Campus Spotlight

October

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10/31/2011
Students from the School of Interactive Games and Media organized a flash mob Oct. 31.

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10/31/2011
Trick-or-treaters from Care-A-Lot Child Care made their annual trek to RIT today.

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10/30/2011
The Brick City Student Wellness Fair was held recently on campus.

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10/28/2011
NTID Performing Arts presents ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ tonight and this weekend.

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10/28/2011
Designer and reality-TV star Lisa Roberts visits the Vignelli Center for Design Studies.

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10/27/2011
Frank Warren, creator of the PostSecret blog, shared stories and secrets Oct. 26 at RIT.

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10/27/2011
Thanks to videoconferencing, students from RIT’s main campus and the American College of Management and Technology campus in Zagreb, Croatia, were able to connect with each other and share their first-year experiences. The students spoke about the similarities and differences among the schools and their various cultures. This was part of Maureen Barry’s Interpreting Discovery class held Oct. 25 in the Center for Student Innovation.

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10/27/2011
The women’s hockey team held a meet-and-greet to raise breast cancer awareness.

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10/26/2011
Members of the RIT women’s hockey team in their new, state-of-the-art locker room.

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10/26/2011
President Destler visits RIT Dubai for a new campus dedication ceremony.

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10/25/2011
NTID grad and wrestling champ Matt Hamill took part in a music video filmed on campus.

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10/24/2011
Area students participating in the advanced manufacturing and nano-tech certificate training program worked in the clean room in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering as part of their coursework. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing and high-tech industries such as microelectronics and photovoltaics, two growing sectors in western New York. Students participated in classes on microelectronics, surface mount technology and polymer processing. The program is a joint venture between the Genesee County Economic Development Center, Genesee Community College and RIT.

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10/21/2011
Clickable CEO David Kidder spoke at the RIT Entrepreneurs Conference on Oct 21.

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10/20/2011
Old electronics were dropped off for recycling on E-Cycling Day.

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10/19/2011
Greece Olympia junior Rima Gebremariam gets help with her work from Ken Sayres, program director of RIT’s Office of K-12 Programs. Through the program, RIT partners with Greece Olympia High School and Iglesia Educational Centers, offering academic support and college and career preparation through workshops, internships, college tours, counseling and field trips.

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10/18/2011
The Brick City 5k run took place on Oct. 16 around the RIT campus. It was one of the final events during RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 14-16.

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10/17/2011
The men’s hockey team held a meet and greet at Barnes & Noble @ RIT.

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10/16/2011
Michael J. Fox spoke to a sell-out crowd as part of Brick City Weekend.

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10/16/2011
RIT welcomed actor, director and author Michael J. Fox as this year’s Horton Distinguished Speaker Oct. 15, in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Fox added to the many events of RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 14-16. Fox starred in the TV series Family Ties and Spin City, as well as the Back to the Future trilogy, Teen Wolf and The American President. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29, Fox has also become an advocate for increased research funding and awareness for Parkinson’s disease through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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10/15/2011
RIT welcomed actor, director and author Michael J. Fox as this year’s Horton Distinguished Speaker Oct. 15, in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. Fox added to the many events of RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 14-16. Fox starred in the TV series Family Ties and Spin City, as well as the Back to the Future trilogy, Teen Wolf and The American President. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 29, Fox has also become an advocate for increased research funding and awareness for Parkinson’s disease through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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10/14/2011
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart performed as part of Brick City Weekend.

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10/14/2011
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart performed Oct. 14 in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center, as part of RIT’s Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend. Hart has landed roles in several feature films, including Scary Movie 3, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Fools Gold. His “Laugh at My Pain” comedy tour was one of the most successful comedy concerts in history, earning over $15,000,000 in ticket sales.

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10/14/2011
ROAR Day brought in more than $40,000, a record total for the event.

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10/14/2011
President Bill Destler and others break ground on NTID’s Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall.

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10/14/2011
Donald Brinkman, research project manager for Microsoft Research Connections, thanks members of RIT’s Just Press Play project team and the School of Interactive Games and Media for their work. Brinkman visited RIT for the launch of Just Press Play on Oct. 13 in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Just Press Play is an interactive video game that helps students explore, uncover secrets, band together and seek a balance in their academic and social lives—all of which help to make a student “awesome.” RIT faculty, staff and students developed the game and it was funded by a $350,000 gift from Microsoft Research.

