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March 2010
Board of Trustees Sets Tuition Rates for 2010-11
The Board of Trustees approved rates for tuition and for room and board during its March meeting. Read more ...
Commencement Info Online
The University is preparing for its 160th Commencement ceremonies during May and June 2010. More than 2,000 individuals will have their bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees conferred. Check the Commencement Web site and Eastman School's commencement site for updates and more information.
Reminder: Student Account Balances
Student account balances must be paid in full to participate in the housing lottery and fall 2010 registration. Housing contracts are due March 31, and fall 2010 registration begins April 5. For more information, contact the bursar’s office at (585) 275-3931 or
UR Biodiesel Wins National Award
UR Biodiesel, a project designed by Rochester undergraduates to convert excess fryer oil from dining service centers into biodiesel to fuel shuttle buses, has been given the Excellence in Innovations for Sustainability Award by the Association of College Unions International. Read more...
Financial Aid Answers Available
Have questions about financial aid? Contact your son's or daughter's counselor regarding financial aid for this academic year or with questions regarding what application materials are needed by April 15 for the 2010-11 academic year.
Campus Climate Survey
On March 15, the College Diversity Roundtable (CDR) sent undergraduates at the College and at the Eastman School an e-mail with a link to their biennial Campus Climate Survey. Members of the CDR encourage parents to remind their students to participate in the anonymous survey, which aims to evaluate undergraduate students’ past and current experiences with issues of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.
Celebrating Women’s Work in Music
Eastman students and alumnae will be featured as performers or composers during the annual Women in Music Festival. Concerts are offered at several different venues throughout the Rochester community, allowing people to attend many performances. Read more ...

Eastman Students Score Silent Film Shorts
A silent cinema project involving the University, the Eastman School, and George Eastman House includes a screening of short films for which Eastman students wrote accompanying music
Order of the Engineer Inductions
Some professions have rites of passage marking one’s entrance. The Order of the Engineer ceremony is often considered the rite for engineers. Formed to provide a sense of closure at the end of your child's studies, the ceremony gives a visible means for engineering graduates to identify with other engineers. If you are a parent who has an engineering degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, you may join your son or daughter in this induction to the Meliora Link of the Order of the Engineer. This year’s ceremony is Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m., in the tent on the Wilson Commons front lawn. Contact Donna Johnson at (585) 275-3954 or by Friday, March 26, for details.
Census 2010
The 2010 Census is under way and census questionnaires will be delivered to on-campus housing in April and May. Students are reminded that they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the year and if they live at school on April 1, 2010, they should be counted at their school address. More information is available on the federal government's Census on Campus Web site.
Video: Egg Drop 2010
egg drop
Take an egg and drop it from four stories in the air, and its interaction with the floor below is predictable—unless it's protected by a contraption designed by a mechanical engineering student. Watch the video from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers annual Egg Drop.
Deadlines Near for Study Abroad Scholarships
If your son or daughter plans to study abroad this summer, fall, or for the full 2010-11 school year, study abroad scholarships are available. Students applying for CIEE and IES programs must also apply for the respective scholarships. The application deadline for CIEE and summer IES scholarships is April 1. May 1 is the deadline for fall or full-year IES scholarships. In addition, Pell Grant recipients who are U.S. citizens are eligible for the Gilman Scholarship. April 6 is the deadline for both summer and fall applications. Students can contact the Center for Study Abroad for more information. 
A Lesson in Eco-Awareness
RecycleMania is nearing a close, and staff and students are gearing up for the final few weeks. Recycling coordinator Amy Kadrie worked with students to organize two recent events to raise awareness about the importance of recycling: Mt. Trashmore and Feelin’ Trashy.

Rochester Takes Part in CollegeFest Theater Event
From April 1 to April 18, Geva Theatre Center will host theater groups from three area universities, including Rochester, in the first ever CollegeFest. Rochester’s International Theatre Program will take audiences from mayhem to magic with Tony Kushner’s The Illusion from April 1 to 4 at Geva Theatre Center. The full schedule and ticket information is available on Geva's Web site.
New Issue of Innovations Available
View the latest issue of Innovations, the entrepreneurship newsletter that covers stories across all schools and campuses. If you would like to be mailed a hard copy of this publication on a regular basis, e-mail the Center for Entrepreneurship or call (585) 276-3500.
Big Apple Beckons for Eastman Faculty
Eastman Virtuosi, a chamber ensemble of faculty and outstanding student musicians, travel to New York this month to perform in Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center on March 27. Read more ...
T-Shirt Sale at Bookstore
Champion, Gear, and Jones & Mitchell brand T-shirts are on sale buy one, get one half off at the University's bookstore through March 27. The sale  is also available online at
Rochester Shines in the Summertime
In addition to the variety of courses offered in the College, on-campus activities and off-campus events and festivals provide plenty to do when studying is over. Course registration begins April 5. Check the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies Web site, which is augmented frequently and will soon contain complete information about housing (with new reduced rates). If you have questions, call (585) 275-2345, or e-mail
Your Questions, Answered
Are internship experiences ever available or offered to students who don't meet a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0? What’s the nature of assistance that the Career Center offers to graduating students? Burt Nadler, director of the College Career Center, answers these questions from parents.

