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Wednesday
Sep032014

September 2014

Meliora! A Message from Our Chair

 

Nathan Moser ’75, National Chair, 
George Eastman Circle

Dear Friends,

When the George Eastman Circle is mentioned outside the University community, it is defined as the “University’s leadership annual giving society.” The key word in that description is “leadership.”

In addition to new or renewed five-year gift commitments, which provide critical annual support, fellow members are providing leadership by helping the George Eastman Circle grow in their regions and hometowns. Across the country, there are more than 100 members serving on George Eastman Circle councils. Members of our councils are leveraging their networks, hosting events, and leading the way for growth of the George Eastman Circle within their own regions. 

There are currently eight active leadership councils—Boston, Chicago, Long Island, NYC Metro, Philadelphia, Rochester, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.—with additional councils being established in Southern California and Buffalo. If any of you have wondered how we are growing at the rate we are, these councils—and their volunteer leaders—are among the reasons.

Commitment and enthusiasm are contagious. You don’t have to be leading membership efforts in your area to help broaden the George Eastman Circle. Renewing your membership and speaking about your membership within your circle of friends and colleagues can have a profound effect. Each of you play a significant role in sustaining and building our strength.

Thank you for all that you do as leaders within the George Eastman Circle and at the University of Rochester. 

Warm regards,

Nathan Moser ’75
Member, Board of Trustees
National Chair, George Eastman Circle

 

Caring Across Generations 


Patricia and Robert Whorf '98M (MD), '01M (Res) 

All of our George Eastman Circle members have wonderful stories to share. We are pleased to feature this story from members who created The Whorf George Eastman Scholarship for undergraduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering, and who also support students at the School of Medicine and Dentistry through the George Eastman Circle.

When Robert (Rob) Whorf ’98M (MD), ’01M (Res) applied to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he already had a sense that the University was a special place. 

“At the time, many medical schools were part of a consortium—if you applied to one, you applied to all,” says Rob. “Rochester was separate and required a handwritten application and essay. It cared enough to be different.”

When he was invited to interview with the University, Rob stayed with medical students in Rochester’s 19th Ward, one of whom gave up his bed so Rob would have a good night’s sleep. His thoughtfulness touched Rob, and administration and faculty he met the next day left a similar impression. “It became clear that the University had a desire for students to become not just doctors, but good ones of quality and humility.”

Having lost his mother to lung cancer while still in medical school, Rob immersed himself in studying how to fight this devastating disease. He went on to complete a fellowship in medical oncology at Yale University School of Medicine, and is now director of research operations at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. 

Throughout his academic and medical training, Rob found himself drawn to the people—caring for patients as individuals, and as beloved members of their families. Today, his patients and colleagues can attest to Rob’s caring and creative approach to research, which is helping develop new ways to fight cancer and become “ever better” at treating patients. 

“Nobody wants to receive less than the very best of care, and in oncology, that means understanding not just the medical and pharmacological side, but also the emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues,” says Rob. “There are multiple levels of complexities, and you need to take care of them all.”

A proponent of the University’s motto, Meliora, since his days on campus, Rob has helped countless patients with cancer have hope for a better tomorrow. And now he and his wife, Patty, are helping future doctors and leaders at the University of Rochester through their support of The Whorf George Eastman Circle Scholarship for undergraduate students, as well as their support of students at the School of Medicine and Dentistry through the George Eastman Circle.

“We like that we are helping free students from financial worries so they can go on to do something great with their lives. That’s what Meliora is—striving for excellence and being ever better, so you can help future generations to do the same.”

Learn more about George Eastman Circle Scholarships.

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Getting LinkedIn

The George Eastman Circle recently launched a new LinkedIn group to provide even more information and networking opportunities to its members around the world.

To join this exclusive members-only group, you first need to have a LinkedIn account. Once you have created an account, or if you already have one, visit the George Eastman Circle LinkedIn page, and click “Join” in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

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Your Philanthropy at Work


George Eastman Circle members have pledged more than $60 million in annual funds since the program’s inception in 2007. Here is a small sample of the many ways your support has made an impact on the University and the surrounding community throughout 2013. 

