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Weekly Buzz 4.24.16
04.24.16: Kilbourn Hall renovations; College Town Express; science & engineering quad; writing help; TAG  Day; Mother's Day greetings


Eastman School Receives Support for Kilbourn Hall Renovations

Two gifts totaling $700,000 will provide support for substantial renovations to the Eastman School of Music's historic Kilbourn Hall. The Avangrid Foundation has committed $400,000 to the project and the Kenneth and Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation Inc. will contribute $300,000. Read more...

Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez Named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez ’16 is the first Rochester senior to be selected for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the most highly regarded international academic scholarship programs. Vallejo-Ramirez, an optical engineering major from Bogota, Colombia, is one of about 100 scholars chosen through separate U.S. and international selection rounds. Read more...

College Town Express Weekday Shuttle Launches Next Week

A new University shuttle that will connect faculty, staff, and students with College Town begins Monday, April 25. The College Town Express weekday service will run from the River Campus and Medical Center every weekday between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in addition to the College Town Express shuttle that runs on weekends during the school year from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) See the full schedule. The Blue Line will also continue to include a stop at College Town. The additional shuttle service again emphasizes the commitment of getting students, faculty, and staff from the River Campus and the Medical Center to the great businesses located at College Town,” says Bruce Bashwiner, associate vice president for facilities and services. Between the weekday College Town Express and the Blue Line, a bus that is heading for College Town leaves the River Campus every 10 minutes.

Alumna Wins Rangel Fellowship

Justine King ’15 has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, the first University student or alumnus to be selected for the highly competitive nationwide program. Read more...

NullSpace VR Wins Second Place in Rochester Venture Challenge

NullSpace VR, cofounded by Morgan Sinko '16, Lucian Copeland '15, '16 (KEY), and Jordan Brooks '15, won second place in the 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge. Twenty-nine companies in the greater Rochester region entered this year's competition. Read more...

First Phases of Science & Engineering Quad to Begin

As part of Phase 1 of the Science & Engineering Quadrangle project, the current construction site at Wegmans Hall will expand south toward the Computer Studies Building. There will be no sidewalk closures as part of the first phase, which will be in effect through commencement weekend. On May 16, Phase 2 of the project will begin, requiring the lower stairs and sidewalk to be closed from Hutchison Hall to Hutchison Road. During that phase of the project, Hutchison Road and Dewey Lot will be closed until August 15. More details will follow. See for updates.

Study Group Leaders Sought

CETL is currently seeking study group leaders for several courses including CHM 203 and 204, BCS110 and 111, and courses in calculus and physics. Interested students should send their (unofficial) transcript and a letter of interest to

April issue of Student Health 101

Check out the April issue of Student Health 101 for articles about fitness (Fitness for focus), sleep (Calling all night owls), and more. Have you tried the recipes in the SH101 UCookbook? Recipes for black bean burrito and pad tai are featured in the April issue. Don’t forget to enter the drawing for $2,500 in April’s Student Health 101.

Deadlines and Reminders

Seniors: Cap and Gown Deadline Is April 30

Have you purchased your cap and gown yet? The last day that the bookstore can guarantee sizes and hood colors is Saturday, April 30. Visit to the store this week if you have not already done so.

Deadline for Classification Changes for Senior Class Is Tomorrow

The deadline for classification changes is Monday, April 25. All changes—for example, from the senior class to another class year or from another class year into the class of 2016—must be made by that day. Changes at this time will not be reflected in the commencement program.

Submit an Entry to 'Dear Mom and Dad' 

Seniors: Honor your parents and family members by submitting an entry to "Dear Mom and Dad." Entries will be highlighted in the Parents Buzz newsletter as well as on the Parents and Families website. Email submissions or questions to Submissions should be 60 words or less, with an option to include one photo. The submission deadline is Wednesday, May 4.

This Week

Writing Fellows All-Nighter

The Writing Fellows will be pulling an all-nighter to help you improve your papers for the end of the semester. They will be offering feedback on writing projects from all disciplines from 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at to 8 a.m. Monday, April 25, in Rush Rhees Library, Room G-121. Free snacks and pizza will also be provided, and kosher options will be available. All students are welcome.

West African Drumming Concert

The Department of Music will present a performance featuring drumming, dance, and movement from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in Upper Strong Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For special accommodations or for more information, visit or watch a video of the ensemble. 

Monday Is TAG Day

Look for the yellow tags on buildings, classrooms, benches, trees, and more, all made possible by the support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends—and even your fellow students. Tags will be hung on the River Campus, at the Eastman School of Music, at the Simon Business School, at the Warner School of Education, and at the Wilmot Cancer Center. Stop by a TAG Day table in Hirst Lounge, Gleason Library, Sue B., or Goergen Hall between noon and 2 p.m. Monday, April 25, to give thanks for the gifts given by Rochester donors in support of the University, and pick up a free cookie and button. On social media, post a photo with a yellow tag and/or thank a Rochester donor using #URTAGDay to be entered into a drawing for Rochester swag.

Session on Internships in Europe

An informational meeting on Internships in Europe will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Dewey Hall 2-110C. The University, in cooperation with Educational Programmes Abroad, sponsors semester-long study programs in London, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Brussels, Edinburgh, and Madrid that combine eight-credit internships with coursework throughout the semester. See a full list of Center for Education Abroad events.

Say ‘Hi Mom’ on the University Homepage

University Communications will have a photo booth set up in Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons on Wednesday, April 27, for students to send Mother’s Day greeting home via the University homepage.

Launch Event for 'Œu·vre' App

A group of Rochester seniors in Digital Media Studies has created Œu·vre, an augmented reality companion app for museum visits. A launch event for the app will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Memorial Art Gallery. Check out the Facebook event page or visit the app's website at

Watch the Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

Full-time undergraduate Hajim School students will present their technical business ideas to a distinguished panel of judges in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Schlegel Hall, Room 102. A reception will follow the presentations while the judges deliberate. The top teams will be awarded thousands of dollars in cash prizes. The event is free and open to the public. Register online or call (585) 276-3500.

'Fresh Fruit' Friday at Eastman

Stop by the Eastman Dining Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, to pick up a free apple. 

'Into the Light!' Musical Theater Workshop Showcase

The Department of Music presents 'Into the Light!,' a musical theater workshop showcase, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and on Saturday, April 30, in Lower Strong Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public and is a culmination of the musical theater workshop course. Watch a video preview and find more information online.

Sigma Nu Study Break

Join the brothers of Sigma Nu for a study break, featuring cookies and multiple TVs for video games, starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Gavett 301. Funded by the Fashionably Late Committee. 
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