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10/14/2011
Brick City weekend is here! Michael J. Fox, Kevin Hart and men’s hockey are sold out.

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10/13/2011
RIT/NTID alumni Sean Forbes, a rap musician; Matt Hamill, NCAA wrestling champ and former UFC contender; and Adrean Mangiardi, video director, took over the Frisina Quad on campus and enlisted student talent to film a music video for “The Hammer,” a movie about Hamill’s life, which was filmed in part on the RIT campus and which will be opening in select theaters nationwide on Oct 27th.

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10/13/2011
Hundreds of students attended the 11th annual NTID Job Fair on Oct. 12. More than 40 employers looking to fill summer co-ops and some permanent openings reviewed resumes and met with students.

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10/12/2011
President Bill Destler reads to children at Margaret’s House.

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10/11/2011
Members of WITR hand out T-shirts Tuesday during National College Radio Day.

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10/11/2011
RIT’s Caroline Werner Gannett Project “Visionaries in Motion V” lecture series continued Oct. 10 with a talk by Ryan Knighton, author, screenwriter and professor, who presented “It’s Like, for Real: A Life in Autopathography.” Knighton, who gradually lost his sight after being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at age 18, wrote his memoir about the experience and was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal, Canada’s national award for the funniest book of the year. “Hilarious, unsentimental and feisty, Ryan Knighton engages both sighted and blind worlds with issues he has encountered at the crossroads of memory, storytelling, technology and the human body,” says Mary Lynn Broe, the Caroline Werner Gannett Professor of Humanities at RIT. The next speaker in the series is Fred Ritchin, author and professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, who comes to RIT Nov. 3.

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10/10/2011
The Glass Pumpkin Patch, held Saturday, continues 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday.

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10/10/2011
Monroe County Court Judge Vicki Argento speaks at the Restorative Justice Conference.

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10/7/2011
A remote-controlled wheelchair developed by RIT students David Olney and Luticha Doucette transformed into a telepresence robot in the Center for Student Innovation on Oct. 7. A laptop attached to the wheelchair provided an audience at MITRE Corp.’s headquarters in Bedford, Mass., with a virtual tour of the center. The center’s director, Jon Schull, spoke at MITRE’s Innovation Brown Bag Lunch Series about the facility and the innovative, collaborative work among RIT students and faculty. As Schull spoke, students at RIT guided the robot around the center to give MITRE researchers a chance to visit the center, the new Rapid Prototyping lab, and the students.

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10/6/2011
Students can take a tour through the wine regions of the world with Lorraine Hems, a lecturer in the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation. She’s been recognized for her extensive educational and community service programming about wines and spirits from around the world, and much of that information fills the pages of her new textbook, Passport to the World of Wines. The book covers the history of winemaking through the ages, as well as the uniqueness of wines from different countries. It is a practical guide about pairing wine and foods, hosting a tasting event and providing information about service and storage.

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10/5/2011
David Pankow recently retired from his post as curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

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10/4/2011
World-renowned designer George Lois is donating his archive to RIT.

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10/4/2011
Biology professor Jeff Lodge describes the hidden benefits of algae.

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10/3/2011
Dennis Andrejko is chairman of the new Master of Architecture program.

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September

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9/29/2011
Writer Clay Shirky spoke during the Social Media and Communication Symposium Sept. 29.

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9/29/2011
Nichelle Stephens spoke during the Social Media and Communication Symposium Sept. 29.

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9/28/2011
More than 200 companies participated in the Fall Career Fair on Sept. 28.

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9/27/2011
The Sands family and Sen. Jim Alesi gave $2 million to the School for American Crafts.

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9/27/2011
Delegates from South Korea recently visited with several instructors at RIT.

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9/26/2011
The 16th annual Mud Tug tournament took place Saturday.

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9/25/2011
RIT students participate in Mud Tug 2011, the annual all out tug-of-war tournament held behind Grace Watson Hall, Sept. 24.

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9/22/2011
Dan Loh ’95 and other Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni received the Isaiah Thomas Award.

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9/21/2011
RIT alumni help sort food at Foodlink as part of the alumni community service day.

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9/20/2011
Barnes & Noble @ RIT features a fair-wage clothing line this year.

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9/19/2011
Pickleball will be offered to students this fall.

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9/18/2011
The RIT eBike Fleet was on display at the Greentopia Festival last weekend.

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9/17/2011
National Medal of Science recipient Esther Conwell kicks off the Gannett Project.

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9/16/2011
RIT’s College of Liberal Arts hosted a Welcome Back Bash for students Sept. 15. The event presented an opportunity for students to meet faculty and staff and helped ignite school spirit and camaraderie among RIT’s Liberal Arts community.

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9/15/2011
Ben Lubin serves as the historian for Photo House.

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9/14/2011
RIT/NTID students gather in the Frisina Quad for the annual Applefest.

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9/13/2011
Hinda Kasher, fine arts studio major from Brooklyn, created this ring sculpture from her Introduction to Sculpture class with Elizabeth Kronfield, in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts & Sciences.

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9/12/2011
Anthony Vodacek is studying the Lake Kivu region in Rwanda.

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9/11/2011
Aristide Economopoulos, left, an award-winning photojournalist with the Newark Star-Ledger and an RIT alumnus, presented “9/11: Reflections and Remembrances” on Sept. 9. The talk was hosted by the Paul & Louise Miller Endowed Professorship. Economopoulos is one of eight RIT alumni whose work from 9/11 is on display through Oct. 17 in the Frank E. Gannett Building lobby. Here, he discusses the work with RIT President Bill Destler.

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9/10/2011
Photo alumnus Aristide Economopoulos and Bill Destler at RIT’s 9/11 photo exhibit.

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9/9/2011
Rwandan officials visit the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

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9/8/2011
The Farmers Market is open until 2 p.m. today.

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9/8/2011
George Lois, best known for his controversial magazine covers he designed for Esquire in the 1960s, had an exhibit of his advertising work in the University Gallery. Lois, along with renowned designer Massimo Vignelli, hosted a master’s design workshop at RIT July 24-30.

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9/7/2011
The Strong’s National Museum of Play was the subject of this year’s Big Shot.

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9/6/2011
Rujul Shah, who hails from India and is completing her master’s degree in electrical engineering at RIT, says she often studies in the Wallace Library. “It’s where I go to escape the lab for a while; sometimes I even work on the community puzzle in the library because it relaxes me.”

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9/5/2011
Students arrive on campus for the first day of classes on Sept. 5.

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9/5/2011
An estimated 2,500 freshmen and 900 transfer students arrived on campus for the first day of classes on Sept.5.

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9/3/2011
RIT held its sixth annual Lighting The Way ceremony on Sept. 2 to welcome new female students to campus. The event was sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender, RIT’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and RIT’s Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration.

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9/2/2011
Incoming students participate in the Tiger Walk ahead of the first day of classes.

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9/2/2011
Ritchie joins others to cheer on freshman students at the Tiger Walk on Sept. 1.

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9/1/2011
Greg Pollock, president of Student Government, welcomed new students and their families during the Student Convocation on Sept. 1. The program included remarks from President Destler; Jeremy Haefner, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Mary-Beth Cooper, senior vice president for student affairs, and Sandra Connelly, keynote speaker.

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9/1/2011
The Resource Fair, held Aug. 31, featured introductions to a variety of RIT departments. In addition, a selection of local businesses participated.

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August

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8/31/2011
New freshmen arrive at RIT during Move-In day 2011. An estimated 2,500 freshmen and 900 transfer students were welcomed. From left, Lenny, Liz, Linda and Jessica Kellner and Anthony Passerino. Jessica is the first-year student.

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8/31/2011
RIT President Bill Destler lends a hand to first-year student Dan Bartz Wednesday during Move-In Day.

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8/30/2011
President Bill Destler welcomed back RIT faculty and staff on Aug. 30 during remarks that traditionally begin the academic year. Other speakers included Jeremy Haefner, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs; Paul Tymann, chairperson of Academic Senate; Molly Johnson, chairperson of Staff Council; Greg Pollock, Student Government president; and Kevin McDonald, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

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8/29/2011
George Zion, chair of the cross-disciplinary committee for RIT’s calendar conversion initiative, says the university is making significant progress in transforming curricula to accommodate a change to semesters in 2013. The New York State Department of Education has already approved the redesign of most of academic programs.

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8/28/2011
Irma Girón, right, a biotechnology major, presented a poster at the annual meeting of the American Society for Plant Biologists, Aug. 6-10, in Minnesota, describing how the algae enzyme can be used as a target for algaecide. Girón has published two papers on the topic with RIT Professor André Hudson, left.

