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November 2009
Holiday Breaks and Flu
If your son or daughter has flu-like symptoms and can't travel for Thanksgiving break, the University will call students daily, deliver liquids and light meals, and have medical staff available. The University supports the Centers for Disease Control recommendation that people with flu-like symptoms should avoid travel. Read more...
Rochester Dethrones MIT in Computer Programming Contest
computer science team
A Rochester team has become the first in six years to beat MIT in the regional finals of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious computer programming competition in the world, dubbed the "Battle of the Brains." Team members Xiaoqing Tang '12, Ian Christopher '10, and Dennis Huo '10 will head to China in February for the final round in the competition. Read more...
Spring Tuition Bill Available Nov. 19
The spring 2009 billing statement for undergraduates will be posted in UR ePAY Nov. 19. The University delivers student billing statements electronically to students and their families and does not mail paper bills. If you are not receiving monthly billing notification by e-mail, ask your student to add you as an "authorized payer" in UR ePAY. Read more...
Airport Shuttles Offered for Thanksgiving Break
A free airport shuttle from the River Campus is available on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 29, for those traveling during Thanksgiving break. The shuttle service is provided by the Students’ Association. See the schedule.
Eastman Percussionists Play Paris
Ten student percussionists from the Eastman School along with professor Michael Burritt are traveling to the "City of Light" over the Thanksgiving holiday to compete and perform at the annual “perKumania” International Percussion Festival. Read more...

Eastman Wind Ensemble Performing in Midwest
Members of the Eastman Wind Ensemble will be performing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Thursday, Dec. 17, and as guest performers at the prestigious Midwest Clinic on Friday, Dec. 18, in Chicago. The clinic is an international band and orchestra conference that provides professional development opportunities for instrumental music educators at all levels. Audiences in Rochester will get a preview of the concert program when the ensemble performs on Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
Book Preorders Help Students Save
Your son or daughter can pre-order his or her books for next semester on the Bookstore's Web site. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and earlier orders are more likely to get used books first. Books will be boxed and ready when students arrive on campus next semester.

Future Stars Shine in Voice Competition
The finals of the annual Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition at the Eastman School will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in Kilbourn Hall, during the first-ever celebration of National Opera Week. This year's finalists include seniors Marielle Murphy, soprano, and John Taylor Ward, baritone.
Eastman Musicians Help Food Bank
“If Music Be the Food” concerts, headlined by Eastman School faculty and students as well as members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and special guests, will run through May 2010. Instead of paying admission, attendees are asked to bring canned goods and nonperishable food items to help stock the Foodlink shelves. Cash donations will also be accepted. Read more ...
Study Abroad Info for Parents
If your son or daughter is studying abroad next semester make sure you have provided the Center for Study Abroad with the parent/guardian acknowledgement form and that you have reviewed the Parents Guide to Study Abroad. Read more...
New Pathways for Public Health
public health
A new network of public health–related programs enrolled their first students this fall. The programs offer four majors: social science–based majors in epidemiology; health policy; and health, behavior, and society; and a humanities–based major in bioethics. There are also five clusters associated with the programs. Read more ...
Career Experiences 'On the Road' in January
Several off-campus, career-related events occur while your child is on break in January. The Career and Internship Connections program and Student-Alumni Networking Nights are open to all majors and class years. Both can be valuable to those seeking career focus and contacts, as well as leads and interviews for both internship and postbaccalaureate employment. Burt Nadler, assistant dean and director of the Career Center, explains.
Partnership Launches Career Advisory Network
Students can now search for and contact alumni via the Rochester Career Advisory Network. Through a partnership between the Career Center and Alumni Relations, alumni advisors who are able and eager to share advice and information about their fields can assist students at any stage of career exploration or job search. Those interested should visit the Career Center or sign up for an orientation session at 275-2366. Read more ...
Food for Thought
The Food for Thought: Campus Career Conversations program, held in mid-November, brought to campus alumni and parents representing the fields of law, criminal justice, and sports marketing/entertainment. The series will continue in the spring. Check the Career Center's Web site for details.
Thanksgiving Break Hours
Dining Services has released its hours of operation for Thanksgiving Break. View the schedule here.
'The Lifespan of a Rodent May Aid Human Health'
New York Times (Oct. 26)
Vera Gorbunova, associate professor of biology, has taken a first step toward understanding the genetic basis of the mole rat’s surprising immunity to cancer. She and her colleagues have found that the rats’ cells have a double system for inhibiting irregular proliferation, compared with the single system in human cells.
'There are New Marshalls in Town'
Cardiff University News (October 2009)
The Marshall Foundation supports outstanding American students to study at the graduate level in the UK. This year's Marshall scholars include Rochester alumna Rachel Kincaid, who has already spent one year studying trumpet performance and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
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HANDS-ON PROGRAMMING: Teaching assistant Katie Lang (left) and Chelsea Flint '12, a student in the Explorations in Robotics Course, learns to program small robots to perform a variety of maneuvers. Read more...
Parents: You're Always Welcome
Parents of current College and Eastman students, as members of the University community, are regularly invited to regional alumni programs. Visit the regional calendar for details and registration information.

Regional Events
Dallas: College Admissions and Campus Life, an evening with Jonathan Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid. Dec. 2.
Los Angeles: Holiday Organ Spectacular featuring Eastman School professor David Higgs. 6 p.m. Dec. 9.
San Francisco: Holiday Pipe Dreams at the San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13

In Rochester

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar and the University's arts and entertainment listing.
Men's Soccer Advances to Sweet 16
The men's soccer team heads to the NCAA Sweet 16 this weekend after defeating Plattsburgh State Sunday. The team's next game is Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. against Wesleyan University at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. If they win Saturday, the Yellowjackets will face the winner of the match between Messiah and Johns Hopkins on Sunday. The winning teams advance to the Final Four in San Antonio. Read more ...

Winter Season's Warming Up
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will launch their 2009–10 seasons by hosting the Chuck Resler Invitational Tournament at the Palestra on Nov. 20 and 21. Rochester’s women come off four straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and an overall record of 88–28. The men’s team was a Sweet 16 participant two years ago and finished 16–9 last season.

Yellowjackets at Home
Men's Basketball: Nov. 20–21, Chuck Resler Tournament; Nov. 28–29, Holiday Inn Airport Invitational.
Women's Basketball: Nov. 20–21 Chuck Resler Tournament.
Swimming: Dec. 4–5, Liberty League Championships.

Yellowjackets Away
Men's Basketball: Nov. 24, 8 p.m., Nazareth; Dec. 2, 8 p.m., RIT; Dec. 5, 4 p.m., Emory; Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Hobart.
Women's Basketball: Nov. 24, 6 p.m., Nazareth; Nov. 29, 6 p.m., SUNY Oswego; Dec. 2, 6 p.m., RIT; Dec. 5, 2 p.m., Emory; Dec. 9, 6 p.m., William Smith; Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Union.
Cross Country: Nov. 21, NCAA Championships, Berea, Ohio.
Swimming: Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Carnegie Mellon (diving only); Nov. 21, 11 a.m., Carnegie Mellon; Dec. 12, 1 p.m., RIT.

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