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Meliora and Eastman weekends; update on chemical spill; Pulitzer winner is symposia guest; new University history available;
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Oct. 19, 2014

News and Announcements

Celebrating Meliora and Eastman Weekends

The dedication of College Town and the grand opening of the development's Barnes & Noble bookstore, keynote presentations by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, actress Laverne Cox (above), and performer Jason Alexander, as well as discussions on privacy and the future of higher education—this fall's annual Meliora and Eastman Weekends featured a full roster of performances, activities, and celebrations. See photos from the weekends.

Update on Chemical Incident at Hutchinson Hall

Three graduate students were treated and released from Strong Memorial Hospital after a report of a small chemical explosion in the basement of Hutchison Hall on Saturday afternoon. The three were attended to on-scene for their injuries before being taken to Strong. Hutchinson Hall was evacuated immediately after the incident as fire officials evaluated the site of the chemical explosion. The entire building was reopened by Saturday evening.

Pulitzer Winner to Lecture for Humanities Symposia

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt will visit the University Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31, to lecture and participate in discussions as part of this year's Ferrari Humanities Symposia "Breakthroughs, Blind Spots, and Disruptive Ideas." Greenblatt's keynote address at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library will be based on ideas introduced in his acclaimed book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. He will also take part in a panel discussion on the place of humanities in liberal arts institutions, and a presentation with faculty members titled "King Lear and Extreme Old Age." Find times, locations, and other information here.

University's New History Now on Sale

The University's new history book, Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester 1850–2005, written by Janice Bullard Pieterse and published by the University of Rochester Press, is on sale in the University’s Barnes & Noble bookstore at College Town. Read the Rochester Business Journal article about the book.

Fair Pairs Chocolate and Sex

The UHS Health Promotion Office is having its annual Sex & Chocolate Health Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons. The fair provides students with sexual-health information—and chocolate. There will goodie bags for the first 100 students, free condoms, and other giveaways.

Play Electric Guitar? Apply Within

Off Broadway On Campus, the University's musical-theater performance group, is looking for an electric guitarist to play with the pit orchestra, mainly for the closing number. Those interested may contact the group at

Your Art May Have a Home in LOGOS

The staff of LOGOS, the undergraduate art and literary journal, reminds students to submit their work for publication. Poems, short stories, song lyrics, photos, drawings, paintings, and other works are welcome.

Deadlines and Reminders

Intercultural Center Welcomes Events News

This year marks the 15th anniversary of International Education Week, from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. The week is promoted annually by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as an opportunity to recognize and support the benefits of cultural exchange and international education programs. The College is seeking submissions from students, staff, and faculty members of events planned for November that will highlight intercultural or international issues. The events will be publicized on the Intercultural Center's website, Facebook page, and poster. Online submissions are due by Friday, Oct. 24.


New Gallery Calls for 'Abundance' of Submissions

The Department of Psychiatry's Office of Mental Health Promotion is asking for submissions of 2-D artwork for the department's Bridge Art Gallery. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The gallery will choose the orientation and one of two sizes for the art: either 18 inches by 20 inches, or 20 inches by 24 inches. Submissions should reflect the theme "abundance" for an exhibit from November through February. The purpose of the gallery is to provide a new space for local artists to display their work while creating a therapeutic space for the patients, families, and employees of Strong Behavioral Health. Send submissions to Jessica Poweski at


This Week

MAG Exhibit of Little Golden Books Opens Today

A nationally touring exhibition of Little Golden Books opens today at the Memorial Art Gallery. It is the most extensive public showing of original artwork for the series of children's books that launched 65 years ago. There is lecture at 2 p.m. today by Diane Muldrow, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book. Read more...

Settle in for Scary Scores at Concert Tonight

The Empire Film Music Ensemble is performing Halloween-themed tunes from Psycho, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Shining, and other frightful films in "A Night of Horror" at 7 p.m. tonight. Featuring music by the Eastman School and the University, the free concert will take place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Share Your Ideas for How to Improve the Libraries

The River Campus Libraries want to hear from students. Join the RCL Student Forum at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library. Mary Ann Mavrinac, dean of the River Campus Libraries, will highlight progress made on previous student requests, and lead a discussion on the Rush Rhees Master Plan. Refreshments will be served.

Take a Break and Pet a Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs will visit Rush Rhees Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Friedlander Lobby, Rush Rhess Library.

Heal the World, One Small Step at a Time?

YoU’Re Healing the World, a new community service partnership of Hillel, student clubs, interfaith communities, and others will host a general interest meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Friel Lounge in the Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall. The goal of the group is to create "low-time commitment, high-impact" opportunities to serve the world.

Rethink the Commute to Campus at Transportation Fair

The annual Transportation Fair this week will give students the chance to explore options for making the commute to campus. UR Connections, available through Parking and Transportation, offers ways to get and share rides, as well as tips for healthier commuting on foot or by bike. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the south end of Strong Memorial Hospital's main cafeteria, Cafe 601. Representatives from transportation-service providers—including First Transit shuttles, Monroe County's Regional Transit Service, Zipcar, and Zimride—and other local business will be on hand to answer questions. Read more…

Need—or Want to Donate—Clothes?

Stop by Hirst Lounge from 12 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, to drop off used or unused clothes and pick up something new for free. Starting this week, the clothing exchange will be held monthly in Hirst Lounge.

What the Butler Saw Winding Down

The UR International Theatre Program production's of the comedy What the Butler Saw closes this Saturday. The final shows are at 3 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, and 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Tickets are available at the Common Market, online at or one hour before performances at the Todd Theater box office.

Student Groups to Discuss U.S.-Israel Relations

The Israel Council will host a discussion with representatives from the College Democrats and College Republicans in which they will discuss the ways the U.S. and Israel can work together to mitigate conflict in the Middle East. It will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. The event is cosponsored by the College Democrats, College Republicans, Hillel, and the Undergraduate Political Science and International Relations Council. Refreshments will be served.

Library Event to Make E-books Real for Readers

Rush Rhees Library is hosting an "Intro to eBooks" workshop from 4-5 p.m Thursday, Oct. 23, at Q&i (Questions and Information by the circulation area) in the library to demonstrate how to access, download, and print content from e-books.

Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights

The Hindu Students' Association welcomes students to its celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Douglass Dining Center. Tickets will be sold at the Common Market in Wilson Commons and at the door for $8 for University students and $10 for the general public. Dinner will be catered by Thali of India. Contact with questions.

No Jackets Required Takes Audience on Journey through Music

No Jackets Required's upcoming show "NJR Presents: The Soul Train Show" will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. The show will trace the evolution of soul music, beginning with its early roots in jazz from the '40s, through the funky hits of Motown and the bluesy powerhouse singers of the '60s and '70s, and ending with R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and rock of today.

Visiting Grad Student to Discuss School-Psychology Programs

The Psychology Undergraduate Council will host Sarah Ochs, a graduate student from the University of Houston, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Meliora 366. For those interested in graduate training that involves working with children or adolescents, Ochs will offer a brief presentation and lead a question-and-answer session about  Houston's program and about school psychology in general.

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