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8/25/2011
Sharon Morgan Beckford-Foster, visiting assistant professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, recently published her book, Naturally Woman: The Search for Self in Black Canadian Women’s Literature. The book is an exploration of the fiction and poetry of Canadian’s Caribbean writers.

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8/21/2011
Eliza Hammer, a third-year marketing student, was the lead fellow this past school year and a summer fellow a year ago at the Center for Student Innovation. As a summer fellow, she worked on a website for a clean-energy company that allows customers to show how they reduced their home’s carbon footprint. During the school year, Hammer designed a hydroponic system using polyvinyl chloride pipe. She loaned the system to The Harley School, a Rochester private school, so teachers could use it in their school garden. Hammer says RIT students are blessed to have facilities such as the Center for Student Innovation and the Rapid Prototyping Lab, which opened on an appointment basis last spring and is adjacent to the center in Global Village. There, students use three-dimensional printers and a laser cutter/engraver to produce prototypes.

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8/19/2011
Construction is moving along on the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The facility was made possible through a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and $10 million in funding from New York state.

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8/18/2011
What started as a class project for Experimental Filmmaking has made film student Ben Disinger the hottest young commodity within the glitzy music-video industry. Disinger’s creation has become the official video for the song “Virgin,” performed by the rock band Manchester Orchestra. The video has gone viral, appearing online and on network TV outlets like Fuse and mtvU. In July, it won Best Music Video at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, and Disinger earned Best Director honors.

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8/17/2011
Construction is moving along on the Golisano Institute of Sustainability. The facility was made possible through a $13.1 million grant from NIST and $10 million in funding from New York State.

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8/16/2011
RIT professor Callie Babbitt was presented the AT&T Technology and Environment Award by representatives from AT&T on Aug. 16.

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8/15/2011
Lil Kids on Campus, a six-week camp for children attending Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT, welcomed children from Julie Shahin’s kindergarten class at Rochester School for the Deaf on Aug. 12. All of the children enjoyed an outdoor carnival with games and activities and shared lunch together.

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8/15/2011
Lil Kids on Campus, a six-week camp for children attending Margaret’s House Child Care Center at RIT, welcomed children from Julie Shahin’s kindergarten class at Rochester School for the Deaf on Aug. 12. All of the children enjoyed an outdoor carnival with games and activities and shared lunch together.

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8/12/2011
RIT students were among dozens of community volunteers who volunteered during Lose the Training Wheels, hosted by the Gordon Field House and Activities Center Aug. 8-12. The camp helps kids with autism learn how to ride a conventional bike without training wheels, which organizers say builds self-confidence and provides inclusion with peers. UNYFEAT, an organization that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, sponsored the event. Here, Will Schlindler, an eight-year-old from Pittsford, gets support from Kris Spencer, a third-year interpreting student at NTID.

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8/12/2011
Christopher Sullivan, a mechanical engineering major, was among the more than 200 RIT students who participated in the annual Student Research and Innovation Symposium on Aug. 12. Sullivan presented his preliminary design of an ankle foot orthotic that adapts to differing terrain. Student researchers and innovators presented their work throughout the day at Louise Slaughter Hall and the Center for Student Innovation.

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8/10/2011
Nineteen students experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success weekend summer camp. The camp is for deaf or hard-of-hearing African-American, Native American or Latino students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2011, and who are interested in exploring careers in technology.

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8/9/2011
Nineteen students experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success weekend summer camp. The camp is for deaf or hard-of-hearing African-American, Native American or Latino students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2011, and who are interested in exploring careers in technology.

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8/8/2011
Nineteen students experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s Steps to Success weekend summer camp. The camp is for deaf or hard-of-hearing African-American, Native American or Latino students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2011, and who are interested in exploring careers in technology.

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8/7/2011
Twelve boys experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s TechBoyz Camp, a weeklong summer camp for deaf or hard-of-hearing boys entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade this fall who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

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8/5/2011
Twenty-two girls experienced college life in RIT residence halls and attended RIT/NTID’s TechGirlz Camp, a week-long summer camp for deaf or hard-of-hearing girls entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in fall 2011 who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

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8/2/2011
The Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is hosting the exhibit “Stephanie Kirschen Cole, A Tribute in Celebration of Her Life and Art,” with a reception 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5. Stephanie Kirschen Cole, painter and collagist, was a professor in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Science until her recent passing at the end of May. She had been planning for this solo exhibit for more than a year. It now has been installed to celebrate her life and runs through Aug. 12.

