October 2014

A Meliora Message 

That’s it. Another Meliora Weekend is in the books. It is the 14th celebration we have held, but with the inclusion of the sesquicentennial celebration—which inspired the creation of Meliora Weekend—it technically marked a 15th anniversary. Putting together a better weekend for this milestone would have been difficult.

Headliners Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jason Alexander, and Laverne Cox provided a strong foundation for a schedule of more than 150 different programs. We saw the return of signature programs such as Miller’s Court, MEL Talks, and the Presidential Symposium and some new features, like the food truck rodeo. We heard from leaders and faculty across the University about what’s on the horizon for their respective schools and units and about exciting research currently taking place. We enjoyed an abundance of art, music, and athletics. And on display as always, were the many ways the University continues to grow—dedication ceremonies were held for the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex, and College Town. 

Between and during all of the programs were the innumerable moments that make Meliora Weekend a unique experience—like when former Yellowjackets from the Class of 1964 sang “The Genesee” with current Yellowjackets, or when an old photo inspired a new memory for alumni from the Class of 2004. 

With all of this going on, before we knew it, “welcome back” became “see you next year.” But it doesn’t have to be that way.

While there really isn’t an equal to Meliora Weekend, there are many other University events throughout the year that offer the opportunity to reconnect with friends, interact with alumni, students, faculty, and University leaders, or simply revisit the campus. Don’t wait a whole year to experience Meliora!

Take a look at some of this year’s highlights in the Meliora Weekend 2014 photo gallery.

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Evarts Establishes Professorship in Orthopaedics 

C. McCollister “Mac” Evarts ’57M (MD), ’64M (Res)

Over the course of a distinguished tenure of 50 years, C. McCollister “Mac” Evarts ’57M (MD), ’64M (Res), Distinguished University Professor and former CEO of the Medical Center, has helped the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation garner national recognition as an orthopaedic surgeon, mentor, educator, and strategic leader. Now retired from the Medical Center, Mac continues to offer significant support as a philanthropist. 

With a $1 million commitment to establish the Dr. C. McCollister Evarts Professorship in Orthopaedics, Mac has created a resource that will help recruit and retain exceptional faculty in the field of orthopaedics. John T. Gorczyca, M.D., director of UR Medicine’s Orthopaedic Residency Program, is the inaugural recipient.

“This new professorship illustrates a lifelong commitment on Mac’s part to education and the importance of mentoring upcoming generations of new orthopaedic physicians,” said Mark Taubman, M.D., dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and University vice president for health sciences. “In his role as residency director for the past four years, John Gorczyca has already made a significant impact and will continue to further strengthen the educational mission of the department, setting a new standard for the future.”

Mac, past chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, retired from the Medical Center in 2006 and is currently a faculty member at the Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute. He is credited with helping to introduce total hip replacement surgery to the United States and highlighting the prevention of thromboembolic disease in the musculoskeletal patient.

“Considering the ever-increasing number of older Americans who suffer from musculoskeletal problems, clearly there is an incredible role to be played by orthopaedic physicians,” said Mac. “The future of care lies in the education of our residents, and it is our obligation to kindle their fire, to help stoke their already strong passion for patient care and research, so that we continue a legacy of great medicine for future generations. This gift will help do that.”

In addition to the professorship, Mac has established an endowed fund for students pursuing musculoskeletal education in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and provided leadership support for the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing Expansion at the School of Nursing. He has provided ongoing support to the University as a George Eastman Circle member.

For his many University accomplishments and contributions, this past Meliora Weekend, Mac was awarded the University’s highest alumni honor, the Charles Force and Marjorie Force Hutchison Medal. He was also recognized by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council in 2007 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes individuals who exemplify the standards and objectives of the School of Medicine and Dentistry through outstanding personal conduct, professional accomplishments, and community service. Preference is given to one whose achievements have had a significant impact on the medical field on a national and global scale.

You can read more about Mac, this gift, and Dr. Gorcyza in the official press release.

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Norton Installed as Inaugural Independence Chair 

Sally Norton, Ph.D., R.N., and School of Nursing Dean Kathy Rideout 95W (EdD)

Over the last decade, Sally A. Norton, Ph.D., R.N., has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health-funded studies that have examined the communication strategies used by clinicians to discuss end-of-life issues. And she recently led a New York State-funded program to strengthen nurses’ care of hospitalized older adults with serious, life-limiting illness. 

