This friend of the University of Rochester’s Flaum Eye Institute delves into her legendary career, philanthropic interests, and passion for advancing the human condition.
This Tunisia-based entrepreneur and former scholarship recipient is helping Africans–many of whom don’t use or have access to a bank account–harness new financial opportunities.
The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation recently established a $500,000 challenge to support the construction of the Greenbaum Center for Jewish Life on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. The Farash Challenge is designed to encourage other donors to join in helping to build the center, which will be the new home for Hillel at the University of Rochester and a resource for all students and the broader Rochester Jewish community.
This retired cardiothoracic surgeon and academic medical leader established an endowed scholarship to benefit future generations of medical students.
Representing all of the University’s schools and the College, this diverse group focuses on career placement, professional development, and creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive University community.
This recently retired Coca-Cola executive, current University trustee, and new Women’s Network cochair talks about life, leadership, and lessons learned along the way.
The William & Sheila Konar Foundation recently made a $1.5 million gift to establish the Sheila Konar Professorship at the Warner School of Education. The foundation also made a $275,000 gift to support the Project READ Fund, which will provide immediate support for the program along with related literacy book pilot projects.
By day, this alumna works as a data analyst for Barnes & Noble. In the evenings, she travels remotely to Pakistan to help students at the Al-Bayan School that she cofounded.
This alumna is committed to improving lives wherever she can. Here, she elaborates on her career, her time at the School of Nursing, and the reasons why she gives to her alma mater.
For Plaisir, being a Women’s Network Scholar means that she’s gifted the opportunity to do incredible things, to turn her dreams into realities, and to forge her own path.
Find Simon alumna Linh Phillips ’13S (MBA)—the woman behind Sir Rocha Says—on social media, dishing on the best of Rochester’s food scene. For her, it’s all about shining a positive light on Rochester.
With employers like Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, and Ball Aerospace on his resume, Kevin Klem ’80 now brings his expertise to the role of mentor for the next generation of engineers.
Takuya Adachi ’04S (MBA) and Yuske Shimizu ’02 had the opportunity of their lifetimes this past summer: they both were part of the Olympic Games. Adachi worked in network technology and Shimizu was a volunteer interpreter.
Ashley Campbell, PhD, ’09, ’10W (MS) and Karenrose Kamala ’22 share their thoughts on mentorship and discuss their participation in The Meliora Collective’s Mentorship Match program.
Losing his father at a young age to heart disease launched Corrielus on his quest to become a cardiologist. His wish: to empower people with the knowledge and tools to take care of their heart health.
A $2 million endowed gift from Arnold Lisio ’56, ’61M (MD) and his wife, Anne Moore Lisio, MD, establishes the Lisio Distinguished Professorship in Italian studies. The Lisios’ generosity ensures that exemplary Italian instruction and scholarship will continue at the University of Rochester forever.
The 30,000-square-foot Sloan Performing Arts Center had its soft opening at the end of August, adding a much-anticipated new building to the University of Rochester’s River Campus in time for the fall semester. The building will be fully functional by the end of the calendar year. The Sloan Center is made possible thanks to the generosity of University Life Trustee Thomas Sloan ’65, ’67 (MS) and Linda Sloan ’67 and other lead donors. Read more about the Sloan Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at artist Jay Yan’s installation of a specially commissioned mosaic that will span most of the building’s interior.
The University of Rochester has established its Global Emergency Response Fund, made possible through its Board of Trustees chair, Rich Handler ’83, and his company, the Jefferies Group. The Jefferies Group recently raised $6M for 45 charities to help Afghan refugees, military heroes, and victims of the Haiti disaster, and this generosity extended to the University. The fund will have broad utility and will support students, faculty, scholars, and others in the University community who are dealing with an international crisis. All new gifts made to this fund will be matched in a dollar-for-dollar Jefferies Challenge, up to $150,000.
Worried about going back to the workplace? Not sure how to manage it all? Three alumni career and life coaches—Sean Allen ’11S (MS), Julie Reisler ’97, Jonathan Meagher-Zayas ’13—give their tips and insights.
In 1968, when Steven Schonfeld ’74M (MD) was a 19-year-old college student, his father died by suicide. Thirty years later, his brother also died by suicide. Today, Dr. Schonfeld dedicates his life to suicide prevention. Recently, he and his wife, Nicki, made an endowed gift to support URMC’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide.
