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May 17, 2011

In Brief

President Seligman gives report to Faculty Senate

In an address to the Faculty Senate this month, President Joel Seligman highlighted progress on four core project priorities: the public launch of the University’s capital campaign; the Mt. Hope College Town project; improvements to the I-390 interchange to improve traffic flow and facilitate growth in the University area; and the development of the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation, a partnership between the University and IBM. Read the full address at

President Seligman issues diversity report

In his fifth annual diversity report, President Joel Seligman says “Our task as a University is to welcome all to join our community based on their talents. I am convinced that progress in achieving greater diversity is vital to our success as a great research University. I am gratified to be associated with a University where a commitment to diversity is consistently reflected in the decisions of our board and our senior leadership.” Read the report at

Discount cards available to University employees

The Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association (RARES) offers University employees a discount on hundreds of area and national products and services ranging from amusement parks to car washes to movie tickets to zoo admissions. RARES ID cards for 2011 are available at several on-campus and off-site locations.

More information is available at

Last call: Exhibitors for Clothesline Festival

A limited number of exhibitor spaces remain at the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, a juried fine art and crafts festival held on the Memorial Art Gallery grounds. The annual event, which takes place Sept. 10 and 11, showcases artists from all 62 New York counties. Visit for an application and more information.

New lender joins home-buying program

Chase is the latest financial institution available to work with University employees interested in the University Home Ownership Incentive Program. Since 2008, faculty and staff have closed on 130 homes in nearby city neighborhoods and qualified for incentives from the University, the City of Rochester, and the lending institutions toward down payments or closing costs. The other lenders in the program are Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Advantage Federal Credit Union, and M&T Bank. Contact the Benefits Office at 275-2087 to begin the eligibility process. Learn more at

Register by May 23 for Faculty Development Colloquium

The annual faculty development colloquium—including lectures, interactive workshops, and a poster session—will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. A complete list of workshops and registration materials are available at For more information, call 276-3782 or email

Fiscal year-end finance announcements

As the end of the fiscal year approaches on June 30, faculty and staff are reminded to submit requests for payment or payment allocation by Friday, June 10. All payment forms require the signature of an immediate supervisor or the individual with FRS/ledger account responsibility. Up-to-date forms are available online. Learn more at

Course covers best practices in weight management

Registered dietitian Nellie Wixom, along with a team of behavior and exercise specialists, will teach a credit-bearing course this summer on Best Practices in Nutrition and Weight Management for the Health Professional. Based on national guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity, the course is designed to help health professionals implement the theories learned in the class directly into their practice. The course is online, with four in-class sessions on June 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 4 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. in Helen Wood Hall. For more information, call the Center for Lifelong Learning at 275-0446 or visit

Conference on Oral Biology planned for June

The Center for Oral Biology will host a conference entitled “Rochester Conference on Oral Biology: Post-Genomics for the Oral Microbiome” from June 16 to 18 at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together oral microbiologists and immunologists with scientists working on multiorganism problems outside of the oral environment. The objective is to broaden the scope of research and to develop new approaches for understanding the nature of oral polymicrobial diseases and human responses. More information is available at

A reminder about equipment hazards

The Occupational Safety Unit of the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department reminds professors, instructors, and staff to be on guard against the hazards associated with moving parts. Exposure to rotating parts and loose clothing or hair presents one of the most dangerous combinations, as evidenced by the recent death of a Yale University student working in a machine shop. A workplace assessment helps identify hazards in the work environment. For assistance conducting an assessment, call the Occupational Safety Unit at 275-3241 or visit

Cognos 8 upgrade available for financial reporting

Cognos 8, a tool for financial reporting and data warehouse reports, has been upgraded. Current Cognos users need to replace their current bookmarks with the new link that has been emailed to them. For more information, visit the Data Warehouse website at For support questions, contact the University IT Help desk at 275-2000.

University exceeds 2011 United Way goal

Live United logoUniversity United Way Campaign leaders thank all of the University affiliates, faculty, staff, and retirees who have raised $1,393,768 to help make the community a better place to live and work. Campaign leaders offer a special “thank you” to campaign coordinators who, along with their volunteers, have helped the University reach 107.2 percent of its $1.3 million goal. The departments listed at have achieved a participation rate of more than 60 percent and are recognized for their outstanding support of the 2011 campaign.

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