message from the President
It is a pleasure to write
to alumni and friends of RIT and introduce the first issue of
the expanded university magazine. In this issue, we are taking
the opportunity to record and thank the many donors and volunteers
who have made commitments to the university.
I am proud, too, to tell
alumni and friends about The Campaign for RIT (see pages 6-11).
This fundraising initiative is as critical to RIT's future
as any of the other strategic programs undertaken in the past decade.
And the campaign is only possible because of the university's
success in recruiting higher caliber students and faculty. The value
of an RIT degree has risen and so has the need for the kind of education
I hope that as you read
about the campaign you will want to join the thousands of individuals,
corporations and foundations that have invested in the university
to date with total contributions of $151 million. And I hope
that you will begin to make giving to RIT an annual event. The percentage
of alumni who make a gift to the university each year is one of
the factors used to measure the success of the university. For many
years RIT's participation rate has been well below
the national average. Because of this, the strengths of the university
are overshadowed in national rankings.
I ask each of you to
consider making whatever gift you can in response to the annual
appeal. Not only will your gifts be used in support of the educational
needs of 15,317 RIT students, they also will help the university
by showing the rest of the nation that RIT alumni support the kind
of education that RIT stands for career-focused, applications-oriented
education that puts the needs of undergraduates first.
If you think RIT made
a difference in your life, think of the difference you can make
at RIT today.
Albert J. Simone