Bianca Audrey Duah ’24M (MD)–the recipient of three scholarships–has wanted to pursue medicine since she was a little girl. Today, she is making it happen and is looking forward to contributing to the health, happiness, and well-being of her future patients.
Dr. Gina Cuyler ’92M (MD), ’95M (Res) is passionate about helping people fulfill their potential–especially young Black women in medicine. She is actively engaged in The Meliora Collection, is the cochair of the Black Alumni Network, and holds various volunteer roles at the University. Here, she provides her insights regarding medicine, mentorship, and the spirit of Meliora.
Dyanna Garcia ’25 and Deziree Garrick ’25, both graduates of the Rochester City School District’s East High School, joined the University’s incoming class this fall as Wegman Scholars.
URMC is participating in a new clinical trial that will mix-and-match the initial regime of an approved vaccine with a booster dose from a different manufacturer. The research will help inform public health decisions.
Three accomplished alumni—Nicole Blake ’00, a human resources executive; Jeanne DiVincenzo ’80, a clinical psychologist and executive coach; and Paola Realpozo ’10S, a long-time telecommuting marketing professional—share their advice.
As the yearlong, $100 million Together for Rochester campaign closes, University leaders thank the campus and alumni community for making a “real difference in the lives of many.”
Lynne Maquat, PhD, reflects on her research journey and the incredible potential for RNA-based therapies to treat a wide variety of diseases. Watch the video and read more about how she and others at the University of Rochester Medical Center are attacking the pandemic, one RNA strand at a time.
Thanks to both, Miguel Baique, a first-generation student, earns his doctorate in education from the Warner School of Education. “I give all the credit to my mom, an immigrant from Peru,” says Baique. “I’m living the American dream through my mom.”
Watch this recorded REAL Conversations webinar featuring Dr. Scot Brown ’89, distinguished author and associate professor of African American Studies and History at UCLA. This event was hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement in partnership with the Black Alumni Network, the Diversity Advisory Council, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
After two heart surgeries and a series of strokes, Christian Woehr ’73E–a violist and avid adventurer–gained pitch recognition, which opened up a new musical world and prompted him to become a prolific composer. Learn more about his musical experiences and listen to one of his symphonies.
Barclay Keith ’12S (MS) and Brad Friedlander ’99 talk about how their alumni connection turned into a mentoring relationship and eventually into an entrepreneurial partnership that launched their company, Artis Technologies.
Within Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Sahler Family Music Therapy program, Rosemary Obi and Elaine Kong help young people get through difficult times through music. Here’s a snapshot of one of their days.
A lot happened in 1941. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Citizen Kane was released, and gas was 12 cents a gallon. It’s also the same year that John Manhold, now 101 years old, graduated. Glimpse his original application and personal essay for a look back in time.
A gift from Dr. Sidney Sobel ’73M (FLW) and his wife, Barbara, recently established the Dr. Sidney H. and Barbara L. Sobel Professorship in Radiation Oncology at the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The professorship will support an accomplished Wilmot faculty member who is dedicated to advancing radiation oncology research and education. Brian Marples, PhD, has been named the inaugural recipient of this professorship.
In the last year, Trixie (Sanborn) Meteyer ’67 has attended dozens of the University’s virtual events that feature faculty, alumni, and guest scholars. She often schedules her days around them, too, knowing she will always learn something new.
Dave Duryea ’83, a career Navy officer, retired Rear Admiral, and dedicated alumnus, enjoys helping students be all they can be. In his current role at a national security consulting firm in the D.C. area, he mentors students and lets them know about internships and job opportunities in the federal government that they might not be aware of.
This innovative student ensemble delights audiences with its versatility and energetic approach to music. Reed quintets like theirs thrive on tradition and innovation—just like Eastman does. Learn more about Sequoia Reed and listen to some of their music.
The Eastman School of Music is honoring a century of music–a legacy of musical excellence, education, and innovation. Learn more about Eastman’s centennial activities and its Centennial Campaign, and listen to some of Eastman’s students, musical ensembles, alumni, and faculty who are all shaping the future of music.
University of Rochester Board of Trustees member Evans Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA) recently established a $500,000 scholarship challenge at the Simon Business School. The Evans Lam Opportunity Scholarship Challenge is designed to encourage others to create new, endowed scholarships. Lam also contributed $100,000 to an unrestricted scholarship fund to be put to use immediately. Supporting students is a key aspect of the University’s yearlong Together for Rochester engagement and fundraising campaign.
