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University of Rochester News for Parents, April 2014
commencement 2015, campaign goal exceeded, mentor honored, financial aid deadline, diversity conference keynote, student life awards, regional events, online programs



University to Celebrate Commencement May 17

Arts, Sciences & Engineering will hold its commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 17, on the River Campus Eastman Quadrangle. Students will receive their diplomas at the departmental diploma ceremonies that take place after the main ceremony. The Eastman School commencement begins at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 17, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Visit the University’s Commencement 2015 website for details on commencement activities, parking, and frequently asked questions.

Meliora Challenge Surpasses $1.2 Billion Initial Goal

The Meliora Challenge, the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. The Campaign’s primary objective was achieved thanks in part to an $11 million commitment from Robert and Pamela Goergen to the University’s Institute for Data Science. In recognition of their commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Since the Campaign began, 320 endowed scholarships and fellowships have been established. The University’s scholarships initiative will continue to be a fundraising priority. Read more…

White House Recognizes Beth Olivares

Beth Olivares, dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The White House gives the award to recognize the role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in the fields. Read more...

River Campus Undergraduate with Meningitis Recovering

A River Campus student recently diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has been released from the hospital and is recovering. It appears to be an isolated case, and no other cases at the University have been identified. Last week, University Health Service (UHS) worked with the Monroe County Department of Public Health to follow up with individuals who may have had prolonged direct contact with the student and provide preventive medication (prophylaxis) to these individuals as appropriate.

Eastman Saxophone Project Takes the Stage at Kennedy Center

The Eastman Saxophone Project, a conductorless ensemble whose members garner top prizes in chamber music and saxophone competitions, will appear on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, as part of the Conservatory Project. Read more...

Diversity Conference Keynote to Be Streamed Live

The University's 2015 Diversity Conference “From Bystander to Ally” is Friday, April 17. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist, will give the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. Watch his address live at The conference includes 18 workshops on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation at #URdiversity.

Spotlight on Diversity: Susan B. Anthony Center

The Susan B. Anthony Center seeks to continue the work of its namesake by translating research into policy and practice to improve lives. Read more about the center in this month’s Spotlight on DiversityLearn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.

New Environmental Health Major Offered

A new bachelor of science degree program in environmental health has been approved. The program will provide preparation for continued graduate education and careers in environmental medicine, environmental health consulting, or related disciplines in public health and medicine. Read more...

Fellowships Provide Meaningful Student Experiences

Spring brings announcements of results from national student fellowships competitions such as Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, NSF, and Goldwater. It’s also the time when the Fellowships Office encourages  students to look ahead to next year’s national award competitions. Read more...

Day of Giving Is April 21

The entire Rochester community—alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends—will celebrate the first Day of Giving on Tuesday, April 21. Be a part of the new tradition by making a special gift on the special day. A gift of any amount can be designated to any area of the University or Medical Center that is meaningful to you. April 21 will also be the first “Thank A Giver” (TAG) Day, during which tags will be placed on select items on campus made possible by the generosity of the Rochester community. Read more...

Graduation Gifts from the UR Tech Store

Celebrate your graduating student with gifts from the UR Tech Store. Take advantage of educational discounts on computers, tablets, software, University-branded accessories, and other technology. The store can ship gifts home or have them ready on campus for Senior Week (May 11–15) or commencement with optional personalized messages. Place your order on the UR Tech Store website, over the phone at (585) 275-8353, or email



Financial Aid Deadline Is May 1

Financial aid applications for returning students are due May 1. To check if there are any outstanding application materials, your student can review the “required documents” tab in his or her FAOnline account.

Health Insurance for Graduating Seniors

University Health Service reminds parents that now is a good time to plan for health care for students after graduation. Graduates on their parents’ insurance plan can usually continue until age 26. Graduates who are enrolled on the University-sponsored student health insurance plan automatically continue the coverage through July 31, 2015; coverage is worldwide. Ending student coverage as a result of graduation is a “qualifying life event,” which allows enrollment in another plan effective Aug. 1. It's generally best to find a plan that has a network of providers where the student will be living or one that offers nationwide coverage. Visit for more information.

Registration Open for College Summer Sessions

Registration for Summer Sessions at the College is now open. Students can get ahead, stay on track, or catch up while still enjoying their summer. There are four sessions and more than 100 classes to choose from. Students can earn up to 12 credits over the summer, take advantage of summer’s small class sizes while enjoying more one-on-one time with faculty, and receive a discounted tuition rate. There are also a variety of social activities both on and off-campus. For more information, visit

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.



‘What I Did on My Summer Vacation’

“Summer vacation is an important time for college students to recharge. But it is also an optimum time to reflect and plan ahead,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. Read more...

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Student Life


Building Fun with UR Makers

The goal of UR Makers is to bring together students who like to design and build things—and want to learn how to use a variety of tools as they do so. Not for a class. Not for credit. Just for the fun of it. Read more...

Student Life Awards Presented April 17

Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership recognize undergraduate students and organizations that have made significant contributions to campus life. See a list of this year’s honorees, who will be honored at an April 17 ceremony. The ceremony, which starts at 4:30 p.m., will be streamed live at

Video: A Little Friendly Competition at Engineering Olympics

E-socials are a mainstay of student life at Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Engineering Olympics was the theme of a recent student-run e-social, encouraging ingenuity and congeniality among engineering undergrads. Watch the video...

Regional Events

Parents, You Are Always Welcome

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

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EDT) include a discussion with a faculty member and presentations on building skills and career advancement. (Registration is required.)

April 21, 1 p.m., The Rochester Impact: Paving the Way to a World Without AIDS
April 22, 8 p.m., CareerSkills: The Fine Art of Small Talk
April 28, 4 p.m., Cracking the Code on Business Casual with Guest Speaker Kay Noske ’96 (MA)
April 29, 8 p.m., Career Skills: Humble Inquiry—The Gentle Art of Asking
May 6, 8 p.m., Five Steps to Building a Powerful and Profitable Network
May 13, 4 p.m., Webinar and Q&A with CareerShift Expert Val Matta
May 13, 8 p.m., Career Skills: Soft Skills for Leaders

Rochester Events

Visit the University calendar for upcoming events at the University.
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