Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival
By Bob Finnerty
Imagine a drag race with electric vehicles. Imagine playing with motion-control technology to explore the solar system. Imagine sitting for a 3-D portrait while others line up to catch a glimpse of the workplace of the future.
These are the experiences that will be discovered by visitors to Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival, now in its fifth year, will ... (more)
Class assignment becomes solution for energy independence in Kosovo
By Bob Finnerty
Silicon Valley. The Big Apple. Singapore. It’s location, location, location for young entrepreneurs striving for success.
So what would a team of RIT innovators find promising in dairy farms located in Kosovo?
The region in southeast Europe has been ravaged by wars and political instability for centuries. “It could take at least 10 years for Kosovo to stand on its own two feet,” ... (more)
Alumni are conduits of life-saving donations
By Susan Gawlowicz
Mark Lohkamp Jr. greeted the donor’s body with silent respect before getting to work. He located the saphenous vein that snaked up the body’s leg from foot to groin and edged a swath of tissue around the long blood vessel. He removed the muscle protecting the vein and packaged it for processing at a nearby tissue bank. Another set of technicians ... (more)
Momentum for RIT’s new arena stems from a boyhood love of hockey
By Paul Stella
The origin of Gene Polisseni’s passion for the sport of hockey was humble—to say the least.
Family members say he started skating as a teenager, using magazines as shin pads.
“He built a makeshift rink in the back of his sister’s house and started a league there,” says his son, Gary.
A half century later, a lasting devotion to community-based hockey will be commemorated ... (more)
By Marcia Morphy
Eugene Fram started teaching at RIT’s downtown campus in 1957 and has no regrets about working at the same university for 51 years.
“My vocation was my avocation,” Fram says. “Getting up to go to work was a pleasure; the students always gave me a challenge but I gave them an equal one in return.” ... (more)
Student’s grandfather, great-grandfather set direction for RIT
By Mindy Mozer
When Erik Ellingson was searching for colleges, he did what every other student does—browsed the Internet and talked to his high school advisor. The Missoula, Mont., native knew he wanted to study photography, and RIT fit all of his requirements.
Erik, now a third-year photography major, can thank his grandfather and great-grandfather for that. Without them, both of whom were RIT presidents, ... (more)
For RIT freshmen, there has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway. Amazon has never been just a river in South America, and websites and cell phones have always been around.
That’s according to the Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2015. Each year the college looks at what shapes the lives of students entering college. Administrators at ... (more)