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In Today’s Issue

  • Open Enrollment Period Starts Nov. 14
  • Plutzik Centennial Reading Series: Eavan Boland
  • University Employees Needed for Focus Groups
  • Info Session on TEAM Master’s Program Tonight
  • Apple Presents Free Education Seminars
  • Deck the Halls, Safely
  • Students Needed to Help Judge Business Plans
  • Have Type 2 Diabetes and Want to Lose Weight?

News and Announcements

Open Enrollment Period Starts Nov. 14
The annual open enrollment period for the 2012 University health care plans, dental plans, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, and group life insurance will be from Monday, Nov. 14, through Tuesday, Nov. 29. University employees will receive materials in the mail from the Benefits office. Again this year, employees can make open enrollment elections online. If you do not have access to the Internet, ASK-URHR (275-8747) will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take your elections by phone. Questions? Call ASK-URHR, attend an upcoming Open Enrollment Educational Session, or visit the Benefits website.

Plutzik Centennial Reading Series: Eavan Boland
The Plutzik Centennial Reading Series presents poet Eavan Boland, the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities and Melvin and Bill Lane Professor for the Director of Creative Writing at Stanford, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

University Employees Needed for Focus Groups
The Center for Research Support will hold one-on-one interviews and focus groups with University employees over the next few weeks to discuss the health and wellness offerings available to the Medical Center community. Interviews take 30 minutes. Focus groups run about 90 minutes and will include a brief survey. Both will be held at the Medical Center during the lunch hour and after 5 p.m. Participants will remain anonymous. Email or call 275-0615 to learn more.

Info Session on TEAM Master’s Program Tonight
Learn about the master’s degree program in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management at 5 p.m. in the Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall. The session is hosted by Duncan Moore, vice provost for entrepreneurship, and Andrea Galati, executive director. Rochester students qualify for scholarship opportunities. RSVP to 276-3500 or

Apple Presents Free Education Seminars
Rick Bettencourt, a senior system engineer for Apple will visit the University Friday, Nov. 11, to provide free seminars on new products and services. Topics include Mobility in Today’s Classroom, iOS Mobile Management/Education Development, and OS X Lion features. To register or find out more information, click here. Specific questions can be directed to Joe Pasquarelli.

Deck the Halls, Safely
Many staff members and students enjoy decorating their rooms, offices, and residential facilities for the holidays. Environmental Health and Safety reminds the University community that some decorations can create fire safety-related hazards. The department offers the following guidelines for holiday decorations: Medical Center Patient Care Area Holiday and Seasonal Display Guidelines and River Campus Facilities and Off-Site Housing Guidelines for Holiday Decorations.

Students Needed to Help Judge Business Plans
Student volunteers are needed to judge high school students’ Virtual Enterprises business plans at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Schlegel Hall, room 107. Judging rubrics, pizza, and beverages will be provided to all student volunteer judges. Register online or call the Center for Entrepreneurship at 276-3500 for more information.

Have Type 2 Diabetes and Want to Lose Weight?
The Healthy Living Center at the University has a research study in which it will offer guidance on weight loss through diet and physical activity. Participants will be paid up to $100 for completing all study activities over a six‐month period. Call 530‐2020 to learn more.

Nov. 9, 2011

Today’s Forecast:
Mostly Sunny, High 67°
A Few Showers, High 48°
Today’s Event Highlight
Eastman Wind Ensemble
8 p.m., Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre,

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Rochester in the News
ESPN (Nov. 7)
Twin Plays Big Part of Novosel Success
Twins Natalie and Nathan Novosel might well finish their senior seasons sharing a unique bond as champions and All-Americans on the basketball court. The more important bond, the one that made it possible, is one familiar the world over. Nathan, a 6-foot-5 forward for Division III University of Rochester, and older sister Shannon, a former all-conference 6-foot-1 center for the University of Evansville, were always bigger and stronger than Natalie, who even now is the lone sibling checking in shorter than 6 feet. Read more...

USA Today (Nov. 7)
Make Your Day Better with Vitamin D
The National Center for Health Statistics says more than one-third of Americans are vitamin D deficient, and other research suggests that figure could be as high as 50 percent. Experts have yet to determine just how effective supplements are in combating many of the worrisome conditions caused by a D deficiency. Kevin Fiscella, a professor of family and community and preventive medicine, says large clinical trials are needed to learn more. Read more...

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