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President Seligman: 'We Are Ready for the Next Level'

In an address to the Faculty Senate April 14, President Joel Seligman outlined the University's historical accomplishments before turning his attention to the future. A focus on data science, the humanities, neuromedicine, and community revitalization will take the University to "the next level," beyond the 2013–18 Strategic Plan, Seligman said. "Our vision remains clear. By 2020, we envision a University of Rochester that is unequivocally one of the most outstanding research universities in the United States," he said. Read the full speech here.

Eastman Welcomes New Faculty

Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey ’01E (MM), whose signature roles include Peter Grimes, and lyric baritone Jonathan Retzlaff, associate professor of voice at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, have been appointed to the voice faculty of the Eastman School. Internationally lauded violinist Bin Huang will return to her alma mater as associate professor of violin at the Eastman School.

Vision Statement Supports Promotion of Environmental Sustainability

The University has officially adopted the Sustainability Council’s vision statement on sustainability. The University “aims to be a leader in promoting a sustainable society through our academic, education, research, patient care and health programs, in the operation of our campuses and facilities, and in our interactions with the community.” As Earth Day approaches, members of the University community are invited to review the University's commitment to sustainability. Read the full sustainability vision statement.

Ying Quartet Welcomes Robin Scott as First Violinist

Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, is joining the Ying Quartet as the Grammy-winning ensemble’s first violinist. Read more...

URdining Mobile App Available

Xuefeng Peng ’17 and Jacob Niebloom ’18, working with Dining Services, have developed the URdining app, offering menus and nutritional information for the dining halls on River Campus. Users can rate and comment on menu items and ratings refresh daily. The beta version of URdining is available for Apple devices in the App Store.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? The final dates this year of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program will feature Michael Wohl ’89, managing partner of ClimateHedge Investments and Greenspace Capital and a serial entrepreneur, on Wednesday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting location for both dates is 3-327 Carol Simon Hall (third floor). Appointments are required and can be scheduled using the online booking system: book with Michael Wohl or call (585) 276-3500.

RED Vendor Fair Planned

Rochester Every Day (RED), a discount program for students, will host its annual vendor fair from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Businesses will offer samples of their products at the free event. Confirmed businesses include Amaya, Pho Viet, Impact Martial Arts, Thanh Hair Salon, Thali Of India, Bow A Lanes, Vive Bistro, Yummy Garden, and Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport.

Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event

The Junior League of Rochester spring provisional class will host a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons to benefit victims of human trafficking in Rochester. Nonprofit group Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking will show clips from an anti-human trafficking documentary and attendees will assemble care kits for victims. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation on the Junior League's Donation eStore to help fund the purchase of the care kit items, including clothing for men and women, toiletries, school supplies, and more. Email for more information. Join the national discussion using #PeopleAreNotForSale.

Deadlines and Reminders


Deadline Is April 20 for I-Corps Program

Do you have a technical business idea?  Faculty, staff, students at any level of study, 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.

Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition Deadline Is April 20

Full-time undergraduate engineering or applied sciences students are eligible to 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 20. For more information, email the Center for Entrepreneurship or call (585) 276-3500.

Seniors: Get Your Commencement Regalia by April 24

The bookstore reminds this year's graduates that the last day they can guarantee cap and gown sizes, hood colors, and international stoles is Friday, April 24. Stop by the store before then to ensure that you have the appropriate regalia for commencement.

Last Chance to Use Flex, Get Educational Discounts on Tech

The UR Tech Store reminds you that you can use your Flex at the UR Tech Store. Get discounts on waterproof Bluetooth speakers, digital cameras, world travel adapters, batteries, and chargers. The store also offers discounts on computers, tablets, and software. Visit the store in Rush Rhees Library or the Medical Center (G-7220B) or shop online on the UR Tech Store website.

Seniors: Send Us Your Selfies

Grab your phone or camera and head out on campus. University Communications is looking for selfies from seniors to include in Spring Buzz, a publication that is distributed to guests at the Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement ceremony May 17. Send your best shots to by Sunday, April 26.

