Campus Spotlight

January

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1/31/2011
RIT alumnus Jerry Elman ’77, ’84, owner of Schoen Place Auto in East Rochester, offers female and senior customers an honest place to come for their auto repairs. Elman earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA.

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1/27/2011
Kathy Carcaci, currently RIT’s longest serving staff employee, has been a part of the campus community for 45 years. She has seen RIT transform from a close-knit neighborhood campus in downtown Rochester into the sprawling, state-of-the-art university that it is today.

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1/27/2011
Rochester performer and storyteller Rafe Martin spoke in Peter Lovenheim’s Narrative Nonfiction class on Jan. 25. He talked about the structure of a story and what is important to include for it to be a successful read. Lovenheim, adjunct professor of English at RIT, is the author of seven books.

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1/26/2011
Fourth-year industrial design students are busy fabricating chairs they designed and created using Wilsonart laminate. The project is part of a partnership with Wilsonart International, spearheaded by RIT professor Josh Owen. Next month, the students’ final chair designs will be juried by international design professionals. The winning student design will be among those featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May in New York City. The top student will win a $1,000 scholarship.

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1/25/2011
Gerard DeLone, a chocolate lover from Facilities and Management Services, sampled a variety of homemade truffles at the Brick City Catering open house on Jan. 21. Customers ordering Valentine’s Day truffles will be entered into a drawing to win a free truffle-making class with chef Autumn Geer, on right.

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1/24/2011
One of America’s best known and widely read poets, Nikki Giovanni, gave the keynote address at the Expressions of King’s Legacy event on Jan. 24. She talked about the strength found in communities, social justice, activism and diversity. Earlier in the day, she met with students from the College of Liberal Arts as part of a poetry seminar class.

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1/23/2011
The Liberal Arts Minor and Concentration Fair on Jan. 21 featured faculty representatives from the more than 40 minors and concentrations offered through the College of Liberal Arts. John Roche, right, associate professor of English, answers questions from Jan Dvorak, a first-year student in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

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1/21/2011
Twenty RIT decision makers spent three days and two nights at the RIT Inn & Conference Center, Global Village and Perkins Green apartments for The REAL RIT Challenge, sponsored by Student Government. The challenge was to master campus transportation—learning how to read shuttle bus schedules to arrive on campus on time, and to get to off-campus locations such as Wegmans, Park Point and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Here, a group waits to board a bus to take them to their assigned destination on Jan. 20.

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1/20/2011
Twenty RIT decision makers spent three days and two nights at the RIT Inn & Conference Center, Global Village and Perkins Green apartments for The REAL RIT Challenge, sponsored by Student Government. The challenge was to master campus transportation—learning how to read shuttle bus schedules to arrive on campus on time, and to get to off-campus locations such as Wegmans, Park Point and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The group gathered on Jan. 19 to receive information packets and have dinner.

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1/19/2011
The RIT American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Community Center opened with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 19. It is a resource for community, national and international outreach activities that enrich and celebrate achievements of the deaf community and fosters interaction among deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing colleagues.

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1/19/2011
Elizabeth Thabet, a first-year student in CIAS, learns about volunteer opportunities at an event hosted by RIT’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on Jan. 18.

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1/18/2011
Kim Murray, right, demonstrates a move in his wellness class, kickboxing. RIT’s Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation’s Wellness Program offers numerous classes such as yoga, dance, cardio conditioning, pilates and more.

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1/17/2011
James Winebrake, a noted transportation and energy policy scholar, has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. Winebrake will develop and implement the college’s strategic plan and lead RIT’s research and education initiatives in the humanities, social sciences and performing/fine arts.

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1/14/2011
Judging for the second annual New York Ice Wine Competition took place Jan. 14 at Henry’s restaurant. Here, Abby Holland, a fourth-year food management major, and Tom Small, a fourth-year criminal justice major, prepare for the event, which was coordinated by Lorraine Hems, lecturer, and students in the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology. The New York Ice Wine Festival is Feb. 5 at Casa Larga Vineyard.

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1/13/2011
RIT history professor Richard Newman stands at the gravesite of famed activist and orator Frederick Douglass in Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery. Newman is conducting a workshop series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to better educate K-12 history teachers on the influence of 19th century social reform movements on modern politics, culture and society. The series will include a tour of Mount Hope and an examination of the Douglass papers at the University of Rochester.

