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In Today’s Issue

  • U.S. Poet Laureate to Give Reading at University
  • Nursing Grads Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Exam
  • Registration Opens for Summer Session
  • University Mourns the Loss of Brenda DeWind
  • ArtAwake Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
  • This Week’s Retirement Plan Information Sessions
  • Weekend Events Showcase Student Talent
  • Video Highlights Password Security
  • Events Mark English Week

News and Announcements

U.S. Poet Laureate to Give Reading at University
U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine will give a reading Thursday, April 12, as part of the centennial celebration of poet Hyam Plutzik and the reading series established in his name. The talk begins at 5 p.m. in Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall, and will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing session. The event is free and open to the public.

Nursing Grads Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Exam
All 53 men and women who graduated in December from the School of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s degree program for non-nurses (APNN) have passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The students were all enrolled in the APNN cohort that began in January 2011 and concluded in December 2011.

Registration Opens for Summer Session
Registration for summer courses in the College opens today. See what’s available here. For more information about summer course offerings, check the Office of Summer and Part-time Studies website, email, or call 275-2345.

University Mourns the Loss of Brenda DeWind
The University mourns the loss of Brenda DeWind, assistant director in the Medical Center’s Development Office. DeWind, who joined the University in April 2003, died March 16. She was 50 and lived in Rochester. University flags will be lowered Thursday, April 12, in her honor. Click here to read her obituary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

ArtAwake Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
To commemorate its fifth anniversary, the student-organized festival ArtAwake will return to its roots on Railroad Street, turning an unused portion of the Rohrbach Brewing Co. into a vibrant art and music venue. This year’s event will feature performances by 20 area musicians and will display more than 125 works of art. The one-day festival runs from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 21.

This Week’s Retirement Plan Information Sessions
A new investment menu is now available for University retirement plans. You can learn more about the changes to the retirement program at an upcoming informational meeting. Sessions this week will be held Thursday, April 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, and Saturday, April 14, 3 to 4 p.m., in Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), Medical Center. Walk-up help desks are also available Tuesday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall; Wednesday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Common Market in Wilson Commons; and Thursday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Clinton Crossings, Building D. A full schedule and more information on retirement plan enhancements are available at

Weekend Events Showcase Student Talent
Several student group performances are planned during Spring Showtime Weekend, April 13–15, on the River Campus. Performers include the YellowJackets, Sihir Bellydance, Off Broadway On Campus, the International Theatre Program, and more. Event details are available on the University calendar.

Video Highlights Password Security
University IT asks students about password security at the University in this video. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Events Mark English Week
The Undergraduate English Council presents the following events as part of its annual English Week: Monday, April 9, Faculty Meet and Greet, 12:30 p.m., Morey 404 Lounge. Enjoy a free lunch and mingle with professors and students; Tuesday, April 10, Faculty Spotlight, 5 p.m., Robbins Library. Jeffrey Tucker, professor of English, will present “Utopia and Dystopia” and discuss the development of the dystopic style; Wednesday, April 11, Sherlock Holmes screening, 6 p.m., Goergen 109. The screening will be followed by a talk about detective novels with John Michael, professor and chair of the Department of English. Free Indian food will be served.

April 9, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
Out in Reel Film Series: Brother Outsider
7 p.m., Hoyt Hall Auditorium. Read more... Part of LGBTQI Awareness Month at the University.

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Rochester in the News
YNN (April 6)
U of R Hosts Technology Showcase
For the past 10 years, area universities have held a special forum to showcase their work in innovative research. “There’s so much going on in the regional universities—between Cornell, U of R, and RIT there’s more than a billion dollars of federally funded research. So there is so much going on at these institutions that it is impossible for a company to investigate it all on their own," says Mark Bocko, director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences.

Democrat and Chronicle (April 5)
Ground Bees Abuzz Early
Ground bees, also known as solitary or “mining bees” are buzzing about earlier than normal this spring due to the mild weather. Mining bee populations can fluctuate dramatically season to season but Robert Minckley, adjunct assistant professor of biology who has done research on native pollinators, says there is no reason to think populations are unusually high this year. “I’m curious why people are noticing them this year because they’re out every year,” he says. “The first day over 60 degrees they pile out of the ground. That’s their life cycle. They are the earliest bee and tend to nest in aggregations.”

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