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In the running
Some folks relax on their Hawaiian vacations. Then there’s Bill Pollock.
Last month, the president of Optimation Technology Inc. took a break from the beaches to sweat through The Great Aloha Run, a 13-kilometer race with its finish line in Honolulu’s Aloha Bowl. Pollock’s time of 55:50 earned him the 253rd spot in a field of 31,000 runners. Pollock says his business is on the fast track, too.

Earning good grades
Four University of Rochester graduate programs won spots in U.S. News and World Report’s national ranking of top graduate schools, published in the March 20 issue.
The university’s political science department tied for ninth best in the country, while its economics program came in 15th. The School of Nursing was ranked 14th; the Simon School held on to the 24th spot among U.S. business schools.

Admiration comes in 3s
Speaking of lists, Rochester’s Big Three made Fortune’s March 6 ranking of “America’s Most Admired Corporations.”
Nearly 400 companies were rated on eight attributes, including innovation, management and product quality, financial soundness and the ability to attract and keep talented workers. At No. 82, Xerox outperformed the 176th-ranked B&L and Kodak, which was ranked 216th.
Two hopeful notes for Kodak, however: Motorola–CEO George Fisher’s former stomping ground–ranked No. 4 of the 395 companies rated. Kodak also made the list of companies that showed the greatest gains over last year’s performance.

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