Campus Spotlight

October

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10/30/2010
In the “spirit” of Halloween, RIT hosted a pumpkin-carving contest Oct. 29 at The Market at Global Village. Prizes were presented to Best in Show, as well as scariest and funniest pumpkin faces.

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10/29/2010
Leigh Rubin, creator of the cartoon Rubes, met with students from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences on Oct. 28 during a visit to campus. Rubin critiqued student work and gave a presentation about his creative inspiration and cartooning process. Rubes appears in more than 400 newspapers around the world, including Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.

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10/27/2010
Samantha Huynh, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, and John Hardwick, a fourth-year film student, took advantage of some warm weather and the outdoor seating at Global Village.

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10/27/2010
Originally from Bamenda, Cameroon, Annette Charlie Eko Ngakam, has shared a bit about her country both in and out of the classroom. Eko, a third-year telecommunications engineering technology student, is an active member of the Women in Technology organization and a member of the RIT chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. She participates in the program’s outreach activities, hosting high school students for overnight programs. In June, she represented RIT at the American Association of University Women National Conference for College Women Leaders at the University of Maryland, College Park, and discussed increasing and retaining the number of women in STEM programs through training and mentoring.

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10/27/2010
RIT Archive Collections acquired the Frans Wildenhain Collection from Robert Johnson of Scottsville. Through his lifetime, Johnson purchased over 300 pottery pieces designed by Wildenhain, the legendary artist who helped create the ceramics program at RIT’s School for American Crafts during the 1950s.

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10/27/2010
Donna Gustina, chair of the planning committee for the RIT American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Community Center, became deaf as a toddler and first visited NTID 40 years ago. She’s seen reaction to deaf students on campus change from a novelty to acceptance, and she is providing vision for the new center dedicated to increasing the awareness of deafness on campus.

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10/27/2010
White-tailed deer are especially active during October and November on the RIT campus. Drive carefully, slow down and scan the forested areas near roads to avoid any collisions. For more safety tips: When wild meets urban

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10/26/2010
Madeline Williams, staff assistant for the Center for Women & Gender, uses a device to measure hand grip strength at the Benefits Fair held Oct. 26-27 in Fireside Lounge, Student Alumni Union.

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10/26/2010
U.S. Congressman Chris Lee discusses the current environment for manufacturing and the challenges facing local businesses during a CEO Forum Oct. 25. The event was sponsored by RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, a component of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

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10/25/2010
Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Brands Inc., joined RIT President Bill Destler in dedicating the Constellation Commons for Global Learning on Oct. 22. Constellation Commons, located in Global Village, will serve students and faculty as a touch point and clearinghouse for all aspects of global education at the university. The facility is being funded by a $1 million commitment from the company.

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10/22/2010
Hundreds of mourners filled RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center Oct. 21 for the campus memorial service for RIT/NTID alumnus and former Public Safety officer Tony Wallace. Wallace was killed in the line of duty Aug. 28 while on patrol in Hoonah, Alaska.

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10/21/2010
In recognition of International Conflict Resolution Day Oct. 21, RIT hosted free presentations by one of the country’s foremost experts on community civility. P.M. Forni, professor at Johns Hopkins University and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, presented “Civility on Campus in the Age of the Internet.”

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10/21/2010
Provost emeritus and professor of English Stan McKenzie poses with architect Jeanne Gang following her presentation, “Assembly as Medium,” Oct. 20 at RIT. Gang, the founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, is the designer of Chicago’s Aqua Tower, the largest building in the world designed by a woman. Her talk, part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion” series, was dedicated to McKenzie, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

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10/21/2010
Uzi Buzgalo’s exhibit “Wealth of Hands,” a mixed-media exhibition based on his experiences as a deaf artist, is on view through Nov. 19 in the NTID Dyer Arts Center. Buzgalo and his family were present for a talk and reception on Oct. 20.

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10/20/2010
Artesano’s Bakery & Cafe celebrated a re-opening on Oct. 20. Joining the pig in the Macarena was Chyna Trible, a fourth-year advertising and public relations major in the Department of Communication.

