Alex Doonsebury is on deadline to pick a college, and RIT is among her favorites. In case you haven’t been following, RIT has been featured three times (October 26 , April 13, May 3) in newspapers across the nation in the comic strip Doonesbury. Alex Doonesbury is narrowing her list of top colleges down to a select few. She’s been accepted by RIT, as well as Cal Tech, Cornell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT and Harvard. Alex is a technology whiz and the daughter of the comic strip’s title character.
RIT would be an excellent choice for Alex, who received a perfect score on her SAT exams, holds five patents and is planning a career in engineering. Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has said he is using RIT in the comic strip “because it’s one of the premier institutes of technology.”
We orginally blogged about Doonesbury back in October.
In the PR world, you can’t beat this kind of publicity. Doonesbury and Trudeau are legendary. And hey, it doesn’t hurt that he’s married to Jane Pauley
Will RIT be Alex’s final destination? It’s still up in the air, but the most recent strip indicated that RIT and RPI were “fine”, but Alex would prefer to be “near a big city.” Well, she already has dissed Georgetown (Washington) and Harvard (Boston), and Cornell is in Ithaca. Hey, Rochester is a small, big city. Or is it a large medium-sized city?
In any event, the fact that RIT is on the list and is in company with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Cal Tech and RPI is great news. We are certainly on the national map in terms of the RIT brand…even if it is a cartoon.