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University of Rochester News for Parents, February 2015
'It's On Us,' commencement speaker, Wentworth commitment, financial aid reminders, housing options, send a birthday cake, celebrate diversity, regional events



Students' Association Launches 'It's On Us' Campaign

The Students’ Association at the College launched the University’s "It’s On Us" campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms. As part of the campaign, a new video produced by the Students’ Association in collaboration with University Communications features students, administrative leaders, and staff from different parts of the University encouraging everyone to take a stand against sexual violence. Read more...

Posse Foundation Founder to Address Class of 2015

Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and readiness programs for urban high school students in the United States, will deliver the 165th Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement address on Sunday, May 17. Read more...

Wentworths Make Commitment to Endow Directorship

Robin and Tim Wentworth, University parents and supporters, have committed $3 million to endow the directorship of the Institute for Data Science, a top priority for the University and a flagship of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester. Read more...

Financial Aid Instructions for Students

Application instructions for financial aid for the 2015–16 academic year will be emailed to students this month. The Financial Aid Office asks parents to remind their students to submit application materials on time. The deadline is May 1.

Financial Aid Newsletter for Parents

The spring issue of the Financial Aid Office’s parent newsletter is available here. It’s designed to offer parents insight into the world of financial aid. The latest edition focuses on information that will be relevant for the spring semester.

New Career Center Director Named

Joe Testani has been named assistant dean and executive director of the University’s Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Read more...

University Recognized for Waste-Reduction Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the University for its success in the national WasteWise program. Read more...

AlertUR Test Set for Feb. 26

The spring semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that it is working effectively. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. All students are encouraged to visit prior to the test to review and update their contact information.

What Services Are Available during Breaks?

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.

Housing Options for Students

The Office of Residential Life and Housing Services offers information on the 2015–16 housing selection process for students in the College. The document includes housing options, tips and suggestions, and important dates. The housing application process begins after spring break. Is your student considering living off campus? The Financial Aid Office encourages parents of students who plan to live off campus next year to set up a meeting with his or her financial aid counselor to discuss how moving off campus may affect his or her aid.

Susan B. Anthony Center Honors Faculty, Students

Nine undergraduates received awards and scholarships at the annual Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner. See photos from the event.

Send Your Son or Daughter a Birthday Cake

Sigma Delta Tau will deliver a message from home and a Wegmans birthday cake on campus for your son’s or daughter’s birthday. Email Chirlien Pang and Genevieve Caldwell at for an order form.

High School Students Can Get a Taste of College

The University’s Pre-College Programs allow high school students to explore the University and its resources. Students can earn college credit in a variety of subjects, live on campus, or participate in an experiential off-campus and abroad program. Registration is open for 2015 sessions. Contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at (888) 822-2256 or with questions. Discounts are available for siblings of current students and for children and grandchildren of University employees. Learn more in this video.



'Celebrate Diversity' Showcases Cultural Student Organizations

Celebrate Diversity, now in its 11th year, showcases the diverse Rochester student body. This year’s program featured a “cultural mashup” of student dance and performance teams from the College.

Video Highlights MLK Commemorative Address

The University’s celebration of Black History Month started in January with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address, presented this year by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Watch a video from Muhammad’s visit. The full calendar of events for Black History Month at the University is available here.

I ♥ Rochester Day

The Office of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving Programs, and 2018 Class Council hosted the third annual I ♥ Rochester Day on Feb. 2. as part of Spirit Week 2015. More than 590 undergraduates shared their love, pride, and appreciation for Rochester by writing thank-you notes to first-time alumni and parent donors and posing for photos with friends. Watch a video from the event.

Regional Events

Eastman Musicians Perform in NYC in March

Eastman musicians will perform at three prominent venues in March. 
• On Sunday, March 1, at 5 p.m., the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill Dobbins, will perform at Saint Peter’s Church as part of the Jazz Vespers program
• On Monday, March 2, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, with Dave Glasser ’84E, ’86E (MM), will pay tribute to Billy Strayhorn during two sets—7:30 and 9:30 p.m.—at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club.
• On Saturday, March 14, pianist Cahill Smith ’14E (DMA) will perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. Eastman alumni and friends receive half-price tickets by using promotional code EAS21002. Buy tickets online.

Parents, You Are Always Welcome

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

'Success in School and Life: How Can Parents Matter?'

Career expert Donald Asher will explore the challenges and opportunities parents face in helping their teenagers and young adults prepare for and manage their growing independence. The free webinar, “Success in School and Life: How Can Parents Matter?” will take place at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 26. A live Q&A session with Asher will follow the presentation. Register here.

Online programs

Webinars and online sessions (all times EST) include presentations on networking and career advancement. (Registration is required.)

Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Climbing the Corporate Ladder

March 4, 8 p.m., Stuff Your RÉsumÉ with Keywords to Highlight Your Experience

March 11, 6:30 p.m., Human Impacts on Earth with Adam Frank

Rochester Events

Visit the University calendar for upcoming events at the University.
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