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10/19/2010
Eighty-five employer representatives from 41 organizations around the country talked with nearly 400 deaf and hard-of-hearing students and alumni about summer co-ops and permanent jobs Oct. 14 at NTID’s 10th Annual Job Fair. Twenty-three of the representatives were RIT/NTID alumni.

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10/18/2010
RIT’s Department of Communication hosted the Fall Public Speaking Contest, featuring students from across campus, on Oct. 15. Above (left to right), finalists Nathaniel Huff, Alison Fort and Joe Desimone chat with contest organizers Keri Barone (second from right) and Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor, lecturers in the Department of Communication. Fort won the grand prize for her speech, “The World of Facebook.”

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10/16/2010
Hollywood legend Al Pacino spoke about his film career with reporter Jack Garner Oct. 16 during RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend. Pacino, the Horton Distinguished Speaker, was presented by RIT Student Government.

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10/16/2010
Comedian Craig Ferguson, host of CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performed Oct. 15 as part of RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend.

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10/15/2010
Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, discusses sustainability and how his company “goes green” in implementing energy efficiency into the built environment. The RIT alumnus was the keynote speaker at the annual RIT Entrepreneur’s Conference.

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10/14/2010
RIT and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf explored the state of deaf entrepreneurship during a Deaf Entrepreneurs Roundtable on Oct. 14. The panel consisted of eight deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs from around the country who shared their keys to success and explained some of the challenges that they encountered along the way. Here, Philip Rubin, Corey Design Studio, responded to an attendee’s question.

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10/13/2010
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter received the RIT Presidential Medallion in a ceremony at NTID’s Robert F. Panara Theatre on Oct. 13. Slaughter received the honor in recognition of her many contributions that have made a positive difference in ensuring the health and vitality of NTID over the years and in advancing causes important to deaf and hard-of-hearing communities throughout western New York and the nation.

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10/12/2010
Reynold Bailey (back), assistant professor of computer science, recently won a five-year $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work on gaze manipulation techniques. Above, Peter Mahon, a graduate student in computer science, participates in a study to explore how various display techniques can be used to improve spatial memory recall.

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10/11/2010
The Google Trike visited RIT Oct. 11 to shoot the campus for Google Maps. Here, the rider tours the Global Village complex.

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10/8/2010
Nancy Rourke, an RIT/NTID alumna, is exhibiting a series of paintings about deafhood, deaf history and audism. Rourke gave a talk about her work on Oct. 6 in the NTID Dyer Arts Center. Currently there are two special exhibits by deaf artists, continuing through November 19.

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10/7/2010
Friends and supporters of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability gathered Oct. 6 to celebrate the recent awarding of a $13.1 million grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to construct a new green facility that will house the Golisano Institute’s research and education programs. Pictured, left to right, are New York State Sen. Joseph Robach, Paychex founder and chairman B. Thomas Golisano, Nabil Nasr, director of the Golisano Institute, and RIT President Bill Destler.

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10/6/2010
During a ceremony on campus Oct. 5, entrepreneur E. Philip Saunders, owner of Saunders Management Co. and founder of TravelCenters of America Inc., committed $5 million to RIT’s business college bearing his name to expand facilities, enhance technologies, create endowed professorships and offer graduate fellowships. He challenged all Saunders alumni and friends to raise an additional $15 million to support the college’s plans.

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10/5/2010
During a ceremony on campus Oct. 5, entrepreneur E. Philip Saunders, owner of Saunders Management Co. and founder of TravelCenters of America Inc., committed $5 million to RIT’s business college bearing his name to expand facilities, enhance technologies, create endowed professorships and offer graduate fellowships. He challenged all Saunders alumni and friends to raise an additional $15 million to support the college’s plans.

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10/4/2010
RIT’s Community Service Center and Women & Gender Center organize volunteer projects on various Friday afternoons. The volunteer projects focus on the needs of women and children in the Rochester community. A total of 12 students helped set-up for the annual Ronald McDonald House charity sale of household goods, collectibles and antiques on Oct. 1. Sorting and arranging coats are, from left, RIT students Kaiyue Wang and Emily Mazur. This year’s sale runs Oct. 14-16 at the former Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Henrietta.

