May 11, 2007
In this Issue
Meliora Weekend 2006 was a celebratory event for the entire University community and also an extraordinary success for the College, the advancement division, and many partners across campus. We saw numerous examples of outstanding teamwork. New donor-centric strategies and programs were initiated. We discovered we have a distinctive talent for creating events that build relationships and spread the good news about the University.
While October 2007 seems far away, people are already joining forces across the community to prepare for the next Meliora celebration. We offer thanks to President Joel Seligman, Dean Peter Lennie, Senior Vice President Jim Thompson, Executive Director of Alumni Relations Kevin Wesley, Senior Director of Donor Relations Becky Wehle, Senior Director of Alumni Relations Mary Jo Ferr, and many others. Their vision is to exceed all previous expectations, and a solid foundation has already been established.
Please be sure to mark October 19–21 on your calendar, since this weekend calls for “all hands on deck.” Some highlights of our seventh annual program include:
Senior Vice President Jim Thompson says, “Last year’s Meliora Weekend was a wonderful success. This weekend is an important part of our overall advancement strategy. I want to thank everyone who is working so hard now to ensure an unforgettable event next October. I offer my personal thanks to Peter Lennie, who is taking a leadership role in our efforts to provide a wonderful weekend.”
If you have questions about programs, contact Mary Jo Ferr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 273.5927. Alumni, parents, and friends will receive a registration booklet in early August. For continuous updates on programs and speakers, visit the Meliora Weekend web site at www.rochester.edu/alumni/melioraweekend.
A-Team Sweeps Florida
This winter, advancement initiatives provided multiple opportunities for alumni, friends, and donors in Florida to connect with Rochester, even if 1,000-plus miles away.
Coordinated through the Florida Regional Team, school-focused programs were offered by the Eastman School of Music and the School of Nursing in January. Special events for major donors and select friends included a dinner in Naples on January 31 and a lunch in Boca Raton on February 2 where Dr. Robert Joynt, distinguished University professor, spoke on “Health, Illness and Death in the White House.” Focus groups of alumni and friends on each coast helped plan and host the events.
VIP receptions featuring Joel and Friederike Seligman brought together University supporters in Palm Beach at the home of Dr. Bruce and Marsha Moskowitz on March 9 and in Naples at the home of Dan and Dorothy Gill on March 10. An all-alumni brunch at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples on Sunday, March 11 drew an enthusiastic crowd who stood to sing “The Genesee” at the close of the program.
“What a beautiful party!” wrote Sally Rohrdanz C’45 about the brunch. “It’s such fun to be wined and dined at such a gorgeous facility surrounded by all you cordial hosts! The food was delicious and so attractive. Of course, President and Mrs. Seligman were in top form. Thank you again for a great time.”
Marianne Virgilio, Florida team coordinator, asks advancement colleagues to be sure that information is updated on FIST/OASIS for seasonal addresses for alumni and friends who spend time in Florida.
Inaugural Reception in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, February 27, President Joel Seligman and Dr. Friederike Seligman attended an Inaugural Reception in their honor held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Nearly 250 guests gathered for the event.
They were entertained by the ViM Saxophone Quartet. Following a warm introduction by Richard Keil ‘83, director of media relations at Public Strategies Inc., President Seligman shared his vision and the good news from Rochester with yet another important constituency. In addition, he met with many alumni, friends, and government representatives while in the D.C. area, strengthening existing ties and establishing new connections for the University of Rochester.
Student Voices Carry the Good News to London
The University of Rochester’s Midnight Ramblers, an all-male a cappella group whose undergraduate members come from as far away as India and Thailand, recently performed a series of concerts in Great Britain.
In addition to singing before the British Parliament, in Trafalgar Square, and at Covent Gardens, the Ramblers gave a special performance for alumni on Thursday, March 15 at London’s National Liberal Club.
An audience of 76 people with University connections, including alumni and study abroad students, gathered for what Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kelly Clark describes as “a real Rochester family event.” Attendees ranged from a member of the Class of 1951 to currently enrolled students. Alumni from the College, Simon, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Eastman were in attendance.
The Midnight Ramblers’ special performance was a remarkable event that took campus life today to the heart of London and suggests possibilities for the future. “The Ramblers were wonderful ambassadors for the University, not just at the alumni event but throughout the whole tour,” says Kelly.
A warm welcome to new members of the advancement team and congratulations to those who have moved to new positions:
Team Member Profile: Katharine “Kay” Wintemute
Director, Learning and Development
Kay joined us in late March. She is an accomplished learning and organization development specialist who has held positions in national and international organizations, with particular focus on talent management, performance management, and leadership development.
In her new position, Kay’s goal is to build a comprehensive, best-in-nation, University advancement learning and development program. Participating employees will be equipped with the tools and expertise to give their best to the division in their current roles as well as in future positions.
She worked at Stony Brook University Hospital where she was a senior corporate education specialist. Prior to that, she worked for eight years at Arrow Electronics Inc., in Melville, New York, the world’s largest distributor of semiconductors and computer products, first as a training specialist and then as training project manager.
The extensive experience she gained at Arrow Electronics includes facilitating programs on leadership, managing and building performance, recruiting and developing business talent, and mentoring. Participants in her programs ranged in level from senior executives to new managers. She partnered with business units to recognize and prepare high-potential employees for roles of increasing responsibility.
Kay also worked at Newsday, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, in a number of related positions including recruiter and training and organizational development project manager.
She studied in Britain, attaining qualifications similar to the M.B.A. degree level in the United States. Additionally, she took coursework at Columbia University’s Teachers College and has earned numerous specialized certifications in her field.
