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2003-2004 Report on Giving

Dear alumni and friends,

We are pleased to send greetings from RIT and delighted to be able to thank you—all 9,000 of you—for making a gift to RIT this year. As you may know, the Campaign has surpassed the $200 million

mark; by the time you read these words, I expect we will have passed $210 million. Signs of the Campaign are everywhere—certainly just a drive onto the campus will take you right by the new Gordon Field House. With more than 160,000 square feet, this palace of sports and entertainment is just the most recent contribution that the Campaign is making to the life of every student at RIT.

While it seems apparent that the alumni and alumnae of RIT will want to support the university, it is always a pleasure to hear from those who simply admire RIT and support the Institute because they value the graduates. Chris Whitman—who with her husband, Steve, created a $1 million endowed scholarship a couple years ago—received the Nathaniel Rochester Society Award this year. In her acceptance remarks she said the following:

“Steve and I are huge fans of RIT for a long list of reasons. We are grateful for the tremendous efforts put forth by the hundreds of RIT Kate Gleason College of Engineering graduates who were part of the success story at CVC, the first company that I ran. Now we are equally grateful for the very talented graduates and coops from the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences who are helping build the companies that I am currently involved with.

As I was thinking about what I might say to you this evening, I happened to read the essay ‘The Father of Rochester and Benefactor of the world.’ George Eastman knew the value of endowing the institutions that would provide him the best workforce. Today, I challenge all of us who rely upon and value the talented employees that RIT produces to consider increasing our giving to RIT to include some form of endowment giving. RIT ranks in the top five in numerous engineering and technology programs benchmarked nationally. But our endowment assets per student rank in the bottom quartile.”

Chris concluded by asking everyone in the audience to join her in supporting RIT; and that’s what Ken and I are doing today. Please renew your support or make a new commitment to help the students of today.

Thanks for all you have done; on behalf of the RIT community, we send best regards,


Laurel G. Price Jones
Vice President
Development and Alumni Relations

Kenneth J. Reed ’71
Alumni Network Board of Directors