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09.25.17: support for victims of natural disasters; security and report; intensive English program; Robbins Library directory; banned books week

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Message from President Seligman: Please Keep Hurricane and Earthquake Victims in Your Thoughts

In the past several weeks, thousands of residents of Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida have encountered devastating and life-changing natural disasters, including catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes. The people of these regions—including our alumni, as well as loved ones and friends of our University community members—are now facing significant long-term struggles to rebuild their lives and communities.

Please keep those affected in your thoughts. If you would like to help through a donation, please consider one of the many reputable organizations currently providing on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts in these regions. Additionally, there are several American Red Cross blood drives upcoming on the Medical Center campus.

Alumni Gift Strengthens Athletics and Data Science

In recognition of a gift from University trustee Stephen Biggar ’92 and his wife, Elisabeth Asaro-Biggar ’92—both former varsity soccer players— the entryway to Genesee Hall and the Boehning Varsity House will be named the Big “R” Atrium. Read more…

Think Safe Security and Fire Report Now Available

The University’s annual security and fire safety compliance document, Think Safe, is available on the Department of Public Safety’s website. If you would like to receive a printed copy of this combined annual security and fire safety report, you can stop by the DPS Office at 612 Wilson Blvd., or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (585) 275-3437. The DPS website and Think Safe contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, University police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and disciplinary procedures. Think Safe contains crime statistics for the three previous calendar years for reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible, from the campus.

Tobacco Dependence Counseling Available for Full-Time Students

UHS has partnered with the University’s Healthy Living Center to offer tobacco dependence counseling through the secure video conferencing app Zoom, at no cost to students. Contact the Healthy Living Center at (585) 530-2050 or to get started. Students can also talk with their UHS primary care provider about quitting. Call (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment at UHS.

Less Stressed. Better Sleep. Less Self-Judgement.

A new workshop offered by the UHS Health Promotion Office is designed to help students learn mindfulness through the practice of meditation, which is proven to calm and focus your mind. The first class begins Saturday, October 7, and registration is required.

Intensive English Program Offered

The Intensive English Program is offered to international students and consists of coursework to strengthen skills preparing students for academic success, along with assisting them in getting acclimated to their surroundings. The fall eight-week session runs from October 16 to December 15. Modules include academic speaking and listening, academic reading, academic writing, and creative and critical thinking. For more information, visit Direct questions to

Q&A with New Director of Rossell Hope Robbins Library

Anna Siebach-Larsen, the new director of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library and Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, talks about why she thinks medieval studies are relevant to the 21st century and how she uses technology to make medieval culture more accessible.

Go Green: Small-Scale Waste Reduction Projects

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste associated with student move-in, many University departments have worked together to responsibly recycle or donate items that would have otherwise been disposed of. Read more…

Upcoming Deadlines

Call For Art That Reflects Unity, Collaboration

The Bridge Art Gallery at the Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry is holding an open call for art reflecting on themes of unity and collaboration for its winter art exhibition, Stronger Together. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 16. There is no submission fee. See submission requirements.

Student Dental Plan Enrollment Open Until October 31

The Eastman Institute for Oral Health offers a dental plan for students. Interested students should complete the enrollment process by October 31. Click here for the student dental plan brochure and enrollment form. Coverage is from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. Call (800) 724-1675 or TTY (585) 454-2845 with questions.


Citation Check

Wondering if your citations are right?  Pop in to see a librarian who can help you work through your citations. Also, check out the library’s schedule to explore the citation management tools available. Monday, September 25, 7 to 8 p.m., Lam Square, Rush Rhees Library

Banned Books Week: Celebrate Your Right to Read

Calling all #RebelReaders: join River Campus Libraries and Alpha Delta Phi to learn about Banned Books Week. Wednesday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lam Square, Rush Rhees Library

Entrepreneurship Info Session for Undergrads

Learn about entrepreneurship programs and events at an information session for undergraduates. Presenters include Natalie Antal, associate director of the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship; Matthew Spielmann, senior program manager at the Ain Center; and Theresa Xu ’18, co-executive director of UR Consulting Group. Pizza will be provided. Advanced registration is required. Sign up through Handshake or Facebook or register onlineWednesday, September 27, noon to 1 p.m., Gowen Room, Wilson Commons

Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) Information Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY) program, which is supported by the College and the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, and offers select students a fifth, tuition-free year of college to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. Contact KEY program administrator Hillary Tatar to learn more. The fall application deadline is Wednesday, November 1. The application is now available as an online form. Wednesday, September 27, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lattimore 306A.

Panel Discussion: 'With AI and Robotics, Who Needs Human Relationships?'

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are making the existence of artificial companions a reality. Should we expect the development of affective relationships with these non-human entities to trump relationships with real humans? Professors Harry Reis (psychology) and Ehsan Hoque (computer science), and PhD student James Otis (philosophy) will discuss the topic. Ask a question ahead of time here. Wednesday, September 27, 5 to 6 p.m., Carlson Library, second floor

Help Adapt Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Rachel Monfredo, lecturer and technical associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, invites students to join her project to adapt battery-operated toys so they can be easily activated by children with special needs. Attend the organizational meeting  to learn more. Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 p.m., 4506 Wegmans Hall

'Sexperts' are Ready for Your Questions

Do you have questions about safe sex and contraception, sexual identity, or sexual pleasure, but feel uncomfortable raising them in public or with your doctor? Sponsored by the UHS Health Promotion Office, the Sex in the Dark program includes a panel of “sexperts” from the University community who will answer students’ anonymous questions about sex … in the dark. Get the details on all UR Sex Week eventsThursday, September 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hoyt Auditorium

Learn about Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship

The Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship is a new academic program offered by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. By pursuing an academic citation in community-engaged scholarship, students passionate about experiential learning and responding to community-identified needs are able to design a course of study and practice that complements the Rochester Curriculum and their chosen areas of study. The citation is designed to contextualize abstract theories, develop critical skills, and challenge assumptions that will prepare students for their future as effective leaders of social change in their communities. Attend an upcoming info session to learn more: Thursday, September 28, and Wednesday, October 25, 5 to 6 p.m., Douglass Commons 407

Education Abroad Information Meeting

Your first step in education abroad is to attend a General Information Meeting on

Attend a general information meeting on education abroad and learn about opportunities for international study, internships, research, and service learning. Learn about choosing a program, scholarships, and earning credit toward your major and minor. Education abroad is open to all majors. For more information, visit the Center for Education AbroadFriday, September 29, 2 to 3 p.m., Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons

Gandhi Institute Celebrates 10 Years in Rochester

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will host its annual open house with tours, inspirational speakers, dancing, music by DJ Alykhan, cupcakes, and more. The event celebrates Gandhi’s 148th birthday on October 2. For more information, contact Sunday, October 1, 2 to 5 p.m., 929 South Plymouth Ave

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