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Weekly Buzz 12.14
year in pictures, diversity conference proposals, Grammy nods, new cable TV service, new College Town business, course evaluation deadline
News and Announcements  2014 in Pictures

Take a look back at the past year through photos and top news stories from the University.

Winter Break Registration

You may have filled out the Residential Life registration for winter break, but filling out this short form will help the Office of the Dean of Students plan and provide information about free lunches, bus trips, and activities happening over break. Whether you are leaving for all of winter break, staying for all of break, or will be here for part of the break, undergraduates from the College are encouraged to register. Click here for information on changes to student services, and reduced hours for dining, libraries, and athletic facilities during winter break.

Diversity Conference Call for Proposals

Students are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters at the University’s 2015 diversity conference, which will take place Friday, April 17. This year's conference, “From Bystander to Ally,” focuses on intersecting identities, social justice, and unconscious bias. Workshop proposal submissions can showcase best practices, research, outreach strategies, training methods, and other topics related to the theme. Read more about the theme and proposal process.

Eastman School Artists Earn Grammy Nominations

Paul O'Dette, professor of lute, and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig '66E, '01E (MM) are among the Eastman School artists nominated in the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Read more...

Open Letter Books Awarded NEA Grant

Open Letter Books, the University’s literary translation press, has received one of this year’s largest Arts Works grants in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $60,000 grant will support the publication and promotion of several books in 2015, including Rochester Knockings, a novel based on the Rochester-based religious movement of Spiritualism and the famous Fox Sisters.

Survey: Technology Vending Machine

The UR Tech Store will be installing a vending machine in the IT Center in January to help meet your tech needs at any time. The vending machine will accept Flex and credit card payments. Store staff welcome your feedback on the types of products you would like to see in the vending machines. Complete the short survey on the new UR Tech Store Facebook page, or email suggestions to

New Cable TV Service Coming Soon

A new cable TV service will be rolled out across the River Campus beginning Dec. 29. The change will affect all residence halls, fraternity housing, other on-campus housing, and any other River Campus buildings currently receiving cable and data services from Time Warner Cable. The Eastman School, University Park, Whipple Park, Brooks Crossing, Riverview, and the Maisonettes will not be affected. The new service will feature an expanded channel lineup including channels from Direct TV, MTVU, and several foreign language channels. Full details are available on the UR Cable TV website. If you are subscribed to premium TV, Road Runner, digital phone services, or a set-top box service through Time Warner, they will no longer work on the River Campus and you should contact Time Warner customer service to discontinue the service. Contact the IT Help Desk at 275-2000 with any questions about the new service.

Q&i Service to Launch in Carlson Library

When you return for the spring semester, you’ll notice a new service at Carlson Library called “Questions and Information,” or “Q&i.” Like Q&i in Rush Rhees Library, Q&i in Carlson will be an easy-to-navigate, all-purpose service point at the existing circulation desk. Library staff members with a broad range of knowledge and expertise will be available to assist you seven days a week, and librarians will offer enhanced, individualized support for research and scholarship, both in-person and virtually.

Video: Memories and Munchies with the Class of 2017

The 2017 Class Council hosted a pre-finals study break in Hirst Lounge, with the goal of collecting mementos for a class time capsule.

Chinese Government Scholarship Available

The Chinese Government Scholarship, sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council in China and the Chinese Consulate in New York, provides an opportunity for one year of study in either Mandarin or an academic discipline through one of the approved participating universities.  The scholarship is open to undergraduates in their final year of study or current graduate students. The University is allowed to nominate one candidate and two alternates. Contact the Office for Global Engagement with any questions.

YellowJackets Alumni to Be Featured on Holiday TV Special

YellowJackets a cappella alumni Aaron Sperber ’11 (right) and Jamal Moore ’12E (second from right), will perform with their five-man vocal pop band, The Exchange, on NBC’s The Sing-Off holiday special. The program is set to air on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST).

Moe's to Open in College Town

Moe's Southwest Grill is scheduled to open in College Town on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Voice Your Views on Life at Rochester

The Princeton Review is giving you the opportunity to voice your opinions on academic and social life at Rochester through an online survey. All undergraduates completing and validating a survey will be entered for a chance to win one of 10 Apple iPads.

Common Market Sale

The Commons Market's 25 percent off sale ends Monday, Dec. 15. Visit Wilson Commons on Facebook for other promotions during finals week.

Holiday Travel Savings through Student Advantage

Save money and arrive home for the holidays with a Student Advantage Card—with exclusive travel discounts at Amtrak, Greyhound, and Lyft. Order the Student Advantage Card and choose between the one-year option for $20 or the four-year option for $45.

