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Weekly Buzz (April 20, 2014)
no-hitters, Rochester Startup Weekend, graduation regalia, Local Foods Week, student incubator panel, Earth Day, Gollin Film Festival, Madame de Sade opens
Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Yellowjacket Pitchers Celebrate No-Hitters

Two Yellowjackets added their names to University's record books last Sunday. David Strandberg ’17 threw the first no-hitter in the baseball team's recorded history, helping the Yellowjackets to a two-game sweep of Liberty League opponent Bard College. Also last weekend, softball pitcher Eleni Wechsler ’17 threw a five-inning no-hitter against Skidmore College, marking the third no-hitter in the team's history. Read more...

Submit Your Study Break for Weekend Highlights

Is your organization planning an end-of-semester study break? Have it featured in the last edition of Weekend Highlights, which will cover Thursday, May 1, to Friday, May 9. Use this link by noon on Tuesday April 29, to submit.

Registration Open for Rochester Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups (typically mobile apps). The Center for Entrepreneurship is sponsoring the second biennial Rochester Startup Weekend, April 25-27, at Brand Networks. Online registration is now open. Students can use the promo code "STUDENT" to receive half off the registration fee. Additionally, Rochester students who register are eligible to be reimbursed an additional $25 through the CFE. Email for more information on the reimbursement process.

'Hack to the Future'

Computer programming is often a solitary endeavor. But humans are inherently social creatures. So how do you engage a group of programmers in a way that’s fun and productive? Answer: RocHack. Read more...

Roadmap to Success Video Contest

Create a two-minute video about the tools and resources the University provides to make you a successful student for Higher One's Roadmap to Success video contest. Three winning videos will be selected nationwide. Each winning entry will receiving a cash prize and one grand prize winner will receive $1,500. Entries are due Tuesday, April 29.

Essay Contest: Family Pillar Award

Seniors, nominate your loved one for the Family Pillar Award, given in honor of the significant contributions, sacrifices, and support that parents and family provide to students.  Visit the OMSA website for complete guidelines and to submit your essay.  Recognition of the winning essay and the award recipient(s) will occur during the OMSA 41st annual senior dinner on Saturday, May 17. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 4.   

Keep Your Info Safe on Summer Vacation

University IT's information security awareness team offers five quick tips for keeping your information safe while traveling this summer. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Final UR Green News of the Semester Available

Today is the last issue of the year of UR Green News, a biweekly newsletter about sustainability and the environment at the University. Learn about the newest green initiatives on campus, achievements in sustainability, and the people who are contributing to the change. For more information or to send news and story ideas contact

Deadlines and Reminders

Graduation Regalia

Seniors—Friday, April 25, is the last day that the bookstore can guarantee cap and gown sizes and hood colors for commencement. The bookstore reminds you to purchase your regalia before then to ensure that you have proper graduation attire.

Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition

Full-time undergraduate engineering or applied sciences students can apply to and compete in the Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition by submitting a plan for a technical business. Cash prizes will be awarded to top teams. Send business plans electronically to by 4 p.m. Monday, April 21. For more information, email the Center for Entrepreneurship or call 276-3500.

Voter Registration

The Committee for Political Engagement reminds you that Rochester students are able to register to vote in Monroe County or at home. Visit to register, check your registration, or request an absentee ballot, and ensure you don't miss your chance to vote in primary elections. Contact with questions.

'Dear Mom and Dad'

Seniors are invited to submit a brief entry along with one picture to "Dear Mom & Dad," to honor parents and family of graduating seniors. Seniors can share a message of gratitude, appreciation, humor, etc., as related to their parents/family support, guidance and encouragement. The message should be 60 words or less and contain appropriate language. Parent and Family Relations will compile all submissions to be highlighted in Parents Buzz and the parents’ website. In addition, the messages will be displayed during the Family Night Dessert Reception on Saturday, May 17, for all parents and family to enjoy. Email your submissions (text only and image) to with "Dear Mom & Dad" in the subject line. Indicate your preference of having your name listed or not. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, May 4.

This Week

Local Foods Week

Several activities planned for Local Foods Week at the University. Full details and menus are available on the Dining Services Facebook page.
• Monday, April 21: Meatless Monday in Douglass Dining Center, Local Dinner in Eastman Dining Center, cupcakes from Leo's Bakery in Pura Vida (all week), California Rollin' Sushi in the P.O.D.
• Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day lunch in Danforth Dining Center, coffee sampling in Connections from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OMG Cheesecake and Finger Lakes Coffee sampling in Simon.
• Wednesday, April 23: Fairport Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner in the Meliora, Allens Hill Farm granola sampling from 9 to 11 a.m. in Connections, OMG desserts and cheesecake sampling from noon to 2 p.m. in Connections
• Thursday, April 24: Celebrate Rochester Dinner in Douglass Dining Center, Savoia Pastry Shoppe cooking decorating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Connections.
• Friday, April 25: Street food favorites in Douglass Dining Center.