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10/1/2010
The sisters of RIT’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Yoplait yogurt kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sponsoring a yogurt-eating competition Oct. 1. For every Yoplait yogurt lid collected, Yoplait donates a portion of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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10/1/2010
The sisters of RIT’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Yoplait yogurt kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sponsoring a yogurt-eating competition Oct. 1. For every Yoplait yogurt lid collected, Yoplait donates a portion of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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10/1/2010
Students in RIT’s Ph.D. program in sustainability conduct solar cell research in the NanoPower Research Laboratory on campus. RIT received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to construct a facility to house the university’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which features cutting-edge research and education programs in sustainable development and design.

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September

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9/30/2010
Dan Ariely chats with students following his Sept. 29 presentation, “Who Put the Monkey in the Driver’s Seat?” Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Economics at Duke University, discussed the psychology of human behavior and how it affects economics, politics and society as part of RIT’s Visionaries in Motion speaker series.

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9/30/2010
The RIT community celebrated the addition of Global Village, a $57 million residential and retail complex, on Sept. 30. The unique area features restaurants, a beach volleyball court, full-service salon, post office, bank and 414 beds for student housing. Global Village adds another dimension to RIT’s international and study abroad focus.

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9/29/2010
RIT will celebrate the official opening of Global Village at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the complex situated between Crossroads and the University Services Center. The grand opening program will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, entertainment and tours of the complex.

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9/28/2010
Renowned innovation proponent and author Richard Lester was the third speaker in the Rochester and the Innovation Economy lecture series sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Joseph Morelle and RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and E. Philip Saunders College of Business on Sept. 28.

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9/28/2010
Computer Science Professor Reynold Bailey recently won a five-year $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work on gaze manipulation techniques. Above, Peter Mahon, a graduate student in computer science, participates in a study to explore how various display techniques can be used to improve spatial memory recall.

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9/27/2010
The 15th annual Mud Tug took place Sept. 25 in the field behind Grace Watson Hall. Mud Tug, sponsored by RIT’s Phi Kappa Psi and Zeta Tau Alpha Greek organizations, is an annual tug-of-war event between teams of 10 competing in all-male, all-female and co-ed brackets, taking place in a huge mud pit. All of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Hillside Family of Agencies.

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9/24/2010
Dennis Formento, a poet, editor and publisher of Surregional Press, read his poetry and led a discussion on Sept. 23. Formento’s appearance was supported by an Interactive Learning Grant from the Office of Student Affairs and is in connection with Dr. Roche’s Creative Writing: Poetry class.

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9/23/2010
The 2010 RIT Farmers Market kicked off its season Sept. 9. RIT students, faculty and staff are invited to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables on campus through Oct. 14.

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9/23/2010
Khawaja Zubair, a second-year business student, takes a break in between classes with Jenna Drodt, a fifth-year student in CAST.

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9/22/2010
The Fall Community Service Fair took place on Sept. 22 in the Student Alumni Union lobby. Non-profit agencies from the Rochester area provided students, faculty, and staff with information on the types of services they provide and the volunteer opportunities available. Here, Mark Leonardo, a third-year packaging science student, learns about ARC of Monroe County from Jennifer Wilson.

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9/22/2010
Albert Pucci and Michelle Kuiz, second-year students at NTID, tried out the new restaurant at Global Village, Salsarita’s.

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9/21/2010
Ming Hsuan Chiang, a graduate student in RIT’s industrial design program, has built an 18-foot long rotatable seesaw for his thesis project. Chiang has been working for the past two months with Dean Shorey, an engineer at Seabreeze Amusement Park, to construct it.

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9/20/2010
Xanthe Matychak, Andrea Handy and Michelle Harris will be bringing their project, “River Memoir,” to the Maker Faire in New York City on Sept. 25. The three are knitting a long blue scarf that symbolizes a river. Visitors to their exhibit will be able to weave their own personal six-word memoirs into the river.

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9/19/2010
Approximately 60 students returning from summer co-ops celebrated the new school year during a pizza luncheon on Sept. 15. The event, sponsored by RIT Cooperative Education and Career Services, gave students the opportunity to exchange details on their experiences and to discuss the potential impact on their career plans.

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9/17/2010
Renowned designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli gave informal tours of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies to RIT students and visitors on Sept. 17. The 19,000-square-foot facility is comprised of galleries, classrooms, offices and archival space. The Vignellis donated to the university their archive, which includes an extensive collection of original source materials and many examples of their finished work.

