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Registration Open for Annual Diversity Conference

On Friday, April 17, representatives from across the University will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2015 Diversity Conference: “From Bystander to Ally.” The keynote speaker is Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist. Visit the conference website to learn more about the keynote and the 18 workshops planned for the day. The conference is free and open to the public.

Spring Break Registration for Students in the College

Fill out a short registration form and help the Office of the Dean of Students plan and get you the information you want about activities and services over break. Whether you are leaving for all of spring break, staying for all of break, or will be here for part of the break, you are encouraged to register. The more students that register, the better services and activities can be tailored to your needs. Some student services at the College will have reduced hours during spring break, including dining locations, Wilson Commons, libraries, and athletic facilities. Information on the changes can be found at

Gold Line Change in Effect Monday

Effective Monday, March 2, the Gold Line bus will not be using Barton Street after it leaves Riverview Apartments. It will also no longer be stopping at Genesee Street and Barton on the 19th Ward portion of the run in the evenings. The change will affect the Brooks Landing stop, which will be moved to Genesee Street, across from Staybridge Suites. All other stops and time points will remain the same. Call the parking office at (585) 275-5953 with any questions.

Fellowship to Support Research on Religion and Incarceration

Joshua Dubler, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded a 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to study connections between religion and mass incarceration. Read more...

Video: Rochester Neighbors on Ice

Students, staff, faculty, and neighbors braved this year's exceptional cold and gathered for an afternoon of food and fun at the Genesee Valley Ice Rink. This year's annual ice skating party marked the 50th anniversary of the 19th Ward Community Association, and an ever deepening rapport between the University community and the 19th Ward neighborhood. Watch the video.

University Bookstore Adjusts Hours for March 1

The Barnes & Noble store at College Town will open at noon on Sunday, March 1, and close at 8 p.m. to conduct inventory.

Want to Participate in a Discussion of What Caused the American Civil War?

Undergraduates are invited to participate in a discussion with historian and Distinguished Visiting Humanist Edward Ayers of his book, What Caused the American Civil War.  Interested students should contact Caleb Rood in the Department of History for information and a copy of the book. The discussion will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library.

Eyeglasses Recycling Collection in March

In conjunction with RecycleMania and National Eye Donor Month, University Facilities and Services is collecting eyeglasses to be recycled during the month of March. You may mail glasses to PO Box 270001 through the end of March or drop them off at the Common Connections office by March 14. Prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames are acceptable and will be recycled through the Lions Club to be given to those in need.

RPO Offers Discounts for Upcoming Performances

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra offers $10 tickets to students for upcoming shows, including Hadelich Plays Dvorak on March 5 and 7 and Denzal Sinclaire Sings the Nat King Cole Songbook on March 20 and 21. Visit for a complete listing of available student tickets.

Think Spring with March Calendar Highlights

The University Events Calendar has highlighted a selection of events in March intended to warm up your brain for spring. Read more...

Go Green: Teamwork is 'Greenwork' in Office Cleanout

An academic department, University IT, Facilities, and other campus organizations demonstrate how to work together to ensure that an office transition is completed in an ecofriendly way. Read more...

Recent Data Breaches Highlight Security Measures

As a consumer, it's challenging to figure out if an email you receive is legitimate or a phishing attempt that is disguised as an email from a real company.  This week's security tip profiles two sample companies that had recent breaches—Intuit (TurboTax) and Anthem—and the challenges for consumers in determining what emails to pay attention to and how to securely respond to the emails. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

Register for Multicultural Networking Event by March 2 and Receive Free Business Cards

Join multicultural alumni in New York City for the third annual Multicultural Student-Alumni Networking Night on Monday, March 9. The informal reception is not strictly career-focused—it’s about information, advice, and community. Ask alumni questions about their personal and professional experiences, how their Rochester education shaped their decisions, and learn about life in the city that never sleeps.  Students who register by Monday, March 2, will receive 10 free business cards. For more information, contact Cristin Monahan at

Women's Networking Breakfast in NYC over Spring Break

Women affiliated with the University are invited to join members of the NY Metro Women’s Group for their monthly networking breakfast on Wednesday, March 11, at Le Pain Quotidien in New York City. The "Dutch treat" (pay for whatever you order) breakfast provides an opportunity for alumnae and students to get to know one another, as well as to share resources and support in a relaxed atmosphere. Advance registration is required. Read more...