Experts from UR Medicine’s Fitness Science and Center for Community Health & Prevention programs weigh in on how to emerge from winter and pandemic hibernation. Gain fitness know-how, nutrition tips, and meditation guidance from them–along with a variety of resources.
Many recent graduates, alumni, and students have seen job offers delayed and lost professional opportunities due to the pandemic. Alumni like Josh Richards ’12, ’14S (MS), the business planning and analytics director for North America at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, are stepping up to help.
Sisters Ranae and Shanae McKenzie have done just about everything together for as long as they can remember. In September 2020, they both started the accelerated baccalaureate program for non-nurses at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing. They are also scholarship recipients who share a passion for learning, nursing, and helping others.
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the University of Rochester’s annual Celebration of Scholarships. Learn more about some of our scholarship students through their inspiring stories, messages, and videos. Thank you to all of our donors—your generosity makes their lives ever better.
Seven of the University’s distinguished alumnae recently participated in a discussion presented by the University’s Women’s Network. Watch the recorded webinar, read highlights of it, and learn about pivotal moments in their lives that served as catalysts for growth.
Irene Kaplan ’58 and her scholarship student, Johanna Matulonis ’23, compare what it was like living on River Campus during historic times—when the men’s and women’s campuses merged in 1955 and during the pandemic in 2020-21.
University Life Trustee Fred Aman started playing drums at the age of four. Since then, he’s learned from jazz legends, worked with civil rights icons, and led an esteemed legal and academic career. Learn more and listen to some of his music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An interim analysis of study data from a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech–and with URMC ties–indicates that the vaccine is 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.
After voluntarily pausing this study in September, AstroZeneca recently announced the official reopening its U.S. trial. The restart comes after a thorough review by the U.S. FDA and other international regulators.
Medical Center research suggests the colds you’ve had may provide some protection against the coronavirus. The research also suggests that immunity to COVID-19 is likely to last a long time–maybe even a lifetime.
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.
Students who arrived as guests after Hurricane Maria have made their mark on campus—and helped the College attract more undergraduates from the island.
A $1.5 million gift from David and Dawn Klein recently established the Linde Klein Professorship in Head and Neck Cancer at the Medical Center’s Wilmot Cancer Institute. Their generosity will forever honor David’s late wife, Linde, who lost her battle with head and neck cancer in 2011.
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. Satz’s visionary generosity will establish the school’s first named department—the Arthur Satz Department of Music—and a minimum of five professorships in humanities-related fields.
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. This discovery is at the core of many of the medications used today for pain management.
“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.
Before the pandemic, Cross Currents Minority Rowing Program made two gifts to support the University of Rochester’s women’s rowing program. On behalf of Cross Currents, Lydia Boddie-Rice, one of its cofounders, made a $6,500 donation to support the Rochester team and Patricia Rozzo-Leadley, the group’s former coach, donated the program’s rowing shell and oars, valued at close to $4,000. The gifts help continue the mission of Cross Currents, which was founded in 2006 and closed its doors in 2016.
Gail Lione ’71, a successful lawyer and volunteer leader, is passionate about women’s issues. Lione and her generation would become the first in many areas—in locker rooms, conference rooms, board rooms, and more. They were inspired by people like Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Monique Mendes ’18M (MS), ’20M (PhD) moved from Kingston, Jamaica to South Florida, when she was a teenager. Her parents came to the U.S. with the hope that Monique would live the American dream. And, because of her hard work, determination, and passion for science, she has.
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.
Dave Ocorr ’51 has been an athlete, pro-baseball player, author, journalist, university leader, and more. As a Rochester student, he lettered in three sports and was captain of the baseball team. He was also president of Delta Kappa Epsilon, editor for the yearbook, and a sports editor for the Campus Times.
When it comes to her wellness journey, Jennie (Fagen) Malloy’s story begins with some unconventional advice. While pursuing a Take 5 scholarship in voice at the University of Rochester, her vocal cords became inflamed and damaged. When Malloy’s doctor recommended dietary and lifestyle changes, she was initially skeptical and couldn’t imagine how non-medicinal remedies would help. But when she healed after following through with his advice, she realized just how much food impacts every aspect of our lives.
Kim Gorode ’05 leads the public relations center of excellence at Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services. She is responsible for sharing news about the company’s advances in science and innovation, including its recent launch of a direct-to-consumer COVID antibody test—one of just a few tests provided emergency use authorization by the Federal Drug Administration.