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9/16/2010
RIT officially unveiled the Vignelli Center for Design Studies during a dedication ceremony Sept. 16. The facility is named in honor of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli. The couple, right, was on hand for the dedication. The Vignellis donated their entire archive to the university which will be accessible by students, professional designers and scholars. In addition to the archive, the center will serve as an international hub for design education, scholarship and research.

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9/16/2010
The grand opening for the new Vignelli Center for Design Studies on the RIT campus is Sept. 16. Massimo and Lella Vignelli have donated their entire archive to RIT. Select pieces from their collection, including furniture and graphic designs, will be showcased in the gallery spaces at the center. The couple will be in attendance at the dedication ceremony.

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9/15/2010
The Pittsford Fire Department Band includes two members from the College of Science. Heidi Miller, professor and director of the physician assistant program, and Bob Kremens, research associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, performed Sept. 18 at the 14th Annual Rochester River Challenge Wounded Warriors Disabled Sports Project event at the Genesee Waterways Center on Elmwood Ave.

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9/14/2010
An official dedication ceremony for the Vignelli Center for Design Studies will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 16 with the Vignellis in attendance. Also in attendance will be renowned Italian graphic designer Armando Milani. Here, Tanvi Asher, a 2010 graduate of RIT’s Industrial Design program, works on Milani's exhibit of 50 posters and 50 logotypes being hung in the new gallery space.

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9/13/2010
The Market at Global Village opened for business on Sept. 13. Offered for sale are an assortment of ethnic spices, foods and products from around the world. The Market also sells local dairy products, produce, bakery items and coffee.

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9/13/2010
Renowned designer Massimo Vignelli sets up pieces of his work in the new Vignelli Center for Design Studies on the RIT campus. Vignelli and his wife, Lella Vignelli, have donated their archive to RIT. Select pieces from their collection, including furniture and graphic designs, will be showcased in the gallery spaces at the center. The grand opening for the Vignelli Center is Thursday, Sept. 16.

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9/10/2010
The Original Art traveling exhibition opens with a reception in RIT’s Bevier Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and runs through Oct. 6. The show features 40 colorful works of art featured in the juried Original Art 2009 exhibition held at the Museum of American Illustration at Society of Illustrators in New York City.

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9/10/2010
RIT’s chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, one of dozens of clubs offered on campus, hosted a series of events the week of Sept. 6. Participants wrote down their concerns from the past year on a canvas and then covered their worries with splattered paint.

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9/9/2010
Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity is sponsoring their 13th annual Pole Sit Sept. 7-10. Students take turns sitting atop a 40-foot-tall telephone pole overlooking RIT’s Quarter Mile. The fundraiser donates to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Here, Ryan McKenna, a fourth-year student in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, waves to students on their way to class.

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9/8/2010
Philosopher-mechanic Matthew Crawford, left, attended a mechanics workshop with RIT students in the Machine Tools Laboratory Sept. 8. Demonstrating is Devin Hamilton, a fourth-year mechanical engineering technology major. Crawford, author of the best-selling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, opened the 2010-2011 Visionaries in Motion IV speaker series sponsored by the Caroline Werner Gannett Project.

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9/6/2010
First-year RIT students toured the Global Village complex during Orientation. The $54.5 million residential and commercial complex features new dining options and a variety of retail businesses, as well as residence halls with a global theme.

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9/6/2010
Director of Study Abroad & Fellowships, Ty Stewart, offered information to new students at the Resource Fair on Sept. 1.

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9/3/2010
The Convocation for New Students and Families was held Sept. 2 in Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Paul Rosenberg, chair of Academic Senate, led the processional and carried the symbolic academic mace.

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9/2/2010
First-year students make their official walk to the Gordon Field House and Activities Center as a member of the RIT community. New students were cheered on by RIT faculty and staff during the annual Tiger Walk celebration prior to the New Student Convocation on Sept. 2.

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9/2/2010
Kelly Hurley, a first-year student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, waits to move in to her new dorm room on Sept 1.

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9/1/2010
RIT’s newest students and their families attended the Resource Fair Sept. 1 in Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The fair featured representatives offering information from numerous RIT departments. James Fitzgerald, a first-year student in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, smiles for his RIT identification card photo.