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8/1/2011
More than 200 deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students attended RIT/NTID’s Explore Your Future, a six-day career awareness program in July. They experienced college life and got a taste of real-world careers in business, computing, engineering, science and art.

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July

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7/29/2011
Renowned designers Massimo Vignelli, left, and George Lois, second from right, hosted a master designer’s workshop in July in RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies. Participants from all over the country were part of a hands-on weeklong workshop working with the pioneers. Lois’ iconic Esquire covers that he designed for the magazine from 1962 to 1972 are on exhibit in the University Gallery, adjacent to the Vignelli Center.

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7/28/2011
Kayjona Rogers, left, and Carina Scalice, from Penfield, practice using the pipette during the DNA Detectives camp, July 25-29, offered as part of RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology bioscience exploration summer program. Twelve students from area middle schools learned about their personal genetics and how DNA is used to solve crimes. Dina Newman, assistant professor in biological sciences, presented the campers with a mystery involving RIT’s mascot RITchie, which they had to unravel using DNA clues.

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7/25/2011
More than 100 RIT graduate students presented their research at the third annual Graduate Research Symposium on July 22. Nicole Varble, a mechanical engineering student, explained her research on methods to increase flow in a fistula used for dialysis.

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7/23/2011
High school students from California to Maryland attended a five-day workshop on photojournalism July 18-22. Led by William Snyder, chair of RIT’s photojournalism program, the week included lectures, shooting assignments and demonstrations and culminated with a book of students’ photographs.

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7/21/2011
RIT professor Grover Swartzlander, left, shared his expertise in optical vortices with graduate students and other young scientists during the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Frontiers in Imaging Science in June at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogatá Colombia. Standing with Swartzlander are Matt Risi, alumnus; Ross Robinson, graduate student in imaging science; Meridith Whitaker-Kupinski, alumna; David Saroff, doctoral student in the astrophysical sciences and technology program; and Alexandra Artusio Glimpse and Kenny Fourspring, graduate students in imaging science. Swartzlander is an associate professor in RIT’s Department of Physics and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

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7/20/2011
RIT’s student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts won for best overall publication at this year’s international competition held in Pittsburgh. RIT competed against universities from the United States and Canada. Part of the book’s design included a foldout, removable cover featuring a timeline of the history of graphic arts. The students chose a printed spine, that looked like ribbon. Students developed a variable data workflow to personalize each spine with the last name of the person who was to receive a book copy. The book’s content included technical papers written by School of Print Media students and faculty.

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7/19/2011
While the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew overhead, several of the Navy’s flag officers and enlisted personnel stopped by RIT to visit with middle school girls in the WE@RIT World in Motion camp to talk about how STEM programs can be preparation for naval careers. Featured at the camp event was Rear Admiral Gretchen Herbert, assistant chief of naval operations, who shared some of her experiences as she first looked into the Navy as a career choice while attending West Irondequoit High School. Since being commissioned in 1984, Admiral Herbert has served as a combat systems officer and assistant chief of staff for communications and information systems and has been deployed in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf with several carrier strike groups.

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7/18/2011
RIT history professor Richard Newman, center, makes a stop at the historic home of Susan B. Anthony during his conference, “Abolitionism, Women’s Rights and Religion on the Rochester Reform Trail,” which continues through July 23. Eighty schoolteachers from around the country came to Rochester to learn about our place in American history. Other tour stops include Mount Hope Cemetery, National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, the Erie Canal Aqueduct and The Strong. Newman discusses the tour with Kevin Brenner, right, a teacher in Greensboro, N.C., and a Rochester native.

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7/11/2011
RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society has given its highest honor to E. Philip Saunders, founder of TravelCenters of America, chairman and founder of Genesee Regional Bank, owner of Saunders Management Co. and a member of the RIT Board of Trustees. The 2011 NRS Award will be presented July 14 during a ceremony at RIT’s Robert F. Panara Theatre in the Dyer Arts Center. The annual honor recognizes individuals who have contributed to the university’s advancement in an outstanding and significant manner. In 2006, Saunders made a $13 million gift to the university to boost the visionary plans of RIT’s business college which now bears his name. In 2010, he enhanced his support with an additional $5 million and a challenge to all Saunders College alumni and friends to raise $15 million to support future endeavors.

