Posts Tagged ‘Jeanne Sinquefield’

Sinquefields provide $1.5 million gift to support
University of Chicago policy research institute

by Dean Minderman


In keeping with their ongoing interest in public policy research, Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield have made a generous gift that will create opportunities for top economic researchers to visit the University of Chicago Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, sharing and sharpening their work during their stay.

The Sinquefields, who both are alumni of the University of Chicago, have pledged an endowment of $1.5 million that will support Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield Visiting Researchers. The institute plans to name the first visitors to the posts in 2016, and will ultimately host several Sinquefield visitors each year.

From promising young professors to eminent senior scholars, economists and researchers in related fields benefit from the chance to visit the institute (pictured, with namesakes Gary S. Becker and Milton Friedman), where they collaborate and focus on their work in UChicago’s stimulating climate of discussion and debate. In turn, these visitors enhance that community with their fresh intellectual approaches and perspectives.

“The Becker Friedman Institute has built a reputation as an intellectual destination for those engaged in serious economic inquiry. Our visitors tell us they value the atmosphere and feedback they receive here, ” said Lars Peter Hansen, institute director and co-chair. “We’re grateful for this gift that will sustain and expand this program.”

Rex Sinquefield noted, “Sometimes a brief change of pace and immersion in a congenial environment can inspire fresh perspectives. And the vibrant University of Chicago economics community, where ideas are tested and challenged, is the perfect place for that. Jeanne and I are pleased to provide this opportunity and support solid research.”

Researchers also contribute to the campus community during their visit. They present at ongoing workshops or topical institute research conferences and give lectures for students. “The visitors program provides visitors exposure to the unique Chicago Economics and is a great way of bringing a broader range of insights to researchers and students,” noted Kevin Murphy, co-chair of the institute.

As alumni, the Sinquefields have supported the University of Chicago in many ways. Rex earned his MBA at the University in 1972, while Jeanne earned a PhD in demography in 1972 and an MBA in 1979.

October 2015
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University of Chicago policy research institute

“City of Music” TV special pays tribute
to 250 years of St. Louis musical history

by Dean Minderman

Peter Martin and Denise Thimes at The Sheldon

Peter Martin and Denise Thimes at The Sheldon

“City of Music,” a two-hour television special exploring 250 years of St Louis’ contributions to America’s musical heritage, will premiere on PBS affiliate Nine Network in two parts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.

Produced with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, “City of Music” weaves historic narrative and interviews with live performances recorded last October at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

In addition to appearances by some of St. Louis’ top musicians, including Peter Martin, Denise Thimes, Kim Massie, Billy Peek, the Illphonics, the St. Louis Ragtimers and more, the concert also featured Alarm Will Sound performing works by Martin and the Mizzou New Music Initiative‘s Stefan Freund that were commissioned specifically for the occasion.

The concert and documentary both have their origins in an idea by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation’s Jeanne Sinquefield and Stefan Freund. “The concept was to celebrate the past and future of all the styles of original music from St Louis and Missouri,” said Sinquefield.

To make the idea a reality, they enlisted the help of Paul Reuter, executive director of The Sheldon. “Paul suggested having it at the Sheldon and making it a real gala,” Sinquefield said. “While Stefan and I provided general ideas for type of music and performers, the event never would have happened without Paul doing most of the work. He found the performers, commissioned the new works, and persuaded Nine Network to do the documentary on the concert.”

You can hear more about “City of Music” in this interview that Peter Martin and Nine Network’s Patrick Murphy did with St. Louis Public Radio.

A re-broadcast of both parts is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, and Nine Network also plans to distribute the program to other PBS affiliates around the nation.

March 2015
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to 250 years of St. Louis musical history

Youth music programs featured on NewMusicBox

by Dean Minderman
Jeanne Sinquefield with C.O.M.P. award winner HyunJun (John) Yoo of Columbia

Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation with multiple C.O.M.P. award winner HyunJun (John) Yoo of Columbia

Two music programs for young people supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation are featured in a recent article on the website NewMusicBox.

The piece spotlights the University of Missouri’s Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.), a statewide composition contest for students in grades K-12 that is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, as well as a collaborative project between members of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound and the Community Music School of Webster University.

NewMusicBox is the online publication of New Music USA, a not-for-profit organization based in New York City that serves the new American music community through grantmaking, advocacy, and media platforms that bridge music makers with their audience.

August 2014
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