Golisano Children’s Hospital 

$1,862,974 pledged

  • Gifts supported the continued construction inside the new hospital. The eight-story building is scheduled to open in 2015 and will feature significant improvements such as the Gosnell Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, private patient rooms, and an advanced imaging facility.
  • Our Pediatric Orthopaedics program earned a place among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals listing for the fifth consecutive year, and maintained a reputation for expertise in treating scoliosis, hip, and rib deformities on the East Coast.
  • Scientists identified a group of gene mutations that may be behind up to 10 percent of complex congenital heart defects, the most frequent type of birth defect and a leading cause of infant death.

Athletics 

$1,851,920 pledged  

  • Talented student-athletes were recruited to lead Rochester to a top five Division III ranking for Academic All-Americans.
  • Support has fueled outstanding accomplishments. Men’s Basketball was the University Athletic Association (UAA) champion and had the national player of the year. Women’s Basketball has now been to nine NCAA tournaments in the last eleven years.
  • Men’s Squash finished in the country’s top five for the fifth consecutive year. Men’s and Women’s Swimming have won three straight Liberty League titles. Men’s Indoor Track had a state champion in the 5,000- and 3,000-meter races.
  • Women’s Softball had the UAA player of the year. Men’s Golf was the UAA champion and had a golfer win their third consecutive UAA Championship. Women’s Crew won the Varsity-8 at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Highland Hospital 

$516,059 pledged  

  • Highland Hospital was listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in western New York for 2013–14.
  • The Wolk Emergency Department implemented new protocols and physical changes to meet the unique needs of elderly patients. Improvements include streamlined care for conditions such as pneumonia and hip fractures, enhanced geriatric-specific training, and six newly designed senior-friendly patient rooms.
  • Growth in surgical volume was supported by the creation of two new, state-of-the-art operating rooms.
  • The Palliative Care and Gynecologic Oncology programs earned esteemed Joint Commission Certification.

Dollars pledged are as of December 31, 2013.

To read more about how members' support has made an impact across the University, visit the impact page of the George Eastman Circle website.

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University News 

Ron Fielding '73 (MA), '76S (MBA), P'14S 

As George Eastman Circle members, your commitment to philanthropy makes you leaders within the University community. Your annual gifts provide critical funds that enable world-class research and health care and create countless academic opportunities, which advance our mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better.

Below are members who have made significant Campaign gifts in addition to their membership commitments. 

Member and 2014 Simon Business School Dean’s Medal recipient Ron Fielding ’73 (MA), ’76S (MBA), P’14S recently gave $2.5 million in support of scholarships at the Simon School. His latest gift adds to an already impressive legacy, bringing his total scholarship support to nearly $10 million. You can read more in the August 2014 issue of Fast Forward.

On June 20, the University held a ceremony that recognized Charter Members Stephen I. Rosenfeld ’59, ’63M (MD) and Elise A. Rosenfeld ’60W for their gift creating the Dr. Stephen I. Rosenfeld and Elise A. Rosenfeld Distinguished Professorship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The Rosenfelds created the distinguished professorship to enhance patient care, teaching, and research in allergy and clinical immunology. This aspiration will be carried out by the inaugural Rosenfeld Distinguished Professor, R. John Looney ’76M (MD), ’79M (Res), ’81M (Flw), ’84M (Flw). You can read more in the June 2014 issue of Fast Forward.

Charter Members Alan S. Zekelman ’87S (MS) and Lori Talsky-Zekelman were recognized on June 6 for creating the Lori and Alan S. Zekelman Professorship of Business Administration. The Zekelmans’ professorship will give the Simon School enduring resources to recruit a leading scholar and continue to build a globally-renowned faculty of finance experts. For his excellence in the field of finance, Robert Novy-Marx, Ph.D., was made the inaugural Zekelman Professor. You can read more in the June 2014 issue of Fast Forward.

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Upcoming Events


Through a dedication to philanthropy, the George Eastman Circle is helping to shape the future of the University and touching lives around the world. Your five-year commitments are providing critical budget-relieving annual funds to specific schools and units of the University and, ultimately, strengthening the University’s ability to make a profound impact on society.

One of the ways we’re able to thank you is to extend invitations to various regional gatherings, dinners, and University programs. Here is a list of upcoming events:

Los Angeles, Calif.: Meliora Challenge Celebration Dinner

September 21, 2014
Pasadena, Calif.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Meliora Weekend: An Evening with Jason Alexander 

October 17, 2014
Rochester, N.Y.

