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Brick-buying program builds lasting memories


A commemorative brick in front of the RIT Student Life Center bears the name of an alumnus. To learn about RIT’s Buy a Brick program, supporting the Endowed Alumni Legacy Scholarship, visit www.rit.edu/buyabrick. www.rit.edu/buyabrick.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

One look at the RIT campus and it becomes quite obvious it has the nickname Brick City. The most recent brick tally stands at 14,867,389, and yes, someone does keep count.

Adding to that number through RIT’s “Buy a Brick” program is Denise DeWitt, an academic advisor at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. She purchased her first souvenir brick for her husband Roger, who received both his undergraduate (1979) and graduate (1992) degrees at RIT.

“In 2002, RIT was promoting the brick program for the 175th anniversary, and for the cost of $175, you could get an engraved four-by-eight personalized brick to be placed along the renovated quarter mile,” DeWitt explains. “I thought I’d buy one for my husband, and then later I had the idea of purchasing bricks for two of our daughters who also graduated from RIT—Jennifer, a packaging major who finished in 2004, and Sarah, a physician’s assistant who finished in 2006.”

In a couple of years, DeWitt will add one more family RIT alumna to the brick legacy—Rachel, who is in her second year in the ultrasound and sonography program in the College of Science.

“Plus, Denise purchased a family seat in the Gordon Field House under the DeWitt family name, a logical connection for this ultimate RIT family,” says Marty Burris, director of family giving in the RIT Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

“I am pleased that Roger, and all three daughters chose to attend RIT, and I am sure they have seen the benefit from their RIT education in their lives and professions,” says Burris. “The Buy a Brick program is ongoing, and a fabulous way to recognize the family and to give enduring support to the Endowed Alumni Legacy Scholarship.”

According to DeWitt, her family’s bricks, which are located in front of the Student Life Center, will leave their mark.

“I think it’s unique that we were all here in some capacity for a little while, and it’s a piece of our history we can be proud of,” says DeWitt. “I thought it was a nice way to honor my family and also give back to RIT.”

For more Buy a Brick information, visit www.rit.edu/buyabrick.

Marcia Morphy

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