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@Rochester: March 20, 2009

@Rochester: March 20, 2009

Today's Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High 40°

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny, High 50°

In Today's Issue

  • State Senator Smith Hosts Town Hall on Federal Stimulus Package
  • Women's Forum Features Two Prominent Local Leaders
  • Dependent Eligibility Audit In Process
  • 'Eastman at St. Michael's' Concerts Continue This Weekend
  • United Way Campaign: 'How I Live United'
  • Panel to Discuss International Status of Women
  • Concert Features Groundbreaking Rap Album
  • Surgeon to Appear at Book Signing Today
  • Event Highlight: Roundtable—The Politics of Translation
  • Rochester in the News: Jon Burdick on the New GI Bill, President Seligman on Response to Economic Challenge
  • In Higher Education: Foreign Students Less Likely to Seek Jobs in the U.S

News and Announcements

State Senator Smith Hosts Town Hall on Federal Stimulus Package

Senator Malcolm Smith, majority leader in the New York State Senate, is hosting a town hall forum on the federal stimulus package at the Medical Center's Class of '62 Auditorium on Thursday, March 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and is intended to help communities learn how they can benefit from the stimulus package, learn what projects may be eligible for funding, and hear about possible job and business opportunities. Joining Smith will be other elected officials and a number of state agency representatives who can speak to the various types of funding included in the federal stimulus package. Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling Smith's office at (212) 298-5585. 

Women's Forum Features Two Prominent Local Leaders

On Friday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Congressman Eric Massa is hosting a Women's Forum in honor of Women's History Month in the Hawkins-Carlson Reading Room of the Rush Rhees library. Featured speakers include Dawn Borgeest, senior vice president for corporate affairs at United Way, and Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel. The event is open to the public and includes an interactive panel discussion of current challenges facing women in our community. Guests are encouraged to participate in the question-and-answer session that closes the forum. 

United Way Campaign: 'How I Live United'

george vanderzwaag "I Live United primarily by providing financial support for charitable causes and volunteering my time to youth sports programs."
—George VanderZwaag, Director of Athletics and Recreation

Check @Rochester every Friday during the campaign to learn more about how Rochester faculty and staff Live United and pledge your support today. 

Dependent Eligibility Audit In Process

The University has retained Mercer Administration to conduct a Health Care Plan Dependent Eligibility Audit. Randomly selected faculty and staff who have dependents enrolled in the University Health Care Plans have received information in the mail. Further information, including frequently asked questions, is available online

'Eastman at St. Michael's' Concerts Continue This Weekend

Music by lutenist Dieter Hennings, cellist Matt Huber, organist Mark Edwards, and mezzo soprano Kate Maroney will highlight the next concert in the Eastman at St. Michael's Series. The concert will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Read more...

Panel to Discuss International Status of Women

The Rochester International Council presents "International Insights: Status of Women," from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 in the Interfaith Chapel. A panel of women international students and the wives of international students will discuss the lives of women in their countries. Refreshments will be served. 

Concert Features Groundbreaking Rap Album

No Jackets Required and UR Hip Hop present a concert performance of the 1992 Dr. Dre album The Chronic at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, in the May Room in Wilson Commons. The album was one of the first to introduce gangster rap into the mainstream and it  addresses numerous issues and problems in urban culture. At 7 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Amy Fenstermaker, senior fellow with the English department, will give a lecture on the roots of hip-hop. The show contains explicit lyrics and content. Tickets for the show are $4 at the Common Market, $5 at the door, and $6 for the community. 

Surgeon to Appear at Book Signing Today

Seymour Schwartz, distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery, will sign copies of his book, Gifted Hands: America's Most Significant Contributions to Surgery, at 6 p.m. today at the Pittsford Barnes and Noble, 3349 Monroe Avenue. 


Monday, March 23

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Rochester in the News

USA Today (March 19)

"Private Colleges Still Have Questions about New GI Bill"

Colleges and universities nationwide are preparing to roll out their welcome mats for veterans who will be eligible for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. It goes into effect Aug. 1. "We said, 'One way or another we will do this,' " says Jon Burdick, dean of admissions and financial aid. Read more...

News10 NBC (March 19)

"University of Rochester Announces Cuts"

President Seligman discussed the University's response to the current economic challenge during a press conference on Thursday (see video). Also reported by the Democrat and Chronicle and 13WHAM.comRead more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (March 19)

"Foreign Students Are Less Inclined to Seek Jobs in the U.S., Survey Finds"

A report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shows that foreign students are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the state of the U.S. economy, as well as their ability to get visas that will allow them to work here. Read more...

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