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@Rochester: News for University of Rochester

In Today's Issue

  • President Seligman Issues Response to Student Petition
  • Video: Social Good Through Data
  • Workshop Today in Spurrier Dance Studio
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours This Week
  • Shuttle Service Suspended for Holiday
  • Purple Box Collection Continues through November 30
  • @Rochester to Take a Break

News and Announcements

President Seligman Issues Response to Student Petition
President and CEO Joel Seligman has responded to a three-page petition designed to improve the racial climate on campus, presented to him by the leaders of several minority leadership groups on campus. "Because the desire for improvement in our racial climate is fully congruent with University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, I am today announcing a series of specific steps to address the right of all in our community to be part of a community that is safe and supportive," Seligman said in the November 23 statement. Those steps include the formation of a Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity, charged with conducting town hall meetings on campus climate and recommending whether or not the University should ban use of the social media application Yik Yak over University networks. Read Seligman's full response.

Video: Social Good Through Data
A recent "data dive" brought together two local non-profits—NeighborWorks Rochester and Lollypop Farm—and students interested in applying what they have learned about data science in the classroom. Watch the video.

Workshop Today in Spurrier Dance Studio
Neo-traditional African dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena, a member of the dance faculty at the University of New Mexico, will present a free Afro-modern ngoma dance workshop from 11:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Spurrier Dance Studio. Read more...

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours This Week
Need advice on launching a new venture? Schedule an appointment with Ain Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp. Hawkins will hold office hours, free and open to the University community, on Wednesday, November 25, from 9 a.m. until noon in Carol Simon Hall. Appointments are required: book online or call 276-3500.

Shuttle Service Suspended for Holiday
There will be no University shuttle service on Thursday, November 26, or Friday, November 27, because of the University holiday. All shuttle lines will return to their normal schedules on Saturday, November 28. Employees who park in Lot 24 (Scottsville Rd.) may park in the College Town Garage, Lot 8, or Lot 3 on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. Direct questions to or call 275-5953.

Purple Box Collection Continues through November 30
The University’s Department of Public Safety is collecting items throughout November to help survivors of domestic violence and their families in the Rochester area. Members of the University community can participate by donating new items to the purple boxes on campus now through November 30. Read more...

@Rochester to Take a Break
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, tomorrow's is the last issue of @Rochester this week. The newsletter returns Monday, November 30. Submissions for the November 30 issue are due by 10 a.m. tomorrow. 

November 24, 2015
Today's Forecast:
Cloudy, High 41°
Sunny, High 49°

Today's Event Highlight
Kalmbach Lecture Series: Stuart Mitchell
"From Civil Rights Movement to Journey to the C-Suite," 4:40 p.m., Gleason Hall, Room 119

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Rochester in the News
WROC-TV (November 20)
Senator Gillibrand Tours U of R Laser Lab
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for continued federal resources for the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics. She says the lab plays a vital role to national security and economic growth.

WHAM 1180 (November 19)
HIV Antibody Trial
"For 20 years, the University of Rochester Medical Center has been working to develop an effective vaccine against HIV. Now they're about to start testing a new method they hope will move medical science a big step closer."

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