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1/12/2011
Eighth-graders from Fairport’s middle schools visited RIT Jan. 12 to experience a taste of what it’d be like to pursue careers in computing and technology. The students, who are in an all-female technology class as part of Fairport’s single gender class pilot program, were hosted by RIT’s Women in Computing group and Women in Technology group. From left, Allison Mahoney, Emily Davio and Christian Conner experiment with PicoCrickets with Alana Malina, a second-year graduate student in information technology.

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1/11/2011
Students from RIT’s hospitality, tourism and nutrition management program traveled to RIT Dubai to study the growing tourism industry in the United Arab Emirates. Before they started classes, they took in the sights and activities of the area. Evan Coyne (left) and Traci Earwood, third- and fourth-year tourism students, respectively, took a camel ride, bringing a little bit of RIT to the desert.

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1/9/2011
RIT students, faculty and staff choreographed and filmed a lip-dub video on Jan. 9 to be shown during FreezeFest, Feb. 4–6. The lip dub was a one-take, lip-sync music video to Survivor’s hit song “Eye of the Tiger.”

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1/7/2011
A Discipline the University Didn’t Know it Wanted, by Patrick Scanlon, professor of communication, offers readers “A Brief History of the Department of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology.” Scanlon traces the study of communication at RIT back to the late 19th century when communication was treated as “a tool to be handled with skill, as is the pencil, and hammer.” Then, beginning in the mid-1980s, a new degree program in professional and technical communication emerged. Over the course of the next few years, the department added degree programs in advertising and public relations and in journalism, and a graduate degree in communication and media technologies.

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1/6/2011
Gates Chili High School seniors, from left, Michael Leimberger, Brandon Garbacz and Zachary Goole, discuss a variety of pollution prevention initiatives with Anahita Williamson, director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT. The students conducted a recycling campaign at their school and plan to donate the proceeds to the Pollution Prevention Institute. Williamson met with the group Jan. 6 to target the funds for specific uses.

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1/5/2011
Tim Dehm and Bethany Wong, both third-year packaging science students, were among the attendees at PackExpo, the national conference and tradeshow for industry professionals. As part of PackExpo, student teams from universities across the country compete in a design challenge. This year’s theme commemorated Earth Day.

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1/4/2011
Robert Verderame, a second-year information security and forensics major, has developed a library reservation system that has been named a Top 100 Product of 2010 by District Administration magazine, a leading publication devoted to public school administrators.

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1/3/2011
The exhibit “Our Favorite Things,” featuring personal collections from NTID faculty and staff, was on view at the NTID Dyer Arts Center.

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December

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12/24/2010
Students, faculty and staff will return to campus after their holiday break. Classes resume Jan. 3.

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12/22/2010
Visitors to the RIT campus took to the ice during open skate hours at the Frank Ritter Ice Arena. The arena offers free skate every day. For hours and rates, call 585-475-2223.

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12/21/2010
RIT’s female a capella group, Encore, sang Christmas carols at “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” hosted by InterVarsity at Global Village on Dec. 16. Non-perishable food and winter clothes were collected to donate to the Open Door Mission.

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12/20/2010
At the end of the 2010 Formula SAE season, the RIT Formula Racing Team was ranked fourth in the world among 400-plus collegiate teams. As part of the group’s preparation for the upcoming season, the team hosted President Bill Destler last month for a walk-through in the machine shop in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. RIT Formula Racing designs and builds a new car each season to race in the U.S. and Europe.

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12/17/2010
Adam Walker, a master’s student in public policy, is traveling to Kenya in December to assist in the development of sustainable irrigation technologies for use by local farmers. The project is being conducted by the international nonprofit KickStart International. Walker plans on blogging about his experiences at forthebottom4.wordpress.com.

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12/15/2010
Holiday shoppers are buying up handmade gifts at the annual School for American Crafts holiday sale. Student artists in the school’s glass, wood, ceramics and metals programs are selling their wares in the lobby of the Student Alumni Union. The sale runs until 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Students use the money to defray the cost of projects throughout the school year.

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12/15/2010
Holiday shoppers are buying up handmade gifts at the annual School for American Crafts holiday sale. Student artists in the school’s glass, wood, ceramics and metals programs are selling their wares in the lobby of the Student Alumni Union. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 15 and 16. Students use the money to defray the cost of projects throughout the school year. Here, Belinda Bryce, director for the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, gathers pottery to purchase.

