Hockey players mentor youth, build support for program in community
By Paul Stella
RIT men’s hockey player Chris Saracino has come full circle. As a child growing up in St. Louis, Saracino valued opportunities where he could learn from more experienced players. Now as a hockey camp counselor, he is a role model for local youth.
“It’s the coolest aspect of a hockey camp for any young player, to be able to interact with people ... (more)
RIT’s hockey program found more leverage from using shovels than sticks in launching the 2012–2013 season. Members of the campus community gathered this fall to celebrate the formal groundbreaking of the Gene Polisseni Center during Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend.
During the ceremony, officials unveiled the official design of the new hockey arena, which will nearly double the current capacity of ... (more)
RIT helps food industry become sustainable
By Kathy Lindsley
Trains deliver huge quantities of tomatoes and tomato paste to LiDestri Food & Beverage, a Rochester-based company that produces 2 million jars of sauces, dips and beverages daily.
The tomatoes arrive packed in enormous wooden “totes” lined with plastic. The company recycles the wood, but recycling the plastic has been impractical. The bags contain tomato residue. Cleaning them uses a lot of ... (more)
By Marcia Morphy
Alec Hazlett remembers his first large sculptural piece that was exhibited at downtown Rochester’s Shop One in 1968.
“One of the owners, Frans Wildenhain, taught me at RIT, and he would select student work to be on exhibit. He was like a god in the wind; I felt lucky to be considered.”
Back in the 1950s, Shop One at 77 Troup St. and ... (more)
David Kelbe and Mirana Razafindramboa come from very different backgrounds. Kelbe grew up in an affluent Rochester, N.Y., suburb and Razafindramboa hails from Madagascar, an island off the southeastern coast of Africa recovering from political and economic turmoil.
Despite their divergent upbringings, their career goals are the same—help people create better lives for themselves. Their educational experiences as graduate students at RIT—both ... (more)
Germain Fenger says learning is a humbling experience. He has studied at RIT for 10 years in the microsystems engineering department.
“At the end of high school, you think you know everything,” says Fenger, a native of Wittenberg, Wis. “At the end of your first year of college, you then know everything. It gets to the point where you realize you don’t ... (more)
The mantra that Jennifer “JD” Harper says out loud quite frequently is, “I repeat: I’ve handed myself over to you.”
Harper has handed herself over to RIT’s new Master of Architecture program. She’s one of 10 students in the program’s inaugural class. The program, which launched in fall 2011, focuses on the areas of sustainability and urbanism. The 28-year-old from Miami exudes ... (more)
Growing up on a family farm in Greene, Maine, Wil Sideman used his hands a lot to pick the produce, mainly strawberries.
Hand skills are just as important to Sideman today as he pursues his Master of Fine Arts degree in glass in the School for American Crafts, which opened more than 60 years ago.
“People of my generation don’t really have an ... (more)
By Matt Gregory ’12
The names of people that Ralph Amdursky has photographed read like a list of “who’s who” throughout American history in the 20th century.
He has snapped pictures of Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Walt Disney and Benny Goodman, to name a few. His career behind the camera has included taking pictures for the massive Kodak Colorama photo series, which was produced ... (more)
By Mindy Mozer
The men who gathered in the Eastman Building cafeteria on Spring Street in the early 1960s talked until closing time about their days as Boy Scouts.
Reminiscing about their adventures got them thinking, remembers Roger Kramer ’65 (photography). Maybe they could start a Scouting fraternity and continue to serve the community while having a little fun.
They posted fliers and called a meeting ... (more)
By Joe Venniro
In June 1983, “Flashdance… What a Feeling” was the top song in the United States. The average price for a gallon of gasoline was $1.24. Michael Jordan was entering his junior season of college basketball at the University of North Carolina. And a new era in college basketball at RIT was beginning to take shape as Bob McVean was hired to ... (more)
More than 17,000 people attended Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend events this year.
Highlights of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend this year include a talk with actor Alec Baldwin, the RIT Presidents’ Alumni Ball, the RIT women’s hockey team’s first-ever contest at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester, and the return of RIT men’s hockey as ... (more)