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Thanksgiving break registration, video game research, field hockey honors, meatless Monday, landfill tour
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Nov. 16, 2014

News and Announcements

Students: Register for Thanksgiving Break

The Office of the Dean of Students would like all students at the College to register for Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26-30)—whether you are leaving for all of break, staying for all of break, or will be here for part of the break. Register here so that services and activities may be tailored to your needs. Some student services at the College will have reduced hours during Thanksgiving break, including dining locations, Wilson Commons, libraries, and athletic facilities. Information on all of these changes can be found at

Play Action Video Games, Become a Better Learner?

Playing action video games can improve not just the skills required for the game, but the ability to learn in general, according to a new study led by Daphne Bavelier, a research professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Read more...

A Fine Week for Women's Field Hockey Team

Seven field hockey players have earned All-Liberty League acclaim. Three players were named to the First Team: Goaltender Tara Lamberti, defender Isabelle Hoagland, and forward Michelle Relin. Lamberti was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Rochester’s coaching staff—head coach Wendy Andreatta and assistants Allison Beardsley ’12 and Sarah Dixon ’14—were named Coaching Staff of the Year.

Trustee Commits $1M Support for Endowed Scholarship

Trustee Cathy Minehan ’68 and her husband, Jerry Corrigan, have committed an additional $1 million of support to the endowed scholarship they established at the University in 2004. The scholarship provides assistance for students in the School of Arts & Sciences. Recipients must have significant financial need, and preference is given to underrepresented minorities or athletes in good academic standing, and those pursuing research in the social sciences directed by a faculty member. Eleven students have been awarded the scholarship since its creation a decade ago. Read more...

Humans' Impact on Earth: Scientists Have Answers?

Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification, and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of civilization, according to some scientists, while other people argue that for political or economic reasons we should allow industrial development to continue without restrictions. In a new paper, two scientists, including Adam Frank, professor of astrophysics, argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically, thanks to new data about the Earth and about other planets in our galaxy, and by combining the earth-based science of sustainability with the space-oriented field of astrobiology. Read more...

This Week Is International Education Week

Celebrate the benefits of international education and cultural exchange with a variety of University events, including the online study abroad networking event, Native American student dinner, Global/Local Celebration dinner, 11 "Least Livable" Cities discussion panel, and a youth activism panel. See the full schedule. Also, visit the University homepage Monday for a special feature highlighting International Education Week.

Someone on Your Holiday Gift List Want an iPad?

The new iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 are now on demonstration at the UR Tech Store. Give them a try and ask questions of staff at either store location, in Rush Rhees Library or the Medical Center (G-7220B). Educational discounts are available through the online store.

Exhibition Honors Late Poet, Alumnus Galway Kinnell

A new exhibition in Rush Rhees Library highlights the work of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and alumnus, Galway Kinnell, who died Oct. 28. Kinnell earned a master’s degree in English at the University and frequently returned to campus as a reader for the Plutzik Poetry Reading Series. The exhibition includes several of his poetry collections, his master’s thesis, his 1981 interview for Rochester Review, and his 2001 University commencement address. The exhibition is on view on the first floor of Rush Rhees Library until Monday, Nov. 24. Read more...

Famed Vienna Boys Choir to Perform Holiday Concert

The Vienna Boys Choir will present “Christmas from Vienna” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The ensemble is appearing as part of the Eastman School's “Eastman Presents” series. The program features sacred songs, traditional carols, and popular holiday tunes. Click here for ticket information and other details.

Douglass Dining Hall Presents ‘Meatless Mondays’

From 5 to 8 p.m. every Monday at Douglass Dining Hall is “Meatless Monday.” University Health Service reports that eating vegetarian one time per week can reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, and cancer, as well as aid in weight loss and contribute to longevity.

Deadlines and Reminders

One Chance to Buy Your Boar’s Head Tickets

Tickets for the Boar's Head Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 4, are available for purchase one night only. The sale begins at 8:30 p.m. for seniors and 9 p.m. for other students on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Douglass Dining Center. The cost per ticket is $22.24 (declining) or $23.89 cash/URos. The maximum is two tickets per student ID. Vegetarian and kosher options are available upon request.

Nominate a Favorite High School Teacher for Singer Prize

Seniors are invited to recognize a high school teacher who has significantly influenced them by nominating him or her for the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. Learn more and submit a nomination. Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 5.

'Projects for Peace' Fellowship Available

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Office announces a competition for proposals from undergraduate students for a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace fellowship, a $10,000 award to fund a summer service project related to peace. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 9. All materials may be emailed to Belinda Redden at A committee at the University will choose two proposals to enter into the international contest.

