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New Career Center Director Named

Joe Testani has been named assistant dean and executive director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Read more...

AlertUR Test Set for Thursday

The spring semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that you can be reached immediately. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message.  Before the test, be sure to review your contact information at; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you. The Feb. 26 test will not disrupt scheduled activities.

Russell Peck to Receive Award from Medieval Academy

Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English, will be presented with the Medieval Academy of America’s 2015 Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies. Read more...

University Joins with Law School for Scholarship, Mentorship Program

Rochester students and graduates interested in law school will soon have the opportunity to apply for a new scholarship and mentorship opportunity at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Each year, the program will offer scholarships to two admitted graduates for approximately half of the Maurer School’s annual tuition, along with access to a formal mentoring program. Applications will be accepted beginning with the law school’s fall 2015 entering class. Contact Kellie Hernandez, associate director and coordinator of pre-law advising at the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, for more information. 

30-Hour Famine Aims to Help the Hungry

The Protestant Chapel Community will hold its annual 30-Hour Famine, from 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. A representative from FoodLink will speak in the Interfaith Chapel's Brennan Room at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. To donate, visit the group's table in Wilson Commons on Feb. 26 and 27 or click here. Cosponsored by Agape Christian Fellowship, Catholic Newman Community, Habitat for Humanity, Hindu Students' Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Students' Association for Interfaith Cooperation, and Tiernan Project.

Talk Focuses on 'Race and Classical Music'

As part of the Identities at Eastman series, the Eastman Diversity Committee will host Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, for a talk on Wednesday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Eastman School’s Howard Hanson Hall. Read more...

The 25 Worst Passwords of 2014

Every year, security firm Splashdata compiles a list of the most common stolen passwords. For 2014, "123456" and "password" continued to maintain the top two spots. Other passwords in the top 10 include "qwerty," "dragon," and "football." What can you learn from the list? Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

Deadlines and Reminders


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.

Monday Is Application Deadline for Study Abroad Program in Spain

Sponsored by the Department of Religion and Classics and the program in Spanish, and run in partnership with IES Abroad, Pilgrimage is a month-long study-abroad experience in Spain. Students learn about pilgrimage, first by participating in a religion seminar in Salamanca, and then by walking the camino to Santiago de Compostela. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 23. Contact for more information.

Susan B. Anthony Center Creating Student Advisory Board

The Susan B. Anthony Center is recruiting 3 to 5 students for its first Student Advisory Board. The board will meet at least monthly to represent the student body’s need for programming surrounding issues of social justice. The center is seeking a diverse group of students for the committee. Applications are due Sunday, March 1. Read more...

Bermuda Summer Program Accepting Applications Until March 1

Be part of a five-week summer field school in St. George’s, Bermuda that trains students in archival research and field excavation methods. No archaeological experience is needed for the six-credit HIS 299 course. Advanced students can also develop specialized supervision, GIS, 3-D modeling, and artifact identification skills. Contact Michael Jarvis and visit the site blog for more information. The application deadline is Sunday, March 1.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Deadline Is March 1

The annual Rochester Review Study Abroad Photo Contest is accepting submissions until midnight on Sunday, March 1. 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...

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline Is March 3

Applications for the Gilman International Scholarship Program are due Tuesday, March 3. The program provides awards of up to $8,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad for up to one academic year. For more information, schedule to meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office, (585) 275-7532.

Are You SWARM-Trained?

SWARM is a peer-led bystander alcohol education program offered by the UHS Health Promotion Office.  If your organization is planning to host an event with alcohol, having SWARM-trained members will help make your event safer. Training sessions are offered weekly. Visit the UHS Health Promotion Office on Facebook for dates. Email to register.

Earth Day T-Shirt Design Contest

Be part of the University's Earth Day tradition and have the chance to win a free T-shirt.  Send your submissions for Grassroots's Earth Day T-Shirt Design Contest to by midnight on Saturday, Feb. 28.

UHS Offers Tips for Preventing Frostbite

Protect yourself from frostbite by taking some precautions before venturing out from your room. UHS recommends checking the temperature and dressing for the weather. Wear a scarf to cover vulnerable areas such as your cheeks and nose. Don’t forget your gloves and hat. The January issue of the Monthly Installment provides more information to help you through the cold winter days.

This Week

RecycleMania Week 4

Rochester’s theme for week 4 of the RecycleMania competition is “water and energy conservation.” Phi Sig will be screening the movie Gasland in Lander Auditorium, Hutchison Hall, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. GreenSpace is sponsoring a "Subirrigated Planters Workshop" on Friday, Feb. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Learn more at the RecycleMania table in Wilson Commons each Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.    
Week 4 Trivia Question: Answer correctly for a chance to win an ecofriendly prize—Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for how many hours?

Special-Interest Housing Week

All week, the Special-Interest Housing groups (Music Interest Floor, Drama House, Douglass Leadership House, Inter-Class Living Community, Computer Interest Floor, Anime Interest Floor, GreenSpace, Tiernan Project) will hold events—from game nights, to candy tasting, to upcycling planters. Read more...

