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Exhibit looks at Commencement

"Commencement: 150 Years of Tradition and Ceremony" is currently on display in the Friedlander Lobby of Rush Rhees Library. Along with the pageantry of academic processions and the pomp of conferring degrees, graduation also has included other colorful customs. Smoking pipes, planting ivy, singing songs, burning the class will, and passing under daisy-chain arches have all been part of class day and Commencement customs.

Through photographs, programs, and memorabilia, the exhibition recalls these traditions. Also shown are academic robes (including the one worn by the University's third president, Rush Rhees) and the hoods (a different color for each discipline) conferred upon doctoral students. Materials related to several of the prominent figures who have received honorary degrees from the University--including Winston Churchill, Thomas E. Dewey, and Desmond Tutu--also are on display.

The exhibition continues through Saturday, July 15. Call x5-7600 for a recording on summer hours or check the Web at

Treasury manager is appointed

Kathy King-Griswold

Kathy King-Griswold has been named treasury manager at the University.

Reporting to Ronald Paprocki, senior vice president for financial affairs and planning, she oversees the University's cash management function. She also serves as liaison between the central administration and divisional financial officers, and as the University's liaison with banks and other external agencies.

King-Griswold was treasury manager for cash and electronic payments at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. from 1995 to 2000, serving as Wegmans' manager of cash and banking for the preceding two years. Previously, she had been treasurer/controller for Sugar Creek Stores, Inc., and also has held a variety of accounting and bookkeeping positions.

Catholic education series returns

For those whose lives are touched by and committed to Catholic education, a two-day summer institute at the University will develop important issues that deal with keeping Catholic schools vibrant in the 21st century.

Teachers, administrators, clergy, parents, youth ministers, and others who work in the field are invited to participate in the 11th annual Institute on Catholic Education on Monday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 11, sponsored by the Warner School.

Using interactive lectures, small group discussions, activities, and social conversation, this year's institute, titled "Catholic Formation: Many Paths, One Way," will delve into such topics as enhancing Catholic leadership, preparing students for an ecumenical world, and the value of spirituality for those committed to Catholic education.

The main speakers will be Rev. James Mulligan, an educator and writer in Ontario, Canada, and Elinor Ford, the first woman appointed superintendent of schools in the Archdiocese of New York.

A registration fee of $175 ($190 after June 23) is required and includes all materials, luncheons, and refreshments for the daylong programs. Group rates and housing options are available. To register or for more information contact the Warner School's Office of Professional Development, x5-7833 or x5-8270.

Observatory offers free tours

The University's C. E. Kenneth Mees Observatory is opening its doors again this summer, offering stargazers an ideal vantage point for surveying the heavens.

Located 2,000 feet above sea level on Gannett Hill in the Bristol Hills 40 miles southeast of Rochester, the observatory will offer free tours Friday and Saturday nights now through August 26. The recently upgraded facility now features computerized tracking, enabling the telescope to automatically find and track more than 1,000 celestial objects.

The tours consist of a short slide presentation, a description of the facilities, and, when the sky is clear, a look through the observatory's 24-inch reflecting telescope. The tours are conducted by undergraduate students rain or shine and last approximately two to three hours. On clear nights visitors can observe planets, star clusters, nebula, and even galaxies. Tours generally start around 8:30 p.m.

Since each tour is limited to 25 participants, reservations are required and may be made by calling the University's observatory reservation office, x5-4385. Those interested are encouraged to call soon, as the tours fill up quickly.

Check out Kindercare

Kindercare, which recently partnered with the University to manage the on-site child-care center, will hold an enrollment fair in the House of Six Nations Cafeteria at the Medical Center on Wednesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to learn more about Kindercare and its learning-based child-care curriculum. Inquiries are welcome and tours are available. For more information call x5-4641.

Donations wanted for book fair

The Friends of the Libraries' 28th annual Book Fair will be held on Saturday, September 23, at the armory on Culver Road. In addition to the approximately 50 book dealers who exhibit at the fair, the Friends of the Libraries sponsor their own book booth as well as a silent auction.

The Friends are asking for contributions of used books--both popular and scholarly titles--as well as interesting and more valuable items for the silent auction. Donated items should be received no later than Friday, August 18. General items for the book booth should be dropped off at the Rush Rhees Library loading dock (off Library Road) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The items should be boxed and contain the name and address of the donor for acknowledgment and receipt purposes.

To contribute a more valuable item for the auction or for further information call Margaret Engel, x5-4461.

HD fund-raiser nets $70,000

The second annual "Celebration of Hope" auction and brunch, held by the Huntington's Disease Society of America's Center of Excellence at the Medical Center, raised more than $70,000 recently for Huntington's disease (HD) programs and research.

During the "Celebration of Hope" event, which was held at Casa Larga Vineyards, Robert Berg, professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, was honored for his dedication and commitment to medicine, science, and public service.

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund the University's HDSA Center of Excellence, which provides medical care, counseling, referrals, and education for HD patients and their families. The center is closely linked with the hub of the Huntington Study Group, a consortium of international investigators working to develop better treatments for HD and other neurodegenerative disorders.

MS Bike Tour seeks riders

On Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20, area cyclists will travel through the Finger Lakes region and convene in Seneca Falls as part of the MS 150-km. Bike Tour, a fund-raiser for multiple sclerosis research. Cyclists will spend the night under the stars or at nearby accommodations. Activities are planned for the overnight venue, including fireworks. On Sunday participants will enjoy a different return route, leading to a festive finish-line celebration.

If two days of cycling is too much, an alternative is the MS Fun Ride. This one-day, 30-mile ride has all the advantages of the two-day MS Bike Tour (rest stops, mechanical and medical support, rest room facilities, and lunch at the finish line), but with a shorter distance.

A University team is being captained by Lisa Norwood. For more information or to register, call her at x5-4155, or send an e-mail to

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