Notable Moments From the Past 4 Years


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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.

2009

  • The Yellowjacket squash team finished third nationally. It’s the highest finish in the team’s history.

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    Rowing team members practice on the Genesee River.

  • 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.

2010

  • 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.

    2010 Commons opening

    The Commons opened in the fall of 2010

  • 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.

2011

  • 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.

    President Joel Seligman launched The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester in October.

    President Joel Seligman launched The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester in October.

  • 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.

2012

  • 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.

    O'Brien Hall is the first building on the River Campus to receive LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design.

    O’Brien Hall is the first building on the River Campus to receive LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design.

  • 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.

 

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