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@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today’s Issue

  • President Seligman’s Statement on a Safe Community
  • Professor Zvi Zeitlin to Perform Final Faculty Recital
  • Winterfest Weekend Welcomes Comedian Bo Burnham
  • University Mourns Loss of James McNeil
  • New Email Use Policy Adopted
  • Bells Will Toll Throughout Season for Nonviolence

News and Announcements

President Seligman’s Statement on a Safe Community
“In the aftermath of disturbing revelations about sexual abuse of minors alleged to have occurred at Penn State and Syracuse last year, I asked our Office of Counsel to review reports made at our University during the past 20 years that might be classified as sexual abuse. The office has now completed a review of Security and Human Resources records and had discussions with representatives of Security, Human Resources, the Deans of Students, the Athletics Department, and others who might have relevant information. The review has provided me assurance that we currently have in place systems and people who will effectively address situations when they are brought to our attention.” Read the full message.

Professor Zvi Zeitlin to Perform Final Faculty Recital
Internationally renowned violinist Zvi Zeitlin, distinguished professor of violin, will retire after teaching at the Eastman School for 45 years. He will perform his final faculty recital Sunday, Feb. 19, in Kilbourn Hall.

Winterfest Weekend Welcomes Comedian Bo Burnham
The University’s annual Winterfest Weekend kicks off the spring semester with stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, who will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in Strong Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for Rochester undergraduates (with I.D.), $12 for members of the University community, and $17 for the general public. Purchase tickets at the Common Market in Wilson Commons or at

University Mourns Loss of James McNeil
The University mourns the loss of longtime employee James McNeil, a data control clerk for Health Information Management. McNeil, who lived in Rochester, died Jan. 18 at the age of 63. He joined the University in October 1989. University flags will be lowered Jan. 31 in his memory. Read his obituary from the Democrat & Chronicle.

New Email Use Policy Adopted
The University has adopted and published a new policy related to the proper use of email. The Email Use Policy is intended to describe the permitted use of University email. It’s an overarching policy and does not replace more specific policies on specific email use (such as emailing of legally restricted data). Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

Bells Will Toll Throughout Season for Nonviolence
During the 2012 Season for Nonviolence, the M.K. Gandhi Institute will partner with students from the University’s Bellman Society to highlight the importance of nonviolence through song. Every Thursday during the 64-day season (Jan. 30 to April 4), students will toll the bells at 11:45 a.m. three times. After the bells toll, the students will play the song “I’ll Overcome Someday.” The students and the Gandhi Institute hope the music serves as a weekly reminder to live a lifestyle of nonviolence.  

Jan. 30, 2012
Snow Showers
Today’s Forecast:
Snow Shower, High 30°
Showers, High 43°
Today’s Event Highlight
Musica Nova
8 p.m., Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School.

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (Jan. 20)
Providing a Clear Vision for Research at UR
As David Williams transitions to his new position as dean for research in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, he is applying his love of optics and expertise garnered over a career in research to use on a larger scale.

Democrat & Chronicle (Jan. 27)
Regional Leaders Seek State’s Help on Growth Plan
The cochairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council want more guidance from the state as a second round of project funding approaches. “We need some clarification,” University President Joel Seligman told a Rochester Downtown Development Corp. luncheon audience at the Riverside Convention Center. Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman are the leaders of the economic council.

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