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University of Rochester News for Parents, January 2015
global fair, MLK address, financial aid, flu shots, community weekends, advice for new semester, campus clubs, regional events and webinars


Setting the Course for Eastman's Future

New Eastman School dean Jamal Rossi discusses his plans for the school, and a changing musical world. Read more...

Global Fair Highlights Study Abroad Programs

The annual UR Global Fair on Friday, Jan. 30, highlights University-affiliated study abroad programs. Students who have studied abroad will provide peer advising, and representatives from College departments will be available to advise students about how study abroad can fit into the overall University experience and enhance graduate school and career opportunities.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad to Present Annual MLK Address

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 23.

2015–16 Financial Aid Application Process to Begin

Application instructions for returning students for the 2015–16 academic year will be sent at the end of January. Instructions will be sent directly to students by email, so the Financial Aid Office reminds parents to touch base with their son or daughter before beginning the application process begins. The deadline for returning students’ financial aid applications for 2015-16 is May 1, 2015.

Flu Shots Still Available

If your son or daughter missed getting a flu shot in the fall, it is not too late to get the vaccine at University Health Service. Students can call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment.

Eastman School Celebrates New Tradition

Freeze Fest, Eastman’s newest tradition and community weekend, welcomes students back for the spring semester and encourages them to embrace winter in Rochester. The event, from Jan. 23 to 25, will feature food, activities, and giveaways for students. See the full schedule.

Bill Hader Headlines Winterfest Weekend

Comedian and writer Bill Hader is the featured performer at Winterfest Weekend—a community weekend on the River Campus that celebrates winter and the start of the semester—from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Other events include the Winter Wonderland carnival, performances by student musicians, and a late-night movie. Visit the College Community Weekends page for further updates.

'Passion and Ability Drive Ambition'

Fifty years ago, Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD) arrived at the University. Neither has been the same since. Read more...

Order Eastman Yearbooks by Feb. 4

Eastman School's yearbook will include events, programs, activities, clubs and organizations, senior portraits, studios, ensembles, and more. Reserve a copy for your Eastman student by Feb. 4. Orders may not be placed after the deadline. Visit and enter ID code 7685515. Contact yearbook advisor Alyssa Shoup with any questions.

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Reviewing the Fall Semester's 'If Only ...' List

“Winter break offers time to reflect and recharge, to develop action plans, and to take advantage of the fresh start of the spring semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

Advising Offices Assist Students' Academic Needs

The College Center for Advising Services, located in Lattimore Hall 312 on the River Campus, can assist undergraduate students in the College with their academic needs. Students regularly stop by the center for program-planning advice, to rearrange their schedule, to learn about clusters and how to use the cluster search engine, to access resources such as tutoring, to verify that transfer credit has been awarded, and to help answer specific academic questions. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in appointments are available from 1 to 4 p.m. every day. At Eastman, the Office of Academic Affairs administers academic activities such as secondary lessons; special requests for exceptions to curriculum requirements; changes in major or degree; academic review (warning, probation, dismissal); Take Five for Eastman students; dual-degree advising; and others. Students are welcome to walk in between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or email the office to schedule an appointment.


Student Life

Campus Clubs Galore

The opportunities offered by more than 250 organizations provide students an outlet to share their interests and channel their passions. Read more...

New Club Offers Safe Space for All Gender and Sexual Identities

Spectrum, Eastman School’s newest student organization, aims to provide a safe space for Eastman students to discuss gender and sexual identity. The group has weekly meetings for anyone who wants to talk about his or her experiences, gather resources, or become an ally. For more information contact


Parents, You Are Always Welcome!

Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional events. Upcoming events are planned in Florida, California, London, New York City, Switzerland, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and other locations.

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times ET) include presentations on networking and career advancement. (Registration is required.)

Jan. 27, 4 p.m., What's New with Resumes?

Jan. 28, 8 p.m., Winning Your Next Promotion in One Year (Or Less!)

Feb. 4, 8 p.m., Proven Strategies to Build a Network That Works For You

Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Reinventing You

Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Got a Bad Boss? Work That Boss to Get What You Want at Work

Rochester Events

Visit the University calendar for upcoming events at the University.
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