Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Those of you who attended the Clothesline Festival over the weekend know that our second year participating with a Hajim School booth turned out very well. Hundreds of visitors stopped by and showed interest in the stunning work we had on display. Many could not believe the things they were looking at! Thanks again to all the students, faculty, and staff who participated by contributing their fascinating pieces of artwork. And thank you to everyone who helped staff the booth this year with a special thanks to Sandra Turner for her many efforts in organizing and making sure that we were well represented at the festival!

I would like to also share some preliminary news with the Hajim School community. We are currently entering the design phase of a new building here on campus that will encompass Digital Media and Innovation. Although we are still in early planning, the new building, which is slated to go in behind Morey Hall, will include media labs and a fabrication lab where engineering students and arts and sciences students alike will be encouraged to creatively apply technology to their studies.  As programmatic details evolve, I will keep our community apprised. This marks yet another important stride here at the Hajim School, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Rochester as a whole. I look forward to the incredible opportunities this will present for our university.

I would also like to congratulate Darcey Riley ’12 on receiving a $10,000 merit-based scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Skylab astronaut and University of Rochester alumnus Ed Gibson '59 will present Darcey with the award during a public presentation and ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, in Hoyt Auditorium. During the presentation, Ed will share his experiences of spending over 84 days living and working in space on the Skylab 4 mission. The lecture is free and open to the public. Congratulations Darcy on your momentous achievement!

Juniors and seniors who are interested in having their transportation costs reimbursed after attending the Engineering & Technical Career & Internship Connection and the Engineering Consortium Career Fair at Columbia University, October 20 and 21 respectively in New York City, should apply for a travel grant. Email Lisa Norwood at lisa.norwood@rochester.edu or stop by Lattimore 201 for the application. This is a great opportunity to network and explore career options!

One last reminder, I encourage everyone to become members of the Hajim School facebook group. This is another great avenue for school news, events, and general discussion among students.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean