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11.12.2018: Burgett memorial service; women who lead; student veterans; scientific nomenclature; winter cycling tips

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Search Begins for Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

The University has launched a national search for its first vice president for equity and inclusion. The vice president will be the University’s chief diversity officer and will establish and lead the new Office of Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, the Culture of Respect site has a new look and highlights the ongoing progress in strengthening policies, clarifying processes, and expanding resources to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. It also features content about members of the University community who are making a difference in promoting meaningful change.

Tomorrow Is Memorial Service for Paul Burgett

University Vice President Emeritus and University Dean Emeritus Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD) will be remembered at a public memorial service at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, in Strong Auditorium. A reception will follow in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Organizers request that you register if you’d like to attend. See service details and registration information. The event will be streamed live on the memorial website, which also includes condolences and tributes to Burgett. A video tribute can also be viewed here.

Author Samina Ali to Headline Diversity Conference

Author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali will be the keynote speaker for the University’s 2019 Diversity Conference on Monday, April 8. The objective of the day-long conference is for the University community and the Greater Rochester community to engage with diversity-related topics.

Shuttle Service For Thanksgiving Break

Students traveling for Thanksgiving break can take advantage of the University’s transportation service, provided by Students’ Association Government.  Starting on Tuesday, November 20, the service will provide students with an airport shuttle and also will provide airport, train and bus shuttle on Wednesday, November 21, and Sunday, November 25. Here’s the schedule.

Participate in Student Poll

The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections has partnered with global research firm Universum to understand students’ career goals and perception of the University. All students are invited to participate in this confidential survey, which takes about 15 minutes. Participate now for a chance to win monthly drawings for e-gift cards, college swag, and a donation from Universum to a charity of the winner’s choice. 

Conversations with Women Who Lead

The International Education Week speakers series will feature Doris Gray, director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, and Monica Sharma, author of Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents. They’ll discuss leadership and change, empowerment, equity, and access for education and healthcare worldwide during a series of individual and joint talks November 14 to 16.

Student Spotlight

Making the Move from the Military to the University

Wells Award Winners Excel in Engineering and Humanities

Andrew Howard ’19, Oliver Xu ’20, and Yiting Zhang ’19 are recipients of this year’s Wells Award, recognizing seniors who are majoring in an engineering discipline while also pursuing a major or minor in the humanities.


Breaking the Bubble: How to Run for Office

Want to run for office or help someone else get elected? A workshop by Gary Pudup will address the entire process, from how to enter the political arena and gain campaign experience through developing a volunteer base, financing a campaign, attracting donations and networking through the political process. Monday, November 12, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee Street

Ain Center Office Hours, Discussion

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship is sponsoring two events this week:

  • Robert Arnold, who has expertise in strategic planning and business plans, will hold online office hours as part of the Experts-in-Residence program. Tuesday, November 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michael Lightman of World Bank, who has expertise in strategy, fundraising, and market analysis, will hold office hours on Wednesday, November 14, 9 a.m. to noon. Book an appointment online or call (585) 276-3500
  • Doug Chambers ’98 will discuss “Construction of Entrepreneurship” as part of the Ain Center’s Lecture Series. Thursday, November 15, 4:45 p.m., Schlegel Hall 103

Quirky Stories behind Scientific Nomenclature

Evolutionary ecologist John Jaenike, molecular biologist Elaine Sia, astronomer Judith Pipher, and chemist Lauren VanGelder will share the history of scientific nomenclature in their disciplines and discuss our constant struggle to organize, classify, and name everything in the universe. Light refreshments will be served. Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Carlson Library, second floor

Sundance Film Festival Pick at Hubbell Auditorium

Anote’s Ark, a 2018 Sundance Film Festival official selection, tells a story about climate change, migration, the people of Kiribati and their former president, Anote Tong. The screening is free and open to the public. Contact Brady Fergusson with questions. Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m., Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall 

Pan Am Flight 103: The Battle for Justice 30 Years Later

December 21 marks the 30th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the skies of Lockerbie, Scotland. In all, 270 lives were lost, including two members of the University’s Class of 1990. Washington, D.C. attorney Mark Zaid ’89, one of the key players in the civil lawsuit against the Libyan government that resulted in a $2.7 billion dollar settlement with the victims, will reflect on the events that unfolded. Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m., Humanities Center, Conference Room D, Rush Rhees Library

Flu Vaccine Clinic

UHS will hold a flu vaccine clinic that is open to all students, staff, and faculty. No appointments are needed. Bring a copy of your insurance card. If you have questions, write to ldudman@uhs.rochester.eduWednesday, November 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m., UHS Building, River Campus. 

