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@Rochester: May 18, 2009

@Rochester: May 18, 2009

Today's Forecast: Sunny, High 60°

Tomorrow: Showers, High 68°

In Today's Issue

  • Weekend Ceremonies Mark Rochester's 159th Commencement
  • Update for American Express Corporate Cardmembers
  • Coping with Work and Family Stress
  • Security Tip of the Week: Don't Let Spyware Control Your Computer
  • Kids Can Get a Taste of College
  • Computer Sales Offers Discount on HP Printer
  • Weight Watchers at Work Sessions
  • Event Highlight: Roth 403(b) Educational Sessions for Employees
  • Rochester in the News: Edward Deci on Wealth and Happiness
  • In Higher Education: Colleges Seek New Ways to Give Students a General Education

News and Announcements

Weekend Ceremonies Mark Rochester's 159th Commencement

Commencement 2009MESSAGE TO GRADS—REACH OUT: Rep. Louise Slaughter challenged Arts, Sciences and Engineering graduates during a Sunday morning ceremony to look for ways to serve. "You are not going to be graded on service to others," she said, "but your life will not be complete without it." At the Eastman School ceremony, alumnus Mark Volpe '79E, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, talked about sharing the value of classical music "in a world where a generation has grown up without music education," he said. "Musicians can't remain islands."
On the Web>> Photos, video, and audio from Commencement... 

Update for American Express Corporate Cardmembers

American Express recently informed its University Corporate Cardmembers that effective Aug. 4 they will no longer provide paper billing statements. In order to receive billing statements electronically, each corporate cardholder must register their card account in 'Manage Your Card Account' via American Express Electronic Billing Registration. Cardholders are urged to register in time to receive these electronic billing statements and to avoid any late fees that might be incurred for late registrants. 

Coping with Work and Family Stress

Well-U and EAP are offering a "Coping with Work and Family Stress" session May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wilson Commons 121. Enroll online

Security Tip of the Week: Don't Let Spyware Control Your Computer

Did you know that eight out of ten computers are infected with spyware software that takes partial control of your computer without your consent? Lower your risk of spyware infections by making sure your browser and operating system software are up to date, by using anti-spyware and anti-virus software, and by avoiding downloads from sites that you don't know or trust. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to UnivIT_SP@ur.rochester.edu. 

Kids Can Get a Taste of College

Know students in grades 6-12 who would like to sample the college experience this summer? Download your Rochester Scholars or Rochester on Campus Summer 2009 brochure for details. 

Computer Sales Offers Discount on HP Printer

University IT Computer Sales is offering University departments $149.00 off the HP LaserJet P2055DN. The offered price of $249.95 is available while supplies last. For details, visit the Web site, or stop by retail locations at the Medical Center (Room G-7220B) or in Rush Rhees Library. 

Weight Watchers at Work Sessions

Spots are still available in several Weight Watchers at Work programs at the Medical Center, River Campus, and Corporate Woods. The cost is $186 for the 17-week program and eligible employees who complete the program will be reimbursed for 50 percent. Enroll online or call 276-4197. 

Events

Monday, May 18

Roth 403(b) Educational Sessions for Employees: 1:30 p.m. in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics Seminar Room and 3:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons.

For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar.

Rochester in the News

ScienCentral (May 13)

"Money vs. Happiness"

Edward Deci, professor of psychology and Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences, and his colleagues have evidence that not only pursuing, but actually attaining what he calls "American Dream-type" goals can work against psychological health and well-being. The new evidence "argues pretty strongly against the widely-held notion that if I just get rich and famous I'd be so happy," he says. Read more...

In Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education (May 15)

"Colleges Seek New Ways to Give Students a General Education"

A balanced diet of course work—a mathematics class here, a few history and literature courses there—may be a fine and healthy thing. But course-distribution requirements probably are not enough to guarantee that undergraduates acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills, according to a report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Read more...

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