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@Rochester: Oct. 17, 2008

@Rochester: Oct. 17, 2008

Today's Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High 54°

Tomorrow: AM Clouds, PM Sun, High 53°

In Today's Issue

  • Major Gift Announcement Later Today
  • University Reaffirms Stand on Cooperation with Investigations
  • Film and Media Preservation Program Featured on 13WHAM This Morning
  • Warner Mourns Doctoral Student John Lawrence
  • Genes that Control Cell Death Fingered in Age-Related Hearing Loss
  • Group Life Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Oct. 20
  • Music Will Fill the Campus This Weekend
  • Event Highlight: Meliora and Eastman Weekends
  • Rochester in the News: Open Letter Press Recommended for Foreign Books
  • In Higher Education: Economic Downturn and College Plans

News and Announcements

Major Gift Announcement Later Today

The University today will announce the largest single gift commitment it has ever received. Look for more details in a special edition of @Rochester early this afternoon. 

University Reaffirms Stand on Cooperation with Investigations

"The University of Rochester is committed to compliance with applicable law and will not tolerate obstruction of any kind," President Joel Seligman said Thursday, referring to State Police allegations that Professor Thomas Hahn had warned a University graduate student that the student was under investigation for inappropriate Internet use. The student, Gilbert Kirton, was charged by the state on Oct. 10 with "possession of obscene sexual performance by a child" and was summarily suspended by the University. Hahn was director of graduate studies in the Department of English, Kirton's department. He stepped down from that administrative position on Oct. 15. Read more...

Film and Media Preservation Program Featured on 13WHAM This Morning

Joanne Bernardi, associate professor of Japanese, and Patrick Loughney, curator of the motion picture department at the George Eastman House, will be appearing on 13WHAM News This Morning at about 8:15 to discuss the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation, an innovative program run jointly by the University and the George Eastman House. 

Warner Mourns Doctoral Student John Lawrence

The Warner School is mourning the death of doctoral student John Lawrence, who died Thursday, Oct. 9, following a four-year battle with cancer. Read more...

Genes that Control Cell Death Fingered in Age-Related Hearing Loss

Several genes that play a role in how our body's cells normally auto-destruct may play a role in age-related hearing loss, according to research led by Robert Frisina, professor of otolaryngology. Read more...

Group Life Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Oct. 20

Eligible faculty and staff may enroll in or elect an additional one multiple of salary of Group Universal Life or Group Optional Term Life insurance through Oct. 20 online or by submitting paper forms available at the Benefits Office or Securian Life (800) 941-2192.  

Music Will Fill the Campus This Weekend

In addition to the Meliora Weekend and Eastman Weekend activities, the Department of Music will sponsor several free concerts. Tonight's concert at 7 p.m. will feature the Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, and Men's Glee Club. The Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and the Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Choir will perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. All performances are at Strong Auditorium. Read more...

Events

Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19

Meliora Weekend and Eastman Weekend: Variety of events held in various locations. On-site registration will be available in Wilson Commons today from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 19, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

NPR (Oct. 15)

"The Best Foreign Books You've Never Heard Of"

David Kipen from the National Endowment for the Arts recommends the University's translation press Open Letter and its blog, Three Percent, for finding information about international literature and translation. Read more...

In Higher Education

USA Today (Oct. 14)

"Analysis: Economy Puts Colleges' Ambitions on Hold"

For many colleges, the last 15 years have been a golden age. Philanthropy and Americans' grudging tolerance for high tuition fueled an unprecedented boom—investments in everything from gyms, dorms and labs to faculty and expanded financial aid. Now, suddenly and like the rest of us, many colleges are faced with toning down their ambitions, at least in the short term. Read more...

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