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9/1/2010
RIT President Bill Destler congratulated students from the Rochester City School District who are part of the first class of the Rochester City Scholars Program at a reception Aug. 31. All received scholarships as a result of RIT’s partnership with the Rochester City School District.

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August

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8/31/2010
Greg Pollock, president of Student Government and a student in the Department of Communication, addressed the RIT community during the annual welcome for the 2010-2011 year.

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8/31/2010
President Destler addressed the RIT community Aug. 31 to kick off the 2010-2011 academic year.

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8/30/2010
Tom Thum, a second-year new media major from New Jersey, with help from his mom, Lori, moves in to his new home in the Global Village complex. The $54.5 million residential and commercial complex features new dining options and a variety of retail businesses, as well as residence halls with a global theme.

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8/27/2010
Workers remove a parking lot near the Student Alumni Union to create the new bikeway.

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8/21/2010
High school students recently participated in imaging science research at RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science through a summer internship program in the College of Science. Here, Reiner Emrich, a senior at Greece Olympia High School, adjusts the ultrasound transducer.

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8/19/2010
Workers remove a parking lot near the Student Alumni Union to create the new bikeway.

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8/18/2010
High school students recently participated in imaging science research at RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science through a summer internship program in the College of Science. Cicely DiPaulo, left, checks a scene capture while Octavia Rhim tests out eyetracking headgear.

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8/16/2010
Undergraduate students from the Korean University of Technology and Education are participating in a two-week Electronics and Manufacturing Systems Summer Internship program Aug. 9-20 at RIT.

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8/13/2010
Jennifer Indovina, an RIT alumna and CEO of Tenrehte Technologies, delivered the keynote address at RIT’s annual Undergraduate Research and Innovation Symposium Aug. 13. Indovina shared her experiences as a clean technology entrepreneur.

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8/11/2010
Construction continues on RIT’s Global Village complex, slated to open this fall. Located on the southwest area of campus, the area features unique residential and commercial space with an international flair. Here, a terracotta tile floor is installed in the dining area featuring Salsarita’s, Global Grill and Omikase Sushi.

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8/10/2010
New York State Assemblyman Joe Morelle, center, visited science camp at the Center for Bioscience Education and Technology on Aug. 6. Middle school and high school students from the surrounding area have taken advantage of a variety of weeklong bioscience camps held this summer at the center. Funding from a $2 million gift from Excellus BlueCross and BlueShield helps support the center’s laboratories and academic and community outreach programs. Douglas Merrill, left, director, leads the center’s outreach effort.

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8/9/2010
The Arena Art Group exhibit is on view at the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center at NTID through Aug. 14.

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8/5/2010
Student Corey Mack is working on converting intermodal shipping containers into low-cost, sustainable housing.

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8/4/2010
The Undergraduate Student Honors Exhibition is on view in RIT’s Bevier Gallery, James E. Booth Hall, through Sept. 7. The exhibit showcases RIT undergraduate honors work, selected by faculty and representing all programs.

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July

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7/30/2010
Babak Elahi, associate professor of English, has been appointed associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Elahi will assist in the implementation of the college’s strategic plan and serve as an adviser to Dean Robert Ulin on academic and research issues.

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7/28/2010
Anne Haake won grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to develop a medical-image database that uses physician input and novel eye-tracking techniques.

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7/26/2010
Christopher J. Kearney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of SPX Corp., has transformed SPX from a domestic automotive supplier to a global, multi-industry manufacturer in more than 35 countries. Kearney was the guest speaker for the E. Philip Saunders College of Business Executive Leaders Network Luncheon on July 22.

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7/24/2010
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Camp for Rochester City School District’s School #19, July 17-23 at RIT, included workshops in the various disciplines, sports activities and staying in the dorms. Here, some students look at their own cheek cells through a microscope connected to a computer in the Human Health and Disease workshop.

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7/23/2010
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Camp for Rochester City School District’s School #19, July 17-23 at RIT, included workshops in the various disciplines, sports activities and staying in the dorms. Here, some students look at their own cheek cells through a microscope connected to a computer in the Human Health and Disease workshop.

