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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, March 2014
Chris Matthews at Commencement; Rethinking Judicial Ratings; NPR Visits Eastman; Funding Trends Cause Concern; Peck Artistic Director Named; Regional Events
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Matthews to Address Graduates

Political news commentator Chris Matthews will deliver the 164th commencement address to the College Class of 2014 this spring. Read more . . .

Rethinking Judicial Ratings

A new study suggests that leading judicial ratings could be tilted against minorities and women. Read more . . .


Eastman Hosts NPR Program

From the Top, an NPR showcase for young musicians, will tape a radio broadcast at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on March 19. Read more . . .

Funding Trends Cause Concern

Rochester leaders are joining a national chorus of research administrators expressing concern about the future of federal support for research at universities across the country, a trend dubbed the “innovation deficit” by the Association of American Universities. Read more . . .

Peck Artistic Director Named

Nigel Maister (above), artistic director of the International Theatre Program, has been named the first holder of the Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Directorship, named for Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of Rhetoric and Poetry, and his wife, Ruth. Read more . . .

Your Rochester Connections Regional Events

Join alumni and friends at regional events in Denver, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Rochester, Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities. Read more . . .

Travel & Learn Program

This spring’s faculty-led programs include trips to Turkey (May 29 to June 14) and to the Baltic Sea (June 20 to June 29) Read more . . .

Alumni Webinars

Upcoming online sessions feature a Career Webinar on leadership skills (April 2) with corporate trainer Al Duncan, the author of All Fired Up!

Also in the News

Community Leadership Recognized

The Washington Monthly’s annual college guide ranked Rochester sixth for the percentage of students pursuing work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public education after graduation. Read more . . .

Music Festival Welcomes Pulitzer Winner

Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon is the headline guest for this year’s Women in Music Festival at the Eastman School, March 24 to 29. Read more . . .

Jim Thompson Named Special Counsel

Jim Thompson, who has served as the University’s chief advancement officer since 2005, has been appointed special counsel to President Joel Seligman. Read more . . .

Olympic Athletes to Join Panel Discussion

Two former 1976 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball players are scheduled to take part in a March 22 panel discussion on “40 Years of Title IX,” part of a daylong slate of events to honor longtime Yellowjackets coach and administrator Jane Possee. For more information, contact Terry Gurnett, associate director of athletics, at (585) 527-9110;

In Memoriam: Alejandro Zaffaroni ’49M (PhD)

Renowned biotechnology entrepreneur and innovator Alejandro Zaffaroni ’49M (PhD) is being remembered as a visionary known for turning what some believed were impossible ideas into products that helped millions of people. Read more . . .

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