New Media Film Festival Call for Entries! 9th Annual

Los Angeles, California – USA

In the Spotlight today is the 9th Annual New Media Film Festival, named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” – New Media year after year impresses international audiences with its diverse genres and cutting edge methods of storytelling. Offering more than 20 competitive categories that collectively celebrate a broad spectrum of storytelling – from web series to tablet media to 3D extravaganzas. With Virtual Reality and Drone newly added categories, Huffington Post aptly describes the festival, “Makes the cutting edge accessible.”

Oscar winner, Nicholas Reed marvels at the festivals innovative programming, “The New Media Film Festival seemed like an outlier when it started in 2009, with their strange categories, web series, 3D storytelling, digital comics, now all of a sudden these phrases are the new normal. The NMFF is always looking to the future, challenging creators, the market and the audience to discover new storytelling. There are not many festivals pushing the limits – go NMFF!”

The festival extends its forward thinking to promote a positive future and proudly honors luminaries.  The festival has honored Leonardo DiCpario, Ray Bradbury, Roger Corman and more.

Judges at the New Media Film Festival include representatives from Marvel, HBO, Emmys, Grammys and other pioneers in the entertainment industry. There’s even a competitive category for Sniplers® – 30 second pitch featured to garner attention for films not yet made. Filmmakers vie for a chance at $45,000 USD value in awards.

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Honoring stories worth telling, New Media Film Festival brings the best in new media to the world. Learn What’s New, What’s Next… in all media that are innovative, imaginative and inspirational. Stories that can make you laugh, cry, think & go beyond the ordinary.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The rationale behind the festival is clear. New media continues to show its lasting power and potential to evolve – there is scope for truly groundbreaking and compelling work in the world of storytelling. The festival is designed to both discover and cultivate highly creative work from emerging and seasoned content creators.

Put your innovative work forward and join the unique community of content creators at New Media Film Festival® – submit today! www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

Danish Filmmaker Making Way in Hollywood

Los Angeles, California, 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Network/ — Manuel von E. Dixen, an upcoming filmmaker from Denmark is breaking into the underground film-world of Hollywood with his Science Fiction short film, Stronger (Original title: Stærkere). It was his first short film out of film school, sponsored solely by friends, family and himself. Before the short was even finished, he moved to Los Angeles to start his career there. Before releasing the movie in Denmark it was submitted to festivals in USA, where it was nominated for Best Science Fiction Short, and won an award at International Independent Short Film Festival. After winning this award, it was released in Denmark and on YouTube.

Elias Munk, who played the title character, had just gotten back from studying in Los Angeles, and the two immediately started developing the character Jonas. In the search for the perfect actress to Portray Julie, Jonas sister, many castings were held, but none seemed to match in just the way the Director, Manuel von E. Dixen, wanted. The project was almost cancelled, as he felt that, without the right actress, this story wouldn’t come to life properly. Only by chance, by helping a friend out on another short film (Boxer), he found the actress he wanted. The only problem was, she was not an actress and had no interest in becoming one. She is a professional female boxer, and worked on the short film Boxer as a consultant and trainer. After much convincing, she agreed to take on the project and she was given 4 weeks of intensive acting school with a private teacher.

In the beginning of Stronger, the brother and sister are skinning a goat, presumably for them to eat (Post-Apocalyptic setting). Originally the director wanted a lamb, but due to laws and registrations they couldn’t get one and would have to make one out of prosthetics. This proved too expensive. Reluctantly Manuel von E. Dixen then agreed on using a goat. They had an actual dead goat, with actual guts in the scene, which was given to them by a farm, who had to put the goat down anyways, due to an infection. The goats real life brother was then used for the scenes where the goat is alive.