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7/7/2011
RIT history professor Richard Newman is spearheading a summer workshop series that will better educate history teachers on the influence of 19th century social reform movements on modern politics, culture and society.

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7/1/2011
Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author and thought leader in leadership development and life coaching, gave the keynote address at the RIT Women’s Leadership Conference, “Finding Your Mojo,” on June 28.

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June

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6/30/2011
High school teachers attending RIT’s Summer Math Institute Teachers’ Workshop had the opportunity to attend computer science presentations offered through the CS4HS workshop. Both programs ran June 27-30. Here, Alex Canter leads the App Inventor Workshop, along with Lindsey Ellis (seated to his right).

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6/29/2011
Mayur Thakur, a software engineer with Google, was the keynote presenter for the second annual Computer Science for High School at RIT program on June 28. The three-day workshop is for area science, technology, engineering and mathematics high school teachers to upgrade skills and to build new course modules for courses. Thakur led a full slate of speakers in fields from robotics to game design.

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6/28/2011
Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author and thought leader in leadership development and life coaching, gave the keynote address at the RIT Women’s Leadership Conference, “Finding Your Mojo,” on June 28.

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6/24/2011
Beverly Gough is among nearly 250 RIT staff members who make up Facilities Management Services. With 5 million square feet of building space on campus, nearly half of the FMS team is devoted to custodial services. Gough works in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

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6/23/2011
RIT President Bill Destler joined university researchers and representatives from General Motors at a seminar on June 22 at RIT. Destler discussed the research and development done at RIT that contributed to the most fuel-efficient compact car on the market, the Chevy Volt.

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6/21/2011
Nereida Vargas is among nearly 250 RIT staff members who make up Facilities Management Services. With 5 million square feet of building space on campus, nearly half of the FMS team is devoted to custodial services. Vargas, senior custodian, operates a floor cleaner in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

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6/15/2011
Sandy Nealon was recently named an Outstanding Adult Scholar by the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association. She is part of the RIT-Xerox Degree Program, working toward her bachelor of science degree. She was on campus recently as part of the new cohort of student-professionals from Xerox Corp. studying to complete the multidisciplinary degree that combines print industry trends with service management and leadership. Nealon is the manager of technical solutions and support with Xerox, based in the Albany area.

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6/14/2011
The 13th Annual RITirees Picnic took place in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center on June 8. Two retirees, Stan Witmeyer and Dave Calman, received the RITirees Award. Here, Calman, center, gathers his family for a group photo.

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6/14/2011
The third annual RIT Imaging Bash, held June 6, gave faculty and staff a chance to share their research with each other in two-minute presentations. The event was sponsored by the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. Professors Maria Helguera, John Kerekes, center, and Joel Kastner chat before the bash began.

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6/13/2011
The 13th Annual RITirees Picnic took place in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center on June 8. Two retirees, Stan Witmeyer and Dave Calman, received the RITirees Award. Here, Witmeyer, former director of the School of Art, chats with other attendees.

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6/9/2011
Jeremy Mosman, who has spent 10 years working as a groundskeeper at RIT, helps manage about 300 acres of the campus landscape—keeping it operational and looking its best. Here, Mosman works on the soccer field’s irrigation system in advance of the spring sports season.

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6/6/2011
First-year students in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science are building an imaging system from scratch as part of the Innovative Freshman Experience.

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6/2/2011
Jonathan Peyton made use of his skills in engineering, fluid dynamics and biology to help improve a next-generation blood pump, a project led by engineering professor Steven Day. As part of the team, Peyton researched ways to improve the design of the pump’s impeller. Outside of the laboratory, Peyton is a long-time member of the RIT Baja Race Team and is looking at options to join a professional race team after graduation.

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6/1/2011
Wellness coach Sue Grace checks Terri O’Connor’s blood pressure as part of RIT’s Better Me health and wellness consultation program.

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May

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5/31/2011
The Sakoku Edicts and the Politics of Tokugawa Hegemony, by Michael Laver, RIT assistant professor of history, offers one of the first thorough translations and examinations of Japan’s Sakoku, or “closed country,” Edicts. The series of laws, first established in 1635, were designed to restrict the influence of European trade, culture and Christianity on Japanese society and continued to characterize Japan until the 1850s.

