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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, April 2015
campaign goal surpassed, White House recognition, public speaking help, day of giving, Robert Freeman honored, alumni events, basketball All-American


Meliora Challenge Surpasses $1.2 Billion Initial Goal

President Joel Seligman celebrates the campaign milestone with former board chair Bob Witmer ’59 (left), current chair Ed Hajim ’58, and former chair Bob Goergen ’60.

The Meliora Challenge
, the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. The campaign’s primary objective was achieved thanks in part to an $11 million commitment from University Trustee Robert Goergen ’60 and his wife, Pamela, to the University’s Institute for Data Science. In recognition of their commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

White House Recognizes Beth Olivares

Beth Olivares, dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The White House gives the award to recognize the role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in the fields.

Wearable Technology Can Help With Public Speaking

Researchers from the University's Human-Computer Interaction Group have developed a user interface for “smart glasses” that gives a speaker real-time feedback on volume modulation and speaking rate. Read more...

Study: Do Brands Care About Your Social Media Popularity?

After examining Twitter data from major U.S. airlines, Simon Business School researchers found that companies are more likely to engage with customers who have a high number of followers. Read more...

Former Eastman School Director Robert Freeman to Be Honored

The Eastman School will honor former director Robert Freeman for his longtime service to the school and to the Rochester community by naming the atrium of the Sibley Music Library in his honor. During the dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 7, Freeman also will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the University. Leave a tribute to Freeman at

April 21 Is First 'Day of Giving'

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends will come together to make a difference on the University's first Day of Giving, Tuesday, April 21. Be a part of the new tradition by making a special gift on this special day. A gift of any amount can be designated to any area of the University that is meaningful to you. April 21 will also be the first “Thank A Giver” (TAG) Day, during which tags will be placed on select items on campus made possible by the generosity of the Rochester community. Read more...

Your Rochester Connections


Join alumni and friends for activities around the country and the world. Read more...

International Events

April 25: Tokyo Alumni Reception
April 27: Hong Kong Alumni Reception

Online Programs

Upcoming webinars and online sessions (all times EDT) include a discussion with a faculty member and presentations on building skills and career advancement. (Registration is required.)

April 8, 8 p.m.,  CareerSkills: Just Listen
April 15, 8 p.m.,  CareerSkills: The Fine Art of Small Talk
April 21, 1 p.m., The Rochester Impact: Paving the Way to a World Without AIDS
April 22, 8 p.m., CareerSkills: Let’s Stop Meeting Like This
April 28, 4 p.m., Cracking the Code on Business Casual with guest speaker Kay Noske ’96 (MA)
April 29, 8 p.m., Career Skills: Humble Inquiry—The Gentle Art of Asking
May 6, 8 p.m., Five Steps to Building a Powerful and Profitable Network

More News

Microbiologist Barbara Iglewski Named to National Women’s Hall of Fame

Barbara Iglewski, professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame for her research on how bacteria cause infections. Read more...

Faculty Recognized with Named Positions at Installation Ceremonies

Ruth Lawrence ’49M (MD), ’58M (Res) was formally installed as inaugural holder of the Northumberland Trust Professorship in Pediatrics, established by an anonymous donor. Henry Kautz, former chair of the Department of Computer Science, was installed as the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Institute for Data Science. The position recognizes a $3 million gift from University Trustee Timothy Wentworth and his wife, Robin.

Freshman Basketball Player Named an All-American

Al Leslie ’18 has been selected as an All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association for the 2014–15 season. Leslie is the only freshman on the All-America Team. She is also the first Rochester women's basketball player to earn All-America honors as a freshman. Read more...

James Doser to Lead Institute for Music Leadership

James Doser ’79E, ’84E (MM), an award-winning educator and administrator, musician, and businessman, has been named director of the Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership. Read more...

Apple Highlights App with Medical Center Ties

A new iPhone app that allows patients with Parkinson’s disease to track their symptoms in real time and share the information with researchers was featured at Apple's semi-annual product launch event. Read more...

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