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@Rochester -- Jan. 17, 2007

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In Today's Issue

  • Classes Canceled on Future Martin Luther King Days
  • University's New Online Calendar
  • Changes to Simon's Executive MBA Program
  • January Issue of HR Intercom
  • Events: Investing for Retirement, Forgiveness Exhibit Opens, Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service
  • In the Headlines: Lennie and Bigelow on Growth of the College, Ryan on the Psychology of Video Games, Basketball Teams Win Chase Championships

News and Announcements

To Honor King, Classes Will Be Canceled in Future Years
The University will honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by canceling classes on Martin Luther King Day beginning in 2008 while continuing the tradition of sponsoring special programs to remember the civil rights leader.

University Launches New Online Calendar of Events
The University has launched a new events calendar at Searchable by keyword and date, the calendar highlights events happening on all University campuses. The site includes features such as RSS feeds, an online submission form, and the option to download events to a desktop calendar.

Simon Introduces Changes to Executive MBA Program
Based on feedback from students, corporate sponsors, and alumni, the Simon School is introducing several changes to its Executive MBA program to make it more flexible, such as an alternating week format, choice of electives, and the option to complete the program in 19 months. Those who would like to learn more can attend an upcoming Executive Experience session on February 2. Register online at

January Issue of HR Intercom Available Online
View the latest issue of HR Intercom, a newsletter that provides up-to-date information about Human Resources programs and procedures.


January 18
Retirement Program Information Session: “Understanding the University of Rochester’s Retirement Program” and “Fundamentals of Investing.” Office of Educational Resources (2-7608), Medical Center, 1 to 2 p.m.

January 18
Exhibition Opening: The F Word: Images of Forgiveness. Interfaith Chapel, 5 p.m.

January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: Interfaith Chapel, 6 p.m.

See for more events.

Rochester in the News

Inside Higher Ed (January 16)
The New Size of Critical Mass
Peter Lennie, Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, and Nicholas Bigelow, Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Physics and chair of the Faculty Senate, discuss plans for growth in the College, particularly increases in undergraduate enrollment and the number of faculty. “Being unusually small—our faculty is not much more than half that of peer schools—limits the scope of our programs and departments,” says Lennie.

Washington Post (January 15)
Why Video Games May Be Hard to Give Up
"We think there's a deeper theory than the fun of playing," says lead investigator Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, about new research that indicates people play video games to fulfill basic psychological needs.

Democrat and Chronicle (January 14)
UR Women Rally to Win Chase Title
UR Rolls by Geneseo to Win Chase Men's Title
Coverage highlights championship victories this weekend by the men's and women's basketball teams in the JPMorgan Chase Scholarship Tournament. Also see game coverage at

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (January 15)
Clues about the Gender Gap
"The growing gender gap in college enrollments and outcomes is a vexing problem, and no single, simple explanation or potential solution exists. But a new survey of incoming freshmen suggests that those concerned about the college performance of men might focus their attention on getting high-school boys to turn off their Play Station 3’s and hit the books."

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