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January 2010
UHS has H1N1 Vaccine
It's not too late for students to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine to protect themselves should there be a third wave of illness this winter. University Health Service has vaccine and wants to reach students who have not already been vaccinated. All full-time students are eligible, and there is no charge for the vaccine. You can help by encouraging your son or daughter to go to a vaccine clinic or to schedule an appointment at (585) 275-2662. Read more ...
Helping Haiti
Students, faculty, and staff are pulling together to assist victims of last week's earthquake in Haiti.
 "At times like this, we draw strength from expressing our concern for others and assisting them," notes President Joel Seligman. Read more ...
Financial Aid Deadline Approaches
Instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2010-11 academic year will be e-mailed to students in the coming weeks. Students will need to pay special attention to the instructions this year as the application process has changed. The application deadline is April 15. Returning students who do not submit their financial aid application with all supporting documentation by April 15 are not guaranteed full consideration for need-based assistance and may have their aid reduced due to limited funding. Students can contact their financial aid counselor with any questions.
Civil Rights Leader to Give MLK Address
Prominent civil rights activist Rev. Joseph Lowery will deliver the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 22. Read more ...
Like a Good Neighbor...
Faeeza Masood ’10 works with Rochester elementary school student Michael Mitchell as part of the UReading program. The program is a small example of the larger role that the University plays in the economic, social, and cultural life of the metropolitan area it calls home. Read more ...
Renowned Quintet to Meet with Students at Eastman
The American Brass Quintet is performing at the Eastman School during its 50th anniversary tour, and its members will hold master classes and a workshop for the school’s "Music for All" program. Read more ...
Student Bus Transportation for Spring Break
Motor coach transportation is available for Spring Break to and from New England and New York City. If you're interested in this opportunity for your son or daughter, e-mail Betsy Kirschbaum at no later than Feb. 19.
Scholarship Fund Supports Boxing Team
Jonathan Vasquez ’11 is the first recipient of a University scholarship that recognizes an upstate boxing coach, a commitment that was sparked in part by ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Read more ...
National Program Recognizes Eastman Jazz Guitarist
Freshman Gabriel Condon was selected as a jazz finalist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for its YoungArts Program. He participated in YoungArts Week in Miami, Fla., from Jan. 11 to 18. Read more...
Students to Attend Leadership Training
On Jan. 23, nearly 100 undergraduates will participate in the 19th Annual UR/Paychex Leadership Institute, coordinated by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, in partnership with Paychex, a local Fortune 500 company. The institute aims to enhance undergraduates’ skills and to promote discussion about leadership issues. There will also be time to network with peers and presenters. Enrollment for the program is full, but interested students should watch for information in the fall for applications for next year.
2009: The Year in Pictures
Take a look back on some of the notable moments at the University from 2009 in a photo slideshow
Expo Helps Students See the World
The 14th annual Study Abroad Expo is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, in Wilson Commons. The expo is designed to be a “one-stop shop” where your son or daughter can learn about the multitude of study abroad opportunities available. Representatives from University departments will be available to answer questions. The Rochester City Clerk’s Office also will be on hand to help students apply for passports or renew current passports.
Urban Fellows Summer Internship Program
urban fellows
The Rochester Urban Fellowship program is welcoming applications for summer 2010. The selective program emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and encourages an appreciation of cross-cultural issues and urban life. Participants work four days a week at selected human services agencies in the City of Rochester and learn about issues they encounter through their work. For more information, e-mail Patricia Waters

Rochester Youth Year Fellowship
The Rochester Youth Year fellowship gives recent graduates the opportunity to work with youth-oriented community organizations in Rochester for one year. Fellows create or expand initiatives that address the challenges facing youth and families in the City of Rochester. Applications for the 2010-11 service year are due by March 12 to the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.

It All Adds Up
Changes to the University's mathematics department over the years have led to national prominence for the program. Read more ...
Sounds of Success
There has been an explosive growth of interest in music from students throughout Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. “We have seen amazing growth in course offerings and in student participation across the board,” says John Covach, professor of music and chair of the College's Department of Music. Read more ...
Gluten-free, Vegan Desserts Added to Menu
Dining Services announces the addition of gluten-free and vegan desserts in Douglass Dining Center. Gluten-free cookies and cupcakes as well as vegan cookies and cupcakes will come from Vanilla Swirl in Fairport. Another new product on campus is homemade granola.
'There's a Reason You're Happiest on Weekends'
USA Today (Jan. 12)
"Why weekends are better are the two factors of autonomy and relatedness," says study coauthor Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, psychiatry, and education.
'New Pipe Organ Sounds Echo of Age of Bach'
New York Times (Dec. 21)
The New York Times featured the Eastman School’s Craighead-Saunders Organ in a major science article, describing its reconstruction as an almost exact copy of a historic 18th-century organ in Europe. The organ, which was inaugurated in October 2008, is used for lessons and practice by Eastman students as well as for accompaniment during church services.

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day of service
Greg Fedorchak '11 and Kameron Glenn, 9, set up dominoes together during the Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18. Undergraduates spent the day completing community service projects in the City of Rochester in honor Martin Luther King's legacy of service.
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
Naples, Fla.: The Rochester Forum. Jan. 26.
Austin: Reception with President Joel Seligman in Austin, Texas. Feb. 4.
Atlanta: Reception with President Joel Seligman in Atlanta. Feb. 6.

Local Events

Amernet Quartet. Feb. 9.

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar and the University's arts and entertainment listing.
Back to Back Championships
Rochester won the men's and women's championships in the Wendy's College Classic, a basketball tournament for the eight Rochester-area colleges. The event was formerly known as the JPMorgan Chase Scholarship Tournament.

In Brief
Several track and field athletes have qualified for the state and regional championship meets in March.
    The men's and women's swimming and diving teams both won the Liberty League championships in early December.
    Squash was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally this winter.
    Spring's around the corner. The baseball team is the defending UAA champion. Softball has won the Liberty League title for three straight years. 

Yellowjackets at Home
Men's Basketball: Jan. 29, 8 p.m., Washington; Jan. 31, 11 a.m., Chicago.
Women's Basketball: Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Washington; Jan. 31, 1 p.m., Chicago.
Squash: Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Franklin & Marshall; Feb. 7, noon, Cornell; Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Hobart.
Swimming: Jan. 23, 1 p.m., Ithaca College.

Yellowjackets Away
Men's Basketball: Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Brandeis; Jan. 24, noon, New York University; Feb. 5, 9 p.m., Washington; Feb. 7, 2 p.m., Chicago; Feb. 12, 8 p.m., Case Western Reserve; Feb. 14, noon, Carnegie Mellon.
Women's Basketball: Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Brandeis; Jan. 24, 2 p.m., New York University; Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Washington; Feb. 7, 3 p.m., Chicago; Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Case Western Reserve; Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Carnegie Mellon.
Squash: Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Trinity; Jan. 23, 3 p.m., Harvard; Jan. 24, noon, Dartmouth.
Men's Tennis: Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Colgate.
Women's Tennis: Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Colgate.
Track: Jan. 23, 11 a.m., St. Lawrence Invitational; Jan. 30, 10 a.m., Colgate Class of '32 Invitational; Feb. 6, 10 a.m., Syracuse Invitational; Feb. 12, 2 p.m., Lafayette-Rider Winter Games, New York City; Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Cornell Kane Invitational.

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