One of the largest celebrations of the University’s annual Winterfest Weekend, Winter Wonderland, took place on Saturday, February 4 at the Campus Center and Wilson Quad. Huskies came to visit. Scarves were given away. Students enjoyed winter carnival activities—making s’mores, crystal imaging, cookie decorating, and more.
Joy DeGruy (far right), assistant professor at Oregon State University and a self-described ambassador for healing, met with student leaders at Douglass Leadership House before delivering the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address Friday evening. She answered questions and talked about her background, her experiences as a teacher, and about fighting injustice. “Choose your battles,” she told students. “But always be who you are.” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
Eleven alumni of the Eastman School of Music will perform in the 58th Inauguration of the President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017, as members of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. This marks the Marine Band’s 55th inaugural appearance.
Maketh “Daniel” Akok of University Parking and Transportation Services, received a Department of Public Safety Challenge Coin for his actions on Dec. 26. Akok assisted URDPS officers on a multiple vehicle motor vehicle accident in the Medical Center Parking Garage after a driver drove into a visitor’s vehicle. The pregnant visitor was attempting to get out of her car at the time of impact and was pinned in between her driver-side door and the frame of her vehicle. Without hesitation, Akok and URDPS officers placed their own well-being and safety aside and worked together to lift the vehicle away to release her trapped leg. The Department of Public Safety issued Akok a Challenge Coin, which are earned by every officer in the Department after they have graduated from URDPS Officer Academy. These coins are also given to University community members who go above and beyond to help the betterment of our community. From left to right: URDPS Lt. Joseph Hayflinger, Lt. Brian Weidman, Akok, and Sgt. Marlon Salmon.
University Provost and Senior Vice President for Research Robert Clark and Vice Provost for Global Engagement Jane Gatewood traveled to Taipei to meet with National Taiwan University (NTU) President Pan-Chyr Yang, NTU faculty members and administrators, and several University of Rochester alumni. The University has collaborated with NTU since the mid-1990s, and part of this recent discussion was focused on planning future collaborations between the two institutions, including renewing the formal collaboration agreement and expanding it to student and faculty exchange.
University Vice President Paul Burgett, left, and Associate Vice President for Human Resources Tony Kinslow hand out “Veteran Rocky” pins at an ceremony in recognition of all faculty and staff who have served in the United States armed forces. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)
PHOTO GALLERY: Wegmans Hall, Goergen Institute for Data Science, Hajim Quadrangle dedication ceremony
As Meliora Weekend ceremonies kicked off, the University celebrated the dedication of the new Wegmans Hall, the future home for the Goergen Institute for Data Science. (University photos / J. Adam Fenster)
Evans Lam ’83, ’84S (center), Susanna Lam (left), and Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries, at the dedication of the new Evans Lam Square. Lam Square is a place for innovative and collaborative programs that will bring the library to the 21st century. “I always believed that Rush Rhees Library is the heart of my proud alma mater, from both a geographical and a functional perspective,” says Lam, whose gift allowed the construction of the space. “It is the focal point for our students to learn, explore, research, socialize, and showcase their achievements.” (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)