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Board chair makes historic gift commitment

Edmund Hajim

Meliora Weekend and Eastman Weekend got off to an exciting start when the University announced the largest single gift commitment in its 158-year history—$30 million—from alumnus and Board Chair Ed Hajim. The 1958 engineering graduate told reporters during a press conference on October 17 that the money would be used to provide scholarships and to support the endowment of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. (Read more.)



Seligman testifies on Capitol Hill about economic reform

In the wake of recent turbulence on Wall Street and elsewhere in the economy, Congress is turning attention to reforming the nation’s financial oversight system. President Seligman, one of the nation’s leading authorities on securities law, testified October 21 before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C. He offered several recommendations for reforming and restructuring the existing regulatory structure.

Weekend keynote offers hopeful message

He has seen the savages of war and tragedy up close in places like Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq, and even New Orleans. CNN reporter Anderson Cooper says each experience echoed an enduring truth: Human capacity for barbarity is surpassed only by the capacity for compassion and mercy.

Casting Your Vote on Election Day

As November 4 approaches, some employees may need to make special arrangements to vote on Election Day..

Seeing Is Believing—Spirit of Place

“What I really teach is how to see, how to look—the connections between things, the possibilities—and if I can influence my students on how to do that, I have done my job.”

University named ‘fit-friendly’

The University is the only Rochester-area organization recognized this year by the American Heart Association as a “Start! Fit-Friendly Company.”

After studying abroad, students return with fresh political perspective

As a member of Amnesty International, Matt Linton ’09 considers himself knowledgeable about world issues.

What Makes a President Presidential?

Presidential scholars like Richard Norton Smith often use their intellect and acuity to uncover the past while offering reasons to be hopeful for the future.

Roll up your sleeve —It’s flu shot time

Well-U is offering flu shots at no cost for faculty, staff, and their spouses/domestic partners enrolled in the University Health Care Plans. Employees and/or spouses who are not enrolled in a University Health Care Plan are also eligible to receive the flu shot.

CD marks first-ever collaboration

The Eastman Wind Ensemble and Canadian Brass, two of the most prestigious wind groups in North America, will release their first-ever joint recording on Tuesday, October 28.

Gates Foundation taps AIDS researcher

A Medical Center researcher who is taking an unorthodox approach to the dire problem of viral resistance to current AIDS drugs has been selected to take part in a global heath initiative through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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In Brief

A roundup of news.