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December 03, 2014


Paul Burgett
For more than 30 years, Paul Burgett has inspired incoming students with his “fiery furnace” talk, which has been described as “a one-man morality play about the college experience.

Intercultural Center named to honor Paul Burgett

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center has been named to honor University leader Paul Burgett, who is celebrating his 50th year at the University.

“The naming of the Intercultural Center is a fitting way to honor Paul’s extraordinary and lasting impact on the University community,” says President Joel Seligman. “For over a half-century, Paul has been a member of the University of Rochester family where he has been outstanding as a teacher, performer, administrator, and valued advisor.”

Burgett came to the Eastman School as a freshman in 1964. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968, his master’s degree in music education and violin in 1972, and his doctoral degree in music education in 1976.

Since that time, he has fulfilled numerous high-profile roles, including vice president and general secretary of the Board of Trustees, vice president and University dean of students, Eastman School dean of students, and executive director of the Hochstein Memorial Music School. He is currently vice president, senior advisor to the president, and University dean.

“Paul brings an exceptional understanding of intercultural relationships, given his deep engagement since 1964 with University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders from every possible background,” says Ed Hajim ’58, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “The board is delighted to recognize Paul’s important contributions in this way. Paul’s name will bring honor to the important work of the Intercultural Center.”

The center was created to promote cultural awareness and engagement, foster understanding about culture and diversity, and provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-cultural programming among faculty, staff, and students. The center is designed to offer a welcoming location for the campus community to engage in constructive dialogue around difficult topics at the intersections of diversity and identity.

Burgett has helped shape the course of the University, particularly its student affairs. From planning the Eastman Student Living Center to improving programs at the Interfaith Chapel, Wilson Commons, University Health Service, Counseling and Mental Health Services, Residential Life, and Athletics and Recreation, he has been at the forefront of enhancing student life.

He has also been an advocate for justice and equity for those throughout the community by serving on the boards of directors for local organizations including the Hillside Family of Agencies, the YMCA, the Urban League, and the Mount Hope Family Center Advisory Board.

“For decades, students have come to know Dean Burgett as a trusted mentor and counselor,” says Richard Feldman, dean of the College. “He has guided generations of students through the University into meaningful lives as engaged citizens of the world. There is truly no more fitting name for our Intercultural Center to bear than that of Paul Burgett.”

Susan McDaniel
Susan McDaniel

Susan McDaniel, the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health, has been elected 2016 president of the American Psychological Association. She will serve as APA’s president-elect in 2015.

Gerald Graser, Eastman Institute for Oral Health professor emeritus, has been named the 2015 recipient of the American Prosthodontics Society’s highest honor, the Golden Medallion Award, for his outstanding service and contributions to the dental profession and prosthodontics.

Jane Shukitis
Jane Shukitis

UR Medicine’s Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service has appointed Jane Shukitis president and CEO. She will begin leading the home health care agency on Jan. 5.

C. McCollister Evarts
C. McCollister (Mac) Evarts

C. McCollister (Mac) Evarts ’57M (MD), ’64M (Res), Distinguished University Professor and professor of orthopaedics, was presented the University’s highest alumni honor, the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal in recognition of the achievements of his life as a physician, surgeon, medical scientist, and educational leader.

Seniors Alex Swanger and Griffin Drake have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s Soccer Team for the 2014 season. Voting for the honor was conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America. It is the second time in school history that two men’s soccer players have been named to the Academic All-America Team in the same year by CoSIDA. In 2005, Nathan Micklos and Jeremy Goico were honored.

Allan Greenleaf, professor of mathematics, has been named to the 2015 class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Greenleaf is being honored for his “contributions to inverse problems with applications to cloaking, as well as for service to AMS.”

man gesturing by old sheet music
Michael Alan Anderson, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School, has, for the second time in three years, been named a winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. The awards are presented annually by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) to authors and journalists for “outstanding print, broadcast, and new media coverage of music.” Anderson was recognized for his article “The One Who Comes After Me: John the Baptist, Christian Time, and Symbolic Musical Techniques.”

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