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June 10, 2004:
RIT Founders Day Celebration and
Corporate Awards Gala

Honorary Co-Chairs Ann L. Burr, Sandra A. Parker and John M. Summers

Please join us in celebrating RIT’s 175th Anniversary and
presentation of the inaugural Corporate Awards.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Black Tie Optional
For more information or special needs,
Email events@rit.edu or call 585.475.7814

Presentation of Inaugural Corporate Awards

Corporate Founders Honorees

Bausch and Lomb Inc.
Eastman Kodak Company
Gleason Corporation
Xerox Corporation

Corporate Partner Honorees
IBM Corporation
M&T Bank


The RIT Corporate Awards Program honors companies that have supported RIT with significant investments in programs, scholarships, endowed chairs, equipment, research, or employment opportunities for RIT students and graduates. Through their support of RIT, they have contributed to the university’s growth, enhanced the student experience, and advanced the mission of the university in the true spirit of education, exploration and innovation.

Keynote Address:

Stimulating Economic Growth:
University and Corporate Partnerships

Dr. Richard Florida

Sponsored by Excellus and Rochester Business Journal

Dr. Richard Florida is the author of the best-selling book, The Rise of the Creative Class: And How it’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life. Dr. Florida’s writing describes the emergence of the Creative Class —scientists, engineers, architects, designers, writers, artists, and musicians— and the growing role of creativity in our economy, in corporate life and community development. The book was awarded the Political Book Award for 2002 by the Washington Monthly and named by the Globe and Mail as one of the ten most influential books of that year.

Dr. Florida is the H. John Heinz III Professor of Regional Economic Development, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution.

The book, Rise of the Creative Class, will be available for purchase, along with a book signing by Dr. Richard Florida.

For special assistance, email events@rit.edu or call 585.475.7814



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