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7/22/2010
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Camp for Rochester City School District’s School #19, July 17-23 at RIT, included workshops in the various disciplines, sports activities and staying in the dorms. Here, some students look at their own cheek cells through a microscope connected to a computer in the Human Health and Disease workshop.

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7/21/2010
Dr. Fritz Henn, associate director of life sciences at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Brookhaven, N.Y., delivered the keynote address at the second annual Graduate Research Symposium on July 21. More than 100 masters and Ph.D. students from all eight of RIT’s colleges presented their research during the symposium.

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7/15/2010
Construction continues on RIT’s Global Village complex, slated to open this fall. Located on the southwest area of campus, the area features unique residential and commercial space with an international flair. In addition to housing students, the project will include a Mexican restaurant, international market, post office and wellness center.

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7/14/2010
National award-winning choreographers Bill Wade, right, of Cleveland’s Inlet Dance Theatre and Jamey Leverett, left, of Rochester City Ballet explore “What is Dance?” on July 13 at Nazareth College. The discussion, moderated by Thomas Warfield, director of the RIT/NTID dance program, was part of the week long Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival.

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7/7/2010
Roger Dube, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, is developing a monitoring system that will warn colonists on Mars about space weather storms and let them know when the danger has passed.

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7/6/2010
This project is a commemorative 120-page full-color book featuring the images of all 25 past Big Shot photographs from 1987 to the present day and illustrates how volunteers “painting with light” have helped make nighttime images of historical and contemporary architectural structures and landscapes. The contributing writers are Michael Peres, William DuBois and Dawn Tower DuBois.

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June

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6/29/2010
Signatures Magazine, RIT’s student-run art and literary publication, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010. Above, John Roche, professor of English and Signatures faculty advisor, meets with the magazine’s editorial staff to discuss publicity and distribution of the current issue.

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6/18/2010
RIT hosted the Current Practices in Fine Art Symposium June 16-18. Representatives from renowned libraries, museums, archives and universities participated. They discussed research examining current practices in fine art image reproduction and how to establish a suggested framework for art image interchange that best supports research, teaching and conservation. Stephen Chapman from Harvard University, pictured at the podium, was one of the event’s moderators. To learn more about the symposium, visit artimaging.rit.edu.

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6/15/2010
Renowned designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli were among those who went on a tour of the new Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The four-story facility includes galleries, storage space, classrooms, and offices. The center will house the entire archive of Massimo and Lella Vignelli whose graphic and product designs are icons of international design.

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6/14/2010
Drivers from 89 of the best Baja teams from the United States, Canada, South Korea, India, France and Venezuela got wet and muddy, climbed hills, raced through the water obstacle and endured some of the roughest terrain in the 2010 Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge June 11-13. At the end of the three-day competition, Cornell University took home the championship trophy winning the overall title. The second place team was the University of Windsor (Canada). RIT, host of the event, entered two cars and both placed in the top 10 overall, with the #5 car taking third place and the #83 car taking tenth. In individual events throughout the weekend, the RIT #5 team placed second in the design report category and took third in the endurance event. Teammates in the #83 car took first place in the grueling endurance event on Sunday. Here, RIT’s car completes the hill climb.

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6/12/2010
The 12th annual RITirees Picnic took place June 9 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Two retirees received the RITirees Award: Marvin Sachs and Richard Sterling, a former staff member. Here, Sachs, a former faculty member in the NTID Department of Science and Mathematics, chats with another attendee.

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6/12/2010
The 12th Annual RITirees Picnic took place in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center on June 9. Two retirees received the RITirees Award, a member of the faculty, Marvin Sachs, and a staff member, Richard Sterling. Here, Sterling, former director of Campus Safety, chats with another attendee.

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6/11/2010
RIT is hosting the Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge June 11-13 at RIT’s Gordon Field House and at Hogback MX in Palmyra, Wayne County. Here, the team from Keimyung University, South Korea, rolls their car to the inspection stations.

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6/11/2010
Renowned designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli were among those who went on a tour of the new Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The four-story facility includes galleries, archival space, classrooms, and offices. The center will house the entire archive of Massimo and Lella Vignelli whose graphic and product designs are icons of international design. Massimo Vignelli was one of the presenters at the Future of Reading conference.