Exclusive George Eastman Circle pre-concert reception:
5:30pm at the Memorial Art Gallery. Tickets are $20/GEC members.

Performance:
8pm at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. Only Grand Balcony tickets available ($25).
You can register online.

Meliora Weekend: Keynote Address by Doris Kearns Goodwin

October 18, 2014
Rochester, N.Y.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

To purchase tickets, please visit www.rochester.edu/melioraweekend

Ferrari Humanities Symposia

October 30, 2014
Rochester, N.Y.
Hawkins-Carlson Room
Rush Rhees Library

Chicago Regional Cabinet Annual Event

November 6, 2014
Chicago, Ill.
Featuring URMC faculty members David Topham and Deborah Fowell for the discussion "New Vaccines on the Horizon"
6pm at the Conrad Chicago

Westchester/Fairfield Regional Cabinet Annual Event

November 19, 2014
Hartsdale, N.Y.
Featuring Robert Clark, senior vice president for research and dean of the Hajim School
Scarsdale Golf Club 

Northern New Jersey Regional Cabinet Annual Event

November 20, 2014
Featuring Robert Clark, senior vice president for research and dean of the Hajim School
6pm (location TBD)

Houston, Texas: Meliora Challenge Celebration Dinner

November 13, 2014
Hotel ZaZa

Dallas, Texas: Meliora Challenge Celebration Dinner

November 14, 2014
Park City Club

New York City Holiday Party

December 3, 2014
New York, N.Y.
JW Marriott Essex House New York

For more information about attending any of these events, please contact the Office of Donor Relations at 800-281-2055.   

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Friday
May302014

June 2014

Meliora!
A Message from Our Chair

Nathan Moser ’75, National Chair,
George Eastman Circle

Dear Friends,

Our giving, totaling more than $60 million since 2007, is a reflection of our collective commitment and our membership of more than 2,900. And it is why our impact is felt throughout the University and throughout the world. We are truly a group that derives its strength from its numbers. 

Many members are renewing their commitment to the University this month, making this a particularly important time of year for the George Eastman Circle. In thinking about that, I want to emphasize that since our beginning, we have come a remarkably long way in a remarkably short amount of time. And we have been able to do that because so many of you continue to renew your commitments.

For the George Eastman Circle to realize its aspirations and continue to provide long-term leadership, keeping together is just as important as expanding. If you have not yet renewed your membership or submitted your George Eastman Circle payment, please do so today. I encourage you to think about the areas where you designate your support and about what makes them important to you.

To all of you—continuing and new members—thank you for your dedication. Staying together and working together is helping us make a significant difference in many lives for many years to come.

Warm regards,


Nathan Moser ’75
Member, Board of Trustees
National Chair, George Eastman Circle

 

Alexander and Goodwin Highlight
Meliora Weekend 2014

Jason Alexander and Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and actor Jason Alexander will be featured guests at Meliora Weekend 2014.

The University’s annual celebration of class reunions, family weekend, and homecoming will take place October 16–19, 2014. As announced in the last issue of the George Eastman Circle Newsletter, Goodwin will provide a keynote address on Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. She is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-sellers, and her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, was published in late 2013. 

 

On Friday, October 17, also at Kodak Hall, Alexander will perform in An Evening with Jason Alexander as part of the Eastman Presents concert series. All George Eastman Circle members will have the chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public, as well as attend an exclusive pre-concert reception. Beyond his portrayal of George Costanza on the hit NBC series Seinfeld, Alexander has performed on Broadway, done stand-up comedy, acted in film, and directed. His live appearances feature comedy, music, and improvisation. He has won six Emmys, an American Television Award, two American Comedy Awards, a Tony Award, and was honored by The Actors Fund with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

Actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox will also speak on Saturday, October 18. She currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African-American transgender woman. She is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time named Sophia Burset the fourth most influential character of 2013. Her acting credits include Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, and Bored to Death. She produced and starred in the VH1 show TRANSForm Me. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, she has written for The Advocate and The Huffington Post.