Navigating Difficult Conversations at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and so are potentially contentious conversations. In the library pop-up program, “Let’s Talk Turkey,” students will learn how to creatively navigate difficult conversations, have a civil dialogue, and effectively use information to present arguments. Wednesday, November 14, Lam Square, Rush Rhees Library, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winter Cycling Presentations

The Department of Transportation and Parking Management and the League of American Bicyclists will offer two sessions by certified bicycle educators on commuting by bike in winter. They are free and open to the University community. Guests and lunches are welcome. For more information, contact the Parking Management Center at (585) 275-4524. Wednesday, November 14, noon to 1 p.m., 3-7619 Upper Adolph Auditorium, Medical Center and Thursday, November 15, noon to 1 p.m., Gowen Room, Wilson Commons

Volunteer to Judge High School Students' Business Plans

Student volunteers are needed to review and critique high school students’ Virtual Enterprises international business plans. No prior experience is necessary. All attendees must bring their laptops. Pizza and beverages will be provided to all volunteers. Call (585) 276-3500 or email with questions. Wednesday, November 14, 6 to 8 p.m., Dewey Hall 2-110E

Fellowships Summer Opportunities Abroad Fair

The Fellowships Office and Undergraduate Research will host a Summer Funded Opportunities Abroad Fair. It’s an informal, drop-in event where students can learn more about finding funded summer programs abroad, or funding their own international research experience or internship. RSVP by Sunday, November 11. Thursday, November 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

UR NextGen Challenge

Students are invited to attend the UR NextGen Challenge, a think-tank competition that gives students a chance to solve real-world problems with real-world engineers and scientists working alongside industry representatives. Cash prizes of $1,500 awarded to the top teams. Only 20 students will be selected to compete. To register, email andrea.barrett@rochester.eduThursday, November 15, 4 to 5 p.m., Gleason Hall 335

Language Center Talk: Cultural Intersections

The Language Center invites the University community to the program “Cultural Intersections: How Speaking Different Languages Can Shape Our Personality.” A panel of domestic and international students will discuss studying abroad in countries where other languages are spoken. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Thursday, November 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Language Center, Douglass Commons 305

Bioethics at the Movies: Contagion

Attend the upcoming feature in the Bioethics at the Movies series, Contagion, hosted by Richard Dees, an associate professor of medical humanities and bioethics. The series prepares students for ethical situations in health care. Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m., Humanities Center conference room, Rush Rhees Library

Creative Collision Challenge

Watch fellow students pitch their ideas around a pressing social issue at the inaugural Creative Collision Challenge. Top teams will earn cash prizes. Friday, November 16, 2 to 4 p.m., Rettner Hall 307

Fulbright Information Sessions

The Fellowships Office will sponsor four information sessions about the Fulbright US Student Program. While the sessions will be of special interest to juniors, seniors, and graduate students, anyone who would like to learn more is welcome. All sessions will be in the Career Center conference room, Dewey Hall 4-200. Friday, November 16, 2:30 p.m. (overview); Monday, November 18, 1 p.m. (STEM students); Tuesday, November 27, 3 p.m. (overview); Friday, November 30, 1 p.m. (teaching English abroad)

Confluence Student Concert

Join the Program of Dance and Movement for a fall choreography concert featuring work by students. Tickets are $5 for University students and $10 for the general public, and are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons and at the door. For more information, call (585)-273-5150 or visit Friday, November 16, 8 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, November 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Spurrier Dance Theater

Tickets on Sale for 'Battle of the Bands' Fundraiser

Humans for Education, a nonprofit run by a group of University students, and the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Council will host a Battle of the Bands. Competing groups include Vocal Point, No Jackets Required, and RIT’s Encore. Buy tickets online by November 27 ($15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff) or at the door ($20 students, $25 faculty and staff). Proceeds from the event support Humans for Education’s effort to build its next school in Kenya. Friday, December 7, 7 p.m., Strong Auditorium

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