The scene of them gutting the goat proved much more challenging to film than originally thought. This was due to the set design. In the story, the brother and sister are living in a house, in an air-tight plastic tent with a Clean Air Tank (The setting is that the air itself, is so polluted that we would suffocate by breathing without gas masks or air filters). The set designer wanted to build a fake tent that would let them ventilate the inside, but Manuel von E. Dixen refused this, as it wouldn’t feel real. He made the set designer build an actual air tight tent inside the house, with an air tank. This meant that the smell of the dead goat was so overpowering that the cast and crew had to take multiple breaks in order to not throw up, making the scene go over schedule by a full day.

Manuel von E. Dixen has stated that if he could do it again, the only thing he would change is the casting of the Woman (Who shows up in the middle of the movie). As the actress playing the Woman was very pale and blond, same as the Actress playing Julie, there’s a confusion as to which is which. Their wardrobe doesn’t help the audience distinguish the two either. Manuel von E. Dixen has stated that he would’ve preferred to have the woman being played by either an Asian or a Black woman instead.

The full movie is available to watch for free on YouTube. Below is a link to the trailer.

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Three Vikings Compete in Marathon at Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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Marshall, Mo. (May 27, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College track and field teams competed at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.  Five student-athletes competed at the National event.

Leading the team was Junior Victor Reveles (Los Angeles, Calif.) who placed ninth in the men’s marathon with a time of 2:46:14.  Junior Edwin Ortiz Lopez (Santa Ana, Calif.) placed No. 19 in the event, in a time of 2:57:54.  Also running in the men’s marathon was Junior Derek Wilson (Linneus, Mo.), but he did not finish the event.  A total of 77 individuals started the men’s marathon, but only 45 finished the event.  The conditions were 80 degrees with 90-percent humidity during the race.

Two more MVC student-athletes competed at the National championships, both in the 100 meter dash.  Freshman Maurice Davis (Benton, Mo.) ran a 10.67 in the prelims of the men’s 100 meter dash, but he did not qualify for the event finals.  Freshman Malon Lee (Kansas City, Mo.) competed in the women’s 100 meter dash, finishing with a time of 12.46 in the prelims, but she did not qualify for the event finals.

 

ABOUT MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

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CBO analysis: Trumpcare leaves 23 million without coverage

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CBO analysis: Trumpcare leaves 23 million without coverage

Commissioner Jones decries premium increases, narrow coverage and destabilized market following CBO analysis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement following today’s release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as „Trumpcare”:

„When House Republicans voted for Trumpcare earlier this month, they were focused on gutting the Affordable Care Act so money would be freed for a $900 billion tax cut for the wealthy and health insurers.

House Republicans ignored how many people would lose their health insurance and the dire health implications for their constituents who stand to lose coverage for essential health services even if they don’t lose their coverage.

Now that the CBO numbers are in, the CBO analysis confirms our worst fears about people losing health insurance and access to critical health care services thanks to Trumpcare. CBO estimates that 14 million Americans would be uninsured in 2018 as a result of this bill, increasing to 19 million in 2020 and 23 million Americans in 2026. By 2026, CBO estimates that 51 million Americans would be uninsured. This loss of coverage would fall most heavily on those helped by the Medicaid program; CBO projects 14 million fewer Americans will receive such coverage by 2026, a 17 percent decrease from current levels.

The cost sharing assistance that makes health care affordable for millions of Americans is eliminated by the bill passed by House Republicans. Premium assistance is reduced overall. Older Americans will also see their premiums increase. Further, the CBO stated that the increase in the number of uninsured „would be disproportionately larger among older people with lower income,” particularly those between 50 and 64 years old. The bill threatens the stability of the health insurance markets, which will result in premium increases and the increased likelihood that some insurers will just abandon the market, making coverage more difficult to find. The bill also cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood which makes reproductive health care services, including contraceptives and cancer screenings, available to 1 million Californians annually.

The Trumpcare bill, as passed, would permit states to seek waivers from requirements regarding community rating and essential health benefits. The CBO estimates that half of the nation’s population resides in states that would seek such waivers, but that, while premiums in those states would be lower, out-of-pocket costs for consumers would be higher. Also, in those states, premiums for people who are less healthy would be „substantially higher;” their out-of-pocket expenses would also „substantially increase.” The plan for high-risk pools is underfunded, and will strand people with serious medical conditions with unaffordable coverage.

