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University Sets Tuition Rates for 2015–16

Tuition for undergraduates in the College will rise 2.8 percent to $47,450 in the 2015–16 academic year. Room and board will be $14,294, a 4.8 percent increase. The total cost of attendance increase is 3.3 percent. Tuition for the Eastman School will be $47,770, a 3.5 percent increase. Read more...

Al Leslie Named an All-American

Al Leslie ’18 has been selected as an All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association for the 2014–15 season. Leslie is the only freshman on the All-America Team. She is also the first Rochester women's basketball player to earn All-America honors as a freshman. Read more...

Tickets on Sale for Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is often criticized for its portrayal of women as weak and submissive. But on Thursday, April 9, the International Theatre Program will present a new take on the classic comedy in a production performed by a largely male cast. Read more...

Video Highlights Hip-Hop Dance Battle

The inspireJam hip-hop dance battle was among the popular events at this year’s inspireDance Festival. “Dance doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says Missy Pfohl Smith, director of the Program of Dance and Movement. “It’s always crossing disciplines—through its creative content, as well as through our growing understanding of mindfulness and physicality.” Read more...

Town Hall Meeting with President Seligman

Undergraduate and graduate students from the College are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President Joel Seligman from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Students are encouraged to bring questions and feedback for President Seligman. Refreshments will be served.

University Named 'Tree Campus' for Fifth Straight Year

The University achieved Tree Campus USA status again by meeting the program’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance, and student service-learning projects. Read more...

Course Planning Made Easier

The Course Planning tab in Blackboard is available to aid in planning for future semesters. In addition to links to common sites such as course schedules and clusters, you can also find a link to the AS&E Syllabus Repository—a new feature that allows you to browse syllabi from past courses by department.

Best Practices for Email Composition

As phishing attacks become increasingly complex, it's more difficult to decipher between what is real and what is an attack. University IT offers some suggestions on how to write “clean” emails that are less likely to be mistaken as phishing attempts. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

Deadlines and Reminders

Deadlines for Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors at the College should be aware of upcoming deadlines:
Wednesday, April 1, is the deadline for the senior class to change majors and minors. This includes changes in degree, such as BS to BA or BA to BS. It is also the deadline for classification changes, for example, from the senior class (2015) to another class year or from another class year into the Class of 2015 to be reflected in the commencement program.
 • Wednesday, April 29, is the deadline for classification changes, for example, from the senior class (2015) to another class year or from another class year into the Class of 2015. Note: changes at this time will not be reflected in the Commencement Program.
Visit the College Center for Advising Services in Lattimore Hall 312 to make any of the changes mentioned above. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Annual Undergraduate Writing Contest Open

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program is accepting submissions for the Annual Undergraduate Writing Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top academic papers in four categories: humanities, social sciences, natural and applied Sciences, and WRT 105. Students can submit one paper per category. Papers should be under 25 pages and can be revised prior to submission. Entries are due Friday, March 27, by 3 p.m. Email with questions.

One Community Panelists and Peer Facilitators Needed

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center invites undergraduate students to apply to be panelists and peer facilitators for this years One Community program during freshmen orientation for the Class of 2019. One Community panelist applications are due Monday, March 30, and applications for peer facilitators are due Thursday, April 16. Applications are available here.

Registration Open for Community Health Improvement Awards

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, will present "The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equity" at noon Thursday, April 30, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304), Medical Center. The sixth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented at the event. Register here.

This Week


Recyclemania Week 8

This is the final week of the RecycleMania competition. Engineers for a Sustainable World want to inspire you to “get creative” with their recycled art display in Wilson Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. The University is currently 24th in the Per Capita Classic Challenge, outranking Harvard, Duke, Baylor, Ithaca, Villanova, and Rice, among others.
Week 8 Trivia Question: Answer correctly for a chance to win an ecofriendly prize. Creating recycled or upcycled art is a growing trend in the art community. Artist Ptolemy Elrington creates sculptures out of what roadside material?

Sexual Violence Prevention Week

The University is hosting its third annual sexual violence prevention initiative. New this year will be a week-long series of events to discuss the issue.
• Monday, March 23: Film screening and panel discussion: Miss Representation, 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 24: Discussion: Know Your Rights, 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 25: Community Conversation with Dean Matt Burns and Dawn Bruner, 5:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 26: Page.Stage.Engage with Guante, 7 p.m.
• Friday, March 27: UR Teal Talk: Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Violence, 3 p.m.

Wish Week Supports Make-a-Wish Foundation

Chi Omega will host its first Wish Week from March 23 to 27 to raise money and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Take a selfie of yourself participating any of the events with #URWishWeek2015 and post to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, for entry in a gift card raffle. There will also be a 50/50 raffle: $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6.
• Monday, March 23: Stop by the Wish Week table outside the IT Center to make a wish for an inspiration video
• Tuesday, March 24: A Positive Thinking Talk will be held at 6 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. There will be free pizza.
• Wednesday, March 25: Order pick-up or delivery of Insomnia cookies all day
• Thursday, March 26: Stop by the table to write a message to children at Golisano Children's Hospital
• Friday, March 27: Chi Hop with Psi U, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Psi U house. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 at the door. The first 100 tickets sold come with a free Make-A-Wish pin.

