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From the Senior Vice President

Jim Thompson

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving to the present.”
--Albert Camus

December 31, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close, I want to extend my best wishes to you and your family for a happy new year from the University of Rochester. Thanks to your generosity and involvement, this has been a historic year for this great institution. We have achieved extraordinary success because we are doing it together. Your leadership is absolutely critical at this stage of our University’s history.

This issue of Fast Forward that closes 2010 is an ideal opportunity to look back upon a year we will long remember with deep pride. Our latest success, the dedication of the Eastman Theatre’s East Wing earlier in December was a testimony to the power of partnership between the University and the broader community.

Other highlights of the year include the George Eastman Circle dinner in March at the Plaza with guest Tom Brokaw. President Seligman’s address at the Garden Party in May at the Memorial Art Gallery showed us we are an institution moving forward with purpose and energy. Meliora Weekend in October achieved a new level of excellence including the various College Reunions.  I am thrilled we were able to honor volunteer leaders through the broadened alumni awards this year, and I want to extend my deepest appreciation to each and every person who has worked on behalf of the institution this year. The doubling of our Annual Fund two years early is just a precursor of things to come. Doubling in just five years is an achievement virtually unheard of in the history of our peers.

We have set out upon an extraordinary journey together. Looking back, we can see how much has already been achieved; and yet our journey together has only started. Soon we will begin a new year filled with promise and possibilities. Let us work together to make 2011 the watershed year in which we carry the name and good work of the University of Rochester into the world.


James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer



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