December 31, 2009
Meliora Weekend 2009 Highlights
Meliora Weekend 2009 — Better Than Ever
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Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre — Name Your Seat Today
The Eastman School of Music celebrated the debut of the newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre during Meliora Weekend. Kodak Hall, named in recognition of a $10 million commitment from Eastman Kodak Company, is the first part of a planned two phase project to renovate the Eastman School’s facilities and to build a new addition that will include performance and rehearsal spaces as well as faculty studios. The initial series of celebratory concerts showcased the hall’s newly renovated space and acoustics. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presented the first concert in the new hall, which included the debut of an original composition by Eastman Dean Douglas Lowry entitled Geo in honor of George Eastman. To date, major support of the project has been provided by New York State, the Davenport-Hatch Foundation, Eastman alumna Betty Strasenburgh ’52, the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, Catherine B. Carlson, Mary Hamlin and George Hamlin, and others.
This renovation and expansion project is a major step toward fulfilling George Eastman’s vision and provides the University and the Rochester community with a world-class music hall for the 21st century. Friends of the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra now have a special opportunity to express their support through the Seat Naming Campaign. You can purchase individual, orchestra-level seats that will be dedicated with an inscribed nameplate on the arm.
To name a seat and make a gift, visit the Eastman Theatre Renovation and Expansion Web site, or call Andrea Weinstein, senior director for academic development, at (585) 273-1341.
Del Monte Institute Will Lead Nation’s Advances in Neuromedicine
The Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute was officially dedicated during a ceremony held Friday, December 4. The Institute builds upon the University of Rochester Medical Center’s tremendous strengths in neuromedicine to advance the frontiers of translational research, clinical care, and education. The facility is bringing together the University’s world-class neuromedicine centers and programs in one location, positioning the University of Rochester to lead the nation’s quest for new treatments for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous systems.
Ernest J. Del Monte, legendary business leader and a Life Trustee of the University, gave special remarks at the event. His generosity was honored and the Institute’s exciting future was discussed by top leaders in attendance including Dr. Bradford C. Berk ‘79M (MD), 81M (PhD), CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences; President Joel Seligman; Dr. Mark B. Taubman, M.D., Acting CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Acting Senior Vice President for Health Sciences; Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., Acting Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry; Dr. Steven A. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., Edward A. and Alma Vollertsen Rykenboer Professor, Chairman of Neurology, and Co-Director, Center for Translational Neuromedicine; and Dr. Webster H. Pilcher ‘83M (MD), ‘83M (PhD), ‘89M (Res), Frank P. Smith Professor, Chairman of Neurosurgery, and Director, Ernest J. Del Monte Institute.
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Wine Auction Raises More Than $725,000
Nearly 300 guests attended the annual Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction, which was held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Wegmans Conference Center. Honorary Chairs Laurence and Dennis Kessler presided over the event hosted by Danny and Stency Wegman. The Wine Auction raised more than $725,000 to support both the Kessler Family Burn/Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital and a community-wide need for special emergency room beds at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Unity Health System, and Rochester General Hospital. Major support for the event was provided by Constellation Brands.
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Eye Institute Named to Honor Longtime Supporters
University Trustee and Medical Center Board member David M. Flaum and his family have been champions of the University of Rochester Eye Institute for years. In recognition of their ongoing leadership, advocacy, and support, President Joel Seligman announced on that the center will be renamed the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute.
“David and Ilene Flaum have been unyielding in their commitment to the University of Rochester on many levels,” said Seligman. “In addition to their significant and ongoing charitable contributions, David has played a pivotal role in building awareness of the Eye Institute and identifying and securing funding opportunities. This naming is a fitting and enduring way to honor their steadfast support.”
“During the early days of the Eye Institute, David expressed to me that he thought we had a wonderful future and he wanted to be involved,” said Steven E. Feldon, M.D., M.B.A., chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute. “He’s been instrumental in fostering its growth.”
