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01.15.18: essay reflects on diversity in higher ed; new UR Mobile app; dance at Rochester; Winter Stay survey; carillon composition competition

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Richard Feldman: Rochester Has an Opportunity to Be a Model of Respect for All

In a message to mark the start of the spring semester, Richard Feldman, interim president designate, says he hopes the University community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding after the release last week of a report of an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by a faculty member.

Feldman says he will begin work immediately on the University’s response to the recommendations made in the report.

“The University of Rochester has an opportunity to be a model for other institutions, not just in the letter of our policies and procedures but in the spirit of our actions, measured by our respect for each other and our differences in a campus community that is safe and inclusive for all,” Feldman says.

Feldman, a professor of philosophy who served as dean of the College from 2006 to 2017, was appointed interim president of the University, effective March 1, succeeding Joel Seligman, who will step down on February 28.

'Inclusive Habits of the Mind and Heart:' Diversity, Justice, and Higher Education

In an essay, Sasha Eloi-Evans ’05, ’17W (EdD), an academic programming coordinator for the Office of Minority Students Affairs and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, reflects on diversity in higher education in the nearly 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

Green Line Shuttle to Offer More Shopping, Dining Stops

Starting January 17, the Green Line shuttle will become a direct route between the River Campus and Westgate Plaza on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Shopping and dining options include Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Rite-Aid, Bath & Body Works, Panera, and others. View the Spring 2018 schedule.

New URMobile App Available in iTunes, Google Play Stores

URMobile, the official mobile app for the University, has been completely redesigned and redeveloped with a new look and new features. Use the app throughout the day to find essential information, access emergency services, and quickly check bus schedules, browse events, search the directory, find mobile-friendly maps, and more. Search for “URMobile” in your phone’s app store. The previous URMobile app stopped working at the end of 2017. As always, the URMobile app is free.

Introducing a New Student Funding Application Portal

The College Dean’s Office is piloting a new online student funding portal for the spring, summer, and fall 2018 semesters. The portal will serve as the central space for undergraduate students to request supplemental funding from College departments in order to participate in academic or cocurricular experiences. For more information, or to access the portal, visit the College Supplemental Funding website.

Genesee Hall Achieves LEED Silver Certification

University Facilities and Services Planning and Project Management and the design-build team for Genesee Hall utilized many innovative technologies to build a sustainable and efficient residence hall. The building has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Five Things You Might Not Know about Dance at the University

Did you know you can major in dance? Or take a course in dance even if you’ve never danced before? As the annual inspireDance Festival gears up later this month, learn more about how dance and Rochester go hand in hand.

Workshop, Poster Proposals Invited for Diversity Conference

The theme for this year’s University-wide diversity conference is “Overcoming the Invisible.” The conference aims to explore hidden identities, evolve beyond the social constructions that drive perception, and find pathways to create meaningful change. Submit a proposal to present a workshop or research poster at the conference, which will take place Friday, April 13. More information about the submission process can be found on the conference website.

Share Your Winter Stay Experience

Did you stay on campus or in Rochester during Winter Stay? If so, you’re invited to share your thoughts about your experience during the break period. Complete the survey here. Suggestions and feedback will be used to improve future Winter Stay plans and available resources during the break.

Reminder: IT Center Closed

The University IT Center in Rush Rhees Library remains closed in preparation for a new IT Center and the iZone. Visit the IT Center website when looking for places to study.

Updates from the UHS Health Promotion Office

  • The UHS Health Promotion Office will kick off the annual Feel Fabulous in February program soon. This year’s focus is all about student resiliency. Programs include a Week of Gratitude, Take a Beach Break study break, tabling for inspiration bracelets, and a keynote talk with Professor Edward Deci. More details will be coming soon.
  • Have you resolved this year to slow down and take a breath? Check out this expert Q&A from Student Health 101: Mindfulness and Meditation Explained.
  • Therapy Groups at the University Counseling Center for Spring 2018 will begin in late January and early February. Call UCC at (585) 275-3113 to schedule an initial assessment and learn more. New to UCC? Read the science behind therapy and how it can help you.
  • 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.

Upcoming Deadlines

Apply for Community Engagement Challenge

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership invites student organizations to apply for Community Engagement Challenge grants. Grants of up to $500 are intended to support projects that build and strengthen ties between the University and the City of Rochester. Funds may be used to cover the cost of transportation, materials for a community service project, or the cost of training that will help an organization improve its ability to engage with the community. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.

Music Department Hosts Carillon Composition Competition

The Department of Music announces the first annual Charles Zettek Carillon Composition Competition, an opportunity for Rochester students or alumni or Carillon Society members or alumni to create a carillon composition which, upon selection by a panel of judges, will be played on the Hopeman Memorial Carillon. See a complete description of the competition, including rules for submission. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, February 15.

New Award Recognizes Scholarship, Teaching

The College Dean’s Office invites nominations for the new College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship. The award recognizes a tenured faculty member in Arts, Sciences & Engineering who excels both as a scholar and as a teacher and mentor of undergraduate students. Nominations from all sections of the College are welcome: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff members, and administrators. Nominations are due Friday, February 23.

'Art of Science' Competition Opens Wednesday

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in this year’s Art of Science Competition by submitting digital images, illustrations, posters, and videos that incorporate the imaginative use of science, art, and technology. The theme of this year’s competition, which is sponsored by the Hajim School, is sustainability.  Submissions will be accepted from January 17 to March 30. Cash prizes will be awarded. Click here for details about this year’s contest, and see last year’s winners. Contact Sandra Turner at with questions or to submit an entry.


Welcome Back to Campus Center

From January 17 to 26, there will be a series of events for faculty, staff, and students to experience programs, features, and services available in the Campus Center. Events will be in both Wilson Commons and Douglass Commons and many involve prizes, free samples, and giveaways. Highlights include the Dining Vendor Fair, events in the Community Kitchen, Trivia Night, Casino Night, and a coloring contest. See the full schedule of events.

Burgett Intercultural Center to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary at a celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 19, in 305 Douglass Commons.

Events Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Several events this month commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including

  • Maria Hinojosa, host of National Public Radio’s Latino USA and PBS’s America By the Numbers, will deliver the University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, January 19. The address starts at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. Prior to her speech, Hinojosa will meet with student leaders in the Douglass Leadership House.
  • King for a Day, on Saturday, January 20, is a Rochester-wide day of service that brings together community members and students to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Register here. Service will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Auditions Set for International Theatre Program's Spring Productions

Audition for the International Theatre Program’s spring productions at 7 p.m. Friday, January 19, or at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.  Prepare any monologue from any play of your choice.  Learn more on the program’s website. Questions? Want to stage manage or work backstage? Contact

Eastman Presents: O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor and Special Guest Chris Wilson

The “Eastman Presents” series welcomes the Grammy Award–winning O’Connor Band, featuring fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor and special guest Rochester native Chris Wilson, performing Friday, January 19, at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Flu Shots, HPV Vaccine Available at UHS

It’s not too late to receive a flu shot. Schedule an appointment at UHS by calling (585) 275-2662, or attend the UHS Flu Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, January 23, from 4 to 5:30 in the UHS Building. No appointments are needed for the clinic; bring your insurance card.

If you’re interested in receiving the HPV vaccine, call (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment. The University’s student health insurance plan (Aetna) covers the cost of the vaccine. If you are on another insurance plan, verify your coverage before receiving the vaccine. Bring a copy of your insurance card with you.

Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program Open House

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program will hold an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in Conference Room A (G-121),  Rush Rhees Library. Take a tour of the new space and learn about the new Writing Studies Minor and cluster programs. Refreshments will be served.

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