University Event in Chicago features Paul Burgett

Join Rochester alumni, students, parents, and friends for a "Meliora Celebration: The History of the University of Rochester" featuring Paul Burgett and a performance by After Hours. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Mid-America Club in Chicago. Admission is $10 for students and $20 for guests, which includes hearty appetizers and beverages. Register here.

Leadership Luncheon Focuses on Making Wise Decisions

Warner School professors Karen DeAngelis, chair of the educational leadership program, and Brian Brent, the Earl B. Taylor Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, will share some of the “hidden traps” of decision making to help you to make better decisions. The leadership luncheon will be held from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Wilson Commons Room 121. RSVP by Monday, March 23, to and specify any food allergies. Space is limited to the first 30 undergraduate students.

Deadlines and Reminders


Writing Fellow Application Deadline Extended

Love writing? Want to help fellow students improve their writing? Apply to be a Writing Fellow. Applications are due Monday, March 2.

River Campus Students: Last Day to Start a New Group Approaching

The last day to submit a proposal to start an organization on campus is midnight on Monday, March 2. The last day to meet with the Policy and Review Committee to receive preliminary status is Wednesday, March 4. Proposals submitted after the deadline will be scheduled to meet with the committee in the fall. For more information, email Ethan Bidna, chair of the Policy and Review Committee.

Got a Business Idea? Enter the Finger Lakes Regional Contest

The Finger Lakes Regional Contest of the New York Business Plan Competition submission deadline is Sunday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m. Send your idea to in one of six categories: biotechnology/healthcare, energy/sustainability, information technology/software, nanotechnology/advanced technology, products/services, and social entrepreneurship/non-profit. A two-page written application is required to enter (a full business plan is not necessary). Regional semifinalists will be invited to present their business ideas at St. John Fisher College the evening of Wednesday, April 8. The Finger Lakes winners will go head-to-head with finalists from across the state for a chance to win $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes on April 24 in Albany. The competition is open to currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from any discipline. Visit the website to learn more and download the application. There is no fee to enter and winners do not give up any equity.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Deadline Extended

The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, March 16, for the annual Rochester Review Study Abroad Photo Contest. If you studied abroad in 2014, you’re eligible to enter. The magazine is also looking for photos taken by international students for the annual International Student Photo Contest. Read more...

Graduating Seniors: Want to Make a Difference in Rochester?

The Rochester Youth Year fellowship is an AmeriCorps VISTA–sponsored program administered by the Rochester Regional Network, a consortium of seven local colleges. The fellowship places talented recent graduates in community-based organizations for one year to create or expand initiatives that address the various challenges facing youth and families in Rochester. For more information, visit or email Abbie Deacon at Applications are due Friday, March 13.

Fill Out Fellowships Questionnaire by March 23

Thinking about applying for the Fulbright, Rhodes, or Marshall, or another national fellowship that requires a University nomination this fall? Want to work with the Fellowships Office on your NSF or Gates Cambridge Scholarship application over the summer? Complete and submit your Fellowships Preliminary Questionnaire by Monday, March 23, for fellowship competitions with early fall national deadlines. In-depth advising consultations for the high-profile fellowships can be scheduled with the Fellowships Office after submitting your questionnaire, which is available on the Fellowships Office website.

Deadline Approaching for Art NY Internship

Live and intern in New York City in the spring semester while taking a course in new media production that includes art, film and video, new media, performance etc. for total of 16 credits. Students from any field can take Art NY at all levels. Internships include fields such as PR marketing, architecture, film and media production, visual art, photography, animation, music field, visual or special effects, theater, fashion, art therapy, interior design, magazines, publishing, and many more diverse fields. Applications are due Friday, March 20, for priority consideration in next spring's program. Contact Elizabeth Cohen for more information.

