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Gloria Culver Appointed Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Gloria Culver has been appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences following a yearlong national search. Culver has been serving as interim dean since July 1, 2014. Read more...

Evans and Susanna Lam Commit $1 Million to River Campus Libraries

University Trustee Evans Lam '83, '84S (MBA) and his wife, Susanna, have committed $1 million to the River Campus Libraries to establish the Evans and Susanna Lam Library Revitalization Fund. The fund will support the modernization of the patron services area in Rush Rhees Library, which will be named Evans Lam Square. The state-of-the-art meeting space will allow library users to do research, collaborate on projects, explore new technology, and unwind. Read more...

Humanities Center Created

Gloria Culver, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, has announced the creation of a Humanities Center, which will support multidisciplinary engagement around literature, history, the arts, and philosophies of cultures past and present with the aim of fostering educated, contributing global citizens. Read more...

President Seligman Issues Statement on Marketplace Taxi Service

In response to a News 10 NBC story that aired Wednesday evening showing a Marketplace Taxi dispatcher using offensive language about University students, President Joel Seligman issued the following statement:
    “Marketplace Taxi offers discounted flat fares to students, faculty, and staff. We promote it as a service to our community, especially students.
   “We saw the video for the first time this afternoon. We are appalled by what we saw on the video. The language was vulgar, abusive, and racist—utterly incompatible with our core values.
   “While we investigate further, we are removing references to the service from our website.”

Rochester Delegation Visits University of Ghana

At the end of March, 12 representatives from the University spent three days at the University of Ghana exploring how the two universities could work together. The delegation laid the groundwork for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty exchanges; public health fieldwork; and research partnerships. Read more...

History Professor Jesse Moore Remembered

Jesse Moore Jr., professor emeritus of history and prominent scholar of American and African-American history who helped focus the University’s efforts to bring diversity to its academic programs and community, died Saturday, April 18, at the age of 82, after a battle with cancer. Read more...

'Eastman Presents' Lineup Announced

Emmy and Tony Award–winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and premier banjo performer Bela Fleck as guest soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under conductor Mark Davis Scatterday, are among the headliners for the second season of "Eastman Presents." Read more...

'Day of Giving' and 'Thank a Giver' Day Results

On April 21, the University hosted its first Day of Giving and “Thank A Giver” (TAG) Day. More than 1,000 donors gave $739,000, and organizers are still counting. There were more than 550 tags placed around the River Campus identifying select items made possible by donor support, and students participated in various TAG Day activities celebrating philanthropy. Hundreds of students, alumni, and friends also helped spread the word. For pictures and social media from the day, click here.

Eastman Box Office Now Accepts URos

You can now use your URos flexible spending account to buy tickets from the Eastman Theatre Box Office—including concerts by Eastman School ensembles and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The box office is located in Wolk Atrium in the Eastman School East Wing.

Video: On the Road with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble

Follow the Eastman Jazz Ensemble as they take the music of jazz composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn on the road in celebration of his centennial year.

Libraries Offer Extended Hours, Chat Service

To help relieve end-of-semester stress, the River Campus Libraries is offering extended hours for its buildings and chat service. Rush Rhees Library will be open around the clock from May 2–9. Snacks will be provided each evening. The extended hours are cosponsored by the River Campus Libraries and the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering.  The Art and Music Library and Carlson Library will also have extended hours. In addition, the libraries’ chat service will be staffed for extra hours, 7 to 10 p.m. daily, through May 8.

Strong Vision Optical Shop Opens in College Town

Flaum Eye Institute has opened a comprehensive optical shop at College Town, providing eye exams, prescription eyewear, contact lenses, and sunglasses. The Strong Vision shop offers a 30 percent discount on prescription eyewear and non-prescription sunglasses for employees and students, including spouses, legal domestic partners, and dependent children. Read more...

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Training Program Course

Calling all new or returning undergraduate teaching assistants: the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering is offering a semester-long, two-credit course (CAS 310) in the fall to support you as you take on the role. The course will include strategies to develop effective communication skills in the classroom, to adapt to different learning styles, and more. For more information, contact Jenny Hadingham.

'The Rockys' Celebrate Campus Leadership

Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Rochester Center for Community Leadership recognize those who have made significant contributions to campus life. Student Life Awards were presented to 18 undergraduates and four student organizations. Read more...

Meet the Social Networking Super-Villains

See the faces of social-networking terror and get some tips from University IT about how to fight them. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

June Welcome Party for New Alumnae in New York City

Join the University’s New York Metro Women’s group for a cocktail party welcoming the Class of 2015 women and other newcomers to the NYC area, on the evening of June 11. For more information, email Cristin Monahan, assistant director of alumni relations.

Deadlines and Reminders


Last Chance: Seniors—Send Us Your Selfies

Today is the last day members of the Class of 2015 can send their selfies for Spring Buzz, a publication that is distributed to guests at the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement ceremony May 17. Send your best shots to by the end of the day Sunday, April 26.

Deadline Approaching for 'Dear Mom and Dad' Entries

Seniors are invited to submit a brief entry along with one picture to "Dear Mom & Dad" to honor their parents and family. Share a message of gratitude, appreciation, or humor related to the support, guidance, and encouragement from your parents or family. The message should be 60 words or less and contain appropriate language. Parent and Family Relations will compile all submissions to be highlighted in Parents Buzz and on the parents’ website. The messages will be displayed during the Family Night Dessert Reception on Saturday, May 16. Send your submissions (text and image) to with "Dear Mom & Dad" in the subject line by Sunday, May 3. Indicate whether or not you'd like your name listed.

