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March 2021

Dear ,

I don’t want to sell RISD’s alumni short, but students today are impressively engaged with the world. When I was a student, for example, I worked assiduously on developing my own skills as an architect. I thought of RISD as a place that could help me get better at what I wanted to learn.

These days, RISD students are at least as interested in what RISD is doing for other people and members of the community. Whether they are debating the future of Rosa Parks’ former home, doing graphic design that is “conducive to the changing world around us,” or tutoring high school students through Project Open Door, today’s RISD students embody the spirit of service—the same spirit we are celebrating this month, and especially on March 22, Founders Day.

As President Somerson notes in her kickoff to this year’s celebration, “Founders Day makes all of us proud to be a part of RISD.” I hope that all of you will be as inspired by the example of today’s students as I am.

Sincerely,Donald Choi signature

Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
RISD Alumni Association

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Founders Day  
Watch President Somerson’s kick-off of this year’s Founders Day Celebration. March 22 is a day to celebrate the origin of RISD and to make a contribution to your local community.
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Design Prodigies
Four RISD Graphic Design students are included on this year’s Students to Watch list from the editors at Graphic Design USA, bringing the total number of RISD students selected since 2010 to 21.
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Learning into Summer
Sharpen your skills with RISD online this summer. Whether you’re a student looking to earn college credit, an artist or designer looking to advance your practice, or a professional looking to make a change, RISD CE is offering special discounts to alumni who complete this application.
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Travel: Costa Rica
Coming in January 2022: From the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest (where trees grow to heights of 100 feet), to the 20,000-acre nature preserve of Cano Negro, to the Arenal Volcano, to San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and its magnificent National Theatre. Book a trip with us today!
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ICYMI: Club + Affinity Events
Sarah Guerin BArch 99—sharing her studio where she makes custom boots.

Founders of RBW—discussing starting a business and adapting during COVID.

Club of DC—visiting two studios of local alumni artists.

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RISD Serves for Founders Day
Sunday, March 7
Club of Washington, DC Masks for the Homeless

Monday, March 8
Club of Seattle Cardmaking for the Community

Saturday, March 20
Club of Los Angeles Beach Cleanup

Sunday, March 21
Club of San Francisco Ocean Beach Cleanup

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