The Nathaniel Rochester Society (NRS), a group that recognizes RIT's most generous supporters, held their summer gala in the Innovation Center earlier this month and had a great time doing it. But somewhere between the live jazz band serenading us throughout the evening and the fleet of servers, who made sure we were snacking at all times on fantailed shrimp and chocolate-covered strawberries, it became quite clear: we aren't simply here for the food and friends, we are here to celebrate RIT's passion for innovation.
Reminding us of this passion were keynote speakers, Dr. Ian Gatley, director of the Innovation Center, President Bill Destler, and award recipients William and Anne Buckingham and Jay and Lauren Judson, all of whom were accompanied by a handful of students, displaying their innovative work throughout the evening. Attendees of the gala caught up with friends, enjoyed top-notch service from RIT's very own hospitality majors, and managed to fit in some mingling with the students who proudly guarded their displays.
[Amidst this highly impressive atmosphere, we had alumni wishing they had never left RIT and non-alum wishing they had given a second thought to their college choices.]
One NRS member, also an RIT alumni from '58, summed up the evening quite well:
"While I may not be in tune with all of the newest gadgets, how they work and affect our lives, it is an event like this that keeps me in tune with the bigger picture