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@Rochester: Nov. 4, 2008

Today's Forecast: Mostly Sunny, High 69°

Tomorrow: Sunny, High 67°

In Today's Issue

  • Open Enrollment Continues through Nov. 19
  • Study Shows Flu Shot Protects Kids
  • Two Fundraisers Take Aim at Breast Cancer
  • Free Talk Planned on Diabetes Care
  • Nominate a Student for the Leadership Institute
  • Event Highlight: Flu Shot Clinic for Employees
  • Rochester in the News: Jonathan Burdick on Aid for Geneva Boxing Club; Visiting Playwright Discusses Upcoming Work
  • In Higher Education: The Pros and Cons of Clickers in the Classroom

News and Announcements

Open Enrollment Continues through Nov. 19

The annual open enrollment period for the University Health Care Plans, Dental Plans, Health Savings Account (HSA), and the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Programs for the calendar year 2009 will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 19. Faculty and staff have two options to enroll for 2009 benefit choices: online through the HRMS Web site or by calling ASK-URHR (275-8747) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4-14 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17-19. A customer service representative will process your enrollment choices, and a confirmation statement will be mailed to you. The Health Plan Cost Estimator tool is available to assist in the decision-making process during open enrollment. Faculty and staff also may attend one of the informational/enrollment sessions that begin Wednesday, Nov. 5, and continue through Nov. 12. View a decision guide, plan overviews, rate sheets, and more online

Study Shows Flu Shot Protects Kids

Children who receive all recommended flu vaccine doses are less likely to catch the respiratory virus that the CDC estimates hospitalizes 20,000 children under 5 every year, according to a Medical Center study published in Pediatrics. Read more...

Two Fundraisers Take Aim at Breast Cancer

Breast cancer survivor Paula Bokman will host the annual "Keeping Hope Alive" fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Calabria Restaurant on Pixley Road in Gates. The event, featuring wine tasting, grazing, music and auctions, benefits research at the Wilmot Cancer Center. In addition, the Edge women's hockey teams have launched Skating for the Cure, a season of fundraising to support the Wilmot's Comprehensive Breast Care Center. The players are honoring Meagan Mackenzie, a local athlete and breast cancer survivor. 

Free Talk Planned on Diabetes Care

Brett Robbins from the Medical Center will discuss health goals diabetics can aim for to lessen their chances of developing complications in a free talk, "Diabetes Care Targets and Why You Should Care," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the Hahneman Club, 301 Stoutenburgh Lane, on the campus of the Highlands at Pittsford. Read more...

Nominate a Student for the Leadership Institute

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is accepting nominations for the UR/Paychex Leadership Institute, a day-long program for undergraduates. Faculty and staff should nominate students who demonstrate leadership potential or hold leadership positions. The deadline is Thursday, Nov. 6. Nominate a student online or e-mail Jake Grantier. 


Tuesday, Nov. 4

Flu Shot Clinics for Employees: Mt. Hope Professional Building. 1 to 2 p.m. Full list of flu shot clinics.

For more events:

Rochester in the News

Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 3)

"'Extreme Makeover' Youths Get College Aid"

"We said, 'This is a terrific organization,'" Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jonathan Burdick says about the boxing club the Hill family runs in Geneva. The family was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Sunday night. The University set up a $400,000 Geneva Boxing Team Scholarship. Burdick says the money will be divided among several of the boxers that Tim Hill coaches. Read more...

WHAM-13 ABC-TV Rochester (Nov. 3)

"Visiting Playwright at UR"

Visiting playwright Andy Bragen, International Theatre Director Nigel Maister, and student Taryn Kimel '09 talk with reporter Evan Dawson about the New Play Workshop, part of the theater program's New Voice initiative. Read more...

In Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed (Nov. 3)

"Clicker U"

"To some academics, clickers are a great new technology, allowing professors to measure instantly whether students in a large class are grasping new concepts (or are even in class). To others, clickers represent a depersonalizing influence." Read more...

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