Celebrating the Past and Imagining the Future
|Kodak chairman George Fisher cracks up the Convocation audience with purported e-mail advice from George Eastman. Along with more general admonitions (e.g., cherish the University of Rochester), Eastman ordered his successors to "keep the boxes yellow. . . Nobody messes with this."|
"At 150 years, this University rightly deserves a grand celebration. Our University
has reached for and surpassed the wildest dreams of the small handful of Rochesterians
who founded this institution a century and a half ago. We proudly lay claim
to the broad intellectual purpose of a true national university, spanning the
arts, sciences, engineering, business, music, medicine, nursing, education -spanning
entire worlds of inquiry. Could our founding fathers have ever imagined what
we have become?"
-Board of Trustees chairman Robert B. Goergen '60, opening the Convocation
"I shall always be grateful for these curiously intertwined loves of history
and baseball which have led me to spend a lifetime looking back into the past,
allowing me every now and then to believe that the past is still within all
of us, that the private people we have loved in our families and the public
figures we have respected in our history really can live on so long as we continue
to tell and to retell the stories of their lives."
-Presidential historian and baseball fan Doris Kearns Goodwin, on "Lessons of History"
"Perhaps you could pass along a few thoughts to your dot-this and dot-that
contemporaries who are reaping great rewards from their new technologies and
remind them that, of all the good work their money can do, nothing creates more
long-term hope or progress for the human race than the support of our educational
systems and institutions."
-Eastman Kodak chairman George Fisher, quoting an imagined e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org
"Miss Anthony was stunned. Should the battle be lost on a technicality? Never.
She told the august gentlemen, 'I now pledge my life insurance for $2,000.'
The deed was done. In the language of the press, 'The doors of the University
of Rochester were opened to women.' That they had been opened by the women,
for the women, might with equal propriety have been added."
-Trustee Paula Brownlee '60 (Fellow), on how Susan B. Anthony saved the cause for coeducation after a last-minute pledge toward the required endowment was rejected because of the state of the donor's health
"I think the mission of this University, which has been amazingly steady over
the past 150 years, will prove equally durable in the years to come. The mission-educating
the leaders for society and providing them, and society, with the requisite
intellectual tools-remains basically the same. We have always done a splendid
job of that, as our alumni of today and the past attest. And I am confident
that our contributions to intellectual ideas and to future leaders of myriad
fields will remain equally robust in the years ahead."
-President Jackson, on "Imagining the Future"
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