In Today’s Issue
- Annual Open Enrollment Begins Today
- Update on Contract Negotiations Between University and Service Workers Union
- Festival Showcases Outstanding Polish Films
- Memorial Service Today to Honor Mary Sproull
- ‘Spotlight On ... Series’: Daniel Beaumont
- U.S. District Judge to Discuss Judicial Independence
- Latino Professional Alliance Hosts Cultural Symposium
- Webinar: ‘Find the Right Job, Right Now’
- Nominations Sought for Presidential Diversity Award
- Simon School Hosts Breakfast for Prospective Students
- Tips for Phishing Protection
- University Employees Offered Free Massage
Financial Health Bites: Holiday Budgeting
News and Announcements
Annual Open Enrollment Begins Today
The annual open enrollment period for the University health care plans, flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), group life insurance and special open enrollment for long-term disability starts today and will be open through Nov. 20. The Benefits Office encourages everyone to attend one of the informational enrollment sessions, online enrollment help sessions, or health care plan comparison presentations. Visit www.rochester.edu/working/hr/benefits/enroll for details. Questions? Call ASK-URHR at 275-8747.
Update on Contract Negotiations Between University and Service Workers Union
For the past several months, the
University has been actively engaged in negotiations with the Service
Employees International Union/1199 and Local 200 with regard to a
renewed contract for its union workers. The University and SEIU have
reached consensus on the non-compensation aspects of a renewed contract,
but have yet to reach agreement on the economic aspects—pay, health
insurance, time off, and outsourcing. Read more...
Festival Showcases Outstanding Polish Films
Wartime drama, romantic comedy, and haunting animation are all part of the line up for this year’s Rochester Polish Film Festival at the Little Theatre. Sponsored by the University’s Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the festival also hosts three Polish film artists to discuss their works following the screenings.
Memorial Service Today to Honor Mary Sproull
A memorial service celebrating the life of Mary Sproull,
wife of President Emeritus Robert Sproull, will be held at 2 p.m. today
at the Memorial Art Gallery. A reception will follow. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-4270. Sproull died July 29 at age 93.
‘Spotlight On ... Series’: Daniel Beaumont
Tips for Phishing Protection
Daniel Beaumont, associate professor of
Arabic language and literature, will present the first “Spotlight on ...
Series” lecture for the academic year at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Welles-Brown
Room, Rush Rhees Library. He will talk about his recent trip to Cairo. Read more...
U.S. District Judge to Discuss Judicial Independence
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a lecture,
“Justice Under Siege? Increasing Threats to Judicial Independence,” with
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ’66 of the Southern District of
New York. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the
Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. A reception will follow in The Meliora, Salon D. Read more...
Latino Professional Alliance Hosts Cultural Symposium
Webinar: ‘Find the Right Job, Right Now’
The first “Latino Cultural Symposium:
Research on the Latino Culture” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at
the Flaum Atrium at the Medical Center. The event will
feature posters and information about education, health, language, and
civic engagement concerning the Latino community both locally and
globally. For more information, contact the Latino Professional Alliance
Join Alan Kearns, founder of CareerJoy,
from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, as he offers advice to job seekers about how to become
career finders. The author of Get the Right Job, Right Now!
Kearns will discuss how to evaluate what you want to do and translate
that knowledge into a job search that will match your skills, goals, and
aspirations. For more information or to register, click here
Unable to attend? Watch archived webinar recordings and get the
handouts via your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Join the ongoing
online forum conversations about careers, career opportunities, and
ideas with classmates and fellow alumni. Contact Stacy Mohr
at 276-5960 with questions.
Nominations Sought for Presidential Diversity Award
Nominations are being accepted for this
year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty,
staff, students, units, departments, or teams who have demonstrated
leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research,
multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach
activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials
are available online. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
Simon School Hosts Breakfast for Prospective Students
The Executive Programs Office at the Simon School will host a breakfast information session for University employees from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Schlegel Hall Rotunda. Prospective students interested in learning more about the MBA programs at Simon are welcome to attend. Register online.
University IT has seen a large increase
in the number of phishing emails that are being circulated. Several news
sources are cautioning people to beware of charity scams in wake of
Hurricane Sandy. Do you know how to spot a phishing email? Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to UnivIT_SP@ur.rochester.edu.
University Employees Offered Free Massage
University employees can take a break from a hectic day in the office with a free 10-minute massage on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Saunders Research Building, Room 4414A. The service is sponsored by Well-U in partnership with Blanchard Chiropractic. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Well-U will then contact enrolled employees to schedule an appointment time. Massages are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and space is limited.
Financial Health Bites: Holiday Budgeting
A representative from Canandaigua National Bank and Trust will talk about holiday budgeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the LeChase Conference Room (G-9576) in the Medical Center. Lunches are welcome. Registration is required.
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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 2)
UR Prof Robert E. Hopkins Inspired a Revolution
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On the campus of the University of Rochester, Robert E. Hopkins is known as the “father of optical engineering,” even years after his death.
Science Update (Nov. 1)
The “Stanford Marshmallow Experiment” was a classic study of delayed gratification: Preschoolers tried to resist eating one marshmallow, in order to earn two later. The children’s success was largely attributed to impulse control. But University doctoral student Celeste Kidd wasn’t so sure.
“It could’ve been the case that kids were simply incapable of waiting,” she says. “Alternatively, young children could be capable of making a decision about whether waiting or not would be worth it.”
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