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May 13, 2015

In Brief

Vision statement supports promotion of sustainability

The University has officially adopted the Sustainability Council’s vision statement on sustainability. The University “aims to be a leader in promoting a sustainable society through our academic, education, research, patient care and health programs, in the operation of our campuses and facilities, and in our interactions with the community.” In the spirit of Earth Day, members of the University community are invited to review the University’s commitment to sustainability. Read the full sustainability vision statement at

VPN/remote access upgrade delayed

Due to delays in vendor patching and client updates, the cutover date to upgrade to the new VPN client has been extended to June 3. When you remotely connect to the University network after June 3, you will need to use a new VPN client and take a second action to verify your identity before you are connected. The change only applies to users outside the Medical Center; URMC VPN has already been upgraded. Follow the instructions on the VPN website,, to update your computer or mobile device.

University United Way campaign exceeds $1.4 million goal

The University has exceeded its 2015 United Way Campaign goal to raise $1.4 million. The ePledge confidential online pledging system will be available until June 1, so there is still time to make a pledge at The University’s campaign leadership thanks the many donors who contributed to the campaign, as well as the many campaign volunteers across the University who helped the University achieve its goal.

Warner program joins National Giving Day on May 20

Horizons at Warner will participate in Horizons Giving Day, a national effort on May 20 with the goal of raising $1 million to expand existing Horizons programs and bring Horizons to more communities and families nationwide. The Warner program will engage in a competitive, yet friendly, race to raise funds online and in person with 40 Horizons affiliates nationwide. Read more about the effort at

Best Translated Book Award finalists announced

Ten works of fiction and six poetry collections remain in the running for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards following the announcement of the two shortlists today on Three Percent, the University’s translation-centric website.

The 16 finalists—consisting of well-established writers like Elena Ferrante, Julio Cortázar, Can Xue, Sergei Dovlatov, Valeria Luiselli, Bohumil Hrabal, Lev Rubinstein, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Alejandra Pizarnik, and seven more—were selected from the almost 600 works of fiction and poetry published in English translation for the first time during 2014.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, May 27, as part of BookExpo America in New York City.

Annual run/walk benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital

Thousands of Golisano Children’s Hospital supporters will fill Genesee Valley Park Saturday, May 30, for the 19th annual Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K Run to benefit sick and injured children in the region. This year’s “Growing Strong”—themed, presented by Abbot's Frozen Custard, will kick off with a 5K at 8:30 a.m., followed by a kid-friendly walk at 10:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy activities including crafts, more than a dozen bounce houses, and much more until 1 p.m. Learn more at

Newsletter spotlights local businesses, special offers

Keep It Local, a new electronic newsletter produced by the Office of Government and Community Relations, aims to provide the University community with periodic (no more than twice monthly) updates about local business offerings, stories about how local businesses are engaging the community, and access to exclusive promotions. Sign up at

Spring forward to better health and earn $125

A biometric screening—which measures your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood glucose, and body mass index—can offer a clearer picture of your health. The YOURhealth employee wellness program is offering a series of biometric screening clinics in May. Eligible individuals who complete a screening, along with a Personal Health Assessment survey, will earn $125. Call 275-6810 with questions. Schedule your screening at

New environmental health major offered

A new bachelor of science degree program in environmental health has been approved. The program will provide preparation for continued graduate education and careers in environmental medicine, environmental health consulting, or related disciplines in public health and medicine. More information is available at

Interested in participating in clinical research?

Medical Center researchers have created a list of individuals who are interested in taking part in future research studies. If you are interested in being included on the list, researchers may contact you in the future by phone, email, or mail to ask you to take part in a research study. If you are contacted, you can decide at that time whether or not you are interested. For more information visit the health research page at or email

‘Eastman Presents’ lineup announced

Emmy and Tony Award–winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and premier banjo performer Bela Fleck as guest soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under conductor Mark Davis Scatterday, are among the headliners for the second season of Eastman Presents. Details are available at

Strong Vision optical shop opens in College Town

Flaum Eye Institute is opening a comprehensive optical shop at College Town, providing eye exams, prescription eyewear, contact lenses, and sunglasses. Flaum Eye Institute offers a 30 percent discount on prescription eyewear and nonprescription sunglasses for employees and students, including spouses, legal domestic partners, and dependent children.

Traveling this summer?

You take your health care coverage with you wherever you travel. Aetna and Excellus have nationwide networks so that you have access to medical assistance services, doctors and hospitals around the world. In the event of a life-threatening situation, you should seek care from the nearest hospital. Services will be paid at the in-network benefit level. For additional information about health care coverage while traveling, visit the Healthcare when Traveling link on the Benefits Office website, You can also download the Aetna (Aetna Mobile) or Excellus (Blue Card Worldwide) app on your smartphone to find providers and facilities in the area you are traveling, upload your insurance ID card, and more. Contact the Benefits Office at 275-2054 with any questions.

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