This Week


RecycleMania Week 5

At the halfway point of the RecycleMania competition, the University ranks 23rd out of 261 colleges for the Per Capita Challenge. See the full scores here. Rochester’s theme for week 5 of the is “sustainable agriculture.” Microfarm is sponsoring a Clay Pot Painting on Friday, March 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Douglass Dining Center, and will also be conducting a soil sampling during weekly tabling in Wilson Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4.   
Week 5 Trivia Question: Answer correctly for a chance to win an ecofriendly prize—The University of Rochester was the first college in New York state to join what organization, which was developed to promote the sale and use of locally grown agricultural products and locally processed food products?

It's Not Too Late to Study Abroad in Italy This Fall

Two information meetings about studying abroad this fall in Arezzo, Italy, will be held this week in Dewey Hall 2-110C. Meetings are planned for 2 p.m. Monday, March 2, and 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Successful completion of the Arezzo program satisfies the humanities cluster.

Make Monday a Motivated Monday

The Healthy Monday @ UR team encourages you to go “back to the basics of health.” Eating fruit provides health benefits—people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits also provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body. Stop by Wilson Commons on Monday, March 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to pick up a free apple and more information.

Human Rights Activist to Speak On Transcending Tragedy

Three-time Nobel Peace Prize–nominee Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician and a human rights and peace activist, will present "Transcending Loss, Tragedy, and the Impasse of Self-righteous Hatred" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Interfaith Chapel sanctuary on the River Campus. The talk will also be streamed live at

Talk: How Data Science Benefits Society

Eric Horvitz, distinguished machine learning researcher, American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, and managing director of Microsoft Research, will talk about how data science is being used to advance the good of society. His presentation, “Data, Predictions, and Decisions in Support of People and Society,” starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall. The talk will also be streamed live at A reception with lunch will follow from noon to 1 p.m.

Citation Clinic Offered by River Campus Libraries

Need help citing resources for your class or research, or understanding the difference between MLA and APA? Attend a citation clinic on Tuesday, March 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of Carlson Library. You will learn about the tools (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley) available for keeping track of your resources and for creating bibliographies.

Lecture Examines Jocelin of Furness and His Ecclesiastical Audience

Lindsay Irvin, the current Helen Ann Robbins Fellow, will present her research on Jocelin of Furness, the Cistercian monk, on Tuesday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in the Robbins Library (Rush Rhees 416). The lecture will examine how Jocelin tailored his work on the lives of saints to an ecclesiastical audience. Irvin is working toward a PhD from the University of Toronto. Read more...

Watch Girls; Discuss Vagina Monologues with College Feminists

Take a break from studying, grab a free mocktail, and watch an episode of the HBO show Girls followed by a discussion of the Vagina Monologues on Tuesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons. Free swag bags featuring HBO merchandise will be given out. Sponsored by College Feminists and HBO College.

Interested in a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant?

The Fellowships Office is holding information sessions this week for juniors interested in applying for a Fulbright year abroad upon graduation. There will be two upcoming sessions, both taking place in Dewey 2-110C, on Monday, March 2, at 3 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 4, at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the Student Fellowships website or visit the office's Facebook page.

'Religion and Science: Strange Bedfellows?'

Join Student Association for Interfaith Cooperation (SAIC) for free pizza and snacks and cafÉ-style conversation in the Brennan Room of the Interfaith Chapel Thursday, March 5, at 6:15 p.m. This week's topic is "Religion and Science: Strange Bedfellows?"

Neilly Lecture Explores History of Female Circumcision

The River Campus Libraries’ Neilly Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, with Sarah Rodriguez, lecturer in medical humanities at Northwestern University. Rodriguez is the author of Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment. She will discuss the medical use and cultural understanding of female circumcision as therapy to curb and enhance sexual expression. She will be introduced by Theodore Brown, professor of history and medical humanities, and the Charles E. and Dale L. Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy. The lecture will be held in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

International Women's Day Trip to Seneca Falls

Women's History Month is approaching again and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies will be taking its annual International Women's Day field trip to the National Women's Rights Historic Park in Seneca Falls on Friday, March 6. See the site of the first U.S. women's rights convention were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spoke, tour the museum, or stop in and shop at Women Made Products. The trip is free and includes transportation, admission, and lunch. Registration is open to the University community. RSVP to by Monday, March 2. Note: if you RSVP you are required to attend the trip as all expenses are prepaid.
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