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Spring is here University Magazine

The spring issue of RIT: The University Magazine is in the mail and on the way to 120,500 lucky recipients.

If you’re an RIT grad, a parent of an RIT student, a member of the campus community or otherwise fall into the category of “friend of RIT,” you should be on our mailing list. If you don’t receive the printed version but you would like to, drop me an e-mail and I’ll put you on the list.

Or, of course, you can find the magazine at University News. Look on the left side of the University News page, under “Publications.” Over the next three months—until the fall mag comes out in early August—we’ll be highlighting stories from the spring edition in that space.

We cover a lot of ground in the spring mag. The cover story, “The Simone Legacy,” includes a timeline noting key events of the past 15 years. The accompanying photos should stir many memories: Who remembers Al Simone’s oversized horn-rimmed glasses? Next question: Who admits wearing oversized horn-rimmed glasses?

In a piece that could serve as a mission statement for every member of the RIT team, President Simone writes about his 10 aspirations for the university. In a podcast related to the article, you can hear the president describe each item on his list, along with his vision for RIT as “category of one” university and his post-presidency plans. Simone’s ideas and ideals will serve the university well, even after a new president, William Destler, takes up residence in the seventh floor corner office of the Eastman Building.

It seems appropriate to devote a chunk of the magazine to the president who has contributed so much, but we saved room for PLENTY of additional good stories. My favorite is Susan Gawlowicz’s piece about RIT scientists who have digitally captured and restored an important 700-year-old Hindu manuscript originally written by hand, on palm leaves.

In a feature titled “Memorable Mentors,” we share the recollections of readers who wrote about faculty and staff members who made a difference. You might be surprised about what made an impression.

I know that many readers turn to the “Class Notes” section first. In the past year, our Class Notes section has changed considerably, since it became possible for alumni to submit their news—and photos—through the Alumni Relations Online Community. There are many, many weddings! You’ll learn which member of the Class of 2000 arrived at her wedding on horseback.

There’s much more, but you can read it for yourself. As always, I hope the magazine will remind you that RIT is amazing, and our grads are great!


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