Team Member Profile: Darnell Hines, Jr.
Director of Stewardship
Developing a national reputation as a leader in the stewardship arena, Darnell comes to Rochester from Ohio State University, where he was director of donor relations and stewardship in the Moritz College of Law.
In that position, he created a program that helped increase both the number of annual fund donors and the size of their contributions. He oversaw the law school’s gift acknowledgements and publications, including stewardship reports on the use of endowed and non-endowed funds. Darnell also has extensive experience in special events, leadership giving societies, and the creation of individualized stewardship plans.
At Ohio State, before joining the law school team, he served as coordinator of enrollment services, implementing admissions policies and leading the committee that read applications.
Previously, Darnell worked as membership and development services assistant at the Reading Recovery Council of North America. Members of this international, nonprofit organization help low-achieving children read at their grade level. Among other activities, he managed gift acknowledgements, traveled to national and regional conferences to recruit members, and increased advertising revenue at the Journal of Reading Recovery by 50 percent.
Darnell has been a presenter at a number of professional conferences, such as the 2005 CASE Conference for Donor Relations Professionals, where he spoke on the topic of “Stewardship as a New Position.” He also chaired “Stewardship Omnibus,” the Association of Donor Relations Professionals’ 2006 Midwestern Regional Conference. He earned his B.A. in political science from Ohio State.
New and Newly Promoted Advancement Team Members
Click on names below to read team member profiles. To see the full list, click here.
FF: Congratulations! OASIS is live and we understand that the advancement team is off to a great start using the system. Do you have any stats to report?
OASIS Team: Yes! Everyone was obviously looking forward to getting their hands on OASIS. At the end of the second day of availability, we had more than 262 new contact reports, 59 tasks, 17 new prospects added, 429 new messages, and lots of great questions coming from users through their Staff Support Representatives (SSRs). We are off to a fantastic start!
Of course, we could not be here without the efforts of the SSRs. SSRs were selected by department managers across the division to serve as advancement systems support providers and are the end users’ link to OASIS. During the last two weeks of April, they offered 103 staff members in-depth OASIS training and spent a considerable amount of time before then preparing to be trainers.
A second wave of training begins in June for those advancement staff members who do not have direct fundraising responsibilities.
FF: We heard the Go-live celebration was a huge success. Can you share details?
OASIS Team: Definitely! On May 1, Jim Thompson, Joel Seligman, CIO Dave Lewis, Michiel Westerkamp, president of SunGard Higher Education, and other distinguished guests — including more than 100 advancement and University Information Technology staff members — helped us officially launch OASIS. President Seligman and Jim Thompson shared inspirational words, participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and then enjoyed a celebratory slice of cake to mark the occasion. We were thrilled with the show of support from the advancement organization and want to thank everyone for attending!
The OASIS team welcomes comments and suggestions at any time. Contact us at email@example.com or xOASIS (x6.2747).
For photos of the May 1 OASIS Go-Live celebration, click here.
May 11 — Rochester — Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Miracle Lunch to honor miracle maker award winners. Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Contact: Angela Pullen, program assistant for special events (585) 273-5937; firstname.lastname@example.org
May 17 — Rochester — Bi-annual meeting of the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council. Louise Slaughter Room at SMD. 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
May 17 — Rochester — Dedication of Robert Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engieering and Optics. 3:30 pm — dinner in Flaum Auditorium for trustees and donors.
May 18 — Victor, New York — 19th Annual Simon School Golf Classic. Ravenwood Golf Club. 11:30 am. Register by May 10 - $125. Contact: Office of Alumni Relations and Development (585) 275-7563
May 23 —Rochester —Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Annual Hospice Angel Gala. Oak Hill Country Club. 6:00 to 10:00 pm. $60 per ticket. Contact Shelly Roberts, assistant director of the foundation (585) 787-2233 x8504; email@example.com
May 25 — Washington, DC — ViM Saxophone Quartet performance. Join alumni, parents, and students for an evening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Free; registration required. Contact: Eastman School of Music Office of Alumni Relations (866) ESM-ALUM or (585) 274-1111
May 29 — Anaheim, California — Urology Resident/FLW Alumni Reception. American Urological Association. Contact: Deb Walker, associate director of development (585) 273-5472; firstname.lastname@example.org
May 30 — Victor, New York — Highland Hospital Golf Classic. Ravenwood Golf Club. 1:00 pm. Contact: Megan Vargulick, program assistant (585) 275-0806; email@example.com)
June 5 — Rochester — Garden Party at the Memorial Art Gallery featuring President Joel Seligman‘s “State of the University Address.” 5:30 remarks; 6:00 reception. For More information call (585) 273-5888
A tip for travelers: Associate Director of Development Andrew Grossman, who frequently puts his “boots on the ground” for the division, has found a link that is likely to be useful to people who travel with their computers. It lists free wi-fi locations in various cities. The lists also show the various cafes around town, which can also be helpful when setting up meetings. Check them out:
The ancient Greek playwright Euripides wrote some advice nearly 2,500 years ago that is still relevant to all of us today: ”The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are very wise.“
In their communities, members of the A-Team are involved in a surprising variety of activities that bring balance to their lives and extend their personal quests for excellence. A lifelong passion has brought recognition to Administrative Assistant Andrea Pizzo. She was recently named to the Rochester Men’s and Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame Class of 2007 for Outstanding Achievement.
A top Rochester bowler for nearly 15 years, Andrea has received numerous honors and set a standard for excellence. We offer our congratulations on a fantastic record to date and look forward to hearing news of her future accomplishments.
For more information about open positions in the University of Rochester's Advancement Division, visit our Advancement Careers website.
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