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August 30, 2015
president's welcome, photonics center, freshmen get settled, summer interns, Wegmans Hall work, campus printing changes



Welcome Back from President Seligman

"We are looking ahead to an exceptionally exciting year, building on the increasing momentum of the last few years. There is much to celebrate," writes University President and CEO Joel Seligman. Read his full message.

We're Back!

Weekly Buzz is a newsletter for undergraduates—produced by University Communications—with news, updates, and reminders. Look for us every Sunday morning during the academic year. Send your news or events to by 5 p.m. each Thursday for consideration in Sunday's edition.

ICYMI: Rochester to Serve as Photonics Hub

United States Vice President Joe Biden (above) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this summer that the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) will be headquartered in Rochester. The University is a key partner in the consortium that put together the Rochester proposal for the national competition. Video: Rochester's strengths in optics and photonics

Class of 2019 Settles In

Nearly 1,300 freshmen moved in to their new homes on the River Campus and at the Eastman School this week. The incoming class comes from 47 states and 83 countries. See photos and a video from Move-in Day on the River Campus and at the Eastman School. Freshmen from both campuses also participated in the annual Wilson Day and George Eastman Day community service events—see the photos.

Summer Internships Enrich Undergraduate Experience

Several students coming off summer internships from all over the country gained real-life experience in fields they hope to pursue after graduation. Read more...

Wegmans Hall Pile Driving Starts September 4

On Friday, Sept. 4, installation of the Wegmans Hall foundation system will begin, which requires using a hammer-like device to drive steel beams 40 feet into the ground.  Depending on soil conditions, this process will create intermittent noise and may create occasional vibrations. Significant efforts have been made to make the installation period as brief as possible, with the duration of this process expected to be about two weeks. The University will be monitoring the impacts to campus throughout the process. Work began on Wegmans Hall, which will be a 58,000 square-foot, four-story home to the Goergen Institute for Data Science, over the summer. As part of the overall construction plan, Hutchison Road is no longer a thoroughfare and will be permanently reduced to provide access only into the Wallis Hall parking lot and Dewey Parking Lot. Pedestrians should follow posted detours in the area. Contact Greg Meyer, project manager, Campus Planning, Design, and Construction Management, at 275-8068 or 313-3992.

Changes Made to Campus Printing

The campus printing system was upgraded over the summer. If you used wireless printing prior to July 2015, you will need to remove the old print drivers and install the new drivers before you will be able to print wirelessly to the new system. Tutorials and driver downloads are available on the printing website. You can continue printing from computer labs or kiosks around campus as usual. For more information about other printing changes, visit the IT news website.

Recycling Updates for 2015–16

As a new academic year begins, there are some changes regarding recycling on campus. Over the summer, some improvements were made as a result of a research project, survey feedback, and changes in Monroe County’s recycling program. Read more...

Center Brings Susan B. Anthony into 21st Century

The Susan B. Anthony Center launched a Twitter campaign aimed at connecting social media users with her opinions on an array of social issues under the hashtag #SueBSays. The campaign coincides with the 95th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Read more...

Register Early for Meliora Weekend for Chance to Win Amazon Gift Card

Talk to your friends, confer with your parents, and register for Meliora Weekend 2015 by September 17 to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The registration fee is waived for students. From any computer, cell phone, or tablet, use the “especially for” and “of interest” filters on the schedule of events page to browse events. Once you’ve figured out which events you’d like to attend, sign into or create your account, update your personal and guest information and add events to your cart. Confirm your selection and use your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express card to checkout. Interested in volunteering for the weekend? Receive free food, a special Meliora Weekend shirt, and other free goodies when you volunteer. Sign up here, email Tarek Yamout ’17, or visit  the Meliora Weekend 2015 Student Volunteers Facebook page for more info.

A Wilderness Welcome

Freshman Orientation Outing Treks (UR FOOT) gives freshmen the experience of a wilderness respite before college life begins.

Video: New Year, New Coat of Paint

In keeping with tradition, several student volunteers were in the River Campus tunnels last weekend with their rollers, giving the tunnels a fresh coat of yellow paint.

It's Not Too Late to Take an Acting Class

There's still time and space to sign up for the Theatre Program's Acting Class (ENG 174); Mask, Character & Voice: The Actor Explores (ENG 177); or Movement Masterclass for the Actor (ENG 273). The class is appropriate for beginners to seasoned veterans. Read more...

New Susan B. Anthony Center Leadership Course

A new women's studies leadership course, Developing From Within: A Class For Life After Graduation, is offered by the Susan B. Anthony Center on Thursdays from 3:25 to 4:40 p.m. Students interested in learning about leadership, mentorship, negotiation, networking, subtle gender stereotypes, and power in the work environment are encouraged to sign up for the one-credit course. The one-credit course meets eight times over the semester. Email for details or to enroll.