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6/10/2010
Johanna Drucker, the inaugural Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, presented as part of the Future of Reading Conference on June 10.

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6/10/2010
Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, presented as part of the Future of Reading Conference on June 10.

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6/9/2010
Internationally known writer Margaret Atwood reviews the rare book collection housed at RIT’s Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Library. The Booker Prize winning author of the Handmaid’s Tale was on campus to open the Future of Reading Conference held June 9-12.

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6/8/2010
RIT signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ganondagan State Historic Site to coordinate and expand research and education projects related to the history and culture of the Five Nations Iroquois on June 7. The partnership will also work to enhance development of the Center for Native Science and Technology at Ganondagan.

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6/7/2010
Allan Johnson has been running his own business, Allan’s Textbooks, and providing tutoring and note-taking services on campus while pursuing his marketing degree from RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

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6/4/2010
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display June 2 as part of the 14th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. The 2006 Lotus, owned by Steve Petry from ITS, received lots of attention.

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6/3/2010
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display June 2 as part of the 14th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. Here, Dianne Howie, Howie’s sister, photographs his former car, a 1966 Chevelle SS-396.

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6/2/2010
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display June 2 as part of the 14th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. Above, Mike Russo, owner of the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, relaxes in his chair and has an ice cream during the car show.

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6/1/2010
Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy accepted an offer to be Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s running mate for his Democratic campaign for governor on May 26. Duffy is a 1993 alumnus of RIT, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

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5/25/2010
RIT Housing Operations’ summer grounds crew, led by Craig Hauschild, planted a creative tiger-theme garden on Andrews Drive near University Commons.

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5/24/2010
The RIT Baja team made history May 19-22 by placing first overall at its meet in Washington state. Despite numerous top-10 finishes in the team’s history, this marks the first time the off-road vehicle team took top honors in national or international competitions. The team placed first in the rock climb event and second in maneuverability, and it had top placements in endurance, hill climb and design portions of the competition. RIT competed against 99 other collegiate design teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa and India.

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5/23/2010
Ali Bird, a graduate from the department of communication, College of Liberal Arts, gets some assistance from her father before the commencement ceremony on May 21. The gold cords recognize her honors status and the red and white cords her membership in Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication honors society.

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5/22/2010
RIT celebrates its 125th commencement on May 21 and 22.

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5/21/2010
Longtime broadcaster Bob Schieffer will deliver the keynote address during RIT’s 125th commencement on May 21. Prior to the ceremony, Schieffer signed copies of his book Bob Schieffer’s America.

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5/20/2010
International students from RIT’s colleges in Dubai, Croatia and Kosovo traveled many hours and adjusted to several time zones to participate in the upcoming commencement ceremonies. They toured the RIT campus for the first time and spent time in the machine shop with members of the RIT Formula SAE team.

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5/20/2010
Construction is moving along on the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The four-story facility is expected to be completed at the end of May, with an official dedication scheduled for September. The Vignelli Center will house the entire archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose graphic and product designs are icons of international design.

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5/20/2010
Lisa Beach, wellness coach, takes RIT employee Nancy Drum’s blood pressure. The two have met regularly since January 2009 to assist Drum in her wellness goals. Drum lowered her blood pressure to normal ranges, developed and maintained healthy eating strategies and committed to a regular physcial activity program.

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5/18/2010
RIT’s School for American Crafts held its yearly “Walk-through” on May 17, displaying examples of wood, glass, ceramics and metals.

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5/18/2010
RIT’s School for American Crafts held its yearly “Walk-through” on May 17, displaying examples of wood, glass, ceramics and metals. Shown here is a glass piece that has toured the world, from Korea to Canada, created by MFA student Steven Tippin.

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5/17/2010
Nurul Hawa Ahmed will return to Malaysia after earning her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology on May 22. She is the first member of her family to study abroad.

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5/14/2010
Katie Stack, a third-year student in packaging science and a forward on the RIT women’s hockey team, received the Paychex Female College Athlete of the Year Award at the Rochester Press-Radio Club Dinner on May 12. Stack, shown here signing autographs at an earlier game this season, is the second RIT female athlete to be honored by the Rochester Press-Radio Club.

