Resolution J742-2013

Honoring Abubakar Ali upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013 Bruce R. James Distinguished Service Award

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  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Abubakar Ali upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient  of  the  2013  Bruce  R.  James  Distinguished
Service Award by the Rochester Institute of Technology

WHEREAS,  Individuals  who give of their time and energies and serve the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS, Abubakar Ali has given not only of his time and energies  but
also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently has
been designated for special honor; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Abubakar Ali
upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013  Bruce  R.
James Distinguished Service Award by the Rochester Institute of Technol-
ogy; and
  WHEREAS,  Abubakar  Ali  has overcome significant obstacles to come to
Rochester and attend the Rochester Institute  of  Technology,  traveling
from his native Somalia through Kenya and Lansing, Michigan, not knowing
English or sign language when arriving in the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  While  in  Somalia,  Abubakar Ali helped found and is a past
president of the Somalia National Association of the Deaf; and
  WHEREAS, Abubakar Ali worked as an advocate for the deaf; and
  WHEREAS, On campus, Abubakar Ali  serves  as  a  Senator  in  the  RIT
Student  Government  and  started an organization entitled Make a Friend
with  the  mission  to  encourage  outreach  between  deaf  and  hearing
students; and
  WHEREAS,  Abubakar Ali has involved himself in this community, serving
as an AmeriCorps volunteer, interning  with  the  Center  for  Youth  of
Rochester  where he works with homeless young people and volunteering at
St. Mary's Place helping to teach English to the children  of  refugees;
and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for the benefit of others which Abubakar Ali has displayed through-
out his life; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Abubakar Ali upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the 2013 Bruce R. James Distinguished Service  Award  by  the  Rochester
Institute  of  Technology,  and  to  wish  him  continued success in his
studies at RIT; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Abubakar Ali.

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