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@Rochester -- Oct. 4, 2006

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In Today's Issue

  • Seligman Discusses Strategic Planning
  • Friday Parking
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Student Leadership Awards
  • Humanities Project Online
  • Yellowjacket Reunion
  • Events: Ossia, Heartburn Symptoms, Suicide Prevention Walk
  • In the Headlines: Seligman on NIH Funding, Gelbard on AIDS

News and Announcements

Seligman Outlines Framework for Strategic Planning
In a presentation to the Faculty Senate on Tuesday, President Seligman described the underlying framework for strategic planning at the University. “The essence of strategic planning is prioritization. Central to any effective strategic plan is an analysis of which current or new programs should be emphasized. The plans are intended to be comprehensive and address student life, the balance between undergraduate and graduate education, our libraries and other resources that span the University. . . . Few processes are more inclusive than strategic planning. The schools and the Medical Center have already begun to work with their faculties and academic and administrative leaders on draft plans. These plans will be part of a broader conversation that also will involve our alumni leaders, our students, and our staff.”

Meliora Weekend Affects Parking on Friday, October 6
More than 4,000 alumni, parents, and friends are expected to visit the River Campus for Meliora Weekend, which kicks off on Friday, October 6. Parking could be congested on Friday when faculty and staff also are on campus. No lots will be closed to staff. However, lots may fill up quickly and staff may be redirected to other lots. Additional parking will be available at 300 E. River Road, and shuttle service will be provided from 11 a.m. on Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

New Life Insurance Carrier Announced
Effective November 1, Securian Life will be the insurance carrier for the University of Rochester Life Insurance Plan (including both University-paid life insurance and any employee-paid optional coverage). Open enrollment for Group Universal Life Insurance, Group Optional Term Life Insurance, and Term Life Insurance for Spouses/Domestic Partners and Dependent Children is being held through October 25. Representatives from Securian Life and the Benefits Office will be available to speak with faculty and staff at the upcoming information/enrollment sessions that begin on Thursday, October 5.

Humanities Project Launches New Web Site
Learn more about the Humanities Project, a year-long series of interdisciplinary initiatives, and the upcoming line-up of speakers, films, symposia, courses, conferences, panels, and performances, including "I, an Actress" on Wednesday, October 4, at 8 p.m. at the Dryden Theatre in George Eastman House. Part of the Lives of Performers project, the program features classic films from the 1960s and 1970s that show Hollywood glamour as interpreted by the New York Underground.

Send Nominations for the Women's Student Leadership Awards
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is accepting nominations for this year’s Susan B. Anthony Women's Student Leadership Awards. Nominations can be submitted online and are due by Friday, October 20, at 5 p.m. Contact Jason Smith at x5-4085 or jason.smith@rochester.edu for more details.

Yellowjackets Invite Back Alumni for Milestone Performance
More than 100 former Yellowjackets will join together on stage for a special 50th anniversary concert during Meliora Weekend.

Events

October 5
Ossia, a new music ensemble at the Eastman School, performs at 8 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall.

October 6
Jeffrey Peters, professor of surgery, discusses heartburn symptoms, causes, complications, and treatment options as part of the ‘Always Better’ workshop series. His talk is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Strong Memorial Hospital, Ambulatory Center Conference Room A-B.

October 7
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, part of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, is sponsoring an inaugural "Out of the Darkness" community walk for suicide prevention on October 7 at 9 a.m. in Genesee Valley Park.

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

Rochester in the News

Newsday (October 3)
University of Rochester Gets $40 Million Federal Grant
A report about Tuesday's announcement that NIH has awarded the School of Medicine and Dentistry $40 million quotes President Seligman, who says the award "will have a deep impact on the overall quality of research and expand collaborations through upstate New York." (Related reports by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, USA Today, Washington Post, CBS News, and many others.)

ABC News (October 2)
Experts Test Drugs That Fight NeuroAIDS
Harris Gelbard, professor of neurology, discusses his work as part of a major new effort funded by the National Institutes of Health to find the first brain-protecting treatments for dementia caused by AIDS.

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (October 4)
Dueling Data on Women and Work
"Yale researcher challenges Times article saying female grads of elite colleges would choose children over jobs."

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