To University of Rochester students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends
June 2020

Much has transpired in our country and our community since we last wrote in solidarity with you about the grief and anger we feel about the murder of George Floyd and the relentless, centuries-long victimization of people of color through bigotry, hatred, and systemic racism. Since we wrote, we have all seen the protests and demand for change. We have seen people of all races and walks of life stand together and we have seen lawless actions to disperse these same people with violence and tear gas.

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Ray Ettington ’51!

About a year ago, Ray Ettington’s four daughters started planning a 90th birthday party for their father. Family and friends spanning the globe were going to make the trip to Rochester to celebrate Ray’s big day. But then, the pandemic came.

Howard Spindler ’81E (MA)

“Music has shaped my life, and teaching has been my greatest joy,” says Howard Spindler ’81E (MA), piano and music theory instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. A few months ago, prior to the pandemic, Spindler decided to include Eastman in his will.

Rochester Responds: Coronavirus Research at URMC webinar start slide

In this recorded Experience Rochester webinar, Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for URMC research, moderates a panel discussion with three URMC experts who are leading research programs and advancing discovery around the virus.

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Despite the pandemic, the Greene Center helps connects students with opportunities to pursue life and career interests.

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The Greene Center urges graduating seniors to call on the University of Rochester community for ideas and help.

azmia Comrie ’08, Catherine Nguyen-Martinez ’08, Yorda Yenenh ’09, and Asher Perzigian ’09

Alumni who survived the Great Recession of 2008–09 offer advice to the Class of 2020 as they face an economy that’s playing havoc with job opportunities.

How you can help

Our efforts to support the mission of the University and our Medical Center continue. You can help.

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Eastman Celebrates its Class of 2020

In this musical tribute, Eastman students from around the world send off their classmates with “Pomp and Circumstance.” #classof2020 #eastman2020 #ur2020 #eastmanconnects

eastman performing across the globe through zoom

Eastman Celebrates its Class of 2020

In this musical tribute, Eastman students from around the world send off their classmates with “Pomp and Circumstance.” #classof2020 #eastman2020 #ur2020 #eastmanconnects

Upcoming events

  July 8

George Eastman’s Birthday Celebration Cocktail Class

  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT

  Virtual

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  July 16

George Eastman & Rush Rhees: Choosing Music to Build the Community

  12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT

  Virtual

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  August 13

Suffrage Stories in the University of Rochester’s Special Collections

  12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT

  Virtual

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Love Letters to MAG

While people have been unable to visit the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, the museum has been bringing art directly to the community. Share your own Love Letter by tagging MAG on social or using the hashtag “MAGatHome.”

Love Letters to MAG: Giorgio de Chirico, "Florentine Still Life" painting

Love Letters to MAG: “Eleanor Todd, Lady Maitland,” a portrait by George Romney

Love Letters to MAG: Giorgio de Chirico, "Florentine Still Life" painting

Love Letters to MAG: “Eleanor Todd, Lady Maitland,” a portrait by George Romney

Love Letters to MAG

While people have been unable to visit the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, the museum has been bringing art directly to the community. Share your own Love Letter by tagging MAG on social or using the hashtag “MAGatHome.”

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