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175th Anniversary celebration events calendar

RIT’s 175th anniversary celebration runs from May 2004 through May 2005. For more information, visit the anniversary Web site at www.rit.edu/175 or call the RIT special events office at 585-475-5012.

May 21-22, 2004: Convocation and Commencement

The 175th Anniversary Celebration kicks off with Convocation and Commencement ceremonies in the new Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Convocation speaker: Anne M. Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp. For more information, see www.rit.edu/~commence/

June 10, 2004: Founders’ Day

Rochester on the Rise: Technology, Talent, Tolerance, and Territorial Assets Forum and Awards Dinner featuring Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class.

September 2004: College of Imaging Arts and Sciences celebration

Activities include an exhibition in Bevier Gallery of the works of M. Louise Stowell, the first female faculty member at the Mechanics Institute. This exhibit is in cooperation with the Strong Museum.

Sept. 18, 2004: RIT ROCS Day (Reaching Out for Community Service)

A day of community service projects for students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends throughout the U.S. and abroad. Projects will be organized in Rochester and in regional Alumni Chapters.

Oct. 21-24, 2004: Brick City Festival Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, Reunions, and Community Open House

The 175th Anniversary edition of Brick City Festival when the RIT campus features activities for students, alumni, families and friends. This year, the entire Rochester community is invited. Activities include a performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, as well as other entertainment. www.rit.edu/brickcity

October 2004: College of Liberal Arts celebration

Activities include a concert featuring RIT Philharmonia with the Brighton Symphony on Oct. 30.

November 2004: College of Applied Science and Technology celebration

Activities include a wine tasting, international event, alumni panel discussion, and a student club day.

December 2004: College of Science celebration

Activities include a Gala open to COS faculty, staff, students and alumni on Dec. 11.  

January 2005: B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences celebration

Activities include IEEE “History of Computing” Visual Display; RIT Computing Timeline Visual Display: club day – Jan. 5: guest lectures – Jan. 5 and 19; movie nights (computing theme) – Jan. 12 and 26; Dean’s Lecture Series – Jan. 21; computing trade show – Jan. 19; Women in Computing luncheon – Jan. 14; alumni dinner – Jan. 28.

February 2005: North Star Center

Activities include a carnival in the Student-Alumni Union.

Feb. 10, 2005: Charter Day Convocation

Academic convocation to mark the signing of the 1829 charter.

March 2005: Kate Gleason College of Engineering celebration

Activities include the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition for high school students and FIRST LEGO League tournament for 9- to 14-year-olds.

April 2005: National Technical Institute for the Deaf celebration

Activities include an exhibit of works by NTID Alumni, Dyer Arts Center.

April 30, 2005: RIT Campus Parade

RIT students and alumni revive a tradition – the annual Spring Weekend Parade with floats to commemorate the 175th Anniversary. Alumni are welcome to join in the parade.

May 2005: College of Business celebration

Activities include a lecture by a distinguished guest to be announced.

May 2005: Commencement, Convocation and Finale of the 175th Anniversary Celebration.




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