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5/27/2011
Paul Solt, a sixth-year computer science B.S./M.S. student, created Artwork Evolution, an iPhone/iPad application that allows users to create digital artwork and wallpapers on a mobile device in seconds. Solt is working with Venture Creations, the RIT Business Incubator, to develop a business plan that supports his ideas for the application. Prints of his work are on sale in Shop One2 in Global Village.

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5/26/2011
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display May 25 as part of the 15th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. Ted Passarell checks under the hood of his 1968 Ford Fairlane. Passarell is an electrician for Facilities Management Services.

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5/26/2011
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display May 25 as part of the 15th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic. Jessie Cowd, center, shared information about his 1977 Chevy truck. Cowd is a project coordinator for Facilities Management Services.

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5/25/2011
RIT Staff Council hosted its yearly Bob Howie Memorial Classic Car Display May 25 as part of the 15th annual Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic.

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5/24/2011
More than 300 visitors came out for the School of Design’s annual Portfolio Walkthrough on May 12. Seniors from the school’s bachelor of fine arts programs exhibited their physical and digital portfolios throughout the University Gallery.

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5/24/2011
The Women’s Council of RIT gathered for the annual meeting on May 18. The group participates in a variety of projects including, but not limited to, scholarships to RIT’s women students. One member is chosen to represent the Council at Board of Trustee meetings and committees.

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5/23/2011
On May 20, David Johnson walked across the stage at commencement and accepted his degree. Like the hundreds of other graduates there, his proud family cheered and celebrated his accomplishment. That achievement, though, was completed more than 20 years ago. Johnson, 75, finished his master’s degree in imaging science in 1989. But he missed the commencement ceremony so he could watch his son graduate from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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5/22/2011
RIT celebrates its new crop of graduates with the university’s 126th commencement. The two-day observance kicks off during Academic Convocation, on May 20 in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. During the ceremony, RIT President Bill Destler confers degrees on both undergraduate and graduate candidates.

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5/20/2011
RIT celebrated its new crop of graduates with the university’s 126th commencement. The two-day observance kicked off during Academic Convocation on May 20 in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center. During the ceremony, RIT President Bill Destler conferred degrees on undergraduate and graduate candidates. Here, Craig Martek, a computer science graduate in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, celebrates after receiving his degree.

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5/19/2011
Alex Johnson, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree May 21, accepted a position with General Electric Aviation in Lynn, Mass. Her capstone project was a portable alarm system for the deaf.

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5/18/2011
The creativity of talented student artists from RIT’s School for American Crafts was highlighted during the annual “Walkthrough” event on May 16.

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5/18/2011
RIT President Bill Destler presented a commemorative plaque May 6 during the dedication of the John J. Peters Student Innovation Lounge, located adjacent to the Center for Student Innovation. Wendy Peters accepted the award on behalf of her late husband. John Peters, an RIT alumnus, served as senior vice president and chief technology officer at Performance Technology Inc. and regularly supported a variety of RIT initiatives, including Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival.

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5/18/2011
Joe Fornieri, professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, is a 2011 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2002, he received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, given each year to a faculty member with one to three years’ experience at RIT.

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5/17/2011
Cara Calvelli is a 2011 recipient of an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Calvelli teaches medicine to third-year students in the College of Science. 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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5/16/2011
Therapy Dogs International—handlers with certified therapy dogs—provided a welcome break for RIT/NTID students as they entered exam week. Students “de-stressed” with the dogs, who were wearing bandanas that read “Paws a While for Love.”

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5/13/2011
Sandra Connelly is the 2011 recipient of the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Connelly’s responsibilities include 13 labs associated with general biology classes, plus coordination of the intro biology labs for the majors class and teaching Ecology of UV Radiation, a course linked to her research.

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5/12/2011
Lesa Mitchell, vice president of advancing innovation with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, discussed innovation and how universities play a role in economic development and entrepreneurial growth on May 6. The Kauffman Foundation has been especially interested in RIT’s research and development programs.

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5/12/2011
William McNabb, right, chief executive officer of Vanguard, was the keynote speaker at the Executive Leaders Network Luncheon on May 6, at the Genesee Valley Club. Prior to the event, which was sponsored by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, McNabb held an informal discussion with RIT students on campus.

