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December 05, 2012

In Brief

River Campus Holiday Social is Dec. 11

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the season during the annual River Campus Holiday Social on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Shuttle service will be available from the Alumni and Advancement Center on East River Road, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University Facilities Center, Goler House, and Brooks Landing. Shuttles will begin at 2 p.m. with initial pick up at AAC and will run continuously to and from the River Campus to all four locations until 5 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to the University’s annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, in Douglass Dining Center on the River Campus. Guests are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids under age 3. Call Dining Services at 275-7687 to register. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Recognize dedicated or innovative colleagues or teams

Application period open for fellowship program

The Office for Faculty Development at the Medical Center seeks applications for the 2013–15 Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Program, which is open to junior and mid-career faculty members committed to academic careers. The application deadline is Feb. 4. Learn more about the program at an informational session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Family Medicine offices at the Medical Center (1-5515). RSVP to

Family therapy program open house

The Department of Psychiatry is hosting an open house for its Family Therapy Training Program from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Bartlett Room (1-9043) in the Medical Center. Learn more about how to obtain a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and ask questions of faculty and current students. Contact Diana Julian at 275-2532 or to register or for more information.

Call for nominations: Satcher Awards

The Center for Community Health is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, recognizing individual Medical Center faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice, or outreach programs. Deadline for nominations is at noon, Friday, Jan. 18. To learn more or make a nomination, visit the Center for Community Health website (, email, or contact Mary Anne Gombatto at 224-3053.

Admissions seeking volunteers for referral program

Undergraduate Admissions has launched “It’s Who You Know,” a referral program to provide tools for students, faculty, and staff to recruit prospective Rochester students.The office invites University community members to pick up a “It’s Who You Know” referral packet in the Admissions Office in Wallis Hall. For questions or to learn more, contact

Memorial Art Gallery launches iPhone app for visitors

The Memorial Art Gallery is the first area museum to launch a mobile app for visitors. The inaugural version of the free app—titled MAGart—allows smartphone and iPad users to search selected objects from the gallery’s collection by culture, time period, or title; get in-depth information about the collection; and follow preselected tours.

Coat drive assists former refugees

Refugee Student Alliance is holding its fifth annual coat drive through Dec. 15. The group is collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, and sweaters. All donations will be delivered to Saint’s Place and Mary’s Place, nonprofit organizations that will distribute the items to former refugees settling in Rochester. For a list of drop-off locations at the River Campus, email For locations at the Medical Center and affiliated sites, email

Frequent buyer cards available at Common Market

The Common Market in Wilson Commons offers a frequent buyer card specifically for University faculty and staff. Every time you spend a dollar at the market, you’ll get a mark on your card. After spending $10, you get $1 free. Ask a market employee for more information or to get a card.

Fitness Center gift certificates available

Need a gift for a coworker or friend? Gift certificates for a massage, membership, or fitness classes at the Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center are available starting at $15. Visit the center’s website,, for details.

Help those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Donations of toiletries, first aid products, school items, and more are being collected for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Items may be dropped off inside the main entrance of the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus until Friday, Dec. 7. For a complete list of items needed or for more information, visit The program is cosponsored by Hillel, Catholic Newman Community, Protestant Chapel Community, Chabad House, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the Interfaith Chapel.

Well-U sponsoring holiday collection

Foodlink barrels and YWCA boxes will be placed in areas of the River Campus, Medical Center, and off-campus locations to collect donations. The bins will be available through Wednesday, Dec. 12. Needed donations include non-perishable items (primarily canned vegetables), toiletry items, blankets, infant clothing, diapers, and diaper bags. For more information, contact Well-U at 273-5240.