Please note that there will not be a ticket lottery for the keynote address this year. For more information about the registration process for these and other Meliora Weekend events, please follow the appropriate link: Associate and Member levels; Fellow, Benefactor, Patron, and Founder levels.

 

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Leveling the Field

Sam and Marlene Datillo 

All of our George Eastman Circle members have wonderful stories to share. We are pleased to feature this story from Charter Members who support the Horizons Program at the Warner School of Education.

Financial advisor Marlene Dattilo has always dreamed that her 27-year-old financial services firm in Rochester would one day be run predominantly by women. A perpetually shallow pool of qualified women candidates has curbed the possibility of her realizing that dream and, at the same time, motivated her to get involved in educational programs for young children.

Marlene, a member of the George Eastman Circle Rochester Leadership Council, was originally attracted to the Warner School by Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science), an after-school science club exclusively for 7th- through 9th-grade female students. The program is led by April Luehmann, Ph.D., whose passion for empowering young women through education was very much in line with Marlene's aspirations for women professionals.

As Marlene became more engaged with the Warner School, including service on the Dean's Advisory Committee, another opportunity to engage in children’s early education presented itself when she was approached by Lynn Gatto, Ph.D., assistant professor and executive director of Horizons at Warner.

Horizons is a six-week, full-day summer enrichment program for K–8 Rochester City School District students that takes place on the University campus. It provides meaningful and authentic learning experiences in a non-traditional school setting, blending high-quality academics with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, field trips, and confidence-building activities. Inspired by Gatto’s vision and energy, Marlene and her husband, Sam, use their George Eastman Circle memberships to support the program.

“You have to catch children early,” said Sam, a property manager and Delta Airlines employee, who also worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department for several years. “I have seen what happens when young people do not have direction, focus, or support. Some will use opportunities and some won’t, but it’s important to focus on those you can help.”

In addition to the children of Horizons, the Dattilos are investing in the program’s leadership. They see the dynamic Gatto as a pivotal piece of the puzzle and are excited to be a part of her dreams for Horizons.

The Dattilos added that philanthropy is in their DNA; each day, they wake up and want to give back. The George Eastman Circle enables them to make an immediate difference through a program they are both enthusiastic about supporting and promoting.

“Giving back is important to us, particularly to organizations—and the people like Lynn who lead them— that are helping to change lives,” said Marlene, who was recently named Horizons' board president. “Education is a great equalizer. Horizons takes the University into the community where it is addressing long-term needs—that’s where it does its finest work.”

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Your Philanthropy at Work

Elizabeth West Marvin, Eastman School of Music professor of music theory and brain and cognitive sciences, with Vasha Nair '14E in a soundproof booth

George Eastman Circle members have pledged more than $60 million in annual funds since the program’s inception in 2007. Here is a small sample of the innumerable ways your support has made an impact on the University and the surrounding community throughout 2013. 

School of Arts & Sciences 

$16,273,174 pledged

  • New undergraduate degree programs were established in digital media studies and audio and music engineering.
  • Increased financial aid and scholarship support helped Rochester welcome its largest and most geographically diverse class ever. The Class of 2017 comes from 49 states and 71 countries.
  • More than 100 freshmen received research and innovation grants, providing between $3,000 and $4,500 for projects to be carried out while at Rochester. 
  • Five new faculty members were hired for a new interdisciplinary major in East Asian studies. Together, they bring expertise in East Asian history, religion, anthropology, visual culture, and literature that has a special emphasis on China.

Memorial Art Gallery 

$2,106,114 pledged

  • The Gallery’s new Centennial Sculpture Park opened in May with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • The Medieval Gallery underwent a complete renovation and reinstallation, and now features several rarely seen manuscripts and textiles along with old favorites.
  • MAGart 2.0, the Gallery’s mobile app, was created to provide visitors with collection information, maps, and audio commentary via smartphone or tablet.
  • As part of its Centennial celebration, the Gallery organized the popular exhibition It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection, showcasing works seldom on view to the public. 

Strong Memorial Hospital 

$344,941 pledged

  • A record number of six Hospital programs were listed in the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Hospitals”: Endocrinology (#21), Neurology/Neurosurgery (#29), Gynecology (#32), Nephrology (#32), Urology (#39), and Gastroenterology/GI Surgery (#48).
  • Surgeons introduced a new device to treat potentially deadly aortic aneurysms in the abdomen.
  • With the help of advanced 3D nuclear imaging technology, physicians at Strong are detecting heart disease faster than ever before. 
  • Scientists discovered a “waste removal system” in the brain and believe that understanding how to regulate it may lead to new treatments for neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease.

