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In Today’s Issue

  • Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Named
  • Amy Waldman Wins Kafka Prize for Fiction
  • Experts Address HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans
  • Stefenie King Receives Teaching Award
  • Read From Your Favorite Banned Book
  • Online Registration for Meliora Weekend Closes Oct. 8
  • Alumni Named to UAA Silver Anniversary Volleyball Team
  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • Weight Watchers Open House
  • Public Can Give Input on Bicycle Routes

News and Announcements

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Named
The University has appointed Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough, a scholar, educator, and leader in the Episcopal Church and greater Rochester religious community, as the new director of religious and spiritual life. Yarbrough will support the University’s many faith communities housed at the Interfaith Chapel and will create programming that addresses the spiritual and religious needs of students, faculty, and staff. She assumed the position in August. Read more...

Amy Waldman Wins Kafka Prize for Fiction
Brooklyn-based author Amy Waldman has been named the recipient of the 2012 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction, presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies.  The annual award will be given for Waldman’s post 9/11 novel, The Submission. Read more...

Experts Address HIV/AIDS Crisis Among African Americans
The University’s Frederick Douglass Institute will host a symposium on AIDS and the black community Friday, Oct. 19. National experts and local scientists and activists will explore how racism, homophobia, poverty, politics, and other cultural factors contribute to the disproportionate spread of AIDS among communities of color. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library. Read more...

Stefenie King Receives Teaching Award
Stefenie King, a part-time instructor at Highland Family Medicine, is among a select group of physicians to receive a 2012 Pfizer Teacher Development Award. Read more...

Read From Your Favorite Banned Book
As part of Banned Book Week, students, staff, and faculty are invited to read a passage from their favorite banned book on the front steps of Rush Rhees Library. The library will also provide a selection of banned books from which to choose. The one-hour “read out,” part of the annual awareness campaign again censorship, begins at noon on Thursday, Oct. 4. Read more...

Online Registration for Meliora Weekend Closes Oct. 8
Oct. 8 is the deadline to complete online registration for Meliora Weekend. Faculty and staff are invited to check out a performance by comedian Craig Ferguson on Friday, Oct. 12, enjoy the Celebration of Diversity luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 13, sign up for the Presidential Symposium on “The Humanities, Artistic Expression, and the Digital Age: Innovation and Opportunities” on Oct. 13, or attend one of the many other programs and activities scheduled throughout Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14. Visit to register online. Paper registration forms are due today.

Alumni Named to UAA Silver Anniversary Volleyball Team
Three alumni who distinguished themselves on the volleyball court have been named to the University Athletic Association’s Silver Anniversary Team: Diane Ulatowski ’89, Jennifer Sherry ’92, and Leslie Hartman ’94. Read more...

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October marks the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012 is “Our Shared Responsibility.”  Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Weight Watchers Open House
Weight Watchers is hosting an open house at noon Thursday, Oct. 4, in the UHS Building, Room 220. Learn about the Weight Watchers program and join Penelope Yankow from F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars for a tasting of oils and vinegars with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Employees do not need to be registered Weight Watchers members to attend.

Public Can Give Input on Bicycle Routes
The third and final public forum for the Brighton Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. A key feature of the task force’s recommendations are several proposed bicycle routes between Brighton and neighboring educational institutions, including the University, RIT, and MCC.

Oct. 1, 2012
Chance Showers
Today's Forecast:
Showers, High 64°
Mostly Sunny, High 66°

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Kilbourn Concert Series: Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing.

Wednesday, Oct. 3
American Literary Translators Association Annual Conference, 4 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.

Thursday, Oct. 4
Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Maternal and Child Health, 5 p.m., Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center.

Friday, Oct. 5
Cinema Group Film: Ted, 7 p.m., Hoyt Auditorium.

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Rochester in the News
13WHAM-TV (Sept. 27)
Poll: Slaughter Has Sizable Lead over Brooks
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has a sizable lead over County Executive Maggie Brooks in the 25th Congressional District race, according to a poll conducted by Siena College.The poll also found President Barack Obama has a 14-point lead over Mitt Romney. Curt Smith, senior lecturer of English and former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, said those numbers hurt Brooks. “Mitt Romney’s trailing President Obama has had a direct effect on this race,” said Smith. “People, at least right now, are voting their party affiliation.”

OUPblog (Sept. 28)
Opposing Narratives of Duccess in Politics
“While our presidential candidates are known far in advance of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, party conventions remain intriguing spectacles for the kind of human detail they offer about the men who aspire to the Oval Office,” writes Stephanie Li, associate professor of English, for the Oxford University Press blog.

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