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12/15/2010
Kindergartners at RIT’s Margaret’s House do their part to collect spare change during The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The class, led by teacher Susan Northrup, set up shop Dec. 8 in front of the Campus Center.

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12/14/2010
Brick City Catering created flavored cupcakes for the holidays. The cupcakes are available for purchase by the half dozen and come in three flavors—Chocolate Peppermint (chocolate cake with peppermint extract, chocolate butter cream frosting, and candy cane garnish), Gingerbread (spiced yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon candies), and Snow White (white cake with coconut butter cream frosting and coconut flakes). Orders may be placed through the catering sales office at 475-2346 by Dec. 20.

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12/13/2010
Noted poet and playwright Amiri Baraka will present a master class on the craft of creative writing and be present at an RIT performance of his award-winning play Dutchman on Dec. 13. The master class will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 1510 Lab Theater in Lyndon B. Johnson Hall at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m.

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12/13/2010
The Metals Alumni Exhibition showcases national and international artists who have graduated from the RIT program and have achieved recognition and success for their work. An opening reception in RIT’s Bevier Gallery was held Dec. 10 and the show runs through Jan. 19. Bevier Gallery is closed Dec. 18 to Jan. 2.

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12/10/2010
RIT students rehearsing for this year’s performances of The Vagina Monologues took time to support University of Hartford student Ally Pfeiffer, a target of cyberbullies, who told her story on NBC’s Today Dec. 8. The RIT students created cards and wrote letters and plan to send them to Pfeiffer in Connecticut. The effort was coordinated by RIT’s Center for Women and Gender.

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12/10/2010
Approximately 30 vendors participated in the annual Winter Craft Sale, offering a variety of items created by faculty, staff and alumni. Ashley Tyler, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student, shopped at Jesarah Jewelry Designs for a gift for her mother.

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12/10/2010
Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, was among the featured speakers at the RIT Social Media and Communication Symposium on Dec. 8. He also delivered the School of Print Media’s Paul and Louise Miller Lecture about the future of journalism. Benton said that as someone who grew up in a poor town in South Louisiana, his sources for news were a small, daily newspaper and Dan Rather. Benton believes journalism is better than it was in the past and the ability for everyone to publish on the Internet is an amazing innovation. Benton says that traditional news organizations have been wary of aggregation, but journalists have been active aggregators for years as they are the ones who are “aggregating” the brains of their sources for stories. Before coming to Harvard, Benton was an award-winning education reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

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12/9/2010
Students react to a reading during the Poetry Slam Dec. 3 in Java Wally’s, a coffee shop in Wallace Center.

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12/8/2010
Industry professionals discussed the use of social media in marketing and advertising during RIT’s Social Media and Communication Symposium Dec. 8. Keynote speakers included Jeff Jarvis, associate professor of journalism at the City University of New York and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly.

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12/7/2010
RIT’s Women in Computing group created a Techie Tree for the holiday season. Students, faculty and staff decorated the tree, which is located in the Golisano Hall atrium, with ornaments that they created out of computer hardware. Jennifer Piepenburg, a fifth-year computer science major, puts the finishing touches on her ornament.

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12/6/2010
RIT President Bill Destler was presented with a special award on Dec. 2 recognizing the university community’s outstanding commitment to the Red Cross blood program. Kay Schwartz, CEO of American Red Cross Biomedical Services, says RIT’s participation over the past five years has positioned the university as an academic leader across the state and throughout the Northeast in regards to lives saved.

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12/4/2010
In an effort to boost school spirit, RIT Student Government hosted a kick-off event for its “We Are RIT” spirit campaign on Dec. 3 in the Campus Center. Student Government leaders also turned the Campus Center fountain orange as a display of RIT spirit.

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12/3/2010
Award-winning graphic artist Alison Bechdel discussed her artistic process and the use of graphic narrative during the talk “Drawing Words, Reading Pictures” Dec. 2 at RIT. The presentation was sponsored by the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” lecture series. Bechdel’s nationally syndicated comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran from 1983 to 2008 and was one of the earliest ongoing representations of lesbians in popular culture.

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12/2/2010
A FIRST Lego League team coached by Stephanie Ludi, an associate professor of software engineering, and mentored by students from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, practices for a recent FIRST regional championship. The team is comprised entirely of girls, an underrepresented group in computing. From left, Mike Dapiran, a second-year graduate student in game design, Rachel Wells, a fifth-grader at Indian Landing School, and Katrina Myers, an eighth-grader from Berger Middle School.