These examples represent a small portion of a career that has made her a nationally recognized expert on palliative care and end-of-life issues. They are also why she was chosen to be the inaugural Independence Chair in Nursing and Palliative Care. On October 7, the University recognized Norton’s achievements and the generosity of the Independence Foundation. 

“I am thrilled that Independence Foundation’s philanthropy has enabled the establishment of this endowed professorship,” said President Joel Seligman. “It highlights the importance of excellence in nursing and, in particular, the individuals who dedicate their careers to showing incredible empathy at a sensitive time. Sally is truly a leader in this field, and we are so fortunate to have her.”

The Independence Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that provide direct services and support—in broad areas of cultural and arts programming, legal aid, and health and human resources—to those who would otherwise lack access. This is the second professorship the Foundation has created for the School of Nursing. In 1989, the School of Nursing received a $1 million endowment grant from the Foundation to create the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education. Over the years, the fund’s growth allowed for the creation a second endowed position to which Norton was appointed.

“Sally and her team are part of an effort that is helping Rochester gain national recognition for palliative care in the acute-care setting,” said Kathy H. Rideout ’95W (EdD), dean of the School of Nursing and professor of clinical nursing. “In addition to her keen intellect and exceptional skills as a researcher, educator, and clinician, Sally brings warmth and compassion to her patients and their families.” 

Co-director for research in the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine, Norton has focused her research on palliative care and end-of-life decision making with an emphasis on the communication processes and practice pattern of care delivery in the acute and long-term care settings. In 2012, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, which is composed of more than 1,800 of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners. Selection to the academy is one of the highest honors in the field of nursing.

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Lowry Hall Dedicated

Doug Lowry's family: daughters, Melanie and Jennifer; his son, Timothy; and his wife, Marcia

Immediately inside the Eastman School of Music’s Main Building is Main Hall. It provides entrance to Eastman Theatre and Kilbourn Hall and access to the grand staircase that leads to the Cominsky Promenade. It also features portraits of George Eastman and the School’s past deans. The elegant corridor is now graced with the portrait, and name, of another Eastman leader. 

On October 2, the Eastman community gathered to re-dedicate Main Hall as Lowry Hall, in honor of the late Eastman Dean Douglas Lowry. For many, this space is the heart of the School, making it only fitting that it now bears the name of a beloved member of the Eastman community.

“The Main Hall is where the annual Holiday Sing is held, and for Doug, who was a dean and faculty member, as well as a performer, it bridges his two worlds,” said President Joel Seligman. “It is an appropriate way to recognize his consequential years as dean.”

You can read a personal account of the ceremony from Andrew Psarris ’15E on the Eastman website. Andrew is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance and has played principal and recorded for the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia. He has also played for all three Jazz ensembles.

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Bloch Center Dedicated

Matt Bloch ’13S (MBA), Cindy Bloch P13S, Larry Bloch 75, P13S, and Reisa Bloch 

The original Yankee Stadium was affectionately referred to as “the house that Ruth built,” in honor of Babe Ruth’s legendary career. Similarly, the base of operations for the University’s Advancement program could be called “the house that Jim and Larry built,” for the vastly successful partnership between Jim Thompson, former chief advancement officer, and Trustee Larry Bloch ’75, P’13S. It, however, is in honor of a different partnership for which the Advancement building, and program, has been named in perpetuity.

In April, Larry and his wife, Cindy Bloch P’13S, created the Larry and Cindy Bloch Endowment for University Advancement. On October 15, to recognize their generous support of the program, members of the Board of Trustees and Advancement staff, joined by President Joel Seligman and Board Chair Ed Hajim ’58, gathered to recognize the Blochs and formally dedicate the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center.

“Our Advancement program has reached this level because we were bold, because we insisted on best practices, because we didn’t compromise,” said Seligman. “Larry and Cindy have helped ensure we will have the resources to continue to be ambitious. I am delighted to honor and recognize their philanthropy, their counsel, and their vision for Advancement and the University.”