Amounts pledged are current as of December 31, 2013.

To read more about how members' support has made an impact across the University, visit the impact page of the George Eastman Circle website.

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University News

University Trustee Tom Wilmot and Judy Wilmot Linehan encourage attendees—many of whom were George Eastman Circle members—to join them in supporting cancer research at the Wilmot Cancer Institute during the 15th annual Discovery Ball.

As a George Eastman Circle member, you are making a difference at the University, on a daily basis—through your philanthropy and leadership in the community. Together, members provide the dedicated support that enables world-class research and health care and creates countless academic opportunities. And through your service as volunteers and professionals, you embody the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better.

Here are some members who are helping to make the University and the world “ever better”:

University Trustee Laurence (Larry) H. Bloch ’75, P’13S and Cindy Bloch P’13S honored Larry’s close partnership with Charter Member James D. Thompson, former chief advancement officer of the University, with a significant contribution that established the James D. Thompson Chief Advancement Officer: Endowed by Larry and Cindy Bloch. The Blochs, who are both Charter Members, also created the Larry and Cindy Bloch Endowment for University Advancement to perpetuate the achievement of the Advancement program’s mission. You can read more about this gift and Jim Thompson’s impact on Advancement in the gift’s official press release

Entrepreneur and George Eastman Circle member Martin (Marty) S. Lacoff ’71S (MBA), honored a close relationship with his former professor Michael C. Jensen, M.B.A., Ph.D., with a $1.3 million commitment to the Simon Business School. The Michael C. Jensen Professorship will help the School remain at the forefront of education and research by supporting a leading Simon School faculty member. You can read more about Martin Lacoff and Michael Jensen in the April 2014 issue of Fast Forward

Charter Members Eva K. Pressman, M.D., the Henry A. Thiede Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Seth M. Zeidman, M.D., a neurosurgeon who is a member of Highland Hospital’s medical staff, committed $750,000 to the Stephen L. Kates Research and Faculty Fund in Orthopaedics. Their gift was made in gratitude to Stephen L. Kates, M.D. ’89M (Res), the Hansjörg Wyss Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, for saving Seth’s life after a serious biking accident. The couple hopes it will inspire additional giving to fund a professorship in Kates’ name.  You can read more about the gift and the Department of Orthopaedics in the official press release.

Charter Member and University Trustee Alan F. Hilfiker ’60 was recognized for creating the Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professorship in English at a formal installation ceremony on April 4. The professorship will help the English department sustain its rich history of talented faculty members, like Kenneth Gross, Ph.D., who was installed as the inaugural holder. You can read more in the April 2014 issue of Fast Forward

On May 7 the University recognized Charter Member Jay Benet ’76S (MBA) for establishing the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professor of Finance. Jay and his wife, Jeanne, established the professorship to support the recruitment and retention of a Simon Business School faculty member who is a leading scholar in the field of finance. The ceremony also recognized Ron Kaniel, Ph.D., as the professorship’s first holder. You can read more about Ron Kaniel’s achievements in the May 2014 issue of Fast Forward

The Wilmot Family, including University Trustee Thomas Wilmot and Judy Wilmot Linehan—both Charter Members—and the James P. Wilmot Foundation provided a $4 million cornerstone gift for the Wilmot Cancer Institute’s new $30 million campaign in support of cancer research. The gift and campaign were announced during the 15th annual Discovery Ball on May 10. For more information, you can read the press releases for the Wilmots’ gift and the launch of the Wilmot Cancer Institute’s campaign

On May 13, the University community formally dedicated the Linda E. Sloan Studio. The studio is part of a visionary commitment from Charter Members Linda Sloan ’67 and her husband, University Trustee Tom Sloan ’65, ’67 (MS) to enrich campus life and students’ exposure to the arts. Sloan Studio, located in Todd Union, provides dedicated space for the International Theatre Program and the performing arts. You can read more in the May 2014 issue of Fast Forward

President Joel Seligman announced that Charter Member Jamal R. Rossi ’87E (DMA) would be the second Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music on May 13. Rossi succeeds the late Douglas Lowry, who served as the first Messinger Dean and stepped down due to illness. You can read more about Dean Rossi’s announcement on the Eastman School’s website.

