December 2013

A Meliora Message

It’s that nostalgic time of year again—the time when virtually everyone looks back at the events of the last 12 months. Perhaps it’s human nature. A way to mark the passage of time and catalog the year so it can be more easily recalled. 

We’ll look back at 2013 as the year we passed a remarkable Campaign milestone.

We’ll mark it as the year we celebrated a milestone anniversary for the Memorial Art Gallery, the birthday of Rettner Hall, and the continued growth of Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

And we’ll reminisce about it as the year that brought us perhaps the finest Meliora Weekend weather ever. 

Only time will tell how 2013 may ultimately settle in our minds. But, as it comes to a close, there is no doubt it has been a year we will look back on with tremendous pride. 

And a year that makes us look forward with optimism.


A Red-Letter Year

Special “mission cookies” helped the University celebrate its $1 billion milestone and its accomplishments in its pursuit to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better.

The Meliora Challenge going beyond $1 billion was the pinnacle moment in a year that was characterized by widespread leadership and philanthropy and an abundance of inspirational moments. Of course, this has been the case for many years, which is what has enabled the University to pass this milestone and enjoy an achievement that puts it in elite company. To see and read about some of the most inspirational moments in 2013, click here.

To see some of this year's top photos and stories from around the University, click here.

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The 2013 Campaign Honor Roll

Unprecedented campaigns are made successful by unprecedented support. Thus far, The Meliora Challenge has been defined by both. In total, the Campaign’s success is the product of more than 155,000 donors, from all 50 states and 78 different countries.

The Campaign has surpassed $1 billion thanks to this community, led by a group that has demonstrated extraordinary philanthropic leadership. These individuals and organizations have been recognized in the inaugural Campaign Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll includes those who have committed $50,000 or more between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2013, with annotations identifying significant support of scholarships. The Honor Roll also includes a list of new endowed professorships that were established during this time period.

To read this year’s Honor Roll, click here.

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