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Sign up for the check card

Representatives from Advantage Federal Credit Union (AFCU) will be visiting the University in March and April to assist employees in signing up for the new check card. The option allows employees to have all of their paycheck--or a portion of it--deposited to a check card when each pay day arrives. Those funds will be instantly available at any location accepting VISA cards, any Advantage Federal Credit Union location or other credit union-affiliated branch, and any ATM.

On March 16, representatives will visit the River Campus as part of the Wilson Commons Wednesdays St. Patrick's Day celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can meet with AFCU representatives, who will be located on the ground floor, near the Common Market.

Employees also can establish an account April 4 to 5 at Strong Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the House of Six Nations Cafeteria.

Miner hosts Irish photo exhibit

Images by local photographer Joe Territo will be on view as part of the exhibition The Children of Belfast that opens on St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17, and continues through May 27, in the Edward G. Miner Library at the Medical Center.

Territo was inspired to pursue this project, in part, by a young girl from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has visited him for several summers thanks to a program sponsored by the Irish Children's Program of Rochester. Territo is an award-winning medical photographer who specializes in the field of ophthalmology.

An opening reception will be held March 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. For library hours or more information, call x5-3361.

Gamers gather for showdown

SIMCON, western New York's largest and longest-established simulation gaming convention, will be held on the River Campus from Thursday, March 17, to Sunday, March 20. Developed and run by the University's Simulation Gaming Association, the annual conference has drawn gaming enthusiasts from around the country for the past 26 years.

This year's four-day convention is filled with officially sanctioned tournaments and other events centered on games of all kinds, including team and individual role-playing, board games, historical miniatures, and war games.

Registration and other details can be found on the Web at or by calling x5-6186.

Fable featured in film series

Pieces d'Identites, a 1998 film by Mweze Ngangura, will be shown at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in room 314 of Morey Hall as part of the continuing Africa Video and Film Series, sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. The showing is free and open to the public.

The French film with English subtitles tells the story of a king, his daughter, a dragon stand-in, and a Prince Charming who rescues them. Within this timeless and simple fable, the king finds his identity challenged outside his village, raising social questions about the issues facing people of African descent in the 20th century.

For more information on the series, call x3-5345 or check the Web for updates at

Bring 'em to work

This year's "Take Your Child to Work Day" will be held on Thursday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to noon for children between the ages of 9 and 15. Numerous departments will be participating. Sponsored by the Medical Center Administrative Group, the event is an opportunity for children of University employees to learn about and experience career opportunities available at the University.

Registration is limited to 200 participants and ends Thursday, April 7. Preregistration is required. Registration forms are available at the Strong Memorial Hospital Information Desk, by calling Katrina Martinez at x5-8036 or Joellen Kuhl at x3-5164, and online at

Those with questions or those interested in volunteering as a tour guide should contact Betsy Colon at x5-1504 or

Be scholarly this spring break

Eligible middle and high school students can spend their upcoming spring break getting in touch with their cerebral selves as part of the Rochester Scholars program. The week-long sessions, taught by select University faculty, graduate students, and local educators, cover topics such as medicine, law, communications, biology, physics, argument and debate, economics, research, philosophy, psychology, marketing, international politics, engineering, chemistry, dance, drama, art, photography, foreign language, creative writing, journalism, astronomy, and entrepreneurship. To learn more details about eligibility and course offerings, visit or call the Office of Special Programs at x5-2344 to request a brochure.

Want to learn tai chi?

The Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center is offering a six-week Tai Chi course taught by Karen Kohl on Wednesday evenings from 5:20 to 6:35 p.m. The class begins March 23 and continues through April 27. All are welcome. Cost is $60 for nonmembers, with a $5 discount for members. Call x5-2706 to register by Friday, March 18, or for more information.

Young physicists needed

The University's Pre-College Experience in Physics, a four-week program designed to encourage young women's interest in all areas of science, will run from July 5 to 29. The program exposes the participants to a series of fun and challenging physics laboratory exercises and to the work of professional scientists and engineers. This noncredit, commuter program is open to students who are completing 9th or 10th grade in any area high school. There is no homework, tests, or fee, and previous course work in physics is not required. Sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact Connie Jones at x5-5306 for more details. Applications are available online at

Apply for Fulbright

Internationally minded juniors and graduate students in all disciplines are invited to apply for Fulbright Scholarships to spend the 2006-07 academic year abroad. Over 140 countries participate in the Fulbright program, which promotes international peace and understanding through educational and artistic exchange. Applicants, who must be U.S. citizens, design projects involving advanced study and research or teach English conversation and American culture in high schools and universities in certain countries.

The University nomination process includes completion of the Fellowships Preliminary Application, due March 21 and available on the fellowships Web site at www.rochester. edu/College/CCAS/fellowships.html. A first draft of the project proposal is due April 11. For more information, see the Web site or contact the fellowships coordinator, Belinda Redden, at or x5-2354.

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