NYS Lieutenant Governor Hochul and Assembly Majority Leader Morelle join East High Principal Shaun Nelms, Students and Volunteers to Prepare Thanksgiving Meals, 11.23.16
As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual statewide Thanksgiving drive, Wegmans donated meals to be prepared by culinary students at East and then delivered throughout the community by the Irondequoit Kiwanis Club. The meals fed 1,200 people in the Greater Rochester Area.
NYS Senator Ranzenhofer Visits VISTA Collaboratory, 9.23.16
Meeting in the VISTA Collaboratory, Provost Rob Clark and representatives from the University, Harris Corp. and PARC, a Xerox Company, provided an update on data science initiatives at the University for New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer. Sen. Ranzenhofer led the effort to establish the Rochester Center of Excellence in Data Science at the University of Rochester.
Senator Schumer Praises UR Students Participating in Wilson Day, 8.29.16
Senator Schumer greeted University of Rochester students participating in Wilson Day. Celebrated each fall for more than 25 years, Wilson Day is an annual day of community service for new and incoming UR students. This year, more than 1,300 students volunteered in the Rochester community with over 70 partnering organizations.
Senator Funke Tours Highlands at Pittsford, 7.15.16
New York State Senator Rich Funke visited the Highlands at Pittsford, located on the outskirts of the Village of Pittsford. His tour included the campus and facilities for all levels of care: independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. At the conclusion of the tour, Sen. Funke met with about two dozen residents to listen to their concerns and answer questions.
President Seligman Presents Assembly Majority Leader Morelle with the prestigious Eastman Medal, 5.15.16
This award, named for one of the nation ‘s greatest benefactors to higher education, recognizes individuals who embody the high ideals for which the University stands.
Rep. Slaughter Announces Funding for LLE, 4.17.15
Rep. Slaughter Announces Funding for LLE, 4.17.15
Congresswoman Slaughter visited the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) to announce that $68 million has been included in the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for the LLE for fiscal year 2016. This level of funding avoids a $7.5 million cut proposed by the White House that could have resulted in significant staff reductions and limited the LLE’s program, operations and experiments on OMEGA and OMEGA EP lasers in support of the Department of Energy.
Attorney General Schneiderman Tours University, 4.17.15
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with University of Rochester officials and faculty on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Schneiderman’s visit and tour of the University included a discussion at the VISTA Collaboratory about the University’s data science initiatives.
Mayor’s Press Conference at
UR Barnes & Noble, 3.26.15
The University acted as host for Mayor Lovely Warren’s press conference highlighting the importance of neighborhood-based policing, and enhancing police-community partnerships. At the University’s Barnes & Noble in the heart of College Town, a transformational project for our city that enjoyed the mayor’s support, she thanked generous donors to the Rochester Police Department’s Books and Bears Program. The program collects donations of new children’s books and stuffed animals for patrol officers to carry in their cars and give to young children they might encounter at a crime scene or some other traumatic event.
Sen. Gillibrand Discusses New Campus Sexual Assault Legislation, 3.2.15
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the River Campus to discuss her reintroduction of The Campus Accountability and Safety Act with student leaders, faculty, and law enforcement of several area schools. In addition to discussion of the bill, UR students who participated in the roundtable shared the University’s new “It’s on Us” campaign video.
College Town Dedication, 10.17.14
University officials celebrated with Mt. Hope community members; city, county, state, and federal government leaders; and project partners the dedication of College Town, the $100 million shopping, dining, business and residential district in the city of Rochester near River Campus and the Medical Center. The 20,000 square-foot, two-level Barnes & Noble — which anchors College Town and is both a community and University bookstore — was the first tenant to open for business. Several future College Town tenants, including Breathe yoga and juice bar, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Constantino’s Market, Insomnia Cookies, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, and the DelMonte Hotel Group took part in the dedication ceremony, previewing the goods and services they will offer.
Economic Development Administration Visit, 4.24.14
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter brought the new Regional Director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Andrew Reid, to the University to meet with University leaders and the local optics, photonics, and imaging sector to share the community’s rich history and discuss future opportunities.
