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@Rochester — March 31, 2008


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In Today's Issue

  • Nominations Sought for Goergen Teaching Awards
  • Message from IT Task Force: Secure Credit Card Processing
  • University Parking Survey for Employees
  • Program Provides Up to $9,000 for Purchase of City House
  • Local Foods Fair in Danforth Dining Center
  • History Channel to feature Professor, Team, and Students
  • Presentations on Use of Aetna and Excellus Web Sites
  • Jay Hong Wins National Award for Economics
  • Event Highlight: Globalization Conference Keynote Address
  • Rochester in the News: Simon School Seeks 'Early Leaders'
  • In Higher Ed: Education Department Issues Lender-of-Last-Resort Guidelines

News and Announcements

Nominations Sought for Goergen Teaching Awards
Richard Feldman, dean of the College,
encourages faculty and staff to nominate deserving colleagues in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering for this year's Goergen Awards. The awards are given in three categories: for distinctive accomplishments and skills of individual teachers of undergraduates, for excellence in groups of faculty (such as departments or programs), and for significant contributions to improving the learning environment for undergraduates by groups, individuals, officers, or committees. The deadline for nominations is April 30. Read more...

Message from IT Task Force on Credit Card Processing
The Provost's IT Security Task Force sends the following message: "Any University office that accepts credit or debit cards as payment must do so only over secure, centralized systems. Processing credit card information via local, non-secure connections or methods poses enormous risk to our customers, such as identity theft and credit card fraud, and to the University. If your office collects or processes credit card information online, by phone, or by any method other than
an onsite card-swipe terminal or UR Secure Pay, then you must immediately contact the University Treasury Manager at 275-6968 or kking@admin.rochester.edu to confirm that your processes are secure. No office may process credit card information in the future without first going through the Treasury Manager."

University Parking Survey for Employees
Faculty and staff are asked to complete a parking survey that will help the University to plan for future parking needs. The survey, which asks about current parking habits and solicits opinions on tentative plans, can be taken online, and a hard-copy version will arrive at employees' homes in early April. The deadline to complete the survey is April 18.

Program Provides Up to $9,000 for City House Purchase
Financial incentives of up to $9,000 to encourage faculty and staff to buy a house in the city neighborhoods closest to the River Campus and the Medical Center begin this month. Information sessions regarding the University Home Ownership Incentive Program will be held at the University during the week of March 31. For a list of dates, times, and locations, visit the Human Resources Web site.

Local Foods Fair in Danforth Dining Center
Enjoy foods from local businesses while learning about UR Fair Trade, Grassroots, Rochester Roots, Freshwise Farm, Community Farmers Markets, and Rochester Slow Food today in Danforth Dining Center from 4:45 to 8:30 p.m
. Read more...

History Channel to Feature Professor, Team, Students
An episode of the History Channel’s “The Universe,” featuring the University is scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 1, at 9 p.m. The crew filmed Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, explaining scientific principles surrounding astronomical nebulae by using metaphors involving basketball players and spectators. The show includes physics students and footage from the basketball doubleheader vs. NYU.

Presentations on Use of Aetna and Excellus Web Sites
Aetna and Excellus will give combined presentations about the resources available on their Web sites, including tips on completing the Health Risk Assessment. Dates and times are posted online. Read more...

Jay Hong Wins National Award for Economics
The Korea-America Economic Association has awarded Jay Hong, assistant professor of economics, its Young Scholar Award. The award—given to only two economists in 2008—recognizes young Korean-American economists who have shown outstanding research potential early in their careers. Read more...

Events

Monday, March 31
Globalization Conference Keynote Address. 7 p.m.,
Class of '62 Auditorium, Medical Center.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar

Rochester in the News

U.S. News & World Report (March 26)
"Hot Tips for a Graduate Degree in Business"
The article states that the Simon School seeks "early leaders" and mentions that recent college graduates make up a large portion of Simon's entering classes. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (March 28)
"Education Department Issues Lender-of-Last-Resort Guidelines as More Banks Quit Federal Program
"
The Education Department sent guidelines to guarantee agencies—nonprofits that repay lenders with federal money when borrowers default on loans—regarding "lender-of-last-resort" programs. These programs would help students find loans if a loan emergency is declared by the government. Read more...

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