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University of Rochester News for Parents, May 2015
commencement 2015, new dean announces Humanities Center, student award winners, public art on campus, study abroad photo contest, upcoming events


Class of 2015 Celebrates!

The University recognized its graduating students and their families, outstanding faculty and alumni, special guests, and other honorees during commencement ceremonies held May 15 to 17.
Photos, videos, and more from commencement weekend
‘Dear Mom and Dad’ Messages from the Class of 2015

New Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Announces Humanities Center, Institute for Performing Arts

Gloria Culver ’94 (PhD) has been appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. A professor of biology, Culver had been serving as interim dean since July in a position that oversees nearly all activities in Arts, Sciences & Engineering outside of the Hajim School. Shortly after her appointment, Culver announced the creation of a new Humanities Center, which is intended to enhance the study of the humanities at Rochester while strengthening the ties to related disciplines. She has also announced a new Institute for Performing Arts to bring together the disciplines of music, theater, and dance into a collaborative venture.

Danny Wegman Elected Board Chairman-Elect; Four New Trustees Named

The University Board of Trustees elected Rochester business and civic leader Danny Wegman as board chairman-elect at its May meeting, to begin a five-year term following the May 2016 Board meeting. Wegman, CEO of Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets, has served as a University trustee for more than 15 years. The board also elected four new trustees: Barbara Burger ’83; Edward Miller ’68M (MD);  Brian Prince ’86, ’89S (MBA); and Philip Saunders. Read more...

Latest Financial Aid Parent Newsletter Available

The latest issue of the Financial Aid Office’s parent newsletter includes information that will be particularly relevant over the summer.

Events Celebrate Giving Back

Members of the University community—alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends—worked together in a 24-hour effort in late April to encourage support for the University’s programs. The first Day of Giving—taking place in conjunction with the first Thank a Giver Day, an effort that featured tags on select items on the River Campus made possible by donors—resulted in more than $739,000 in support. See pictures and social media from the day.

Rochester Delegation Visits University of Ghana

Twelve representatives from the University spent three days this spring at the University of Ghana exploring how the two universities could work together. The delegation laid the groundwork for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty exchanges; public health fieldwork; and research partnerships. Read more...

Reminder: Health Insurance for Graduating Students

Graduates on their parents’ insurance plan can usually continue until age 26. Graduates who are enrolled in the University-sponsored student health insurance plan automatically continue that 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. University Health Service recommends finding a plan that has a network of providers where your son or daughter will be living or one that offers nationwide coverage. Visit for further information. Graduates who will continue to reside in the Rochester area are welcome to continue to receive care from their UHS provider; payment is on a “fee for service” basis after July 31, when student coverage ends.

Health Insurance for Returning Students

The annual health insurance enrollment and waiver period will open in late May for coverage beginning Aug. 1, 2015.  The action is required annually for all full-time continuing students. Check the UHS website after May 27 for notices and activation of the enrollment/waiver system. Email reminders for returning students will be sent to University email addresses starting in June. Undergraduates who complete the process by June 30 will have correct accounts for the July billing cycle.

Save the Date: Meliora Weekend Set for Oct. 8–11

Mark your calendars for Meliora Weekend—four days of panels, performances, athletic events, and more. Check out in June for a full listing of events, as well as hotel and parking information. Meliora Weekend organizers recommend that guests reserve hotel rooms early this summer.

New Public Art Pieces Added on River Campus

Calyx’ (pictured above), a new 12-foot tall sculpture by artist Sabri Gokmen, was installed in Jackson Court on the River Campus as part of an effort to bring public art to campus. Rochester artist Sarah Rutherford has created a University-themed mural, which includes an image of Susan B. Anthony and the University’s official flower, the dandelion, in the tunnel system under Dewey Hall. Watch a video about the mural’s creation and view a map of other public art at the University.

Students Share Messages for Mom

In case you missed it ... undergraduates shared Mother’s Day greetings in honor of the holiday earlier this month.

