building to be named after Louise Slaughter
Slaughter has been designated the namesake of the building that
houses the university's Center for Integrated Manufacturing
Studies (CIMS) by the RIT Board of Trustees.
The formal naming of
the Louise M. Slaughter Building will take place in the spring
of 2001, the fifth anniversary of the opening of the facility.
The action to name
the building for Slaughter recognizes her many efforts on behalf
of RIT, and especially her support for CIMS since its inception
in 1990. The building that houses CIMS was constructed with
funds from the federal government and the state of New York,
and completed in 1996. Slaughter played the key role in securing
a total of $11.25 million in federal funds to help build the
facility. Since then, she also has been instrumental in securing
funding for CIMS' research activities, including $8 million
for a defense-research program with the Office of Naval Research.
In addition to her
efforts on behalf of CIMS, Slaughter has played a key role in
supporting federal funding for other RIT programs, including
the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and student financial-aid
programs such as Pell Grants and College Work Study. "It is
fitting for us to recognize Louise Slaughter in this way for
her extraordinary efforts on behalf of RIT," says William Buckingham,
chairman of RIT's Board of Trustees. "Louise has been a key
champion of CIMS since its inception. She recognized early on
the value that such a facility at RIT would bring to the Rochester
community and the manufacturing sector, and she continues to
be a staunch advocate on our behalf in Washington, D.C." "One
of my goals, as Congresswoman, has been to prepare my district
for the 21st century," says Slaughter. "I am grateful to President
Simone, to Chairman Buckingham and to the Board of Trustees
for recognizing my work in this way."