Meliora Weekend 2019



Events for the UR School of Nursing

School of Nursing Tours and Student Poster Session
9–10 a.m. | SON Vestibule
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Learn more about current student research and enjoy a tour of the School of Nursing.

Clare Dennison Lecture: SON Talks — Our Past, Present, and Future
10 —11:15 a.m. | SON Auditorium
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Enjoy TED talk-style lectures, as speakers Carolyn Dow ’59N and Victor Hernandez ’13N, ’17N (MS), ’18N (PMC) offer their past, present, and future perspectives of the School of Nursing and the nursing profession.

Dean's Lunch: State of the School with Dean Kathy Rideout
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Evarts Lounge
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

School of Nursing Alumni Reception
5:30–7 p.m. | Radio Social, 20 Carlson Road, Rochester
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Celebrate Meliora Weekend with School of Nursing alumni from all generations and programs! Enjoy delicious drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation at one of Rochester’s newest and coolest venues.

Meliora Village
Wilson Quadrangle, River Campus | 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5
There’s something for everyone! Family activities, food trucks, a new Beer Garden, and live music. Hop on the ferris wheel to get a bird’s eye view of all the action.

Attention APNN Alumni!

Enjoy these special perks during Meliora Weekend:

  • Complimentary drink ticket and food truck coupon for use in Meliora Village on Friday or Saturday during Meliora Weekend
  • Special drink discounts at select bars during After Hours events on Saturday, October 5


Other Meliora Weekend Highlights

Inauguration of University of Rochester's 11th president, Sarah Mangelsdorf

Friday, Oct. 4

The University of Rochester community will come together to commemorate the inauguration of Sarah Mangelsdorf, the University’s eleventh president. Members of the local community, University trustees, delegates from colleges and universities across the country, government leaders, and other invited guests are expected to attend, and many activities will be available for students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends. A complete schedule of Inauguration Week activities will be announced later this summer.


A Conversation with Ann Patchett

Saturday, October 5

Celebrated author Ann Patchett has written seven books, including international bestseller Bel Canto. In September, she releases her newest novel to date, The Dutch House, a moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Patchett has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Women’s National Book Association’s Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Patchett is a frequent contributor to many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Eastman Presents: Jon Batiste 

Saturday, October 5

Jon Batiste’s latest album, HOLLYWOOD AFRICANS, takes listeners on a journey of his own personal and cultural heritage, weaving a tapestry out of original material and American standards that carries the listener from the early jazz of New Orleans to the present day. The acclaimed singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the group Stay Human—the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015—has performed in more than 40 countries and on notable stages including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Grammys.

Comedian Vanessa Bayer

Saturday, October 5

Emmy-nominated actress, comedian, and Saturday Night Live alumna Vanessa Bayer is best known for her hilarious sketches, Weekend Update routines, and recurring characters such as weather women Dawn Lazurus. She spent seven years on the hit sketch show from 2010–2017. Bayer is also recognized for her roles in films such as Trainwreck, Office Christmas Party and Netflix’s Ibiza. Adding author to the list of achievements, she will release her children’s book, “How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear?” in June.


Registration begins Wednesday, July 24 at noon (EDT). To learn more about this year's headliners, view photos from previous reunions, and check out recommended hotel accommodations, check out the Meliora Weekend website.


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