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September 20, 2013

Summer news wrap up

Eastman School to establish Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research

Eastman School to establish Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research The new Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School will focus on creating research on and programs for alternative artist-centered ensembles that foster new models of artistic innovation, organizational relationships, and operational sustainability.

Philanthropist Paul Judy— chairman of the Chicago Philharmonic Society, life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, former president of the CSO board, and founder of Eastman School’s Orchestra Musician Forum and its online resource center Polyphonic. org—has made a $1 million commitment to establish the center.

“Musicians face many challenges after graduation, not the least of which is finding a sustainable way to practice their art,” says Douglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. “Mr. Judy’s generous gift will help put Eastman and the IML on the cutting edge of providing young musicians with the tools they need to create their own performance opportunities and become self-sustaining as advocates for the music they love.”

In addition to encouraging scholars to engage in a new field of research, one that focuses on alternative ensembles, their business models, and their impact on contemporary culture, the center will sponsor a biennial festival and conference for scholars, orchestra managers, ensemble administrators, music school leaders, and students that will offer discussions, presentations, and performances. The inaugural festival and conference is scheduled for early 2015.

Brockport’s Lakeside Hospital reborn as Strong West

The Medical Center’s Strong West campus and Strong Urgent Care opened its doors earlier this month in the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital building in Brockport.

The urgent care facility at 156 West Ave. will provide health care services to patients of all ages who require immediate treatment of non-life-threatening issues such as sprains, broken bones, cuts, fevers, and ear infections. Strong Urgent Care will offer on-the-spot diagnostic services such as x-rays, EKGs and strep tests. No appointment is necessary. Also open are imaging services— ultrasound, mammography, MRI and CT—as well as a walk-in lab service.

In early 2014, URMC plans to open a freestanding emergency department, which will provide more advanced, comprehensive emergency care, and once again allow ambulances to transport patients to the West Avenue location. An ambulatory surgical center also is planned for 2014.

In addition to Strong Urgent Care in Brockport, URMC Strong West consists of Strong Urgent Care in Spencerport, primary care practices in LeRoy and Brockport, and orthopaedic and cardiac specialists who have existing practices in Brockport. URMC Strong West provides health care services to the Brockport area, western Monroe County and the eastern portion of Orleans and Genesee counties.

Douglas Lowry reappointed as Eastman School dean

Douglas LowryDouglas Lowry, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, was appointed to a second, five year term, which started July 1.

“Doug is an inspiring leader of the Eastman School and is working to advance the school’s new strategic vision,” says President Joel Seligman. “The new world-class facilities created under his leadership complement the school’s reputation for professional music education at the highest level. Doug recognizes the school’s valuable role in shaping the discourse for the future of music professions and training, with a keen appreciation of current industry challenges and opportunities.”

Lowry joined the Eastman School as its sixth dean in 2007, and in 2011 was named the first Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School, endowed by alumnus and University life trustee Martin E. Messinger ’49 and his wife, the late Joan Messinger. Since 2008, he has been implementing a strategic plan that celebrates the rich traditional legacy of the school and its role as a national leader in the future of music.

Stuart Jordan appointed faculty director of CETL

Stuart JordanStuart Jordan, assistant professor of political science, was appointed as the first faculty director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

“Stu’s experience on the faculty and his innovative work in the classroom make him especially well-suited to take on this role in support of teaching excellence,” says Richard Feldman, dean of the College. “He will also help us achieve our long-term aspiration to build closer connections between faculty and the resources that CETL has to offer.”

Jordan will work at the Center with Executive Director Vicki Roth and Assistant Director Jenny Hadingham. The center currently sponsors faculty workshops, a consulting service, a mini-grant program, and resources to help design, teach, and evaluate courses. Jordan also works with the Rochester Center for Community Leadership to help faculty create course components that foster student engagement with local business, nonprofit, and government organizations.

Joellen Pompa named counseling center director

Joellen PopmaJoellen Popma, the new director of the University Counseling Center, will oversee counseling and mental health services available to students, faculty, and staff.

Popma, who comes to Rochester from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., will provide leadership, direct patient service, supervise trainees, and guide faculty and staff on counseling and mental health services. She served as associate director of the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center for seven years.

The UCC provides a broad range of services to members of the University community, including individual, couples, and group therapy, 24-hour crisis services, and educational presentations. The counseling center also is the site of a training program for mental health professionals at the graduate student level and beyond.

Hugh Kierig is new director of parking and transportation

Hugh KierigHugh Kierig, the Medical Center’s new director of parking and transportation, envisions ways to improve life for commuters. Most recently at West Virginia University, he helped lead a 20-year master plan to identify $93 million worth of improvements to keep the university’s Personal Rapid Transit system operational, Kierig aims to take a practical approach when identifying solutions to thorny parking issues.

“Given the increasing cost of creating more and more surface spaces and garages, our biggest challenge is how to improve mobility options that benefit not only the University, but the entire community,” Kierig says. “Masstransit is safe, economical and green. That means developing strong relations with community partners to develop a variety of masst ransit options and services. Some of those changes will include coordinating a transportation demand system to develop a variety of modes for people to get back and forth to the University.”


Rabbi Michael Silbert leads new Hillel

Rabbi Michael SilbertMichael Silbert has been named executive director, Jewish chaplain, and rabbi of the University’s newly established Hillel. Silbert will foster the development of social, cultural, religious, and spiritual experiences and programs for students, faculty, and staff of the Jewish faith.

Silbert’s appointment marks the beginning of the University’s own Hillel foundation, which will provide the estimated 900 Jewish undergraduates on campus greater opportunity for programming and enrichment. Silbert also will work collaboratively with other chaplains and faith leaders in the Interfaith Chapel, as well as students, faculty, and staff committed to building a strong Jewish community at Rochester.

Previously, Silbert served in a development role at the Boston University Hillel and most recently as executive director of the Vancouver Hillel Foundation.

Silbert was ordained and received a masters degree in Jewish studies from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, in Newton, Mass. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and holds master’s degrees in management of human services and Jewish professional leadership from Brandeis University.

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