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Weekly Buzz 2.7.16
02.07.16: funds for late night events; book group; Rising Leader Class; carillon celebrates Lunar New Year; Super Bowl party; multilingual karaoke


Funds Available for Late Night Events

The Fashionably Late Event Fund provides awards of up to $500 for events that occur primarily between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Friday or Saturday nights, are inclusive of all students, appeal to a broad audience, and provide a programming option that does not exist for most undergrads. Examples include a jazz night or comedy club in the May Room, karaoke or open-mic nights in the Hive, or renting out a dance club in Rochester. To apply for the fund, complete the event registration process and indicate that you are requesting funding from the Fashionably Late Programming Fund. Contact with questions.

Students Gather in Response to Yik Yak Decision

About 30 students gathered on Thursday on the steps of Rush Rhees Library to address University President and CEO Joel Seligman’s recent response to an interim report issued by the University’s Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity. The main focus of the gathering was the president’s decision not to ban the social media app Yik Yak from the University’s servers. Read more…

Drop-In Advising at Gleason

The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and River Campus Libraries have teamed up for drop-in advising hours in Gleason from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday, starting February 8, for the rest of this semester. Stop by the table in Gleason Library to meet with a peer career advisor for questions related to your internship, research, or job search; critiques of a resume or cover letter; networking and interviewing tips; and more. Open to all undergraduates. Drop ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. The Career Center also has drop-in times from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in its office on the fourth floor of Dewey Hall.

Join the Rush Rhees Reads Book Group

Looking to read something fun this year? Join Rush Rhees Reads, the River Campus Libraries’ undergrad book group, which meets monthly and reads three or four books each semester. The first spring meeting, to decide on upcoming books, is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, in the Training Room (Room 216) in Rush Rhees Library. Refreshments will be served. Visit the Rush Rhees Reads Facebook group or contact Eileen Daly-Boas to be added to the listserv.

MCAT Prep Sessions

Are you planning on taking the MCAT? SynSpace uses peer-led student learning in MCAT preparatory study groups guided by an experienced student leader. Sessions are held on the River Campus. Enter the registration pool by completing this survey. For more information, contact

Student Health 101 is back!

The UHS Health Promotion Office is bringing Student Health 101, a monthly health and wellness e-magazine for students, back to campus. The February issue has articles about sleep, sex, body image, and more. You can enter to win $1,000 when you click on the link on the magazine’s cover page. 

Memorial Art Gallery Seeks Artists for Upcoming Shows 

The Memorial Art Gallery is taking applications for two upcoming shows: the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival and the 16th Annual Fine Craft Show & Sale. Artists from across New York can apply for spaces at the Clothesline Festival, a juried fine art and crafts festival held on the grounds of the MAG. Now in its 60th year, the weekend event showcasing more than 400 artists takes place September 10 and 11. Applications are also being accepted for the Fine Craft Show & Sale. The juried show, which takes place November 4 to 6, showcases more than 40 master craft artists from around the country. Read more...

RecycleMania Week One

RecycleMania is a friendly nationwide competition and benchmarking tool for college campuses to promote recycling and waste reduction. The official eight-week competition period has begun and scores will now be counted in the national rankings. Rochester celebrated with the RecycleMania Kickoff Partyphotos and updates will be posted to the UR Sustainable Facebook page. The RecycleMania team encourages you to do your part and recycle; you could get “caught green handed” and awarded a prize!

Week One Trivia Question: The person who comes closest to submitting the correct answer will win an ecofriendly prize. Although the University's compost program is not visible to the public eye, pre-consumer organic material (kitchen scraps) is collected in all dining locations and post-consumer organic material (plate scraps) is collected in Danforth. How many pounds of organic material were collected in 2015 through this program?

Deadlines and Reminders

February 9 Is Final Day to Change Schedules 

Drop/add forms for the spring semester must be submitted to the services counter in 312 Lattimore Hall by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 9. All added courses must include the instructor’s signature, and engineering students must also have the stamp of their academic department.

Have You Responded to the Campus Climate Survey?

The Campus Climate Survey response rate is currently 9.5 percent. With your insight, the administration will be able to assess the campus climate and implement changes necessary to create an environment in which all students can be successful. Check your inboxevery student who completes the survey by February 15 will be entered in a raffle to win prizes like a Communal Principles T-shirt and a $500 award. Contact with questions.

Security Tip: Never Share Your Passwords

Sharing is caring! However, in honor of Valentine’s Day, University IT created a poster to remind everyone to never share your passwords, no matter how special that someone may be. No matter if it is with a loved one, friend, colleague, or acquaintance, are you sure your password needs to be shared?

Rising Leader Class Seeks Mentors

The Rising Leader Class, which is designed to help students develop leadership potential, is currently looking for mentors for the fall 2016 semester. The class explores the transition process as a first-year student and how intentional leadership experiences can support undergraduates, and will involve activities to enhance personal development and the practice of leadership. Find more information online, and apply here. The deadline for application is 5 p.m. Friday, February 19. Contact Erin Murphy at with questions.