When the pandemic hit, Jamie Sokol ’05, MPH, was pulled in early. As the manager for workforce development at the Allegheny County Health Department in southwestern Pennsylvania, she and her colleagues had to implement the county’s public health emergency response plan, and they had to do it fast. That meant shutting down some of the health department’s programs, scaling back others, and building up new ones for an area that serves 1.2 million people, including the city of Pittsburgh.
Todd Frazier ‘92E is a sixth generation Texan who went to the Eastman School of Music to study music composition. What he learned at Eastman transformed his life and shaped his career. For the last eight years, Frazier has served as the director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM). The center’s mission is to translate the collaborative potential of arts and medicine to the health care environment.
Dr. Jeffrey Le ’07 graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in music. He was a member of the Midnight Ramblers a cappella group, with whom he traveled extensively, bringing music and joy to audiences around the world.
A few weeks ago on a Friday morning, Paul Bleicher ’83M (MS), ’83M (MD/PhD) sat down at his desk and started looking for information on the number of COVID-19 cases nationally, interested in knowing what the numbers were by state and by county within a state. He was particularly curious about the Boston area, where he and his wife Julia Greenstein ’81M (MS), ’81M (PhD) live.
A few weeks ago, Kim Fraites-Dow, the CEO of Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, did what many others have done during the COVID-19 crisis—especially leaders who happen to be Eastman School of Music alumni. She set up an at-home office, complete with her laptop and a standing desk, a physio ball to serve as her office chair, and, yes, a dedicated space to practice her clarinet. Even though it’s been more than 20 years since graduation, she still plays when she can. And, during the pandemic, Fraites-Dow finds that practicing offers her a much-need respite.
In response to challenges arising from COVID-19, University of Rochester alumni, students, and friends have been reaching out to help. By mid-March, the University established two COVID-19 emergency funds—one to support the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the other to help all students with urgent needs—and the response has been remarkable.
In response to challenges arising from COVID-19, the University of Rochester recently established two emergency funds to support its Medical Center and its students who remain on campus—80 percent of whom are international—as well as those who have other urgent needs emerging from this crisis. The University’s network of parents and alumni in China has generously responded.
Kristin Klock ’00 is a small business owner who runs Root Catering and Kin Event Space. Her thriving, eight-year-old business came to a sudden halt a few weeks ago. “It all stopped, literally overnight,” she says. “Every time I checked my phone, there was a cancelation. Within what seemed like hours, we went from being a busy catering and event business to only being able to offer a take-out option.”
Nana Afoh-Manin ’08M (MD) is an emergency room physician at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles—a city hit hard by the pandemic. Every day, she draws on what she learned at medical school, to treat the whole person. This means addressing acute health issues while considering a patient’s surrounding circumstances and socioeconomic conditions—all of which contribute to illness and healing.
Gary Gwertzman ’87 is a New York City-based vascular surgeon with the Mount Sinai Health Care System in New York City. Because of the pandemic, he and many other specialists have had to shift gears. For weeks, he has been using his surgical skills to help COVID-19 patients at Mount Sinai Hospital Brooklyn. Recently, New York Magazine featured him in one of its “Diary of a Hospital” daily dispatches from the hospital’s medical staff.
When Dr. Gina Cuyler was two years old, her father died—an acute illness overtook him in days. Soon after his death, her mother sold everything and moved from Panama to New York City in search of a better life for her and her young daughter. By the time Cuyler was four-years-old, she knew she wanted to be a doctor.
Peter “Pat” Stark, who had a highly successful career as a coach and an administrator at the University of Rochester, passed away on June 19. He was 90 years old.
When asked, most people say they would prefer to stay in their own homes rather than go to a hospital or facility to receive care. “That’s especially important now,” says Margaret Wiant, UR Medicine Home Care’s director of public relations. “It’s critical that we, at UR Medicine Home Care, do what we can to keep people out of hospitals during the pandemic.”
Normally, Monica Brown-Ramos, a fourth year medical student, would fill her days with classes, clinical rounds, and serving the community through the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) UR Well program—a vital service that provides basic health care support to the most underserved in our community.
Chicken with teriyaki sauce, barley risotto, vegetables, and a brownie—that’s one of the meals that nearly 1,000 volunteers will deliver this week through Meals On Wheels, a UR Medicine Home Care program. Each day, volunteers deliver nutritious food and provide daily check-ins to Rochester’s most vulnerable: the elderly and the home-bound.