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In Today’s Issue

  • Watch Your Mailbox: Important Retirement Program Changes Start This Spring
  • Lecture Covers Entrepreneur Programs and Services
  • Susan B. Anthony Birthday Tea Is Feb. 15
  • Go Green: Recyclemania 2012 Under Way
  • Blackboard Basics Workshops Offered
  • Diversity, Disparities in Medicine Is Topic of Lecture
  • Variety Show Benefits Children’s Hospital

News and Announcements

Watch Your Mailbox: Important Retirement Program Changes Start This Spring
This spring, managing your University retirement contributions will be easier than ever—thanks to a new online recordkeeping platform, a streamlined menu of funds, and quick tools to help you make smarter investment decisions. While the fundamental design of the plan remains the same—the University’s contribution formula (the amount funded to your plan each pay period) and eligibility requirements remain unaffected—you’ll want to watch your home mailbox for a more detailed preview (and timeline) of the coming transition, including steps you’ll need to take starting in April. You also can check the Benefits website or call 1-800-410-6497 for the latest updates regarding the pending program improvements and a preview of the new fund lineup.

Lecture Covers Entrepreneur Programs and Services
Jean Kase, executive director of The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN), and Mike Riedlinger, commercialization manager at High Tech Rochester (HTR), will present a free talk “TEN and HTR—Entrepreneur Programs and Services in 2012” at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425 and 1-2495) at the Medical Center. The talk, which will look at Rochester’s resources for entrepreneurs, is part of the FIRE Lecture Series. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Register at 784-8856 or email David Englert.

Susan B. Anthony Birthday Tea Is Feb. 15
Celebrate Susan B. Anthony's 192nd Birthday with the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and Warner School Dean Raffaella Borasi at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. The celebration begins with a visit to Anthony’s gravesite in Mt. Hope Cemetery to leave yellow roses, then moves to Lattimore 540 for cake and fruit. There will be a special opportunity to view Rare Books and Special Collections library artifacts from Anthony’s life. Transportation will be provided. RSVP to

Go Green: Recyclemania 2012 Under Way

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Fierce competition, distinguished rankings ... and recycling? That’s exactly what RecycleMania, a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs, is all about. The main goal of the competition, which runs through March 31, is to have the highest recycling rates per capita, as well as the least amount of weight of waste per capita in each institution.

Blackboard Basics Workshops Offered
This week’s Blackboard Basics workshop,“Using the Gradebook,” will be offered Friday, Feb. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in Morey 205 and Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Goergen 110. This session will cover the basics of using the Gradebook for student grades.

Diversity, Disparities in Medicine Is Topic of Lecture
Annelle Primm, deputy medical director and director of the Office of Minority and National Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association, will deliver the first annual Tana A. Grady-Weliky, M.D., Memorial Lecture Friday, Feb. 10, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center. The talk, “Ebony in an Ivory Tower: Diversity and Disparities in American Medicine,” begins at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium, and will provide an overview of issues related to diversity in the health-care workforce and disparities in health and health care.

Variety Show Benefits Children’s Hospital
The University’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars is hosting a variety show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for the general public for the show, which will be held in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Tickets are on sale in the Common Market in Wilson Commons. Contact Ben Stilson at for more information.

Feb. 8, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
African-American Network Panel: History of Black History Month
5:30 p.m., ACF (A-B) Rooms (2-1322/2-1318), Medical Center.

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Rochester in the News
Time (Feb. 7)
Does Online Dating Make It Harder to Find ‘The One’?
A new study published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest sought to answer some critical questions about online dating, an increasingly popular trend that may now account for 1 out of every 5 new relationships formed.
“There is no reason to believe that online dating improves romantic outcomes,” says Harry Reis, professor of psychology and one of the study’s coauthors. “It may yet, and someday some service might provide good data to show it can, but there is certainly no evidence to that right now.” (Also reported by CNN, Huffington Post UK, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Guardian, and more.)

Democrat & Chronicle (Feb. 6)
Why Rochester Continues to Thrive
Duncan Moore, the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, vice provost for entrepreneurship, and former dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, writes a guest essay about why Rochester is growing despite the loss of Kodak.

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