This Week

Citation Clinic to Be Held at Rush Rhees Library

Need help citing resources for your class or research? Attend the River Campus Libraries’ Citation Clinic from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. You will learn about the various tools available for keeping track of your resources and for creating bibliographies, including RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley.

Talk about Your Travels (and Ponder Future Destinations)

The University’s Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs is hosting an online discussion for students with experiences abroad. Topics will include how to weave what you’ve learned through your travels into your life back in Rochester, how an awareness of the world can help with your graduate-school and career aspirations, and how to build on your international interest by pursuing a job outside the U.S. The session will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Register to participate here. Email questions to

Take a Break and Pet a Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs will visit Rush Rhees Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Friedlander Lobby, Rush Rhees Library.

Symposium to Bring Together Global Service Organizations

The Delta Upsilon Fraternity is hosting a “Global Service Symposium” Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Wilson Commons. The goal of the event is to provide members of the campus community a chance to learn about one another’s favorite service organizations, to consider sharing resources, and to discuss additional global service opportunities. From 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gowen Room, a panel of faculty members will talk about their experiences with global service, answer questions from the audience, and suggest how students can get involved both as undergraduates and after college. From 6 to 8 p.m. in Hirst Lounge, the various groups on campus will set up tables to showcase their work, talk about their goals, and learn from one another’s struggles and successes.

Clean Out Your Closet, Then Hunt for Free Finds

Need to de-clutter your room or could use a new outfit? Student group Grassroots is sponsoring a swapmeet from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Bring clothes you don't want or wear anymore and grab something new. Donated by other students, all items will be free.

Delta Upsilon Sponsors ‘Day of Inclusion’

Delta Upsilon is hosting “Get to Know Me Day,” a day dedicated to meeting someone outside of your regular social circles. They will have tables set up in Wilson Commons and Douglass Dining Center on Wednesday, Nov. 19, handing out “My name is...” tags and colored drinking cups designated for students interested in meeting others. Both the nametags and the cups will serve as icebreakers throughout the day, making it easier for individuals to introduce themselves to someone new. Later, at 7 p.m. in Dewey 1101, Christopher Niemiec, senior lecturer in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, will give a presentation and leading a discussion on the psychology of cliques and groups. He will be exploring why it is difficult to introduce yourself to someone new, and why we are likely to befriend someone similar to ourselves.

Book Club to Delve into Saenz Novel

The Rush Rhees Reads undergraduate book club will meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Gandhi Reading Room (Rush Rhees Library, Room 131) to discuss the novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It is the story of two Mexican-American teens in 1987 who become unlikely friends. Refreshments will be served.

Writing Workshop Offered to Freshmen

A workshop targeted to freshman and led by Katherine Schaefer, a lecturer in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program, will lead "Writing Is Your Future," a workshop aimed at helping freshmen explore how writing will be used in their intended majors and careers—and how the strengths of their everyday writing in text messages and on social media sites can be applied to all types of writing. Freshman Fellows is sponsoring the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Wilson Commons' Ruth Merrill Center.

You’re Invited to Attend the UR Makers Night

The UR Makers club is hosting an event “Hardware Store Prototyping: How $14.75 at the Hardware Store Beats $5,250 of Corporate Engineering Expense” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Rettner Hall Fabrication Studio. Jim Schwarz, president of Ralph C. Schwarz & Sons, a company that sells and services laboratory and test equipment, and Mark Wilson, founder of Initiatives Consulting, and lecturer at Simon Business School, will share samples and stories about how playing around with mock-ups, building rapid-prototypes, developing quick tests, and demolishing products has paid off in the world of new product development. The event is free. Registration is not required.

Speaker to Share Insights on 'Bouncing Back'

Speaker Derek Greenfield will lead two talks this week about how to cope with life’s setbacks. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Wilson Commons’ May Room, he will present "Bouncing Back: Building Resilience for Success," in which he will share his thoughts on overcoming adversity. Then, during this month’s Rochester Center for Community Leadership luncheon, Greenfield will give an encore presentation about resilience. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Stackel Room, Wilson Commons. To attend the free lunch, RSVP by noon Monday, Nov. 17, to and specify any food allergies; space is limited to the first 30 undergraduate students.

Music Interest Floor Wants to Meet You

The Music Interest Floor will hold a casual meet-and-greet for potential members from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. MIF is in Jackson Court, Wilder Tower, Floor 9.

Poetry Reading to Explore ‘the Empire and Its Discontents’

The Undergraduate Religion and Classics Council is hosting a poetry night from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library. Students, faculty, and members of the University community are invited to celebrate and share poetry around the theme "the empire and its discontents." Broad interpretations are welcome. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Students are especially encouraged to come with selections they would like to read.

