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Sign up for the Job Fair

Get a jump on finding student employees by attending Job Fair 2000 on Monday, August 28, sponsored by the Career Center. The Job Fair gives University employers the opportunity to meet potential student employees and introduces students to the diversity of employment opportunities at the University. More information will be arriving by mail that will explain how to reserve space for the Job Fair. Employers also may call Student Employment at the Career Center, x5-2138, for further details.


Orchestra auditions slated

Auditions for both the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra will be held in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus the week of August 28.

The symphony orchestra, which numbers nearly 100 members, is open to both students and musicians from the Greater Rochester community. Rehearsals of the symphony orchestra are held on Tuesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. The chamber orchestra is a select 40-piece all-student ensemble. Candidates will need to prepare three to four minutes of solo work of their choice and will be asked to sight read from standard orchestral repertoire.

Now in its 46th season, the symphony orchestra performs major works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The chamber orchestra presents four formal concerts, several informal presentations on campus, and stages surprise "Art Attacks" performances throughout the Rochester area.

Both ensembles are conducted by David Harman, professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the College.

To schedule an audition time, contact the College Department of Music after Tuesday, August 15, at x5-2828.


Entrepreneurship course offered

This fall the Simon School will offer an entrepreneurship course for University employees. It will examine the management skills and tools associated with innovation and new-business development. The course targets individuals who are considering starting a business, as well as those who want to get better at recognizing potential new products and business opportunities generated by University research activity.

Developing a business plan for a start-up will be an integral part of the course. Plans will be critiqued by the instructor, James Doyle, who has an extensive background in venture capital and small-business management. The class also will cover a broad range of new-venture topics from the perspective of the entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

The course will be held on Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., September 29-December 8. The course will be augmented by guest lectures by entrepreneurs from several Rochester companies. Guest lectures will take place on Tuesdays, 5:50-7:20 p.m. All classes will be held in Schlegel Hall on the River Campus.

The cost for the course is $1,500 per person, which includes all textual material. University employees can enroll in this course using a tuition waiver from the Human Resources office (refer to personnel policy No. 304). Maximum class size is 30 students and the deadline for enrollment is Friday, September 15.

For more information call the Executive Development Program office, x5-3439.


ESM student wins major contest

At the American Guild of Organists national convention held last month, Eastman School doctoral candidate Ji-Yoen Choi was the first- prize winner in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. The competition is an intensive, yearlong competition culminating in semi-final and final rounds at the convention.

As the winner, Choi receives a cash prize of $2,000, a recording on the Naxos label (to be produced this month), and two years of management by Karen McFarlane Artists, the firm that manages a number of internationally known organists. During that time, she will present 40 to 50 recitals across the country.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Choi came to America in 1994 after receiving her bachelor's degree from Yonsei University. She received a master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1996 and began pursuing her doctorate in organ performance at Eastman that summer. She studied with Associate Professor of Organ Michael Farris (who, coincidentally, was a previous winner of the competition) until his death in March 1999. Since then, she has studied with both David Higgs, associate professor of organ, and Katharine Pardee, visiting associate professor of organ. Now living in Rochester, Choi has been the organist at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Penfield since September 1998.


Research participants needed

Asthma--Nonsmokers with asthma, ages 18-50, are needed for a research study. Volunteers will need to make one or two visits to the research site, and will be paid an honorarium. Call Donna, x5-4163.

AIDS vaccine--Healthy, HIV-negative volunteers, ages 18-60, are needed for clinical research trials of HIV-prevention vaccines. Participants will receive up to $700. Call x3-AIDS.



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