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From the Senior Vice President

Jim Thompson

April 29, 2011

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure."
—Colin Powell

It can be hard to sift through the many messages you hear and read in today's world of social networking, 24-hour media coverage, and countless marketing campaigns. Our mailboxes and inboxes are filled with a multitude of competing requests for our time, attention, and support. We shuffle through the stacks of letters and e-mails, and an earnest and persuasive request usually gets our attention. I hope this is one of those requests that grabs your attention and you respond favorably to.

For more than 160 years our motto Meliora has inspired us to be "ever better.” It is a shared value that has been instilled in us and that we strive to live every day. You may recall a time when a teacher pushed you to a place you didn't think you could get to; a colleague blazed an unconventional path that led to a research breakthrough; a physician or a nurse showed you an extra amount of care or support; or a mentor, a fellow student, or coach changed the course of your life.

All of these stories, collectively, help build the unique story of our University. These moments, or series of moments, that we share and nod knowingly at are what we call Meliora Moments. The University has launched a project that we hope you will be part of. Please share your story—the pivotal moment when Rochester influenced and helped improve your life in a profound way. You can read more about the Meliora Moments project, read others’ moments, and submit your own at

Together our experiences create the tapestry of our University. We want to celebrate and build our special moments and stories. I'm convinced that by looking back and reflecting on your involvement with the University of Rochester, you'll remain an important and valuable part of its future.


James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer




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