We have a history of coming together to make great things happen at RIT, and we have a chance to do this again.
August 2016

A Message from NRS

A simple promise can change a life.

Since NRS began nearly 50 years ago, the generous gifts from you and your fellow NRS members have really been a promise to our students – a promise that their lives will have opportunity. Of course, it’s up to them to pursue that opportunity, but NRS members have given them the means to do so.

This issue of the NRS enews focuses on the impact of scholarship support. From our university leaders to individual students, the RIT family knows that scholarships change lives and define the strategic health and campus climate at RIT.

NRS members traditionally choose scholarship funds as one of their primary gift designations, a reflection of both your commitment to students’ lives, and your understanding of the critical importance of scholarships to the university. Increased scholarship funding is one of the greatest needs at RIT, and critical to the university’s ability to meet our mission and maintain financial health.

Supporting student scholarships makes two things clear: You believe in the value of an RIT education, and you believe that RIT students are worth your investment. On behalf of decades of NRS Scholars and the entire RIT family, we thank you for the commitments you make to our students.

Lisa Ireland

Brandy Madera

Q&A with RIT Leaders
James Miller, Sr. Vice President

We are happy to bring NRS members a Q&A with RIT leaders. As the new academic year launches and a new group of students have arrived on campus, it is a good time to discuss the role that scholarship funds play at RIT – not just in attracting and retaining those students, but in many other areas of importance to RIT that many don’t realize.

Here, James Miller, Sr. Vice President of Enrollment Management and Career Services, shares his views on scholarship funding, how financial aid has changed over the last 30 years, and how it will impact RIT in the near future.
Read Interview»


/ NRS Celebration of Gratitude – SAVE THE DATE!
November 10, 2016
One Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY
/ NRS G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Program
The Nathaniel Rochester Society is delighted to offer recent alumni the opportunity to be a part of NRS at alternative giving levels.
/ President Destler’s Opening Day message
President Bill Destler delivered his final opening day address to the RIT community on August 19.
/ Presidential Search Information
All NRS members are invited to stay up to date on the search for RIT’s next president, and to provide your thoughts on the search. Visit www.rit.edu/president/president_search/.
Shantinique Cowans
Shantinique Cowans ’17

"If I hadn’t come to RIT, I don’t think I’d have done half the things I’ve done while studying here, and when I talk to friends at other colleges, I know that I’ve had opportunities offered to me that they haven’t."»
Nick Giordano ’16
Verna Hazen ’99

"Life happens to students, too. The things that happen before and during their college years impact their ability to get an education, which can impact their whole life."»


NRS members are invited to attend any of the following events. Many RIT alumni events on campus and around the country are open to our valued NRS members. Visit www.rit.edu/alumni/events for details, or contact Lisa Ireland, Director of Donor Stewardship.

/ RIT Performing Artists Concert Series: A Brief History of Lyric Theatre
Friday, September 16, 8:00 pm
Ingle Auditorium
NRS members: $15 per person

Identify yourself at the door as an NRS member to get the discounted ticket price. For additional information on the 2016-2017 series, visit www.davidigital.com/concert.
/ Skaneateles Lake Cruise and Lunch
Sunday, September 11, 11:30 am
10 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY
$35 per person, includes cruise and Dinosaur BBQ lunch buffet onboard

Tickets are limited. Register in advance here.
/ Global Day of Service
Saturday, September 17

Click here to learn more, see if a site is set up in your city, and register.
/ Big Shot #32 at Kodak Tower
Sunday, September 18, 7:30pm
Pre-shoot reception, 6:00 PM, $10.
Genesee Brew House
25 Cataract St. Rochester, NY

For more information and to register, click here.
/ 11th Annual ROAR Day – great day to renew your NRS gift
October 5, 2016

The perfect day to renew your NRS gift! ROAR Day is a 24-hour giving challenge day that officially kicks off the Fund for RIT annual appeal. For information and to make your ROAR Day gift, click here.
/ Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend
October 14 – 16, 2016

Visit rit.edu/brickcity for the weekend’s slate of events.

Horton Distinguished Speaker – Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York
Saturday, October 15
2:00-3:00 PM
Gordon Field House

Nathaniel Rochester Society members are eligible for reserved seating at this event. Please purchase your tickets through the BCH site, then email nrs@rit.edu that you will be attending and how many guests will be joining you. When you arrive at the Gordon Field House, check-in at the NRS table in the lobby and we’ll escort you to the NRS seating area.
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Tiger’s Tale alumni newsletter
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