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Class of ’23 lends a hand on Wilson Day

August 26, 2019
group of college students in matching t-shirts giving kids high-fivesFrom left, linguistics major Nate Silverman '23 of Philadelphia; physics major Ebram Youssef '23, of Cairo, Egypt; and biology and American Sign Language major Bryce Gautreau of Ticonderoga, New York visit with children from the Boys & Girls club in Rochester's Nineteeth Ward on Wilson Day. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Nearly 1,400 first-year College students fanned out across the City of Rochester on Monday for the 31st annual Wilson Day.

They visited 87 sites—daycare centers, museums, churches, schools, senior centers, and more—and performed tasks such as pulling weeds, painting, and organizing classrooms.

The day of community service is a rite of autumn for Rochester first-year students, and part of their orientation. On Monday, they were joined by University president Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, who addressed them at the Goergen Athletic Center before visiting the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the Cameron Community Ministries, and the Southeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center.

Mangelsdorf urged “the importance of engaging with the Rochester community” as part of each student’s college experience and as part of the University’s mission.

“Wilson Day has benefited our community in many ways,” she said. “It has enriched the lives of countless University students, and it has served as a touchstone for the University’s engagement with the surrounding community, setting the stage for future growth and institutional transformation.”

Wilson Day is named in honor of Joseph Wilson ’31, a former chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, the founder of the Xerox Corp., and a noted philanthropist who gave generously to community organizations throughout the Greater Rochester region, including more than $40 million to the University.

Also Monday, about 130 first-year students at the Eastman School of Music visited eight sites around Rochester for the 10th annual George Eastman Day of Service, named after the school’s founder and University benefactor.

IN PICTURES

University of Rochester photos / J. Adam Fenster

large group of students in matching shirts standing in a circle

Members of the Class of 2023 get their instructions for the day and learn more about the mission of the Gandhi House, located in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood and home to the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

 

three people wearing t-shirts that read ROCHESTER TRADITIONS. A LEADER IS A PLANTER, A PLANTER OF IDEAS, SEEDS OF CHANGE, AND A VISION FOR JUSTICE. -- ARTIKA TYNER

T-shirts illustrate the theme for this year’s annual Wilson Day event, “Rooted in Rochester.”

 

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf listens, along with students.

Rochester President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf joins in with her fellow first-years at the Gandhi House.

 

two students seen through a garden of sunflowers.

Economics major Esha Mardikar, left, of Nagpur, India, and environmental science major Smarlin Espino of Bronx, New York, work in Gandhi House garden.

 

one student walking, while holding a child's hand.

Rochester students spend the day with children from the Boys & Girls Club.

 

From left, Eastman School of Music students Abreal Whitman ’23 of Winthrop, Maine, and Laurel Smith ’23 of West Jordan, Utah, help prepare the stage at Rochester’s School of the Arts.

 

 

 

 

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