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Weekly Buzz 11.29.15


President Seligman Issues Response to Student Petition

President and CEO Joel Seligman has responded to a three-page petition designed to improve the racial climate on campus, presented to him by the leaders of several minority leadership groups on campus. "Because the desire for improvement in our racial climate is fully congruent with University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, I am today announcing a series of specific steps to address the right of all in our community to be part of a community that is safe and supportive," Seligman said in the November 23 statement. Those steps include the formation of a Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity, charged with conducting town hall meetings on campus climate and recommending whether or not the University should ban use of the social media application Yik Yak over University networks. Read Seligman's full response.

Positions Available on Student Life Executive Team

It's not too late to get involved in the Students’ Association government. Applications are being accepted for multiple positions within the Student Life Executive Team. Projects under way include creating an alumni-international student mentorship program, improving bystander intervention, and programming to reaffirm the communal principle of fairness. Applications are due at noon on Wednesday, December 2, and the position would officially start in the spring. Apply online. Contact Niru Murali at with any questions.

Final Free Meal Plan Change Period Ends Wednesday

The final free meal plan change period runs from November 30 through December 2. Completed forms must be received by the ID Office in Susan B. Anthony Hall by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. Eastman students can return forms to a dining manager at the Eastman Dining Center. Late forms will not be processed.

ArtAwake Festival Seeks Food Directors

Do you consider yourself a “foodie?” Do you enjoy exploring all the culinary options that Rochester has to offer? The ArtAwake Festival, a one day, student-run “festival of creativity” that transforms an underused or abandoned space in the city of Rochester, is looking for a director to plan and implement culinary offerings for the event. More information about the event can be found at Email if you have any questions or are interested.

This Week

Spotlight on the Holidays

The Black Students’ Union celebrates Kwanzaa with a dinner this Saturday in Wilson Commons. Find concerts, traditional gatherings, holiday shopping events, and more in the “Spotlight on the Holidays,” brought to you by the University Events Calendar.

Events Mark World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day, programs focusing on HIV/AIDS will be held throughout the week. See the full schedule for locations and details. Highlights include:
  • Monday, November 30: 7 to 9 p.m., AIDS Education Posters Translation Project
  • Tuesday, December 1: 6 to 9 p.m., World AIDS Day Silent Auction and Dinner sponsored by GR Soccer. Purchase tickets at the Common Market.
  • Wednesday, December 2: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free HIV testing by appointment or walk-in. E-mail to schedule an appointment; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  “HIV Care Then and Now,” presented by William Valenti from Trillium Health.
  • Thursday, December 3: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., AIDS Education Posters and Resource Fair. Posters collected over the past 30 years from countries around the world will be featured. Campus and community groups will share information about AIDS.  

'Paws' for Stress Relief

The UHS Health Promotion Office is hosting "Paws for Stress Relief" on Monday, November 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Goergen Athletic Center. Visit the therapy dogs to help yourself relax at this very busy time of the year. Mark your calendar for the "paws" program that will be held during finals on  Monday, December 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Eastman New Venture Challenge Workshop: Creating a Business Plan

The third Eastman New Venture Challenge workshop will be held at noon on Tuesday, December 1, in the Institute for Music Leadership office, on the first floor of the Miller Center, 26 Gibbs St. in Rochester. The challenge encourages new thinking and innovative ideas in music. The workshop will cover the basics of creating a business plan. All students are welcome regardless of major, school, or participation in the contest. 

TEAM Master's Program General Information Session

Learn about the master of science program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at a general information session on Thursday, December 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship conference room, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. TEAM students take half of their courses in one of nine technical concentrations and half in specialized business courses at the Simon School. The session is hosted by Andrea Galati, executive director of the TEAM  program. University students qualify for merit-based scholarship opportunities. RSVP to 276-3500 or

Interested in Studying Abroad?

The first step in studying abroad is to attend a study abroad general information meeting Thursday, December 3, at 2 p.m. in Dewey Hall 2-110C. Learn about opportunities for international study, internships, service learning, and get information about choosing a program, scholarships, and transferring credit. Open to all majors. See a schedule of future general information meetings or contact the Center for Education Abroad for more information.

Session Covers Internships in Europe

An Internships in Europe info meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 3, in Dewey Hall 2-110C. The University, in cooperation with Educational Programmes Abroad, sponsors semester-long study programs in London, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Brussels, Edinburgh, and Madrid that combine eight-credit internships with coursework throughout the semester. See a full list of Center for Education Abroad events.

'Spark Tank' Competition

The Spark Entrepreneurs club will be hosting Spark Tank, a Shark Tank-style pitch competition, on Friday, December 4, at 6 p.m. in Morey 321. Join the Facebook event, or contact the club at for more information.
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