Register for Business Model Workshop

The 2016 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series continues with “Managing Marketing as a Process,” presented by Lomax Campbell, CEO of Black-Owned Business Rochester, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, February 22, in Gleason 120. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due in mid-April) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Pizza and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500. Those who register in advance will receive a complimentary River Campus parking pass.

ArtAwake Submission Deadline Is February 8

The deadline for submissions for ArtAwake, an annual one-day festival of creativity held in a vacant urban space in the City of Rochester, is Monday, February 8. If you are interested in displaying your work or performing at the event, visit or the Facebook event page for more information. Contact with questions.

SWARM Trainings on Monday Evenings

SWARM is a peer-led bystander alcohol education program offered by the UHS Health Promotion Office. If your group is planning to host an event with alcohol, having SWARM-trained members helps make your event safer. SWARM training is offered weekly at 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday evenings. Pre-registration is required; email to register.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours

Need advice on launching a new venture? Schedule an appointment with Ain Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, February 25, in Gleason 243. Appointments are required: book with John Hawkins, or call (585) 276-3500.

This Week

Hopeman Memorial Carillon Celebrates Lunar New Year

The Carillon Society will present a concert of East Asian music to celebrate the Lunar New Year from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today on the Eastman Quadrangle. Students will play popular and traditional tunes from China and Korea. The concert is free, and parking is available on campus behind the library. The performance will be streamed online via Periscope.

Spirit Week Ends with Super Bowl Party

Join the 2018 and 2019 Class Councils to finish Spirit Week off with a Super Bowl party. Free pizza, wings, and other snacks will be available at 6 p.m. today in Hirst Lounge.

Info Session on Fulbright Scholarships 

The Fellowships Office invites you to attend an information session to learn about the Fulbright Program, which provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country. The session will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 8, in Dewey 4-200.

Stay Safe with Healthy Monday

Look for the UHS Healthy Monday Team on Monday, February 8. They will be walking around campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., wearing green Healthy Monday T-shirts, and giving out free condoms and chocolates. 

River Campus Libraries Student Forum

Join Mary Ann Mavrinac, the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, for a discussion about how to get involved in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. Share your ideas for exhibits, digital humanities projects, and research projects from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library.

Learn about Opportunities at Los Alamos

The Society of Women Engineers presents an information session by Los Alamos National Laboratory at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, in Dewey 1-101. The lab's goal is to deliver national nuclear security and broader global security solutions. The session will cover topics including the lab's mission and the application process. 

Bookstore Pops Up for Valentine's Day 

Barnes & Nobel will be setting up a Valentine's Daythemed pop-up shop in the Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 9. Stop by to buy a gift or make a free Valentine's Day card. Read more... 

High Tech Rochester Presentation

Doug Buerkle '95S (MBA), executive director of NEXUS-NY at High Tech Rochester, will outline the organization's work and newest initiatives at an information session at noon Tuesday, February 9, in Gleason Hall Room 118. Pizza will be served. RSVP to

Summer in Rochester Fair

Staying in Rochester for the summer, or thinking about it? Come to the Summer in Rochester Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, in Hirst Lounge, Wilson Commons, to learn about opportunities to study, work, and have fun on and off campus this summer. The fair will include information on summer classes and research, volunteer, and employment opportunities. Local businesses and organizations will showcase services offered during the summer. Come for free corndogs, a photo booth, and chances to win prizes.

Interested in Studying Abroad?

The first step in studying abroad is to attend a the general information meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 11, in Dewey Hall 2-110C. Learn about opportunities for international study, internships, and service learning, and get information about choosing a program, scholarships, and transferring credit. Open to all majors. See a schedule of future general information meetings or contact the Center for Education Abroad for more information.


KEY Program Info Session

Learn about the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year program at an information session at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, in Lattimore 306A. The program offers select students a fifth, tuition-free year of college to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. The program is supported by the College and the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship. The spring KEY application deadline is Thursday, March 17. For more information, contact the KEY program administrator at

'Add a Fruit' Friday

Join the UHS Health Promotion Office and Dining Services from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, February 12, in Douglass Dining Center for “Add a Fruit” Friday. Check out the fruit available every morning in the salad bar and learn new ways to add fruit to your breakfast. 

Multilingual Karaoke

A Modern Languages and Cultures karaoke event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 12, in Rocky’s Sub Shop and Lounge, Wilson Commons. The event will feature karaoke in different languages and is open to all.

19th Ward Family and Student Ice Skating Party 

Skate and play games from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 13, at Genesee Valley Park Ice Complex. Shuttles will be provided from ITS. Read more...

Fire and Ice Valentine's Celebration at College Town

Events taking place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 13, include: 
  • An ice sculpting demonstration
  • Complimentary cookies delivered around "town" (while supplies last), from Insomnia Cookies
  • Photos in the ice chair for twoguess how many hearts are frozen inside for a chance to win a $100 College Town gift card
  • Breathe yoga's Valentine’s Day candlelight class at 5 p.m.
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