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Weekly Buzz 3.29.15
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Meliora Challenge Surpasses $1.2 Billion Initial Goal

The Meliora Challenge, the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. The campaign’s primary objective was achieved thanks in part to an $11 million commitment from Robert and Pamela Goergen to the University’s Institute for Data Science. In recognition of their commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science. During the campaign, 320 endowed scholarships and fellowships have been established. The University’s scholarships initiative will continue to be a fundraising priority moving forward. Read more…

University Joins HathiTrust

University libraries have become members of HathiTrust, a worldwide partnership of more than 100 major research institutions and libraries working to preserve and provide access to the cultural record in digital form. The University’s membership offers students, faculty, and staff access to nearly five million books in the public domain. Volumes are available for users to browse, view, and download at no charge through the HathiTrust website or through the “Articles and Books” tool on the River Campus Libraries homepage. Detailed information about how to search HathiTrust content is available through LibGuides. Read more...

Action Required: Remote Access to University Network

University IT is upgrading the University’s virtual private network (VPN) to enhance security and better protect remote access to University resources. When you connect to the University network from off campus after April 30, you will need to use a new VPN client and take a second action to verify your identity before you are connected. Follow the instructions on the VPN website to update your computer and/or mobile device by April 30. Read more...

New Mural Project Under Way

A new mural is taking shape in the tunnel system under Dewey Hall, thanks in part to a new initiative to bring more public art to the River Campus. Rochester-based artist Sarah Rutherford has begun working on the University-themed mural.

Feedback Wanted: Design Your Summer

Tell the Office of Summer Programs and Part-time Studies how you would improve the Rochester Summer Sessions experience. Whether it’s a new class you’d like offered, research opportunities, internships, social activities or a new study abroad program, your feedback is welcome. Submit your feedback online for a chance to win a $100 Starbucks gift card.

Tickets On Sale for Annual Etiquette Dinner

Join the 2016 Class Council and the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center for an interactive lesson in fine dining led by Kathleen Powell, assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of career development at William & Mary. Tickets are $12 at the Common Market (declining, cash, credit, and flex are accepted) for the etiquette dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Meliora Restaurant. Wear business casual attire (no jeans).

Tibetan Innovation Challenge

Tibetan Innovation Challenge is a new intercollegiate social entrepreneurship business plan competition to improve the lives of Tibetan refugees. The goal is to develop self-sustaining and replicable business ideas to alleviate the economic difficulties of Tibetan refugees. Learn more about proposal requirements, submission and eligibility guidelines, and deadlines. A finalist team from the University will advance to the national competition in July. All business plans submitted, not just the advancing or winning ideas, have the potential to become the foundations of new Tibetan business ventures. The first place team will win a cash prize and have the opportunity to travel to India to meet the Dalai Lama and the people who will implement their business plan.

Scams Targeting Students, University Community

There have been recent reports of scams targeting students and other members of the University community. Most involve a phone call that asks for a Social Security number or payment to resolve a bogus problem, complaint, or investigation. Scammers have misrepresented themselves as officers for the Internal Revenue Service; U.S. Customs and Immigration Service; a state or county police department; or GLACIER, a software tool that the University uses to manage tax compliance. Use caution if you receive a call like this and never provide personal or financial information in response to a telephone call or email without first obtaining written verification from a reliable source of the requester’s legitimacy. Read more on the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information website.

Gandhi Institute Hosts Kingian Nonviolence Traning

Jonathan Lewis, a senior level Kingian nonviolence trainer, will lead a two-day workshop on March 31 and April 1 with the Gandhi Institute. All ages welcome to participate. The fee is on sliding scale from $25 to $100. Email Al DeNooyer at for more information.

Students Helping Honduras to Host Hondurance 5K

Students Helping Honduras is hosting its first Hondurance 5K at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18. Join them at Wilson Quadrangle with your friends and family and enjoy a walk, jog, or run to support the club's movement to end extreme gang violence and poverty in Honduras through education and youth empowerment. The race costs $15 for students. Groups of eight or more receive a discounted price of $10 per person. Prices for families (parent and child) and the public are $20.

Learn about Artist Management during April 14 Webinar

Join at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, for a live interview and discussion with Nancy Christensen, founder and president of Christensen Arts, an artist-management firm based in New York City. In addition to covering the process of artist management, Christensen will talk about her career path, how she developed her career in artist management, and what advice she has for aspiring artist managers. Click here for details on how to join the free session.

Tools and Tips to Avoid Cybercrimes

Research conducted by Norton revealed that 41 percent of online adults fell victim to cyberattacks such as malware, viruses, hacking, scams, fraud, and theft. It's more important than ever to understand the latest tools and tips to prevent cyberattacks. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

Deadlines and Reminders

Deadlines Approaching for Diversity Conference

Thursday, April 2, is the deadline to submit a poster for the University's 2015 Diversity Conference "From Bystander to Ally." Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist, will give the keynote address at the April 17 conference, which includes 18 workshops on diversity and inclusion. Registration for the conference ends Friday, April 10.

