A message to our alumni and friends
August 2020

As we begin the 2020-21 academic year amid great uncertainty, we are asking for your continued loyalty and support. The pressing issues affecting our world and our University remain constant. Together for Rochester is our response. There has never been a more important time to get involved with the University. With your help, we can do more than just get through these difficult times. We will thrive.

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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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Lara Andree ’20, ’21W (MS)

“Together” for a brighter future

Lara Andree ’20, ’21W (MS), a first-generation student who persevered through childhood homelessness, received her undergraduate degree this year and is now attending Warner School of Education on a “Fifth Year in Teaching” scholarship. Here, she reflects on the influence of the University of Rochester on her life and how she hopes to transform the public education system.

Lara Andree ’20, ’21W (MS)

“Together” for a brighter future

Lara Andree ’20, ’21W (MS), a first-generation student who persevered through childhood homelessness, received her undergraduate degree this year and is now attending Warner School of Education on a “Fifth Year in Teaching” scholarship. Here, she reflects on the influence of the University of Rochester on her life and how she hopes to transform the public education system.

Featured stories

Coach Stark talking to quarterback on sideline

“He was not only a coach, a mentor, and a friend, he was part of our family—and so many people would say the same thing,” says Jeff Wittig ’86, a former quarterback for Coach Stark. “Coach sincerely cared about everyone—his players, our families, alumni, any student. That’s just who he was.”

On the new Celebration 2020 website, the University honors extraordinary women faculty, staff, students, and alumnae for their important contributions to equity and inclusion locally, nationally, and globally.

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

A recent $1 million 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 of morphine.

Hajim School Dean Wendi Heinzelman

Since 2016, Heinzelman has increased the diversity of Hajim’s undergraduate and faculty communities and increased the number of women enrolled in the school’s programs.

graphic of stick figures holding hands making a circle around a graduation cap

With the job market profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s college graduates are faced with a great deal of uncertainty as they begin their careers. The Greene Center urges graduating seniors to call on the University of Rochester community for ideas and help.

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies and of African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named director of the Frederick Douglass Institute. He will join the University on June 1, 2021.

Upcoming events

  September 16

Community Engagement: Making the World Ever Better

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  Virtual

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  September 17

Combating our Culture of Political Contempt” with Arthur C. Brooks

  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT

  Virtual

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  September 1 – 30

Global Day of Service

Various

Virtual

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Eastman Connects with “We Shall”

Here’s the latest from Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Connects series, a social media project that highlights music made by its broad community. George Taylor, viola professor; his daughter, Annaliese Taylor; current Eastman students; and Eastman alumni offer up this moving video of the traditional spiritual, “We Shall.” The piece was arranged and edited by Benjamin Magruder ’13E, ’17E (MM), ’19E (MM), with additional music composed by Andy Maskiell ’15E. Follow Eastman on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more.

tree with a bunch of video squares of orchestra performers
tree with a bunch of video squares of orchestra performers

Eastman Connects with “We Shall”

Here’s the latest from Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Connects series, a social media project that highlights music made by its broad community. George Taylor, viola professor; his daughter, Annaliese Taylor; current Eastman students; and Eastman alumni offer up this moving video of the traditional spiritual, “We Shall.” The piece was arranged and edited by Benjamin Magruder ’13E, ’17E (MM), ’19E (MM), with additional music composed by Andy Maskiell ’15E. Follow Eastman on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for more.

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