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In Today’s Issue

  • Benefit Concerts, Instrument Drive Aid City Schools
  • Highlands at Pittsford Receives Reaccreditation
  • Deadline Approaching for Staff Awards
  • Video, Photos Highlight MLK Commemorative Address
  • Deadline Nears for Visiting Scholars Fund
  • Exhibition Celebrates the Machine in American Art
  • Free Heart Screenings Offered Feb. 13
  • Passport Applications Available at Study Abroad Expo
  • Blackboard Basics Workshops Planned
  • UR Pep Band Hosts Valentine’s Day Flower Sale

News and Announcements

Benefit Concerts, Instrument Drive Aid City Schools
The Eastman School’s student chapter of the National Association for Music Education is organizing activities to benefit music programs in the Rochester City School District. A two-month “Instrument Drive” and a pair of concerts in March are planned to help boost programs for elementary and secondary school students.

Highlands at Pittsford Receives Reaccreditation
The Highlands at Pittsford retirement community has earned its third five-year reaccreditation from CARF International. Founded as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

Deadline Approaching for Staff Awards
Nominations for three staff awards─the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service, the Meliora Award, and the Staff Community Service Award─are being accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Witmer Award is intended as a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing staff members for their accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University over the course of their career. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University's motto, Meliora, or “ever better.” The Staff Community Service Award recognizes a staff member’s contributions to the University and greater Rochester community. Details and nomination materials are available online.

Video, Photos Highlight MLK Commemorative Address
In a speech that quoted extensively from works by figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Kanye West, author, MSNBC political commentator, and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson presented the MLK Commemorative Address Jan. 27. See photo and video highlights from the event.

Deadline Nears for Visiting Scholars Fund
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity reminds those interested in applying for the long-term visiting scholars mechanism of the Special Opportunities Fund that the deadline is Feb. 17. The fund was created to assist deans and department chairs in increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the faculty.

Exhibition Celebrates the Machine in American Art
An exhibition opening Friday, Feb. 3, at the Memorial Art Gallery explores how American artists from the last 100 years have responded to technological changes and innovations. Modern Icon: The Machine as Subject in American Art brings together 25 objects, mostly works on paper, by such masters as Charles Sheeler, John Marin, and Charles Burchfield.

Free Heart Screenings Offered Feb. 13
Medical Center cardiologists will offer free blood pressure and oxygenation screenings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, in the Strong Memorial Hospital lobby. The event is part of the Medical Center’s community outreach efforts to mark American Heart Month.

Passport Applications Available at Study Abroad Expo
A representative from the City of Rochester will be available with U.S. Passport applications at the 16th annual Study Abroad Expo on Friday, Feb. 3. in the Bridge Lounge and May Room in Wilson Commons. The expo will be open from 1 to 3  p.m. A photographer also will be available to take passport photos. The cost will be $10, cash or check, for two photos.

Blackboard Basics Workshops Planned
“Blackboard Basics Workshop: Adding Content to your Blackboard Course” will be offered on Friday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in Morey 205 and Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Goergen 110. There are now different methods for adding content to your course. The workshop will cover how to add audio, video, YouTube content, and more.

UR Pep Band Hosts Valentine’s Day Flower Sale
The UR Pep Band is accepting orders for roses (three–, six–, and 12-rose bouquets available) as well as small desk arrangements between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the first floor of Wilson Commons today and tomorrow. The flowers will be available for pick-up on Valentine’s Day. The cost is $10 for three roses, $15 for six roses, and $25 for 12 roses.  The desk arrangements are $15. Roses are available in red as well as other colors. Send questions to

Feb. 2, 2012
Today’s Forecast:
Cloudy, High 35°
Partly Cloudy, High 36°

Today’s Event Highlight
Film Screening and Discussion: Going on 13
6 p.m., Dewey Hall 1-101.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 1)
Changing the Scope of Black History Month
As Rochester’s black community has changed, so have the events that honor its history. At the University, the diverse event schedule includes a panel discussion on Haiti and a lecture titled African Identities, reflecting the increasingly diverse black population of the institution, the state, and the country as a whole. “The stage of history has all the main stars on it—the Lincolns, the Washingtons and the Jeffersons. That’s what we’ve been doing for the past 40 years or so,” says Larry Hudson, an associate professor at the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. “We have to bring in the other supportive actors. You have to have Sojourner Truth and Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass, but sometimes you’ll just have an enslaved family.”

Rochester Business Journal (Jan. 27)
Local Leaders, Reader Speak Out on Bankruptcy
As word of Eastman Kodak Co.’s bankruptcy spread throughout the Rochester community and around, various elected and non-elected officials shared their views on the news and its impact on the company and the region. University President Joel Seligman, a Kodak director, called the news “deeply saddening for Rochester.” Yet, he noted, “Rochester has embraced the transition to a knowledge economy, and because of that, it has a bright future.”

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Women’s Basketball
Feb. 3: 6 p.m. vs. Washington University (Mo.);
Feb. 5: 2 p.m. vs. University of Chicago.

Men’s Basketball
Feb. 3: 8 p.m. vs. Washington University (Mo.);
Feb. 5: Noon vs. University of Chicago.

Feb. 4: Noon vs. Franklin & Marshall College.

Get the latest athletic news at the Rochester Athletics web site.

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