The Blochs’ inspirational support and visionary leadership can be seen across the University in spaces such as this center and the Bloch Fitness Center on the River Campus. It can also be seen in traditions, like those inspired by the statue of George Eastman they funded, which has become ingrained in the University’s culture. With their enduring support of Advancement, they will forever be linked to the University’s pursuit to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better.

You can read more about Larry and Cindy’s gift in the official press release.

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Prince Complex Dedicated

Brian Prince '86, '89S (MBA) with his parents, Christine and Richard Prince 

When George VanderZwaag, executive director of athletics, arrived at the University in 1999, his immediate priority was the renovation of the indoor athletic space. It wasn’t long after that was completed that he began to oversee planning for a similar renovation to the outdoor athletic complex. And he knew it wasn’t going to be realized without a special kind of leadership.

The University found its leader in Brian F. Prince ’86, ’89S (MBA). On October 16, President Joel Seligman, Board Chair Ed Hajim ’58, VanderZwaag, and members of the athletics community gathered to recognize Brian and formally dedicate the Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex.

“This University is on the move and usually it has taken a human catalyst to realize our vision,” said Seligman. “Brian has taken on that role for the next great phase of development for our athletics program. His loyalty to the University, passion for athletics, and dedication to the spirit of Meliora have truly helped us to be ‘ever better.’”

Brian has demonstrated a deep understanding and appreciation for the range of facilities needed to accommodate the entire student experience. His generosity and broad-scale partnership have helped enable the athletics program to continue to make valuable contributions to the advancement of the University’s academic mission and the pursuit of top students from around the world.

You can read about Brian’s leadership gift in the official press release.

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The Meliora Challenge: Los Angeles

On September 21, more than 100 members of the University community attended a Campaign event that brought Rochester to the west coast. Los Angeles-area alumni, parents, and friends gathered at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena for an evening that recognized the area’s support for The Meliora Challenge, inspired University pride, and looked to the future. 

“The theme of this evening is quite simple,” said Trustee and Charter Member of the George Eastman Circle Larry Bloch ’75, P’13S, vice-chair of West Coast efforts for The Meliora Challenge. “It is to highlight and illustrate the mission of the University, which is eloquently stated in just 10 words: Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better.

Those 10 words were brought to life by four video-portraits and a live performance by soprano Danika Felty ’15E accompanied by Serena Lee ’15E (MM). The event also aimed to inspire new support for The Meliora Challenge.

“I am proud to inform you that we a set goal for the Los Angeles region to raise more than $33 million,” said Trustee Evans Y. Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA), a member of the Los Angeles Regional Cabinet and Charter Member of the George Eastman Circle. “To date, we have already raised 91 percent of our goal.”

The Los Angeles event was the third of its kind in California, following San Diego in April and San Francisco in June 2012, which kicked off the University’s regional campaigns.

You can see some of the attendees and highlights from the event in this photo gallery.

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September 2014

A Meliora Message 

With more than 150 activities scheduled for the University’s 14th Meliora Weekend beginning October 16, some tough decisions will have to be made—especially on Saturday, which offers an entire day’s worth of programming. 

Here are some of Saturday’s highlights that shouldn’t be missed.

11 a.m.–Noon. Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, will give the weekend’s keynote address at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Get tickets while they are still available! For those who cannot make it downtown, there will also be a live simulcast in Strong Auditorium.

2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Administrators from universities in the northeast will discuss the future of higher education at the Presidential Symposium. Panelists will include Edward D. Miller ’68M (MD), CEO emeritus of Johns Hopkins Medicine, John Sexton, president of New York University, Kent Syverud, chancellor of Syracuse University, and Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of State University of New York. University Trustee Hugo Sonnenschein ’61, president emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will moderate the conversation. 

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Noted attorney and broadcaster Arthur Miller ’56, ’08 (LLD) will “hold court” on privacy in the digital age. Henry Kautz, University of Rochester professor of computer science, and Linn Foster Freedman, partner and Data Protection Group chair at Nixon Peabody, will join Miller and other panelists to discuss constitutional issues as they relate to the Internet.

These programs represent a miniscule portion of the weekend’s excitement. You can put your weekend itinerary together by visiting the Meliora Weekend website’s “Schedule of Events” page.

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A New CEO, A New Institute 

Bradford Berk '81M (MD), '81M (PhD) and Mark Taubman, M.D.

