For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that Amy and David Jaffe, Class of 1964, have made a gift of $1 million to create the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. The Jaffe Fund will support commissions, performances, and productions of contemporary work over the next five years.

For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — The first in a new series of dance film screenings, Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents DANCE MOViES 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st, 2005. Projected on a large screen on Rensselaer's football field, you will see a selection of short films and experimental videos made by contemporary dancers and filmmakers from all over the world.

For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — Marking the midpoint between groundbreaking and opening, Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) presents "EMPAC 360: On Site + Sound" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th, 2005. Rensselaer President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel invite the Rensselaer and Capital Region communities to join them in celebrating the emergence of this unique cultural resource by walking the periphery of the site as the sun sets and performances happen on all sides.

For Immediate Release TROY, N.Y. — President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have announced the largest capital campaign in the university's history. The goal is to raise $1 billion to support the Rensselaer endowment, faculty, students, and campus infrastructure by the campaign's end in 2008. To date, the effort has raised more than $610 million — three times more than Rensselaer's previous campaign that ended in 1993. The announcement was made at a gala on the evening of Sept.

for immediate release NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2003 The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, today unveiled plans for the university's new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, EMPAC. Located on the campus of a distinguished technological research university, yet reaching out to an international artistic community, EMPAC combines an ambitious program with an extraordinary custom-designed building.

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Tonight, 250 guests will gather for the New York City debut of Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The event will take place in The Duke, a 200-seat, black-box theater on 42nd Street.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - I would like to relay to you that EMPAC is not only a vision, a building or a program - but that EMPAC is a building and a program. The integration of the future program with the current design and building process is the greatest challenge. The vision of EMPAC is unique. There is no other university, such as Rensselaer, that combines innovation and success in the areas of research, science and education with an equally sophisticated and demanding cultural environment.

Presented by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute American Institute of Architects, New York State Luncheon Forum Saturday, October 4, 2003 Good afternoon. Two weeks ago, on September 19, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute broke ground on one of the most exciting projects in our long and distinguished history. We call this extraordinary project the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, or, EMPAC. EMPAC will be a powerful and creative presence on our Troy campus, in New York State's Capitol Region, and indeed on the world cultural stage.

Groundbreaking. Opening the ground for new foundations. Building new walls on new foundations, the creation of space. Space protected from wind, snow, heat and rain, space for human life, human endeavors, and human aspirations. Building walls to create an inside separated and protected from the outside, building a house to allow us to move between inside and outside. We can open ourselves best when we are in a protected environment. This new building is all about protection for opening our senses to create sense. The ritual of groundbreaking reaches far down.

From the office of communications TROY, N.Y. - President Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer trustees and administrators, and community leaders gathered today to break ground for the new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The ceremony took place at the Folsom Library, near the site of the future EMPAC building. "This is an auspicious day for Rensselaer, for it marks another beginning.