Stephanie Polowe, a professor in the Cultural & Creative Studies Department at NTID, received the 2013 Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday. Also recognized was Abubakar Ali, an RIT/NTID urban and community studies and international studies double major in the College of Liberal Arts, who received the Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award for his service in the RIT community, in Rochester and in his native Somalia.
RIT Vice President Emeritus Alfred Davis started a $50,000 endowment to fund the awards program. Each recipient will have the privilege of designating the endowment income to a beneficiary of their choice.
From left, Associate Director of Student and Recent Alumni Programs James Macchiano, RIT President Bill Destler, Polowe, Ali and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper gathered before the March 12 ceremony.