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News for Alumni and Friends, July 2016
July 2016: Meliora Challenge exceeds expectations; University's economic impact; summer construction; Meliora Weekend registration opens


President Seligman: 'We Did It'

President and CEO Joel Seligman celebrates the success of The Meliora Challenge capital campaign, which concluded on June 30. "We now can build on our momentum and enthusiasm, with pathbreaking initiatives during the next five years in Data Science, Neuromedicine and Neuroscience, the Humanities and the Performing Arts, and the University’s Role in the Community," he writes in a message to the University community.

Meliora Challenge Raises Historic $1.37 Billion


Campaign Exceeds Goal of 100 Professorships

University Trustee Robert Keegan '72S (MBA) has committed $1.5 million to create the Robert J. Keegan Endowed Professorship in Pricing—the 100th professorship to be established during The Meliora Challenge.

Report Measures University’s Growing Economic Impact

The University's economic impact is growing in both size and reach, according to a new report by the Center for Governmental Research. The University is the region’s largest employer, the sixth largest private sector employer in the state, and the largest private employer in upstate New York. Read more... 

Music in the American Wild Celebrates National Parks

Eastman School of Music musicians are celebrating the 100-year history of the National Park Service with the Music in the American Wild project, which includes a series of performances in parks across the country. Performances continue through mid-August.

Summer Is Construction Season on Campus

This summer is one of the most active construction periods of all time on the River Campus. Multiple new facilities and improvement projects are currently under way, with many scheduled to be completed by the fall. Work includes renovations in the Frederick Douglass Building (pictured), which will include a state-of-the-art dining facility and redesigned student gathering spaces. Read more...

Action Video Game Play Provides Brain Tune-Up

Over the past 15 years numerous studies have found that playing action video games such as “Call of Duty” helps cognitive functioning. In an article for Scientific American, Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and C. Shawn Green '08 (PhD), an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explain how shooting zombies and fending off enemy troops virtually can enhance brain skills such as visual acuity, reaction time, and multitasking. Read more...

Take a Look Behind the Scenes of The Marriage of Figaro

Eastman Opera Theatre presented Le Nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro) last spring for the 10th time in the Eastman School of Music's history. With its lavish period costumes and design, and the musical tapestry that unfolds during the four acts, the opera is both challenging and exhilarating for the student cast and the production crew. Watch the video.

Meliora Weekend Registration Opens July 27

Meliora Weekend, October 6–9, will offer something for everyone. Events include legendary entertainment and speakers; reunions; food trucks and performances at the Meliora Village; the Edmund A. Hajim Science & Engineering Quadrangle Dedication and Celebration Barbecue; the Scholar Showcase; Eastman concerts; and favorites like A Cappella Jam, MEL Talks, and Miller’s Court. Check the full event schedule to plan for your weekend. Registration and ticketing opens on Wednesday, July 27, at noon EDT. Read more...

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George Eastman Birthday Celebrations

George Eastman, Rochester’s most generous benefactor, would have turned 162 this month—and Alumni Relations is toasting to him all over the country. Join fellow alumni for the happy hour nearest you to celebrate George and welcome the Class of 2016 to the alumni community. Visit for a full list of events.

House of Cards Concert with Jeff Beal

Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal ’85E, will be conducting, performing, and offering commentary on the creative process at the world premiere performance of "NSO Pops: House of Cards in Concert" on Thursday, July 14, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. A recent donation made by Beal and his wife, Joan Beal ’84E, helped to launch the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music.  

The Sonic Divide

Thirty of the world’s best composers created pieces for Payton Macdonald '01E (DMA)—and he’s taking them on the road. While biking 2,500 miles across the Continental Divide, Macdonald will stop periodically to perform the music created for a piece he’s calling The Sonic Divide. In addition to recounting his adventure on the project’s website,, he’ll be capturing it all on film to create a documentary at the end of his journey. Check out the project on Facebook and on Instagram.
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