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RIT celebrates Brick City Festival and alumni weekend, Oct. 9-12
A weekend of celebration comes to RIT, Oct. 9-12, with the sixth anniversary of Brick City Festival—the annual community celebration for parents, alumni, students, faculty and staff. The four-day event features music and comedy, student performances, college tours, alumni and reunion activities and the Stonehurst Capital Invitational Regatta on the Genesee River.
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RIT honors outstanding staff efforts Oct. 22
RIT community members will honor staff efforts “above and beyond the call of duty” during the seventh annual Staff Recognition Awards at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union, followed by a reception in Fireside Lounge. The awards will go to winners in three categories: Excellence in Satisfying Customers, Excellence in Increasing Work Productivity and Outstanding Citizenship Within the RIT Community.
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Defense research to receive $2 million
RIT is slated to receive an additional $2 million for its defense research in the FY ’04 Defense Appropriations Bill that was recently approved by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The federal money will bolster RIT’s Defense Modernization and Readiness Program, which makes military equipment safer, more efficient and cost-effective—ultimately protecting U.S. troops. This new funding brings the total federal investment in this research to $17 million over a seven-year period.
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Candid discussions for Week of Dialogue
RIT’s sixth annual Campus Week of Dialogue, sponsored by the Commission for Promoting Pluralism, is set for Oct. 27-31. This year’s theme emphasizes deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing diversity at RIT. Weeklong events include an opening ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27 in Fireside Lounge, as well as several large-group workshops open to the RIT community and small-group workshops that will engage participants in candid dialogue about diversity issues related to deaf and hard-of-hearing diversity on campus. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the Commission’s Web site at www.rit.edu/~020awww/.
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CIRCLE OF CELEBRATION . . . Dignitaries and guests joined the RIT community in a dedication ceremony for The Sentinel and the newly reconfigured pedestrian plaza in front of the university’s main entrance on Oct. 2. The celebration was a career highlight for sculptor Albert Paley (at podium)who designed RIT’s symbolic steel skyscraper. More than 500 people listened to remarks by Paley, CIAS Dean Joan Stone and President Albert Simone. Among the trustees in attendance were Catherine Carlson, Ann Mulligan, and Nancy and Bruce Bates (below). Following the dedication was a special performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Seaman. To see more photos, visit www.rit.edu/paley/.


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