Class of 1948
Those two years allowed me to attain knowledge and skills I could have acquired in no other way.
This lasted two richly rewarding years.
At 86, I am still using my Meliora writing skills every day.
- Kevin Bunnell
Class of 1958
An important learning experience occurred when Dick Wedemeyer, Jesse James and I entered the AIChE National science project contest, working day and night (running over to the lab to check samples at midnight after taking dates home after a party or dance) for many months. We presented our paper/experiments and finished second nationally. This project taught us how to find, design, develop, organize, and implement a project that was both interesting and useful. It taught teamwork and division of labor and showed us we could compete with anyone.
Probably the most memorable moment was when the first issue of our newly-created UR humor magazine went on sale and was sold out in 45 minutes! A group of us in our junior year thought the school was a little too serious (the administrators did not think so) and what it needed was a humor magazine. Harvard and others had them why shouldn't Rochester. Starting from scratch we got a grant from the Finance Committee after many presentations (I happened to be the Chair of the committee) and a little tiny office, and started working. It took over a year and we probably employed 20 or so people. Soon UGH (UnderGraduate Humor) was born complete with an UGHable doll and all. We more than covered our budget and we paid back the grant, too. The administration came asking us for a copy for the archives even though they were never really enthusiastic about the project. The following spring I went home with the next editor and at his home, while transferring the tools of the job, I met his younger sister who is now my wife of 45 years. Now that is a Meliora Moment!
There can be no better training for anything you might do than to start something with a group of people and eventually sell it successfully to your peer group.
- Ed Hajim
- Lawrence Chessin
Class of 1963
By junior year it was time for the real challenge, confronting the reality of beginning to care for patients and to take on the responsibilities for which we were being prepared. Part way into that year I became very discouraged. Wanting to be a perfect student and being nowhere near that, I decided to give up and go home. I thought long and hard about it and had already packed my bags when I called home tearfully to announce my decision to my parents. My father told me to "sit tight" and he came from Pennsylvania to Rochester, took me out to dinner and said to me, "It's your decision, Linda, but you know you have to have a way to make a living." I heard and understood his words of advice. As a result I stayed, graduated, and went on to "make a living" as a professional nurse for 35 years. My profession sustained me through good times as well as bad.
Because of this I have given support to the School of Nursing, so that current and future students can benefit not only from the education that sustained me, but also, in a round-about way, from my father's advice
- Linda Dellinger Jackson
Class of 1968
- Howard Raab
My personal Meliora Moment came during my senior year in my History of Photography class, taught by Bill Giles, during a series of special exercises pertaining to "awareness" that he would assign to us. I honestly believe that this particular set of special circumstances and study offerings could not have been even remotely or closely duplicated anywhere else. I seem to have made use of just about everything, either putting it into practice myself, or tutoring/teaching others. Passing these insights and blessings forward has been a rich blessing to me
- Georgie Ann Kettig
Class of 1973
At U of R, I had the opportunity to explore my many and varied interests, ranging from a freshman seminar in "The Mind and the Brain" to anthropology courses (Ancient Civilizations I & II), to Russian Literature (a Dostoyevsky course) to forming my own woodwind quartet my senior year. I studied composition as a non-composition major under Samuel Adler; took conducting team-taught by Donald Hunsberger and a visiting choral conductor, learning about how orchestra and choral conductors differ; participated in a performance of the Beethoven Ninth with the combined forces of the River Campus chorus, Eastman Chorale and Eastman Philharmonia; and took a graduate course in 20th century music literature with Jerald Grauewhere I learned NOT to take "no" for an answer when a book necessary for a research paper was not easily available. In short, there were many Meliora moments!
All of these varied experiences taught me that it's possible to do more, see more, and learn more. I continue to try to live, integrating my ongoing interests in math and music, with new concerns such as maintaining health through practices as varied as meditation, Tai Chi, and balancing medicine with exercise and diet. To me, living at its best is a kind of 'musical composition' as we seek to mix up all the ingredients, balance and harmonize the components, and come up with something unique and interesting, challenging ourselves to both take in (inspire) and offer out (express), ourselves, and the world we live in.
- Ellen G. Gallo
Everything fell into place for me during my sophomore organic chemistry course taught by Prof. Jack Kampmeier. I fell in love with organic synthesis and followed up his course with a NSFURPG gran the next summer under the guidance of Prof. Dick Schlessinger.
I went on to get my Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry and spent my entire career inventing and making new compounds as potential drugs and it has been a wonderful experience.
- Peter R. Bernstein
Class of 1978
I was thrilled when Mara Zuckerman, who was a year ahead of me, told me there was a job opening in the lab where she was doing research. I promptly changed jobs and started taking care of 36 research mice in the Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory of Professor Bernard Weiss, the father of behavioral toxicology. I learned a tremendous amount about research and computers from the graduate students and staff at the lab. More than that, I became part of a research community which was completely separate from my classes on campus. I got to hang out with foreign students and townies who showed me what life was like outside the River Campus.
In my junior year, my friends and I found out about a biomedical research grant we could apply for from the NIH. It would give us a stipend of $750 for the summer which would pay for our room and board. It also gave the laboratory we worked at some money too. I approached Dr. Weiss with the possibility of doing a project in his lab. He generously helped me write a fantastic research proposal to study the behavioral effects of methyl mercury on mice. Methyl mercury poisoning was also known as Minimatta disease. It was caused by the release of methyl mercury in the industrial waste-water from a Japanese chemical factory. This highly toxic chemical accumulated in shellfish and fish in the waters around Minimatta, which, when eaten by the local populace, resulted in mercury poisoning. While cat, dog, pig, and human deaths occurred for more than 30 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. I studied how adding methyl mercury to the diet of lab mice changed their behavior.
My close friends were also awarded NIH grants for summer internships. We all lived together in a huge old house across the river near the famous Smitty's Restaurant. We all had an amazing summer that solidified our friendships and made us feel closer to the greater Rochester community. The research opportunities that we received from the University provided us with skills that helped us with our coursework and our post graduate experiences.
- Gail Schupak
One of my favorite haunts was the indoor track (I even had a blue and yellow running outfitMeliora!) wonderful to run at during some cold Rochester weather. I remember an indoor tennis class being taught there toolots of fun. Other memories: the wandering campus dog, a husky owned by a Psych professor, greeting students as they walked; and the underground tunnelsterrific to get to a class when it was stormy out.
Great place, great memories!
- Sheree Zigman
Class of 1983
For the first two months, I was convinced I'd still apply to Harvard as a transfer student, thinking I'd have a better chance of acceptance. But after visiting a friend at another upstate New York private university over October break, which in my opinion had very limited resources, I realized just how much Rochester had to offer. The library was enormous, the dining halls served a wide variety of palatable foods, and I enjoyed my classes and my professors. But most of all, when I returned to Rochester from that trip, I felt like I was coming home. I knew then that the University of Rochester was where I was supposed to land all along, and from that moment on, I knew that's where I'd stay.
- Rosie Zaloum Foster
- William P. Ring
- David Lewy
Class of 2008
The night before graduation, about a dozen of my friends and I were unsure about how to spend our last night as college students. While we mulled the decision of what to do, we all decided to take a walk around campus. What was intended to be a brief stroll through campus ended up being an all-night festivity as we all took turns sharing stories and reminiscing about various events all over campus at different points in our undergraduate experience. We ended up, all 12-or-so of us, in the Genesee Valley Park's Tree of Life at 3am just reflecting about our amazing 4 years together at the U of R. It was truly an ever better way to cap off 4 years of Meliora.
- Jeremy Friedman
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