Weekly Memo

April 1, 2013

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Online registration for the fall semester begins next Monday, and once again I'd like to encourage as many Hajim School students as possible to sign up for WRT 273: Communicating Your Professional Identity. This interactive course teaches "real life" communication skills and strategies that help students present their best professional selves. Students will explore and articulate their internship and career goals for distinct audiences and purposes as they develop a professional communication portfolio of materials such as resumes, cover letters, electronic communications, technical project abstracts, online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn), and TED Talks. Students will revise and refine their written and spoken work across the semester based on critical feedback from peers, instructors, alumni and potential employers. By the semester's end, students will have gained extensive experience with the communication skills expected in today's competitive job market. The alumni and business leaders I meet as I travel around the country are unanimous: Too many college graduates these days simply don't have a clue about these things. So, all you rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, here is a great opportunity to avoid falling into the same trap -- and to get a leg up on all those other students applying for internships and jobs. To learn more, contact Catherine Towsley. Students who are closed out of the course should contact Kara Shierly to be added to a wait list. With enough interest, we will open a second section.

Congratulations to Amanda Chen, BME junior, who has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for next school year. Amanda was one of 271 recipients chosen from among 1,107 sophomores and juniors nominated by college and university faculties nationwide. The scholarships were established by Congress in 1986 to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. We're very proud of you, Amanda!

Mark your calendars:  Israel Cidon, the Tark chair professor of Electrical Engineering at Technion -- the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa -- will be here April 15 and 16, thanks to Eby Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Cidon has impressive credentials: He was a co-founder of Micronet Ltd., Viola Networks and Actona Technologies, and was a manager at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, all before serving as Technion's dean of electrical engineering. He'll speak with various groups here about entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, and initiate a partnership on these subjects between UR and Technion. Students will have a chance to hear him from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. April 15 at an ECE/Comp Sci lecture in CSB 209. He'll lunch with Hillel students from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the next day in the River Level of Interfaith Chapel, then talk about entrepreneurship with Simon School students at 3:30 that afternoon at a location to be announced. Funding for this exchange is provided by the Farash Foundation.

Last week, I met with more than 80 Advancement staff members to update them on new initiatives in the Hajim School, as well as in Tech Transfer. I deeply appreciate the work these people do in furthering the cause of the Hajim School and the University as a whole. I'd like to ask a favor of those alumni and friends reading this email, as well as students (as you will be alumni): Should you be contacted by one of my advancement colleagues, please spend some time with them to help them learn more about our school.

As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean