Did the last four years seem like a blur? Take a look back at just a few of the notable moments at the University during the class of 2013’s time at Rochester.
- The Yellowjacket squash team finished third nationally. It’s the highest finish in the team’s history.
- Women’s rowing was added as a varsity sport.
- The Oct. 8–11 opening weekend for the newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre marked a major milestone in the renovation and expansion project at Eastman Theatre.
- The men’s soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs—the farthest the team had ever advanced.
- The women’s basketball team finished fourth nationally at the NCAA Division III Women’s Final Four on March 19. It was Rochester’s third trip to the Final Four in seven years.
- Mike Neer announced his retirement as men’s basketball coach in April. In 34 years, he led Rochester to a cumulative record of 563–326.
- Wilson Commons’s newly renovated food court—christened The Commons—opened in August. Several new dining options were also added.
- A weeklong celebration, Dec. 6 to 12, marked the opening of the Eastman East Wing, including the 222-seat Hatch Recital Hall and the Wolk Atrium, which is highlighted by a Dale Chihuly glass chandelier.
- In August, the University celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Danforth Dining Hall and a new campus market. Danforth Fresh Food Company is an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant that features fresh, made-to-order meals for students.
- The University launched the largest comprehensive fundraising Campaign in its 161-year history in October with a $1.2 billion goal. The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester will advance the University’s leadership in research, teaching, and patient care, and enhance its service to society.
- Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States gave the Meliora Weekend keynote address to a packed crowd at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
- Fans and friends in Rochester and beyond cheered on the YellowJackets a cappella group during their fall appearances on NBC’s The Sing-Off. After a successful run on the reality show, the YellowJackets were eliminated from the competition on Oct. 31.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped dedicate the University’s Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation at a ceremony in early August. The center is home to IBM’s next generation supercomputer—the Blue Gene/Q—making Rochester one of the five most powerful university-based supercomputing sites in the nation.
- The University officially opened O’Brien Hall— the first new residence hall constructed on the River Campus in 42 years—in August. The five-story building is part of Jackson Court, a complex of buildings including Anderson and Wilder residence halls and the Sage Art Center. O’Brien Hall features a design dramatically different from other student-living spaces, with upper floors offering more study rooms and lounges, and first-floor common areas designed to accommodate meetings, events, music and dance rehearsals, and other activities.
- Raymond F. LeChase Hall, the new home for the Warner School of Education, opened at the start of the 2012–13 academic year.
- ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters gave the keynote address at Meliora Weekend in October.