January 27, 2011
Five long-time friends of the University have made significant gift commitments to the Simon School. The leadership gifts, totaling $3.9 million, will advance strategic initiatives in faculty recruitment, curricular enhancement, and scholarship support.
Alan S. Zekelman ’87S (MS), and his wife, Lori, have pledged $1.5 million to establish an endowed finance professorship. The Lori and Alan S. Zekelman Professorship of Business Administration will enable the School to recruit a leading scholar to join its globally renowned faculty of finance experts. Zekelman is a board member of the John Maneely Company, which owns Atlas Tube Inc., an Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer of steel tubing used in a variety of applications. “Lori and I are both excited and committed to making sure that Simon remains at the forefront of research and pedagogy in finance for years to come.”
Robert J. Keegan ’72S (MBA) has made a $1 million commitment to support strategic initiatives at the Simon School. Keegan, chairman of the board for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, is a member of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees and the Simon School Executive Advisory Committee. “My family and I are very pleased to be making this gift to the University of Rochester with a focus on the Simon Graduate School of Business,” Keegan says. “The University has a rich academic and research history and strong momentum for the future. We trust that our gift will enable President Joel Seligman and his leadership team to accelerate this momentum.”
Charles W. Miersch ’70S (MBA) is pledging $900,000 to the Simon School Annual Fund to support strategic initiatives and scholarships for deserving students. Miersch retired in 2004 after 30 years of service to the University and the Simon School, most recently as senior associate dean for corporate relations and institutional advancement at Simon. He is an active alumnus and member of the School’s Executive Advisory Committee. “My 30-plus years at the University/Simon provided a level of satisfaction and a set of colleagues that, for me, could not be equaled anywhere else,” Miersch explains. “I am grateful and happy to be in a position to provide some support to make Simon an even stronger business school going forward.”
Dennis Kessler, the Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and his brother, Laurence, have committed $500,000 to enhance entrepreneurship education at the Simon School. Dennis is a member of the board of trustees at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Laurence is a member of the University Board of Trustees. “We believe in the value of education at all levels and supporting the Simon School Entrepreneurship program will directly benefit not only the Simon School but our entire community with job creation and innovation,” Laurence Kessler says.
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Renée Fleming ’83E to Perform with the Eastman Philharmonia In a Concert to Benefit the Eastman School of Music
Renée Fleming ’83E, the world's most sought-after and beloved soprano, will return to her hometown and alma mater to perform with the Eastman Philharmonia under the direction of Neil Varon in a benefit concert for the Renée Fleming Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Eastman School of Music. The Fund will support students in the voice and opera program at Eastman.
"We're ecstatic about Ms. Fleming's return and performance at Eastman," said Douglas Lowry, dean of the Eastman School of Music. "Given her extraordinary stature as an artist, we consider it fitting to call this the signature event celebrating the new Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre."
The event is sponsored by the University's Eastman School of Music, with generous support provided by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust; JP Morgan Chase; HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; the Eastman Theatre Book Group; Catherine B. Carlson; and First Niagara Financial Group.
Exclusive tickets that include attendance at a special post-concert reception with Ms. Fleming begin at $500. For information about these benefits and special sponsorship opportunities please call University Advancement at (585) 275-7498.
Read more about Renée Fleming’s Benefit Performance.
Congress recently renewed the popular, tax-free IRA Charitable Rollover that allows taxpayers age 70 ½ and older to make direct, tax-free transfers to charity from a qualified individual retirement account. The law allows donors to make charitable gifts through December 31, 2011.
As 2010 drew to a close, membership in the University’s leadership Annual Giving society surpassed 1,600—on track to reach our goal of 2,000 memberships by next year.
Reminder: The Annual George Eastman Circle Dinner in New York City takes place on Thursday, February 10 at The Pierre. New York Times columnist and NPR Commentator David Brooks will be the keynote speaker. If you are a George Eastman Circle member and would like to attend this event, please contact the Office of Donor Relations at (800) 281-2055.
Since its inception in January 2007, members of the George Eastman Circle have committed over $27.5 million in unrestricted funds for the schools and units throughout the University. These current-use funds give University leaders the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities and unexpected needs.
The 2010 George Eastman Circle Honor Roll will shortly be mailed to all our members. In addition to acknowledging the vision and commitment of our donors and volunteers, the Honor Roll highlights the direct impact that your contributions make to the University. Your collective leadership helps continue the momentum that enables the University to move forward and upward to the future. Help us reach our goal of 2,000 memberships by inviting members of your class or friends in your community to join.
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