University of Rochester Washington, D.C. Network News

Dear Philip,

Autumn is here and the upcoming season reminds us that we have much for which to be thankful. In that spirit, our D.C. Network participated in the University of Rochester's Global Day of Service in mid-September. An energized group, led by Debra Drumheller '74, helped serve breakfast and assisted clients at Charlie's Place, a local organization that supports the homeless. We would love to expand our service program next year, and it's not too early to think about other area organizations in need. We look forward to hearing your suggestions.

October ushered in the pinnacle of University celebrations: Meliora Weekend. Those of us who made the trip north were rewarded with four full days of insightful presenters, entertaining performances, great athletics, and events for participants of all ages. Alumni with class years ending in 2 and 7 also celebrated their reunions and all the joy that comes with seeing old friends in a comfortably familiar place.

If you didn't attend Meliora Weekend or haven't returned to campus recently, we strongly encourage you to do so. The impact of The Meliora Challenge can be seen throughout the University in new facilities, enhanced academics, and increased financial support for faculty and students. These improvements will make a positive impact for many years to come.

This is a busy season for us all, but we hope you'll make time to attend one of our upcoming events. To make sure you receive D.C. Network news and event invitations, please share your up-to-date contact information here. Thanks again for all you do and happy holidays.


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Christine Branche '83
Debra Drumheller '74 Adam Konowe '90 
 Washington, D.C. Network Leadership
Cabinet Co-Chairs

Upcoming Events

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An Evening with Professor Cliff Smith
Wednesday, November 29

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Young Alumni Holiday Happy Hour
Monday, December 4

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Posse Celebration
Thursday, January 4

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Washington, D.C. Network New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 14

More Events

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John Storz '74 lives in Washington, D.C. with his spouse, Del Baker-Robertson, and is retired from the U.S. Army. He has been a proud George Eastman Circle member since 2008, and currently serves on the group's Washington, D.C. Leadership Council. John volunteered for the inaugural Global Day of Service this past September, and regularly participates in University events in Washington, D.C., New York, and Rochester. Read more about John »

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Global Day of Service 2017
Earlier this fall, alumni, parents, and friends gave back to their communities as part of the University's first-ever Global Day of Service. At 18 sites across the country, participants helped with a variety of projects, from coastal clean-up in New York City to feeding and caring for donkeys in Colorado (shown above).

Enjoy photos from this year and mark your calendar for next year's Global Day of Service on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Interested in organizing a project for next year? Let us know »

Will You Be Covered in 2018?
Evaluate your current benefits to ensure your needs are met, as open enrollment for health insurance coverage will only be available until December 15! As part of a suite of alumni benefits, the University of Rochester sponsors a health insurance program, offering a variety of coverage options. Learn more »

Share Your Wisdom with Students!
Offer your expertise on career exploration, internships, and job searching to undergraduate students at our annual Student-Alumni Networking Night on Thursday, January 11. To learn more about how you can get involved at this event, contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Cavalcanti at

Ever Better
Foxe headshot Thanks to the generosity of leaders like you, our faculty can do more of the kind of work—from inspired teaching to scholarly research to compassionate healing—that changes the world. At the Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, University of Rochester neuroscientist John Foxe is building internationally-renowned teams to help "unravel the deep mysteries of the brain" and ultimately ease the suffering of millions. Watch video »

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