Parents Buzz Takes a Break

This is the last issue of Parents Buzz for the academic year. The newsletter will return in August. Parents of graduating seniors will receive Rochester Buzz in the future. The monthly newsletter includes items of interest to Rochester alumni and friends.


‘Teachable Moments’

The concept of “advising as teaching” has had a significant impact on the academic advising profession in the last several decades,” writes Marcy Kraus, dean of freshmen and director of the College Center for Advising Services. “Good advising engages students in their educational choices, just as good teaching engages students in their learning activities.” Read more ...
Resources for students:

Student Honors


2015 Student Award Winners Celebrated

Meet some of the Rochester students who have earned national honors and scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements.

Brittany Grage Named a First Team All-American

Pitcher and infielder Brittany Grage ’15 has been named a First Team All-American in Division III softball by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She is the fifth Rochester softball player in the last eight years to earn All-America honors and the second to be named as a First Team All-American. Grage is featured in a video about student-athletes finding success on the field and in the classroom.

Forbes Competition Winners Named

The winners of the Charles and Janet Forbes Competition, a technical business idea contest for undergraduates, have been named. Lucian Copeland ’15 and Alexander Matthers ’15 of NullSpace took first place and $4,000. Isabella Cazacu ’15, Brittanie Kilchoer ’15, Jennifer Park ’15, Melinda Vander Horst ’15, and Jacob Bohannon ’15 (KEY) of SimuClage were awarded second place and $2,500. There was a three-way tie for third place and $500 among Teamo, including Nick Brown ’15, Anis Kallel ’17, and Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez ’16; CampusFly, including Ervis Vukaj ’16, Rikesh Thapa ’15, Nicholas Falcone ’15, and Charlie Kelman ’16; and Blackout Games, including Kedar Shashidhar ’15, David Porter ’15, and Dan Hassin ’15.

Annual Gollin Film Festival Showcases Student Films

A diverse group of 14 student films were presented at the 10th annual Gollin Film Festival, with the top three films winning $1,200 in cash prizes. Read more...

Arts Leadership Program Funding Awards for 2015–16

Funding was recently awarded to Arts Leadership Program certificate students for paid internships and special opportunities. The awards provide monetary support to help students further explore professional areas of interest that expose them to extra musical tools and experience that can only be learned in practical, “real world” settings. Read more...

Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners Announced

Adam Rouhana ’15 (T5), a brain and cognitive sciences major from Belmont, Massachusetts, is the winner of the seventh annual Rochester Review Study Abroad Photo Contest with this photo of the Chouara Tannery in Fez, Morocco. More than 215 photos from more than 50 students who took part in academic programs sponsored by the College Center for Study Abroad during 2014 were entered in the contest. The magazine also invited international students to submit their photos of the United States. See the winning photos.

Freshmen Complete Rising Leader Program

The Rising Leader Program, an initiative designed by the College's Rochester Center for Community Leadership, provides incoming freshmen with support and opportunities for involvement, engagement, and leadership development. Through reflection, group work, skill-building sessions, and experiential learning, students are equipped with the tools and skills to become dedicated leaders. See the list of 2014–15 Rising Leader Program graduates.

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 career advice and presentations on preparing for retirement. (Registration is required.)
• June 3, 8 p.m., Career Search Webinar: What You Don’t Say Could Hold You Back
• June 10, 4 p.m., Why Should I Use a Career Coach?
• June 10, 8 p.m., Career Skills: Soft Skills for Leaders
• July 8, 8 p.m., Career Encores: How to Love Your Retirement
• July 15, 8 p.m., Career Encores: The 5 Years Before You Retire
• July 22, 8 p.m., Career Encores: 65 Things to Do When You Retire
• July 29, 8 p.m., Career Encores: Secrets to a Happy Retirement
• Aug. 12, 8 p.m., Career Encores: Second Act Careers
• Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Career Encores: Retire Sooner Than You Thought

Eastman Series Features Broadway Classics to Ukeleles

Kristin Chenoweth, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and premier banjo performer BÉla Fleck as a guest soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble are among the headliners for the second season of Eastman Presents. Read more...

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