Seeing “The Rochester Effect” at the University of Rochester

Seeing “The Rochester Effect” at the University of Rochester

New member of the Class of 2020, University of Rochester, Eastman Quadrangle. Photos by David Kramer, 5/3/20 see An eerie quiet at the University of Rochester

University of Rochester, Saturday, April 18th, 2020. Amatuer photographer Joe and an empty Eastman Quadrangle. [Photo: David Kramer] from An eerie quiet at the University of Rochester

Two weeks ago, when trekking to the mostly deserted campus of the University of Rochester, An eerie quiet at the University of Rochester [FULL UR SERIES AT END], I saw something new to me: fastened near the top of light posts all over were banners titled “The Rochester Effect,” dedicated to various fields within the university: medicine, education, business, the arts and sciences and athletics.

The Rochester Effect

Sunday, when returning to photograph The Rochester Effect banners, I met new members of the Class of 2020 gathered on the Eastman Quadrangle. The occasion — a mini-ceremony in advance of what will soon be their virtual graduation — was happy but bittersweet. The University’s on-campus commencement celebrations scheduled for later this month are cancelled.

Sans caps, gowns and hugs at the impromptu graduation ceremony. The grads looked more like players on a minimalist stage in a theater of the absurd.

According to Rochester.edu/commencement, “The College 2020 Commencement Planning Committee has begun the process of thinking creatively about how we celebrate class of 2020.” Doing so safely — beneath gorgeously sparkling skies that perhaps made the grads forget those occasional frozen tundra moments experienced over the last four years —   the group found their own way to celebrate The Rochester Effect.

Presidents — Declaring an open mind for learning ever better 

Declaring an open mind for learning ever better

Dale Rogers, Think And Be Free, 2012

A gift from University of Rochester Life Trustee, Martin E. Messinger ’49. See Satiating curiosity at the Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room

First UR President Martin B. Anderson, Eastman Quadrangle

(right) from Anderson Hall in the Jackson Court

The Martin B. Anderson School # 1 on 85 Hillside Ave. near Cobb’s Hill. Now the The Children’s School of Rochester No. 15

Declaring an open mind for learning ever better

David Kramer (left) with UR President Joel Seligman. In the case behind is a daguerreotype recently taken of President Seligman by Irving Pobbaravsky [Photo: Katy Festa 12/14/15] from Bringing back the mid 19th Century at the University of Rochester. Nanotechnology meets local history and see Farewell, President Seligman: A friend of the magazine.

Plaque next the statue of Edward Hajim ’58 outside the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

UR President Joel Seligman (left) with David Kramer at the reunion classes dinner, Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center, 10/08/16. From Score one for love at Meliora Weekend and see Farewell, President Seligman: A friend of the magazine.

Athletics — Serving up record seasons for competition ever better

Serving up record seasons for competition ever better

(left) The D & C chose a rare inglorious moment in Tom Havens’ career as the ball bounced off his head and into stands. Democrat and Chronicle, Apr 21, 1988; (right) University of Rochester’s John Ghyzel pitching in his freshman season, 2015. Photo provided by Dennis O’Donnell, University of Rochester Director of Athletic Communications. From The University of Rochester’s John Ghyzel follows in the footsteps of Tom Havens ‘ 91 (Madison Muskies, 1992)

Business — Educating the next generation of leaders for business ever better 

Educating the next generation of leaders for business ever better

Commerce

Educating the next generation of leaders for business ever better

(left) Dean Tucker, UR’s Simon Business School, MBA ’88, Principal, Green Ray Consultants, Rochester, NY Metropolitan Area. The 10,001st fungo! Reifsteck Field, Brighton, Easter, 2016. From “An early-spring renewal of the spirit” over 10,000 fungos later; (right) Bradley Rosenbaum, Associate Director of Student Engagement, MBA Programs at Simon Business School, University of Rochester from The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at the Jewish Community Center in Brighton

