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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, April 2016
April 2016: Simon gift commitment; diversity conference; basketball players in the national spotlight; National Poetry Month; Wilson Commons at 40; Day of Giving


Simon Business School Receives $20 Million Gift Commitment

An anonymous Rochester alumnus has made the largest single gift commitment ever to the Simon Business School. The $20 million deferred commitment will provide unrestricted support for the school’s mission and will help ensure the professional success of future Simon students and alumni. Read more...

Parkinson's App Featured by Apple

Apple highlighted a Parkinson’s iPhone app developed by Sage Bionetworks and Medical Center neurologists during its semiannual product launch event in March. The mPower app, first unveiled in March 2015, gathers real-time data from Parkinson’s patients in an effort to more fully understand the disease and how it affects daily life. 

Joel Seligman, Tristram Smith Are Inaugural Holders of New Professorships

University President and CEO Joel Seligman (left) is the inaugural holder of the G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professorship, which provides financial support for the University president. Tristram Smith (right), professor of pediatrics, has been appointed to the Haggerty-Friedman Professorship in Developmental/Behavioral Pediatric Research, which supports research to advance developmental and behavioral health of infants, children, adolescents, and their families.
   The University also celebrated the installation of Laurel Carney as the Marylou Ingram Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Gretchen Birbeck as the Edward A. and Alma Vollertsen Rykenboer Professor in Neurology.
    Read about other faculty members recently reappointed to named professorships.

Diversity Conference Asks: What Do You Stand For?

This year's diversity conference comes on the heels of an academic year that has included numerous discussions of race and diversity—part of an initiative to address those issues at the University. Keynote speaker Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and a prominent figure in the national Black Lives Matter movement, will present the keynote address. Watch the address live online at 9 a.m. (EST) on Friday, April 8, at

The Miss Heard 'Round the World

Juniors Sam Borst-Smith and Mack Montague recount their unlikely game-winning play, which went viral on social media last month. Watch the video that started it all, get the story behind the play, and check out a video feature on Borst-Smith from the Assist of the Year website.

Rochester Celebrates National Poetry Month

Discover some of the poetic richness that can be found at Rochester in a celebration of National Poetry Month. Visit this page throughout the month of April for an ongoing series featuring University community members reciting their favorite poems, news about events, and other University materials highlighting poetry and literature. 

Wilson Commons Turns 40

Wilson Commons has become a centerpiece of campus life—a place to study, eat, dance, drink coffee (and, at one time, beer), get a haircut, play billiards or violin, put out a weekly newspaper, and even serve as the stage for a student protest or two. Read more...

Double Your Impact on Day of Giving

Join the University community for the second annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 3. A gift of any amount can be designated to any area of the University. All gifts received on the Day of Giving will be matched by Stephen Givant ’81, up to a total of $100,000.

A New Way to Determine the Age of Stars?

Rochester researchers have developed a new conceptual framework for understanding how stars that are similar to the sun evolve. 

Your Rochester Connections


Online Career Events

Registration is required for these upcoming programs (all times EST)  

Mobile Meetup Series Continues

Share stories of how Rochester has helped you learn, discover, heal, and create, at the next Mobile Meetup at noon (EST) on Tuesday, April 12. The virtual networking hours are held on the second Tuesday of every month, and allow you to connect with fellow Rochester alumni all over the world from your desk, office, or couch. Register here. Questions? Contact AnneMarie Cucci, assistant director of alumni relations at
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