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Investiture of Eastman dean; professors honored with teaching awards; shuttle riders now need IDs; how to stay safe as the days get shorter
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Oct. 26, 2014

News and Announcements

Appointment of Eastman Dean Celebrated Today

Jamal Rossi will be formally installed as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music during a ceremony that will begin at 5 p.m. today, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Students are invited to the ceremony. Read more...

Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching

The 2014 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching were presented to Julie Bentley, associate professor of optics; Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English; and Jonathan Pakianathan, associate professor of mathematics. Read more...

Shuttle Riders: Start Carrying IDs on You

Parking and Transportation must collect University-shuttle ridership data for faculty, staff, and students using the Red, Orange, Green, Blue, College Town Express, Silver, and Gold lines. Effective Monday, Oct. 27, riders must swipe their University ID badges upon boarding these shuttle buses. For more information, contact Andrea Walton at 275-5953.

Public Safety: How to Stay Safe in the Dark

Public Safety is reminding members of the University community to exercise personal safety habits now that the the days are shorter, and darkness falls earlier:
• Do not walk in the wooded and unlighted area between the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge entrance and Riverview Apartments in the evening and nighttime. The bridge and trails are closed from dusk until dawn.
• Always use lighted walkways, including the pedestrian path along Plymouth Avenue South that includes access to Blue Light Emergency Phones.
• Enjoy the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge for recreational activity during the day; after dark, use the lighted University pedestrian bridge and walkways that include Blue Light Emergency Phones.
• Use University shuttles. The Gold Line shuttle operates between Rush Rhees Library and Riverview Apartments, with evening and weekend service.
• Safe Ride Home service also provides safe and reliable transportation between River Campus and off-campus residential locations, including Riverview Apartments, after shuttle hours.
Here are some additional tips:
• Be aware of your surroundings. Keeping alert is your best defense.
• Let property go if a robber demands it. Property can be replaced.
• If you are the victim of a crime, as soon as it is safe to do so, call Public Safety at 275-3333 or call the police by dialing 9-1-1.
Visit Public Safety's website for more tips and information.

Career Center Introduces 'Internship Thursdays'

The Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center is offering 15-minute appointments from noon to 4 p.m. every Thursday to help students with the internship search process. Counselors can assist you in creating an action plan and direct you to helpful resources. (Please note, because the appointments are just 15 minutes long, they will not be able to critique resumes or cover letters.) To schedule an appointment stop by the career center anytime during the day on Thursdays. Also available through the career center are "Career and Internship Connections" sessions held in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Boston, for those able to take advantage of them during their winter-break travels. For more information and to register click here.

Deadlines and Reminders

Is Your Idea Worth $5K?

The Students’ Association Government is sponsoring its second annual $5,000 Challenge, for which students can propose an idea with a $5,000 budget that they think would improve the College and the lives of their peers. The entire student body will be invited to vote on the government’s top picks (all of the proposals that “meet the criteria for a feasible project”), and the winning ideas will be put into action. Submissions are due Sunday, Nov. 2, and can be pitched here.

Diversity Awards Nominations Due Nov. 14

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity reminds the University community that nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or teams that 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 online. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

This Week

Get Ready for Registration

Advising Week at the College is Monday, Oct. 27, to Friday, Oct. 31, October 27 to 31. The College Center for Advising Services recommends that students use the week to prepare for registration by learning about majors, minors, clusters, courses, independent study, undergraduate councils, and other aspects of registration. Visit the Advising Week website to find department-specific information, and the best ways to reach advising faculty members on campus. You're also welcome to visit the center in person in 312 Lattimore.

Former Astronaut to Present Scholarship to Student

Sam Gemar, a former NASA astronaut, will give a brief public lecture about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and his time with NASA at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Gemar will also present student William Green with a $10,000 scholarship on behalf of the foundation. Read more...

Alumna to Share Experiences 'Beyond Rochester'

Katherine Sharp '07, who is a PhD student at Stanford University in genetics, will speak about her academic and career paths beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28,  in 4-200 Dewey Hall. The session is part of the series Beyond Rochester.

The Buzz Is, Students Are Getting Free Milkshakes

Rochester mascot Rocky will be holding a free milkshake tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Rocky's Sub Shop in Wilson Commons.

Conversation to Focus on Women's Leadership

The Susan B. Anthony Center is sponsoring a discussion aimed at enhancing women’s leadership skills. The first of three identical conversations will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Medical Center (Room 1-9041). All University staff, faculty, and students are welcome. Find details and RSVP here.

Voting Nov. 4—What a Picture-Perfect Plan

The University’s nonpartisan Committee for Political Engagement—sponsored by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership—is hosting two photo shoots in support of the national #TurnOutForWhat campaign.  Have your picture taken depicting the reason you intend to vote Nov. 4 for the midterm elections. The shoots will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. See some photos and a video of celebrities who are backing the effort here.

Workshops: How to Declare Your Major

Advisors from the College Center for Advising Services will host two informational workshops for students to discuss the process of declaring their majors and clusters. They will cover topics including the Rochester Curriculum, certificates, clusters, double majors, and self-designed majors, and provide details about the resources that are available to help.  The sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, and from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, both in the Gowen Room, of Wilson Commons.

Don't Forget Your Flu Shot

University Health Service reminds and encourages students to take part in the campus-wide flu vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Goergen Athletic Center. No appointments are needed. The cost of the flu shot will be billed to your health insurance, so bring your University ID and insurance card to the clinic. Write to with questions.

Decorate Your Cookie—and Eat It, Too

The Inter-Class Living Community is hosting a Halloween cookie-decorating party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. in Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons.

Come 'Tech-or-Treating' This Halloween

The UR Tech Store invites you to take advantage of a special deal being offered Friday, Oct. 31. The first 50 people to come in costume will receive a prize. Also on Oct. 31 the store is offering discounted Apple laptops and iPads, including up to $75 off current-generation laptops and up to $20 off iPads. The offers are available for in-store products and personal purchases only, while supplies last. (The special offers do not apply to the Macbook Pro or the non-Retina version of the iPad Mini.) Visit one of the store's locations in Rush Rhees Library or the Medical Center (G-7220B) for more information.

Meet the TOUR team This Halloween

Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR), an inclusive college experience for students with developmental disabilities, is sponsoring a Halloween party from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons. All are welcome to stop in for games and snacks.

Library's Literary-Themed Party to Include 'Stack Stalk'

The theme of this year's annual Rush Rhees Library Halloween celebration is Dante's Inferno. Visit the library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, for a costume contest, the Stack Stalk, entertainment, treats, and a chance to see the Rochester skyline from the top of the Rush Rhees tower. Read more...

Halloween Game Night Planned for Computer Interest Floor

The Computer Interest Floor is hosting a Halloween game night beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, on the third floor of Anderson Tower. The festivities will include board and computer games, there will be food available—and scary costumes are encouraged.

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