University of Rochester

@Rochester -- Dec. 4, 2006


Monday's Forecast:
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Tomorrow: Snow, High: 31°

In Today's Issue

  • Five Named Academic All Americans
  • Benefits Information/Enrollment Sessions
  • Kwanzaa Celebrations
  • Last Chance to See O'Keeffe, My America
  • Safety Corner: Workstation Ergonomics
  • Events: Warner School Info. Session, Chamber Orchestra, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble
  • In the Headlines: Skinner on Breast Cancer Prevention Research, Cho on the AIDS Epidemic

News and Announcements

Five Athletes Named Academic All Americans
For the first time, Rochester has had more than one student-athlete earn Academic All-America honors in football. Offensive Guard Nicholas Zappia '07 was named to the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America First Team, and outside linebacker Jason Goeller '07 and defensive back Andy Rape '08 were named to the Second Team.

In volleyball, outside hitter Susan Johnson '07 has been named to the Academic All-America Women’s Second Team.

In men's soccer, forward Brian Tuohy '07 has been named to the Academic All-America First Team.

The Benefits Office Hosts Information/Enrollment Sessions
Representatives from Aetna, Excellus, and the Benefits Office will be available to speak with faculty and staff personally regarding the health care plans, dental plans, and the FSA program. Employees also may bring their completed enrollment forms (which they will receive in a mailed packet). Phone in questions by calling ASK-URHR (275-8747).
A schedule of session dates, times, and locations is available at online at

Retiree Open Enrollment Sessions will be held on December 4 and 5 in the Seminar Room at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (240 East River Road) from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. (December 4) and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (December 5).

Black Students' Union Hosts Kwanzaa Celebrations at University
The Black Students' Union will mark Kwanzaa with a variety of events on the River Campus celebrating culture, family, and community.

Last Chance to See O'Keeffe, My America at the Memorial Art Gallery
December is the final month to see two highly acclaimed exhibits at the Memorial Art Gallery: My America: Art from The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900–1955 continues through December 24 and Georgia O'Keeffe: Color and Conservation will be on view through December 31.

Safety Corner: How to Stay Comfortable at Your Workstation
Discomfort related to work habits at the computer or workstation design is a growing problem. Common complaints include eyestrain, headaches and pain, and tingling or numbness in the arms, neck, and back. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety offers tips on how to reduce strain and improve comfort.


December 5
Warner School Info. Session: Presentation on certificate, master’s, and doctoral programs. RSVP to x5-3950 or Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons, noon (lunch provided).

December 5
University Chamber Orchestra: David Harman, director. Strong Auditorium, 8 p.m.

December 6
Eastman New Jazz Ensemble: Dave Rivello, director. Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

See these calendars for more events: Currents, Eastman School, Medical Center, Warner School, School of Nursing, and Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester in the News

CBS News (November 30)
Abortion Drug RU-486 vs. Breast Cancer
Kristin Skinner, associate professor of surgical oncology, comments on new research investigating the ability of RU-486, known commonly as the abortion pill, to help prevent breast cancer.

Democrat and Chronicle (December 1)
AIDS Epidemic Is Outrunning World's Attempts to Subdue It
"HIV/AIDS has emerged as a disease with great social implications, and despite political and intellectual debate, humanity must remain committed to supporting populations with HIV/AIDS—if only because this is the right thing to do," writes Youngsun Cho, a School of Medicine and Dentistry student, in an opinion piece.

In Higher Education

The New York Times (November 30)
Skate or Ski Your Way Into College
"More students than ever are competing for the limited spots at the nation’s three dozen specialized winter sports schools, which usually accept no more than 30 students per grade."

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