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November 15, 2010

In Brief


women on tower balcony, overlooking Rochester vista
Caroline Stenpack ’11, left, and Neha Ahuja ’11 pose for a photo during a tour of the Rush Rhees Library tower last month.

Collection benefits local charities

Miner Library in the Medical Center is collecting items through Dec. 17 for Melita House and Mercy Residential Services. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, liquid soap, combs and brushes, baby wipes, baby lotion, baby shampoo, wash cloths, baby laundry soap, and diapers (sizes 3–6). Donations may be dropped off inside the Miner Library entrance.

Donations sought for book sale

The Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries and the River Campus Libraries will hold their Spring Book Sale on March 2 and 3 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library. If you have books you wish to donate, call 275-4461 to schedule a delivery time. Donated books that are not needed for the libraries’ collections will benefit the Friends of the UR Libraries through their sales, or be sent to BetterWorldBooks for redistribution to its literacy partners around the world.

Want more Medical Center news?

Do you want to know about free flu shot clinics, hospital fundraisers, shuttle schedule changes, and when Medical Center experts make national headlines? If you’re not already receiving URMC This Week—a Wednesday morning e-newsletter full of Medical Center news—you can sign up at Do you have helpful news to share with the Medical Center community? You can send your tips and submissions to the same address. Medical Center news also is available online everyday at

Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers

With the heating season under way, the Occupational Safety Industrial Hygiene Unit of the University’s Environmental Health and Safety department would like to remind faculty and staff of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen within a matter of minutes and is responsible for more deaths than any other single poison. Read more at

Holiday Extravaganza filled with musical events

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating the holidays with the Bausch + Lomb RPO Holiday Extravaganza, which runs from Nov. 26 through Jan. 8.  During this time, the RPO again joins forces with the Rochester City Ballet for The Nutcracker Nov. 26–28.  The holiday celebration continues with Handel’s Messiah on Dec.9 and 11. 

To round out the holiday celebrations, the RPO has Gala Holiday Pops, Dec. 17-19 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Rochester native and Broadway star Donna Lynne Champlin joins the orchestra for the family favorite. To kick off the New Year, Looney Tunes favorites come to Kodak Hall on a giant screen as the RPO performs the music live for "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony," Jan. 7–8.

A new look online for Memorial Art Gallery

A redesign of the Memorial Art Gallery Web site was launched this month. The site,, features an updated store, an online membership form, and a searchable database of 50 centuries of world art.

Recognize a dedicated colleague or team

Nominations for two staff awards—the Witmer Award for Distinguished Service and the Meliora Award—are being accepted through Jan. 20, 2011.

The Witmer Award recognizes staff members for their exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to the University, as demonstrated over the course of their career and is intended as a “lifetime achievement” award. The Meliora Award recognizes staff members whose work performance over the past year exemplifies the University’s motto, Meliora, or “ever better.” It honors specific, positive contributions by an individual or staff team in an area such as service to constituents, process improvement, or cost reduction.

Full- and part-time active staff members from any division of the University are eligible. Details and nomination materials are available at

Winter weather reminders

Before you lift a snow shovel, use the University’s Web site or your phone to find out if delays or cancellations will affect your schedule. If adverse weather conditions or emergencies are a concern, the Information Line—275-6111— will alert callers to any changes. If schedules are interrupted or emergencies are in progress, the line is updated frequently.

During emergencies, the University homepage ( is a source of immediate information, with further details posted at Faculty, staff, and students can sign up for weather-related notifications from University Facilities and Services or check the latest weather forecast and warnings at

Think ahead and wear weather appropriate footwear with rubber soles and nonslip treads. Once on University property, if you see an unsafe, weather-related situation, call the Snow Removal Hotline at 275-0000. If injuries occur or you’re aware of near-miss incidents, fill out an Employee Incident Form, which can be found at

For a summary of University policies, procedures, and methods of communicating in any emergency situation, go to