Weekly Buzz Takes a Break

Weekly Buzz will be on hiatus for the next few weeks. It will return to your inbox Sunday, Jan. 11. Send submissions to

Deadlines and Reminders  Health Insurance Post Graduation

If you are insured by the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan and are graduating in December, your coverage will end Wednesday, Dec. 31. Read more...

Course Evaluations Due By Dec. 26

The Registrar's Office encourages students to complete course evaluations no later than Friday, Dec. 26. Students completing all evaluations assigned to them will be permitted to view their grades as they become available. Students not completing all evaluations assigned to them will be able to view their grades on Dec. 30. Course evaluations are available from the Registrar’s website.

Alternative Spring Break Proposals Due Dec. 15

Students wishing to propose and lead an Alternative Spring Break trip should submit a proposal form by Monday, Dec. 15, for review by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and Community Service Network. If you have questions about the proposal or need guidance on how to pick a location and plan a trip, email

Tools for First- and Second-Year Student Success

Online curricula for  first- and second-year students are available by logging in to Campus Club Connection. SURF (Successful University of Rochester First Years) and How To Be A Successful Sophomore were created to help students navigate resources and to explore their curricular and cocurricular paths. You have probably completed many of the items already, so record your progress before the end of the semester. All first-year students who complete the newest domain of SURF—Explore the Campus by Dec. 31 will be entered into a drawing for Breakfast with the dean of freshmen for themselves and a friend. All sophomores who complete their curriculum by April 30 will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore.

Academic Living Center House Proposals

Is your group interested in being considered for one of the three Academic Living Center houses on the Fraternity Quad? Proposal packets are available by request and are due Monday, Feb. 9. An info session will be held at 6:30 pm. Monday, Jan. 19, in Friel Lounge, Susan B. Anthony Hall. Contact the Office for Residential Life and Housing Services with questions.

Volunteer for 'King for a Day' Service Project

Volunteers are needed for this year’s King for a Day service project, in which students and community members come together to serve at sites across the city in a volunteer event that honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s service day takes place Saturday, Jan. 17, and will include a breakfast reception before students depart to their assigned service site. For more information and to sign up, click here or contact the Community Service Network at

This Week  Study Space, Snacks, and Solace during Finals Week

River Campus libraries offer the following services during finals week.
• Extended Hours:
Rush Rhees Library is open 24/7 through Saturday, Dec. 20. The Art/Music Library and the POA Library will have extended hours.
• Study Breaks: Carlson Library will serve snacks and desserts on Monday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m. on the second floor. Rush Rhees Library will serve snacks and pizza on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 9 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room. Granola bars and fruit will be available through Friday, Dec. 19, beginning at 9 p.m. in Q&i and in the Gleason Library in Rush Rhees.
• Free Coffee: The POA Library and Carlson Library are serving free coffee throughout exam week.
• Pet a Therapy Dog: “PAWS” to relieve stress by petting a therapy dog on Monday, Dec. 15, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Friedlander Lobby of Rush Rhees.
• Encouragement: Find inspiration for yourself and your fellow students through the “Take an Encouragement” program. Through Monday, Dec. 22, write some motivational words on a Post-It and then take one for yourself. Stations will be located throughout the libraries.

Looking for a Study Break?

Check out the complete listing of River Campus study breaks.

The Great Late Study Date

Services and extended hours at Wilson Commons begin Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and run until Monday, Dec. 15, at 4 a.m. Quiet, group, and multimedia study spaces are available. Starbucks and Rocky’s will be open until 3 a.m. and the Common Market will be open until midnight. Breathe Yoga will offer a free yoga session from 8:50 to 9:30 p.m. in Hartnett Gallery. To request a spot in the session, email Only 20 participants per session and each attendee receives a free drop-in coupon.
     Enjoy Late Night Breakfast in Danforth from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Drag Bingo sponsored by PRIDE Network and free cookies from Insomnia Cookies will be featured in Hirst Lounge from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. and you can finish the night with a waffle bar provided by Dining Services. Use cash, declining and URos ($7.25 per waffle). 

Day of the Dogs

Relieve some of the stress of finals Monday, Dec. 15, the “Day of the Dogs.” “PAWS for Stress Relief,” hosted by the UHS Health Promotion Office, Healthy Monday, and Active Minds will be held in the Goergen Athletic Center lobby from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You can also visit dogs in the front lobby of Rush Rhees Library from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program at the library, which is sponsored by UR PAWS and Sigma Delta Tau, will include snacks.

Eastman Woodwind Quintet Performs in Wilson Commons

Stop by Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, to enjoy holiday music from the Eastman Woodwind Quintet. Insomnia Cookies will offer free sweets for the performance.

Healthy Monday Sendoff

Build your own trail mix with the Healthy Monday team from 3 to 4 p.m. or 8 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, outside the tunnel entrance by ITS. Stop by, build a snack, and enjoy! For more information on Healthy Monday check out the group's Facebook page.

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