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04.16.18: Gwennies honor career center partners; commencement volunteers wanted; social entrepreneurship in D.C.; seniors can thank families

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New Committee to Lead Search for University's Next President

The Board of Trustees has established a Presidential Search Committee, cochaired by University Trustee Cathy Minehan ’68, and Danny Wegman, chair of the Board of Trustees. The committee will work with three advisory committees: the University Advisory Committee, consisting largely of faculty; the Staff Advisory Committee; and the Student Advisory Committee. Names of committee members are listed on the new Presidential Search website, which will be updated regularly and include information on the position itself, the search process, timelines, and other activities related to the search. The University community is also invited to submit suggestions, questions, and nominations in confidence to the search committee.

Words from Wallis Hall: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

In his latest Words from Wallis Hall, President Richard Feldman writes about the importance of the University’s annual Diversity Conference, and looks back to the recent presentation of the Frederick Douglass Medal to Douglass’s great-great-great grandson Kenneth Morris Jr.

Career Center Partners Honored at Second Annual ‘Gwennies’

The Gwennies Award Luncheon, hosted by the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections, honored partners who exemplify the Greene Center’s values—respect, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, betterment, and purpose. Students, staff, and alumni received awards.

Volunteers Needed for College Commencement

The 2018 Commencement Committee seeks staff and student volunteers for the College Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Responsibilities include assisting guests during the ceremony on the Eastman Quadrangle and directing them to diploma ceremonies and receptions on campus following the ceremony. Volunteers are needed from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interested? Contact Fazeelah Chappell at or (585) 275-4029.

Learn about Social Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C.

The Social Impact and Entrepreneurship Program is an opportunity for Rochester students to spend the fall semester in Washington, D.C., learning about social entrepreneurship through courses and cutting-edge internship experiences. Intern at local, national and international, governmental agencies, nonprofits and private enterprises. Earn 16 credit hours (a full semester) 8 credit hours of internship experience, and 8 credit hours of coursework The opportunity can count as a social sciences cluster. Email for more information.

Volunteer Opportunity at Foodlink

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Ambassadors Program is looking to connect University students to the surrounding Rochester community through volunteer opportunities at local non-profit organizations. The program has an upcoming volunteer opportunity helping to sort and prepare non-perishable food donations for distribution from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at Foodlink’s warehouse in Rochester. Transportation available upon request. Email to sign up for to volunteer at Foodlink or to join the SBAC Ambassadors email list.

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Office Hours

Seeking advice on a project or startup from an expert? Try meeting with one of the Ain Center’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. Andrew Scheinman, CEO of Nidus BioSciences and principal at Scheinman Law, will hold office hours on Thursday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Carol Simon Hall. Kathryn Cartini, CMO of Upstate Venture Connect and CEO of Peacock Media, will hold virtual office hours on Friday, April 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. via Skype. Advanced scheduling is required. Book an appointment online or call (585) 276-3500.

Upcoming Deadlines

Final Workshop, Deadline for Mark Ain Business Model Competition

The 2018 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series concludes with a presentation on “Pricing Your Product and Building a Basic Financial Plan and Model,” presented by Urs Waelchli, visiting faculty and assistant professor of finance at the Simon Business School. The workshop will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Schlegel Hall 103. Workshops are free and open to all members of the University and the general public. Food and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or by calling the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at (585) 276-3500. Those who register in advance will be provided a complimentary River Campus parking pass. The competition (online submissions are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Download the Ain Competitor’s Guide or contact Matt Spielmann for more information.

Applications for Orientation Peer Advisors Due April 22

Applications to be a One Community Peer Facilitator or Peer Talk Facilitator at Fall Orientation are due Sunday, April 22. Submit your application here. Contact the Burgett Intercultural Center with questions regarding the One Community program, or the Orientation Office for questions about Peer Talk.

Become a Monroe County Election Inspector

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is recruiting students to lead the recruitment, training, and mobilization of students to serve as election inspectors at polling sites with the Monroe County Board of Elections. The two leadership positions, or “Election Fellows,” will receive advanced training in leadership and the administration of elections, as well as a stipend of $1,000. Applications are due by Sunday, April 22.

