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October 16, 2013

In Brief

President adds $100,000 of support to the humanities

President Joel Seligman announced that he is increasing the University’s commitment to the humanities for the duration of his presidency. The current Humanities Project, which Seligman created in 2006, supports interdisciplinary work by Rochester faculty in philosophy, the arts, languages, and other fields. The current annual funding for the Humanities Project is $150,000. “I am pleased to announce an additional commitment of $100,000, raising the total amount to $250,000 per year for the humanities,” Seligman said. “The projects and the cross-disciplinary collaboration that result from this special focus on the humanities are adding greatvalue to our institution.”

The Humanities Project initiative encompasses programs that emphasize collaboration across the disciplines, and often with several institutions in the greater Rochester community, as well as scholars from other national and regional institutions. The individual projects are selected from proposals reviewed by a committee of department chairs in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Some of the Humanities Projects scheduled for the 2013–14 academic year include a panel of distinguished writers and scholars discussing new conceptions of black identity for the 21st century; a workshop series, “Metaphysics of Physics”; and a symposium, “Violence, Memory, and Social Recovery.”

AlertUR test set for Oct. 17

The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that the University can reach you immediately. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. Before the test, be sure to review your contact information at www.rochester. edu/alertur; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you. Employees with a NetID who do not have a University email address may enter a personal email or phone number to receive emergency alerts. The Oct. 17 test will not disrupt scheduled activities.

Nominations sought for Presidential Diversity

Award Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or teams who have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available at The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

E-Cycle Day returns Oct. 25

The University’s sixth annual E-Cycle Day, an opportunity for employees and students to recycle unwanted electronics, will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Park Lot. The event accepts the vast majority of electronics, from computers to speakers to mobile phones. More information is available at

A few days remain to test your ‘financial IQ’

The “What’s Your Financial IQ” challenge, sponsored by the Benefits Office and TIAACREF, ends Friday, Oct. 18. Take the educational challenge at and learn about financial planning. Every time you complete a five-question session, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three Apple iPads. The more you play, the better your chances of winning. All responses are confidential.

Pediatric fellowship programs page launches

The Department of Pediatrics has launched a new fellowship page on Facebook at The goal of the site is to build a community of alumni, current fellows, and applicants and raise awareness of the achievements and growth of pediatric research, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Medical Center. It will also highlight seasonal activities in Rochester.

Call for art: GlobeMed’s annual art gala

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Rochester community are invited to submit 2-D art to GlobeMed’s second annual art gala, “IMPACT.” The juried exhibition will be held in December with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6. Artists will receive a commission from any artwork sales; all other proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, Kallpa Iquitos in Iquitos, Peru. Submissions are due by Nov. 8. Visit www. for details.

Reminder: Avoid blocking handicapped parking

Sidewalk ramps and handicapped parking spaces have been constructed to accommodate people who rely on them to move around campus and access campus buildings. Recently, the ramps and spaces occasionally have been blocked by University and vendor vehicles making service calls or deliveries. The parking violation denies those with mobility challenges equal access to all that the University has to offer. Facilities and Services asks you remind your staff and anyone who coordinates deliveries of materials or food to campus that vehicles cannot block sidewalk ramps or handicapped parking spaces.

Bookstore offers discount on doctoral regalia

University bookstores are offering 10 percent off custom orders of University doctoral regalia through Nov. 25. Contact Maria (mferrante@ at the River Campus store, Scott ( at the Medical Center store, or Tammy ( at the Eastman School store for more information.

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