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In Today’s Issue

  • Message from President Seligman on Bordeaux Civil Suit
  • New Way to Elect Retirement Contributions Online
  • Bradford Berk Named to Disaster Readiness Commission
  • Eastman School Appoints Director of Concert Activities
  • Volunteers Needed for Lego Tournament
  • Performance Features Rochester Faculty

News and Announcements

Message from President Seligman on Bordeaux Civil Suit
“The University has learned that a civil lawsuit has been filed by the family of the late Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., a University junior who in January 2011 was stabbed during a fight on campus and subsequently died from his injuries. Fellow classmate Daren Venable was charged in the stabbing, but was found by a judge to be not guilty by reason of self-defense. This was a terrible and painful tragedy that forever altered the lives of the Bordeaux and Venable families. As a University, we must always keep in our thoughts these two Rochester students, while also being mindful of how the University moves forward for the better following an incident such as this. In the weeks following Jan. 15, 2011, the University conducted a thorough internal review of its systems and policies, with a final report concluding that the procedures, response, and policies at the time of the event were effective and appropriate. Tragedies of this nature also provide clear opportunities for the institution to build upon current practices in a continuous effort to create an even safer community for students, faculty, and staff. The University is among three defendants named in the Bordeaux family civil suit, along with Delta Upsilon fraternity, and Daren Venable. University counsel will carefully review this lawsuit.”

New Way to Elect Voluntary Retirement Contributions Online
The Benefits Office announces that, beginning Dec. 12, there will be new online steps to make or change your voluntary retirement program contributions. All online voluntary contribution elections or changes will be made at In addition, you may view your contribution history at the site. Telephone enrollment at (800) 410-6497 will still be available. No action is required—your current voluntary elections will be maintained. However, the Benefits Office reminds you that, because of the online change, you will not be able to elect or change voluntary contribution amounts between Dec. 6 and the morning of Dec. 12. For program details and instructions on how to enroll or make changes, visit the Benefits website.

Bradford Berk Named to Disaster Readiness Commission
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk to the NYS Respond Commission, one of three bodies created to broaden emergency preparedness in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. Read more...

Eastman School Appoints Director of Concert Activities
Keith Elder, an attorney and former arts administrator with major orchestras, has been named director of concert activities for the Eastman School. In addition to providing leadership to the concert office staff, he will advise Dean Douglas Lowry on the school’s concert series, manage the school’s performance venues, and oversee the Eastman Theatre Box Office, Theatre Shop, and concessions. Read more...

Volunteers Needed for Lego Tournament
Volunteers are needed for the communitywide FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Championship Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Palestra. Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to assist judges and referees, queue up teams, check in participants, setup, take down, and more. Sign up here. For more information, contact Ursula Balent, volunteer coordinator at 275-9055 or

Performance Features Rochester Faculty
“No Dancing Allowed,” a presentation of Biodance at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, will feature Missy Pfohl Smith, director of the Program of Dance and Movement; Allen Topolski, chair of the Department of Art and Art History; and Courtney World and Eran Hanlon, instructors in the Program of Dance and Movement. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $8 for students. Read more...

Nov. 29, 2012
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Today's Forecast:
Partly Cloudy, High 43°
PM Snow Showers, High 29°

Today’s Event Highlight
‘The Moche Narratives: Visual Media, Myth, and History in Pre-Hispanic Northern Coast of Peru’
5 p.m., Morey Hall 321.

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Rochester in the News
Democrat and Chronicle (Nov. 28)
University of Rochester Tops RIT at Wendy’s College Classic
Jim Scheible became the all-time winningest coach in the women’s basketball program’s history with 259 victories as the Yellowjackets earned an 80-53 win over RIT in the first round of the Wendy’s College Classic at William Smith on Tuesday.

New York Times (Nov. 28)
Two Familes Show an Uneven Rise in Consumer Confidence
Americans are feeling better about the economy than they have in four and a half years, data released Tuesday shows. “People are still cautious, and there’s still a lot of uncertainty,” says George Cook, executive professor of business administration at the Simon School.

Sports Buzz
Yellowjackets at Home
Women’s Basketball
Wendy’s College Classic
Nov. 29: 8 p.m. vs. SUNY Brockport
Dec. 1: Games TBD.

Men’s Basketball
Wendy’s College Classic
Nov. 30: 8 p.m. vs. St. John Fisher
Dec. 1: Games TBD.

Get the latest sports news at the Rochester Athletics website.

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