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Good times at Brick City

RIT’s most successful Brick City Festival encompassed Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend and the 175th Anniversary Community Open House. The four-day event drew more than 8,000 people who enjoyed big names from the entertainment industry, plenty of sunshine and brilliant fall colors, and dozens of activities for alumni, parents, students, staff and campus visitors. Movie star and environmentalist Robert Redford, rising hip hop artist Kanye West and comedian David Spade each drew sold-out crowds of about 4,500 to the new Gordon Field House and Activities Center, and more than 2,500 turned out for a free concert by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. A total of nearly 2,000 alumni and guests visited, and more than 2,000 parents and students were registered.

Weekend activities included an alumni-staff appreciation luncheon (new this year), the Golden Circle luncheon for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago, reunions for athletic teams, and the annual class reunion dinner. The Global Awareness Fair featured an RIT dance group, Native American dancers, a steel drum band, exhibits and other entertainment. There were games for visiting children as well as students. Engineering students demonstrated pumpkin launching mechanisms. Tours, workshops and talks focused on academic programs and industry partnerships. Evening activities included karaoke, jazz and an interactive dance club.

Plans for next year’s fall celebration are already underway. Mark the dates: Oct. 6-9, 2005.

To see more photos, visit www.rit.edu/brickcity.

Photos by Ken Huth ?88, student Jeremy Lips, Lauren Long ?03, Alex Shukoff ?84 and A. Sue Weisler ?93