News and Announcements
Chris Matthews to Deliver College Commencement Address
Chris Matthews, a highly respected political news commentator, will deliver the 164th College commencement address on Sunday, May 18.
Grants Available for 'Innovative Ensemble' Initiatives
Grant proposals are due Monday, Sept. 1, for the first cycle of grants under the newly established Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School. Anyone can apply for the grants, which are intended to support new initiatives, events, and research surrounding the topic of "innovative music ensembles." Grants will range from $500 to $2,000 and a total of $15,000 to $25,000 will be awarded this year. Visit polyphonic.org for more information and proposal instructions.
Regional Business Plan Competition Entries Due March 9
Have a great business idea? Enter the Finger Lakes Regional Contest of the New York State Business Plan Competition by submitting a two-page application by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 9. A full business plan is not necessary. Students can submit to one of six categories: biotechnology/healthcare; energy/sustainability; information technology/software (all app ideas); nanotechnology/advanced technology; products/services; or social entrepreneurship/non-profit. Regional semifinalists will be invited to the presentation round at the University on April 9. Winners will go head-to-head with finalists from nine other regions for $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes at the statewide competition on April 25 at the University at Albany. The competition is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Download the application and visit the website for more information and complete rules. There is no fee to enter.
Diversity Conference Call for Posters
Undergraduate students are invited to submit posters for the University’s 2014 diversity conference, which takes place Friday, March 28. The deadline to submit a poster is Friday, March 14. This year’s conference, “Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress,” will explore where the University and community stand in regards to race, power, and redefining diversity. Posters are intended for authors and participants to engage in discussions about their diversity work. Read more about the theme and poster proposal process.
Jennifer Higdon Is Composer-in-Residence for Women in Music Festival
Pulitzer Prize–winner Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most frequently performed composers and a major figure in contemporary classical music, headlines this year’s Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School March 24 to 29. Read more...
Conference: Creating and Maintaining Safe Campuses
The University is hosting its second annual sexual assault prevention conference in April. The conference will open with a cocktail reception, “Activism Through the Arts,” on Wednesday, April 2, followed by the conference, “Call to Action: Creating and Maintaining Safe Campuses,” on Thursday, April 3. The conference will examine best practices in the prevention and response to incidents of gender violence on campus. For more details and to register, click here.
Event Celebrates Diversity
Join alumni, students, faculty, and friends on Friday, March 28, for a program on diversity and empowerment featuring actress and author Sheryl Lee Ralph, City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, a performance by Futurpointe Dance, and a unique multimedia presentation. Taking place in the Alumni and Advancement Center, the event will continue themes associated with the University's fifth annual diversity conference held earlier in the day. Admission is $25 and includes the 6 p.m. hors d'oeuvres reception where Ralph will sign copies of her latest book, and a ticket to the 7:30 p.m. program. For more information and to register, click here.
Discussion: Careers in Social Media
The Versatile PhD's next free web-based panel discussion, "Careers in Social Media" will be held March 10 to 14. Panelists are all humanities or social science PhDs doing social media work for nonprofits, universities, and other businesses. Panelists introduce themselves on Monday, March 10, and answer your questions for the rest of the week. Read more...