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As we all know, the University of Rochester is a special place, and alumni near and far have memories of a favorite study nook in the stacks of Rush Rhees, an empty Kilbourn Hall before a recital, first dorm rooms, and other spaces that transport us back to our time beside the Genesee. More than the places, though, it's the people—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends—who make our University truly shine.

Though we’re geographically far from Rochester, the Yellowjacket connection has stayed with us, and we’re proud to continue building relationships with the University of Rochester community here in California. Recently, we hosted an Alumni in Entertainment Happy Hour in Culver City for both industry veterans and Hollywood newcomers, New Year celebrations at the Los Angeles Petersen Automotive Museum (pictured) and the Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, and a Student Alumni Networking Event in Silicon Valley that offered local alumni the chance to meet with current undergraduates who were visiting alumni at tech firms all around the Bay Area.

If you weren't able to make it, don't worry! From a robust calendar of events and activities, to networking and mentorship opportunities on The Meliora Collective, we invite you to make a resolution and join us in staying connected, learning something new, and letting your UR pride shine throughout the year.

If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer to help plan or host events, serve as a career mentor, and more, please contact California's staff liaison, Cory Dagen '03 at

Wishing you an Ever Better 2019!


Nick Brandt '98
Los Angeles Network

Hassler Thurston '17
San Francisco Network

Upcoming Events

Keepers and Givers: Sharing the Past in Special Collections
Sunday, February 24
Escondido, CA

Selling Yourself: 10 Steps to Building a Winning Job Search Action Plan
Wednesday, March 13 | Webinar

San Diego Volunteer Recruitment Reception
Friday, April 5
San Diego, CA

The Rochester Effect
Los Angeles | Sunday, April 7
San Francisco | Wednesday, May 29
Join us for these lively, interactive events featuring compelling conversations with University of Rochester faculty on Cultivating Creativity and Inspiring Innovation and Understanding Globalization.

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Show Us Your Town

"Tourists and locals alike enjoy everything the area has to offer. There is always something to see and do here!"

As featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Rochester Review, read your way through the favorite sights, sounds, and snacks of San Francisco with alumni tour guides Carol Karp ’74, David Fang ’05, ’11 (PhD), Jason Smith ’03, ’08W (MS), Lauren Sacks Hopton ’10, Phil Pizzo ’70M (MD), and
Zakia Barnes ’04, ’17S (MBA).


Introducing Karen Chance Mercurius

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Rochester where the mission, vision, and shared values of Meliora align so nicely with my personal passion and commitment to building robust, inclusive, and diverse alumni communities.”

Karen Chance Mercurius, PhD, the current director of alumni relations at Harvard Law School, has been selected to lead the Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement at the University of Rochester.







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