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5/13/2010
Jennifer Freer, library liaison to the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, and Corey Axelrod, a graduate student in the college, consult on information resources available as part of Mobile Library Help. Twice a week, Freer holds open office hours in the lobby of the Lowenthal Building. Students and faculty stop by for on-the-spot assistance with research, citation assistance and database training—one of many ways the library reaches out to assist the RIT community.

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5/12/2010
Members of RIT’s Triangle Fraternity raised money for diabetes research in an unusual manner. The sixth annual Bed Push was held May 1 with members pushing a bed all the way from Riverknoll housing on the RIT campus to Geneseo.

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5/11/2010
Robert Garrick, associate professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology/packaging science in the College of Applied Science and Technology, was awarded the 2009-2010 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given to a faculty member who has taught three years or less at RIT and is recognized for his or her pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership in the campus community. Garrick ’94 (MBA), who began teaching at RIT in 2008, had worked as a product team leader and research engineer at Delphi’s Technical Center in Rochester. His industry background plays a major role in his teaching by connecting theory with experiential learning for his students.

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5/11/2010
Jim Vallino, who was recently named chair of RIT’s Department of Software Engineering, is a recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching for the 2009-2010 academic year. Vallino’s unique teaching philosophy, one that requires students to share responsibility for their own learning, has earned admiration from his students and his peers. The award is named in honor of M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart. Mr. Eisenhart was the longtime president and board chairman of Bausch & Lomb Inc. and a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees for more than 50 years.

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5/10/2010
The RIT Formula SAE team unveiled its 2010 car May 1 at the Imagine RIT Festival. RIT, one of the top collegiate design teams in the country, begins its season with a trip to Michigan International Speedway May 12-16. Last year, RIT Formula placed second overall in the competition. RIT will defend its first-place overall finish in California June 16-19 and will compete in the Formula Student Germany event Aug. 4-8.

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5/9/2010
Twelve young women studying in RIT’s School of Film and Animation screened their films at the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival May 9. The program included animations, live action, experimental films and documentaries. This is from the showing of Grandpa?!, produced and shot in Taiwan by TzuHui Lin.

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5/7/2010
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed fuel-cell research projects being conducted at RIT with President Bill Destler. Gillibrand visited campus April 30 to tour the research labs of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. She also hosted a fuel cell roundtable discussion with area business, government and labor leaders. The event was organized by New York State Assemblyman Joseph Morelle.

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5/6/2010
The 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival kicked off May 5 with an appearance by film director James Ivory. Ivory was honored as a George Eastman Honorary Scholar and presented his latest film, The City of Your Final Destination. In addition, 12 young women studying in RIT’s School of Film and Animation will screen their films at the festival. Filmgoers can see the program “Women of SOFA” at 1 p.m. May 9 at the Little Theatre in Rochester. The program will include animations, live action, experimental films and documentaries.

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5/4/2010
Keith Jenkins, associate professor in the Department of Communication, has been selected to receive an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching for the 2009-2010 academic year. The honor, presented by the Office of the Provost, encourages the professional growth and development of RIT faculty and specifically recognizes those members of the academic body who contribute most to enhance student learning. The award is named in honor of M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart. Mr. Eisenhart was the longtime president and board chairman of Bausch & Lomb Inc. and a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees for more than 50 years.

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5/3/2010
2010 is the 40th anniversary of the Higher Education Opportunity Program at RIT. This state-funded program is committed to the recruitment and academic success of students with strong academic potential who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to circumstances of economic disadvantage. The celebration on April 30 honored all those past and present involved with HEOP at RIT. The program included a video and a keynote speaker, Wade Norwood, director of community engagement for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

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5/3/2010
Visitors interacted with a large projection screen via a controlling system to create a unique collaborative art piece called Hydropic, from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, at the 2010 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

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5/1/2010
Sketchbox is an immersive installation that seeks to bring strangers together to play, both cooperatively and competitively. Without using a controller of any kind, players interact with the games by moving throughout the installation space. The game world is comprised entirely of doodle-quality illustrations, representative of the childlike simplicity of play. An exhibit from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

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5/1/2010
The RIT Green Vehicle Challenge kicked off the 2010 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 1. Nine teams built and raced alternate energy vehicles to compete on time and energy consumed.

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