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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (November 29, 2015)


President Seligman Issues Response to Student Petition

President and CEO Joel Seligman has responded to a three-page petition designed to improve the racial climate on campus, presented to him by the leaders of several minority leadership groups on campus. "Because the desire for improvement in our racial climate is fully congruent with University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, I am today announcing a series of specific steps to address the right of all in our community to be part of a community that is safe and supportive," Seligman said in the November 23 statement. Those steps include the formation of a Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity, charged with conducting town hall meetings on campus climate and recommending whether or not the University should ban use of the social media application Yik Yak over University networks. Read Seligman's full response.


Staff Changes at UHS

Two well-known UHS staff members are leaving the University. Health educator Melissa Kelley will become the director of Title IX compliance at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Her last day on campus was November 25. Students who want to contact Melissa can call or email the UHS Health Promotion Office, (585) 273-5770 or Sharon Glezen, UHS medical chief, is joining the health service at the University of Vermont. She will continue to see patients at UHS through December 31. After that, Glezen’s patients will be seen by other members of the UHS medical staff. Patients should call (585) 275-2662 to schedule appointments. 

Summit Program Accepting Applications

Applications are due Friday, December 4, for the ARPA-E Summit Student Program. Apply today to participate in student-focused programming, network with organizations searching for new talent, and learn about advanced energy technologies. The 100 graduate-level students selected will receive complimentary registration to the summit. 

Public Safety Raises Awareness of Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety

With the high volume of bicycles and pedestrians sharing the sidewalks and trails, the Department of Public Safety is raising awareness through new posters of some of the guidelines that can help to protect everyone’s safety. 

Shop Safer on Cyber Monday

University IT shares tips to help avoid falling victim to scams that target "Cyber Monday" shoppersDo you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to


This Week


Spotlight on the Holidays

The Black Students’ Union celebrates Kwanzaa with a dinner this Saturday in Wilson Commons. Find concerts, traditional gatherings, holiday shopping events, and more in the “Spotlight on the Holidays,” brought to you by the University Events Calendar.

Events Mark World AIDS Day

In recognition of World AIDS Day, programs focusing on HIV/AIDS will be held throughout the week. See the full schedule for locations and details. Highlights include:
  • Monday, November 30: 7 to 9 p.m., AIDS Education Posters Translation Project
  • Tuesday, December 1: 6 to 9 p.m., World AIDS Day Silent Auction and Dinner sponsored by GR Soccer. Purchase tickets at the Common Market.
  • Wednesday, December 2: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free HIV testing by appointment or walk-in. E-mail to schedule an appointment; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  “HIV Care Then and Now,” presented by William Valenti from Trillium Health.
  • Thursday, December 3: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., AIDS Education Posters and Resource Fair. Posters collected over the past 30 years from countries around the world will be featured. Campus and community groups will share information about AIDS.  

'Paws' for Stress Relief

The UHS Health Promotion Office is hosting "Paws for Stress Relief" on Monday, November 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Goergen Athletic Center. Visit the therapy dogs to help yourself relax at this very busy time of the year. Mark your calendar for the "paws" program that will be held during finals on  Monday, December 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Eastman New Venture Challenge Workshop: Creating a Business Plan

The third Eastman New Venture Challenge workshop will be held at noon on Tuesday, December 1, in the Institute for Music Leadership office, on the first floor of the Miller Center, 26 Gibbs St. in Rochester. The challenge encourages new thinking and innovative ideas in music. The workshop will cover the basics of creating a business plan. All students are welcome regardless of major, school, or participation in the contest. 

Archaeologist to Discuss West Africa Slave Castles

Christopher DeCorse, professor of anthropology at Syracuse University, will present "Slave Castles and Forts of West Africa: West Africa, Europeans, and the Atlantic World" at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 3, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is sponsored by the program of Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures; the Frederick Douglass Institute; and the Department of Anthropology. Read more...

Lecture Covers Research on Gestational Weight Gain

Susan Groth, associate professor of nursing and of public health sciences, will present "The Complexities of Gestational Weight Gain and Downstream Effects" at the next Public Health Grand Rounds on Friday, December 4. The lecture starts at noon in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium.

'Spark Tank' Competition

The Spark Entrepreneurs club will be hosting Spark Tank, a Shark Tank-style pitch competition, on Friday, December 4, at 6 p.m. in Morey 321. Join the Facebook event, or contact the club at for more information.

Rochester in the News

The Myth of the Ever-More-Fragile College Student

New York Magazine (November 13)
A study by Allan Schwartz, associate professor of psychiatry, published in the October issue of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, examined college students' mental health and whether it has improved or declined over time. 

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