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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, June 2014
Rochester’s economic impact, Meliora Weekend, regional events, Wilmot Cancer Institute, named professorships, Simon commencement, All-Americans
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A Growing Economic Impact

Several initiatives and reports are highlighting the growing economic and community impact of the University on the Rochester region and New York state.

  • The University is the eighth largest private sector employer in New York, responsible for the equivalent of more than 22,000 full-time jobs, according to a new report by a nonprofit municipal research firm originally founded by George Eastman. The report by the Center for Governmental Research notes that the University is directly and indirectly responsible for supporting an estimated 50,300 jobs in the region. Read more.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a $500,000 grant to the University’s Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences to lead the development of a national roadmap for photonics. Read more.
  • The New York State Department of Education has approved a proposal for the Rochester City School District and the University to develop a plan in which the University would help administer East High School in Rochester. Read more.

Who’s Headlining Meliora Weekend?

The University will celebrate its 14th Meliora Weekend Oct. 16–19. Featured speakers will include Doris Kearns Goodwin (above), a Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential historian, and Laverne Cox, an actress currently appearing in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. Jason Alexander, best known for his portrayal of George Costanza on the hit NBC series Seinfeld, will also perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. (Note: There will be no lottery for the keynote speaker this year.) Read more.

Your Rochester Connections

Regional Events

Join alumni and friends at regional events in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Rochester, and other cities. Read more . . .

International Events

Jonathan Burdick, vice provost and dean of College Admissions, will join alumni, parents, and incoming students for receptions in Shanghai (July 20) and Beijing (July 22) as well as in Seoul, South Korea (July 25).

Travel & Learn Program

Upcoming faculty-led programs include a trip to the Baltic Sea (June 20 to 29). Read more.

Online Programs

Simon Business School career management expert Hannah Morgan presents a webinar, “LinkedIn 102,” at noon (EDT) June 12 and University LinkedIn members will talk about their experiences and advice in building professional networks during a webinar at noon (EDT) June 17.

Wilmot Cancer Institute Introduced

The University’s clinical and research programs in cancer, along with a growing network of satellite locations, have been reorganized under the newly launched Wilmot Cancer Institute. As part of an effort to expand and deepen the institute’s mission, UR Medicine announced a $30 million campaign to support cancer research, including $4 million in support from the Wilmot family and the James P. Wilmot Foundation.

Celebrating Endowed Professorships

Several members of the faculty have been formally recognized with appointments to named and distinguished professorships, including:

  • Arthur Moss ’62M (Res), ’65M (Flw) to the Bradford C. Berk, MD, PhD Distinguished Professorship. Read more.
  • Ron Kaniel to the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance. Read more.
  • Joanna Wu to the Susanna and Evans Y. Lam Professorship. Read more.

Simon Celebrates Commencement

Mark Zupan (above) will deliver his final graduation address as part of the Simon School’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 8, as he prepares to step down as dean later this month. More than 500 students will receive graduate degrees during the ceremony at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Read more.

16 Yellowjackets Named All-Americans

A total of 16 Yellowjackets earned All-America honors during 2013–14, one of the most distinguished seasons for individual achievement in Rochester athletics. Read more.

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