Glass Wall Exhibit

SAVVY is hosting PETA's Glass Wall Exhibit Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, on the River Campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is intended to show students what the inside of a modern factory farm is like. The exhibit is free for students and will be set up on the Wilson Quadrangle outside of Wilson Commons if weather is fair. Otherwise, parts of the booth will be set up in Wilson Commons at an information table. This is the last year that the exhibit will be stopping at universities around the country. Free food will be provided for all who attend. Conversation and debate are strongly encouraged.

Make Monday a Motivated Monday

On Monday, April 21, look for the Healthy Monday @ UR team in Wilson Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get information about effective studying strategies and how to set attainable goals. The team will be handing out free study materials. Sponsored by the UHS Health Promotion Office.

River Campus Libraries Student Forum

Do you have ideas for how to improve the libraries? Share them with the dean of the River Campus Libraries from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

American Studies Talk: 'The Economic Cold War in India'

David Engerman, the Ottilie Springer Professor in History at Brandeis University, will present "Planning for Plenty: The Economic Cold War in India" at 5 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Rush Rhees Library, Room 456. The lecture is sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Department of History.

Student Incubator Panel

Learn what it’s like to be in the University's Student Incubator at High Tech Rochester on Tuesday, April 22, from 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. in Gleason 118. Panelists include Simon MBA candidate Margaret Feldman of Feldman College Advising; senior Felix Kim of Ovitz; and Simon MBA candidate Stacey Lampell of CityWhisk. The event will be moderated by Bob Kot, Director of New Ventures at HTR. Attendees must register online.

Entrepreneurship Talk: Tim Talley '88, U-Lace Founder

Tim Talley ’88, founder of U-Lace, which recently received an investment from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank, will give a talk on his entrepreneurial journey at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Schlegel 407. A reception and meet-and-greet with Talley will follow in the Eisenberg Rotunda. Attendees must register in advance online or call 276-3500.

Music at Rush Rhees Library

Enjoy live chamber music in the Friedlander Lobby of Rush Rhees Library on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. Quartet 408, an ensemble of graduate students at the Eastman School, will present an interactive program featuring music of both classical and popular genres.

Lecture: 'Vaults in the Ancient Mediterranean'

Orlando Cerasuolo, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology at SUNY Buffalo, will present "The Balanced Skill: Pseudo-Vaults and Vaults in the Ancient Mediterranean" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is sponsored by the program in archaeology, technology, and historical structures, and the departments of anthropology, art and art history, history, mechanical engineering, and religion and classics.

HeART of Disorder Art Expo

Active Minds will host its annual HeART of Disorder art expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Artwork ranges from paintings to photographs and films. Stop by and witness artists' "individual interpretations of mental health." There will be guest performances by Ballet Performance Group, Louvre, the ASL club, and vocalist Alexandra Poindexter. The event is in collaboration with Psi Chi, the Art and Art History Undergraduate Council, Charles Drew Pre-health Society, Sigma Delta Tau, and Creative Arts Club.

Medieval Society Talk

The next Medieval Society talk will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Robbins Library in Rush Rhees Library. " Michael Alan Anderson, assistant professor of musicology at the Eastman School, will present “Medieval Sights and Sounds.”

GreenSpace Celebrates Earth Day

GreenSpace will hold its Earth Day celebration Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring interactive activities in the Burton 1 lounge, as well as on the lawn outside of Burton, next to Dandelion Square.

Gollin Film Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Gollin Film Festival will take place in Hoyt Auditorium on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Cash prizes and a reception will follow a screening of student films. The festival is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Richard Gollin, founder of the Film and Media Studies Program. For more information, call 275-5757.

Stirring Silence: Dance Advocacy against Rape and Sexual Assault

Using dance and movement, "Stirring Silence" aims to provide an alternative mode of educating students and faculty of the physical, psychological, and social effects associated with rape and sexual assault. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at in the Rettner Hall atrium. A discussion panel comprised of faculty and student representatives will follow the performance. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sydney at

Devotion, Deviance Face Off in Madame de Sade

The International Theatre Program presents the rarely performed Madame de Sade, a work that explores complex and disquieting questions about the nature of suffering and belief. Performances begin Thursday, April 24, and run through Saturday, May 3. “English Night” (where you can meet the cast, enjoy free refreshments, and get reduced ticket prices if you book through the English Department) is on Wednesday, April 30. For tickets and the full schedule, visit

WordPress Workshop

Are you interested in creating basic webpages for your classes and research? River Campus Libraries is hosting a beginner WordPress workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Rush Rhees Training Room (214). By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a website that’s ready for launch. To sign up, email Mari Tsuchiya or call 275-5506. Space is limited.

Session Focuses on Addressing Racism in Group Settings

As part of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism Day, the Gandhi Institute will host a facilitator skill share workshop with a special focus on addressing racism and racial dynamics in group settings. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Gandhi Institute, 929 Plymouth Ave. S. Bring your own lunch. Donations will be accepted. Register by Wednesday, April 23, to or 354-1018.

After Hours Presents Duality—the Album Release Show

Join After Hours at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Strong Auditorium. In addition to releasing it's new full-length album, Duality, the group will debut new songs from artists like Pharrell and Beyonce and host some Pitch Perfect–style surprises. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Common Market. Read more...

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