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Jazz students dazzle at Kennedy Center

Triple Threat, a unique jazz ensemble featuring five Eastman School musicians, took to the stage at the Kennedy Center as part of a national project to highlight outstanding talent. The group features (from left) Jesse Breheney, Matthew Valerio, Jeremy Siskind (seated), Chris Ziemba, and Dave Tedeschi—all members of the Eastman School Class of 2008. Read more.


Hajim named Board of Trustees chair

Alumnus and trustee Edmund “Ed” Hajim ’58 has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Discovery holds promise for new cancer therapies

A University research team has discovered a class of genes they believe will lead to a greater understanding of cancer cell function and the next generation of effective and less harmful therapies for patients.

Genetics major named Academic All-American

Jessica Sorrentino ’08 set a number of records for the softball team at Rochester and now is being recognized nationally for her work away from the diamond.

Benefit concert pays tribute to blues legend

Seminal Mississippi bluesman “Eddie” Son House, who lived three decades in Rochester, will be getting some “overdue recognition” on June 8 at the Hot Blues for the Homeless Benefit, according to enthusiastic fans, such as Dan Beaumont, an associate professor of Arabic language and literature who teaches a popular class titled simply The Blues.

Honey Meconi awarded NEH grant to study ‘early iPods’

When the magic is right, an object of art can inform the heart through both imbedded truths and unrelenting ethereal beauty. Ask Honey Meconi, who was a Harvard graduate student in Brussels in 1981 when she got her first close-up look at an authentic 16th-century illustrated musical manuscript and was hit “full force with the unreal power” of the chansonnier.

Foundation commits $2.5 million to Eastman Theatre renovations

The Davenport-Hatch Foundation has made a $2.5 million commitment—the largest gift in its 56-year history—to benefit the the renovation and expansion of Eastman Theatre. The pledge, when combined with the foundation’s previous gift of $400,000 in 2004, represents a $2.9 million commitment to the Eastman Theatre project, which is a high priority both for the Eastman School and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

LPGA champions to discuss life on world tour

With the popularity of women’s professional golf now an international phenomenon, four LPGA champions from different parts of the world—France, South Korea, Canada, and the United States—will discuss the challenges they face as women competing on the road at the third annual “Conversation with Champions.”

Ensemble wows Kennedy Center

Triple Threat, a jazz ensemble from the Eastman School, gave the capacity crowd at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Burns named College dean of students

Matthew Burns, who has served since October as acting dean of students, has been named the new College dean of students at the University.

Singer Family Prize helps seniors honor former mentors

Cynthia Czapla ‘08, a graduating senior in biomedical engineering major, still tears up when she remembers the day teacher Daniel Sweeney of Grand Island (N.Y.) Senior High School told her calculus class that students had a choice: be driven by grades or by a love of learning.

Ladi Iya to lead women’s volleyball

Ladi Iya, a woman with extensive playing and coaching experience at the highest levels of the game, is the new head coach for women’s volleyball.

Back from Iraq

Long plane rides over vast oceans leading to life-changing experiences seem to be a repeating theme in Jason Huang’s life.

In Brief

A roundup of news.