Welcome to RIT's 175th Anniversary website. The University celebrated the anniversary during the 2004-05 academic year. This website is no longer active and will no longer be updated. The site remains active, however, to preserve the history of both RIT and the anniversary year.

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RIT’s 175th anniversary celebration
runs from May 2004 through May 2005. A variety of events are planned. For more information, continue to revisit this site or call the RIT special events office at 585-475-4987.

Past events are included here.

College Events:

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Applied Science and Technology
College of Science
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
North Star Center
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
College of Business

Upcoming Events:

January 2005:
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences celebration

Activities include the month-long IEEE “History of Computing” Visual Display; RIT Computing Timeline Visual Display (all month).

February 2005:
North Star Center

Feb. 10, 2005:
Charter Day Convocation

Academic convocation to mark the signing of the RIT Charter in 1829.

March 2005:
Kate Gleason College of Engineering celebration

Activities include the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition for high school students and FIRST LEGO League tournament for 9- to 14-year-olds.

April 1-2, 2005:
Lincoln's Statesmanship

April 2005:
National Technical Institute for the Deaf celebration

Activities include an exhibit of works by NTID Alumni, Dyer Arts Center

RIT Parade
On April 30th, Student Government is sponsoring an RIT Parade, rekindling an old tradition from the downtown campus. The parade is in celebration of RIT’s 175th anniversary and is planned to become a Spring Festival tradition. Featuring clubs, departments, and other RIT groups, the parade will travel along Andrews Memorial Drive, starting by M-Lot, traveling by the Sentinel, and ending in H-Lot. There will be plenty of giveaways, and it is sure to be a great time for everyone who attends. The parade will begin at 4:00pm.

However, this is about more than just watching a parade, it is about RIT groups getting together to show off their skills. Whether you’re an RIT club, a special interest house, or an entire department, or an alumni affinity this is a chance to represent your group proudly and create a “float” for the whole campus to see. Best of all, funding is available to organizations in need of it, through Student Government!

Not into building floats? That’s ok too. This parade will be filled with all kinds of exciting acts. From dancing to juggling to riding to driving, this is a chance for you and your group to show your stuff!

Bring your family and friends it will be fun for all. There is a carnival and tons of other fun games and activities ranging from a dunk tank, carnival rides, inflatables, and BBQ’s. It is simply an endless array of activities!

For more information or to pick up an application form, please stop by the Student Government office in the SAU RITreat or email Sheila Sarratore at sdssdr@rit.edu. Additional questions can be directed to Dave Blonski at dabsdr@rit.edu. Applications for parade entrance must be returned to the Student Government office by April 15th.

April 30, 2005:
RIT Campus Parade

RIT students and alumni revive a tradition – the annual Spring Weekend Parade with floats to commemorate the 175th Anniversary. Alumni are welcome to join in the parade.

May 2005:
College of Business celebration

Activities include a lecture by a distinguished guest to be announced.

May 2005:
Commencement Convocation and Finale of the 175th Anniversary Celebration.

Past Events:

May 21-22, 2004:
Convocation and Commencement

The 175th Anniversary Celebration kicks off with Convocation and Commencement ceremonies in the new Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Convocation speaker: Anne M. Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp. For more information, see www.rit.edu/~commence/

June 10, 2004: RIT Founders Day Events

Rochester on the Rise: Taking our Community to New Heights, RIT Campus
· Economic Development Conference, featuring Dr. Richard Florida, author, The Rise of the Creative Class

Dinner and Corporate Awards Gala, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

· Presentation of the inaugural RIT Corporate Awards and keynote address by Dr. Richard Florida
Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Rochester Business Journal
For more information: Email: events@rit.edu

August 13, 2004:
Undergraduate Research Symposium

Student presentations of cutting-edge technical research from programs across the campus, with special keynote address by Dr. Sophie V. Vandebroek, Chief Engineer, Xerox Corporation; Free full day of presentations, lunch included (must register).

For more information, see 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
To register: email bkmsch@rit.edu

September 2004:
RIT ROCS Day (Reaching Out for Community Service)

Give us a hand…
RIT Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to “reach out” together for this global day of volunteerism. Projects are scheduled for Rochester and Alumni Chapter locations throughout the country and at RIT’s campuses in Croatia and Kosovo. Let’s show the world that RIT ROCS!
Register now! (registration deadline: September 8)
For more information: Email: events@rit.edu

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences celebration
Activities include an exhibition in Bevier Gallery of the works of M. Louise Stowell, the first female faculty member at the Mechanics Institute. This exhibit is in cooperation with the Strong Museum.

October 2004:
Biotechnology Lecture Series

College of Liberal Arts celebration
Activities include a concert featuring RIT Philharmonia with the Brighton Symphony on October 30.

RPO Concert
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21. Celebrate the opening of the new Gordon Field House with Jeff Tyzik and your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra! Enjoy an evening of popular hits and film music, including Harry Potter and John Williams’ Star Wars. This concert is free and open to the public.

For the general public, tickets may be acquired by completing the coupon found here [PDF] and sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: RIT 175th Anniversary Concert, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 108 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604.

For the RIT community, tickets may be ordered at www.rit.edu/brickcity

Brick City Festival: Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, and Reunions
The Bricks are calling...
Alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff should plan to “hit the bricks” for the 175th Anniversary edition of Brick City Festival.
“Tune up” with the music of Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Enjoy major entertainment, speakers, exhibits, athletic competitions, tours and more.
Head “Back to the Classroom” to polish your skills or learn something new.
Reconnect and reminisce with classmates or teammates.
Celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished alumni at the Alumni Awards Banquet.

For more information on Brick City Festival, visit: www.rit.edu/brickcity or Email: events@rit.edu

Community Open House at Brick City Festival
RIT opens its doors to welcome the Rochester community.
Experience “RIT Today” with campus tours, student exhibits, film festival, faculty presentations, music, art, food, fun, and more.

For more information: Email: kabgrl@rit.edu

November 2004:
November 12, 2004: Lights, camera … documentary! RIT Documentary - Save the Date!

College of Applied Science and Technology celebration
Activities include a wine tasting event, international student panel discussion, and a showcase of famous CAST alumni throughout the month.

December 2004:
College of Science celebration

Activities include a Gala open to COS faculty, staff, students and alumni on December 8.

February 11, 2005:

RIT celebrates Charter Day - Millers and Roses honored

RIT will celebrate Charter Day at a special 175th Anniversary event on Friday, Feb. 11. The celebration will feature two former RIT presidents and their wives. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium, with a reception following at 4 p.m. in the Student Alumni Union.

Former RIT President Paul Miller (1969-1979) and his wife, Francena, and former RIT President M. Richard Rose (1979-1992) and his wife, Clarice, will be presented with the Founders Day Award for their service to RIT.

Charter Day evolved from the Athenaeum, RIT's forerunner. The Atheneaum was founded in 1829 and become a popular cultural center in Rochester. Athenaeum members applied for a New York State charter, which was granted on Feb. 12, 1830. This gave the Athenaeum credibility and set the stage for further growth.

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