“I’d always been interested in the science of vision and know personally the transformative power of improved sight. So being a part of something that could positively impact lives was certainly a draw,” said Flaum, an inaugural member of the Eye Institute’s Advisory Board. “But I was also attracted by the recruitment of Dr. Feldon who impressed me immediately and continues to prove himself a great leader.”
Flaum is the founder and CEO of Flaum Management Co., a real estate development company based in Rochester. In 2008, he was the Eye Institute’s Partner in Vision Award Winner.
Golisano Children's Hospital Gala Breaks Record
This year's annual Golisano Children's Hospital Gala was held on Saturday, October 24 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. More than 860 guests attended this year and helped to raise a record-breaking net revenue of $686,000. Peter and Allison Formicola served as Honorary Chairs of this year's event. Peter and Allison played an extremely active role this year and were instrumental in securing many new sponsorships and live auction items. We were extremely honored that Peter was able to join us that evening and are deeply saddened by his recent passing. Al Chesonis, a Golisano Children's Hospital Board Member, served as Chair of the event.
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50th Reunion Gift Challenge Inspires Extraordinary Results
The 50th Reunion Gift Campaign for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering issued by Richard Leibner and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. motivated fellow classmates to achieve an unprecedented level in personal giving. As of December 28, the Class of 1959 giving total is $4.1 million. The Challenge, which matches George Eastman Circle gifts of at least $1,500 a year for five years by 2:1, inspired 18 class members to join the Circle. The results of the Leibner and Witmer Challenge and the response from classmates have been extraordinary, and there is still time to reach even greater levels of support. Members of all reunion classes may still make gifts to support their class reunion campaigns. Learn more here.
Adeline P. Lutz Makes $6 Million Gift Committment to the Flaum Eye Institute
Adeline P. Lutz, a retired music teacher, and her late husband, Walter “Jack” Lutz, who worked at Kodak as an engineer, made a $6 million gift commitment to the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute. The gift was announced to the press on October 22. On December 14 of this year, the entrance and facility that houses the Flaum Eye Institute was renamed the Adeline P. Lutz Pavilion in her honor.
Lutz credits the Flaum Eye Institute and her primary ophthalmologist, corneal surgeon Steven Ching, M.D., with saving her sight. “Jack and I wanted to repay him and everyone at the Eye Institute…and ensure that future patients continue to get the very best, the very newest, treatments,” said Lutz. Steven E. Feldon, M.D., M.B.A., chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Flaum Eye Institute, said, “This generous offering is one of the largest gifts ever received. We are grateful for the Lutzes’ support of our faculty and programs and will use their donation to further enhance the Eye Institute’s role as it becomes one of the top centers in the nation.”
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Medical Center Announces New Dental Institute
Last summer, the Medical Center announced the creation of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, a division within the Medical Center and now a fully integrated dental enterprise, representing $8.1 million in research funding and 500 faculty, residents and staff. The new Institute brings together all its dental academic units: Eastman Dental Center, the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Department of Dentistry, and the Center for Oral Biology.
The Eastman Institute for Oral Health has begun the following renovations to improve clinical services for the community:
In addition, under the new organizational structure, basic science and clinical researchers will work more closely together to translate scientific discoveries for patients’ benefit, such as improving oral health care in children.
Cyril Meyerowitz, D.D.S, M.S., who has served as director of Eastman Dental Center for the last 10 years, was appointed director of the new Institute. “By creating one dental enterprise university-wide, we will, for the first time, be able to truly realize our full potential,” he said.
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George Eastman Circle Dinner: Save the Date
March 11 : New York City — Save the date for the 2010 George Eastman Circle Dinner to be held at The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South. The featured speaker will be noted television journalist and author Tom Brokaw. A formal invitation will be mailed to George Eastman Circle members in February. For more information, contact Becky Wehle, executive director of Donor Relations, at (585) 273-5892 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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