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November 04, 2015

In Brief

Staff invited to town hall meetings with president

President and CEO Joel Seligman will host two Town Hall meetings for staff to discuss the University. Staff members are invited to attend one of two meetings:

  • from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 3, in the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus

  • from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, December 4, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Medical Center

Each meeting will open with remarks from Seligman, after which everyone will be invited to ask questions, make comments, or share suggestions. No RSVP is needed, and managers are asked to support and accommodate staff members who wish to attend one of the two sessions.

Warner School receives $2 million grant for STEM education

A $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Phase II grant has been awarded to the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the Warner School of Education to enhance and expand current efforts to prepare K–12 master teachers and teacher leaders in math and science in urban settings. Over the course of the five-year project, 14 teachers will assume leadership positions and roles in improving mathematics and science teaching and learning through the University’s Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Program. The funding will provide intensive professional development to teachers to engage in school reform efforts and provide leadership in math and science in high-need schools.

More all-gender restrooms available on the River Campus

In an effort to further accommodate members of a diverse University community, several River Campus restrooms have been reassigned as all-gender. To date, 16 restrooms have been converted to provide single-stall, all-gender accessibility, and University Facilities and Services is currently evaluating other single-use type restrooms that may similarly be converted in future months.

Simon ranked among top MBA programs

Simon Business School is among the leading U.S. business schools in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of the top full-time MBA programs. Simon is ranked 36th, up from 38th in 2014.

Strong Memorial Hospital named Rochester’s preferred hospital

Strong Memorial Hospital was named a 2015–16 Consumer Choice Award winner by National Research Corporation. The award identifies hospitals across the country that health care consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image.

Host an international student for Thanksgiving dinner

Consider sharing Thanksgiving dinner with students who are far from home. Rochester Global Connections invites University faculty and staff to participate. Sign up by November 13 at 275-8779 or execdir@rochesterglobalconnections.org.

Institute for Innovative Transition awarded $2.5 million

The Institute for Innovative Transition at the Warner School received a second Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will support a new consortium of five higher education institutions at the City University of New York that will help students with intellectual disabilities in New York City to attend and succeed in college.

Diversity award nominations being accepted

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s Presidential Diversity Awards. The awards recognize faculty, staff, students, alumni, units, departments, or teams that have demonstrated leadership in recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote diversity or inclusion. Nomination materials are available at Rochester.edu/working/hr/awards/diversity. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, November 13.

New meter mail slips required

As the University continues its transition to UR Financials (Workday), new meter mail slips are required to comply with the new FAO account numbers. Departments sending mail through University Mail Services should visit facilities.rochester.edu/apps/metermail _order/index.php to request new meter mail slips. Fill out one request for each account using metered mail. New slips, which can be copied and distributed throughout the department, will be emailed back to you. Previous FRS versions can be destroyed. Direct questions to Christine Coffey at ccoffey@facilities.rochester.edu or 273-5149.

Nominations due November 20 for women’s award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually by the Susan B. Anthony Center to “honor and celebrate women whose lives have been enriched by their years at the University and who have, in turn, inspired other women to advance and lead.” Nominees may be faculty, staff, trustees or alumnae who have achieved significant professional stature and influence; have a commendable body of work; and who have used their experience and skills to help other women advance as leaders. Nominees should have a strong affiliation with the University and a “lifetime” of significant achievements. Nominations are due by Friday, November 20. Visit the Anthony Center website, Rochester.edu/sba, for more information and the award nomination form.

Joint Service Veteran’s Day Run planned

Join the Veteran’s Alliance on Veteran’s Day, November 11, for the Joint Service Veteran’s Day Run from Fauver Stadium to Highland Park and back to campus. The group will meet outside Fauver Stadium at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Library Road at 5:45 a.m., and the run will begin promptly at 6. There will be a short service at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Highland Park before the group runs back to campus. The event will conclude with a light breakfast in Friel Lounge, Susan B. Anthony Hall, from 7:30 to 8:30.

Communications projects recognized

The Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services has awarded communications awards to several University IT projects. The UR Tech Store rebranding project won the General Service Campaign Materials category. The technology overview video for incoming students was honored in the Short Promotional Video/Audio category. And the Institute for Popular Music YouTube Channel earned honors for best Use of Social Media.

Winter clothing drive under way

Human Resources’ Office of Organizational Development and Staff Diversity is sponsoring a winter clothing drive to support the Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center, which provides care and education for families and children up to age 10. Donation boxes have been placed by the vending machines in the main cafeteria of Strong Memorial Hospital, at Brooks Landing in the HR Service Center and in the Department of Finance, and at the Human Resources office in College Town. The center is in need of gently used, new, or like-new winter clothing, coats, socks, hats, gloves, and undershirts for boys and girls from six months to nine years of age. Bigger sizes are also needed. Donations will be collected until November 30. For more information, contact Janice Holland at janice.holland@rochester.edu or Sondra Monachino at sondra.monachino@rochester.edu.

Deck the halls with safety in mind

Environmental Health and Safety reminds members of the University community that holiday decorations can create fire-safety hazards. The department offers guidelines at www.safety.rochester.edu/fire/HolidayDecorations.html.

Annual HIV/AIDS symposium is December 1

Join the Center for AIDS Research for the seventh annual HIV/AIDS Scientific Symposium on Tuesday, December 1, in recognition of World AIDS Day. Keynote addresses to be presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Class of ‘62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. Speakers include Dan Barouch, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and Stephen Goff, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University Medical Center. A poster session to be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Flaum Atrium. Registrations for poster presentations are due November 16. Email Laura_Enders@urmc.rochester.edu for more information about World AIDS Day events. Visit www.urmc.rochester.edu/center-for-aids-research/events.aspx for details on the symposium.

'America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent' Competition

Rochester students will compete in the third annual “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent” competition on December 8. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, November 13. The winning team(s) from the local competition—which will be held during a lunchtime presentation on Tuesday, December 8—will travel to the Washington, D.C., region to present their proposals to the Food and Drug Administration early next year. Contact scott.steele@rochester.edu for more information.

Constantino’s Market offers discount with University ID

Through December 31, 2015, Constantino’s Market in College Town is offering 10 percent off all purchases (excluding beer and tobacco) with a valid University employee or student ID. Constantino’s is a full-service grocery that emphasizes locally sourced products. It features a salad bar, cafe, bakery and deli, as well as chef-prepared meals. URos are also accepted.

School of Nursing extends scholarship programs

The School of Nursing is offering 50 percent tuition support in scholarships for its care manager education, RN-to-BS completion, and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner programs to meet the educational needs of health care employees in the Finger Lakes region. Care managers, baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and mental health nurse practitioners are integral members of the health care team, able to respond to growing patient needs, says Elaine Andolina, director of admissions at the School of Nursing.

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