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Economically diverse ranking, Google security alert, bookstores closing, Fringe Festival, tree campus, deadlines, and schedules
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SEPT. 14, 2014

News and Announcements

University Ranked as 'Economically Diverse'

The University is among the "most economically diverse top colleges,” according to a list created by the New York Times that factors in graduation rates, percentage of students receiving Pell grants, and other financial measures for low- and middle-income families. The list, called the College Access Index, ranks Rochester at 28th out of the 100 institutions that made the list. Read more...

Security Alert Issued for Google Users

University IT is encouraging those with Gmail and other Google accounts to change their passwords, as news agencies are reporting that 5 million Google passwords have been compromised. If a Google password is used for any non-Google University accounts, the recommendation is to change the passwords to those as well. University IT cautions against using University passwords for non-University accounts. Contact the appropriate help desk with questions: University IT at 275-2000 or the ISD Help Desk (Medical Center) at 275-3200.

Bookstores to Close for Move to College Town

The River Campus and Medical Center bookstores will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in order to move to the new College Town location. Students are encouraged to make necessary purchases before the stores close because there will be no physical bookstore until the new Barnes & Noble store opens at 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue on Monday, Oct. 13. The bookstore's website will be operational during the move and will offer current term textbooks, a selection of school supplies, and University clothing and gifts. Online orders may take more than 48 hours to fulfill during the move; arrangements for "pickup at store" orders will be made on an individual basis. Email or call 275-4012 with questions.

University Players Take Stage for Fringe Fest

The University will play key roles in the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival that begins this week. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will take part in more than 40 of the festival’s 380 shows in 28 venues, which include Kilbourn Hall and Sproull Atrium at the Eastman School. Find a schedule and other information.

University Named a 'Tree Campus USA'

For the fourth year in a row, the University has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to urban forest management. Read more...

Labyrinth Walk to Mark Day of Peace

A "Labyrinth Walk for Peace" will begin at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Interfaith Chapel in observance of the United Nations' International Day of Peace. A labyrinth walk is a form of meditative walking.

Interested in Being a Tutor?

The University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is hiring tutors for a number of subjects. Learn more and fill out an application.

Led Zeppelin Lecture, Tribute Band Kick Off Series

The University's Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2014-15 performance and lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, with a tribute to Led Zeppelin, the ’70s rock band whose first album was released 45 years ago. David Headlam, professor of music theory at the Eastman School, will present a lecture in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. A Led Zeppelin tribute band, Out on the Tiles, will perform along with faculty and students from the music department at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Strong Auditorium. The events are free. Read about other lectures in the series.

Student Offers CARE with Video on Support Network

Fifth-year student Brynn Wilkins created a video about the University's CARE Network that was shown to all freshmen during orientation. Students, faculty, staff, students, and parents who are concerned about a Rochester student can submit a CARE report, and the student will be contacted and offered support resources. Read more...

Library Offers Tools for Research Success

Want to get a jump start on research this summer? Expand your toolkit by attending one of the instructional sessions offered by the River Campus Libraries. Library Toolbox workshops offer introductions to resources and strategies to help maximize your research skills as a student. Attend any or all of of the sessions to learn more about citing sources and tools for managing your citations, techniques for searching with Google Scholar, or strategies for working with the libraries' eBooks and primary resource collections.

'Battle for $1,000'

GlobeMed will host "Battle for $1,000" from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Teams of up to eight people can compete in several competitions, including a footrace, apple stacking, egg toss, UR trivia, and more. Register from Sept. 15 to 24. The cost to register is $80 per team; registration online. All proceeds benefit GlobeMed's partner, Kallpa Iquitos.

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Have Office Hours

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? You can meet with entrepreneurs-in-residence from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Center for Entrepreneurship. The featured entrepreneurs are Michael Wohl ’89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital and a serial entrepreneur; and Gregg Steinberg, managing director of Charlemagne Global Advisory and a serial entrepreneur. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 276-3500 or email

First-year Students: Personal Librarians Are Here

If you're a first-year student and feeling overwhelmed about navigating the libraries and the University environment, the River Campus Libraries will assign a personal librarian to help you as well as serve as a resource guide. Personal librarians are staff members from the River Campus Libraries who will show you how to use library resources for your projects. Look up your personal librarian, or meet him or her in person at an event on Thursday, Sept. 18. You can also watch a video about how the program works.

Deadlines and Reminders

Time's Running Out to Change Classes Online

The last day to make course schedule changes online is Monday, Sept. 15. After the 15th, all registration changes must be completed on a paper drop/add form available from the services counter in 312 Lattimore Hall. All added courses require an instructor’s signature, but dropped courses do not. Freshmen and sophomores who have not declared a major and all engineering students must have the permission of their advisor before registering for classes.

Health Insurance Deadline Is Monday

All incoming and returning full-time students must complete the online health insurance enrollment/waiver process by Monday, Sept. 15. If you miss the deadline, you will be enrolled in the University-sponsored health insurance for the entire year. Read more.

Complete Immunization Requirements

All incoming full-time and part-time students must meet New York state and University requirements for immunizations. A completed health history form must be submitted to UHS by by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Submit your form to the health history form office on the second floor of the UHS Building.

