University of Rochester

@Rochester — Sept. 25, 2007


Today's Forecast:
Sunny, High 89°
Tomorrow: Scattered Thunder Storms, High 75°

In Today's Issue

  • Health Care Plans Decision Guide Available Online
  • Enhanced Spam Management Service
  • Jeffrey Cohen Lecture on Medieval English Culture
  • Fitness Fundraiser for Children's Hospital
  • Film Follows First Presidential Campaign of a Black Woman
  • Curt Smith on George W. Bush and the 2008 Election
  • Event Highlight: Latino Cultural Fair Today
  • Rochester in the News: Medical Center Autism Study, Barbara Stewart on the Kazoo
  • In Higher Ed: Diversity Slowly Increasing Among College Professors

News and Announcements

Health Care Plans Decision Guide Available Online
With open enrollment for the new health care plans and flexible spending accounts under way, faculty and staff can access a new decision guide online to help them make an informed choice about which plan works best for them. The guide features an overview of each of the four plans, details on how to enroll, and information on potential tax savings available through a flexible spending account. The guide also reviews the University's dental benefits and compares the two third-party administrators for the health care plans. Open enrollment continues through Oct. 31. Those who would like more information or have questions can attend one of the upcoming open enrollment sessions that begin Wednesday, Sept. 26.    Read more...

Enhanced Spam Management Service
In the past two years, spam e-mail messages have increased more than 200 percent, and many University IT-supported e-mail users have experienced the effects of this increased volume. University IT has an enhanced spam management service that will help users filter unwanted e-mails. As part of the initial rollout, several departments have enrolled in the service and have reported significant decreases in unwanted e-mail messages (spam). IT is currently meeting with members of the University community to coordinate implementation during the next month. Feedback is welcome and appreciated. Direct questions to the University IT Center at 275-2000.   

Jeffrey Cohen Lecture on Medieval English Culture
Explore a curious chapter of Medieval history with George Washington University English Professor Jeffery Cohen during his Oct. 5 talk, "The Green Children of Woolpit: Medieval English History and Its Aliens," in the Robbins Library of the Rush Rhees at 2 p.m.    Read more...

Fitness Fundraiser Burns Calories, Helps Hospitalized Kids
From noon to midnight, enjoy fitness classes, refreshments, and fun during the Oct. 6 "BStrong for Others" fundraiser for Golisano Children's Hospital and the Gilda's Club.    Read more...

Screening of Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)
In 1972 Shirley Chisholm made history by being the first woman ever considered as a presidential candidate at a national convention. Her historic campaign is chronicled in Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed. Part of the Humanities Project, the Oct. 11 screening will be held in 321 Morey Hall at 7 p.m.    Read more...

Curt Smith on George W. Bush and the 2008 Election
Author, radio/television host, former presidential speechwriter, and current University lecturer Curt Smith explores "The Presidency: George W. Bush's Shadow and the 2008 Election," on Oct. 9 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees at 5 p.m.    Read more...


Sept. 25
Latino Cultural Fair: Flaum Atrium, Medical Center. Noon to 4 p.m.   

For more events:

Rochester in the News

ABC News: 20/20 (Sept. 21)
"Jenny McCarthy's Journey"
A Medical Center study on the use of wheat- and dairy-free diets to treat autism was noted in a story about actress Jenny McCarthy's struggle to help her autistic son.    Read more...

CBS News (Sept. 22)
"Keeping America Humming"
"Kazoodom's ambassador" Barbara Stewart, an administrative assistant the Memorial Art Gallery, is profiled for her many efforts to promote the kazoo, including a classical kazoo concert at the Eastman School.   Read more...

In Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 28)
"The Professoriate Is Increasingly Diverse, but That Didn't Happen by Accident"
An article about the increase in full-time minority scholars from 1995 to 2005 points to several successful programs that help promising undergraduates from underrepresented populations pursue doctorates.   Read more...

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