

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Concert Information

Dining Services

Eastman School of Music

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Interfaith Chapel

Financial Aid

Memorial Art Gallery

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Public Safety

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