Charter Members Bradford Berk ’81M (MD), ’81M (PhD), CEO of the Medical Center and UR Medicine and University senior vice president for health sciences, and Arthur Moss ’62M (Res), ’65M (Flw) were both recognized by the University on May 14. At a formal installation ceremony, Moss became the Bradford C. Berk, MD, PhD Distinguished Professor, which was established by a $1.5 million gift from Berk and his family, as well as a $500,000 contribution from the University’s Department of Medicine. You can read more in the May 2014 issue of Fast Forward or in the press release for Berk’s gift. 

On May 15, Charter Members University Trustee Evans Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA) and his wife, Susanna, were recognized alongside fellow George Eastman Circle member Joanna Wu, Ph.D. At a formal installation ceremony, Wu became the Susanna and Evans Y. Lam Professor, which was established by the Lams to support a Simon Business School faculty member who is an excellent scholar and teacher in a specific field. You can read more in the May 2014 issue of Fast Forward.  

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Upcoming Events

The George Eastman Circle is helping to shape the future of the University and the lives of those it serves. Your five-year commitments are providing critical budget-relieving annual funds to specific schools and units of the University. Together we’re strengthening the University and, ultimately, its ability to make a profound impact on society.

One of the ways we’re able to thank you is to extend invitations to various regional gatherings, dinners, and University programs. Here is a list of upcoming events:

June 24

Garden Party
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Art Gallery
Rochester, New York
 

August 16

Rochester at Tanglewood
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
8:30 p.m.: Concert
Lenox, Massachusetts

For more information about attending any of these events, please contact the Office of Donor Relations at 800-281-2055.

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Tuesday
Mar252014

April 2014

Meliora!
A Message from Our Chair

Nathan Moser ’75, National Chair,
George Eastman Circle

Dear Friends,

This month marks the start of my fourth year serving as the national chair of the George Eastman Circle.  When I assumed this role, we had 1,700 memberships. Now, we are more than 2,800 memberships strong—and still growing.

The annual George Eastman Circle Honor Roll, which is available online for the first time, continues to recognize our ever-broadening membership and impact. Within its pages, you will find many examples of the ways your gifts have helped make a difference throughout every facet of the University of Rochester, including the Medical Center, the School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, Eastman School of Music, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, Simon Business School, the Warner School of Education, and the Memorial Art Gallery. You will find some of those examples in this issue, and others in subsequent issues, of the newsletter.

It was wonderful to see so many George Eastman Circle members at the New York celebration for The Meliora Challenge. The special videos and student performances made us incredibly proud to be part of the University community. For those of you living in or near Southern California, the University will be holding a similar event in San Diego on April 10.  

Whether you recently became a member or renewed your membership, I thank you on behalf of all those whom your gifts continue to help. Your commitment is truly making a difference at the University and supporting its mission to make the world “ever better.”

As always, thank you for your dedication and generosity. Your passion continues to inspire all.

Meliora!

Warm regards,


Nathan Moser ’75
Member, Board of Trustees
National Chair, George Eastman Circle

 

Goodwin to Speak at
Meliora Weekend 2014

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will provide the keynote address for Meliora Weekend 2014, which will run from October 16-19.

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). Goodwin is also well known for her appearances on television, where she frequently provides commentary on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press.

The keynote address will be given in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Information on how to purchase tickets will be sent by email next month.

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A Meaningful Membership

Jason Bradburn ’03

All of our George Eastman Circle members have wonderful stories to share. We are pleased to feature this story from an alumnus of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Jason Bradburn ’03, a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, was entering his sophomore year as an economics major at the University when he landed a summer internship at Merrill Lynch.

The commute from his home in Long Island to the city reminded him that New York is expensive—especially for an unpaid intern. Although his co-workers were kind enough to pick up lunches here and there, it was not a sustainable situation on his zero-dollar-an-hour salary. If he was going to stay with Merrill Lynch, he was going to need help.

Jason found the support he needed at the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center. He applied for and received one of the Greene Center’s grants that enabled him to keep the internship that eventually turned into his first job after graduation.