The CBO also notes that the provision of the Trumpcare bill regarding waivers for essential health benefits requirements could result in the return of annual and lifetime benefit limits, currently banned by the ACA, in the employer plans that many Americans rely on for their health coverage.

Every Republican in California’s Congressional delegation acted with callous disregard for the health care needs of their constituents by voting to eliminate health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. Now we face a destabilized health market with rising rates, weaker coverage, increased premiums and a massive tax break that benefits the wealthy.”

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Media Notes:

A few highlights from the CBO report:

  • ″ „…substantial uncertainty about how the new law would be implemented could lead insurers to withdraw from or not enter the nongroup market.”
  • ″ „…the new tax credits…would generally be less generous for those receiving subsidies under current law…”
  • ″ „Community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all…” 

University Board elects seven trustees

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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University Board elects seven trustees

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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University Board elects seven trustees

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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University Board elects seven trustees

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The University of Rochester Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees at its May meeting.

“Each newly elected member has a deep affinity for the University and its mission,” said Board Chair Danny Wegman. “I’m very pleased to welcome these knowledgeable, successful and insightful individuals to the Board. We are very fortunate to have them serve.”

These are exceptional new Board members. I look forward to working with them as we take our University to The Next Level,” said President and CEO Joel Seligman.

New trustees

Joan S. Beal ’84E is a studio singer and vocal contractor for film, media, and television in Los Angeles. She is currently performing as soprano soloist with House of Cards in Concert with her spouse, composer/conductor Jeff Beal ’85E. Past appearances include a premiere with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as concerts in Miami, the Netherlands and Denmark, with future concerts scheduled in Belgium and Israel.

She previously was cover, comprimario, and chorister with the San Francisco Opera Company, and a professional singer in New York City ensembles, including Musica Sacra, and solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Music Viva. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Beal has sung on more than 100 film scores for composers including John Williams, James Newton Howard, and James Horner, and has done numerous national commercials and television series. Her collaborations with her spouse include vocals for the HBO series Carnivàle and Rome, and most recently, operatic vocals on House of Cards.

In 2015, Joan and Jeff helped establish the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music to help prepare students for careers creating music for film and other media. Joan serves as an advisor to the Beal Institute and is a member of the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. She received a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1984.

Jay S. Benet ’76S (MBA) is vice chairman and chief financial officer for the Travelers Companies, Inc., a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business and a component company of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. He previously served as worldwide head of financial planning, analysis and reporting at Citigroup, as well as chief financial officer for Citigroup’s global consumer business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before these roles, he held various senior executive positions with Travelers Life & Annuity, including chief financial officer, and was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Benet is chair of the Simon Business School Advisory Council and a recipient of Simon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also serves as the chair of the board of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; as a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation; and as a member of the Harpur College Advisory Council of Binghamton University, from which he also received a distinguished alumnus award.

In 2014, Benet and his spouse, Jeanne Benet, established the Jay S. and Jeanne P. Benet Professorship of Finance at the Simon Business School. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, and an MBA from the Simon Business School. He is a five-time recipient of the Best CFO Award for Insurance from Institutional Investor.

Stephen R. Biggar ’92 is a partner at Baker Brothers Investments in New York City, a fund management company focused on long-term investments in life sciences companies. He joined Baker Brothers as an associate in 2000 before becoming a principal and then partner. In 2013, Biggar joined the board of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where he is now board chair. He is a former director of Synageva BioPharma Corp., a biotechnology company that was acquired in 2015, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune diseases and antivirals.

Biggar played varsity soccer as a Rochester undergraduate and is a member of the Athletic Campaign Committee. He and his spouse, Liz Biggar—also an alumna and soccer player—are members of the Friends of Rochester Athletics and are active athletics volunteers for the University. Biggar received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and molecular genetics from the University of Rochester, and a medical degree and doctoral degree in immunology from Stanford University.

