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Weekly Buzz (April 13, 2014)
State of the University, business plan winners, iPad clearance, meatless Monday, global marriage panel, dance shows, family science day, antiviolence workshop
Sunday, April 13, 2014

President Seligman Delivers State of the University Report

In an address to the Faculty Senate Tuesday, President Joel Seligman reviewed the "strongest year in history in Advancement," citing gifts that support research and scholarship among faculty and students, and highlighted recent achievements of Rochester's faculty, students, and alumni. Seligman also provided updates on senior leadership transitions, diversity efforts, implementation of the 2013–18 strategic plans, and next year's priorities. "In its 164-year history, the University of Rochester has weathered challenges, capitalized on opportunities and always emerged triumphant," he said. "We are strong, growing, and an increasingly complex institution that is inexorably faithful to our motto ... Meliora ... ever better. " Read the speech and view the presentation

Rochester Teams Advance in Business Plan Competition

The University hosted the second annual 2014 Finger Lakes Region NY Business Plan Contest last Wednesday. Three Rochester teams—Ovitz (senior Felix Kim, junior Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez, TEAM MS student Samuel Steven ’13 (BS), and PhD candidate Len Zheleznyak); Mobilysis (sophomore Christopher Wong, TEAM MS students Li Deng and Bowei Zhang, and PhD candidates Steven Gillmer, Kenny Goodfellow and Aizhong Zhang); and Bright Imaging (TEAM MS students Barca Donmez and Alex Magill and MBA students Elleny Alvarado Nazar and Michael Moore)—were named finalists. Eleven finalist teams advanced to the statewide intercollegiate New York Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 25, where they will vie for $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Go Green: Sustainable Campus Dining

group photo of the Food Recovery Network
Two efforts—the Food Recovery Network and Local Foods Week—are encouraging sustainable dining on campus. Read more...

Video: Security Awareness

See what some students have to say about information security at the University. Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? If so, send them to

Gospel Performance Workshop

Explore gospel music and the aural tradition of learning music in Gospel Performance Workshop. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Lattimore 201. Students may register for or audit MUR163 to participate. No singing or gospel experience is needed. Instrumentalists are also needed. See the group perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Interfaith Chapel. For more information, contact Cathy Christian.

American Studies Talk: 'The Economic Cold War in India'

David Engerman, the Ottilie Springer Professor in History at Brandeis University, will present "Planning for Plenty: The Economic Cold War in India" at 5 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Rush Rhees Library, Room 456. The lecture is sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Department of History.

Leadership Luncheon

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership is hosting its third and final Leadership Luncheon of the semester from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in Wilson Commons 121. Learn more about how your leadership training and experience can influence your career, with Amber Graham, associate director of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. Free lunch will be provided. RSVP to by Friday, April 18, and note any food allergies. Space is limited to the first 30 undergraduate students who submit a reservation.

'Consciousness in Action' Workshop

The Gandhi Institute will host a workshop on "Consciousness in Action: Leading with Compassion and Clarity" with Karl Teyaert during the weekend of May 23–25. The workshop will only go forward if there a minimum of 15 people registered by Friday, April 25. Apply or express interest early by emailing or call 354-1018. Students may attend for free.

Vote for River Campus Libraries

Do you love Rush Rhees, Carlson, and the POA Libraries? Nominate the River Campus Libraries for the Rochester Regional Library Council's 2014 Library of the Year. Voting starts Sunday, April 13, and closes at midnight on Saturday, April 19.

Let URTV Represent You

Is your student organization, club, or academic department holding an event that you would like to have filmed? Do you produce original video content? Send an email to if you want URTV to film your upcoming event or if you have existing videos you would like to promote for free on campus cable channel 6 and Facebook. URTV is always looking for more creative students to join its efforts to create a video hub for the school community. Email the club for more information or to join the mailing list.

iPad Clearance Sale

University IT Computer Sales is offering discounts of up to $330 off its clearance iPad stock. In addition, all in-store second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad cases—including clearance—are 10 percent off through April 30. View the clearance iPads on the University IT Computer Sales website or stop by a retail location in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library for details.

