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John Prokos a AIA Fellow

Congratulations to John A. Prokos who was elected to the College of Fellows (COF) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The COF of the AIA, founded in 1952, is composed of institute members elected to fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors an architect can achieve. Not only is it an acknowledgement by peers in the profession, it is recognition of an individual's contributions and commitment to architecture and society on a national level.

Mr. Prokos, USITT's Architecture Commissioner, believes that every building changes the existing world in some way.

He earned his degree in architecture and planning from Cornell University in 1980 and joined Gund Partnership in 1984. Since then, he has shaped the design and management of the firm. He serves as the firm's managing principal. Mr. Prokos has taught at the Boston Architectural Center, been a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Roger Williams University, and lectured at Brandeis University. In addition, he is a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), has chaired the Washington D.C. AIA Chapter Awards architecture jury, and served on the BSA's Nominating Committee.

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Long Riders Raise $31,000

The Long Reach Long Riders announced the success of the third annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride -- which started in San Diego, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 9 and ended in Rapid City, South Dakota on July 18, raised $31,015.

The beneficiaries of this year's ride are Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes Program, and the Canadian AIDS Foundation. This year's group consisted of 22 people, 13 bikes, and two chase cars. Ten states, and three countries (United States, Canada, and Great Britain) were represented. The youngest member of the group was 10 and the oldest member isn't telling.

The Long Reach Long Riders thank the more than 375 individuals and 62 companies who donated money, time, or services to help insure the success of the 2006 ride. Bill Sapsis noted that despite the oppressive heat "we all managed to have a wonderful time. We met some great people along the way and saw some great scenery."

Details for the fourth annual Long Reach Long Rider charity motorcycle ride in 2007 will be released in mid October.

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