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Weekly Buzz (11.22.15)


Students Demand Better Racial Climate at the University

About 150 students and supporters marched peacefully across the River Campus on Friday to demand that “the University of Rochester’s administration implement immediate and lasting changes that will reduce intolerable acts of racism that students of color endure at our University.” At Wallis Hall, a group of five students representing minority leadership groups met briefly with President and CEO Joel Seligman to present him with a three-page list of demands designed to improve the racial climate on campus. In a statement issued after the meeting, Seligman said he would carefully review the students’ petition and issue a statement early this week. He reiterated that racism has no place at the University, which must be a campus that is welcoming, respectful, and safe for all. Read more...

Register Your Plans for Thanksgiving Break

Staying on campus for Thanksgiving Break? Going on an adventure? Heading home? Some combination of the three? The Office of the Dean of Students would like students from the College to register their plans—registering helps the office meet students' needs for services. Check the College Breaks website for information on transportation, student services, changes to building and office hours, and more.

Partial Closure of Room in Rush Rhees Library Planned

A section of the Messinger Periodical Reading Room in Rush Rhees Library will be closed Tuesday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 25, for winterizing work. Half of the room, as well as the two Messinger Graduate Study Rooms, will remain open during that time.

Video: Social Good Through Data

The University's first Data Dive brought together two local non-profits—NeighborWorks Rochester and Lollypop Farm—and students interested in applying what they have learned about data science in the classroom. Watch the video.

Rochester Earns 'Bicycle Friendly University' Award

The University has been recognized with a 2015 “Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award,” presented by the League of American Bicyclists. Read more...

Go Green: E-Cycle Day Results

A total of 26,648 pounds of unwanted electronics was collected at the eighth annual E-Cycle Day last month—outweighing last year’s total by more than 11,000 pounds. Read more...

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 is Wednesday, 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. 

Don't Let Hackers 'Gobble Up' Your Info

This holiday season, as you reflect on all the things you are thankful for, University IT reminds you to make sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from hackers and scammersDo you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, please send them to

This Week


Nazareth-Rochester Basketball Contest Extends to Fans

When Rochester's men's basketball team travels to Nazareth College for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday, November 24, the competition will extend beyond the court. Fans for both teams will compete to see who can donate the largest amount of winter clothes. Fans are asked to bring winter clothing items (new gloves or socks or gently used winter coats, sweaters,hats, etc.) to donate to Mary's Place Refugee Center in Rochester. The donations will be weighed and the winning group of fans will receive 20 free subs from Subway after the game. Make any donation and you're eligible for a chance to win a $20 Nazareth bookstore gift card.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours

Need advice on launching a new venture? Schedule an appointment with Ain Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scott Catlin, associate vice president for technology ventures at UR Ventures and attorney, on Tuesday, November 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 1.213 CTSI Director’s Suite in the Saunders Research Building. John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp., will hold office hours on Wednesday, November 25, from 9 a.m. until noon in Carol Simon Hall.  Appointments are required: book with Scott Catlinbook with John Hawkins, or call (585) 276-3500.

Looking Ahead

World AIDS Day Silent Auction and Dinner

Join GR Soccer on Tuesday, December 1, for the World AIDS Day Silent Auction and Dinner to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and to raise funds for Trillium Health and the group's future projects in the Rochester community. The event—which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in the May Room, Wilson Commons—will feature a catered dinner, a guest speaker, musical entertainment, and a silent auction. Musical performances include OBOC, Trebellious, and solo instrumentalists. Baskets for auction include donations from local businesses, campus clubs and organizations, and community donors. Tickets can be purchased at the Common Market or by emailing by Monday, November 30. Uros or cash are accepted. 

International Theatre Program Presents Yerma

On Thursday, December 3, the International Theatre Program will explore one woman’s struggle against the status quo through Federico Garcia Lorca’s famed tragedy, Yerma. Read more...

'URPerforming!' Deadline Is December 4

The deadline to apply for this year's "URPerforming!" (the International Theatre Program's celebration of all things performance) is Friday, December 4. Individuals or groups of up to three performers from any performative discipline are invited to apply for the "UR's Got Talent"-style event on January 22 and 23. Three grand prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded. Click here to participate or learn more. This year's competition is cosponsored by the Department of Music and the Program of Dance and Movement.

Holiday Shopping Fair Returns to Wilson Commons

Wilson Commons Student Activities' holiday shopping fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 4, in Hirst Lounge. Students, faculty, and staff can purchase items from local businesses and artisans will offer handcrafted goods such as jewelry, handmade soaps, cards, handmade prints, washi art, tea, hats, University gear, ornaments, coffee, calendars, handcrafted journals, skin care, and terrariums. Most vendors accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

SPARK Competition Set for December 4

Enhance your rÉsumÉ and network with industry professionals at the O’Brien & Gere SPARK Competition, a think-tank style event that gives students at all levels of study in STEM- and business-related disciplines the chance to solve a real problem with real-world industry engineers and scientists. The competition will be held on Friday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gleason Hall, Room 120. Hosted by the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) master's degree program and engineering solutions provider O’Brien & Gere. The winning team will recieve $1,000and the runner up will win $500. There will be additional prizes and giveaways for all participants. For more information and to sign up, contact Andrea Galati.

Leadership Tools: Religion, Spirituality, and Interfaith Literacy

Leaders in all professions need a basic level of interfaith literacy in order to work effectively with different religions and cultures. A workshop on Thursday, December 10, led by C. Denise Yarbrough, director of religious and spiritual life, will examine some basic practices that are helpful for leaders. The event runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Stackel Room, Wilson Commons. RSVP by 5 p.m. Friday, December 4. Contact RCCL at with any questions.

A Post-apocalyptic Novel and Gingerbread Houses

Rush Rhees Reads Undergraduate Book Club will meet Monday, December 14, at 2 p.m. to discuss Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, a post-apocalyptic novel about a traveling orchestra and Shakespeare acting troupe. The group will also be making gingerbread houses as a break from studying. Check out Rush Rhees Reads on Facebook or email Eileen Daly-Boas at for more information.
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