Student Dental Plan Is Open for Enrollment

Enrollment in the student dental plan, offered by Eastman Dental on Elmwood Avenue next to the Medical Center, is open through Oct. 31. Coverage begins on Sept. 1 and continues through Aug. 31, 2015. Find more information and enrollment form here.

Register for Arts Leadership Presentation

Students interested in attending the Arts Leadership Program's guest presentation by Los Angeles-based trombonist, cellist, arranger, and educator Claire Courchene on Tuesday, Sept. 23, must sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 16. Those enrolled in the program's course Excellence, Innovation & Uniqueness: Developing Your Creative Career in Music do not need to register, but those who are not enrolled in the course but want to attend must register. See the ALP website for details.

Political Awareness Group Accepting Applications

The Committee for Political Engagement is now accepting applications. The group is a nonpartisan student committee which focuses on political engagement and education and voter registration. Applications are due by noon Wednesday, Sept. 24.

This Week

Symposium on Race and Inequality Planned

A symposium on Rochester's 1964 race riots and recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Titled "Inequality, Race, and Rebellion: Rochester ’64 and Ferguson ’14," the discussion will feature Carvin Eison, associate professor of communications at SUNY Brockport, James Lawrence, editorial editor at the Democrat and Chronicle, and Verdis Robinson, professor of history and African American studies at Monroe Community College.

Healthy Monday Hosts 'Move-It Monday'

Join Healthy Monday for some physical activity from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Goergen Athletic Center. The team will have plenty of workouts and demonstrations on how to do them. Like the Healthy Monday team on Facebook.

Global Water Brigades Meets Monday

Are you interested in participating in a community service trip in Honduras during part of your winter break? Rochester Global Water Brigades works to aid in building sustainable water systems that allow communities in Honduras to have ready and available access to clean water. The group will host a general interest meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in Room 122 in Wilson Commons.

Hillel's Lunch and Learn Program Is Tuesday

Rabbi Michael Silbert will discuss “Why Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” during a UR Hillel program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Room 122 in Wilson Commons. Bring a lunch; drinks will be provided.

KEY Program Offers Info Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) program at an information session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 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 Center for Entrepreneurship. Seniors will only be permitted to apply during the fall semester; the application deadline is Nov. 1.

College Night Is at Westside Farmers Market

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to College Night from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 831 Genesee St. (the parking lot of St. Monica Church). Show your college ID for a $3 coupon (while supplies last). Pick up fresh produce, baked bread, desserts, and more. The event will feature raffles and performances by Rochester guitarist Matthew Corey and the University's Vocal Point and Trebellious.

TEAM Master's Program Holds General Info Session

Learn about the master of science program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at a general information session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Center for Entrepreneurship Conference Room, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. University students qualify for merit-based scholarship opportunities. RSVP to 276-3500 or via email,

Book Club Meets Wednesday

The Rush Rhees Reads Undergraduate Book Club will have its organizational meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Hawkins-Carlson Seminar Room in Rush Rhees LIbrary. For more information, email Eileen Daly-Boas at or join the Facebook group.

Constitution Day Brings Patriotism—and Pie!

The Students' Association will celebrate Constitution Day from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, marking the signing of the U.S. Constitution 227 years ago. Visit Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons for free pie, ice cream, and mini Constitutions. The Office of Student Life at Eastman will host a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Director's Dining Room in the Student Living Center.

Bus Organized for People's Climate March

A group from the University plans to participate in the People's Climate March with a meditative vigil Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, in New York City. A bus will depart the morning of the 20th and return in the late evening on the 21st. The cost per person is $20 to cover bus fare and lodging. For more information, attend an orientation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons.

Rocky's Hosts Trivia Night

Join the first trivia night of the semester at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Rocky's Sub Shop & Lounge on the first floor of Wilson Commons. After trivia, Rocky's has late-night activities, including billiards, video and board games, as well as milkshakes and other late-night food options. Check Facebook or follow on Twitter for future Trivia Nights.

Eastman Musicians: Join Circus Orange

Eastman students are invited to play circus music while marching with a giant tricycle on Clinton Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 18. An event of the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, Circus Orange will parade down Clinton Avenue at around 10:30 a.m. to Manhattan Square Park with a police escort. Meet in the parking lot across from the Student Living Center. Contact Sylvie Beaudette, assistant professor of chamber music, for more information.

Join the College Conversation: Speech Matters, Part I

Join Dean Matt Burns for an informal conversation about speech at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Friel Lounge in Susan B. Anthony Hall. The discussion is designed to explore how speech affects you on a daily basis through questions such as, What are the implications of your constitutional right to free speech? Does social media affect hate speech? What is the difference between free speech and protected speech? For questions or special accommodations, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 275-4085.

Chinese Student Association Hosts Mid-Autumn Festival

The Chinese Student Association presents a celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The show will feature cultural folk dances, live musical performances, and the Rice Crew. Tickets go on sale this week at the Common Market.

Engineers Without Borders Hold Benefit Concert

Engineers Without Borders will host a benefit event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, featuring Scope & Figure, the YellowJackets, NJR Jazz Ensemble, the Stingers, and more. Tickets are $9 and will go on sale at the Common Market. All money from the show will go to support a water project in the Dominican Republic.

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