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In Today’s Issue

  • YellowJackets to Receive Key to Rochester
  • Philippe Fauchet Named Engineering Dean at Vanderbilt
  • Book Chronicles Eastman School Percussion Program
  • University Mourns the Loss of Laura Butler
  • Warner School Doctoral Students Showcase Research
  • SafeZone Training Set for Wednesday
  • Latino Professional Alliance Hosting Food Drive
  • Breakfast with Santa Is Saturday

News and Announcements

YellowJackets to Receive Key to Rochester
In recognition of their contributions to the city, Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards will present members of the YellowJackets, the University’s oldest male a cappella group, with a key to the city. The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. today in Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons.

Philippe Fauchet Named Engineering Dean at Vanderbilt
Philippe Fauchet, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Hajim School, has been named dean of the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University. He assumes his new role on July 1 and will lead a school comprised of 118 faculty members and 1,600 students.

Book Chronicles Eastman School Percussion Program
John Beck, a professor emeritus at the Eastman School, has written a book that is part memoir, part teaching philosophy, and part history. Titled Percussion Matters: Life at the Eastman School of Music, the book takes the reader from the opening of the school through the growth of the its percussion program and Beck’s years as a student, performer, and teacher. All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the John Beck Percussion Scholarship at the Eastman School.

University Mourns the Loss of Laura Butler
The University mourns the loss of longtime employee Laura Butler, an administrator for the Heart Station at the Medical Center, who died Thursday, Dec. 1. Butler, who was 63 and lived in Honeoye Falls, joined the University in 1974. Her obituary appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle. University flags will be lowered Tuesday, Dec. 13, in her memory.

Warner School Doctoral Students Showcase Research
Warner School doctoral students will present their research proposals during a poster session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Topics include literacy learning difficulties of Chinese international graduate students, urban library funding, and the role of spirituality in healing trauma. For details, email Nancy Ares or call 273-5957.

SafeZone Training Set for Wednesday
SafeZone and the University Health Service Health Promotion Office are hosting an open SafeZone training from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in room 220 of the UHS Building on the River Campus. SafeZone is a student initiative to train and educate allies about LGBTQ topics.

Latino Professional Alliance Hosting Food Drive
The Latino Professional Alliance is hosting a food drive from Dec. 12–16. The affinity group is collecting nonperishable food items that it will donate to the Ibero-American Action League for families in need. Contact Berlin Bermudez at 275-1800 or for drop-off locations.

Breakfast with Santa Is Saturday
Alumni, families, and friends are invited to the University’s annual holiday Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Douglass Dining Center. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child up to age 14 for donation to the Toys for Tots program. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for children 3 to 12, and free for children younger than 3. Call Dining Services at 275-7687 to register. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Dec. 9, 2011
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Showers, High 38°
Snow Showers, High 30°
Today’s Event Highlight
Holiday Sing
Noon, Eastman School Main Hall.

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Rochester in the News
Wall Street Journal (Dec. 8)
Organizations Lauded for Environmental Projects
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  2011 Environmental Excellence award winners include the University at Albany’s campus-wide energy conservation program and the University of Rochester’s Go Green program. Read more... (Also reported by Newsday, Albany Times Union, Washington Examiner, and the Post-Standard.

Forbes (Dec. 7)
Higher Education and Responsible Investing: $350 Billion at Stake
“Recently I interviewed Dan Apfel, executive director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC)—the leading voice for responsible investing in Higher Education. REC works with student activists and college community members to advocate for responsible investing of the $350 billion that colleges and universities have in their endowments.” Apfel ’05 has a BA in history from the University of Rochester. Read more...

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