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News for University of Rochester Alumni and Friends, May 2016
May 2016: life in the universe; Meliora Weekend headliners; student award winners; Seligman elected to AAAS; Kilbourn Hall renovations; TAG Day


Are We Alone in the Universe?

Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? A new paper coauthored by Adam Frank, professor of physics and astronomy, shows that the recent discoveries of exoplanets combined with a broader approach to the question makes it possible to assign a new probability to whether any other advanced technological civilizations have ever existed. Read more...

Meliora Weekend 2016 Headliners Announced

Save the dates for Meliora Weekend, October 6–9, when the University celebrates the conclusion of The Meliora Challenge Campaign. The weekend will include reunions, homecoming, and family activities. Featured guests include legendary singer Tony Bennett, acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, singer/songwriter Ben Folds, and the host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah. Registration and ticketing opens in July. Read more...

Recognizing Outstanding Students

Meet some of the students who have earned awards and scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements. Read more...


Joel Seligman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

University President and CEO Joel Seligman has been elected to membership in one of the country’s oldest and most highly regarded honorary learned societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more...

Project to Renovate Kilbourn Hall Gets Under Way

Two gifts totaling $700,000 will provide support for substantial renovations to the Eastman School of Music's historic Kilbourn Hall. The Avangrid Foundation has committed $400,000 to the project and the Kenneth and Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation Inc. will contribute $300,000. Read more...

Engineering Seniors Show Off Design Solutions

Seniors at the Hajim School showcased more than 70 projects at the annual Design Day. Projects give Hajim students an opportunity to truly be engineers—working in teams to translate the knowledge and skills they’ve gained through classwork and lab exercises into functional prototypes that address specific challenges. Read more...

Alumnus Commits $2 Million for Humanities Programs

Joseph Cunningham '67 (MA) (right) and his wife, Andrea, have committed $2 million to support research, lectures, and public forums within the humanities. Read more...

Eastman Philharmonia to Premiere New Composition with Renee Fleming at Lincoln Center

The Eastman School of Music has announced that the Eastman Philharmonia will take the stage with Renee Fleming ’83E (MM) (pictured with Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music) at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on November 14. The performance will include a new composition by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts ’94E, ’99E (DMA), written specifically for Fleming and the Eastman Philharmonia. The world premiere of Puts’s work will be part of the Eastman Presents concert series on November 12 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Read more...

'Day of Giving' and 'TAG Day' Results

More than 500 yellow tags were hung across the University on April 25 for TAG Day—an event to recognize the support of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and students. View photos from TAG day. On May 3, the University hosted its second Day of Giving—resulting in 1,100 donors giving more than $840,000, thanks to the University community and matching gifts from Stephen Givant ’81, and Mark ’78 and Jill Marcus Goldstein ’79N. The Day of Giving supports student scholarships, patient care, research, community programs, and more.

Your Rochester Connections

Join alumni and friends for activities throughout the country and around the world.

Online Career Events

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

Mobile Meetup Series Continues

Share stories of how Rochester has helped you learn, discover, heal, and create, at the next Mobile Meetup at noon (EDT) on Tuesday, May 10. 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. Register here. Questions? Contact AnneMarie Cucci, assistant director of alumni relations, at
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