State of the University

In her first “State of the University” address, recorded in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library, President Mangelsdorf provided a wide-ranging update to the University community. Posted at the launch of Meliora Month, Mangelsdorf praised students, faculty, and staff, for their commitment to safely reopening campus and discussed the current hybrid learning environment. “Everyone at the University has made a COVID-19 Community Commitment to staying healthy and keeping other members of our community healthy, too,” she said.

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Together for Rochester is a one-year campaign to make life better for the University of Rochester community and for the world.

It’s about everyone pitching in.

It’s about helping our students and graduates find internships and jobs. It’s about promoting equity and access. And it’s about communicating how important our network of alumni, volunteers, and friends is to our future. This year, we hope to raise $100M to fund scholarships, research, faculty projects, and other critical initiatives.

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Help make a difference right now.

Since the pandemic began, many members of the University community have asked “How can I help the University?” Please consider supporting our Staff Emergency Assistance Fund, the Student Emergency Fund, the COVID-19 Support Fund, the campus Food Pantry, and the Emergency Financial Aid Fund. We created these emergency funds to help students, Medical Center patients, and staff who are most in need right now. Gifts to these funds and more can be made through our #RochesterGives website or, if your or a University employee, through payroll deduction.

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Cultural visionary, Arthur Satz, leaves the largest endowed gift ever to support the humanities at the University of Rochester

Arthur Satz—a music major from the University’s Class of 1951 and the late president emeritus at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID)—has bequeathed the largest endowed gift ever  in support of the humanities at the University of Rochester’s School of Arts & Sciences.  

Dr. David Linehan in a suit being interviewed

“Together”—that’s when the magic starts to happen

David Linehan, MD, the Seymour I. Schwartz Professor in Surgery and chair of surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has dedicated his life to helping those with cancer. Research funding plays a critical role in his work—it attracts the best and brightest minds and results in more clinical trials and other treatment options for patients. According to Linehan, the magic starts to happen when it all comes together.

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University of Rochester Board of Trustees member Naveen Nataraj and his wife, Courtney, have established a $1 million scholarship challenge to kickstart Together for Rochester.

A coronavirus uses a protein on its membrane—shown here in red in a molecular model—to bind to a receptor—shown in blue—on a human cell to enter the cell. Once inside, the virus uses the cells' machinery to make more copies of itself. (Juan Gaertner / Science Source)

Rochester research into RNA structure and function provides key information for developing coronavirus treatments. The FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is based on RNA technology.

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The University’s Admissions office offers advice for prospective students and parents as they lay out a path to college over the next several months.

Marcia Mantell ’83 and Sherry Finkel Murphy ’81 posing in separate photos

Two alumnae in the financial services field–Marcia Mantell ’83 and Sherry Finkel Murphy ’81–offer tips, know-how, and networking perspective regarding money matters.

Travon Walker ’21E

Travon Walker ’21E, an aspiring opera singer, recently launched a crowdfunding project designed to introduce middle and high school students to classical music composed by Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Sean Bajwa ’18 and Genessis Galindo ’20

Sean Bajwa ’18 and Genessis Galindo ’20 were among the first to participate in a recent pilot mentorship match program, which brought together first-generation students and alumni through The Meliora Collective.

Upcoming events

  December – January

Holiday Celebrations

Various

  Virtual

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  January 14

Gibbs Street to the GRAMMYS: Stories of Eastman GRAMMY Nominees

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

  Virtual

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  January 28

Rochester’s Quest to Beat COVID-19

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Virtual

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That’s the Rochester Effect–Rochester is on a relentless quest

The University of Rochester Medical Center is at the forefront of the pandemic response, including testing four of the six major coronavirus vaccine candidates. Angela Branche, MD, and David Topham, PhD, discuss how Rochester is contributing to the science needed right now.

Angela Branche, MD
Angela Branche, MD

That’s the Rochester Effect–Rochester is on a relentless quest

The University of Rochester Medical Center is at the forefront of the pandemic response, including testing four of the six major coronavirus vaccine candidates. Angela Branche, MD, and David Topham, PhD, discuss how Rochester is contributing to the science needed right now.

$1 million gift will fund innovative research in chemistry

A recent gift from the family of John Zabriskie ’66 (PhD) establishes a new, endowed research fund in the Department of Chemistry. The fund will honor the shared legacy of Zabriskie and his mentor, Marshall D. Gates, Jr., who is known worldwide for his groundbreaking synthesis. The new fund will provide a perpetual source of support for the department to explore early-stage, high-return ideas that could potentially lead to new pharmaceutical discoveries, including those that improve the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of various medications.

Marshall Gates, Jr., with John Zabriskie ’66 (PhD), during the mid-1960s

Marshall Gates, Jr., with John Zabriskie ’66 (PhD), during the mid-1960s

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