Panel at Eastman School of Music, 10.28.13
On October 28, 2013, the University hosted NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at the Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music for a Community Forum to discuss issues including environmental protection, labor and civil rights, health care, and consumer fraud.
College Town Groundbreaking, 5.2.13
On May 2, 2013, the University of Rochester broke ground on the College Town project, a $100 million, mixed-use “urban village” at the corner of Mt. Hope Avenue and Elmwood Avenue that will feature office and retail space, apartments, a grocery store, hotel, and conference center. President Seligman and UR officials were joined by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, and Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy; NYS Sens. Joe Robach, Ted O’Brien and Michael Ranzenhofer; NYS Assem. Joe Morelle, Harry Bronson, and Mark Johns; and County Executive Maggie Brooks, Mayor Tom Richards, and City Council President Lovely Warren. College Town is anticipated to open in October 2014.
The Science Coalition “Champion Of Science” Award, 1.28.13
President Seligman presented Rep. Louise Slaughter with The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science Award in recognition of her career-long dedication to supporting science and research. As the only microbiologist in Congress, Slaughter is a longtime supporter of federal research funding at agencies such as the NIH, DOE, and NSF, and dedicated many years to passing the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, which was finally enacted in 2008. A crowd of more than 100 congratulated the Congresswoman on receiving the award.
America Innovates Act Tour, 8.31.12
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited UR to discuss her legislation, the America Innovates Act, designed to help connect researchers to entrepreneurial opportunities, translate discoveries into new products, and create new high-tech jobs. Gillibrand joined President Seligman and Dean Rob Clark to tour the labs of influenza researcher David Topham and HIV researcher Steve Dewhurst on August 31, 2012.
HSCCI Opening, 8.3.12
Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Senators Jim Alesi and Joe Robach, and NYS Assemblyman Harry Bronson joined officials from the University of Rochester and IBM to unveil the IBM Blue Gene/Q, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers for health research housed at the University’s Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI). The HSCCI is a $100 million partnership between the University and IBM dedicated to applying high performance computing solutions to the nation’s health challenges. In 2011, HSCCI was a priority of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and received $5 million in state funds to complete this phase of the project. HSCCI has since received two additional awards from the state totaling $5.5 million.
Opening of the Erie-Lackawanna Bridge, 7.23.12
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and University of Rochester President Joel Seligman joined neighborhood leaders to celebrate the opening of the Erie-Lackawanna bridge, another physical embodiment of the University’s connection with the city and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Student Loan Interest Rate Roundtable, 5.4.12
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul met with UR students and Dean of Admissions Jon Burdick and Director of Financial Aid Chad Puls to discuss the impending interest rate increase for federally subsidized Stafford undergraduate student loans.
UR Nano Opening, 8.26.11
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter visited the University to celebrate the grand opening of the Integrated Nanosystems Center (URnano) on August 26, 2011. URnano houses a 2,000 sq. ft. clean room and 1,000 sq. ft. metrology facility dedicated to researching and fabricating microscopic materials. The Congresswoman secured $4.4 million in federal funding to make the project possible.
Saunders Research Building Grand Opening, 4.8.11
The University of Rochester community was joined by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Assemblymen Morelle, Gantt and Bronson to officially open the doors to the new Saunders Research Building. The new facility – the first LEED certified building on campus – serves as the hub for clinical and translational research for both the Medical Center and a network of researchers across the state, and represents a new model for creating an academic space that fosters interaction and collaboration among its occupants.
9/11 GI Bill, 10.27.10
On October 27, 2010, President Seligman joined U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Dan Maffei, along with two UR students, Navy veteran Jesse Kinsella and Army veteran Rory Hamilton, to highlight the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the benefits it provides veterans pursuing higher education.
Governor Paterson Bill Signing at URMC, 7.29.09
Governor David Paterson visited the University of Rochester Medical Center to sign two health bills into law. The package included a bill on managed care reform and another extending COBRA insurance coverage. President Joel Seligman and NYS Assemblyman Joel Morelle stood with the Governor during the ceremony.