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AS&E Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 2021


April 15, 2021
Issue #7

Commencement Updates

commencement text over photo of Rush Rhees Library towerAs the University continues to plan for one of the most exciting times of the year, there are some important changes to the AS&E commencement ceremonies.

This year, the AS&E undergraduate ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 20. To meet state guidelines for events, multiple main ceremonies will take place on the Eastman Quad throughout the day. Diploma ceremonies will be celebrated on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22. These changes will help the University adhere to the many state requirements related to the pandemic while continuing the commitment to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. We understand that this is a significant change, and will share more information and a full schedule as they become available.

All commencement ceremonies are only for graduating students—no visitors are permitted—but ceremonies will be streamed live to allow family and friends to remotely share in this special day. Graduating students studying remotely this semester are welcome to return to campus for commencement. Students studying remotely who have been fully vaccinated or have had a negative PCR test within 72 hours, or who have had COVID-19 in the preceding 90 days, will be allowed to participate. More details about registering for commencement, for all students (on-campus, local, and remote), will be shared next week. Updates on commencement will be posted here.

Latest News and Announcements

Bringing virtual education abroad to students: The Center for Education Abroad, in conjunction with their international partners, has curated a list of cross-cultural learning experiences for students as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to restrict international travel and force the suspension of summer education abroad programs. Designed for undergraduate students within AS&E, the programs curated include a variety of education abroad opportunities. Including virtual classes, internships, research opportunities, and experiential learning programs. For more information, please visit the virtual programs website.

Dashboard shows career outcomes for Class of 2020: Since 2016 the Greene Center has been collecting data on the first destination of graduates as part of the Career Outcomes project. The first destination of graduates from AS&E is a part of our students and alumni story, and while it does not give us a complete picture of the impact our graduates will go on to make in their lives, it does show us where their careers begin. This year’s dashboard highlights the first destinations for Class of 2020 undergraduate and graduate students. With an overall knowledge rate of 84 percent and 91 percent of respondents reporting a positive outcome, the Class of 2020 is already beginning to make the world ever better. Additionally, this year the Greene Center, Alumni Relations, and the College Dean’s Office participated in our second year of the National Alumni Career Mobility Survey (NACM). The NACM survey aims to benchmark undergraduate student success at 5- and 10-year marks which can provide even more context to the stories and achievements of our graduates. If you want to learn more about Career Outcomes, or would like to discuss how your department could work more closely with the Greene Center, please register for the Greene Center’s Lunch and Learnon April 28.

‘Stop the Hate: The Rise in Violence Against Asian Americans’ with Juju Chang: Join a moderated discussion hosted by Beth Olivares, dean for diversity in AS&E, with Juju Chang, Emmy Award–winning coanchor of ABC News’ Nightline. Chang will share how seemingly harmless perceptions of Asian American as “foreigners” can be weaponized by racialized statements. and help us understand that we all have unconscientious bias, how to detect it, and why it matters. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, on Zoom. Register here.

Apply for a Community-Engaged Course Operation Grant for the fall 2021 semester: Are you planning a community-engaged course for the fall 2021 semester? Community-engaged AS&E courses are eligible for support through a Community-Engaged Course Operations Grant. Proposals must be submitted by August 1 and funding decisions will be made by August 15. Learn more.

Fulbright Program opportunities for faculty: The Fulbright US Scholar Program competition for 2022–23 is open and offers numerous opportunities for faculty. Fulbright International Education Administrators awards are two-week seminars designed to help US international education professionals and senior higher education officials create connections with their counterparts and higher education systems of other countries. Register to attend an overview session to learn more. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program also continues to seek institutions to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars. You can express your interest in this survey.

‘Dante Politico at the Crossroads of Arts and Sciences’: A three-day international symposium devoted to Dante’s political thought is being held virtually from April 16–18. The program, speaker bios, and registration information can be found here. The symposium is organized by the working group Theorizing Italy under the auspices of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, which includes faculty members from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Ready, set, go—the QuadFox 5K race is on! Join the University community around the world and run, jog, walk, or roll as you complete 3.1 miles anywhere you are. Registration is open to Rochester-affiliated participants through April 15, including alumni, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and more. While you can still register, the QuadFox 5K has officially started so be sure to complete the challenge and enter your time before May 2 to receive your finisher’s certificate. New this year, the first 250 staff or faculty finishers will receive a T-shirt. Share your participation on social using #QuadFoxVirtual5K and tag @WilsonCommonsUR to let the Rochester community know you’re running with them! Learn more details about the race, see if you qualify for a complimentary shirt, and sign-up online.

Academic honesty reminders to share with students: While Section V of the academic honesty policy is not exhaustive, some of the violations covered in it might surprise students. While they should already be familiar with the policy as a whole, please remind them to read (or reread) this section carefully. Please also remind students to review and raise questions about any additional course- or assignment-specific rules you may have set. As we prepare for end-of-term exams and projects, campus experience suggests that (1) what counts as open-note and open-book, (2) how to collaborate appropriately, and (3) how to cite sources like course textbooks or lecture slides may be especially confusing to students … and especially important for you to clarify.

We continue to appreciate all the time and effort you invest in guiding students to complete courses in ethical, appropriate ways. In addition to campus experience, national research underscores that what you tell them makes a difference. As always, feel free to contact (teaching and assessment-related questions) and (reporting-related questions). And if you have not already done so, please complete the instructors’ survey that the Academic Honesty Education Committee is administering this semester.


Nominate a colleague for an ACE Award: The University community is invited to nominate AS&E staff members who exemplify the University’s vision and values and go above and beyond their job to make AS&E and the University ever better. Successful nominations will highlight specific examples of tasks, projects, or activities where staff are exceeding their core functions. Staff can be nominated more than once, and winners will be chosen on the first of each month by Dean Donald Hall.

Networking groups for staff: Several of the new networking groups will have meetings this April. Visit for updates. As a reminder, these groups will meet to share best practices, policy changes, and discuss areas of difficulties and successes in the role.

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