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Campain for RIT: Campain Highlights

Gordon Field House and Activities Center

• The campaign begins in June 1998 with a $12 million gift from Gleason Foundation. In recognition, RIT names the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

• The campaign reaches the $30 million mark.

• Joseph and Helen Dyer give $1.5 million to create the Dyer Arts Center in the Lyndon B. Johnson Building, home of NTID.

• B. Thomas Golisano donates $14 million to create a new college, the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
• The E.J. DelMonte Corp. donates the Rochester Thruway Marriott hotel, valued at $14 million. It becomes the RIT Inn and Conference Center.

CSD Student Development Center at NTID

• Construction of the $25 million Gordon Field House and Activities Center begins.
• The official campaign kick-off takes place.

• The Golisano College building is dedicated.
• RIT’s Printing Applications Lab receives a Sunday Web Press, a gift from Heidelberg USA (now the Goss Company).
• Albert Paley’s sculpture, The Sentinel, is installed.
• Eastman Kodak Quad is dedicated in recognition of a 100-year partnership between RIT and the photo industry giant.
• The campaign reaches $178 million.

• The Gordon Field House and Activities Center opens for RIT’s 119th commencement. Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy is convocation speaker and announces a $2 million gift from the company. By the end of the campaign, Xerox’ gifts exceed $5 million.
• A $2 million grant is received from the McGowan Charitable Trust, creating the William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications.
• Charles Volpe ’59 (mechanical engineering) and his wife, Andrea, pledge $5 million to endow scholarships in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Eastman Kodak Quad

• Construction begins on the Center for Bioscience Education and Technology. A $2 million gift from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield helps fund the project.
• Bausch & Lomb commits $2.5 million to fund an endowed professorship in microsystems engineering.

• A $13 million gift from E. Philip Saunders received. RIT names the E. Philip Saunders College
of Business.
• The campaign ends on June 30 with $309,708,511.