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November

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11/30/2010
Rodolfo “Rudy” Montez Jr. will be the first student to earn his doctorate from RIT’s Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program. His dissertation focused on X-rays emitted from planetary nebulae, or dying stars.

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11/29/2010
Sue Northrup, kindergarten teacher at Margaret’s House, sorts through pajamas collected for The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. The RIT community is asked to drop off new pajamas to boxes at Margaret’s House and the Campus Center. For each pair of pajamas collected, Scholastic Book Club will donate one book to children in need. The drive continues through Dec. 3.

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11/29/2010
Autumn Geer, Brick City Catering, created flavored cupcakes for the holidays. The cupcakes are available for purchase by the half dozen and come in three flavors—Chocolate Peppermint (chocolate cake with peppermint extract, chocolate butter cream frosting, and candy cane garnish), Gingerbread (spiced yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon candies), and Snow White (white cake with coconut butter cream frosting and coconut flakes). Orders may be placed through the catering sales office at 475-2346.

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11/23/2010
Mary Barnard, a senior staff assistant in the School of Film and Animation, helps assemble care packages for the military on Nov. 22. The Alumni Relations department collected toiletries, games, snacks and even Girl Scout cookies to give members of the Armed Forces with ties to the university a little taste of home this holiday season. Barnard’s son, Josh, is deployed in Afghanistan.

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11/22/2010
RIT President Bill Destler, left, joined Jeremy Haefner, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Don Boyd, vice president for research, to discuss the vision for research at RIT. The Nov. 22 presentation served as the opening event to the two-day Grant Writers’ Boot Camp, sponsored annually by the Wallace Center and Sponsored Research Services.

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11/22/2010
From left, Kris Campbell, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boise State University, Simone Raoux, a research scientist from IBM’s T.J. Watson Research, RIT microelectonics engineering professor Santosh Kurinec and Ph.D. Candidate Archana Devasia were on hand as Devasia defended her doctoral dissertation, “Towards Integrating Chalcogenide Based Phase Change Memory with Silicon Microelectronics.” She has been working with Kurinec throughout her Ph.D. studies and joined her last fall during her sabbatical at IBM. All four women were part of a research team continuing development of phase-change memory for microelectronic devices.

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11/19/2010
RIT played a crucial role in eGameRevolution, the latest permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Play at The Strong, which opened Nov. 20. RIT Interactive Games and Media professor Steve Jacobs and two RIT students—third-year interactive new media development major Ned Blakley and third-year game design and development major Matt Fico—helped devise and execute the strategy behind the exhibit, which chronicles the history of electronic games.

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11/19/2010
RIT students provided hearty Thanksgiving meals to five Henrietta families in need with the help of donations received during the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Students delivered the care packages Nov. 18. The effort was coordinated by the Center for Women and Gender and the Community Service Center.

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11/18/2010
Local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Janis F. Gleason, signed copies of her new book, The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason, on Nov. 18. RIT’s College of Engineering is named after Kate Gleason, an industrialist, mechanical engineer and real estate developer. The book, published by RIT Press, came to fruition after the author’s husband, James S. Gleason, the grandnephew of Kate Gleason and chairman of the Gleason Corp., allowed her access to family files that were discovered on the top floor of Gleason Works.

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11/16/2010
Students Brandon Mercer, Mady McKenna and Katherine Zickgraf, right, indulge in a hot, late-night meal during Midnight Breakfast Nov. 12. The annual event, hosted by the Center for Residence Life, helps students ease the stress of end-of-quarter finals by being served breakfast by faculty and staff members.

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11/15/2010
David Lallemant, an engineer working in Haiti with the World Bank Group, talked about ongoing challenges facing the disaster-response effort following the earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince earlier this year. The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science hosted Lallemant’s visit to RIT as the keynote speaker at its annual workshop Nov. 12. Imagery collected from the disaster by RIT, and made freely available on the Internet, has led to a flood of innovative information products. Getting those products to the right decision makers is part of the challenge facing engineers and scientists working in remote-damage analysis, Lallemant says.

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11/14/2010
RIT officially launched Tiger Power Play—The Campaign for RIT Hockey at a news conference Nov. 12 in Ritter Arena. The initiative aims to raise $15 million toward construction of an arena seating up to 6,000 fans. President Bill Destler (at podium) introduced alumnus Stephen Schultz (left), co-founder and chief technical officer of Pictometry Corp., and his wife, Vicki Schultz, an RIT alumna. The couple presented the campaign’s opening gift of $1 million. Men’s hockey head coach Wayne Wilson (standing behind Destler) looks on.

