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In Today’s Issue

  • AlertUR Test is Thursday
  • Community Forum on Religious Tolerance
  • Statement on NRC's Assessment of PhD Programs
  • Power Outage Planned Monday Morning
  • Meeting Connects Those Interested in Teaching
  • Aetna Student Health Info Sessions
  • Discount Taxi Service Offered
  • Rochester in the News: 'Renovations To Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre Complete'
  • In Higher Education: 'Documenting Adjunct Work'

News and Announcements

AlertUR Test is Thursday
The biannual test of the University’s emergency notification system, AlertUR, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, at 6:15 p.m. The system is designed to alert students, faculty, and staff by text message, e-mail, or other methods during an emergency. This will be the first test for many graduate students who are now covered by AlertUR. The current emergency systems within the Medical Center will continue to cover faculty and staff there. Before the test, check that your contact information is accurate and complete.Go to and sign in with your NetID and password to verify your best contact information.

Community Forum on Religious Tolerance
The President's Office and the Interfaith Chapel are hosting "The University as a Sanctuary for Tolerance" from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Interfaith Chapel sanctuary. The event will open with an address by President Seligman and an open forum for students, faculty, and staff will follow.

Statement on NRC's Assessment of PhD Programs
“The National Research Council’s assessment of PhD programs provides deans, department chairs, and graduate program directors with a powerful tool for analyzing the comparative strength of a given PhD program across 20 variables to identify hidden strengths and areas for improvement,” University Provost Ralph Kuncl noted after the results were released Tuesday. “Those variables include indicators of faculty research activity, student support and outcomes, and diversity. We intend to make full use of this rich trove of information to continue to enhance our programs.” For more about the assessment, visit the council's site.

Power Outage Planned Monday Morning
RG&E will temporarily shut off power at the Mt. Hope Professional Building and at the Goler House between midnight and 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, as part of its project to place electric service underground along Mt. Hope Avenue. Facilities and Services requests that occupants of those buildings shut down all computers and electronics before the planned outage. Call Shawn Casey at 275-2082 with any questions.

Meeting Connects Those Interested in Teaching
The University Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies and the provost support a Cluster for Leadership in Education, which organizes an informal seminar series for graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty who share an interest in teaching. Participation includes members from several departments and colleges in the University. To learn more, visit the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, for refreshments and conversation. RSVP to if you'd like to attend

Aetna Student Health Info Sessions
Joan Miller from Aetna Student Health will share information about the student insurance plan at three information sessions: Monday, Oct. 4, at 4:45 p.m. (Class of 1962 Auditorium, Medical Center) and 8 p.m. (ESM 209, Eastman School); and on Tuesday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m. (Gowen Room in Wilson Commons).

Discount Taxi Service Offered
Marketplace Taxi offers a 30 percent discount for students, faculty, and staff who use the service. The company is also offering discounted flat rates to locations that students travel to regularly, such as the airport, train and bus stations, area malls, Clinton Crossings, and the Eastman campus. Call 274-ACAB or 647-9970 for service. Be sure to give a phone number and indicate your affiliation with the University. You must show your University ID to the driver to guarantee discounts. Tip is not included. Send feedback on the program to Learn more at

Rochester in the News

'Renovations To Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre Complete'
WHAM 1180 (Sept. 30)
The renovations to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre are complete and visitors and musicians will notice a difference.

In Higher Education

'Documenting Adjunct Work'
Inside Higher Ed (Sept. 27)
The Coalition on the Academic Workforce is undertaking a major effort to document the working conditions and needs of adjuncts.

Oct. 3, 2010

Deadlines & Reminders

Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Oct. 4: Non-terminal Plan A students must submit two final corrected copies in the Graduate Studies Office. 

Oct. 4: All documents (exam reports, grade changes, etc.) must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by this date to remain on October conferral list.

Oct. 13: Drop/add/audit deadline for fall 2010.

Oct. 13: Last day to submit department-approved Master's Programs of Study for March 2011 degree candidates.

Oct. 13: Last day to petition the Graduate Student Organization for waiver of audit fees.

Oct. 15: University Board of Trustees meets to approve October 2010 degrees.

More from the graduate calendar.

School of Medicine and Dentistry
Oct. 15: University Board of Trustees meets to approve October 2010 degrees.

More from the School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate calendar.

Eastman School
Oct. 19: Meeting of the Graduate Research Committee.

More from Eastman's graduate calendar.

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