Deadline Extended for Family Pillar Award

Seniors, write an essay to nominate a loved one for the Family Pillar Award, honoring significant contributions, sacrifices, and support that parents and family provide to students. Visit the OMSA website for complete guidelines and to submit an essay.  Award recipient(s) will be recognized during the 42nd annual OMSA Senior Dinner on Saturday, May 16. The deadline has been extended Monday, May 4.

Tibetan Innovation Challenge Deadline Is May 14

The Tibetan Innovation Challenge is a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition to improve the lives  of Tibetan refugees. The goal is to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties of Tibetan refugees. Learn more about proposal requirements, submission and eligibility guidelines, and deadlines. Proposals are due on Thursday, May 14, to A finalist team from the University will advance to the national competition in New York City on July 10, all expenses paid. All business plans submitted, not just the advancing or winning ideas, have the potential to become the foundations of new Tibetan business ventures. The first-place team will win a $5,000 cash prize and have the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama.

This Week


UR Night to Write

The first “Night to Write” will be held Sunday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. Consultants from the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program and research librarians from the River Campus Libraries will be on-hand to provide assistance with projects. There will also be Starbucks coffee and Insomnia cookies. Drop in and stay as long as you like. This event is cosponsored by the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program and the River Campus Libraries.

Take a 'Paws' for Stress Relief

Feeling stressed? The Campus Canines will help you relax and de-stress. Join the UHS Health Promotion Office and Active Minds for "PAWS for Stress Relief" on Monday, April 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Goergen Athletic Center.

Chamber Orchestra Presents Spring Concert

The Department of Music's Chamber Orchestra presents its spring concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Strong Auditorium. The performance will feature a Capuzzi bass concerto, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, Mozart's overture to Cosi fan tutte, and a Corelli concerto grosso. If you cannot make it in person, watch the livestream.

Community Health Improvement Awards to Be Presented

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher ’72M (Res), director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, will present "The Role of Leadership in the Relay Race for Health Equity" at noon Thursday, April 30, in the Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. The sixth annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards will be presented at the event. Register here.

Watch the Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

Engineering and applied sciences undergraduates will present their business ideas—Blackout Games, Memvi, CampusFly, Null Space VR, SimuClage, and Teamo—in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Schlegel Hall 103. A reception will follow the presentations while the judges deliberate. The event is free and open to the public. Register online or call (585) 276-3500.

Bubble Tea Study Break

Join Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) and the Korean American Students' Association (KASA) for a study break from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Ruth Merrill Center in Wilson Commons. The study break will feature $5 bubble tea and free Insomnia cookies for the first 30 pre-orders. Orders will be taken online until April 28. Bring cash and your ID.

Mark Ain Business Model Competition Presentations

Support your classmates at the semifinalist presentations of the 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Competition on Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall. Ten teams—Teamo, MotionCorrect, Cλ, Pollinate, CLO OnDemand, Null Space, Rochester Tech Repairs, Memvi, Loopality, and Fuse-UR—will present to a panel of distinguished judges. The finalists’ presentations and judging will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, also in Eisenberg Rotunda. Five finalist teams will vie for $13,500 in cash prizes. A reception will follow each event. Register online or call 276-3500.

Film Screening: Slingshot

The Hajim School, in partnership with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, presents the film Slingshot to promote FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego league and highlight the importance of exposing youth to science, technology, engineering, and math. Teams from the league, consisting of 9- to 14-year-olds, will be presenting their robots before the film. The film will focus on FIRST founder Dean Kamen and his 15-year quest to solve the world's water crisis. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Hoyt Auditorium. Donations will be accepted to support the FIRST tournament and teams.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Premiere

Tickets are on sale at the Common Market in Wilson Commons for the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron at Regal Cinemas in Henrietta on Thursday, April 30. Transportation to and from the theater is included in the $9 ticket price. Buses leave ITS at 9:15 p.m. and the screening starts at 10:45 p.m. Sponsored by UR Cinema Group.

Conference Addresses Support of LGBTQ Staff, Students

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies presents Out at Work, a conference that will address need for public dialogue regarding the support of LGBTQ individuals in professional career development and in selecting and attending graduate schools. Discussions will also provide training for employers and allies on best practices in supporting LGBTQ employees and students. The free conference is on Friday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Schlegel Hall. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by April 27. Attendees do not have to attend for the entire day.

The Great Late Study Date

Need a place to study and take fun study breaks? The Great Late Study Date in Wilson Commons, hosted by Wilson Commons Student Activities, will begin Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and run until Sunday, May 3, at 3 a.m. Quiet, group, and multimedia study spaces will be available. Starbucks and Rocky’s Sub Shop will be open until 3 a.m., with free giveaways for those that purchase items from Rocky’s. The Common Market will be open until midnight. The Hatha Yoga Club will offer a free yoga session from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Hartnett Gallery. To request a spot in one of the sessions, email  There will be a zen lounge available and de-stress activities in Hirst Lounge beginning at 8 p.m.  Finish the night with a waffle bar provided by Dining Services. Use cash, declining, and URos ($7.25 per waffle).  Sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities and UR Dining Services.
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