# Life in the department

## General

We are a small and friendly department. The social center of the department is in the math lounge on the 9th floor of Hylan in room 901. The department provides crowd-funded coffee during the day. The espresso machine is maintained by Carl Mueller. You can email him to set up an account to use it.

Hazel McKnight usually puts out cookies for us at 3pm on weekdays. How long the cookies last depends on which kind they are.

There are three major parties in an academic year. At the beginning of the fall semester we have a welcome party and at the end of the fall semester we have a holiday party. There is also a party to celebrate the end of the year, which is the spring BBQ at the end of the spring semester. Maureen Gaelens or the department chair will notify you of the time and location of these parties.

Finally, don’t miss the emails sent to the graduate student mailing list. You may get a tutoring opportunity, free pizza notification, or one of the yearly free iMacs given away by the department. The University of Rochester Graduate Student Chapter of the AMS also has a Slack group just for grad students. Check emails from the chapter or ask one of our officers for an invitation link.