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Weekly Buzz, 10.4.15
provost announcement, Arts Leadership, research fair, CPP grants, diversity awards, omatsuri festival, speaking fellows, academic success seminar


Peter Lennie Stepping Down as Provost

President and CEO Joel Seligman has announced that Peter Lennie is stepping down as provost, a position he has held since 2012. Lennie will continue to serve as the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering until June 2017. "The University of Rochester has been substantially strengthened as a result of Peter’s leadership," Seligman says. "There will be time later this academic year to celebrate Peter’s service as provost, but in the meantime please join me in recognizing Peter for his dedication to the University." Read the president's full announcement.

Students Admitted to Arts Leadership Program at Eastman

Fifteen Eastman students were recently admitted to the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program. The program includes courses, internships, and special grants that equip music students with the skills and experience necessary for a transition into the world of the professional musician. Read more...

Undergraduate Research Fair Connects Students with Research Opportunities

Nina Bose ’18 and Michael Jarvis, associate professor of history, discuss a digital media studies research project. The Office of Undergraduate Research held a research fair to help guide students through the process of taking part in research as undergraduates. Read more on The Buzz. Watch a video from the event.

Fund Supports Late-Night Programming

Student organizations at the College are invited to submit requests for supplemental funding to plan and implement late-night programming for students. Awards of up to $500 will be given to programs that occur late on Friday and Saturday nights, are inclusive of all students, appeal to a broad audience, and provide a unique programming option that does not typically exist. Examples include holding a jazz night or comedy club in the May Room; hosting karaoke or open mic nights in the Hive; or renting out a dance club in Rochester. To apply, complete the event registration process and indicate you are requesting funding from the Fashionably Late Programming Fund. Requests must be submitted 21 business days in advance of a program to qualify. More information is available on the Student Activities website.

Pre-Seed Workshop Accepting Applications

Apply today for the Rochester Pre-Seed Workshop, presented by High Tech Rochester, which runs November 5, 6, and 13. The interactive workshop provides inventors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals with resources for assessing market opportunities and identifying next steps to be taken in creating a startup business around their technology innovation. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 teams. To learn more, email Mike Riedlinger at HTR.

Deadlines and Reminders


Upcoming CPP Grant Deadlines

The Communal Principles Project (CPP) is an initiative of the College coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students. Do you have a program or activity that exemplifies this year's communal principle, fairness? The fall 2015 deadlines for grant proposal submissions are October 12 and November 9. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $200 or $500. Submission guidelines and additional information are available here.

Intercultural Center Seeks Events for International Education Week

The theme of this year's International Education Week (November 16–20)  is “International Education: Advancing Access for All,” which celebrates the importance of global competency and education as a critical civil right and recognizes the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The College is seeking submissions of upcoming events from students, staff, and faculty for the entire month of November, but also for IEW. Events will be publicized on the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center website and Facebook page. If the event falls during International Education Week, it will be featured on the IEW poster. Online submissions are due by Friday, October 23.

Diversity Awards Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or teams that have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available online. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, November 13.

Got a Technical Business Idea?

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to apply to Cohort II of the National Science Foundation I-Corps Site program at the University. The program provides entrepreneurial training (two required workshops and biweekly meetings) and modest funding ($1,000 to $3,000 grant awards) to enable teams to transition their technical ideas into the marketplace. Cohort II will take place during the 2016 spring semester. The application, including an itemized financial plan on how the funds will be used, are due to Matthew Spielmann by noon Monday, November 16. Learn more about the program, financial details, and eligibility guidelines.

This Week

What's Happening in October?

The University Events Calendar highlights a selection of events happening all around University in October. Above: the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will hold its annual open house and birthday celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, at the Gandhi Institute.

Omatsuri Festival

Enjoy food and entertainment at the Japanese Students' Association's Omatsuri Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, on the Wilson Commons porch. Omatsuri (чен) is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. The rain location is Hirst Lounge.

Speaking Fellows Info Session

The Speaking Fellows—trained peer tutors who provide critical feedback on speeches, presentations, and interview skills—are holding a general interest meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, in Wilson Commons 507. You can also find the application online at The application deadline is Tuesday, October 13.

Discussion Centers on Spirituality and Health

Is health affected by religion or spirituality? How do the two topics relate to each other? Discuss those questions and more over free pizza and snacks at the Students' Association for Interfaith Cooperation weekly cafe discussion. The event starts at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, October 8, in the Brennan Room, Interfaith Chapel.

International Theatre Program Presents Under Milk Wood

The International Theatre Program kicks off its 26th season on Thursday, October 8, with a rare stage production of Dylan Thomas’s play, Under Milk Wood. Originally written for radio in the 1950s as a “play for voices,” Under Milk Wood invites the audience to listen to the thoughts and dreams of the inhabitants of a fictional Welsh village. Read more...

CCAS Hosts Academic Success Seminar

Learn strategies on student self-advocacy and listen to a faculty panel with tips on how to work with faculty and staff to be academically successful. CCAS’s "Academic Success Seminar: Self-Advocacy & Faculty" will be held at 11:50 a.m. Friday, October 9, in Computer Studies Building, Room 209. Pizza will be served.

KEY Program Info Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) program at an information session Friday, October 9, 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. Seniors will only be permitted to apply during the fall semester. The fall application deadline is Sunday, November 1.

KEY 10th Anniversary Reunion Happy Hour

The Center for Entrepreneurship celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Scholars Program. Program alumni, current KEY students, KEY faculty advisors, and parents are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while networking at a happy hour on Friday, October 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. KEY students, both current and past, will share success stories and lessons learned through the program, and the center will share plans for the future. Visit the Meliora Weekend website and sign in or create an account to register for the KEY reunion event. Learn more by contacting Heidi Mergenthaler.

Plutzik Series Welcomes Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson, author of 11 works of fiction including Jesus' Son, Train Dreams, and Tree of Smoke, kicks off this year's Plutzik Reading Series at 5 p.m. Friday, October 9, in Dewey Hall, Room 1-101.

Tropicana Celebrates Spanish and Latino Culture

The Spanish and Latino Students' Association will host its 28th annual Tropicana Celebration on Friday, October 9. Commemorate Latino achievements, celebrate culture and traditions, and explore the importance of immigration to America and how it has influenced the Spanish and Latino culture. The event will be held in the May Room, Wilson Commons, from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be followed by a party in the Saunders Research Building atrium at 10 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are sold individually online through the Meliora Weekend website and will also be available at the Common Market.

Score Points for the Environment at GameDay Challenge

Take the GameDay Recycling Challenge during the Yellowjackets' homecoming football game against the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 10, at Fauver Stadium. "Recycling Rangers" in bright green T-shirts will help guide spectators in using zero-waste stations—in an effort to promote recycling and waste reduction. One lucky recycler will win a flat-screen TV, courtesy of Waste Management.

An Evening with Aasif Mandvi

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, Campus Activities Board, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, and the Office of Alumni Relations welcome comedian, author, and actor Aasif Mandvi to Meliora Weekend. An Evening with Aasif Mandvi starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 10, in the Palestra, Goergen Athletic Center. Tickets are $5 for students at the Common Market.

Looking Ahead

Newman Lecture Examines Climate Change

The Catholic Newman Community welcomes Gerald Gacioch, chief of cardiology at Rochester General Hospital, on Sunday, October 11, for the next talk in the Cardinal Newman Lecture Series. Gacioch, a noted lecturer on the intersection of faith and environment, will present "The Environment: The Pope, Our Health, Our Economy, Our Brother."  The talk begins at noon at the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus. Visit the Newman website for details.

Mid-Autumn Festival Features Music and More

Listen to Eastman students play traditional Chinese instruments, sample mooncakes, make paper lanterns, and more at the Eastman Chinese Cultural Association's Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration. The event runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, October 11, in Ciminelli Lounge at the Eastman School.

Meet with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence this Month

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? Take advantage of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program. Scott Catlin, associate vice president for technology ventures at UR Ventures, will hold office hours on Tuesdays, October 13 and 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 1.213 CTSI Director’s Suite in the Saunders Research Building. John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp., will hold office hours on Tuesday, October 13, and Wednesday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michael Wohl, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital and associate director of social entrepreneurship for the Simon School, will hold office hours on Thursday, October 22, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required: book with Scott Catlin; book with John Hawkins; book with Michael Wohl. Or call (585) 276-3500.

Take Back the Night

College Feminists will hold the group's annual Take Back the Night event on Tuesday, October 20. The event allows survivors and allies to advocate for the end of rape and sexual violence. There will be a resource fair from 7 to 8 p.m. in the May Room, Wilson Commons, with information for survivors as well as volunteer opportunities with community organizations that raise awareness of sexual assault. Following the resource fair there will be a candlelight walk and a speak-out, where survivors will share their stories, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library.


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