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October 06, 2015

In Brief

Flu vaccine clinic scheduled for October 15

UHS will hold a River Campus flu vaccine clinic for all students, faculty, and staff on Thursday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Goergen Athletic Center.  All River Campus–based students and employees are encouraged to attend. Bring your University ID and health insurance ID cards with you. If not covered by insurance, vaccination is $25, cash or check. Students whose vaccination is not covered can choose to place the charge on their tuition billing statement. Students with high-risk health conditions and those who will not be on campus on October 15 can receive flu shots at UHS by appointment. A separate flu vaccine clinic will be scheduled at the Eastman School.

University joins Eduroam

Faculty, staff, and students can connect securely to the Internet at more than 300 academic institutions using Eduroam.

To access Eduroam when visiting a participating institution, log in with your and your NetID password. Visiting faculty and researchers can access Eduroam at Rochester using credentials from their home institution. Learn more at University IT’s website,

Simon Business School adjusts tuition

Simon Business School is lowering its full-time MBA tuition. Total tuition for the full-time two-year MBA program will change from $106,440 to $92,000, effective for students entering in the fall of 2016.

Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon School, says that the cost of the MBA program is relatively high compared to peer schools. “We believe that prospective students often overlook Simon due to our sticker price despite our strengths in academics, student quality, and career placement,” Ainslie says. “We want to make sure the school is accessible to the best prospective students, and we want these great students to apply.”

High Tech Rochester’s Sibley facility gets under way

Construction for the new High Tech Rochester Business Accelerator at the historic Sibley Building is under way after a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of work on the University-affiliated project. The sixth floor of the former department store will undergo a $24 million renovation to create a state-of-the art business incubation facility in the heart of downtown Rochester.

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). Read more at the website

Melissa Mead receives Messinger Award

Melissa Mead, the John M. & Barbara Keil University Archivist and Rochester Collections Librarian, is the recipient of the 2015 Martin E. Messinger Libraries Recognition Award. The annual award, created and funded by University Trustee Martin Messinger ’49, includes a $5,000 prize. Mead was recognized for her contributions to the Living History Project, the University’s digital collection of oral history interviews; Our Work Is But Begun, the University’s new history book for which she provided photos and created an exhibition; her “Ask the Archivist” column in Rochester Review; and for her support to University leadership, faculty, students, and alumni.

Online learning symposium series starts October 27

Faculty are invited to three online learning symposiums for fall 2015. The first forum, “Online Learning Initiatives at New York University,” will be held Tuesday, October 27, in the Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall. The presentation will be led by Robert Ubell, vice dean of online learning at the NYU School of Engineering. The second event is planned for Friday, November 20. Helaine Marshall, associate professor of education at Long Island University and a member of the board of directors for the Flipped Learning Network, will present “Flipped Classrooms for Higher Education.” The third session on Friday, December 11, will cover “In Their Own Words: Online Learning Experiences from Professors and Students at the University of Rochester.” All sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall. Contact Libby Barth at to reserve a spot. Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.

Look for open enrollment materials later this month

Materials regarding the University health care and dental plans, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, and life insurance will be mailed to your home during the week of October 26.

The Benefits Office encourages employees to review the materials, attend an information session, and check out the tools available at to make an informed choice about benefits.

Log in to HRMS ( and click on the homepage to receive certain benefits-related mailings electronically.

Open enrollment will be held from November 2 to 15.

University IT website redesigned

University IT has debuted a new website design to make information about technology services easier to find and to improve the website’s usability. Note that the website’s URL has changed to Tech.rochester. edu; update your bookmarks and web links accordingly.

Participants sought for fibromyalgia study

The University’s Anesthesiology Clinical Research Center is running a study of those with fibromyalgia. For details about eligibility and other information, email or call 273-5199.

New cancer screening website introduced

The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, part of the Center for Community Health, has introduced The comprehensive cancer prevention and screening program encourages everyone to seek age-appropriate screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. If you know someone who is uninsured or lacks adequate health insurance to pay for screenings and diagnostic services, call 224-3070.

Public Safety offers ‘safe zone’ for transactions

The Department of Public Safety is offering the main lobby of its headquarters as a “safe zone” for Craigslist, Currents Classifieds, and other online transactions. Anyone is welcome to meet buyers or sellers in the front lobby during daily business hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Recorded surveillance cameras capture activity in the area. “This is a preventive measure to help keep our community members safe,” says Chief Mark Fischer.

“One of our peace officers, Deb Mattice, brought forward the idea, and it seemed like the perfect thing to do.” The Department of Public Safety is located at 612 Wilson Blvd., and lot parking is available. Public Safety employees will not become involved in transactions unless intervention is required. Fischer suggests that individuals planning an online transaction conduct the transaction during the day, meet in a public place, and trust their instincts. “The bottom line is that you don’t know with whom you are doing business, and extra safety precautions should be taken,” he says.

Guidelines available for using fire extinguishers

Environmental Health and Safety has posted guidelines for proper use of fire extinguishers at The office reminds the University community that the only time a fire extinguisher should be used to fight a fire is when the fire department has been notified; you have been trained on how to use the fire extinguisher within the last year; you know and understand the acronym PASS; there is a clear exit behind you when you use 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.

Annual E-Cycle event is October 30

Facilities and Services is partnering with Sunnking for the eighth annual E-Cycle Day. The University community is invited to bring unwanted electronics from home for recycling. E-Cycle Day will take place on Friday, October 30, from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Park Lot. Almost all electronics are accepted. Visit the Sunnking website, Sunnking. com, for a full list of accepted items.

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