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In Today’s Issue

  • Today Is World AIDS Day
  • Researchers Identify Health Disparities with Deaf ASL Users
  • YellowJackets Fall Concert Features Special Guests
  • University Mourns the Loss of Isabella DiFiglia
  • Open Letter Hosts Authors’ Event Today
  • The Colonel Bird Opens Today at Todd Theater
  • Holiday Event Features Local Vendors, Artisans
  • Learn about TEAM Master’s Program 
  • Lecture Explores Origins of African-American Nonviolence
  • Susan B. Anthony Institute Announces Facebook Page

News and Announcements

Today Is World AIDS Day
Learn more about the University’s AIDS Education Poster exhibit—the largest in the world—now available online, watch a video about the exhibit, and view selected images from the collection on the University homepage. Donated by retired University physician Edward Atwater ’50, the collection spans 30 years and consists of more than 6,200 posters from 100 countries. The Medical Center’s Developmental Center for AIDS Research, the Rochester Victory Alliance, and other community groups also have teamed up to sponsor several events today to mark World AIDS Day.

Researchers Identify Health Disparities with Deaf ASL Users
Using communication tools that enabled deaf people to identify health priorities in their own community, a Medical Center survey found higher rates of obesity, partner violence, and suicide but lower rates of smoking, than in the general population.

YellowJackets Fall Concert Features Special Guests
After a celebrated run on NBC’s The Sing-Off, the YellowJackets will take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Joining the YellowJackets on stage will be fellow Sing-Off contestants Delilah and newly crowned season three champions, Pentatonix. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for members of the University community (graduate students, faculty, and staff), and $20 for the general public.

University Mourns the Loss of Isabella DiFiglia
The University mourns the loss of Isabella DiFiglia, a compliance analyst and trainer for Primary Care Billing Services at the Medical Center. DiFiglia joined the University in January 2010. She died Nov. 14 at age 43. The University flags will be lowered today in her honor.

Open Letter Hosts Authors’ Event Today
Authors Sergio Chejfec and Margaret Carson will discuss their book My Two Worlds (Open Letter Books), literature, and the process of translation at 6 p.m. today in the Plutzik Library in Rare Books & Special Collections in Rush Rhees Library. The event is part of Open Letter’s Reading the World Conversation series and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Open Letter's website or visit the event on Facebook.

The Colonel Bird Opens Today at Todd Theater
The troubled inmates of a forgotten insane asylum transform themselves into a disciplined military unit in Hristo Boytchev’s award-winning satiric drama, The Colonel Bird. The International Theatre Program production opens today at Todd Theater. Catch a special performance by new ensemble Sound ExChange from 2:15 to 2:45 before the 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Dec 4. Tickets may be purchased up to an hour before each performance at the box office. They also are available online or by calling 275-4088.

Holiday Event Features Local Vendors, Artisans
This year’s Holiday Vendor Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Wilson Commons. Students, faculty, and staff can purchase holiday gifts from local businesses and artisans during the event. Sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities. For information, contact the Common Connection at 275-5911.

Learn about TEAM Master’s Program
An information session about the master’s degree program in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 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

Lecture Explores Origins of African-American Nonviolence
Historian Peter Eisenstadt, author of several works about Howard Thurman, will present “Howard Thurman and the Origins of African-American Nonviolence” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus. The free lecture will also include a book signing. Sponsored by the M. K. Gandhi Institute and cosponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

Susan B. Anthony Institute Announces Facebook Page
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies now has its own Facebook page, which will feature brief updates, photos, and information. Interact with other SBAI fans and use the page to share gender and women’s studies news and events. SBAI hopes a greater internet presence will make staying in touch easier and will allow alumnae, students, and faculty to connect and reconnect. SBAI will still be sending out the usual emails and regularly posting on its blog.

Dec. 1, 2011
Partly Cloudy
Today’s Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 45°
Showers, High 40°

Today’s Event Highlight
Humanities Lecture: The King James Bible and the World It Made
5 p.m., Robbins Library, Rush Rhees Library.

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Rochester in the News
WROC-TV (Nov. 29)
Finger Lakes Economic Council Makes Pitch
The cochairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council made their pitch for $40 million in public grants and tax breaks before the State Strategic Plan Review Committee Monday in Albany. University President Joel Seligman and Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman proposed a five-year plan to create more than 7,000 new jobs with $1 billion in investment. “This plan represents the Finger Lakes region’s economy and puts forth a strong, yet feasible, strategy to accelerate the region’s transformation to a diverse, knowledge-based economy,” said Seligman. Read more...

Washington Examiner (Nov. 29)
James Abrams, a Home-grown Sandman
Jason Abrams’s high school teachers were perplexed about his vocal placement. “Nobody knew quite what to do with me,” he said. “Even at James Madison University where I was a voice major, the voice teachers didn’t give me stage time, adding to my confusion. It wasn't until I went to the University of Arizona for my master’s that I ran into someone with an answer. Bob Swenson, who now teaches at Eastman School, was coaching me as a tenor when he asked me to sing up an octave. He immediately telephoned his wife and asked her to listen to me. She said I sounded like money in the bank.” Read more...

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Men’s Basketball
Dec. 7: 7:30 p.m. vs. Hamilton College.

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