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In Today's Issue

  • Flags Lowered in Remembrance of Fort Hood Victims
  • Deadline Nears for Presidential Diversity Award Nominations
  • Recognize a Dedicated Colleague
  • Professor Named to State Cancer Advisory Board
  • Students Collaborate to Find Solutions to Brain Drain
  • Security Tip of the Week: Illegal File Sharing
  • Warner School Hosts Information Session
  • Reminder: Report Injuries Immediately

News and Announcements

Flags Lowered in Remembrance of Fort Hood Victims
The United States and University flags will be lowered to half-staff through Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in remembrance of the tragic events last week at Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

Deadline Nears for Presidential Diversity Award Nominations
The nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 16, for the first Presidential Diversity Awards, which highlight exemplary contributions to the University's diversity and inclusion efforts. The awards will 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.

Recognize a Dedicated Colleague
Nominations for the Witmer Awards and Meliora Awards are being accepted through Jan. 28. Both awards were established in 2008 to recognize exceptional service by University staff. Intended as a "lifetime achievement" award, the Witmer Award honors full- and part-time staff with five years experience or more. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University's motto, Meliora, or "ever better." New this year, the Staff Community Service Award will be awarded annually to a nonmanagement staff person in recognition of outstanding contributions to the greater Rochester community. Details and nomination materials are available online.

Professor Named to State Cancer Advisory Board
Pascal Jean-Pierre, research assistant professor of radiation oncology, was appointed to the New York State Prostate and Testicular Cancer Detection and Education Advisory Council.

Students Collaborate to Find Solutions to Brain Drain
Students from the University of Rochester, Syracuse University, and Cornell University will come together to address and work on creative solutions to one of the toughest problems facing Upstate New York: retaining smart, hard-working young people after graduation.

Security Tip of the Week: Illegal File Sharing
Between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, the University received 232 illegal file sharing notifications from copyright holders. University IT has sent 148 first notifications to students, three to employees, and has disconnected 39 network connections. For each complaint filed, there are escalating consequences. DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) statistics are updated weekly on IT’s Facebook page. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Warner School Hosts Information Session
The Warner School will host an information reception presenting its graduate programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The reception will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Reminder: Report Injuries Immediately
Employee Health Services reminds employees that injuries of any kind should be reported to a supervisor immediately. Even "near misses" that could have resulted in an injury but didn’t should be reported. Employee incident forms are available online. For more information, call 275-3241 or 275-9809.

Nov. 9, 2009
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Today's Forecast:
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Today's Event Highlight
Keeping a Healthy Back
Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) Medical Center. Noon. Read more…

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Rochester in the News
Rochester Business Journal (Nov. 4)
'UR Makes List of Best Value in Private Colleges'
Rochester ranks among the 100 best values in private colleges for 2009-10 in a list published by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Read more…

In Higher Education
Wall Street Journal (Nov. 5)
'How to Size Up College Health Coverage'
College officials say visits to campus health clinics are up sharply as students increasingly rely on these services, generally paid for by tuition or entrance fees, to cover basic health needs like checkups and lab tests. Read more…

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