University of Rochester

Rochester Review
November–December 2008
Vol. 71, No. 2

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Kudos Class Acts The University and its academic units recognized several alumni this fall for their commitment and service to their alma mater. Here are some of the 2008 award winners.
College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

James S. Armstrong ’54 Alumni Service Award: Jerry Gardner ’58, ’65 (Mas)
A senior trustee, Gardner has been a volunteer and active in alumni relations for nearly five decades.

Jerry GardnerARMSTRONG AWARD: President Joel Seligman presented Jerry Gardner ’58, ’65 (Mas), a senior trustee, with the Armstrong Award.

Samuel Mark Havens, Class of 1899, Alumni Volunteer Award: Carl Grant ’90
A volunteer in Westchester County, N.Y., Grant works with parents and students in Westchester County, New York City, and New Jersey.

Carl GrantHAVENS AWARD: Ed Hajim ’58, chair of the Board of Trustees, was on hand to recognize Carl Grant ’90, the recipient of the Havens Award.
Eastman School of Music

Dean’s Medal: Betty Strasenburgh ’52E.
A longtime supporter of the Eastman School, Strasenburgh is a member of the Board of Managers and served as cochair of the 2002 Eastman Theatre Campaign.

Betty StrasenburghEASTMAN HONORS: Betty Strasenburgh ’52E received the Dean’s Medal from Douglas Lowry, dean of the Eastman School.

Distinguished Service Award: Jeff Tyzik ’73E, ’77E (MM)
A Grammy Award winner and the principal pops conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Tyzik is a member of Eastman’s Board of Managers, a frequent guest speaker, and advocate for the Eastman Pathways program.

Jeff TyzikEASTMAN HONORS: Jeff Tyzik ’73E, ’77E (MM) received the Distinguished Service Award.
School of Medicine and Dentistry

John N. Wilder Award: Marc Fuchs ’81M (MD), Betty Small Fuchs ’82M (MD), Judith Small ’78M (MD), and physician Ira Cohen.
Together with other family members, they established the Small-Fuchs Family Scholarship Fund to support future generations of medical students at Rochester.

Jerry GardnerWILDER AWARD: Betty Small Fuchs ’82M (MD), Marc Fuchs ’81M (MD), Judith Small ’78M (MD), and physician Ira Cohen received the John N. Wilder Award from the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Robert Brent ’48, ’53M (MD), ’55M (PhD), ’88 (Honorary)
Internationally recognized for his research on radiation biology, Brent has served on the medical school’s Alumni Council and on other volunteer and advisory boards.

Jerry GardnerALUMNI AWARD: Robert Scala ’56M (MD), ’58M (PhD) (left) and David Guzick, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry (right), presented the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Robert Brent ’48, ’53M (MD), ’55M (PhD), ’88 (Honorary) and his wife, Lillian Hoffman Brent ’50.

Alumni Service Award: Paul Fine ’57, ’61M (MD), ’65M (Res)
A longtime member of the medical school’s Alumni Council and the Medical Center’s Trustees Council, Fine taught Rochester medical students and residents through his private practice and at the Medical Center.

Jerry GardnerSERVICE AWARD: Lawrence Nazarian ’64M (MD), ’66M (Res) presented the medical school’s Alumni Service Award to Paul Fine ’57, ’61M (MD), ’65M (Res).
Simon Graduate School of Business
SimonSIMON HONOREES: Sarah Plasky-Sachdev ’99S (MBA), Janice Willett ’78S (MBA), Joseph Willett ’75S (MBA), Michael Rosen ’82, ’83S (MBA), and Timothy Smith ’88S (MBA) were recognized by the Simon School.

Dean’s Medal: Janice Willett ’78S (MBA) and Joseph Willett ’75S (MBA).
A senior lecturer at the Simon School, Janice Willett serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Simon School’s National Council and Executive Advisory Committee. Joseph Willett has served as a member of the Simon Executive Advisory Committee and as an orientation speaker. The Willetts established an endowed professorship in economics at Simon and the Joseph and Janice Willett Distinguished Scholar program recognizes exceptional teaching among Simon faculty members.

John N. Wilder Award: Michael Rosen ’82, ’83S (MBA)
A member of the Board of Trustees, Rosen is the CEO of the San Diego company Context Capital Management. Rosen has been a regular volunteer for programs in the College and at Simon, where he also endowed a professorship in finance.

Alumni Service Award: Sarah Plasky-Sachdev ’99S (MBA) and Timothy Smith ’88S (MBA).
Previously a director of digital marketing with Xerox Global Services and currently consulting to help businesses modernize their marketing practices, Plasky-Sachdev is a cochair of the Simon Alumni Council, where she has helped broaden its role within the school. Smith, the director of professional services for Croop-LaFrance, is a cochair of the Simon Alumni Council and regularly works with Simon students as they prepare for their careers.