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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Naveen and Courtney Nataraj commit $1 million to Together for Rochester scholarship challenge

University Trustee Naveen Nataraj ’97 and his wife, Courtney, have established a $1 million scholarship challenge to kickstart Together for Rochester, a one-year engagement and fundraising campaign. The Nataraj Challenge encourages potential donors to create new, endowed scholarships in support of the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. For each new endowed scholarship that qualifies, the Nataraj Challenge will add additional funding to the contributed value of that specific endowed scholarship.

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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.

Featured stories

Marisa Straub Maslek ’13 and James Maslek ’15 with James on one knee proposing to maria in front of meliora letters

According to University records, about 10 percent of Rochester’s alumni are married to other alumni. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, here are three on-campus proposal stories to add a little love to the air. Did you meet or get engaged on campus, too? Tag us at #wemetatUR.

kids in row boats crossing the river on the way to school

Jennifer Jennifer McMahon ’96, ’16W (EdD) has been bringing professional learning experiences–in-person and via Zoom– to teachers in a Cambodian floating village since 2019.

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

February 24

2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Virtual

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February 28

Fostering Women’s Health Through Self-Care with Christiane Siebert

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Eastern

  Virtual

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 March 2

Challenging Racism in Atlanta: A Conversation with Nathaniel Smith

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 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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