Melissa Alwardt, a guard for the University of Rochester’s women’s basketball team from 2007-11, will be inducted into the Wendy’s College Classic Hall of Fame next month.
She’ll be joined by Mike Faro, a Roberts Wesleyan staple and the only person to participate in the long-running tournament as a player, head men’s and women’s coach and athletic director.
The Wendy’s College Classic will celebrate its 50th year, making it the longest-running Division III tournament in the country. It brings together seven Rochester-area Division III schools, plus
Division II Roberts Wesleyan.
Alwardt and Faro will be inducted at the tournament seedings dinner on Sunday, Nov. 29 at the RIT Conference Center. The tournament runs Dec. 1-5, with the semifinals and championships for men and women at UR’s Louis Alexander Palestra.
Alwardt is the sixth UR representative inducted, joining Chris Fite (2010), Seth Hauben and Andy Larkin (2011), Alex Porter and Jon Onyiriuka (2013).
The 5-foot-9 Alwardt is one of just two players in the women’s Classic’s 22-year history to be selected first-team all-tournament four times. The other is Wright.
Alwardt’s Yellowjackets captured the Classic title in dominating fashion all four years, going 12-0 with an average winning score of 70.5 -48.1. She was the Classic’s MVP in 2010, when she averaged 13.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Alwardt graduated in 2011 as an eight-time Dean’s List public health major with cum laude distinction. She earned her master’s degree in physician assistant from Arcadia (Pa.) University in 2014 and worked for a year as a P.A. at New York Presbyterian Hospital before leaving this past September for her current job as a vascular physician’s assistant at Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital.
She is engaged to Thomas Othmer, with a wedding set for Schenectady on May 21, 2016.
Guest speaker: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority has invited a guest speaker from the “Start by Believing” campaign to visit the campus on Saturday, Oct. 24.
“Start by Believing” is a public awareness campaign created by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), focused on educating the general public in their response toward victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The speaker is Detective Sgt. Dan Barrett from the Buffalo Police Department. He will speak from 2-3:30 p.m. in Dewey 1-101. The event is free and open to the public.
Barrett will speak for about one hour and then answer questions. The event’s sponsors are Alpha Phi Omega, Active Minds, Delta Phi Omega and the Susan B. Anthony Center.
“We believe the message of ‘Start by Believing’ is very important to supporting the health of the campus community,” says Christina Zhang, a UR sophomore who is the philanthropy chair for Sigma Psi Zeta. “We would like to see as many students show up as possible.”
The climate and the Pope: Gerald M. Gacioch, M.D., will deliver the lecture “The Environment: The Pope, Our Health, Our Economy, Our Brother,” as part of the Faith in America Lecture Series sponsored by UR’s Catholic Newman Community.
The event is Sunday, Oct. 11 at noon in the Interfaith Chapel. It is free and open to the public. Visitors to the River Campus can use shuttles to and from campus parking lots.
Dr. Gacioch is the cardiology division head of Sands Constellation Heart Institute at Rochester General Hospital.
Climate change is a global issue, and Gacioch will discuss how understanding the moral obligations of climate change is critical to the future of the planet and especially the poor people of the world.
For more information, contact Anne Thomas at email@example.com
Leadership luncheons: The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is holding two luncheons this month.
What’s Your Green Dot? The Bystander Effect and Bystander Intervention will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Wilson Commons Stackel Room.
The Green Dot movement is focused on reducing and preventing power-based violence by engaging students as active bystanders who step in, speak up and interrupt potential violent acts. The talk will be presented by Joe Johnson, graduate assistant for Leadership Programming.
Diversity/Cultural Differences will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, also at Stackel Room. Learn how diversity and cultural differences can affect you as a student and teacher. The talk will be presented by Jessica Guzman-Rea, director of the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center.
Lunch is provided to those who register, and registration is offered here
The lecture will be held in Schlegel Hall 207 and is open and free to the public
Disruptive Tech: Eric Meyer, who graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012, will give a talk on Thursday, Oct. 15 called Disruptive Tech: How Backwards Policy Stifles The Sharing Economy.
Meyer is founder and CEO of Haystack, a app outlawed in major cities last year. Haystack debuted in Baltimore in May 2014 with this premise: users receive a notification when someone else in the Haystack network is about to leave a nearby public metered or free parking space. The driver giving up the spot receives $2.25, and Haystack keeps 75 cents for brokering the exchange.
The app soon moved to Boston, where the city council gave Haystack the book, stating that the company should not profit from “selling” public parking spaces. Haystack eventually shut down and no longer exists.
Meyer. who has been named Maryland Innovator of the Year, is a national contributor on parking technology and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNN. His talk is at 7 p.m. at Schlegel Hall Room 207 and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at 8.
Register to vote! Voter registration deadline in New York State is Oct. 9 – this Friday.
New York has closed primaries, meaning you must be registered for the party you plan to vote for come primary season.
UR students can pick up voter registration forms in RCCL (Lattimore 106). That office will stamp and mail your completed form.
Network with recruiters and alumni in a variety of fields for job and internship opportunities.
The event is sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, located at 4-200 Dewey Hall.