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University of Rochester News for Parents, November 2014
Rossi on Eastman's future, Meliora Weekend roundup, teaching awards, spring billing, new transportation option, advising parents, student life


Rossi: Eastman Will Shape 'Future of Music'

“I am convinced that the core values on which this school was built will remain the keys for educating future generations of musicians—musicians who can best meet the challenges of yet-unknown obstacles and musicians who will take best advantage of unanticipated opportunities,” Jamal Rossi said during a ceremony to mark his appointment as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. Read his full remarks here.

University Celebrates Meliora, Eastman Weekends

The dedication of College Town and the grand opening of the development’s Barnes & Noble bookstore, keynote presentations by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, actress Laverne Cox (above), and performer Jason Alexander, as well as discussions on privacy and the future of higher education—this fall’s annual Meliora and Eastman Weekends featured a full roster of performances, activities, and celebrations. See photos from the weekend's events.

Goergen Awards Honor Teaching Excellence

The 2014 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching were presented to Julie Bentley, associate professor of optics; Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English; and Jonathan Pakianathan, associate professor of mathematics.

Intercultural Center Named in Honor of Paul Burgett

The Intercultural Center has been named in honor of Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD), vice president, senior advisor to the president, and University dean. The Board of Trustees approved the recognition to honor Burgett’s 50 years of service as a student, faculty member, and administrator.

New Veteran and Military Family Services Office Opens

The Veteran and Military Services Office’s primary focus is to provide support to veterans through a successful transition from military life to the classroom. There are more than 80 veteran students enrolled at the University. In honor of Veterans Day, University Communications highlighted a few of their stories.

Nearly 2,000 Receive Shots at Flu Vaccine Clinic

University Health Service staff gave 1,924 flu shots to students, staff, and faculty at a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic on Oct. 30. The clinic served as a test of the campus emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of vaccine in response to an urgent public health concern. UHS received a letter of commendation from the Monroe County Health Department in recognition of its work planning and executing the clinic.


Spring 2015 Billing Information

The Spring 2015 billing statement for undergraduates will be posted in UR ePAY by Nov. 19. The due date is Dec. 10. Note: Students confirmed or accepted to study abroad will receive their spring billing statement in December, unless they have an outstanding balance from the fall term. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931 or

How Does Study Abroad Affect Financial Aid?

If your student is considering studying abroad and you have questions about how it will affect his or her financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office.

2015 Yearbooks On Sale

Commemorate your student’s time at the University with the 2015 yearbook.
     The College book will include events, sports, Greek life, seniors then and now, clubs and organizations, and more. Consider purchasing a "Celebration Ad" to honor your student’s accomplishments. Yearbooks, name personalization, and ads can be purchased online. Visit and enter code 13777. If you have questions, contact yearbook advisor Jennelle Hart.
     The Eastman yearbook features events, programs, activities, clubs and organizations, senior portraits, studios, ensembles, and more. Visit and enter ID code 7685515. Contact yearbook advisor Alyssa Shoup with any questions.

University Introduces New Transportation Option

Zimride is a new, secure ridesharing network for the University. A NetID and password are required to sign in. Visit for more information.

Insurance Cards for Students

If your son or daughter is on your insurance plan and does not have an insurance card, you can help by sending a card or a copy of the card to your student with a reminder to carry the card. Another option that University Health Service suggests: take a picture of the insurance card and email it to your student to keep on his or her phone.

Services Available During College Breaks

Parents of River Campus students can check the College Breaks website for information about transportation options for students leaving campus and services available to students staying on campus during breaks. Information will be posted about changes in building and services hours and activities and outings provided for students who stay in Rochester. The information will be updated for Thanksgiving as well as winter, spring, and summer breaks. The page is maintained by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Dining Declining Dollars Sweepstakes Begins Nov. 17

Dining Services is holding a sweepstakes from Nov. 17 to Dec. 5. For every $50 added to your student’s declining balance account during that time, your student can claim a prize valued at up to $150. You can add more to their declining balance by visiting, clicking on guest deposit in the upper left corner of the page, entering your student’s ID number and name, and adding declining dollars through credit or debit. Declining dollars, if left over, will roll over into the spring semester.

Parent Discount Offered for Online Music Courses

The Institute for Music Leadership invites parents to check out its online course offerings. Parents of Rochester students can receive $50 off an eTheory LIVE: course using the code URParents50. Classes include Interactive Music Theory ClassroomMusic Theory Fundamentals in 4 Weeks, and Graduate Music Theory Review.

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Advising Parents, Advising Students

Advising offices in colleges throughout the country have noticed that parents are increasingly involved in their students’ lives. “In the College Center for Advising Services we let parents know that we are advocates for their students and respect their students’ right to privacy,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services.

Student Life

Bringing an Old Pastime to New Players

Computer science major Francis Hinson ’16 is spending this year in Silicon Valley, working on the start-up Chesscademy, which he helped found. The website is devoted to teaching anyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned players, the finer points of chess. Read more...

Video: Dinner Celebrates Hindu Festival of Lights

The Hindu Students’ Association and the Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian-Subcontinent hosted their annual Diwali Dinner, which celebrated the Festival of Lights. Watch a video of the festivities.

Pumpkins Soar Across River Campus

Noah Woolfolk ’16 prepares to fire his trebuchet at the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pumpkin Launch on Wilson Quad.

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.

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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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