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May 14, 2003

Sigma Xi Center Campaign Receives $1 Million Gift

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- The campaign to build the Sigma Xi Center has received a $1 million gift from the Research Triangle Foundation (RTF), made on the recommendation of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. (TUCASI), completing an earlier pledge of $1.5 million toward construction of the new facility.

These two non-profit organizations, which work closely together, have provided generous support to Sigma Xi since the Society’s relocation here in 1990. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with approximately 72,000 members in more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world.

"We were delighted when Sigma Xi chose to relocate here," said RTF President James O. Roberson. "With its proud traditions and extensive chapter network, Sigma Xi is an impressively positive force in the research community locally, nationally and internationally. We are pleased to provide this support for the Society’s new home."

The foundation owns the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the United States. TUCASI promotes non-profit research and educational programs that utilize and enhance the resources of the three universities that form the points of the Research Triangle: North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"It is my pleasure to announce that the auditorium in the new Sigma Xi Center will be named in honor of the Research Triangle Foundation and TUCASI, in recognition of their outstanding support," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Patrick D. Sculley, D.D.S., M.A.

He said construction is under way on the new facility, and the society expects to be in its new home in October. The 52,000-square-foot building will be located on N.C. Highway 54 in the heart of RTP. The $9 million estimated cost of the project includes land, furnishings and equipment. The Society has initiated a capital campaign to retire the mortgage on the new building.

With its campus-like setting, Research Triangle Park lends itself to interactive research, very much in the interdisciplinary spirit that is a hallmark of Sigma Xi. It is home to more than 140 private, non-profit and government organizations and companies, the majority of which are involved in research and development.


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