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Weekly Buzz 1.31.16
01.31.16: Rochester Youth Year fellows honored; campus climate survey; Summer in Rochester fair; Korea Nights auditions; Interfaith Cafe


Rochester Youth Year fellows honored for their service

Five 2015 Rochester graduates were honored at the annual luncheon for Rochester Youth Year, a program that recruits passionate and responsible graduating seniors to take roles in addressing issues such as poverty, youth education, and medical care. Read more...

Share Your Experiences on Campus

The College and the Eastman School of Music are launching a Campus Climate Survey for undergraduate and graduate students from Monday, February 1 to Monday, February 15. The University is participating in this national survey that asks your opinion about academic work, interaction with faculty and peers, participation in campus activities, perceptions of the climate on campus, and use of campus services. Faculty and administrators within the School of Arts & Sciences, the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and the Eastman School of Music will use the survey results to better understand and improve the College experience.

As an incentive, all students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Communal Principles T-shirt and one of the following prizes:
  • AS&E undergraduate students: A $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate 
  • AS&E graduate students: A $500 Professional Travel Award
  • Eastman School undergraduate and graduate students: A $500 Professional Opportunity Prize
If more than half of the eligible students complete the survey, the College will fund the second-place winner of the 5K Challenge, which supports an innovative idea or initiative to improve the lives of students at Rochester with $5,000. Follow the link in your email on February 1 and fill out the survey. Contact with questions, or visit the survey Facebook page.

MLK Commemorative Address Rescheduled

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address, originally scheduled for last weekend, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, February 29, in the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center Auditorium, 300 East River Road. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and a former mayor of New Orleans, is the featured speaker.

Go Green: Get to Know the Genesee

We all see it on a regular basis, but how much do you actually know about the Genesee River? Read more in this week's Go Green feature.

Alicia Garza to Present Diversity Conference Keynote

“#URDiversity: What Do You Stand For?” will urge the University community to examine how each individual can further diversity and inclusion within the greater societal context. Keynote speaker Alicia Garza, cofounder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will discuss current national social movements, and strategies to connect individuals and organizations fighting for social justice. The address is at 9 a.m. Friday, April 8, in Strong Auditorium. Read more...  

Become a Writing Fellow

Are you interested in becoming a Writing Fellow? Two interest meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 4, in Wilson Commons Conference Room 121, and at 6 p.m. Monday, February 8, in the Ruth Merrill Center. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Awards at Susan B. Anthony Legacy Brunch

Donna Brink Fox, senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Eastman School of Music, will receive this year’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Brunch. Eight undergraduate students will also receive awards and scholarships. Read more...

University Moves toward All Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Dining Services has announced that by June of this year all chicken served on the River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music will be antibiotic-free. In working with Aramark and local suppliers, Dining Services has been able make the large-scale pledge without additional costs to students or customers. Read more...

Summer in Rochester Fair

Staying in Rochester for the summer, or thinking about it? Come to the Summer in Rochester Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, to learn about opportunities to study, work, and have fun on and off campus this summer. The fair will include information on summer classes and research, volunteer, and employment opportunities; local businesses and organizations will showcase services offered during the summer. Come for free corndogs, a photo booth, and chances to win prizes! 

Are You Ready to Feel Fabulous in February?

Feel Fabulous in February is a month-long celebration, brought to you by the UHS Health Promotion Office, that promotes healthy behaviors and having fun. Be on the lookout for Feel Fabulous programs throughout the month to keep your heart, mind, and body healthy. Check Facebook for events each week.

Call for Art for Active Minds' HeART of Disorder 

Calling all artists! Active Minds is accepting submissions for its fourth annual HeART of Disorder event, which showcases individual interpretations of mental health. Submit paintings, drawings, poetry, performances, etc. To submit your piece (or to ask questions), email with your contact information, a digital photo/file of your piece (dimensions, if needed), and a description of your piece.

