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RIT Saunders College to honor Gueldenpfennig family with Cornerstone of Philanthropy Award

October 3, 2022

REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. is proud to announce the RIT Saunders College of Business will honor the Gueldenpfennig family for their dedication as alumni and longtime RIT supporters with the 2022 Phil Saunders Cornerstone of Philanthropy Award during this year’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Klaus Gueldenpfennig (posthumously) ‘74 MS (electrical engineering), ’77 (MBA); Brigitte Gueldenpfennig ’81 (MBA); and Dinah Gueldenpfennig Weisberg ’97 MS (software development and management), ’03 (EMBA) will receive the award as part of Saunders College’s Recommence program honoring nine alumni altogether. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, inside the Gene Polisseni Center on the RIT campus.

The Phil Saunders Cornerstone of Philanthropy Award is presented annually to a graduate, faculty, staff, or friend of the business college who exemplifies a groundbreaking spirit and gives selflessly to Saunders College and RIT through philanthropic support.

This year, the Gueldenpfennigs will be recognized for their significant impact on Saunders College of Business students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the RIT community at large.

“We’re very humbled by this award,” Brigitte Gueldenpfennig said. “We’ve long been admirers of RIT, particularly for its relevant education and hands-on applied learning.”

“We’re honored to receive this award as a recognition of the years of collaboration that we’ve enjoyed with RIT and Saunders College, not only as individuals, but also as a company,” Weisberg observed.

“RIT is very near and dear to our hearts,” she added. “This was a big surprise to us.”

“Our Recommence ceremony during Brick City Weekend is our annual celebration of Saunders College’s most significant supporters, and certainly Klaus, Brigitte, and Dinah belong in that category,” said Saunders College Dean Jacqueline Mozrall. “Their impact at RIT has been immense, giving back personally, professionally, and philanthropically.”

The Gueldenpfennig family and REDCOM have made significant equipment and financial gifts to the university and RIT’s Saunders College of Business, including to the multimillion dollar expansion and renovation project at Max Lowenthal Hall. The project, expected to be completed in early 2024, will nearly double the building’s footprint and will offer cutting-edge teaching and learning spaces, opportunities for innovative research, state-of-the-art event and collaboration spaces, as well as renovations to existing spaces.

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