“When I was given the choice of directing my George Eastman Circle membership funds, the Greene Center was a ‘no-brainer,’” said Jason. “I definitely feel fortunate to be able to give back to the University and this seemed like the most meaningful way I could help students in the same position I was in.”

As a life-saving bone marrow donor, “meaningful” isn’t a term he uses lightly.

In 2009, Jason joined a registry for Be The Match®, a nonprofit organization that connects patients with donor matches for life-saving bone marrow transplants, in hopes of helping a relative’s friend. While he wasn’t a match then, he remained on the registry. Three years later, he was asked to save the life of a stranger and was quick to say yes.

“The patients you’re being matched with have absolutely no chance of living without a donation,” said Jason. “I thought about how I would do this for a family member without even thinking, and how I would want a stranger to do it for me or one of my family members.” 

Jason’s Be The Match experience helped him see that the true value of giving—in all of its forms—is in the impact it has on the people who receive the gifts. And it’s why he continues to be a proud and dedicated member of the George Eastman Circle.

You can learn more about the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center here.

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Your Philanthropy at Work

George Eastman Circle members have pledged nearly $60 million in annual funds since the program’s inception in 2007. Here is a small sample of the innumerable ways your support has made an impact on the University and the surrounding community throughout 2013. 

School of Medicine and Dentistry
$6,192,846 pledged

  • Unrestricted funds supported a number of priority projects that are helping the School fulfill a new strategic plan for education.
  • Scholarships attracted talented medical students and kept debt after graduation below the national average.
  • Phase I of the Center for Experiential Learning was completed. This includes four new classrooms and two workspaces dedicated to simulation training.
  • Stipends provided to Ph.D. students allowed them to present their research at scientific conferences, which are integral to their training and pre-career experiences.

Eastman Institute for Oral Health
$1,019,312 pledged

  • Dr. Eli Eliav was named the new director of the institute, as well as the vice dean for oral health within the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a widely published expert in oral medicine and orofacial pain, and has a longstanding history for gaining support from National Institutes of Health, as well as funding for industry research and service grants.
  • Two division-specific fellowships, the Jack G. Caton Graduate Fellowship and the Stanley L. Handelman Fellowship, were awarded to distinguished residents who will pursue careers in academic dentistry.
  • Phase I of the prosthodontics clinic renovation was completed. Phase II, which will allow innovative teaching of residents in a state-of-the-art facility, is under way.

River Campus Libraries
$857,369 pledged

  • Student interns were able to work on several projects that required them to handle rare manuscript material, transcribe, write explanatory essays, and code and digitize materials.
  • Original manuscript materials were purchased for Rare Books and Special Collections—including an autographed letter from Arthur Sullivan, of the theatrical team Gilbert & Sullivan, and items for the Frederick Douglass Collection.
  • Increased seating and white boards are now in the Gleason Library, and gallery space was refurbished in the Art/Music Library.
  • A digital signage system was added for interior way-finding, information support, and communication about events.

Amounts pledged are current as of December 31, 2013.

To read more about how members' support has made an impact across the University, click here.

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University News

Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman at the announcement of a $17 million gift from Wegman Family Charitable Foundation to benefit Golisano Children's Hospital and the Institute for Data Science in the Munnerlyn Atrium of the University’s Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics.

George Eastman Circle members are making a difference at the University, on a daily basis—through their philanthropy and service to the community. Together, you remain vital to the achievement of The Meliora Challenge’s $1.2 billion goal; you provide the dedicated support that enables world-class research and health care and creates countless academic opportunities; and you are the embodiment of our mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better.

Here are some members who are helping to make the University and the world “ever better”:

Adeline and Walter Lutz, now deceased, gave most of their life savings—$6 million—to the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute. Part of their incredibly generous gift created a professorship. On January 22, Steven S.T. Ching ’74M (MD), ’81M (Res) was installed as the inaugural Adeline Lutz Distinguished Professor in Ophthalmology. To read more about the Lutzes and Ching’s installation, click here.

On February 6, members Richard T. Bell and Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D., were recognized at a ceremony that formally installed Chen as the Richard T. Bell Endowed Professor. Richard, a throat cancer survivor, established the professorship in honor of Chen and the nurses and technicians on her team to support research activities in clinical cancer and radiation oncology. To read more about Richard Bell and Yuhchyau Chen’s installation, click here.

