Event Spotlight


Congratulations to the more than 2,300 students who received degrees as part of this spring's commencement ceremonies. In the words of Arts, Sciences & Engineering commencement speaker and former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu '70, "Take some chances and do something that matters." Meliora!


Diversity Awareness
The University holds many multicultural events throughout the year. Click on a month below for a full schedule.




African American History Month  




Women's History Month


Greek Heritage Month


Irish Heritage Month  



LGBTQI (Pride Awareness Month)




Asian Pacific Heritage Month   




Caribbean American Heritage Month 




Hispanic Heritage Month 




German Heritage Month


Italian Heritage Month


Polish Heritage Month 




Native American Heritage Month 


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May 2013


Dear University of Rochester Alumni,


The spring semester has come to an end for students, but programming continues throughout the summer for alumni. Congratulations to our 2013 graduates and newest alumni.  We look forward to building connections and engaging you back with the University of Rochester.


Please remember to check the Alumni Relations events calendar for programming that may be happening in your area.


If you have feedback or suggestions, or would like to have a spotlight in the Alumni in Action section of the newsletter,  please send me an email at khatley@admin.rochester.edu.


Wishing you a wonderful summer.


*Save the Date for Meliora Weekend 2013: October 10-13




Karla Hatley

Associate Director of Affinity and Multicultural Engagement


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President Seligman Releases Annual 
Diversity Report

President Joel Seligman released the 2013 Diversity Report earlier this month. Read More... 

Highlights From the 2013 Diversity Conference:
Our Differences, Our Strengths




The University's fourth annual Diversity Conference was held in April, the theme "Our Differences, Our Strength" was intended to explore how diversity can be a source of strength in our academic community. Read More...


Kaul Appointed Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology




Dr. Vivek Kaul, has been named chief of the Division of Gastroenterologyand Hepatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 


Record Number of Students Receive 
Fulbright Grants


This year, a record-breaking 11 University of Rochester students and two alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to advance their studies, perform research, and teach English abroad while serving as young ambassadors to their host countries. 


New Book Helps Higher Education Professionals Better Serve Native American Students



Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education by Stephanie Waterman, assistant professor at the Warner School of Education, uncovers how Native Americans remain one of the least 

represented and least understood populations in colleges and universities across the country. Read More...

Rochester Student Receives $10K to Fund 
Youth Peace Project



Fatima Bawany '15 has been looking for ways to inspire the young refugees with whom she volunteers since she was in high school. Read more...

Japanese Students' Association Receives 
Official Status


The Japanese Students' Association (JSA) recently met with the Students' Association (SA) Senate earlier this month to sign an official constitution, where it formally received final recognition from SA. Read more...


University Welcomes the Minority Male 
Leadership Association (MMLA)


The Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA) is a new affinity group at the University of Rochester. Read More...

Amanda Chen '14 is Named Goldwater Scholar
University of Rochester undergraduate Amanda Chen '14 has been named a 2013-14 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. She is among 272 recipients selected from a pool of 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwideRead more...  
School of Nursing Receives Robert Wood Johnson Grant 

For the fourth year in a row, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship Program to support the enrollment of students who are traditionally under-represented in the field of nursing.

Read more... 

Alumni in Action: LaRon Nelson'02N, '09N (PhD)
Ron Nelson leads an innovative approach to HIV/AIDS prevention
Alumni in Action: Charity Wallace '09
Charity Wallace is a current student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Read more...
Alumni in Action: Rohan Krishnamurthy '12E (MA)
Eastman PhD candidate investigates the social, economic, and cultural impact of virtual lessons in Carnatic percussion. Read more...
Alumni in Action: Jamar Milsap '97
Jamar Milsap is author of The Sandpaper Effect: 10 Ways to Spark the Entrepreneur in KidsRead more...
RAX Logo Announcing an array of free online services-the Rochester Alumni Exchange-to keep alumni from all of the University of Rochester's schools connected to their alma mater and the 100,000 other Rochester alumni around the globe. For more information click here.  

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