Public Relations and Marketing Interns, Trailer Makers Wanted

The International Theatre Program is looking for public relations and marketing interns for the spring semester's ENG 398, a four-credit course. Learn the basics of creative PR and marketing and work on creating ad campaigns. Limited enrollment is available. The theater program is also looking for talented energetic and responsible filmmakers to make short trailers for its fall and spring productions. Contact Nigel Maister.

Fringe Festival Seeks Volunteers

The Rochester Fringe Festival is looking for outgoing, dependable, and friendly candidates to usher, ticket, and help with production and pre-production activities. Volunteer for eight hours or more and receive a T-shirt and tickets to select Fringe shows. Fill out the online application using the volunteer information form. You will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator.

Free Antivirus Software Available

Did you know that the University offers a comprehensive antivirus program that is free for all faculty, staff, and students? The Sophos software provides a broad range of protection for desktops, file servers, email servers, and gateways. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Deadlines and Reminders

Dining Plan Changes Must Be Made by September 8

Dining plan changes can be made between August 31 and September 8. Change forms can be found online. Changes must be made by 7 p.m. on September 8. Eastman School students may ask a dining manager to fax completed forms to the ID office.

Juniors and Seniors: Planning a PhD in STEM or Social Science Field?

An NSF Graduate Research Fellowship info session on Thursday, September 10, will include faculty, previous successful student applicants, and fellowships advisors, who will discuss what you can do to present a competitive candidacy. The 2016 application is now open. The sessions is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. RSVP by September 1.

Registration Open for October 5 Guyer Lecture

The fifth annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Public Health on Monday, October 5, will feature Anthony Iton, senior vice president of healthy communities at the California Endowment. He will present "When It Comes to Your Health, Does Your Zip Code Matter More Than Your Genetic Code?" The lecture starts at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. A lunch reception will follow in Flaum Atrium. Register here.

China Calling

The Schwarzman Scholarship Program seeks academically outstanding students with strong leadership potential for a year of graduate study and cultural exploration in China. Earn a master’s degree in public policy, international affairs, or economics and business at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The fully paid, one-year program offers English-language curriculum along with Mandarin study, career-related internships, leadership development, and travel. Applications are accepted from candidates of any nationality, and University endorsement is required for enrolled candidates. Visit the Fellowships Office for details. The national application deadline is October 1, but interested students must declare intent to apply to the director of fellowships by September 10.

This Week


September Calendar Highlights

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events happening around the University in September.

Poster Sale Starts Today

The annual Wilson Commons poster sale is Sunday, August 31, through Thursday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Wilson Commons porch. Hundreds of new designs are available to decorate your room. The rain location is Hirst Lounge.

Celebrate the Start of the New Year at Yellowjacket, Eastman Welcome Weekends

Yellowjacket Weekend kicks off Friday, September 4, with the annual Fall Activities Fair. Approximately 250 student organizations will be available to talk about what they do and try to attract new members. Saturday, September 5, features the annual carnival—with rides and games, food, an inflatable obstacle course, a “Feel the Sting” shirt giveaway, and a luau. On Saturday evening there will be a performance by comedian, inventor, and American science educator Bill Nye the Science Guy. See the full schedule.

Eastman School's Welcome Weekend starts September 4, with the activities expo from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Living Center Lobby. The rest of the weekend features a festival and trips to Letchworth State Park and Eastview Mall. See the full schedule.


Athletics Events This Week

The 2015–16 home athletic season kicks into high gear this week with five teams on campus. Admission is free to all contests.
  • Women’s Soccer (Fauver Stadium)
    September 1: Houghton College, 7 p.m.
    September 5: Union, 7 p.m.
  • Field Hockey (Fauver Stadium)
    September 2: Nazareth, 6 p.m.
    September 5: Oberlin, 11 a.m.
    September 6: Denison, 11 a.m.
  • Men’s Soccer (Fauver Stadium)
    September 5: Flower City Classic–1:30 p.m. UR vs. Rutgers-Newark; 4 p.m. Cortland vs. Morrisville
    September 6: Flower City Classic–1:30 p.m.  Cortland vs. Rutgers-Newark; 4 p.m. UR vs. Morrisville
  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country (Genesee Valley Park)
    September 5: Flower City Opener, 11 a.m.

Theater Program Auditions

The International Theatre Program is holding auditions this week for its fall show, Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma.  Auditions will be held on Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 5, at 2 p.m. in Todd Theater, above the post office in Todd Union. Prepare any monologue from any play of your choice. Cast members receive four English course credits. General inquiries or interest in management should be directed to Nigel Maister or visit
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