Palestine Awareness Month

Students for a Democratic Society and Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness will be hosting events throughout March to raise awareness about current social and political issues in Palestine. On Monday, March 23, there will be a pinkwashing panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Morey Hall Room 321. A guest speaker from the Osprey Foundation will give a water rights talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Morey 321, and a Taste of Palestine Food Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons.  Read more...

Speaker Describes His 'Flight for Freedom'

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) welcomes Justin Kim, a North Korean refugee living in Rochester, who will discuss his escape and his resettlement in Rochester community. A Q&A session will follow. The interview-style presentation starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Dewey 1-101. Ticket, which are available at the Common Market and at the door, are $8 for students and faculty; $10 for the public.

Election Interest Meetings

Candidates for senate, president, or class council on the River Campus must attend one of the upcoming election interest meetings in Wilson Commons: Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m., Gowen Room; or Friday, March 27, 2 p.m., Stackel Room.

Active Minds Presents HeART of Disorder

The HeART of Disorder art exposition showcases individual interpretations of mental health through the arts. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Suggested donation to attend is $3 (cash or flex). The event will feature a variety of performances including dance, poetry readings, and music. After Hours, No Disclaimers, Sihir, No Jackets Required, and Vocal Point are scheduled to perform.

Panel Discussion: Good Catholic Sex

Join the Catholic Newman Community in a panel discussion about integrating Catholic sexuality into both married and single life. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Interfaith Chapel, River Level.

Leadership Luncheon Focuses on Making Wise Decisions

Warner School professors Karen DeAngelis, chair of the educational leadership program, and Brian Brent, the Earl B. Taylor Professor and associate dean for graduate studies, will share some of the “hidden traps” of decision making to help you to make better decisions. The leadership luncheon will be held from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Wilson Commons Room 121. RSVP by Monday, March 23, to and specify any food allergies. Space is limited to the first 30 undergraduate students.

Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series Continues

The second session in the 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series, “Sharks and Angels Read Between The Lines: How to Deliver a Winning Marketing and Sales Story,” a presentation by Sarah Plasky-Sachdev, CEO of Aquavation, will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Schlegel Hall 107. The series concludes with “What Venture Capitalists Want vs. What VCs Get: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About VCs,” a presentation by Theresa Mazzullo, CEO at Excell Partners Inc., from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Schlegel Hall 107. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due April 15) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Food and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500.

Korean-Themed Dinner in Danforth

The Korean American Students’ Association and Dining Services will host the first Korean-themed dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Danforth Dining Center. All stations will be serving classic Korean dishes and Korean-inspired dishes.

TOOP Presents Blithe Spirit

The Opposite of People Theatre Company presents a new twist on Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit—a comedy about the true meaning of "till death do us part." Performances run at 8 p.m. in Drama House from Thursday, March 26, to Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $3.

RED Monthly Luncheon at Cheesy Eddie's

Meet baker John Baker at the next RED Monthly Luncheon at Cheesy Eddie's on Friday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baker will discuss how he and his wife came to own the business, which has become a Rochester mainstay. Lunch will be served. Transportation is provided from Rush Rhees Library at 11:30 a.m. Register here.

Engineering Olympics

Tackle engineering challenges to score points and win prizes at the student-organized Engineering Olympics from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, in Munnerlyn Atrium on the first floor of Goergen Hall. All students, regardless of major, are welcome and encouraged to compete in teams of up to four in events such as rubber-band racing, tin foil boat, bean bag launcher, and others.

Check a Few Items of Your Rochester Bucket List

Join the Class of 2017 and 2018 class councils on Saturday, March 28, for an afternoon at the Strong National Museum of Play and a stop at Nick Tahou's to eat an original Rochester garbage plate. Buses will be loop from ITS to Strong Museum, and then to Nick Tahou's, from 3 to 8 p.m. Not interested in going to both places? Hop on the bus at ITS and ride to Nick Tahou's or only go to the Museum of Play. Admission to the Strong is $13.50, but the museum is offering a 2-for-1 deal if you show your your University ID.  Read more...

Performers Team Up for Korea Night

The Korean American Students’ Association will host Korea Night 2015 at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Strong Auditorium. Korea Night is a showcase full of student-led and community performances such as K-Pop dances/songs, traditional performances, and a skit that ties all the acts together. See performances by the students of AGAPE Black Belt Center as well as the Midnight Ramblers and Vocal Point singing Korean songs. Tickets, available at the Common Market, are $7 for Rochester students, $10 for others.
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