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EMPAC Grand Opening Celebrates Philanthropy

On Oct. 3, with scissors flashing, Curtis Priem ’82 joined President Shirley Ann Jackson, chairman of the Board of Trustees Samuel Heffner ’56, and EMPAC director Johannes Goebel to cut the blue ribbon to begin the grand opening celebration of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Priem’s $40 million unrestricted gift, announced in 2004 at the launch of the successful $1.4 billion Renaissance at Rensselaer capital campaign, earned him the opportunity to name the facility. As a trustee and an enthusiastic supporter of President Jackson and The Rensselaer Plan, Priem has been an especially active volunteer for Rensselaer in the technology mecca of California’s Silicon Valley.

Others also earned recognition for their support of EMPAC. Capital campaign co-chair Gary DiCamillo ’73 has been active in the alumni community since his graduation. During this fund-raising effort he has worked especially closely on the East Campus athletics and EMPAC initiatives. In recognition of his philanthropy, Rensselaer has named the Susan and Gary DiCamillo ’73 Theater Lobby within EMPAC.

Trustee Thomas Iovino ’73, a member of the campaign steering committee, earned recognition for his giving with the Judith and Thomas N. Iovino ’73 Soloist Suite 1. The Iovinos are a three-generation legacy family; Judy’s father, William Matsunaye Jr., was a member of the Class of 1927, and son Michael recently earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology.

The campaign aims to build the Institute’s unrestricted endowment, and continues to seek funds for endowed scholarships and fellowships, faculty positions, curriculum support, student life programs, and athletics.
During the opening celebration President Jackson also recognized the late David H. Goodman ’39, an early supporter of the new center, by naming the David H. Goodman ’39 Studio/Theater in his memory.

The $1.4 billion Renaissance at Rensselaer campaign supports groundbreaking interdisciplinary programs which have at their core the technologies driving innovations in the 21st century: biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and experimental media and the arts. The campaign aims to build the Institute’s unrestricted endowment, and continues to seek funds for endowed scholarships and fellowships, faculty positions, curriculum support, student life programs, and athletics. The campaign continues through June 30, 2009.

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