Have Your Own Question?
Send it to the Career Center staff, who will respond in future issues of Parents Buzz.

'Poetic Appeal'
Poetry never has been more alive at Rochester than it is today, in writing workshops and poetry readings, informal gatherings and solitary sessions where a writer confronts a blank sheet—or screen. Read more ...

Give Their Balance a Boost
Is your son or daughter running low on declining balance dollars? Want to surprise him or her with an end-of-the-semester boost? Purchase $50 in declining balance dollars and your student will receive an additional value pack worth $55 to be used on campus. Call (585) 275-8756 after April 1 to take part in the offer, which is only valid for in person and over-the-telephone purchases.
'Earth Raised Shield Earlier Than Thought'
MSNBC (March 5)
A study by John Tarduno, professor of geophysics, and colleagues suggests that the ability of a planet to generate a large magnetic field also is important for developing life, as it provides a shield against high-energy radiation from the parent star. Also reported in U.S. News and World Report, Scientific American, and more.
'Study: Party Competition Helps States'
UPI (Feb. 18)
A strong two-party system is the best check on pork barrel spending and special interest legislation, according to a new study co-written by Gerald Gamm, associate professor of political science and history at Rochester.
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In the team's best finish since 2003-04, Rochester ended its season fourth in the nation after losing to top-ranked Amherst College 56-44 in the third place game at the NCAA Division III Women’s Final Four. It was the team's third trip to the Final Four in seven years. Above, Melissa Alwardt looks for an open pass during the consolation game on Saturday, March 20. See more Final Four photos.
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
California: "Advancing the Business of Alternative Energy" panel discussion, Bay Area, March 24.; "The Power of Sleep" with Kathy Parker, Dean of Rochester's School of Nursing, April 11.

Local Events

More events listed on Eastman's concert calendar and the University's arts and entertainment listing.

Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: March 24, 3 p.m., Cortland; March 26, 2 p.m., St. Lawrence; March 27, noon, St. Lawrence; April 4, 1 p.m., Union; April 4, noon, Union; April 7, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher; April 14, 4 p.m., Keuka.
Women's Lacrosse: March 25, 4 p.m., Cortland; April 10, 6 p.m., Geneseo.
Softball: March 28, 1 p.m., Ithaca; March 31, 3 p.m., St. John Fisher; April 14, 3 p.m., Buffalo State.
Men's Tennis: March 21, 1 p.m., Skidmore; March 24, 4 p.m., RIT; April 10, 2 p.m., NYU.
Women's Tennis: April 10, 10 a.m., NYU.
Track: April 10, 9 a.m., UR Alumni Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: March 31, 3:30 p.m., Brockport; April 10, 1 p.m., RPI; April 11, noon, RPI; April 13, 4 p.m., RIT.
Golf: March 28 and 29, McDaniel Spring Invitational; April 4-5, Mid-Atlantic Region Invitational, Hershey, Pa.; April 11-12, Edward Jones Shootout, Apollo, Pa.
Women's Lacrosse: March 23, 4 p.m., Brockport; April 2, 4 p.m., St. Lawrence; April 3, 3 p.m., Clarkson.
Women's Rowing: March 28, UAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.; April 3, 8 a.m., Ithaca; April 9, 4 p.m., William Smith; April 10, 8 a.m., Clark and Franklin & Marshall, Worcester, Mass.; April 11, Bates, WPI, Wellesley, and Trinity, Worcester, Mass.
Softball: March 25, 3 p.m., RIT; March 27, 1 p.m., Brockport; April 7, 3 p.m., Geneseo; April 13, 3 p.m., Cortland.
Men's Tennis: March 23, 4 p.m., Hobart; March 28, 3 p.m., Brandeis; April 1, 4 p.m., Nazareth; April 3, 1 p.m., St. Lawrence.
Women's Tennis: March 28, 11 a.m., Brandeis; March 31, 4 p.m., William Smith; April 3, 11 a.m., St. Lawrence; April 6, 3:30 p.m., Geneseo; April 11, noon, Ithaca.
Track: April 3, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton College Invitational.

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