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Make plans to attend Meliora Weekend

Comedian Colin Mochrie
Comedian Colin Mochrie

The College will celebrate its third annual Meliora Weekend on October 9 to 12. Combining four Rochester traditions--Homecoming, Family Weekend, Reunion, and the Stonehurst Capital Invitational Regatta--the event will host some of the biggest names in politics, science, the arts, and business to explore this year's theme of innovation.

For students, the weekend offers a number of thought-provoking and entertaining symposia, career workshops, featured speakers, and performances as well as sporting events, parties, food, and more. Parents are invited, too, for weekend events that include the Parents' Luncheon, the Rochester Revue, and departmental open houses.

Festivities begin Thursday night with the Yellowjacket Student Dinner. On Friday afternoon, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer will share his perspective on business and Wall Street, and David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airways, will talk about his goal to bring "humanity back to air travel" and about the business philosophy that has propelled his three-year-old airline to profitability.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of ABC's improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, will perform Friday night, and afterwards students can stop by Wilson Commons where the popular New York City nightclub, Webster Hall, will offer late-night fun.

Saturday morning, President Jackson and the deans will host their annual breakfast event, which is followed by a variety of symposia featuring speakers such as choreographer Garth Fagan, inventor Dean Kamen, and NASA/Fermilab astrophysicist Edward "Rocky" Kolb. Neuroscientist and Yale University Provost Susan Hockfield '73 and Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Michael Kanfer '80 (who has worked on Titanic and the Harry Potter movies, among others) will offer advice on innovative careers. Congressman Chaka Fattah and Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones will join in a roundtable discussion with Professor Richard Fenno on race and representation in the U.S. Congress.

For lunch, swing by the MelioraFest at the Fraternity Quad before heading to the Homecoming soccer games against NYU. That evening, students can catch live entertainment at the crowd-pleasing Rochester Revue.

The weekend wraps up Sunday on the Genesee River with the Stonehurst Capital Invitational Regatta, an event that draws dozens of crew teams from across the United States and Canada.

For more details on events and registration, visit

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