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Good Yontif exhibition opens

In 1997, Rochester artist Lynne Feldman produced a series of 30 small paintings for a children's book titled Good Yontif: A Picture Book of the Jewish Year. ("Good yontif" is Yiddish for "happy holiday.") Beginning Tuesday, August 31, these paintings will be on exhibit in the Memorial Art Gallery's Children's Corridor.

Good Yontif shows a family celebrating nine holidays that define the Jewish calendar. The people shown include members of Feldman's own family. In one of her paintings, she even includes tiny black-and-white images of family photos.

The exhibit remains on view through Sunday, January 9.

Step lively for folk dancing

The Dance Program is sponsoring international folk dancing lessons every Monday, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in the dance studio of Spurrier Hall. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary. Participants can begin on September 6. A dance party featuring the 12 Corners Klezmer Band is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., in Spurrier Hall.

Participants will learn circle, line, and partner dances from around the world. The teacher will be Ezher Uremez, who also will be teaching World Dance Forms in the Dance Program. Lessons are free for students; there's a small fee for others. Call x3-5150 for further information.

SMD Convocation slated

The School of Medicine and Dentistry will hold its Opening Convocation for faculty and medical/graduate students on Thursday, September 9, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Whipple Auditorium (Room 2-6424 in the Medical Center). A reception will be held in the Helen Wood Hall lounge immediately following the ceremony.

Lowell Goldsmith, SMD dean, will host the ceremony with University President Thomas Jackson as a speaker. Awards for scholarship and teaching during the 1998-99 academic year, Dean's Teaching Scholars Awards, fellowships, and named professorships will be presented.

Institute addresses infidelity

The Department of Psychiatry's Psychotherapy Institute is scheduled for Friday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Whipple Auditorium at the Medical Center.

The conference, titled "Infidelity and the Betrayal of Intimacy," will address couples in crises, with a focus on the crises of infidelity, systemic solutions to four major types of infidelity, and the challenges of treating hypermasculine men.

Frank Pittman III will be a featured guest speaker. Pittman is best known for his treatment and research of families and couples in crises and the use of family therapy as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization.

Psychiatrists and other physicians, social workers, psychologists, nurses, counselors, school guidance personnel, and law enforcement personnel are invited to attend. For more information call x3-2569.

Yellowjacket Day scheduled

"One Day of Peace, Love, and the Genesee" will be celebrated on the River Campus on Sunday, September 19. That's the theme of this year's Yellowjacket Day, the University's annual welcome-back party.

Activities take place on Wilson Commons lawn, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The entertainment spotlight will fall on student talent, including such a cappella groups as The Yellowjackets, Vocal Point, The Midnight Ramblers, and Chari Vara. ADITI, Radiance, and D'Motions are scheduled to dance, and the Strong Jugglers also will perform.

There will be an array of carnival rides and novelty activities, plus food and beverages. "Yellowjacket Day '99" T-shirts will be on sale and a tie-dye station will be set up.

Clothesline Festival has new date

The date of the 1999 Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery has been changed to Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., one week earlier than usual. The festival, which normally falls the weekend after Labor Day, is being moved to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah and to allow the broadest possible community participation. Next year, the festival will return to its normal schedule.

This year's featured entertainers include the Rochester City Ballet, Downstairs Cabaret, the Boland School of Irish Dance, and the Nostalgic Reunion Jazz Ensemble. Food and beverage tents will serve a variety of refreshments. Shuttle bus service will be operating from Atlantic and Anderson Avenues and the East End Garage at East Main and Scio Streets.

The Clothesline Festival is Rochester's oldest and largest arts and crafts festival. More than 600 artists from 27 counties in Western and Central New York exhibit and sell their own works on the gallery's campus. The two-day festival also is MAG's biggest fund-raiser. All artists' entry fees and public admission fees go directly to its operating fund.

Children's Hospital holds raffle

The Dorschel Automotive Group and Volkswagen of North America have teamed with Children's Hospital at Strong to raffle off a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Children's Hospital. The raffle will be held during the hospital's annual Auction Gala on Saturday, October 30. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

For more information or to purchase a raffle ticket, call the Children's Hospital at Strong's Office of Development and Community Affairs, x3-5948.

Second environmental award won

Reducing mercury usage at Strong Memorial Hospital and Eastman Dental Center has earned the University an award for pollution prevention from New York State.

Marvin Stillman, manager of environmental compliance for University Facilities and Services, accepted the Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention at the state Pollution Prevention Conference on August 25 in Rochester. The conference was co-sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Business Council of New York. Stillman also will participate in a panel discussion during the conference.

The award recognizes the success of a program that was inaugurated in November 1997 to decrease or eliminate mercury usage. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the University with a 1999 USEPA Environmental Quality Award for reduction in mercury used at Strong and the dental center.

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