On September 17, Bradford C. Berk ’81M (MD), ’81M (PhD), announced his plans to transition from his role as senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of UR Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to launch a new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at the URMC.

President Joel Seligman has named Mark B. Taubman, M.D., currently vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, as Berk’s successor. Taubman will maintain his position as dean in the transition, which occurs on January 1, 2015.   

“Brad has provided outstanding leadership to our medical education and research programs and to our multi-hospital network,” Seligman said. “He has already made significant contributions to the Medical Center by changing the focus to patient- and family-centered care.  Brad now wants to turn his full attention to neurorestorative medicine. I am confident that he will develop a Neurorestorative Institute that will be one of this nation’s leading scientific and patient care institutes. I will support this Institute as a top priority for our University.”  

Seligman announced that the University Board of Trustees had approved a Distinguished University Professorship for Berk, effective upon his return to the faculty. 

Taubman, a highly respected leader at the URMC, has served as dean since March 2010, which followed nine-months of service as URMC CEO while Berk recovered from his spinal cord injury in 2009. 

“In his recent five-year review, Mark was praised for his strategic ability with the School of Medicine and Dentistry, his hiring and promotion of outstanding leaders, his implementation of operational plans, his integrity and his ability to engage Medical Center leaders during the post-2008 recession period of financial challenges,” Seligman said. “Mark has proven to be unflappable, a straight shooter, a dean with particular success in working with his research and clinical faculty. He is a man of unquestioned honesty and integrity, whose sense of ethics is of the highest order.”

Taubman is credited with steering the School of Medicine and Dentistry through turbulent financial times, leading the creation of the Medical Center’s strategic plan for research, and his strategic plan for education gave birth to the inter-professional Institute for Innovative Education, to list a few of his accomplishments.

“As a long-time professional colleague and friend, I’m well aware of Mark’s strengths as a thinker and leader,” Berk said. “I am fortunate to be able to turn the reins over to someone as capable and visionary as Mark Taubman.” 

You can read more about the new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute and the leadership transition in the official press release.

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Goldbergs, Nathans Support DM2 Research

Albert (Alfy) and Lilyan (Lil) Nathan

Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is a genetic disease that is split into two types: DM1 and DM2. Although they share similar characteristics, DM2 is more difficult to recognize and is often misdiagnosed. Michael and Sherry Goldberg and Lilyan (Lil) and Albert (Alfy) Nathan hope to change that with the Goldberg Nathan Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2 Endowment, a $1.25 million gift that will help advance DM2 research.

“We are deeply grateful to the Nathan and Goldberg families for their extreme generosity,” said Robert Holloway, M.D., M.P.H., the chair of the Department of Neurology and the Edward A. and Alma Vollertsen Rykenboer Chair in Neurophysiology. “Due to the efforts of Chad Heatwole, Richard Moxley, Charles Thornton, and many others here in Rochester, we believe that new therapies for this disease are on the horizon. This gift will help accelerate these efforts.” 

The Goldbergs can attest to the complexity of DM2 firsthand, as their son struggled with the disease for many years before it was diagnosed. The family had difficulty finding a neurologist that specialized in treating the disease and were even more discouraged to discover that very little research funding was being dedicated to find new therapies. Then they found UR Medicine neurologist Chad Heatwole, M.D. 

“Dr. Heatwole gave us the first glimmer of hope that someone was actually interested in helping people with this disease,” said Michael Goldberg, founding partner of the Chicago law firm Goldberg Weisman Cairo. “While our family had never made a major donation to a charity or medical institution before, we believed in Dr. Heatwole, the University of Rochester, and in the importance of helping find a cure for DM2 for our son and for the untold number of other people afflicted with this disease.”

The Nathans’ and Goldbergs’ endowment will be dedicated to finding new therapies for the disease and enabling Heatwole and other researchers at the University of Rochester to dedicate more of their time to studying DM2. These resources will allow UR Medicine scientists to develop a more precise understanding of the disease and create the infrastructure necessary to entice pharmaceutical companies to invest in new experimental treatments. 

You can read more about the Goldbergs’ and Nathans’ gift in the official press release.