Deadline for Educational Programmes Abroad Is April 1

Study abroad in London, Edinburgh, Germany, Brussels, and Madrid through Educational Programmes Abroad. Apply online.

Program Provides Training, Grants for Technical Business Ideas

Got a technical business idea? Students at any level of study, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to apply to the National Science Foundation  I-Corps Site program at the University. The program provides entrepreneurial training (two required workshops) and modest funding ($1,000 to $3,000 grant awards) to enable teams to transition their technical idea into the marketplace. Cohort I will take place during the 2015 fall semester. Application materials, including an itemized financial plan on how the funds will be used, are due Monday, April 20, at noon to Learn more about the program details and eligibility and guidelines.

Family Pillar Award Essay Contest

Seniors, write an essay to nominate a loved one for the Family Pillar Award, honoring significant contributions, sacrifices, and support that parents and family provide to students. Visit the OMSA website for complete guidelines and to submit an essay.  Recognition of the winning essay and the award recipient(s) will occur during the 42nd annual OMSA Senior Dinner on Saturday, May 16.  The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 26.      

Fringe Festival Submissions Open; Summer Internship Offered

The submission process is open for the fourth annual First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. The University is a sponsor of the event, which will be held Sept. 17 to 26. Submissions will be accepted by venue only at until Wednesday, April 22, at 5 p.m. A free Fringe 101 session is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Attendees should RSVP to The festival is also looking for festival production interns over the summer to assist with commercial and subsidized theatrical production, marketing, advertising, publicity, ticketing, sponsorship and venue relations, and general festival production management. Send a resume and letter of inquiry to Erica Fee at by April 30.

One Community Panelists and Peer Facilitators Needed

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center invites undergraduate students to apply to be panelists and peer facilitators for this years One Community program during freshmen orientation for the Class of 2019. Panelist applications are due Monday, March 30, and applications for peer facilitators are due Thursday, April 16. Applications are available here.

Seniors: Say 'Thanks' to Your Parents

Seniors are invited to submit a brief entry along with one picture to "Dear Mom & Dad" to honor their parents and family. Share a message of gratitude, appreciation, or humor related to the support, guidance, and encouragement from your parents or family. 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 on the parents’ website. The messages will be displayed during the Family Night Dessert Reception on Saturday, May 16. Send your submissions (text and image) to with "Dear Mom & Dad" in the subject line by Sunday, May 3. Indicate whether or not you'd like your name listed.

Eyeglasses Recycling Ends This Week

In conjunction with RecycleMania and National Eye Donor Month, University Facilities and Services is collecting eyeglasses to be recycled. Mail glasses to PO Box 270001 through the end of March. Prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, and plastic and metal frames are acceptable and will be recycled through the Lions Club to be given to those in need. Read more...

This Week


PASA Presents Africa Week

The Pan African Students' Association will host events this week to mark Africa Week.
• Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Dinner at Danforth Dining Center
• Thursday, April 2, 8:15 p.m., Movie Night, Bausch and Lomb Hall, Room 106
• Friday, April 3, 7 p.m., African Odyssey, Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons
• Saturday, April 4, 3 p.m. Panel discussion, Dewey 1-101

Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures Program Open House

Learn about the Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures​ major and minor; find out about the new Islamic architecture course; discover study abroad opportunities in Peru and Italy; and explore summer field school opportunities in Bermuda and Italy. An ATHS open house is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Art and Music Library, ground floor of Rush Rhees Library. Pizza and cookies will be served. Read more...

Info Session Covers UK Fellowships

Learn about the Churchill Scholarship, Fulbright U.S. Student Grant, Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, and other awards that support study in the United Kingdom. The Student Fellowships Office will host an info session at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Dewey 2-110D.

Town Hall Meeting with President Seligman

Undergraduate and graduate students from the College are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with President Joel Seligman from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons. Students are encouraged to bring questions and feedback for President Seligman. Refreshments will be served.

Final Mark Ain Workshop Covers Presentation and Pitching

The 2015 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series concludes with “What Venture Capitalists Want vs. What VCs Get: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About VCs,” a presentation by Theresa Mazzullo, CEO of Excell Partners Inc., from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Schlegel Hall 107. Workshops are free and open to all members of the University and the general public. The competition (submissions are due April 15) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Food and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or call 276-3500. Those who pre-register will receive a complimentary River Campus parking pass.

Talk: 'Hidden American Histories of World War II'

Brooke Blower, associate professor of history at Boston University and author of Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars, will present "Hidden American Histories of World War II" at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Morey Hall, Room 321. Read more...
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