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University of Rochester News for Parents, December 2014
year in review, college break info, athletes earn awards, Eastman Grammy nods, fraternity and sorority recruitment, advice on academic detours



2014 in Pictures

Take a look back at the past year through photos and top news stories from the University

College Break Information at Your Fingertips

The Office of the Dean of Students encourages parents of students at the College to bookmark the College Breaks website for information about transportation options for students leaving campus and services available to students staying during breaks. The information will be updated for fall, Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer breaks.

Student-Athletes Earn National Awards

Junior Matt Mender, a biomedical engineering major and electrical and computer engineering minor, has been elected to the Capital One Academic All-America football team. He is the 10th Rochester football player to earn Academic All-America honors from College Sports Information Directors of America voters and the first since 2007. For the third time in the last four seasons, two Rochester field hockey players were honored as Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-Americans. Juniors Tara Lamberti and Michelle Relin were both named Second Team All-Americans.

Rented Textbooks Must Be Returned by Dec. 21

Did your student rent any textbooks from the bookstore this semester? The bookstore asks parents to remind him or her to bring them back by Dec. 21 to avoid being charged replacement fees. If your student can't make it to the store, he or she can go to the bookstore website and print a free UPS shipping label and mail it back to the store.

Eastman School Artists Earn Grammy Nominations

Paul O'Dette, professor of lute, and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig '66E, '01E (MM) are nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Read more...

New Tools for First- and Second-Year Students

Online curricula for  first- and second-year students are available by logging in to Campus Club Connection. SURF (Successful University of Rochester First Years) and How to Be a Successful Sophomore were created to help students navigate resources and to explore their curricular and cocurricular paths. Students have probably completed many of the items already, and they should record their progress before the end of the semester. All first-year students who complete the newest domain of SURF—Explore the Campus by Dec. 31 will be entered into a drawing for breakfast with the dean of freshmen for themselves and a friend. All sophomores who complete their curriculum by April 30 will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore.

Holiday Travel Savings through Student Advantage

Your students can save money and arrive home for the holidays with a Student Advantage Card—with exclusive travel discounts at Amtrak, Greyhound, and Lyft. Order the Student Advantage Card and choose between the one-year option for $20 or the four-year option for $45.

Students Can Get Ahead, Stay on Track, or Catch Up during Summer Session

Many students at the College take courses in the summer to focus on a particularly challenging subject or to get ahead in their coursework so that they can have more time to complete a second major, a study abroad program, or an internship. With four sessions and more than 100 classes to choose from, students can earn up to 12 credits over the summer and get the most value with a discounted summer tuition rate. The Summer Session 2015 course offerings are now available online. For more information, visit the Summer Sessions website, email the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies at, or call (585) 275-2345.

Bursar's Office to Close for Renovations

The Bursar’s Office will be closed for renovation from Wednesday, Dec. 24, reopening briefly (closing at 3 p.m.) on Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31. Regular operations will resume Monday, Jan. 5.


A Parent's Guide to Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment

Fraternity and sorority membership offers opportunities for friendship, professional and personal development, leadership on campus and in the community, and greater connection to Rochester. Fraternity and Sorority Affairs offers some information on the recruitment process and how parents and families can best support students through the experience.

Those Inevitable Academic Detours

“Keeping in mind that Rochester’s flexible curriculum offers students unusual opportunities to explore a diverse range of academic offerings, students newly uncertain of their academic plans should not be discouraged from venturing off on an academic detour,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

Resources for students:

The College Center for Advising Services
Eastman’s Office of Academic Affairs

Student Life

Changing the Conversation about Mental Illness

The University's chapter of Active Minds hosts events ranging from guest speakers to a variety of awareness drives throughout the year in order to encourage a dialogue about mental health among members of the campus community. Read more...


Memories and Munchies with the Class of 2017

The 2017 Class Council hosted a pre-finals study break with the goal of collecting mementos for a class time capsule.

First Snowfall, First 'Snow Being'

Students Edward Hancock, Rebecca Mooney, Joshua Whitehouse, and friends made the best of the season's first substantial snowfall, building an impressive—and gender-sensitive—"snow being" on the Eastman Quadrangle.


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