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GOLF DRIVING COURSE 101 . . .

A few lucky students got a real lift to their opening-day classes on Sept. 6. RIT President Albert Simone, accompanied by Sarah Whiffen, program coordinator of new student orientation, drove students to their classes on the "Presidential Golf Cart." The pick up and delivery service was part of RIT’s official welcome, as well as an opportunity for students to chat one-on-one with the president. Going along for the ride was Giscard James, a fourth-year information technology student.
AN OFFICIAL WELCOME . . .

As part of Welcome Week, RIT’s newest campus residents were greeted by faculty and staff at the Convocation for New Students, Sept. 5. The keynote address was given by Hamad Ghazle, a faculty member from the College of Science, who encouraged tolerance and respectfulness and urged students to be active members of their community.
MOVIN’ ON UP . . .
First-year students enrolled in RIT’s Honors Program were the first set of students to unpack their bags during Move-In, Aug. 31. They were joined by other entering first-year students, Sept. 1-2. Shown here, John Kozlowski, a computer science student, familiarizes himself with his new surroundings.
ENGINEERING STUDENTS SOAR INTO NEW SCHOOL YEAR . . .
A paper airplane design and flight contest highlighted Engineering Day 2001 for more than 400 first-year students in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering on Sept. 4. Students learned design tips from Boeing Co. project engineer Ken Blackburn, author of The World Record Paper Airplane Book and holder of the record, in the Guinness Book of World Records, for the longest-duration paper airplane flight, 27.6 seconds. Blackburn set the record in 1998 in Atlanta, breaking a record set two years earlier in Britain and his own previous record. He trained for nine months before setting the record.
ALL WET . . .

Just about everyone at RIT knows Dave McCloskey from NTID Interpreting Services. But, no one has ever seen him like this. McCloskey was gracious enough to sit in the dunking booth for Sigma Alpha Mu’s Pole Sit fundraiser last week.
TRUE ARTISTRY . . .

RIT alumnus Pepsy Kettavong, center, a 1995 B.F.A. recipient, created a life-size bronze sculpture of suffragist Susan B. Anthony and abolitionist Frederick Douglass unveiled with appropriate fanfare during Rochester’s 19th Amendment Festival Aug. 26. Kettavong’s work, which depicts the two friends conversing over a pot of tea, took its place as the centerpiece of Susan B. Anthony Square, near Anthony’s former home. Kettavong, who escaped communist-controlled Laos with his family at age 8, resides in Anthony’s old neighborhood.
GETTING TO KNOW RIT . . .

The newest members of RIT’s distinguished faculty gathered for orientation Aug. 29. Shown from the College of Liberal Arts are, from left to right, Amit Ray (language and literature), Laura Bernhardt (philosophy) and Sam McQuade (criminal justice).
THERE’S NO KEEPING IT QUIET . . .

Wallace Library and Java Wally’s played host on Sept. 4 to incoming students, who were treated to library tours plus complimentary coupons to receive a cup of Java Wally’s coffee or an ice cream treat. Leading the charge for the "Spoon Squad" were, from left to right, Jackie Ott, Jon Jiras, Sue Roethel-Gioia, Sheila Smokey and Laura Diponzio.
STICK ’EM UP . . .
Walk past some of the cars in RIT’s parking lots and you may see some new stickers attached to rear passenger windows. In late August, Campus Safety released new alumni and retiree parking stickers, here proudly displayed for the first time by alumna Barbara Ray Holcomb and retiree Dick Sterling. The new parking stickers will be available to alumni/retirees by stopping at the Campus Safety office, Grace Watson Hall.
THEY’RE GRRR-EAT! . . .

The RIT tiger welcomed first-year students and their RIT-alumni parents to an informal lunch gathering organized by the Alumni Relations Department during moving-in weekend. More than 75 members of this year’s incoming class are sons or daughters of RIT graduates.


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