RecycleMania Preseason

The university is competing in RecycleMania, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for colleges campuses nationwide to promote recycling and waste reduction. The RecycleMania team asks that you remember to recycle and be mindful of how much material you put in the trash to be landfilled. As the preseason ends and the competition officially begins, celebrate at the RecycleMania Kickoff Party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, in Wilson Commons. There will be activities, giveaways, and information about the competition and the student organizations involved. Get full event details on the UR Sustainable Facebook page

Preseason Week 2 Trivia Question: Answer correctly for a chance to win an ecofriendly prize: At the University, you can recycle all rigid plastics regardless of the number. Name an example of a non-rigid plastic that is not recyclable through the regular collection system.  

Deadlines and Reminders

Security Tip: Check Online Accounts Regularly

With February comes Groundhog Day—University IT reminds everyone to check your online accounts which, contain personal information more often than the groundhog checks its shadow. When checking your accounts, look at your privacy settings on social accounts and for fraudulent charges in your bank and credit card accounts and statements. Never check accounts with sensitive information using public wi-fi. Use this poster as a quick reminder to continually monitor your online accounts.

Apply for a Communal Principles Project Grant

The next deadline to apply for a Communal Principles Project grant to develop a program or activity that exemplifies the spirit of fairness for our community is Monday, February 22. Find more information online

Health Study Seeks Research Subjects

Undergraduates age 18 to 24 who have consumed alcohol (even just one sip) and used cigarettes (even just one puff) in the past 30 days are needed to participate in a research study. Participation entails an online survey and the possibility of an in-person interview. Gift cards will be given as compensation for each part completed. Click here for more information. 

This Week

Make Monday a Healthy Monday

February is National Heart Month. Come to Goergen Athletic Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 1 to learn more about heart health, heart attack symptoms, heart-healthy foods, and cardio workouts. 

Interested in Studying Abroad?

There will be a general information meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, in Dewey Hall 2-110C. Learn about opportunities for international study, internships, and service learning, and get information about choosing a program, scholarships, and transferring credit. Open to all majors. See the schedule of future information meetings or contact the Center for Education Abroad for more information. 

Session Covers Internships in Europe

An Internships in Europe informational meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 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.

Apply to Be an International Student Mentor

Learn how current students can help orient and support the international student population on campus by attending an International Student Mentor information session from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Contact Michael Dedes with questions.

KEY Program Info Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year program at an information session at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, in Lattimore 306A. The program offers select students a fifth, tuition-free year of college to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. The program is supported by the College and the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship. The spring KEY application deadline is Thursday, March 17. For more information, email the KEY program administrator at

Interfaith Cafe Focuses on Meditation

Join the Students Association for Interfaith Cooperation for the weekly Interfaith Cafe from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4, in the Brennan Room of the Interfaith Chapel. This week's topic is meditation, and there will be free pizza and snacks. The event will coincide with World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Evans Lam Summer in Hong Kong Information Meeting

The Evans Lam Summer in Hong Kong Scholarship offers the opportunity to study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, provides up to $5,000 per student, and covers tuition, housing, most meals, and post-program travel within mainland China. The Center for Education Abroad will hold an information meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, February 5, in Dewey 2-110C, where students can learn more about this opportunity, about the application, and meet three of last summer's Evans Lam scholars. For more information, contact the Center for Education Abroad.

Audition for Korea Night 

The Korean American Students' Association will be holding auditions for Korea Night, the group's biggest showcase of the year: singing auditions will be at 6 p.m. today in Wilson Commons Room 407; acting auditions are at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, in the Stackel Room. Videos for dancing auditions should be sent to by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, February 6Watch KASA's video to learn more.

Concert Pays Tribute to Prog Rock
The Institute for Popular Music continues its “In Performance” series with a concert celebrating progressive rock music. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 6, in Strong Auditorium. It features River Campus faculty, alumni, and students from the College's Music Department, backed by members of Rochester’s Yes tribute band, Going for the One. The concert is free and open to the public.
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