Deadlines and Reminders

Enter Your Business Plan by April 16

Submit your business plans to the eighth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. First place will win $10,000; second place will receive $2,500; and third place will get $1,000. A team of up to five students may submit one plan and students may submit a business plan that was written for a current or past course. Submissions must be submitted electronically to Susanna Virgilio  at the Center for Entrepreneurship by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Ten semi-finalist teams will be selected to present their business plans on May 1. From the semi-finalist presentations, the pool will be whittled down to five finalist teams who will have a chance to win the cash prizes during the competition on May 13. See the submission guidelines.

2014 Fringe Festival Accepting Performance Submissions

The 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is accepting submissions for performers through April 16. The festival, which features performing and visual arts at venues around Rochester, is planned for Sept. 18–27. The festival, in its third year, is cosponsored by the University. Apply online.

This Week

Scholarship Recipient to Present Concert

Violinist Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pajaro ’16E, this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the Rochester chapter of The Links Inc., will present a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Kilbourn Hall. Read more...

Healthy Monday Hosts 'Meatless Monday'

Join the UHS Health Promotion Office and celebrate Meatless Monday at Douglas Dining Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 14. Breakfast will be served for dinner. Check the Dining Services website for information about menu items.

'Move It' with the Badminton Team

two shuttlecocks on the floor
Ever wanted to play badminton but weren't sure how? The Healthy Monday team has teamed up with the University's badminton team to help teach you. On Monday, April 14, from 6 to 7 p.m., stop by the Zornow Courts in Goergen Athletic Center.

Engineering Futures Professional Development

Attend a free professional skills development session led by a certified facilitator on the topic of "people skills." The interactive learning module—from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 14—aims to teach you to communicate and resolve interpersonal, motivational, ability-related, and emergent problems. Free snacks and refreshments will be served. All students are invited to attend the session, which will be held in CSB 209. Sponsored by the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Send any questions here.

Fulbright Info Session

The Fellowships Office is hosting a Fulbright information session at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Dewey 2-110C. Fulbright scholars are cultural ambassadors as well as students and teachers. They meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

Reading: Radical Politics and BFFs

Amanda Michalopoulou and her translator, Karen Emmerich, will read from and discuss Why I Killed My Best Friend, a book that uses the backdrop of Greek politics, radical protests, and the art world to explore the dangers and joys that come with best friends. The event, which starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, is part of the Reading the World Conversation Series. Read more...

Teach for America Chipotle Mixer

Stop by Wilson Commons 122 on Tuesday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to enjoy some free food from Chipotle and information about Teach for America. Teach for America will also be tabling in Hirst Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more....

Global Marriage Panel

marriage panel
Join five campus cultural groups for a discussion about marriage around the globe at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.

Ballet Performance Group Spring Show

Ballet Performance Group's spring show, "Dream On," will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at in Strong Auditorium. The show features a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and others. Tickets are on sale at the Common Market and at the door, $6 for students and $8 for the public. One dollar from each ticket will be donated to Golisano Children's Hospital.

Sihir Bellydance Ensemble Spring Show

Sihir Bellydance Ensemble presents its spring show, "Oasis," featuring Kalilah (Katrina Scott) a Middle Eastern dance instructor from the Department of Dance and Movement. The show will take place at 9 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the May Room, Wilson Commons.

Family Science Day

STEM Initiative is hosting Family Science Day on Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Goergen Hall. The event will feature science demonstrations from more than 20 participating organizations and clubs. The event is open to all ages and admission is free.

Workshop Focuses on Combating Violence

Douglass Leadership House and RESOLVE/Safe Journey/Stand Up Guys are teaming up to provide a free interactive workshop centered around men's violence from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Douglass Leadership House. Learn about the seeds of violence and how to combat "everyday life" violence—through activities, dialogue, and role-playing. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

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