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February 2010
Two Named Fellows by Political Science Group
Seniors Lashonda Brenson and Camillia Redding have been named 2010-11 American Political Science Association Minority fellows. They are among only 12 recipients selected from a national pool of candidates. Read more ...
Shulamit Ran is Composer In-Residence at Eastman
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran will be lecturing, working with students, and attending concerts by student ensembles. Read more ...
Warming up the Winter
When Mother Nature gives you snow and cold, there is only one thing to do—make a party of it! Check out this video from Winterfest Weekend. Also during the last weekend of January, the Black Students' Union sponsored its seventh annual Unity Step Show, featuring performances by Rochester dance groups BPG (Ballet Performance Group) and Indulgence. Watch the step show video.
Financial Aid Deadline in April
Instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2010-11 academic year were e-mailed to students in January and February. The application materials and instructions have changed this year, so students should pay special attention. Returning students who do not submit their 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. Contact your student’s counselor with questions.
Congresswoman Highlights Stimulus-Funded Work
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Rep. Louise Slaughter, joined by President Joel Seligman, Provost Ralph Kuncl, and Medical Center CEO Brad Berk (not pictured), celebrated the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Slaughter discussed the important role research and innovation play in the region's economic growth and highlighted work being done in Rochester. Seligman thanked Slaughter for her commitment to the University, which has been awarded $41.8 million in federal stimulus funds for research projects, and said the funds are "pivotal to our future." See details on stimulus-funded research projects at the University on the ARRA Web site and view related news coverage from WXXI, the Rochester Business Journal, and the Democrat and Chronicle.
Eastman Alumni Win Grammys
Three Eastman School graduates, soprano Renee Fleming, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and composer/arranger Bill Cunliffe, won awards in the 52nd annual Grammy Awards competition. Read more ...
AlertUR System Will Be Tested
This semester's test of the emergency notification system, AlertUR, is scheduled for Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. The system is designed to alert undergraduates during an emergency. Students can select to be alerted by text message, e-mail, or other methods. Contact information can be updated at
Graduation Fair
On Friday, March 19, the River Campus Bookstore will host a Graduation Fair at which seniors can purchase regalia and order announcements, class rings, and yearbooks. Clix Portrait Studios will also be taking photos of students in their regalia. Packages start at $10. View the order form. Contact the bookstore at (585) 275-4012 with any questions.
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 by Feb. 19.
KEY Program Deadline Approaches
The Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year program is welcoming applications from students in the classes of 2011, '12, and '13 who have been accepted into a major. KEY offers selected students a fifth, tuition-free year to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor. The spring application deadline is March 18. For more information, e-mail Eleanor Oi at
Events for Alumni, Parents, and Students
The Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni, parents, and students to the following programs:
• "University History: Stories and Music from Rochester's Past and Present," in Boston on March 7 and Albany on March 9
• "Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't, and Why," in New York City on March 10
• "Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to Beat the Odds and Land Your Dream Job," in Washington, D.C., on March 11.
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
Summer will have a new look this year. Students may live in the center of campus with easy access, during the week, to lunch and dinner. The cost is comparable to what a sublet costs but with greater convenience and a sense of community. Also, some new courses have been added to the more traditional summer offerings (see the full list). Students often take summer courses to catch up, to get ahead, to try something new, or to try a course again. If you have questions, call (585) 275-2345, check the Web site, or e-mail Details on Eastman's Summer Session are also available online.
Is Study Abroad in Your Child's Future?
If your son or daughter is signed up to study abroad, he or she must attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Students with an early study abroad deadline should sign up for the first meeting in March. For more information on study abroad programs, visit the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs Web site.
Have a Question for the Career Center?
Parents are invited to send their questions to the Career Center staff, who will respond in future issues of Parents Buzz.
The Beauty of Technology
Professor Paul Ampadu finds success in getting young people interested in science and engineering. Read more ...
Finding a Good Place to Study
As the semester ramps up with papers and exams, there are several places inside Rush Rhees Library where students can read, study or get together with a study group. For a break from studying, they can buy coffee and snacks at Connections on the first floor of Rush Rhees Library or at Pura Vida adjacent to the Carlson Science and Engineering Library.
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'Court OKs Corporate Campaign Spending'
Boston Globe (Jan. 22)
The justices left in place the dollar limits for contributions to candidates by individuals and political action committees. In doing so, the justices adhered to previous rulings that there is a more significant “quid pro quo’’ attached to such direct contribution to a candidate, says David Primo, associate professor of political science and a First Amendment specialist.
'UR Trio Puts Their Smarts to the Test in World Battle of the Brains'
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 6)
The answers didn't come easily in the international Battle of the Brains competition Feb. 5 at Harbin Engineering University in frigid northeast China. None of the 103 teams—including one from the University of Rochester—got more than seven of the 11 questions correct during the five-hour contest.

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Eastman School students (clockwise from top, left) percussionist Tomasz Arnold, soprano Rebecca Farley, saxophonist Doug O’Connor, and pianist Zhang Zuo perform in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 3, as part of the concert series that showcases outstanding young musicians from around the country. 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
Boston: "Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to Beat the Odds and Land Your Dream Job," Feb. 18
Washington, D.C.: Eastman at the Kennedy Center, March 3
Miami: Reception with President Joel Seligman, March 4
Tampa: Reception with President Joel Seligman, March 5

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More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar and the University's arts and entertainment listing.
NCAA Honors Rochester for Diversity
The Department of Athletics and Recreation has been honored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association with the 2008-09 Diversity in Athletics Award. Rochester was recognized in the category of diversity strategy. Read more ...

Rochester Pride
Fans of Rochester's athletic teams can now buy apparel online at a new site featuring licensed Yellowjacket merchandise.

Yellowjackets at Home
Men's Basketball: Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Brandeis; Feb. 21, noon, New York University; Feb. 27, 4 p.m., Emory University.
Women's Basketball: Feb. 19, 6 p.m., Brandeis; Feb. 21, 2 p.m., New York University; Feb. 27, 2 p.m., Emory University.
Women's Lacrosse: March 11, 4 p.m., Nazareth.
Men's Tennis: Feb. 21, 11 a.m., LeMoyne.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 6 and 7, Vero Beach, Fla.; March 9 to 13, Sanford, Fla.
Women's Lacrosse: March 8 and 9, Baltimore, Md.
Softball: March 9 to 13, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Squash: Feb. 19 to 21, CSA Team Nationals in New Haven, Conn.; March 5 to 7, CSA Individual Nationals, Hartford, Conn.
Swimming: Feb. 17 to 12, UAA Championships, Emory University.
Men's Tennis: March 8 to 10, Orlando, Fla.
Women's Tennis: March 9 and 10, Orlando, Fla.
Track: Feb. 20, 10 a.m., Cornell Denault Invitational; Feb. 21, 10 a.m., NYSCTC Pentathalon at Cornell; Feb. 26 and 27, NYSCTC Championships, Henrietta, N.Y.; March 5 and 6, ECAC Championships at Smith (Northampton, Mass.); March 12 to 13, NCAA Championships at DePauw (Greencastle, Ind.).

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