This Week


House of Cards Music on Concert Program

Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal ’85E headlines an evening of film and film music Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Beal will lead the Empire Film Music Ensemble in selections from his score for the Netflix hit House of Cards; the free program also includes music accompaniment for excerpts from the silent films The General and The Phantom of the Opera, the documentary short How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat, and Beal’s music for The Dovekeepers and the battleground episode on TNT’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

Deaf Awareness Week

American Sign Language Club will host events to mark Deaf Awareness Week.
Interpreters will be provided at all events, except Monday's social event. Weekday events are free. For more information, contact Jenna Melvin at
Monday, April 20: Deaf Community Social Event (7:30 to 10 p.m. in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons)
Tuesday, April 21: Music & ASL with Jason Listman (7 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons). Listman, assistant professor at RIT/NTID, will discuss his experiences, translating lyrics into ASL and creating ASL music videos.
Thursday, April 23: Feminism in the Deaf World with Deirdre Schlehofer (7 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons). Schlehofer, assistant professor at RIT/NTID, will  discuss her experiences as a woman in the deaf world. 
Saturday, April 25: ASL Poetry and Storytelling with Patrick Graybill and Vicki Nordquist (1 p.m. in Dewey Hall, Room 1-101) Deaf performers Graybill and Nordquist will be sharing their ASL poems and stories and discussing their experiences and influences. Tickets can be purchased at the Common Market or at the door ($3 for students/$4 for faculty/$5 for general public).

English Week

Current and prospective English majors and minors are invited to take part in English Week. Full event details are available here.
Monday, April 20: LOGOS Launch Party, 5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
Tuesday, April 21: Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sarah Higley, 5 p.m., Robbins Library, Rush Rhees Library; Student Poetry/Fiction Reading, 8 p.m., Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library.
Wednesday, April 22: Faculty Meet and Greet (lunch provided), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morey 401; The Taming of the Shrew, 8 p.m., Todd Theater.
Thursday, April 23: Ferrari Lecture with Lynn Enterline, 5 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library; The Taming of the Shrew, 8 p.m., Todd Theater.
Friday, April 24: The Taming of the Shrew, 8 p.m., Todd Theater.

Israel Peace Week

Israel Council invites the campus community to participate in Israel Peace Week events in honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day) on April 23:
Monday, April 20: Israel Peace Week tabling outside ITS. Share what peace means to you.
Tuesday, April 21: Yom Ha'zikaron (A Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terror) Movie Screening—Beneath the Helmet followed by a speaker to share his experiences in the IDF. Gleason Theater 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22:  Lunch 'n' Learn with Esther Spasser, a psychologist at a pediatric rehab hospital in Jerusalem, noon, Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center.
Thursday, April 23: Passport to Israel, a celebration of Israeli culture, history, and religion in honor of Israeli Independence Day. 4 to 7 p.m. Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons. Visit stations sponsored by  different student organizations and receive a stamp in your "passport" to be eligible to receive a plate of traditional Israeli food (falafel, hummus, Israeli salad).  Cosponsored by UR Republicans, AEPi, Chabad, Hillel, and SADACA.

'One Community' Field Day

Mingle with faculty, staff, students, and community members in a relaxed setting at the One Community Field Day from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 20, on the Wilson Commons porch on the River Campus (rain location is Spurrier Gym). The free event will include food, music, games, and more. Organizers are looking for people to give informal performances or to join a jam session. Contact Nhan Le if you're interested in performing.

Thank a Giver Day Is April 21

On Tuesday, April 21, University Advancement will host its first “Thank A Giver” (TAG) Day to engage and educate the student body about the impact of private donations and to recognize and thank those who support the University. Throughout the River Campus you’ll notice yellow tags on buildings, classrooms, benches, trees, etc. that were made possible by the donations of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. Join in on social media by posting a photo with a yellow tag or thanking a Rochester donor using #URTAGDay2015 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $100 Starbucks gift card. April 21 will also be the University’s first Day of Giving—24 hours devoted to support for every school, program, and giving area. A gift of any amount can be designated to any area of the University that is meaningful to you. Support the Day of Giving online by using #URMakingADifference.

