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International Education Week, Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 13, 2017)

11.13.17: impact of tax reform bills; welcoming displaced students; planning for 'winter stay'; undergraduate research fair

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News & Notes

Proposed Tax Bills Increase Cost of College and Taxes Private Universities

“As you may know, House Republicans released their comprehensive tax reform bill and the Senate Republicans released their version of a tax bill last week. Both of these bills would adversely impact higher education in a number of important ways,” says President and CEO Joel Seligman in a message to the University community. Read the full message.

University Welcoming Displaced College Students from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

As Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, universities and colleges in the regions have temporarily shut down, forcing many students to suspend their degree programs. In response, the University is inviting displaced college students from the areas to continue their undergraduate coursework in Rochester during the 2018 spring semester.

Men's Soccer Heads to Sweet 16; Field Hockey Ties School Record for Wins

The men’s soccer team advances to play Amherst College in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer playoffs. The Yellowjackets defeated Connecticut College, 2-1, in overtime in the first round on Saturday and then topped No. 6 SUNY Oneonta Sunday in the second round of the playoffs. Visit for updates.

Rochester’s field hockey team wrapped up its season with an 18-4 record—matching a school record for wins in a season—after weekend play in the NCAA Division III field hockey championships. The Yellowjackets fell to Middlebury College in the Elite 8 on Sunday, one day after Rochester defeated Husson University in the Sweet 16.

Dining Plans and Planning for 'Winter Stay'

If you’re planning to stay on campus anytime during “winter stay” (December 23 to January 14), be sure to reserve some of your declining dollars or purchase additional dollars to ensure you have enough to get through your time on campus. You can use your declining dollars until Sunday, January 7. Declining dollars for the spring semester begin on Friday, January 12. Students who are staying are also encouraged to purchase URos since the dining facility hours are limited during the break. URos are accepted at a variety of locations around Rochester, on campus, and at the Medical Center. To load additional funds on to your ID go to

Volunteers Needed to Judge High School Students’ Business Plans

Student volunteers are needed to review and critique high school students’ Virtual Enterprises International business plans on Thursday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Dewey Hall, Room 1-110E. All majors are welcome and prior experience is not necessary. Attendees must bring their laptops. Pizza and beverages will be provided to all volunteers. If you have questions, contact the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at (585) 276-3500 or The event is part of the University’s annual celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Upcoming Deadlines

Reminder: Share Your Input on University's Strategic Plan

The development of the University’s next strategic plan is under way, with an emphasis on leading through research; innovating in education; building and embracing community; and transforming health care. The ultimate goal is to develop a plan that all members of the University community can embrace and that will inspire everyone to make the University ever better. Share your suggestions with the core goal working groups online by Friday, November 17.

What Would You Do with $5,000?

Students in the College are invited to submit applications to the 5K Challenge via this form. Proposals must benefit the whole campus community, improve the student experience, fit a current need on campus, cost $5,000 or less to implement, and be inclusive. Visit the SA Government website to learn more about the 5K Challenge and to submit your proposal. Proposals are due by Monday, November 27.

NSF I-Corps Site Application Deadline Extended

Have a technical business idea? Consider applying to the University’s NSF I-Corps Site program for the spring 2018 cohort. The program, open to University undergrads, graduate students, doctoral candidates, faculty, staff, and recent alumni, provides entrepreneurial training (two required workshops and biweekly meetings) and modest funding (up to $3,000 in a grant award) to enable teams to explore the market potential of their ideas. Download the I-Corps application and submit by the extended deadline of Monday, December 11. Contact Matt Spielmann with questions.



It's International Education Week

November 13-17 marks the 18th anniversary of International Education Week, an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide. The University will host events throughout the week to recognize international students, education abroad, and internationalization. This year’s theme is “Building Peace through Advocacy and Education.” Highlights include

Global Entrepreneurship Week Events

A series of events at the University help mark Global Entrepreneurship Week. Highlights include

Breaking the Bubble: Re-energizing Frederick Douglass's Legacy

Join Carvin Eison of Rochester Community Media and Bleu Cease, executive director of Rochester Contemporary Art Center, to learn more about the community initiative to re-energize the living legacy of Frederick Douglass. The event is a part of the “Breaking the Bubble” community conversations series sponsored by the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, and the Community Service Network. Monday, November 13,  7:30 to 9 p.m., Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee Street

UHS Flu Vaccine Clinic Is Wednesday

Want a flu shot? Visit the UHS Flu Vaccine Clinic, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, in the Green Lounge in Hutchison Hall. Bring your health insurance ID card or a copy of both sides of your card to the clinic. The student health insurance plan (Aetna) covers the cost. After you receive your shot, complete this online survey to help Rochester win Alana’s Challenge for having the most students reporting they received a flu shot. Contact with questions.

Looking for Research?

Interested in research but not sure how to get started? Stop by the Undergraduate Research Fair to hear about upcoming research opportunities in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, as well as the Medical Center and the broader Rochester community. Contact Ann Robinson with questions. Wednesday November 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson and Welles-Brown rooms in Rush Rhees Library.

Kickoff for UR NextGen Challenge

UR NextGen Challenge is a think-tank style competition that gives students the chance to solve real-world problems with engineers and scientists working alongside industry representatives. There will be a kickoff event Thursday, November 16. The actual competition will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, December 1. Cash prizes of $1,500 will be awarded to the top teams. The competition is open to undergraduates in STEM fields. Space is limited. For more information and to register, contact andrea.barrett@rochester.eduKickoff event: Thursday, November 16, 5 p.m., Carol Simon Hall, Room 1-211B

How to Create Something That Lasts

Join iZone and Simon Business School student Max Sims ’16 to hear the story of UR-UPP: How To Create Something That Lasts. Sims saw barriers preventing undergraduate students from engaging in research and he took initiative to remove them—as a result 49 more students have engaged in undergraduate research in the past year and a half. Thursday, November 16, 7 to 8 p.m., Hawkins-Carlson, Rush Rhees Library

Be Less Stressed with UHS

  • Take a study break at the UHS Health Promotion Office’s DeStress Fest. Enjoy trail mix, tea, and guided meditation; make a reflection stone; play a game; and listen to peaceful music. Supported by the College Diabetes Network. Thursday, November 16, 8:45 to 10 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library 
  • At Paws for Stress Relief, you can pet therapy dogs, pick up an inspirational quote, and make a lavender sachet. Monday, November 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Goergen Athletic Center foyer
  • Looking for help managing stress and taking care of your mental health? Follow UCC’s Facebook pageInstagram account (@ur_ucc), and Pinterest page for articles and updates.
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