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VPN access made easier

For the past several years, Information Technology Services (ITS) has provided users with the ability to access restricted University resources from off campus using a secured Internet connection called a virtual private network (VPN). Instead of applying for a VPN account by completing a request form, faculty, staff, and students can now use their NetID and password to log in. (To learn more about NetIDs, visit Different procedures are in place for faculty and staff at the Medical Center and Simon School.

Existing VPN accounts will remain functional for a limited time. ITS expects to turn off the old accounts in summer of 2006. After that time, users will only be able to access VPN using their NetID. Also, users with existing accounts will need to have old accounts deleted by completing a request form before logging in using their NetID.

For a list of common questions about VPN and other details, visit

Need employment verified?

Call the 'Work Number'

Buying a home? Leasing an apartment? Applying for a loan or public assistance? Each of these requires employees to provide proof of employment and/or income. The Work Number is now available to all University faculty and staff for employment and income verifications.

The service can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is highly secure. To release salary information, an employee must first provide an authorization code called a salary key to the verifying company. To do this, go to or call (800) 367-2884. After obtaining the salary key, simply direct the verifying company to the Web site or (800) 367-5690. A link to the Work Number and additional information about obtaining employment verifications is available at

Eastman Folk Sing

CD features classic folk songs

Six Eastman Community Music School teachers have recorded Eastman Folk Sing, a CD of 30 traditional folk songs that they "love to sing and play with students."

The CD features only acoustic instruments and was recorded at the Eastman School this past summer. It is now available in local venues, including the Eastman School of Music Bookstore, Borders Books and Music in Henrietta, the Pittsford Barnes and Noble, the Creator's Hands, and the Sampler Records Web site at

Get fit the fun way

The Fitness and Wellness Center at the Medical Center is offering tai chi and salsa dancing classes. Six-week sessions begin in February. Classes are open to both members and nonmembers, and registration is due by January 26. Tai chi will be offered Wednesdays from 5:25 to 6:40 p.m. beginning February 1. A salsa dance class, with meringue, is offered on Thursdays beginning February 2 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

The center also hosts the Japan Karate Association of Rochester. Classes are held Monday and Thursday evenings, and participants can join anytime. Call x5-2437 or stop by the center (G-5680) for more information or to register.

Web project targets relief efforts

The School of Nursing and Center for Nursing History are collaborating on a project to collect, archive, and study the reflections of nurses, students, and health care professionals involved in hurricane relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. Those who assisted in the area or were involved in disaster relief at a remote location are invited to share their stories and photos. To learn more about the KatrinaRita Narrative Project, visit the Web forum at katrinaRita/index.htm.

Be a lifelong learner

Rochester Continuing Studies is offering courses ranging from "An Evening of Baroque Pleasures" at the Memorial Art Gallery to "Script Writing for Stage, Screen, and Television." There are more than 60 courses, seminars, workshops, and events on a wide range of topics. The adult continuing education program is a collaboration between the College Office of Special Programs, Medical Center, and Memorial Art Gallery. View the entire list of spring semester offerings at Registration is now open for all courses. For more details, call x5-2344 or visit the Web site.

Course teaches patient safety

The faculty of the Division of Clinical Practice Evaluation in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine are offering a minicourse on the science, tools, and strategies for achieving safer patient care.

The certificate course consists of 10 sessions, each of which will be offered twice a month from February 2 through June 22. Sessions are scheduled on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There is no fee for the course. Course materials and snacks will be provided. Parking fees will be the responsibility of the registrant. Register by Friday, January 27. For information and registration materials, contact Judy Hughes at x5-7712 or

Snowy February? You guess

The Department of Horticulture and Grounds is sponsoring its Annual Snow Contest. The winner must come the closest to predicting snowfall totals for the month of February (as recorded at the Greater Rochester International Airport). Send entries to Dan Schied via e-mail at dschied@ or call x3-5815. Include the snowfall amount in inches, name, department, and phone number. All entries must be received by February 20.

Attention entrepreneurs

"Growing Entrepreneurial Ventures" is the theme of the Rochester Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, January 20, at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions will be offered for current and potential entrepreneurs and for those commercializing technologies.

Philip Saunders, chairman of Griffith Energy and Genesee Regional Bank, and Richard Kaplan, president and CEO of Pictometry International Corporation, are the keynote speakers.

The conference is sponsored by the University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, High Tech Rochester, the Innovators' Edge, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Rochester Business Journal. For details, visit or call (585) 214-2400.

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