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University of Rochester News for Parents, December 2015



Investigation into Abduction Continues

Seven people have been charged in connection with the abduction of two Rochester students earlier this month. As noted in President and CEO Joel Seligman’s December 9 message to the University community, the district attorney’s office will not discuss the details of the case while the investigation continues. The University will provide further information after the district attorney has completed the ongoing presentation to the grand jury.

Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity Begins Work

A new commission charged with assessing issues of race and diversity at the University held its first meeting December 3. The commission also hosted a forum about the social media application Yik Yak. The commission is chaired by Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president, and Richard Feldman, dean of the College, and includes faculty, students, administrators, and staff. Updates are available on the commission's website.

Dean Discusses Future of School of Arts & Sciences

During a ceremony celebrating her formal installation as dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Gloria Culver talked about defining the school—and charting its future. Read more...

Yellowjackets Awarded All-American Honors

Senior field hockey players Tara Lamberti and Michelle Relin were named First Team Division III All-Americans, becoming the first Rochester players to earn first-team honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. In addition, seniors Matt Mender and Jeff Weinfeld have been elected to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Team in voting by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Eastman School Artists Earn Grammy Nominations

Paul O'Dette, professor of lute, and Eastman alumni Bod Ludwig '66E, '01E (MM); Maria Schneider '85E (MM), John Fedchock '85E (MM); Kristian Bezuidenhout '01E, '04E (MM); Martha Cluver '03E; and Eric Dudley '01E are among the nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards. Read more...

Is Your Student Staying on Campus During Break?

Students from the College can find helpful information on the College Breaks website. The page is updated for each break and has the link to register for break as well as information on housing, transportation, student services, and changes to building and office hours. The site also includes activities and events to keep students entertained while they are on campus.

Eastman Students Get Hands on Legendary Instrument

The “most famous double bass in the world” is temporarily in residence at the Eastman School, giving students the chance for firsthand experience on an instrument of extraordinary history. Read more...

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Students Can Get Ahead, Catch Up During Summer Session

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. Many students take courses in the summer to catch up, 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. The Summer Session 2016 course offerings are 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.


Thanks for Your Support

The University thanks those who have supported the University with gifts that help provide academic resources, program funding for student clubs and activities, and more. Learn more about giving to the University.


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

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. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs offers some information on the recruitment process and how parents and families can best support students through the experience.


Student Life

A Holiday Tradition

Lowry Hall at the Eastman School fills with students, faculty and staff, and community members each December for the annual Holiday Sing, featuring creative arrangements of holiday favorites. 

Varsity Athletes Sweating It Out before Sunrise

Not every varsity team practices early, but for those that do, the athletes are faced with the challenge of getting enough sleep in a college environment, where it often seems as though the campus doesn’t even come alive until late at night. Read more... 

Regional Events

Parents, You're Always Welcome

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

Online Programs

Upcoming online sessions (all times EST) include:

Career Exploration and Networking for Students in Washington, D.C.

Two career-related events are planned for Tuesday, January 5, in Washington D.C.: the Career and Internship Connection and Student-Alumni Networking Night. Students should have received emails about the Career and Internship Connection event, a Rochester-established and managed recruiting consortia event at which there are prescreened interviews and a career fair for students at some of the nation’s top undergraduate institutions. The Student-Alumni Networking Night provides an opportunity for students to connect with alumni and parent “special advisors,” who represent a breadth of career fields. Registration information will be emailed directly to students living within 10 miles of the Washington, D.C., metro area. The event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Contact the Career Center at (585) 275-2366 or email Michelle Marks-Hook at with questions.

What's Happening on Campus?

Check the University Events Calendar for a comprehensive list of happenings at the River Campus, Eastman School, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.