University of Rochester
Meliora Weekend 2012: ‘Ever Better!’
SCHOOL SPIRIT: Comedian Craig Ferguson show his Rochester spirit as part of two shows Friday night.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters talks with President Joel Seligman after her keynote address at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
NEW FANS: The YellowJackets introduce a new generation to their music at the George Eastman Circle Hospitality Suite.
SPECIAL GUEST: Jim Lehrer, the executive editor and former news anchor for PBS
(right), was the special guest of the George Eastman Circle, discussing the state of national politics during a lecture and reception with Eastman Circle members like Trustee Gwen Greene ’65.
SIGNS OF FAMILY: Amy Eisenstadt ’16 shows her father, Bert, the basics of finger spelling at an American Sign Language open house. The American Sign Language program celebrated its 15th anniversary during the weekend.
PARTY: The 25th Annual Tropicana Dinner and Dance Celebration was the late-night place to be Friday night with guests ‘The Party Assassin’ DJ Heavyness and Toby Love.
PRISMATIC: The Eastman Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Neil Varon), Wind Ensemble (conducted by Mark Scatterday), and Chorale (conducted by William Weinert, pictured) celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Claude Debussy. Shown in rehearsal, the “Extravagant Debussy” concert is part of Eastman’s monthlong Prismatic Debussy celebration.
HURRAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: Eastman alumni-composers Steve Bramson ’83E (MM), Jeff Beal ’85E, David Slonaker ’80E (MM), and Mike Patterson ’80E (MM) discussed the impact of the music behind the movies in a session on “From Eastman to Hollywood” in Hatch Recital Hall.
50TH REUNION: Members of the Class of 1962 pause for a class photo to celebrate their 50th Reunion. Each member of the class received a medallion to mark the occasion as did 50th reunion classes at Eastman, School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
NETWORKING: Lisa Norwood ’86, ’95W (MS), assistant dean at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, poses with Roslyn Tyson ’03 during a networking reception hosted by the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.
CAREER ADVICE: Ellen Rowe ’80E, ’82E (MM), associate professor of jazz studies at the University of Michigan, talks about the lessons of her career at an Eastman career session as fellow panelist, the composer Maria Schneider ’85E (MM), listens.
YARN BOMB: Bonnie Nortz ’15 decorated campus with a yarn bomb project.
GUITAR TOWN: Conductor Donald Hunsberger looks on as guitarist Gene Bertoncini acknowledges the audience's applause after performing with Bill Grimes (bass), Rich Thompson (drums), and an Eastman School student ensemble. The performance was part of a reading workshop of arrangements by former Eastman professor Ray Wright, a noted composer, conductor, and arranger.
HOMECOMING Dean Kennedy ’14 eludes the RPI defense in the Homecoming game. The Yellowjackets racked up 411 yards in total offense but came up short 31-21.
FAN SPIRIT: The Yellowjacket faithful cheer during the Homecoming game.
ELECTION DEBATE: “Unlike a consumer who can file for bankruptcy, if the United States files for bankruptcy, have you seen what happened in Greece? It is not pretty,” David Primo, associate professor of political science (center), noted during a panel discussion with Gerald Gamm, associate professor of political science and of history (left), on some of the issues of the 2012 elections.
GUITAR MAN: Composer Tod Machover, a professor at MIT’s Media Lab whose work on extending the range of instruments with technology has led to innovations such as the computer game Guitar Hero, talks about his work during the Presidential Symposium, which focused on the humanities in the digital age.
HEALTHY DISCUSSION: A discussion on health care reform drew a full house at the Interfaith Chapel, featuring panelists Bradford Berk ’81M (MD/PhD), CEO of the Medical Center, Steve Goldstein, president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals, and Dennis Whalen, executive vice president of the Healthcare Association of New York State.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: The Eastman Institute for Oral Health celebrated the 90th birthday of Daniel Subtelny, who founded the orthodontics program at the then Eastman Dental Center, in 1955. Subtelny is the interim chair and program director of the department.
TEACHING HONORS: Goergen Award winners—Richard Kaeuper, professor of history (second from left); Alison Frontier, associate professor of chemistry (center); and Mark Bocko, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering (second from right)—were honored at a celebration with President Joel Seligman and Richard Feldman, dean of the College .
FAMILY FUN: Rocky meets the Rose siblings: Amanda, Jessica ’16, Adam, and Elana. Their grandmother is Sharon Cornell Rose ’62.
LUNCH CELEBRATION: Paul Burgett ’68E, ’76E (PhD), vice president, senior advisor to the president, and University dean, Trustee Lance Drummond ’75S (MBA), Trustee Francis Price ’74, ’75S (MBA), Gail Wright Sirmans ’72, and Beth Olivares, director of the Kearns Center, were on hand for the Celebration of Diversity Lunch.
COURT CASE: Arthur Miller ’56, ’08 (Honorary), leads a discussion on “Intercollegiate Athletics—What Are They Playing For.” Panelists included George VanderZwaag, director of athletics and recreation.
MELIORA MOMENT: Judy Levine ’82 takes a photo of Robbie Kahn ’82 and Michael Dingley ’82.
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