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January 18, 2010

In Brief

Faculty diversity initiative report

President Joel Seligman released a report last month detailing 14 recommendations to improve faculty retention and recruitment.

The report is based on in-depth interviews conducted by former Deputy to the President and Vice Provost Lynne Davidson, University Intercessor Frederick Jefferson, and Senior Associate Provost Carol Shuherk with 94 faculty members in all schools and three town hall meetings.

Read the report at

Mileage reimbursement and moving allowance rates update

The University is adjusting its mileage reimbursement rates to reflect the new IRS rates. Effective January 1, the business mileage reimbursement rate is 50 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate of moving expenses is 16.5 cents per mile.

Certificate course teaches patient safety

The Division of Healthcare Management in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine is offering a “mini” certificate course designed specifically for health care professionals, trainees, and students from medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and health services research. The program, which begins in February, consists of 11 individual sessions covering many major issues regarding safety. E-mail, call 275-7712, or visit for more information. Register by Friday, January 29.

Well-U and YWCA team up for holiday giving

University departments donated planners, blankets, hats and mittens, small toys, and body care products for women and children, as well as other items of need to the YWCA of Greater Rochester in December. Foodlink barrels also were distributed around the University during the campaign to collect canned and boxed foods for the less fortunate in Monroe County.

Well-U teamed up with the YWCA in December for the holiday item drive as part of Well-U’s first Healthy Holiday Habits Campaign. The six-week campaign, a holistic approach to employee wellness during the holidays, highlighted specific themes each week.

PINK study volunteers needed

Women who are overweight, have borderline elevated blood pressure, borderline elevated blood sugar levels, and/or borderline elevated cholesterol and would like to know more about their heart health may qualify to participate in a PINK (Prothrombotic Inflammatory Markers in Women with Metabolic Syndrome) study. The study involves blood testing and carotid artery evaluation. Expenses for travel may be paid to qualified women. For details, call Strong Cardiology Associates at 341-7791.

Recognize a dedicated staff member

Nominations for the Witmer Awards and Meliora Awards are being accepted through January 28. Both awards were established in 2008 to recognize exceptional service by University staff. Intended as a “lifetime achievement” award, the Witmer Award honors full- and part-time staff members with five or more years of experience. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University’s motto, Meliora, or “ever better.” In addition, the Staff Community Service Award will be given to a nonmanagement staff person in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Greater Rochester community. Details and nomination materials are available online at

Registration open for Pre-College programs

The 2010 Pre-College Course Catalog is available at The programs allow junior high and high school students to explore the University and its resources. Options include taking a one-week noncredit course, living on campus during the summer, or completing a college class for credit. Class sizes are limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. For more information, e-mail or call 275-3221.

Teacher education programs receive reaccreditation

An ongoing commitment to the highest quality in the preparation of teachers and other school personnel has earned the University reaccreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.

Programs at the Warner School that prepare teachers, counselors, and administrators, as well as music education programs at the Eastman School, were evaluated under the organization’s national standards.

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