COMPUTING — Harnessing big data for an ecosystem ever better

Harnessing big data for an ecosystem ever better

Culture — Illuminating our community for culture ever better 

Illuminating our community for culture ever better 

ART

Sage Art Center in Sage Hall in the Jackson Court, 5/3/20

Head Librarian Stephanie Frontz (left) with David Kramer at the Art and Music Library, University of Rochester 1/6/16 [Photo: Marc Bollman] from From Daphne with love

LIBRARIES

Lindsay Cronk, Head of Collection Strategies, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries [Photo provided by Lindsay] From Satiating curiosity at the Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room

Meredith Gozo, Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts of the History of Medicine Collection holding photographs of the Bergman family: caption: ’42 – ’43 Peta – Ingrid – Pia; (on the wall) a bust engraved with phrenological brain quadrants.  [Photo: David Kramer] from Black History Month at the Corner

Rossell Hope Robbins Library. Tennyson, dour Victorian as ever, looks down upon those who meddle with language. Can’t you just use English? 2/25/16 [Photo: David Kramer] from Imaginary languages made real at the University of Rochester

Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Seated to the right, Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English James Longenbach who read Francis Ponge’s “Rain” (1982) Seated in front, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren who read Lucille Clifton’s “Won’t you celebrate with me” from Blessing the Boats. Speaking is Peter Connors, Publisher, Boa Editions, 4/6/16 from Blessing the Boats

MUSIC — Mastering the music that unites us for a harmony ever better

Mastering the music that unites us for a harmony ever better

Rush Rhees Library. (left) David Kramer and music students playing the Hopeman Carillon in the dome [Photo: Doris Aman]; (right) View of bells inside the bell lantern [Photo owned by Doris Aman] from “Ring out, Wild Bells”

 THEATER

The George W. Todd Union. (left) October 2016 from Red Ryder, The Stockholm Syndrome and a glimpse inside the University of Rochester Theater Community; (right) 4/18/20, the cancelled spring performance series from An eerie quiet at the University of Rochester

 

Illuminating our community for culture ever better

Education — Sparking change for school ever better and Transforming school-based primary care for outcomes ever better

(left) Sparking change for school ever better; (right) Transforming school-based primary care for outcomes ever better

East High School Superintendent, Dr. Shaun Nelms, E.D.D from the UR’s Warner School of Education. (left) Soon-to-be East High School Deputy Superintendent, Warner School Adjunct Professor Dr. Shaun Nelms. May 5th, 2015, Great Schools for All Conference, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church from What the new East will and will not be; (center) Catching football tossed by former NFL player Roland Williams, East High ’93, from “Team Eagle” set to open a new field of dreams at East. Roland Williams ’93 drops by for final summer tune up.; (right) With Robert Benz of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative from The Legacy Project: The Eyes of Our Ancestors: A shared vision made real at East High School

Sparking change for school ever better

Co-founders of East High School’s Teaching and Learning Institute, Laura and Daniel Delahanty hold Master’s Degrees in Education from UR’s Warner School of Education. (left) Rochester Education Foundation Partnership Awards Dinner, October 9th, 2013. Laura, center. (right) Democrat and Chronicle columnist Erica Bryant with Dan, 5/5/15 Great Schools for All Conference (Mt. Olivet Baptist Church) from If your children want to be teachers, send them to East

Engineering — Delivering 40,000 joules per billionth of a second for energy ever better

Outside Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

ENGINEERING AND MUSIC — Engineering a 48-fret, 14-string guitar for riffs ever better

Engineering a 48-fret, 14-string guitar for riff ever better

John Covach, Director of the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music, Professor of Music in the College Music Department, and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music, jamming at the 2/6/16 Progressive Rock in the 1970s:
A Far Out, Groovy Celebration in Strong Auditorium from In search of “Progressive Rock” in the mid-70s at Brighton High School with the University of Rochester’s John Covach

