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In Today’s Issue

  • English Department Honors Eastman Composer
  • Voice Competition Winners Announced
  • Yellowjacket Alumni Named to 'Classic' Hall of Fame
  • Medical Center Neuroradiologist J. Scott Thomson Dies
  • Spotlight on Diversity: Frederick Douglass Institute
  • National Diversity Expert Coming to Rochester
  • Go Green: Materials Management & Sustainability 
  • Lecture: ‘Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World’
  • Bike Drive Helps Those Who Need Transportation
  • Free Lasik Seminars Planned for December

News and Announcements

English Department Honors Eastman Composer
The Department of English has named composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist in music, as the recipient of this year's Lillian Fairchild Award. The selection committee chose Zohn-Muldoon, an associate professor of composition at the Eastman School, for his 2010 CD Cantos.

Voice Competition Winners Announced
Eastman School students Hsin-Mei (Tracy) Chang, Elizabeth Smith, and Matthew Grills were named the winners of this year’s Friends of Eastman Opera voice competition.

Yellowjacket Alumni Named to 'Classic' Hall of Fame
Andy Larkin '04 and Seth Hauben '05, '11S (MBA), who helped Rochester to significant basketball success throughout their undergraduate careers, were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Wendy’s College Classic tournament this week. The induction ceremony was part of the runup to this year's tournament, which opened Tuesday for the women and opens today for the men.

Medical Center Neuroradiologist J. Scott Thomson Dies
J. Scott Thomson, an instructor of imaging sciences in the Division of Neuroradiology at the Medical Center, died suddenly Nov. 24. He was 42. The University flags will be lowered in his honor Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Spotlight on Diversity: Frederick Douglass Institute
Established in 1986, the Frederick Douglass Institute has as its primary mandate the promotion of advanced research and intellectual exchange within the University community and the field of African and African-American studies. Read more about the institute and its mission on this flyer, which can be posted in offices and on bulletin boards. Learn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity in @Rochester.

National Diversity Expert Coming to Rochester
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity announces that JoAnn Moody, a national specialist in faculty development and diversity, will be at the University in early December to lead workshops on recruiting, mentorship, retention, and evaluation of faculty, trainees, and graduate students. Those who have not registered and wish to attend may click here.

Go Green: Materials Management & Sustainability

Go Green
We often take for granted the decision-making process for the everyday objects that keep University buildings functioning. Thanks to the green choices made by Materials Management, sustainability is routinely part of our daily lives, whether we realize it or not.

Lecture: ‘Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World’
The Department of History and the Philip Bernstein Society present a lecture by Jeffrey Herf, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Herf will present “Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World: Origins, Themes, and Aftereffects.” A reception will follow.

Bike Drive Helps Those Who Need Transportation
Kohl’s Pedal Patrol, of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester, is holding a bike drive at the parking lot at 300 East River Road from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. They will collect bike donations for R Community Bikes, which will distribute the bikes to Rochester residents who need basic transportation. Everyone who drops off a bike will get a chance to win a new bike. Two new bikes with helmets will be raffled off at the event. The drawings will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Raffle holders do not need to be present to win. For more information, contact Karen Knauf at or 463-2957.

Free Lasik Seminars Planned for December
Learn more about Lasik before this year’s flex spending deadline arrives at a free seminar at Flaum Eye Institute’s refractive surgery center at Meridian Centre in Brighton. Scott MacRae will discuss how Lasik can reduce your dependence on contacts and glasses. Two sessions are available: Saturday Dec. 3, at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Register online or call 273-2020.

Nov. 30, 2011
Today’s Forecast:
Showers, High 42°
Partly Cloudy, High 44°

Today’s Event Highlight
Plutzik Series/George H. Ford Lecture
Christopher Ricks, professor of the humanities and codirector of the Editorial Institute at Boston University. 5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

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Rochester in the News
Christian Science Monitor (Nov. 28)
Cyber Monday Deals: Does Your Boss Know What You're Doing Right Now?
Many larger companies have rules and regulations about using company time to shop. “I spent 10 years at Ford and 30 years at Xerox, and we had policies and rules and regulations about overusing and abusing online activities,” recalls George Cook, an executive professor of marketing at the Simon School. “But, I think a lot of companies will give you some slack." Cook observes that for many companies business is starting to slow down, giving employees a little more time to get some personal things done. However, he says the key is that employees try to be responsible. "I think spending two hours a day is too much,” says Cook. “And, if someone does four hours during work, it does affect productivity.” Read more...

WXXI (Nov. 18)
Frederick Douglass Institute Celebrates 25 Years
Cilas Kemedijo, director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, talks about the institute’s 25th anniversary. Watch online...

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