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Center sets summer hours

The Customer Service Center of the University has begun operating on its summer schedule.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is closed on Saturday and Sunday during the summer.

The center returns to regular hours on August 31.

For more information, contact the center at x5-3975.

Genome sequencer speaks

J. Craig Venter of Celera Corp. will present the lecture Sequencing the Human Genome on Thursday, May 24, in Hubbell Auditorium in Hutchison Hall.

Venter also will receive the Harrison Howe Award from the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry. The technical lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m., and the general lecture and award presentation will be at 8 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Now available: Popular reading

Rush Rhees and Carlson libraries have opened new browsing collections of more than 500 current popular books and magazines.

The Rush Rhees collection is housed on the first floor near the Circulation Desk. The Carlson collection is near the newspapers on the main floor. Suggestions may be made for adding to the collection.

For more information, contact Fadi Dagher at x3-3451,; or Diane Cass at x5-4465,

Stroll for Strong Kids

University employees can put on their walking shoes and walk to raise money for Children's Hospital at Strong on Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 and 11 a.m. in Genesee Valley park. The scenic two-mile walk will be followed by a free lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse and include a concert by Gary the Happy Pirate with activities for children.

Participants are asked to raise money through sponsorships, and those who raise $75 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt, with other prizes going to top fundraisers.

For more information, call x3-5948.

Center wins diversity award

The University's Community Learning Center won the 2001 Diversity Award from the 19th Ward Community Association for its crosscultural living and community engagement.

"It's wonderful to get recognition from the community association for work that's been very stimulating for our own students," said Jody Asbury, center advisor. "I think we're just seeing the beginnings of what the center can do."

The Community Learning Center, in its inaugural year, consists of 25 ethnically and culturally diverse students residing in a converted fraternity house. The mission is to combine service learning experience with crosscultural education.

Polish Youth Concert is May 27

An art exhibit and musical performance to celebrate Polish culture will be held on Sunday, May 27, at the Memorial Art Gallery.

Sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and the Polish Heritage Society, the concert will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the opening of the exhibit and a reception.

The concert will feature Rochester area musicians, many of whom are students at the Eastman School of Music. Directed by Sabina Slepecki, first violinist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the group will perform pieces by Chopin, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Bach.

The afternoon program is part of the Skalny Lecture and Artist Series, a continuing series of performances and special offerings for the Rochester community. For more information, contact the Skalny Center at x5-9898.

CBO becomes SSO

The Central Business Office (CBO) has been renamed the Shared Services Organization (SSO) as part of an initiative to support a more team-like environment among the University's business staff and provide consolidated support for business services.

The process that resulted in not only a renaming but a restructuring of the office included engaging an outside consultant and assembling all of the related staff for a daylong retreat. The final result is designed to promote a better working relationship between all staff members, better communication, and a more clear scope of services.

Research participants needed

Medication Interactions--Healthy, HIV negative volunteers needed to evaluate interactions between HIV medications. Requires two 15 hour visits and one 24 hour visit to the clinical research center. Women of child bearing potential are excluded. Up to $600 compensation. For information, contact the Infectious Diseases Unit, x5-2740 or x5-4768.

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