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11/12/2010
RIT inaugurated a new chapter in the evolution of its championship hockey programs on Nov. 12. President Bill Destler officially announced the university’s campaign to build a new ice arena on campus. RIT alumni Stephen Schultz ’89 (computer science), co-founder and chief technical officer at Pictometry, and his wife Vicki Schultz ’94, ’99 (business administration, MBA) presented the campaign’s opening gift of $1 million. A founding member of RIT’s colorful Corner Crew cheering section, Stephen Schultz considers this donation an extension of his ongoing loyalty to the Tigers.

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11/11/2010
Bevier Gallery is hosting the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences “Faculty Exhibition”—an annual exhibit showcasing recent work by faculty members from the School of Art, School of Design, School for American Crafts, and Foundations. The show runs through Nov. 13.

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11/10/2010
Newly elected U.S. Congressman Thomas Reed, center, is sworn into office by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, alongside RIT President Bill Destler, at a ceremony Nov. 10 at RIT. Reed was elected Nov. 2 in a special election to represent the 29th District in New York, replacing Eric Massa.

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11/10/2010
A line formed for the opening of Nathan’s Soup and Salad in the Student Alumni Union lobby on Nov. 9. Nathan’s, a favorite restaurant on Park Avenue, now has an additional location in the former candy counter space. Nathan’s offerings include healthy homemade soups, sandwiches and breads.

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11/9/2010
John Roche, associate professor of English, co-edited Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind: An Anthology From the Inmates’ Poetry Workshop of Auburn Correctional Facility, Auburn, New York, 2001-2009 with Patricia Roth Schwartz.

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11/8/2010
Led by RIT, more than 400 student athletes and library staff from seven local colleges visited seven Rochester city elementary schools Nov. 5 to participate in the Giant Read. The event was funded by a grant RIT received from the John F. Wegman Fund through the Rochester Area Community Foundation. MCC, Nazareth, Roberts Wesleyan, St. John Fisher, SUNY Brockport and University of Rochester joined RIT for the event. The student athletes read to first graders and then joined in activities in the schools’ gymnasiums.

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11/5/2010
Led by RIT, more than 400 student athletes and library staff from seven local colleges visited seven Rochester city elementary schools Nov. 5 to participate in the Giant Read. The event was funded by a grant RIT received from the John F. Wegman Fund through the Rochester Area Community Foundation. MCC, Nazareth, Roberts Wesleyan, St. John Fisher, SUNY Brockport and University of Rochester joined RIT for the event. The student athletes read to first graders and then joined in activities in the schools’ gymnasiums. Many of the colleges’ mascots joined in on the fun. Here, RIT student Jasmine Maisonet, a member of RIT's women's track and field team, reads to children from John Williams School No. 5.

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11/5/2010
University of Maryland-Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski was the keynote speaker for the 2010 Campus Week of Dialogue on Nov. 5. He spoke about strategies to increase diversity, retention and student achievement, especially in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The Campus Week of Dialogue is sponsored by the President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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11/4/2010
Ken Hansen, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Freescale Semiconductor, opened the 2010 Freescale Symposium on Nov. 4, discussing the company’s newest technologies. Participants attended workshops and demonstrations of the company’s development tools and student projects.

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11/3/2010
James Carlson, chief executive officer of Amerigroup, was the keynote speaker at the Executive Leaders Network luncheon sponsored by RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business on Nov. 3. Since he took the helm in 2003, Carlson has secured Amerigroup’s position as one of the leading voices on behalf of health care for the financially vulnerable, seniors and people with disabilities.

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11/2/2010
Congressman Dan Maffei, right, visited the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory, part of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Oct. 22. Distinguished researcher Don McKeown, left, explains how the multi-wavelength camera system was used to capture images in earthquake-struck Haiti, while Robert Krzaczek, software architect, looks on. Maffei, along with Congressman Chris Lee, secured $500,000 in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support RIT’s remote sensing program.

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11/1/2010
Faculty, staff and students, including Alene Pierro, center, a third-year professional photographic illustration major, helped to turn up the volume on RIT’s annual fundraising effort during ROAR Day, the fifth annual Raise Our Annual Responses initiative, on Oct. 28. Gifts made during ROAR Day help support RIT’s General Scholarship Fund.

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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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