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Metro New York City Network News


I'd like to wish you a happy, healthy, and ever better 2019! This past year was filled with opportunities to network with fellow alumni, support current and future students, and give back to the University and our local community. In December, we celebrated the holidays at Intercontinental New York Barclay with President Richard Feldman, the smooth sounds of jazz from Eastman School of Music alumni performers, and more than 300 attendees. For me, a highlight from 2018 was celebrating my 35th Reunion at Meliora Weekend. My favorite memory was giving President Feldman a “tough act to follow” by delivering my “class gift rap” right before his presentation!

I'm looking forward to an even more active and exciting year ahead, and I invite you to join me in attending an upcoming event, volunteering, or by making a gift to an area you are passionate about. I’m particularly excited about meeting another great group of future Yellowjackets through my work as an admissions volunteer. As part of my role on the Network Leadership Cabinet, I'm also focused on developing more activities for those of us "across the river" in New Jersey.

I hope to see you in February, and at other upcoming events throughout the year. As always, we invite you to share your ideas for fun and meaningful ways to connect in the Metro New York City area. For more information on getting involved, please contact Metro New York City's staff liaison, Melissia Schmidt at Come learn something new and let your UR pride shine.


Elizabeth Jennison ’83, ’87M (MD), ’88M (Res)
Metro New York City Network Leadership Cabinet

Upcoming Events

UR vs. New York University Basketball Games & Tailgate
Friday, February 1

Nosh & Network Breakfast with the NY Metro Women
Thursday, February 7

Treat Yourself: Shopping Event at bluemercury
Tuesday, February 12

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

The Rochester Effect: New York City
Tuesday, April 23
Join us for this lively, interactive event at New World Stages featuring a compelling conversation with University of Rochester faculty on
Valuing Academic Inquiry in a Democracy.

Connect with the Metro New York City Network

Join our Facebook group to connect with other alumni, parents, and friends in the area and keep up with the latest news and information.



Show Us Your Town

"New York is the only place I know where it seems like a little bit of the rest of the world is in it—and at the same time, the New York City culture is so uniquely its own. The two don’t seem like they should coexist, but they somehow do."

As featured in the July-August 2018 issue of Rochester Review, read your way through the favorite sights, sounds, and snacks of New York City with alumni tour guides Barbara Grossman Berger ’77, Noah Pizmony-Levy Drezner ’00, Stephen Givant ’81, Tanya Chanphanitpornkit ’15E, Tony Graham ’81, and Catherine Nguyen-Martinez ’08.


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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