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University of Rochester News (Weekly Buzz Sept. 21, 2014)
Berk's new role; flu clinic for 5,000; women's award noms; health inequities; Halloween activities
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SEPT. 21, 2014

News and Announcements

AlertUR Test Set for Thursday

The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate and test the AlertUR system, which sends voice, text, and email messages in the event of an emergency. Before the test, be sure to review your contact information; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you. The Sept. 25 test will not disrupt scheduled activities.

President Urges University Community to ‘Think Boldly’

In his annual fall address to the Faculty Senate, President Joel Seligman outlined a number of areas of growth at the University. “Universities succeed when they do not stand still,” Seligman said. “Our work is never done. As our Strategic Planning and Campus Master Plan initiatives have and will illustrate, we progress most effectively when we challenge ourselves to think boldly, to stretch to achieve ennobling goals.” Read the full speech.

Campus-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic Set for Oct. 30

The University Health Service will hold a campus-wide flu-vaccine clinic for all students, staff, and faculty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Goergen Athletic Center. All River Campus–based students and employees are encouraged to participate in the clinic and receive their flu shot this year. The clinic aims to issue 5,000 vaccinations throughout the day. The purpose is to serve as a test of campus-emergency preparedness by practicing the delivery of mass quantities of a vaccine in response to an urgent public health concern. In addition to UHS, the effort is sponsored by the River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team, University Environmental Health and Safety, and the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness. Students with high-risk health conditions and those who may not be on campus Oct. 30 can receive flu shots at UHS any time, by appointment.

Eastman Professor, Students Set to Appear on ESPN Show

The ESPN2 show E:60 is scheduled to feature James VanDenmark, professor of double bass at the Eastman School, and his class as they participate in boxing classes to build strength and stamina—and in turn enhance their performances as musicians. The episode is expected to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on ESPN2. Read more about VanDenmark and his class.

Nominations Open for Women's Leadership Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Susan B. Anthony Women’s Leadership Awards. Six awards are presented annually to women students in recognition of their "achievements, service, and contributions to the common good." Click here for more information or to make a nomination. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday, October 2.

UHS Programs Welcome Wellness of Body, Mind, and Relationships

The University Health Service's Health Promotion Office is offering two weeks of health talks starting Monday. Included on the schedule are:
• "Eat Well—Healthy Choices Everywhere" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Tiernan Community Center;
• “Taking Interest in Your Inner Being” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Havens Lounge in Wilson Commons;
• “Healthy Relationships” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Friel Lounge in Susan B. Anthony Hall.
There is a meeting planned for each day of the week; "like" the UHS Health Promotion Office on Facebook for event dates, times, and locations.

Epidemiologist to Present Lecture on Health Inequities

The fourth annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Public Health, titled "Tackling Worldwide Health Inequities: Is the Evidence Failing Us?", will feature epidemiologist Patricia O’Campo, director of St. Michael’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health, and professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. It is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Saunders Research Building. Click here for more information and to register.

Berk, Taubman to Transition as Medical Center Leaders

President Joel Seligman has named School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman to be the next senior vice president for health sciences and Medical Center CEO, succeeding Bradford Berk when he transitions from those roles to launch the Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at the Medical Center. Taubman will remain as dean and begin serving the dual role on Jan. 1. Read more...

Activities Board Seeking Spooky Submissions

The students behind the Campus Activities Board are asking for submissions to help create an "enormous" Halloween poster. Everyone is encouraged to send information about planned events to by Oct. 13.

Vaccine Volunteers Needed

The Rochester Victory Alliance is looking for participants for HIV vaccine research studies at the Medical Center. If you are HIV negative, healthy, and age 18 to 50, you may qualify. Vaccines are synthetic and it is impossible to get HIV from the vaccine. Participants will be paid an average of $750. To learn if you qualify, or to schedule an appointment, call 756-2329.

Deadlines and Reminders

Bookstores to Close for Move to College Town

The River Campus and Medical Center bookstores remind faculty, staff, and students to make necessary purchases before the stores close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in order to move to the new College Town location. There will be no physical bookstore until the new Barnes & Noble store opens at 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue on Monday, Oct. 13. The bookstore's website will be operational during the move and will offer current term textbooks, a selection of school supplies, and University clothing and gifts. Online orders may take more than 48 hours to fulfill during the move; arrangements for "pickup at store" orders will be made on an individual basis. Email or call 275-4012 with questions.

Join the Politically Engaged on Campus

The Committee for Political Engagement is now accepting applications for membership. The group is a nonpartisan student committee that focuses on political engagement, education, and voter registration. Applications are due by noon Wednesday, Sept. 24.

This Week


Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to Offer Office Hours

The University's entrepreneurs-in-residence are available for meetings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Entrepreneurship. Featured guests are Michael Wohl ’89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital, and Gregg Steinberg, managing director of Charlemagne Global Advisory. To schedule an appointment, call 276-3500 or email

ArtAwake Holds General Interest Meeting, Calls for Directors

The student-run ArtAwake is seeking team directors with skills in art, music, interactive/performance art, food, marketing, community outreach, volunteerism, and webpage maintenance. The one-day celebration is held in an underused urban space in Rochester and brings together artistic, musical, and literary works. There will be a general interest meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Dewey 1-101.

Never Too Old for Stuffed Animals

The Eastman Scool's Office of Student Life invites the young-at-heart to make their own stuffed toys from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Cominsky Promenade. Choose an animal, stuff it, and dress it in a special outfit. The 20-minute event is free and open to all Eastman students. Come early to reserve a spot.

All Are Capable of A Cappella!

Trebellious, an a cappella club that is open to everyone on campus, is holding a general interest meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons. Contact Nate Woodard, the group's administrative director, for further detail.

Wilson Commons Turns Casino

Hirst Lounge will be transformed into a "Las Vegas Casino" from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps, as well as free food, a cash bar, and prizes. A free-entry poker tournament will start at 10:30 p.m. Secure a spot in the tournament by email at

Enjoy Chinese Cuisine in Club Meeting

The Chinese Cultural Association welcomes all students to an informational session at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the Director's Dining Room.

Learn About Sorority over Tea

Sigma Lambda Upsilon invites all to join members for a week of events. An informational tea at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Dewey 2-110D, is among them. Contact Jesenia Angeles for the week's full schedule and more information.

Catch a Free Bus to the Fringe Festival

Free busing to the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival will be provided from 11:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The YellowJackets will be performing at 7:05 p.m. on the the Gibbs Street Main Stage, and the UR Arts Bus, which will be showcasing a variety of arts from noon to 11 p.m., also right on Gibbs Street.  Buses will leave from University ITS and make stops at the Little Theatre on East Avenue and at the Eastman School. The bus is being provided by the Office of the President and Wilson Commons Student Activities. Find a Fringe Festival schedule and other information here and here. The Red Line is also providing round-trip rides to throughout the festival.

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