History — Unlocking the letters of suffragists for history ever better

Unlocking the letters of suffragists for history ever better

Susan B. Anthony Residence Halls

MEDICINE — Detecting autism for treatment ever better

Detecting autism for treatment ever better

(Above) From The inscribed brick pavers at Buckland Park in Brighton; (Below) Dr. Ruth Lawrence and Dr. David Kramer in the George W. Corner Reading Room at the School of Medicine from  A personal tour of the URMC during Meliora Weekend with Dr. Ruth Lawrence, URMS ’49. And still on the active faculty

MEDICINE — Collaborating on the first cancer vaccine for prevention ever better

Collaborating on the first cancer vaccine for prevention ever better

morris and lemuel

Lemuel Rogers and Dr. Morris Shapiro, Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, February 10th, 2016. [Photo provided by Tim Herman] from In Memoriam: Morris Shapiro 1913 – 2016

Genesee Valley Park near the University of Rochester. Edward Mott Moore (1814–1902) served as president of the American Medical Association and as president of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester.

Physics — Peering deeper into space for discoveries ever better

Peering deeper into space for discoveries ever better

(left) Strasenburgh Planetarium. Director at Rochester Museum & Science Center Steve Fentress; (right) David Kramer with 3-D glasses used in the Star Chamber [Photo: Planetarium staff] Steve often collaborates with the University of Rochester. From 47 years ago when The Eagle landed. What July 20th, 1969 has meant over the decades with Strasenburgh Planetarium’s Steve Fentress

Banners on the Genesee River side of campus

Foreground: Delivering 40,000 joules per billionth of a second for energy ever better; Background: Illuminating our community for culture ever better 

Foreground: Illuminating our community for culture ever better; Background: Peering deeper into space for discoveries ever better

Foreground: Educating the next generation of leaders for business ever better; Background; Mastering the music that unites us for a harmony ever better

ON THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER 

An eerie quiet at the University of Rochester

Farewell, President Seligman: A friend of the magazine.

Black History Month at the Corner

Satiating curiosity at the Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room

My first live pitch of the season

The University of Rochester’s John Ghyzel follows in the footsteps of Tom Havens ’91 (Madison Muskies, 1992)

Celebrating 1396 and the University of Rochester’s Persian Club

2016 Rochester Open a smash hit at the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center. And the debut of ZOOM.

Red Ryder, The Stockholm Syndrome and a glimpse inside the University of Rochester Theater Community

Score one for love at Meliora Weekend

Envoyé de mon at Meliora Weekend

Talker invited to the University of Rochester to talk about Talker

Fur is not yet dead at the University of Rochester

The Barry House: Victorian Italian Villa At Its Finest

I.M. Pei’s Wilson Commons Building: A Contemporary Mastery of Method

Print is not dead yet at the University of Rochester

As the University of Rochester’s Fauver Stadium moves forward, its rich football tradition lives on

For you, Talker buys the D & C digital archives. And Noam Chomsky

Celebrating 40 years of BOA editions in the Rush Rhees Friedlander Lobby. And W. D. Snodgrass’ The Führer Bunker

Imaginary languages made real at the University of Rochester

Blessing the Boats and a statue where history was made at Edgerton Park

“What would Dr. Lasagna do?” Abby Glogower displays the thoughts and life of a humanist scientist at the University of Rochester

In search of “Progressive Rock” in the mid-70s at Brighton High School with the University of Rochester’s John Covach

Bringing back the mid 19th Century at the University of Rochester. Nanotechnology meets local history

“Ring out, Wild Bells”

From Daphne with love

What the new East will and will not be

“Rochester Promise” kept: Wilson’s Owen Gabbey, three time RCAC player of the year, gains scholarship to the University of Rochester

Promoting Wellness through softball at the URMC

A personal tour of the URMC during Meliora Weekend with Dr. Ruth Lawrence, URMS ’49. And still on the active faculty.

In search of Julie Andrews at the George Hoyt Whipple Museum

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY and Lake Affect Magazine.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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