December 2014
December 2014

A Meliora Message 

Many would say we are in the midst of the “holiday season.” Calvin Coolidge would not have been one of those people. The 30th president of the United States considered the holidays neither a season nor a time of year, “but a state of mind to cherish peace and goodwill [and] be plenteous in mercy.” At Rochester, that’s not a state of mind; it’s a state of existence, and it’s called Meliora.

University volunteers and donors continually demonstrate a commitment to goodwill toward humanity through their service and gifts. Whether it is enabling the pursuit of knowledge through scholarships or research funds, supporting facility enhancements that allow us to better educate students and provide superior health care, or in the multitude of ways they help carry out the mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better, our community exemplifies the Meliora spirit 365 days a year.

Thank you for your steadfast University of Rochester spirit. We hope you are enjoying the holidays, and we wish you the very best in 2015.

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A Year of Change 

Nearing completion, Golisano Children's Hospital has been the face of change at the University since its groundbreaking in September 2012. The new building is set to open in the summer of 2015.

For many schools, units, and programs across the University, 2014 marked the beginning of a new era. The University welcomed four new leaders and celebrated the dedication of an equal number of spaces. There was also the announcement of a significant leadership transition at the Medical Center. Amidst all of the change was the steady support of alumni, faculty, parents, and friends. Take a look at some of the University and Campaign highlights, as well as what 2014 looked like in pictures.

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The 2014 Campaign Honor Roll 


At this time last year the University was celebrating raising more than $1 billion for The Meliora Challenge. After only a year, the Campaign is now celebrating crossing the $1.1 billion milestone.

Driven by support that continues to exemplify the spirit of Meliora, the University had its strongest fiscal year in Advancement history. And once again, remarkable support has led to remarkable impact. The faculty support goal of creating 80 new endowed professorships was achieved and raised to an ambitious 100, and 51 new scholarships were established, adding to the hundreds already providing promising students with great opportunity.

The transformative impact that is defining the Campaign is a product of more than 155,000 donors. But within that large group is a small group who has provided leadership through giving that has motivated and inspired others. These individuals and organizations are recognized in the Campaign Honor Roll.

Following last year’s inaugural edition, the 2014 Campaign Honor Roll includes those who have committed $50,000 or more between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2014 with annotations identifying significant support of scholarships. There is also an updated list of the endowed professorships that have been established since 2005.

You can find this information and messages from President Joel Seligman and Campaign Co-Chairs and University Trustees Rich Handler ’83 and Cathy Minehan ’68 in the Honor Roll online.

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