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5/11/2011
RIT students are honoring the memory of former classmate George Delany by lobbying Congress to pass “Billy’s Law.” Students held a petition drive May 11 in the Student Alumni Union in support of legislation that would link the FBI and Department of Justice databases to help find more than 40,000 missing Americans and identify their remains. Students have also launched an online petition at www.change.org.

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5/11/2011
The Strong’s National Museum of Play was the subject of the 2011 RIT Big Shot on May 5. Close to a thousand volunteers, manned with flashlights, illuminated The Strong’s campus while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure from the terrace rooftop of the ESL Federal Credit Union on Chestnut Street.

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5/10/2011
Phyllis Wade Albro, instructor, First Year Enrichment, Student Affairs, is the 2011 winner of the Isaac L. Jordan Faculty/Staff Pluralism Award. The award is given to an RIT faculty or staff member who advances diversity efforts and pluralism on campus and in the community. RIT President Bill Destler announced that for the first time the honor includes a monetary award of $1,000 in addition to a statuette and community recognition.

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5/10/2011
Ritchie’s Ice Cream Experience, an interactive exhibit at the 2011 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, concludes with an ice cream sundae. Here, three-year old Olivia Little samples the treat with her father, Jonathan.

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5/9/2011
The RIT Pep Band performed a selection of songs on the Eastman Kodak Quad steps during the 2011 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7. Approximately 32,000 visitors explored 350 exhibits showcasing technology and creativity.

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5/8/2011
Mechanical Engineering and the Golisano Institute of Sustainability collaborated to create an interactive exhibit that allowed visitors to explore wind power using four fans at the 2011 Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7.

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5/7/2011
Andrea Hickerson, assistant professor of communication in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and Victor Perotti, associate professor of management information systems at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business, have been awarded a $154,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for “Rising Above the Crowd,” a real-time experiment in community engagement using mobile devices and interactive displays. It will be formally launched during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 7.

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5/6/2011
Gerard Buckley, standing with RIT President Bill Destler, is the first alumnus in NTID’s history to be named president of the college. The academic installation was held May 6 in Panara Theatre. Buckley has served NTID for 20 years, most recently as assistant vice president for college advancement.

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5/5/2011
The Strong’s National Museum of Play was the subject of the 2011 RIT Big Shot on May 5. Close to a thousand volunteers, manned with flashlights, illuminated The Strong’s campus while RIT photographers shot an extended exposure from the terrace rooftop of the ESL Federal Credit Union on Chestnut Street.

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5/5/2011
For the first time in 14 years, a musical production is on the stage of NTID’s Robert F. Panara Theatre. Guys and Dolls features more than 50 actors and dancers and an 18-piece live orchestra—something the theater has not seen in more than 30 years. The show opened May 4, with daily performances through May 8. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5-7, with matinees at 2 p.m. May 7-8. Tickets are $7, or $5 for students and seniors available at the NTID Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before curtain).

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5/4/2011
For the first time in 14 years, a musical production is on the stage of NTID’s Robert F. Panara Theatre. Guys and Dolls features more than 50 actors and dancers and an 18-piece live orchestra—something the theater has not seen in more than 30 years. The show opened May 4, with daily performances through May 8. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5-7, with matinees at 2 p.m. May 7-8. Tickets are $7, or $5 for students and seniors available at the NTID Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before curtain).

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5/4/2011
RIT faculty, staff and students enrolled in Brandy Morrison’s hip-hop fitness class perfect their routine. The class is just one of the unique fitness courses offered through RIT’s Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.

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5/2/2011
RIT student filmmakers screened their films at the 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival in Rochester on April 30 at the Little Theatre. Audience members weighed in on their favorite film. Third-year film and animation major Jeremy Sickles’ film You’ll Feel Better (seen above) tied with the film Bitter Tea by Cai Cai Lui, a graduate student, for the most votes. There were 10 films, done at the graduate and undergraduate level, that were part of the School of Film and Animation’s Emerging Filmmakers show.

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5/2/2011
Sandor Kerekes, vice rector of Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary, opened the seventh annual International Environmental Management Symposium on May 2. Members of the international society of environmental professionals met to discuss corporate sustainability and responsibilities.

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5/1/2011
RIT’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the RIT Dodgeball Club broke the Guinness World Record for the largest single dodgeball game in history May 1 in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. More than 2,100 members of the RIT community participated in the event, which broke the old record, held by the University of Alberta, of 2,012 players.

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