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Clearing the way for College Town
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Plans for a housing, retail and entertainment center on campus are moving from rendering to reality. Work crews broke ground last month on RIT’s College Town project, located on 60 acres of land on the northeast corner of campus. Construction is scheduled to be completed by fall 2008.

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On the big screen
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The 3-D animated film, S’not our Fault, created by graduate students Joe Arcovitch, Ignacio Barrios and Dan Driscoll, will be among the student films shown at RIT’s School of Film and Animation Honors Show. The show will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Rochester’s Little Theatre. S’not our Fault is a comedy about factory workers scrambling to save their jobs and their company after violating code. The Honors Show features 25 films of various genre including narratives, documentaries, experimentals and 2-D and 3-D animations. First-year students through graduate students submitted more than 500 films for consideration. The show is open to the public. Admission is $5, and students with ID will be admitted for free.

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A walking tour of RIT’s artwork on display
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This rocking bench by graduate woodworking student Jacob Snowbarger is one of the many projects that will be showcased during the School for American Crafts annual Walkthrough. The event is a tradition based on “walking through” the school’s metals, wood, ceramics and glass studios to view work created throughout the school year by RIT’s talented student artists. Walkthrough will be from 4 to 6 p.m. May 21 in the James E. Booth Building. All of the school’s graduate and undergraduate students will participate.

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A lasting tribute to NTID’s founding director
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The RIT community gathered April 27 to celebrate the dedication of the D. Robert Frisina Quadrangle at RIT. The quadrangle was created in honor of D. Robert Frisina, founding director of RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and a pioneer in the field of hearing loss and deafness. Pictured here, left to right, are RIT President Albert Simone; Sarah Gordon, NTID Student Congress president; Frisina, who currently is director of the RIT/NTID-based International Center for Hearing and Speech Research and an NTID professor of communication services; and Alan Hurwitz, RIT vice president for NTID and CEO/dean of NTID.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Happy 20th birthday to The Athenaeum
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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ RIT members have spent the 2006-2007 year planning for the 20th anniversary celebration of The Athenaeum’s inception. “Class Act” participants include Gisela Balents, Alex Marcus, Ed Salem, Ana Moreno and Kathy Hayes.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Honoring a diversity champion
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James Watters, RIT’s senior vice president for finance and administration, was presented with the Isaac L. Jordan Faculty/Staff Pluralism Award by the Commission for Promoting Pluralism in a ceremony held April 25. Past award winners include RIT President Albert Simone and Sarah Reynolds, user services coordinator for Wallace Library.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Diversity Day at RIT
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Stephen Young, right, founder and senior partner of Insight Education Systems, chats with Ronald Zarella, RIT trustee and chairman and CEO of Bausch & Lomb Inc., during RIT Diversity Day April 23. The trustee-sponsored event featured presentations and workshops related to the sixth annual Expressions of Diversity Conference.

Submitted by Ken Huth

Welcome, CBET
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RIT officially dedicated the Center for Bioscience Education and Technology last month with a ceremony and ribbon cutting. The center is a national model for comprehensive academic, community and career-training programs in biotechnology and medical sciences. The center was made possible through the efforts of Sen. Jim Alesi, Assemblymember Susan John and Assemblyman Joe Morelle. Shown, from left to right, are CBET Director Douglas Merrill, Morelle, RIT President Albert Simone, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, John, biology student Katelyn Page and Tammie Guerin, a graduate of CBET’s workforce retraining program.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Tipping a few
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First-year honors students in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering competed May 8 in the Tip-a-Can contest in which students designed devices using ordinary items, housed in canisters and set to automatically tip over. James Spoth, a computer engineering major, above, and his teammates earned second place for their contraption–a gadget built from a circuit board, a computer’s internal fan (with the fins removed), two nine-volt batteries and duct tape (all costing no more than $20 total, a design criteria).

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Honoring RIT’s inventors
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William Morris, right, mechanical technician in the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, accepts congratulations from RIT President Albert Simone following the university’s annual Inventors Recognition Ceremony. Morris was among a half dozen inventors on campus to receive plaques at the event commemorating a recent patent. RIT’s Intellectual Property Policy Committee and the Technology Licensing Office hosted the event.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

Sarbanes-Oxley legislator visits RIT
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Paul Sarbanes, far left, former five-term U.S. senator from Maryland and co-author of the historic Sarbanes-Oxley Act in response to corporate scandals like Enron and Tyco, was guest speaker on May 4 at the E. Philip Saunders College of Business’ William D. Gasser Distinguished Lecture Series. During a luncheon at Henry’s, Sarbanes visited with former Congressman John LaFalce (D-N.Y.), center, and RIT accounting professor Daniel Tessoni. The event was co-sponsored by The Presidential Colloquium, the Center for Consumer Financial Services and the Graduate Management Association.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

A fond farewell
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Students, faculty and staff will have another chance to say goodbye to President Simone June 15–officially “Albert J. Simone Day” in Monroe County and the City of Rochester. A 10 a.m. ceremony and ice cream social will be held in the administrative circle, near the Sentinel sculpture. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy will be on hand to deliver a proclamation. After serving RIT for 15 years, Simone’s last day is June 30.

Submitted by Josh Lehrer


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