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In Today’s Issue

  • Simon School Alumni Give $4.5 Million
  • President Seligman’s Statement on I-390 Interchange Project
  • 2012 Employee Discount Cards Now Available
  • Warner School Hosts Winter Open House
  • Data Privacy Month: Data Classifications
  • Lecture Covers Reasons to File a Patent
  • Career Expert Deb Koen to Give Seminar

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Simon School Alumni Give $4.5 Million
Two major gifts totaling $4.5 million from prominent alumni will support student scholarships and faculty positions at the Simon School and the School of Arts and Sciences.

President Seligman’s Statement on I-390 Interchange Project
This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a $100 million project to upgrade Interstate 390 and the Kendrick Road interchange. “By increasing capacity, easing congestion, and improving safety, this project will remove a major bottleneck in the current transportation network and significantly contribute to the region’s economic revitalization,” says President Joel Seligman. “This project would not have moved forward without the decisive leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo. For that, and his vision for a stronger, better New York, I am deeply grateful.” Read the president’s full statement.

2012 Employee Discount Cards Now Available
The Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association (RARES) offers University employees a chance to save on hundreds of area and national products and services including amusement parks, car washes, movie tickets, online shopping, car rental/hotel discounts, and more. The 2012 cards are now available at several locations.

Warner School Hosts Winter Open House
Learn about graduate programs in education and human development from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Dewey Hall. Admissions staff, students, alumni, and faculty will be there to discuss the application process, financial aid, and life at Warner. RSVP to 275-3950 or

Data Privacy Month: Data Classifications
Access to information owned by the University is generally broadly consistent with the concept of academic freedom and the open nature of the institution. However, there are types of information to which access must be restricted and caution in handling and storing the information is necessary. Classifications are Legally Restricted, Confidential, Internal University Use Only, or Public Information. Learn more about the University’s classifications here. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Lecture Covers Reasons to File a Patent
Joseph Noto, a partner at Nixon Peabody, will present a free talk, “Reasons to File a Patent on Your Research Discovery,” at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425 and 1-2495) at the Medical Center. The talk, which will look at the reasons for filing patent applications on discoveries resulting from academic research, is part of the FIRE Lecture Series. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Register at 784-8856 or email David Englert.

Career Expert Deb Koen to Give Seminar
The University’s African American Network will sponsor a professional development seminar for those wishing to build skills, develop strengths, and improve confidence in the workplace. Columnist and career expert Deb Koen of Career Development Services will offer tips from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in K-207 (2-6408) at the Medical Center. Refreshments will be available. RSVP by Jan. 10 to or call 276-3259.

Jan. 9, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Simon School Classes Begin

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (Jan. 6)
Telling the Story of a Musical Icon
“Michael was becoming marginalized. I took a lot of heat for being a Michael Jackson fan,” says Joseph Vogel, laughing. But Vogel was hooked and became a lifelong fan. And he is having the last laugh: His new book, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, is considered the first to take a serious look at the pop star’s musical legacy. Vogel, 30, is a PhD student in English at the University.

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Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 6)
Heartfelt Help for Worried Parents
Jennifer Kowal wasn’t stressing out about her routine ultrasound during her second trimester.  But that's when the Kowals realized nothing is ever routine. Doctors diagnosed their unborn daughter, Claire Elizabeth, with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, meaning part of the right side of her heart was too small. Kowal helped start Mended Little Hearts, which meets every Wednesday inside the Children's Heart Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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