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Barowsky Foundation Establishes Fellowship

Andrew P. Barowsky '72 

A University of Rochester education can take a student far in life. The Andrew P. Barowsky Foundation, Inc. has taken a more literal approach to help make that happen. With a $1 million commitment, the Barowsky Foundation has established a fellowship for students of Dominican University of California pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Rochester. 

Driven by a desire to become involved in education, Andrew P. Barowsky ’72, president of the Barowsky Foundation, began serving on the board of trustees at Dominican University in 2004, where he currently serves as chair. Knowing more than a quarter of Dominican University students are first generation college graduates and that nearly half come from ethnically diverse backgrounds, Barowsky sought to promote academic advancement by creating a path between Dominican University and his alma mater. 

“The University of Rochester has benefited enormously from Andrew’s generous support over the years,” said Peter Lennie, provost and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. “As his foundation establishes a bridge between Dominican University and the University of Rochester, we are reminded of his great commitment to higher education and its capacity for service to society.” 

Andrew, a Charter Member of the George Eastman Circle, is the chairman and CEO of Abaco LLC, and former president and CEO of Lepage Bakeries, Inc. Thanks to his generosity, students who might not have been able to pursue graduate school outside of California now have both the incentive and financial support to attend the University of Rochester. The fellowship will ultimately support five graduate students per year.   

“I created this fellowship,” said Barowsky, “to enhance society by using resources in a way that fosters inquiry, supports a culture of inclusion and open-mindedness, and integrates ideas, research and learning together to make the world a better place.”

You can read more about the Barowsky Foundation’s gift in the official press release

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Bils Installed as Inaugural Fyfe Professor

Joel Seligman, Mark Bils, Ph.D., and Gloria Culver '91M (MS), '94M (PhD)

Why has income inequality translated into consumption inequality? How has wage stickiness affected hiring in recessions? Have distortions in labor or product markets exacerbated recent recessions? These areas of inquiry are the domain of Mark Bils, Ph.D.

Bils is a professor in the Department of Economics and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His distinguished career as an economist was recognized on September 15, when he became the inaugural Hazel Fyfe Professor in Economics.

An anonymous donor’s bequest honoring the Fyfe Family helped create this professorship, named in honor of Hazel Fyfe Gallaher ’46, who was also recognized during the installation ceremony. 

“Mark has used his brilliance in statistical analysis to tackle important economic issues, and has become widely respected in his field,” said President Joel Seligman. “I am sure Hazel, who worked as a statistician at Kodak for 30 years, would have approved of this appointment, and I am grateful this anonymous bequest has enabled us to celebrate her legacy.”

While the donor’s bequest was initially intended to only establish one endowed professorship, the value of the commitment allowed the University to create a second professorship in economics. The additional professorship was created in honor of Hazel’s brother, Gordon Samuel Fyfe ’46. The family legacy is further enriched through the Fyfe Scholarship Fund for Economics Majors.

The creation of this professorship—and the other funds—has made “Fyfe” synonymous with excellence in economics in perpetuity. As the first Fyfe Professor, Bils will provide an outstanding example for his successors.

“Mark’s work is consistently described as ‘paradigm shifting,’” said Gloria Culver ’91M (MS), ’94M (PhD), interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. “His research has spanned many areas, producing an even broader and more significant impact. As highly regarded as he is in his field, he is equally—if not more—valuable as a University community member, through his teaching and leadership.”

Bils earned his doctorate at MIT in 1985 and joined the University faculty in the same year. His research has examined topics such as how wage-setting and pricing contribute to business-cycle fluctuations and measuring the importance of new and better consumer products. He has published on these subjects in several journals and has been the associate editor of a number of others, including the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, a position he currently holds. 

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August 2014

A Meliora Message

Thomas J. Farrell ’88, ’94W (MS) has been named to lead University Advancement.

“Tom Farrell is a highly experienced star in Advancement. I am delighted that he will soon be leading our Advancement team,” said President Joel Seligman. “He brings strong Rochester connections as an alumnus and as someone who began his career in our Advancement Office. Since then, he has established an exceptional track record of fundraising leadership at the highest level.”

Currently chief development officer for the University of Illinois and president/CEO of the University of Illinois Foundation, Farrell will begin his tenure at Rochester on November 1. He will replace James Osterholt, who since September 2013 has served in an interim chief advancement officer role.