H. Christopher Boehning ’87, ’88 (MS) is a partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, criminal and regulatory inquiries, internal investigations, and international arbitrations. He is a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal’s technology column, an ongoing participant in the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, and has been recognized by Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

Boehning played varsity soccer for four years at Rochester. He and his spouse, Julie Boehning, recently made a leadership gift to establish the Boehning Varsity House, which will include new locker, sports medicine, and equipment rooms for the University’s outdoor sports teams. He is chair of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council, chair of the Athletic Campaign Committee, and a member of the Friends of Rochester Athletics. He has received the University’s John N. Wilder Award and Garnish Citation.

Boehning also serves on the National Council at Washington University School of Law, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1994.

Emerson U. Fullwood is the retired corporate vice president of Xerox Corporation. He joined Xerox in 1972 and spent 36 years in executive and general management leadership positions, including director of large global office products and systems businesses, president of Xerox worldwide channels group, president of Latin America, president of worldwide customer services group, and executive chief staff officer of developing markets group. In his most recent assignment, Fullwood was executive chief of staff and marketing officer for Xerox North America.

He serves on several business, higher education, and philanthropic boards. He is lead director of SPX Flow Corporation; a director of Vanguard Group and Vanguard Funds; a former director of Amerigroup Corporation and General Signal Corporation; and vice-chair at North Carolina A&T University. He is also a board member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester Urban League, United Way of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the board of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. In 2009, Rochester Institute of Technology named Fullwood its Minett Professor, and he served for several years as executive-in-residence at RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

Fullwood was recognized in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful African-Americans in Corporate America,” and in 2004 by VAR Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Executives” responsible for supporting computer resellers. He has received numerous leadership and service awards. Fullwood received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from North Carolina A&T University.

John Sexton ’05 (Honorary) is president emeritus, Benjamin Butler Professor of Law, and law school dean emeritus of New York University. He joined NYU’s law faculty in 1981, served as dean from 1988 until 2002, and as president from 2002 to 2016. During his presidency—among other significant accomplishments—NYU created an integrated global university with full research university campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, as well as New York, and study away campuses in 12 other cities on six continents; there was the largest expansion of faculty in NYU’s history; engineering was restored; applications for admission doubled, even as standards rose dramatically; and fundraising reached record levels.

Sexton is the author of several books, including a leading casebook on civil procedure, Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court, and Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game. He has chaired the American Council on Education, New York Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He served on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and now serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education and the College Advising Corps. He is a member of the Global Citizenship Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and to U.S. Court of Appeals judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal.

Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham College, a master’s degree in comparative religion and a doctoral degree in the history of American religion from Fordham University, and a law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Sexton has received 18 honorary degrees.

Amy Leenhouts Tait ’85S (MBA) is executive chairman and chief investment officer at Broadstone Real Estate, a full-service real estate company that sponsors private real estate investment offerings and manages commercial and residential properties across 37 states. Tait co-founded Broadstone in 2006 with her spouse, Robert Tait, and her father, the late Norman Leenhouts ’56, a former University of Rochester trustee. She has served as Broadstone’s board chair since 2012 and was chief executive officer until 2017.

Tait began her real estate career with Chemical Bank in management training and commercial real estate lending before joining Home Leasing Corporation, the predecessor to Home Properties. She then served as executive vice president of Home Properties from 1994 to 2001, and as a director and chair of the company’s real estate investment committee until 2012. Tait serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Simon School National Council, and the Simon Advisory Council. She has also served on the boards of numerous other community organizations.

In 2016, Tait was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, and she also has been honored with the United Way D’Tocqueville Award, the Athena Award, and Simon’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the Simon Business School.

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Destructivist artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz to receive UCLA Medal

Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a Puerto Rican American pioneer of the 1960s Destructivist art movement, and founder of the first Latino museum in the United States, will receive the UCLA Medal from Chancellor Block in a special ceremony June 8 celebrating Chicano art and culture in Los Angeles.