'My Black Is Beautiful' Week

"My Black Is Beautiful" week will feature events that support positive perceptions and views of the black and Latino communities. See the full schedule. As part of the week, author, performer, and poet Jasmine Mans will be on campus at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Dewey 1-101.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Active Minds is supporting National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, from Feb. 23 to 27. The University Counseling Center will offer two eating-disorder screenings, on Monday, Feb. 23 in Goergen Athletic Center and Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Friel Lounge, Sue B. Also on Feb. 25, decorate the outside of a mask with how people see you and the inside with who you truly are. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Gleason Library. Active Minds is teaming up with Black Students' Union and Alpha Kappa Alpha on Thursday, Feb. 26, for the "My Favorite Feature Is..." campaign. And on Friday, Feb. 27, guest speaker Maggie Bertram will talk about eating disorders, depression, anxiety and other topics at 7 p.m. in Dewey 1-101. Tickets are available at the Common Market and a limited supply is available at the door. They will be $2 for students, $3 for faculty, and $4 for community members. Full details on Eating Disorders Awareness Week events are available here.

A Week in the Gallery

Hartnett Gallery on the second floor of Wilson Commons is in the spotlight, with a variety of featured events this week. Enjoy free tea, muffins, scones, petit fours, and music from an Eastman School string duo from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24. An origami lesson is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, followed by a lecture and activity on color therapy from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Also on Feb. 26, Rocky's Sub Shop & Lounge in Wilson Commons will feature art trivia from 9 to 10 p.m. End the week with a local wine- and cheese-tasting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Tickets are on sale at the Common Market for $8. 

Mellow-Out Monday: Color Out the Stress

Coloring has been used for relaxation since the early 20th century. Meet the Healthy Monday team in Wilson Commons between noon and 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, for coloring supplies and tips to relieve your stress.

'Paws' for Stress Relief

Stop by Goergen Athletic Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, to pet some therapy dogs and relieve some stress. Not able to make the event? Check out the Healthy Monday team on Facebook. You can also visit with some four-legged friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Friedlander Lobby of Rush Rhees Library.

KEY Program Info Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Scholars program at an information session Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. 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. The application deadline is Thursday, March 19. Seniors are not permitted to apply during the spring semester. Contact for further information.

Film Series Spotlights Diversity and Inclusion

The University community is invited to a three-part film series, Diversity and Inclusion: A Call for Dialogue and Action, leading up to the University's diversity conference in April. The series begins with a screening of July ’64 at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, followed by a community conversation with the film’s director, Carvin Eison. Upcoming films include FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement on March 19 and Documented on April 9. Read more...

Drama House Game Night

Find out if living in Drama House would be a good fit for you. Meet Drama House members, play some games, and win prizes at the Drama House game night, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Drama House basement.

Game Night with ICLC

Inter-Class Living Community is having a game night—with board and card games and Insomnia cookies—from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 24, in Friel Lounge, Sue B.

Second Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Is Feb. 25

The 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series continues with  “Sharks and Angels Read Between the Lines: How to Deliver a Winning Marketing and Sales Story,” a presentation by Sarah Plasky-Sachdev, CEO of Aquavation. The workshop will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Schlegel Hall 207. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due in April) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Food and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500.

Music Interest Floor Open House

Music Interest Floor will be hosting an open house on the ninth floor of Wilder tower from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25. There will be food, games, and—of course—music. Stop by to learn more about the community. Applications for next semester, which are due by Tuesday, March 10, can be found at

Editor of Scientific American to Speak

Is the human race causing its own extinction? Fred Guterl ’81, executive editor of Scientific American, will discuss that question during a Neilly Series presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Guerl will also talk about his book, The Fate of the Species, on WXXI Radio’s “Connections” on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Listen at WXXI-AM 1370 or online.

Register for Simon Entrepreneurship Expo

The Simon Entrepreneurs Association (SEA) and the Simon Business School’s Career Management Center invite you to the first annual Entrepreneurship Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 26. The expo will be held in Schlegel Hall from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event features booths hosted by local entrepreneurs such as the founders of FotoFit and Ovitz in the Eisenberg Rotunda and a breakout session “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?” at 4:40 p.m. Food will be provided. Additionally, SEA will hold a raffle with prizes such as a Kindle Fire and subscriptions to LivePlan, an online tool to help write business plans. The event is free and open to the University community. Attendees must register online in advance and contact to request a free River Campus parking pass.

Vagina Monologues to Be Staged

Join College Feminists for the annual production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall. Tickets are available at the Common Market, online, or at the door: $5 for students and $7 for the public. All profits will be donated to Bethany House, a Rochester shelter for women and children funded entirely by donations. The club will be tabling all week in Wilson Commons.

'Why Teach?'

The Warner School will host “Why Teach?” from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in LeChase Hall, Room 215. The event will cover teaching as a career, given the larger educational policy issues affecting educators and K–12 schools today, and highlight the challenges and possibilities of careers in teaching. Registration is free and open to the public. To register, or for more information, call 275-3950, email, or visit

College Empowerment Leadership Seminar

Are you an overcommitted student leader looking to be more effective? Register for this year’s Collegiate Empowerment Leadership Seminar, planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Register by noon Wednesday, Feb. 25.
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