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Professors honored | Fringe Festival’s final week (September 17, 2018)

09.17.18: Goergen Award winners; URAlert test; entrepreneurs showcase; Language Center hours; Study Zone open; election inspectors training

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News & Notes

Three Professors Win Goergen Awards

Hayley Clatterbuck (philosophy), Michael Jarvis (history), and John Lambropoulos (mechanical engineering) are the recipients of the 2018 Goergen Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. They’ll be honored in a ceremony on October 18.

AlertUR Test This Thursday

A reminder that the fall semester test of AlertUR will be this Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m. AlertUR is the emergency notification system for the University. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, and email message. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that you can be reached immediately. Students are automatically enrolled via their Rochester email, but are encouraged to add a cell phone number to receive emergency calls and texts. Before the test, be sure to review your contact information at; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you. The test will not disrupt scheduled activities. For more information on AlertUR, visit

Commission on Women, Gender Equity Seeks Members

The University’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia has merged with the Student Association Task Force on Sexual Misconduct to monitor jointly the consideration and implementation of their recommendations. For the latest progress report and initiatives under way, click here. The group is also seeking new members: students, faculty, and staff members are invited to apply. For more information and to complete a short application click here.

Employment Scam Targeting Students

University IT has become aware of fraudulent emails that are offering employment opportunities to students and, in some cases, asking them to purchase gift cards. See examples of the messages. Note: University officials will never ask you to purchase a quantity of gift cards.

Learn more about protecting yourself from email and online scams.

Fringe Festival Enters Final Week

Maddy Gartenberg ’19 and the University student a cappella group After Hours will perform old classics and modern hits this Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music. It’s part of the 2018 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, which runs through Saturday and includes performances from University students and faculty.

Student Entrepreneurs Showcase at Meliora Weekend

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, Simon Business School, Barbara J. Burger iZone, and the Office of Alumni Relations will present an entrepreneurship and innovation event during Meliora Weekend. If you’re a student working on an innovative or entrepreneurial project or business, or part of an entrepreneurship club, you can apply for a spot in the event’s poster session on Saturday, October 6, from 3 to 4 p.m. The posters will be displayed during an expo and networking reception. Only one application per team or organization is permitted. Apply online by Wednesday, September 19.

Language Center Conversation Hours

If you’re interested in speaking a foreign language but don’t have time to practice, stop by the Language Center’s Conversation Hours. They are open to all and require no advance knowledge of the language.

Study Zone Open to Students

The Study Zone offers more than 30 hours each week of low-distraction study space for students who enroll and commit to at least three hours per week. Comfortable chairs, standing desks, private rooms, and snacks are available at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Dewey Hall.

Join PLAN to Help Reduce Waste

The University is now a Post-Landfill Action Network member school. PLAN is a nonprofit that works on more than 200 college campuses across North America to support the student-led zero waste movement. Students and faculty with a University email address have access to resources focused on reducing waste. Benefits include an array of discounts, advising, and leadership trainings.


This Week's Entrepreneurship Opportunities

  • Have a technical business idea? Doing research you are thinking about commercializing? The NSF I-Corps Site Training and Grant program and the NSF I-Corps Node Short Course can help you take your idea to the next level. Register here for an info session on the I-Corps programs. Tuesday, September 18, noon to 1 p.m., Schlegel Hall, Room 103
  • Meet with staff from the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and the TEAM master’s program and ask questions about entrepreneurship and resources available. Tuesday, September 18, 1 to 3 p.m., Barbara J. Burger iZone
  • Learn about the master of science program in technical entrepreneurship and management (TEAM) at a general information session. University students qualify for merit-based scholarship awards. RSVP to (585) 276-3500 or Tuesday, September 18, 5 to 6 p.m., Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, 1-211 Carol Simon Hall.
  • Robert Arnold, one of the Ain Center’s Experts-in-Residence, has expertise in strategic planning and business plans; finance; management and negotiations; international business; risk assessment and mitigation; engineering and automation (manufacturing); customer service; and executive mentoring. He will hold office hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, September 20, in Carol Simon Hall. Advance scheduling is required. Book an appointment online or call (585) 276-3500.

A Conversation on Race

Community members, students, faculty, and staff are invited to “A Conversation on Race,” a free event facilitated by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. It’s part of a larger community dialogue on race in the Rochester area and occurs every semester. Pizza will be provided. More informationTuesday, September 18, 7 p.m., Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, Douglass Commons 305

Election Inspectors Information Session

Students interested in becoming a Monroe County Election Inspector can attend an information session and be eligible to work at the polls on Election Day, November 6, earning $212. Light refreshments will be served. Tuesday, September 18, 8 p.m., Douglass Commons 302

International Day of Peace Observance

Join the communities of the Interfaith Chapel and the Student Association for Interfaith Cooperation in an artistic and spiritual observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace. with local artist Katie Jo Suddaby, who will be creating a sand mandala. The labyrinth will also be open for meditative walking. Friday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons.

Street Beat All-Styles Jam

Groove your cares away with Tatiana Desardouin, one of the celebrity judges in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival’s Street Beat All-Styles Jam. Friday, September 21, 3 to 5 p.m., May Room, Wilson Commons.

Take Five Information Sessions

The Take Five Scholars Program will host two information sessions covering the program, eligibility, steps to apply, basic rules, and application instructions. Students can ask questions about their individual proposals. Monday, September 24, 10 to 11 a.m., Genesee Hall 308, and Tuesday, October 2, 2 to 3 p.m., Douglass Commons 401

Sex and Chocolate Fair

University Health Service’s annual Sex and Chocolate Fair brings together campus resources, student groups, and community organizations to educate about safe sexual practices. There will be free condoms, chocolate, and giveaways. Monday, September 24, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons

Biostatistics Open House

Find out if a master’s degree or PhD may be a good choice by attending the Biostatistics Open House. Faculty and students will share their perspectives, and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Flu Vaccine Clinic on October 9

University Health Service will hold its annual campus-wide flu vaccine clinic for all students, staff, and faculty. No appointments are needed. Bring your insurance card or a copy of your card. The student health insurance plan (Aetna) covers the cost of the flu vaccine. For questions, email Tuesday, October 9, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Goergen Athletic Center

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