NSF I-Corps Site Program Info Session, Upcoming Deadline

Have a technical business idea? Looking to explore the market opportunity of laboratory research? Consider applying to the University’s NSF Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Site program, which offers training and up to $3,000 for customer discovery. The next I-Corps Site Cohort VII will run during the fall semester, and the program application deadline is noon on Monday, April 23 (apply here). The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship will host an information session on the program on Thursday, April 19, in Schlegel Hall, Room 103 (bottom floor), from noon to 1 p.m. Stop by to learn about the program and enjoy complimentary pizza. Register online. Contact Matt Spielmann at the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship with questions.

Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition Deadline Is April 23

Full-time undergraduate Hajim School students are eligible to compete in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition by submitting a business plan for a technical idea. Students may submit a plan that was written for a current or past course. Thousands in cash prizes will be awarded to top teams, announced after the presentation event on May 3. Submit your business plan online by 4 p.m. Monday, April 23Contact Heidi Mergenthaler with questions.

Seniors: Share a Message to Honor and Thank Your Family

Parent and Family Relations invites graduating seniors to submit a brief entry to “Dear Mom and Dad” to honor their family.  Share a message of gratitude, appreciation, or humor, as related to parent and family support or encouragement. Messages should be 60 words or less and contain appropriate language. You may include one picture along with their message, if desired. All submissions will be compiled to be highlighted in the Parents Buzz e-newsletter and the parents’ website.  A selection of submissions will be included in a publication distributed at commencement. Email your submission to with “Dear Mom & Dad” in the subject line. Indicate whether or not you’d like to have your name listed. The submission deadline is Sunday, May 6.

Submit Your Work to Journal of Undergraduate Research By May 19

The University’s Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR) is looking for submissions for publication in the spring 2018 Issue. The deadline for submission to is Saturday, May 19.  Submissions can include original essays, papers, senior theses, and articles from any academic field. They should be double-spaced in MS Word format and should follow Chicago-style guidelines for citations. Learn more at or

Student Spotlight

Learning the Art of Community Change through Dance

University students spent the semester with students from high schools across Monroe County, encouraging dialogue around community building through art and the creative process.


Planning Your Week?

Here are some events and opportunities to check out:

Tuesday, April 17

Wednesday, April 18

  • The Department of Transportation and Parking Management and the League of American Bicyclists are offering a series of instructional bike safety seminars. The first one runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons
  • Join the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and School of Nursing for lunch and a talk titled “Nurse Entrepreneurs: Skills to Advance the Profession’s Mission of Social Change” by  Mattia Gilmartin, executive director of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders and a professor at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University. noon to 1 p.m. in 1-510 Helen Wood Hall
  • Learn how e5 (Experiential-Five) Scholars spent a fifth year in Rochester transforming ideas into enterprises that create value during their capstone presentations. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons
  • Two student groups from Kate Mariner’s ANT 288 class, The Social Construction of Whiteness, will present on the following topics: “Whiteness Is a System/Structure: More Than a Characteristic of Individual” (5 to 6 p.m.); and “Whiteness is Reproduced in Everyday Life: Through Space, Media, Language, etc.” (6:15 to 7:15 p.m.) Lam Square, Rush Rhees Library
  • The Language Center will host a PlayStation4 World Cup tournament. Select one of the available languages and play to become the Language Center World Cup Champion. Sign up here. 5:30 p.m., 305 Douglass Commons

Friday, April 20

  • Celebrate undergraduate student creativity and accomplishment across all disciplines at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Exposition12:30 to 4 p.m., various locations on the River Campus and at the Medical Center
  • At the College’s inaugural Community-Engaged Scholarship Capstone Symposium, six students completing community-engaged capstone projects—and their faculty and community partner supervisors—will showcase the impact of their work through a poster session and conversations with attendees. RSVP by Tuesday, April 17. Friday, April 20, 3 p.m., Phillis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Dr. Samuel Maccree Drive
  • Spring Explorations and Experimental Dances (SEED) features choreography by student and faculty in the Program of Dance and Movement. 8 p.m., Spurrier Dance Studio. (Program repeats at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21)

Sunday, April 22

  • The theme of this year’s TEDxUniversityofRochester is “Making Waves: What Happens When We Rock the Boat?” Check out the full lineup and visit the Facebook page for details. Tickets are on sale at the Common Market in Wilson Commons. two sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons

Monday, April 23

  • Join the UHS Health Promotion Office for Paws for Stress Relief. Stop by to pet the dogs, pick up an inspirational quote, and make a lavender sachet. 6 to 7:30 p.m., foyer of the Goergen Athletic Center


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