Farrell will become senior vice president and the James D. Thompson Chief Advancement Officer, a position created by a gift from University Trustee Larry Bloch ’75, P’13S and his wife, Cindy Bloch P’13S.

Farrell brings more than 24 years of advancement experience, which began in 1990 as class campaign fundraiser at the University. From 1993-95, he served as director of the University’s Reunion Major Gifts Program, managing multi-million dollar regional campaigns as part of an overall $375 million University campaign goal. He then led the fundraising program at the University at Buffalo Law School, before joining Dartmouth College as director of gift planning. In 2001, Farrell began a 10-year stint at the University of Pennsylvania where he managed Penn’s undergraduate and individual giving program and served as a member of its senior management team responsible for coordinating all institutional advancement activity, including strategy for Penn’s recently completed $4.3 billion Making History capital campaign.

In 2010, Farrell joined the University of Chicago as vice president for alumni relations and development, leading a staff of 450 advancement professionals from all schools, divisions and units, including the University of Chicago Medical Center, and planning Chicago’s current comprehensive campaign.

You can read more about Tom Farrell’s appointment in the official press release. You can also read more about Larry and Cindy Bloch’s gift in the April 2014 issue of Fast Forward.


Fielding Builds on Legacy

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

After graduating nearly 40 years ago from the Simon Business School, Ron Fielding ’73 (MA), ’76S (MBA), P’14S is still showing his appreciation for the education he received, and in doing so, building an impressive legacy of student support.

With a generous $2.5 million gift in support of scholarships, Ron has now committed nearly $10 million to scholarships for Simon School students.

“I am deeply appreciative of Ron’s longtime support of the Simon Business School’s students,” said President Joel Seligman. “He has been a remarkable advocate for scholarships and has set a tremendous example. This most recent generous commitment will enable even more students to find success through a Simon education.” 

The recent gift comes after Fielding pledged $6 million to the Ronald H. Fielding Scholarship Fund in 2012. He credits the Simon School for preparing him to start, and have success in, his own business, and for that he is “happy to share the fruits of [his] business success with the Simon School.”

Ron, now retired after working more than 25 years in the municipal bond industry, is as active in the Simon School community as he is generous. He is a frequent guest-lecturer, a mentor for many students, and has provided invaluable guidance as a member of the Simon School Executive Advisory Committee, National Council, and campaign committee.

In May, the School showed its appreciation for all that Ron has done as an alumnus, as well as a volunteer and donor. During commencement, Ron was awarded the Dean’s Medal. Among the highest honors given by the School, the Dean’s Medal recognizes extraordinary service, philanthropy, and leadership to the School and the overall dedication and commitment that inspire others to take leadership roles at the University.

You can read more about Ron’s previous giving on the Simon Business School website or in the Summer 2013 issue of Endeavor. You can also learn more about scholarships and fellowships and how to create them in the Endowed Scholarships Brochure.

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Fine Family Supports Alzheimer's Care, Research

Anton Porsteinsson '93M (Res), the William and Sheila Konar Endowed Professor and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Care, Research and Education Program, and Frederick J. Marshall, M.D., director of UR Medicine’s Memory Care Program, review a patient’s brain scan at the Memory Care Clinic. 

Within the last 20 years, gifts creating endowed professorships have linked the Fine Family to excellence in neurology and gerontology. The family’s continued commitment to battling neurological disease has recently created the Julius, Helen, and Robert Fine Professorship.

A $2 million gift from the Robert Fine Trust establishing the new Fine Professorship will be used to support care and research for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Professorships are the building blocks of a great university,” said President Joel Seligman. “We are deeply grateful to the Fine Family for their decades of support for the Medical Center. This gift will serve as a lasting tribute and will further enable the groundbreaking work being done in neurology and neurosurgery.”

The Julius, Helen, and Robert Fine Professorship follows the creation of two other professorships named in honor of the Fine Family. 

In 2000, a generous gift from the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust created the Paul H. Fine Professorship in Medicine. The gift, made at the direction of Catherine Carlson, recognized the exemplary skills and distinguished career of Paul Fine ’57, ’61M (MD), ’66M (Res), professor emeritus in UR Medicine’s Department of Medicine. Five years prior, Joseph Aresty gave $2 million to establish the Helen Aresty Fine and Irving Fine Professorship in Neurology in memory of his sister, who struggled with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and in honor of his brother-in-law.