ArcGIS Workshop: Make a Map

Learn how to create and publish a customized, online map using the ArcGIS Online suite of map-making tools. The simple Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is available through the University’s site license with ESRI. The River Campus Libraries is sponsoring a hands-on workshop from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Rush Rhees Training Room. No prior GIS experience is required. Space is limited so RSVP to Blair Tinker at

Volunteer to Judge High School Students’ Business Plans

Student volunteers are needed to judge high school students’ Virtual Enterprises business plans at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Gleason Hall, Room 318/418. All majors are welcome and prior experience is not necessary although an interest in business is a plus. Judging rubrics, pizza, and beverages will be provided to all student volunteer judges. All attendees must bring their laptops to the event. Register or learn more by contacting the Center for Entrepreneurship at 276-3500 or emailing by Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon. The event is part of the University’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Women Peacemakers

Local Catholic performance group Women of the Well will present "Women Peacemakers" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Interfaith Chapel. The audience will hear the stories of six women, including Leymah Gbowee and Mother Theresa, who have advocated for peace in Rwanda, Liberia, India, Brazil, and through the United Nations. The evening will include stories, song, dance, poetry, and meditation.

TOOP to Present Student Work

The Opposite of People Theatre Company will present an original student work, written by Evelyn Hernandez. Set in the near future, "Until the Sonder Falls" explores a cutting-edge technology used to erase memories, people, or even emotions themselves from one’s mind. Is this enough to cure Braelyn’s depression, or will this unorthodox treatment lead to something worse than what it's meant to cure? As with all TOOP plays, the show is free. All performances are in the Drama House Main Room, running at 8 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 22, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on the Nov. 22.

Talk: The Link Between Alcohol and Suicide

The next "Public Health Grand Rounds" presentation will feature Kenneth Conner, professor of psychiatry, with "Alcohol and Suicide: What is Known About the Link and What Can Be Done." It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. Wraps will be available, but bring your own beverage. Read more...

You Toss Leftovers in the Trash … Then Where Do They Go?

Seats remain available for the University Facilities and Services-sponsored bus tour of Waste Management’s High Acres Landfill in Fairport. The tour will highlight how the landfill was engineered to protect the air, water, soil, and environmental integrity of the surrounding area. There will also be a visit to the composting operation to which the University sends food waste and other organic materials. The tour bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, outside of ITS at Rush Rhees Library, and will return around 4 p.m. The tour is open to anyone, but seating is limited. Email to register.

Millennials on the Move

An interdisciplinary panel of faculty, staff and student activists will share their journeys, causes, and tips for becoming an effective activist in the community and beyond at "Millennials on the Move: Engendering Successful Youth Activism for Fundamental Socio-Cultural Change." The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Schlegel Hall, Room 207. Sponsored by the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, Students for Liberty, College Democrats, College Republicans, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Minority Student Advisory Board.

Alpha Delta Phi to Bring Eastman Musicians, Local Bands to Frat Quad

Fraternity Alpha Delta Phi will host “Eastman on Campus: Jazz/Funk Night" from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at its house on the River Campus. A social hour will follow performances by Eastman School musicians.

Rocky's Pool Night

Fashionably Late Night Programming presents Rocky’s Pool Night on Friday, Nov. 21, from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Rocky’s Sub Shop and Lounge on the first floor of Wilson Commons. Enjoy free pool for the first 90 minutes then continue the night with half-off pool. Purchase a $3 Rocky’s Card and enjoy free pool for the entire night. For more information about this event and more Wilson Commons programming, like Wilson Commons on facebook at /WilsonCommonsUR or follow them on Twitter @WilsonCommons and Instgram at WilsonCommons.

UR Clubs and Departments to Showcase Projects

A number of University clubs and departments will be exhibiting their work at the Rochester Mini Maker Faire, a showcase of invention, innovation, and creativity at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 22. From homemade crafts to a laser harp to a 3D scanning apparatus, you can check out hundreds of innovative projects. The University will be represented by the River Campus Libraries Digital Humanities Center, the UR Makers Club, the Digital Media Studies program, Haptech, and the Solar Splash Club. The Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 online or $12 at the door.

Experience Cultures for a Good Cause

The Spanish and Latino Students In Training for Awareness welcome all to "UR Melting Pot" from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. The event will feature food, dance performances, and different cultural activities, plus prizes and raffles. Tickets are $3 and will be sold at the door. All proceeds will be donated to ECPAT, an international non-governmental organization headquartered in Thailand that is designed to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Midnight Ramblers to Play Show of Throw-Back, Current Tunes

The Midnight Ramblers will present "The Rambling Dead," featuring the sounds of Hozier, Paramore, Sam Smith, Michael Jackson, and Ed Sheeran. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Strong Auditorium.

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