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News for AS&E Faculty and Staff, May 2018


In this edition of FYI: news and announcements; events

May 16, 2018
Issue #36

Students enjoy Dandelion Day, one of the University’s oldest traditions, featuring concerts, games, food, and giveaways. (University photo by J. Adam Fenster)

News and Announcements

Teaching awards to be presented: AS&E faculty members are among the leaders, educators, and humanitarians being honored during commencement ceremonies this weekend. David Primo, the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and an associate professor of political science and business administration, will receive the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Chigusa Kurumada, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, will be awarded the G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence. Wyatt Tenhaeff, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, will receive the G. Graydon Curtis ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence.

Beth Jörgensen stepping down as board chair: After eight years of service as chair on the Board on Academic Honesty, Beth Jörgensen will be stepping down, effective June 30. Jörgensen’s tenure as chair includes a comprehensive two-year study and reorganization of the academic honesty policy, board structure, and hearing processes. Dean of the College, Jeffrey Runner, and the AS&E deans thank Jörgenson for her commitment to this role, and the lasting impact on the AS&E community. Elaine Sia, a board member completing her first four-year term, will take over as chair beginning July 1.

Volunteer to be a Wilson Day Reflection Leader: Faculty and staff who want to connect with incoming first-year students and help them recognize the impact they can have on the community during their time at Rochester are encouraged to become a Wilson Day Reflection Leader. Wilson Day Reflection Leaders will oversee one group of students after their Wilson Day service ends on Monday, August 27. Reflection lasts 30 to 45 minutes, but leaders should be available for about 2 hours as busses return to campus. If you’re interested, contact Wilson Day Coordinator Kavya Bana at

‘Friendship Volunteers’ Sought for International Students: Consider being a Friendship Volunteer to an incoming international student in the fall. Friendship Volunteers serve as an important family-based connection for the University’s international students and the Rochester community. Students can join your family for a meal, an event, or holiday. The time commitment is minimal, but the payoff is immense. Contact Molly Jolliff for more information.

Students participating in faculty-led programs abroad this summer: Programs include Russian in Russia, Digital Archaeology of Heritage Buildings of West Africa (Ghana); the New Millennium UR Spanish program, French in France; French Sign Language and Deaf Culture; Summer in Korea; Procida: Lisio Italian Studies Program; and more. This summer, more than 60 students were awarded need-based scholarships to support their international experiences. To learn more about faculty-led abroad programs, contact Ted Pagano, associate director in the Center for Education Abroad, at Education Abroad also announces a new student ambassador program in which students are available to answer program-specific questions other students may have.


‘UR Student’ Demo Day
Thursday, May 24, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall, Room 1-101

UR Student includes the implementation of a new system for the University’s records, registration, and student finance areas. The system is scheduled to go live in July 2019 and will affect all students, faculty, and related staff. For those who cannot attend, the demo day event will also be simulcast live.


Staff Professional Development Retreat
Wednesday, June 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons

Join other AS&E staff on a daylong retreat that will include general AS&E updates on finance, curriculum, and more. Full agenda and RSVP instructions will be sent to AS&E staff by email.

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