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February 2017

A Message from NRS

Flowers are pretty, candy is sweet, but what you do for RIT is the real treat!

February 14 is TAG (Thank a Giver) Day at RIT, when the entire campus thanks you for your support of this university. It’s a wonderful day, because students, faculty, and staff across campus recognize that we couldn’t do what we all do without YOU.

RIT students join the TAG Day festivities in the Campus Center.

The history of Valentine’s Day goes much deeper than most people realize. The Feast of St. Valentine celebrates people who gave up their lives for something they believed in. The annual holiday was created to recognize those who sacrifice for something bigger than themselves.

That’s why we celebrate our NRS members on this day. You give up your time, talent, and treasure every year to support RIT’s mission and ensure that our students have every opportunity to succeed. This is a sacrifice that you make, not in return for tangible value, but for the knowledge that you have changed lives and advanced society.

We can think of no better reason to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy TAG Day. The entire RIT community is grateful for your support.

Lisa Ireland
Donor Stewardship

Brandy Madera '14
Assistant Director
Donor Stewardship & Nathaniel Rochester Society

Q&A with RIT Leaders
Kaitlyn Spaude, RIT Honors student and Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Endowed Scholarship awardee

This month, we are bringing you a Q&A with a different kind of RIT leader. Since this is a time of sharing how much you mean to our students, we have asked one of our student leaders to tell you how your support impacts her.

We are pleased to introduce you to Kaitlyn Spaude, a third-year dual degree Journalism and Media Arts and Technology student in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) and College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS). Kaitlyn is a recipient of the Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Endowed Scholarship, which recognizes students for contributions to creating a more equitable society. She is also a COLA Honors student, a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, a supervisor in RIT’s Telefund office, a peer consultant in the Writing Commons, and has been a student ambassador to the NRS Gala and TAG Day activities.
Read Interview»


/ 10th RIT President offers a special message for RIT donors
The RIT family announced its 10th President, Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., on January 25. At a community event led by NRS Award winner and RIT Board of Trustees vice chair Jeff Harris ’75, Dr. Munson was introduced to RIT faculty, staff and students, and via a live stream, to members of the RIT family around the world.

NRS members can learn more about Dr. Munson at the RIT Presidential Search website.

In his first address to the community, Dr. Munson offered a message directly to RIT’s alumni and donors:
“I am committed to increasing the value of an RIT degree; and offering opportunities for lifelong engagement with the university,” he said. “I look forward to working with you as we advance the mission of the university.”
If you missed this exciting event, you can watch the entire announcement here.
/ Faculty & Staff Donors celebrated at TAG Day breakfast
As part of RIT’s annual TAG Day activities, the Donor Stewardship staff welcomed a special group of RIT supporters to breakfast celebrating their commitment in the University Gallery.

Faculty and staff donors had a chance to enjoy a relaxing breakfast and mingle with others who take
this extra step to show that they support RIT’s mission. 160 of these dedicated employees are NRS members who make an annual leadership-level gift.

Michael Burns, a new staff member who is part of the NRS GOLD group, attended the event and said, “I have worked on the RIT campus for 18 years and have also been able to take classes. I get to experience how giving back to RIT benefits all. It is wonderful to be able to see the level of support from all the my RIT coworkers and former classmates. I will be graduating this spring with a Management Information Systems degree. Seeing and experiencing the dedication that others have to RIT makes me proud to be an employee and a soon to be alumnus.”
/ Celebrating Stan McKenzie, provost emeritus
Dr. Stan McKenzie, longtime faculty member and former provost of the university, passed away in November. The university is remembering Stan at a celebration of his life on March 24, and we invite everyone who knew him to share a memory at this special website created to honor Stan. www.rit.edu/StanMcKenzie

You can also read the university announcement about Stan’s legacy at RIT here.
/ Join us as Imagine RIT turns 10!
You are invited to join the RIT community for the 10th annual Imagine RIT: Innovation + Creativity Festival on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NRS members are invited to stop into the NRS Hospitality suite in the Gene Polisseni Center for refreshments and a comfortable chair to rest before you continue taking in the hundreds of exhibits.

If you want to be more involved in this exciting RIT event, consider volunteering for Imagine RIT. Contact Brandy Madera for information about volunteer opportunities – there are shifts available throughout the day.

And if you’re new to Imagine RIT, or just want a reminder of how great this day is for showing off what makes RIT great, you can view this 10-year retrospective video.

We hope to see you at Imagine RIT #10!
/ Celebration of 50 Years of NRS begins in 2017
2017 will be a year in which we celebrate the new and honor the old. Along with welcoming our 10th president, the RIT family will celebrate two historic milestones: the 50th anniversary of the Henrietta campus, and 50 years of the Nathaniel Rochester Society.

To prepare for this special anniversary, we invite you to visit the RIT Archives to brush up on the history of the society. And for some special memories from the last 50 years, please visit this photo retrospective on the Nathaniel Rochester Society.

We are putting together plans to celebrate this milestone with our NRS members and the entire RIT community. We look forward to sharing details with you in the coming months.
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Erin Ireland
John Mooney ’17

"I'm deeply appreciative of how RIT donors have given me the opportunity to establish an active and fulfilling work-life balance on my educational journey at RIT."»
Christopher Tarantino ’13
Christopher Tarantino ’13

"RIT had a lasting impact on my life. I give to RIT because I know every member of the alumni community has to support the institution in making that happen for its students."»


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.

/ NRS Gala returns this summer!
July 20, 2017

Planning is underway for this year’s celebration of our dedicated NRS members. Details will be announced soon!
/ Graduate Education Week
February 20-24, 2017

For alumni and friends of RIT’s masters and Ph.D programs, Graduate Education Week includes the graduate research symposium, a keynote speaker and other presentations, and a graduate student mingle. Registration is required for some
events, so please contact the Graduate Education office if you’d like to attend.
/ Power Your Potential Women’s Leadership Conference
March 3, 2017
University Gallery, RIT campus
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Saunders College of Business, this half-day event features speakers and networking activities aimed at women in business. For information and to register, visit: https://www.rit.edu/cob/womensconference/
/ The 2016-2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars Awards
April 6, 2017
Gene Polisseni Center
Reception: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 5:50 p.m

NRS members are invited to join Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost and sr. vice president of Academic Affairs, as RIT recognizes our outstanding undergraduate scholars.

Please RSVP to Academic Affairs to let them know you will be attending.
/ Performing Arts at RIT
  • All College Jazz Ensemble Concert
    Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 PM,
    Ingle Auditorium, Student Activities Union

  • RIT Singers Concert
    Thursday, March 2, 7:30 PM,
    Allen Chapel, Schmitt Interfaith Center
Check out all of the upcoming events here»
/ Give a piece of RIT for commencement
Give your graduate a piece of RIT to be remembered by. Buy-A-Brick on Philanthropy Way, and include your graduate’s name, year, and a short message for all the read.
Order your brick by Thursday, April 13, for installation by Commencement 2017!
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