July 30, 2014
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It’s all about ingenuity Athenaeum

athenaeum_aprilcoverThe April issue of Athenaeum—on stands and in mailboxes today—shines the spotlight on ingenuity at RIT. Hot on the heels of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, this issue features a look back at a few innovation “superstars” who have used the Imagine RIT festival as a launching pad for success. Imagine RIT has jump-started new ideas, products, services and student-led ventures, and we hope this issue is used as a catalyst to excite those exhibitors who will debut their creations on May 4. The article, written by Chief Communications Officer Bob Finnerty, provides useful “who, what where, when” details for Imagine day, as well as tips for first-time exhibitors. Scan the QR code to watch a video featuring Elspeth Ochs, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student and past Imagine RIT exhibitor, who talks about what she loves about the festival.

Hey, if it’s a good idea—steal it! The cover story for the winter 2011-12 edition of RIT: The University Magazine, our alumni publication, featured alumni who have created amazing things, from the Super Bowl trophy to electric car technology.

Athenaeum’s cover story looks at RIT faculty members (and an amazing student-run project, made possible with faculty assistance) who have created their own masterpieces in the pursuits of engineering, science, robotics, design and the arts. Have you created something unique and amazing? Would you like to? Reach out to any one of these folks to find out how they got their creative juices flowing.

Everyone knows I have a soft spot for great human-interest stories. (Yeah, yeah – I know…who else but humans would find these stories interesting, right?) Our Student Spotlight looks into the amazing life of Bertin Mboko, a May graduate from the College of Liberal Arts’ international and global studies department. In 1997, soft-spoken Bertin led African refugees through the rainforest to safety in Gabon to escape brutal conditions resulting from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. As their leader, he worked with the United Nations and U.S. Embassy in Gabon to receive international aid before settling in the United States in 2007. Fast forward to 2013, and Bertin will take the stage in May as the College of Liberal Arts’ commencement undergraduate delegate.
This is an uplifting story that is an example of how hard work and perseverance can change a life.

Thanks for reading—enjoy!

 

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