Partner Profiles

Kovalsky-Carr

Kovalsky-Carr
Does anyone really need another calendar?

The leadership of Kovalsky-Carr Supply Company thought there was a better way to say "thank you" to their best customers. This year, they chose to make a company donation to RIT's Tiger Power Play Campaign in honor of their many loyal customers.

Tiger Power Play is raising money to construct a new, state-of-the-art arena on campus, which is both important for RIT's students and hockey fans, and will also help support Rochester community needs. The company sends out a greeting card to each of their customers announcing the gift and thanking them for their business. This helps them to show how much they appreciate business from the past year, and also helps RIT with a gift to a campus priority.

Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard
Need an education partner? Follow HP's lead.

When Hewlett Packard looked for an educational partner to join their Enterprise Services Technology Alliance, they had no shortage of suitors. But the depth and breadth of their relationship with RIT ultimately led them to choose the university for this valuable partnership.

RIT is the only academic partner in the technology alliance program. HP is well known for the Agility Alliance program which includes members such as Deloitte, KPMG, Microsoft, Oracle, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP, Symantec, as well as other technology partners such as Citrix, Computer Associates, Intel, Microfocus, Siemens PLM, TIBCO and VMWare. Alliance partners are globally recognized for their focus on collaboration that develops, implements and jointly markets differentiated services that help companies reach their business goals. Alliance partners expand and/or improve HP delivery readiness, quality and productivity.

HP's Enterprise Services customer base benefits from RIT's ability to consult on technology solutions for a wide range of industries. In turn, RIT benefits from their relationship with a valued industry partner in innovative technology solutions. HP Enterprise Services' clients will enjoy access to an all new level of technology expertise through RIT faculty and student work.

The university will provide research and expertise in a number of areas including imaging, printing and graphic media, sustainability, engineering and manufacturing, biomedical and life sciences, computing and information sciences, astrophysics science and technology, microsystems, art and design, and access learning technologies for the deaf. RIT and HP have collaborated for more than 10 years in sponsored research activities supporting HP's imaging product development goals, developing and advancing novel methodologies for image segmentation.

In addition to providing technical expertise that benefits faculty work and student learning, RIT may also benefit if HP is chosen to design the university's new Green Data Center. HP is currently being considered as key provider for the project. Once complete, the Green Data Center will function as the processing center for university operations and provide a showcase for sustainable technology. HP's extensive knowledge of sustainable computing and data storage makes them a valuable collaborative partner for projects that may include hardware and software for other new facilities on campus, and incorporating high sustainability standards in the design and construction of the new buildings.

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable
Imagine being seen by 20,000 people

As the 2011 Premier Sponsor of RIT's Imagine RIT Festival, Time Warner Cable knows great ways to reach its customers. The festival draws more than 20,000 people to the RIT campus for one day in May. Every college and every corner of campus is rich with exhibits of student work, faculty collaborations, entertainment, interactive displays, and food.

There is literally something for everyone at Imagine RIT. Sponsorships are valued by businesses and individuals who want to show their support for innovative and creative education. Many sponsor levels are available (click here to learn more), and sponsors can target a specific area of campus, or can have their logo displayed in the WOW Center in the Gordon Field House, where more than 150 exhibits from all areas of campus are on display.

Excellus

Excellus
High Visibility, Big Results

When RIT began planning for a major academic center to bring together its bioscience degree programs and our training programs in the health sciences, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield saw an opportunity to partner with us to introduce biosciences careers to children in the community.

The Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Center for Bioscience Exploration and Discovery consists of four sophisticated, high-tech teaching laboratories and one "smart" classroom. The Center is used by RIT students during the academic year, exposing the Excellus commitment to college students pursuing allied health degrees. The Center is also the home to K-12 teacher training, student workshops and adult continuing education programs for members of the Rochester community on weekends, evenings and throughout the summer months. Supported by a 10-year, $2 million grant, from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the Excellus Center will always be fully equipped with the most modern, cutting-edge technology.

Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar, Inc.
Bringing the World to Our Doorstep

RIT and Caterpillar, Inc. share a commitment to developing a more sustainable world. But to share the collective knowledge about sustainable practices of these two partners requires the right format. To provide a sustainability conference and events fund in RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainabilty, Caterpillar established The Caterpillar Fund at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability with a gift of $300,000. The gift, which resulted from a long-standing relationship with RIT's sustainability programs, supports a jointly developed annual event plan that will advance remanufacturing on a global scale.

American Packaging Corporation

American Packaging Corporation
Building Momentum for an Entire Industry

Impressed by the momentum that RIT has within the commercial packaging industry, American Packaging Corporation believes that the combined energy and talent of their company and the university will achieve truly outstanding successes in packaging innovation. For that reason, the company established the American Packaging Center for Plastics & Packaging Innovation within the College of Applied Science & Technology. The $1 million gift to expand a previous center focused on plastics packaging will allow the College's Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science to extend the Center's focus to other areas of packaging, as well as provide support for faculty research and student scholarship in new and innovative directions. APC CEO and President, Peter Schottland, says that his company is "extremely excited about the opportunity to join hands with RIT's packaging science program." He sees the partnership with RIT in exploring new packaging directions as an investment in his industry that will pay off in real benefits to APC in the future.