University Trustee Janice M. Willett ’78S (MBA) and her husband, Joseph T. Willett ’75S (MBA), were recognized as part of a ceremony that formally installed Nigel Maister as the inaugural Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Director on February 28. The Willetts made a lead gift that helped establish the directorship, as well as the Russell Peck Fellowship in English, in honor of the Pecks. To read more about the Willetts, the Pecks, and Nigel Maister, click here.

A lead gift from Francis (Frank) R. Grebe ’54 helped establish the Dexter Perkins Professor in History. Frank's contribution was motivated by the support of his friend and fellow alumnus Robert Kirkwood ’56 (PhD) whose mentor was Dexter Perkins, Ph.D. On March 6, Joan S. Rubin, Ph.D., was installed as the inaugural Perkins Professor. To read more about Frank Grebe and Joan Rubin’s installation, click here.

University Trustee Ronald Rettner is helping to preserve and enhance buildings and spaces across the University’s campus—particularly on the River Campus’ Eastman Quad—through the Ronald Rettner Campus Improvement Fund. The fund will initiate renovations to Morey Hall, which connects to Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, this summer. To read more about Ron Rettner’s gift, click here.

In gratitude to the University, and in support of higher education in general, Douglas Beck ’75 (MA), ’80 (PhD) and his wife, Constance, have made a generous commitment to endow the Douglas and Constance Beck Graduate Fellowship in Political Science. The fellowship will provide financial assistance to doctoral students in political science and related fields. To read more about the Becks’ gift, click here.

Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., Ph.D., is now the Frederick A. Horner, M.D. Endowed Professor in Pediatric Neurology. Mink, a pediatric neurologist, was formally installed on March 19. He specializes in movement disorders that start in childhood, caring for children with a variety of conditions that impair voluntary movements, cause involuntary movements, or both. To read more about Jonathan Mink’s installation, click here.

Recognizing the critical role that libraries play in advancing and preserving knowledge, Joseph N. Lambert ’59 and Harold B. Schleifer endowed a directorship in the River Campus Libraries. On March 25, Jim Kuhn, was installed as the inaugural Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation. To read more about Joseph Lambert and Harold Schleifer and Jim Kuhn’s installation, click here.

Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman, on behalf of the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation (WFCF), joined President Joel Seligman to announce a $10 million lead gift to the University's Institute for Data Science and a $7 million gift to support the Golisano Children's Hospital. In recognition of the WFCF's generosity, the new building for the Institute for Data Science will bear the Wegman name. To read more about the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation's extraordinary gifts, click here.

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Upcoming Events

The George Eastman Circle is helping to shape the future of the University and the lives of those it serves. Your five-year commitments are providing critical budget-relieving annual funds across the University and, ultimately, strengthening its ability to make a profound impact on society.

One of the ways we’re able to thank you is to extend invitations to various regional gatherings, dinners, and University programs. Here is a list of upcoming events:

April 10, San Diego, CA
Meliora Challenge Celebration Dinner
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Grand Del Mar Hotel

May 8, New York, NY
The 2014 Simon NYC Conference
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Hotel

June 24, Rochester, NY
Garden Party
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Art Gallery

For more information about attending any of these events, please contact the Office of Donor Relations at 800-281-2055.

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New Annual Receipts for Gifts

In an effort to be “ever better” stewards of our environment and your investment in the University, we have moved to a once-per-year receipt for recurring credit card and EFT gifts.

Annual summary receipts will be given to those who make recurring credit card or EFT payments for George Eastman Circle pledges or other University gifts. For the 2014 calendar year, summary receipts will be given in January 2015. You will continue to receive a confirmation email when your charges occur as long as we have a valid email.

Please contact Gift and Donor Records by email at giftoffice@admin.rochester.edu or by phone at (585) 275–8602 or toll free at (866) 673–0181 if you have questions or if you would like to:

  • verify or update your email address (so you can receive confirmation emails when you make a payment with your credit card);
  • continue to receive a receipt for each credit card or EFT pledge payment made during the year; or
  • set up a recurring credit card payment, if you would like to start making payments in this manner.

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