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May 15, 2013

In Brief

O’Brien Hall earns LEED Gold certification

O’Brien Hall, the University’s newest campus residence, has earned LEED Gold certification for its sustainable construction, landscaping, and operations. O’Brien Hall is the first LEED–recognized building on the River Campus and joins the Medical Center’s Saunders Research Building— also LEED Gold.

Medical Center hosts national cancer enrollment

On Wednesday, May 15, the Medical Center will serve as one of three Rochester enrollment locations for a national cancer prevention study by the American Cancer Society. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer are invited to stop by Café 601 in Strong Memorial Hospital to enroll in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), which aims to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.

Best Translated Book Award winners announced

The Best Translated Book Awards for poetry and fiction, organized by Three Percent at the University, were announced this month. Nichita Stanescu’s Wheel with Single Spoke, translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter, and Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s Satantango, translated from the Hungarian by Georges Szirtes, took top honors.

Computer Sales holds spring sale

University IT Computer Sales is holding a spring sale through May 19. Discounts include up to 70 percent off clearance items, 30 percent off in-store headphones, 25 percent off in-store iPhone cases, and more. Additional discounts and sale terms are available on the University IT Computer Sales website or at their retail locations in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library. Clearance items are only available at the Rush Rhees location.

Dash for Trash program aims to clean up campus

Dash for Trash is a new program for those willing to help clean up campus during their regular outdoor workout routine. Stop at the front desk of Goergen Athletic Center and ask for a compostable bag and a pair of gloves, which you can use to pick up any trash you see while enjoying a run or walk on campus grounds. Do not attempt to handle any hazardous materials—call 273- 4567 instead.

Bookstore announces new resource for faculty

The bookstore introduces FacultyEnlight, a new resource for faculty to research, adopt, and share insights about textbooks and course materials. Go to your bookstore’s website and click the “faculty” tab to get started. Enroll now for summer music classes for kids Eastman Community Music School is accepting registration for 24 different music programs for students in grades 3–12 at all levels of ability. There are full- and half-day programs, as well as residential programs at Eastman School and at Keuka College. Information on tuition waivers for faculty and staff is available on the Human Resources website. For more information, call 274-1400, email, or visit

Well-U, University honored for employee wellness

Well-U, on behalf of the University, is one of 15 local employers to receive a 2013 Wealth of Health Award, cosponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the Rochester Business Journal. The honor recognizes efforts to encourage and support employee wellness. Honorees were judged on the creativity of their initiatives, active participation, ability to show measurable improvements, sustainability, and program outcomes.

Registration open for faculty development colloquium

Registration is now open for the Annual Health Professions’ Faculty Development Colloquium, to be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Featured plenary speakers will be Pat Croskerry, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Critical Thinking Program at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, and Jack Coulehan, professor emeritus of preventive medicine and a fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. The colloquium will also include workshops on a variety of topics. For full program information and to register, visit Contact the Office for Faculty Development at 276-3782 or with any questions.

Miracle Weekend to kick off with Stroll for Strong Kids

This year’s construction-themed Stroll for Strong Kids 5K/Walk will take place June 1 at Genesee Valley Park. Hospital supporters and patient families celebrate the children’s hospital and its patients.

On-site registration for the 5K will begin at 7:45 a.m. and close at 8:15 a.m, with an 8:30 a.m. kickoff. Walkers can register starting at 8 a.m., with a 10:30 a.m. start time. The event will continue with a variety of entertainment until 1 p.m. For more information and to register, visit

Finance year-end announcements

As the University’s fiscal year end approaches, the Finance Office reminds employees of special timing considerations and actions required in order to ensure that all financial transactions are recorded properly and in the current fiscal year. Summer hours—8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday—will be in effect from May 29 to Aug. 31 in the Finance Office. Details are available at

Online classifieds site for faculty, staff

University faculty and staff are welcome to post classified ads to the Currents Classifieds site at Categories include furniture, automotive, clothing, electronics, and many others. Ads are free and will run for 30 days before expiring. Note that ads are intended for personal property only. No ads for University property or equipment, commercial services, or personal business will be accepted.

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