Hosted by the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the Chicano Studies Research Center, the event coincides with a week of activity for the artist, including the opening of a career retrospective at LAXART in Hollywood and the opening of the group exhibition “Home — So Different, So Appealing” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Ortiz, 83, is the longest-practicing artist in the LACMA exhibition, which features work by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists since 1957 on the topic of “home.” The exhibit is co-curated by Chon Noriega, director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, and co-organized by the resource center in collaborations with LACMA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Materials from the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers, which are part of Chicano Studies Research Center’s library will be on display at the event, along with selections from other the center’s archival collections.

In 1957 Ortiz created his first major work of art, which is now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum,” Noriega said. “His continued achievements in art, education and social justice merit recognition. For him to receive the UCLA Medal at the same time his work is on display at LACMA and LAXART is a great tribute to the artist, who, despite having made a tremendous impact on world art and American popular culture, has been largely overlooked in contemporary art history.”

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“Terrace Mattress Destruction” for the Destruction in Art Symposium. London, England, 1966.

Born in 1934, Ortiz grew up on the lower eastside of Manhattan with a commitment to social and cultural equity. In late 1950s he pursed formal art training at Pratt Institute, and by the 1960s became a pioneer of Destructivist art. Ortiz’s practice involved destroying household objects, including pianos, and creating sculpture from the detritus. At the time, his was one of the few non-white voices recognized in contemporary art grappling with the effects of global conflict, rampant consumerism and the threat of nuclear war. His conceptual practice drew from Latino, indigenous and non-Western cultures to merge ritual with archaeology as a way of reconciling rational thought with the brain’s primal impulses.

Ortiz’s mixed-media art practice, which includes painting, recycled films, sculpture, music, installation, performance and computer art, quickly drew international attention. But the artist, who served in the military during the Korean War, was particularly interested in affecting change at home. In the late 1960s, he integrated Latino artists into the Art Workers’ Coalition protesting the exclusionary practices of major museums in New York City. As a way of countering racial inequality in the arts, and committed to the idea that art is fundamental to the human experience, in 1969 he founded the first Latino art museum in the United States: El Museo del Barrio, in East Harlem, New York. Ortiz’s mission for the still-active museum was to represent an underserved Latino community, and to do so as a contribution to world art and culture.

“Dr. Ortiz’s work embodies the diversity and global reach of American culture and art,” said David Yoo, vice provost for the Institute of American Cultures at UCLA. “It’s a pleasure to see this acknowledgement of Ortiz’s achievements but also of the long-term presence and mainstream impact of Latinos in U.S. and world art.”

Undergirding Ortiz’s work is his interest in neo-Freudian psychoanalysis. His destruction performances at the “Destruction in Art Symposium” in London in 1966 became the inspiration for “primal therapy,” which is known for its use of the “primal scream,” developed by Arthur Janov, who received two degrees from UCLA, including his masters in psychiatric social works in 1948, and adopted by, among others, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In the 1980s, Ortiz developed innovative computer and digital art, while he has engaged with such topics as pre-emptive war, the environment and childhood trauma. He pursued these ideas through academic research as well, and in 1982 he received his doctorate in education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Today Ortiz is a distinguished professor of visual arts at Rutgers University.

“In addition to having this incredible history, Ortiz is now influencing a new generation of artists seeking both political and spiritual relevance in the world,” Noriega said. “UCLA will play a part in their success, as artists as well as students and scholars will soon be able to access an extensive collection of Ortiz’s papers and ephemera at the Chicano Studies Research Center.”

Active in the arts and education for 60 years, Ortiz’s work is included in major museum permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum. Work from a destruction performance at the 2017 LA Art Show was recently acquired by Chicano Studies Research Center community partner the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park. The exhibition “Raphael Montañez Ortiz: Shred Your Worries and Other Destructions,” which includes photographs, video, and papers from his archival collection, is on view in 144 Haines Hall through the summer.