Panopticon Exhibition Opens April 21

AsIs Gallery at Sage Art Center will showcase the work of Sesilia Haeden, a graduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing an MFA in fine arts studio. Haeden's show, Panopticon, runs from April 21 to May 5 with an opening reception from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.

Need Help with Citations?

If you’re looking for a useful tool to help you keep track of your resources and create bibliographies or works cited pages, the River Campus Libraries can help. Drop into a Citation Clinic on Wednesday, April 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees. You will learn about the tools (EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero) that can save you time and keep you organized.

Final Fulbright Info Session of the Semester

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study or research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. Join the Fellowships Office for the last Fulbright information session of the year at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Dewey 4-200.

Springfest Weekend Celebrates Community

Springfest Weekend, Apr. 22 to 26, is full of performances, special events, athletic contests, and concerts for the College campus to celebrate the end of the semester. Scheduled activities include:
Wednesday, April 22: Communal Principles Day
Thursday, April 23: Local Foods Kickoff Dinner
Friday, April 24: Dandelion Day
Saturday, Apr. 25: A Celebration of College Town
Check out the event page for the full schedule and updates. Sponsored by Wilson Commons Student Activities.

Institute for Popular Music to Host Songwriter, MTV Exec

Kara DioGuardi, songwriter and former judge on TV’s American Idol, and Bill Flanagan, a veteran music journalist who has spent the last 15 years as an executive at both MTV and VH1, will sit down with John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music, for a behind-the-scenes look at their careers on Wednesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 29. Read more...

Final Performances: The Taming of the Shrew

The International Theatre Program's production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew concludes this week—with performances at 8 p.m. April 22 to 24, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Tickets are $8 for students, available online, at the Common Market, and one hour before performances at the Todd Theater Box Office.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the University's Sustainability Efforts

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), Facilities and Services is offering a tour on Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m. for students to get an inside look at sustainable achievements on campus. Renovation projects in multiple buildings will be highlighted. Reservations are on a first-come first-served basis. Register with Amy Kadrie at

High School Student Works Featured in Art Exhibit

The Bridge Art Gallery at the Medical Center celebrates spring with a colorful new exhibit, Life Is, featuring 35 high school artists. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Read more...

June Fourth Forum

The Hong Kong Student's Association is hosting a June Fourth Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Hoyt Auditorium. Rose Tang, survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, will share her experience to raise awareness of the historic incident. Read more...

Trivia for Tots

Phi Sigma Sigma will host Trivia for Tots from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Boulder Coffee in Brooks Landing (960 Genesee St.) Prizes will be available for the first-, second-, and last-place team, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Phi Sigma Sigma foundation, which works to promote school and college readiness by partnering with Practice Makes Perfect and the Kids In Need Foundation. Buy a $5 ticket at the Common Market to sign up your team of 5 to 10 people. Tickets will be on sale April 20 to 23 and will also be available at the door.

Vocal Point Spring Show

Vocal Point will send of its seniors and perform songs by Lorde, Meghan Trainor, Misterwives, Tove Lo, and more at their spring show. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the May Room, Wilson Commons. Tickets are available at the Common Market or at the door and are $7 for students and $9 for the general public.

Assess Your Scholarly Impact with Google Scholar

Google Scholar offers a way to create a profile that showcases papers you have written and the citations they have received. A workshop on Friday, April 24, will help you create your own Google Scholar citation profile page in order to track your h-index citation counts. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rush Rhees Library Training Room (214).

Mt. Hope Celebration of College Town

Explore Mt. Hope Avenue and celebrate the grand opening of College Town on April 24 and 25. The Mt. Hope Celebration of College Town will feature live music, entertainment, children's activities, carnival games, food and beverage tastings, tours, and giveaways. Details are available on the event's Facebook page.
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