You can read more about this gift and the Fine Family’s legacy in the official press release. You can also learn more about Alzheimer’s and how you can support the fight against it at the University of Rochester in the Alzheimer's Disease Care and Research case statement.

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Special Issue – August 2014: Endowed Professorships

University professors bring Meliora to life by challenging students, pursuing innovative research, and providing exceptional health care and service to the community and the world. Thanks to your incredible support we have reached one of our faculty goals for The Meliora Challenge and are closing in on another.

In May, we reached our goal of establishing a minimum of 80 endowed professorships, before the end of the Campaign. To date, we have 83, and we are now working to hit 100. Every gift creating an endowed professorship has helped to push us closer to our overall faculty support goal of $350 million. As of June 30, 2014, your incredible generosity has us rolling past $347 million.

By cultivating a strong faculty we cultivate a strong student body. The best students want to learn from and work with those at the top of their respective fields. Some of those leading professors are the beneficiaries of newly established endowed professorships.

In past issues of Fast Forward, we have highlighted the inaugural holders of new endowed professorships and the generous donors who have created legacies of support in areas across the University. You can read more about those covered in the last fiscal year below. 

You can find more information on endowed professorships, how they are created, and learn about other distinguished University professors in the Endowed Professorships Brochure.   



July 2014

A Meliora Message 

Normally, it would be hyperbolic to claim that a year was “the best ever.” Not this year. 

Last month we announced that Fiscal Year ’14 was the strongest in University Advancement’s history. Now that the books are closed, we’re excited to share the numbers behind a record-breaking year on multiple fronts.

New Commitments (all new funds that were raised this year) finished at a remarkable $155.79 million. Equally impressive was Total Cash (pledge payments and outright gifts), finishing at $125.86 million. Each of these figures represents growth of more than 30% from where we finished last year.

The Annual Fund also outperformed expectations, finishing at $14.158 million or 102% of its goal for the year. This is the Annual Fund’s eighth consecutive year of growth.

You have also helped us record our best year for student support through the creation of scholarships and fellowships. We were able to add 51 new funds, including 16 George Eastman Circle (annual) Scholarships. And, as previously reported, you helped us eclipse our goal of establishing 80 new endowed professorships during the Campaign. To date, that number stands at 82, toward a new target of 100.

These are significant achievements. And we implore you to take pride in them, as they represent the devoted community of supporters to which you belong. Your impassioned support enables us to continually exceed our expectations, and we’re looking forward to all that you will help us accomplish in the new fiscal year.


Binstock Named Clark Director of Memorial Art Gallery 

Jonathan Binstock at the announcement of his appointment

On July 7, President Joel Seligman announced that Jonathan Binstock would be the new Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery.

“I am thrilled that Jonathan has accepted this role that is so important to our Gallery, the University, and the Rochester community,” said Seligman. “He brings a wealth of experience in major art museums, exceptional expertise, and a vision and enthusiasm for engaging art lovers and learners of all ages.”

An expert in post-World War II art, Binstock comes to Rochester from New York City, where he was a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory & Finance group. He joined Citi in 2007, working with clients and their families in the U.S. and abroad to build personal art collections. From 2000 to 2007, he was curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and before that was assistant curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. 

“Dr. Binstock has the full support of our Board of Managers,” said Jim Durfee, Board of Managers chair. “Jonathan comes to us with a unique set of experiences in the art world. He has an enthusiasm for everything the Memorial Art Gallery has accomplished over the years and is looking forward to leading us into our next chapter.”

Binstock, the seventh director of the Gallery, succeeds Grant Holcomb, who retired on July 1 after nearly 29 years in the position.

“The Memorial Art Gallery is a gem of a museum and one of the University of Rochester’s and the region’s greatest treasures,” said Binstock. “I am absolutely thrilled to be leading this institution into its next exciting chapter. There is so much to build on, from MAG’s extraordinary collection to the goodwill it receives from its devoted staff, volunteers, and Board leadership. My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Rochester community and enjoying its high quality of life.”

You can read more about Binstock in the official press release or in news coverage from WXXI News and the Democrat and Chronicle.


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