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Eastman School of Music faculty and alumni were recipients of 2016 Grammy Awards.

Maria Schneider earned two Grammys: for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for her album “The Thompson Fields” and for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, for her work on David Bowie’s “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” a track from the album, “Nothing Has Changed.” Schneider earned her master’s degree at Eastman in 1985.

Mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, along with engineer Shawn Everett, received a Grammy for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album for their work on “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes. At Eastman, Ludwig received his bachelor’s degree in music education in 1966 and his master’s degree in trumpet in 2001. Ludwig has now won 11 Grammy awards.

Nathan Laube, an assistant professor of organ at Eastman, performed on the album “Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears and Grand Concerto for Organ & Orchestra.” The recording won in the category of Best Classical Compendium.

Charles Halloran, who earned a master’s degree in trombone at Eastman in 2008, was honored for his performance on “GoGo Juice” by pianist Jon Cleary. It won for best regional roots music album.
—Lori Gable 2.16.16

Zupan named Alfred University president
Mark Zupan, former dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, will become the 14th president of Alfred University effective July 1, officials said.

Zupan is the director of the Bradley Policy Center and a professor of economics and public policy at the Simon School. He served as dean there from 2004 to 2014.

At Alfred, he will succeed Charles Edmondson, who has served as president since 2000.

“In Mark Zupan, Alfred University is getting someone with a proven track record in scholarship, academic leadership, strategic planning, promoting curricular innovation, fundraising and forging partnerships within his community,” said Leslie Gelber, chairman of the Alfred board of trustees and head of the presidential search committee.

Zupan said he looks forward to working with Edmondson and his team “to ensure a seamless transition (and build) on the positive momentum that has been established.”

Alfred, a private university, ranked 11th on Rochester Business Journal’s most recent list of colleges and universities based on its enrollment of 1,953.
—Lori Gable 2.11.16

IEC reports profit, increase in Q1 sales
IEC Electronics Corp. posted a profit and double-digit increase in first-quarter sales.

The Wayne County firm reported net income of $1.5 million, or 15 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $800,000, or 8 cents a share, during the prior year’s quarter.

Sales rose 14.2 percent to $32.9 million from $28.8 million the previous year.

Jeffrey Schlarbaum, IEC’s president and CEO, said he was pleased with the results, noting the firm had solid revenue growth, enhanced profitability and a third consecutive quarter of gross margin improvement.
—Andrea Deckert 2.12.16

RHIO appoints interim leader as executive director
The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization has made interim executive director Jill Eisenstein’s appointment to the post permanent.

Eisenstein had served as interim executive director since October when the RHIO board kicked off a national search for a candidate to replace Ted Kremer.

“After speaking with health information executives across the country and the region and thoroughly evaluating a number of candidates, it became evident that Jill was the most qualified person,” RHIO Chairman Bryan Heatherington said.

Eisenstein had served as the RHIO’s associate director since 2006. Her previous experience includes stints with the University of Rochester, Compeer Inc. and Jordan Health.

The Rochester RHIO links physicians and hospitals in 13 Rochester-area, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties, enabling clinicians electronically to share health records and imaging scans of some 1 million patients.

Heatherington credited Eisenstein with helping the Rochester RHIO win plaudits as one of New York’s best organized health information exchanges.
—Will Astor 2.16.16

Fifteen years ago
RGS Energy Group Inc. and New York State Gas & Electric Corp. parent Energy East Corp agreed to merge.

RGS and Energy East announced the $1.4 billion cash and stock deal. Terms called for Energy East to assume some $1 billion in RGS energy debt and for RGS to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy East.

RGS chairman and CEO Thomas Richards was to remain in charge of RGS subsidiary Rochester Gas and Electric Corp as well as New York operations for the combined companies. Local employment would not be reduced, the companies said. Some Energy East corporate functions were slated to move from the Southern Tier to Rochester.

Six years ago
Gilbert McCurdy died at age 87.

In the 1960s, McCurdy was a driving force behind the erection of Midtown Plaza, one of the nation’s first downtown indoor shopping malls. At the time, McCurdy headed McCurdy & Co., which along with Sibley, Lindsey & Curr Co. and the B. Forman store formed a triad of downtown Rochester department stores considered to be the height of the local shopping experience.

Until surrendering the title to his son, Ken McCurdy, who arranged the sale of the plaza two years later in 1997, McCurdy was CEO of Midtown Holdings Inc., the company that built and ran Midtown Plaza.

U.S.-Canada trade touted
Canada’s Consul General in New York, John Prato, visited Syracuse Tuesday on a mission to promote trade between his country and the United States, particularly in the area of energy.
—Syracuse Post-Standard

Whiteface hits minus 114
While New York City had its coldest start to Valentine’s Day in 100 years on Sunday, it was balmy compared with the wicked wind chill at Whiteface Mountain. The wind chill there was minus 114 degrees—colder than Antarctica.
—N.Y. Daily News

Chobani raps court ad ban
Upstate yogurt maker Chobani says that a federal judge’s recent decision to ban the company’s negative ads about Yoplait Greek 100 restricts free speech. It restricts Chobani from making statements that other yogurt makers are allowed to make, the firm contends.
—Albany Times Union

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