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October 20, 2010

In Brief

Report calls attention to faculty mentoring

President Joel Seligman last month released a Mentoring Report from the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Faculty Working Group on Mentoring.

“With this report, we are one step closer to creating an inclusive campus culture through the commitment from each school to work to develop mentoring structures and processes that will assure far stronger support for professional development for all faculty,” Seligman said. The mentoring report is an addendum to the 2009 Listening Tour report and contains the principal recommendation that each school construct its own faculty mentoring plan. Status and progress of each school’s mentoring program will be reported annually to the Faculty Senate and in Seligman’s yearly report on diversity.

Read the report at

Event highlights multidisciplinary research

Recipients of the 2009 Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards will present their research at a symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.

The recipients of the 2010 awards will be honored immediately following the symposium at a reception in the Hartnett Gallery at 3:30 p.m.

Read more about the recipients and the awards program at

Symposium to focus on biomarkers and biorepositories

A two-day meeting on the theme of biomarkers, biorepositories, and translational research will be held at the Medical Center Oct. 28–29. The Biomarkers and Biorepositories in Translational Research Symposium is part of an annual series organized by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Office of Research Alliances. It will feature external speakers from the National Cancer Institute, Roche, Merck, the Foundation for the NIH, and the University of Vermont.  The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To learn more, visit

University regalia discounted

Oak Hall, the provider of the official University regalia, is offering 10 percent off on all custom graduation attire. Interested departments or faculty members should contact the bookstore on their campus by Nov. 15.

E-waste disposal event

The University and electronics recycler Sunnking are hosting an e-waste disposal event  from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, in Park Lot. University employees can bring anything from old laptops to broken digital cameras, keyboards, stereos, PDAs, and speakers. Storage devices in the electronics will be destroyed, and metals will be recycled. TVs will not be accepted. Learn more at

Outdoor recycling begins

Recycling bins have become a common sight inside University buildings over the past several years. But what about outside? University Facilities and Services is trying a few different models and styles for outdoor containers on the River Campus.

Campus Times Web Site Gets a New Look

The Web site for the Campus Times student newspaper relaunched recently with a new design, improved multimedia content, and enhanced features. View the site at

Excluded? Debarred? Know someone who is?

Federal law limits the kinds of work that may be done by people who have been excluded, suspended, or debarred from federal or state contracts, grants, or programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you or someone you work with has been excluded, suspended, or debarred, has defaulted on student loans, or has lost a professional license, contact the Compliance Office at 275-1609, Office of Counsel at 758-7600, or the Integrity Hotline at 756-8888 (anonymous reports accepted).

Fire extinguisher guidelines available

Environmental Health and Safety has posted guidelines for proper use of fire extinguishers online at The office reminds employees that the only time a fire extinguisher should be used to fight a fire is when the fire department has been notified, there is a clear exit behind the person using the extinguisher, and the fire is small, self-contained, and not spreading rapidly. To schedule extinguisher training, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 275-3243.

School of Nursing to hold doctoral open house

Nurses and other health care professionals can learn more about doctoral degree opportunities at a Doctoral Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at the School of Nursing, Helen Wood Hall.

The school’s two doctoral programs offer paths to careers in nursing practice leadership or health practice research. Visitors to the open house will meet faculty from both programs, tour the school’s high-tech facilities, and learn more about each program.

For reservations or information, call 275-2375.

Event supports cancer center

The Wish List Society is hosting a happy hour fundraiser for the Wilmot Cancer Center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Murphy’s Law, 370 East Ave.  The society is a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting patients at the Wilmot Cancer Center.
There will be hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and drawings. The cost is $10.

Resident advisor nominations sought

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services invites faculty and staff to nominate undergraduate students for resident advisor positions. Nominated students will each receive a letter indicating that he or she has been nominated. Letters will not indicate the name of the nominator. Applications are available at all Residential Life offices, the Common Connection, and at the Office of the Dean of Students. Nominations are due Friday, Oct. 22.

Start-up competition

Start-up Open is a competition for startups created during the 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 15-21). One entrepreneur will receive a free trip to the private island of Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways, to network with successful entrepreneurs. Enter at by Oct. 31. See the full rules online. Contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at with any questions.