The fall issue of RIT: The University Magazine is arriving in mailboxes around the world as I write this on 08-08-08. I believe the cover illustration, by Tanya M. Olsen ’94 of Honeoye, N.Y., is certain to capture the attention of recipients.
Possibly it will not be universally loved. Some members of the magazine editorial committee were less than enthusiastic about Olsen’s whimsical interpretation. Personally, I love this cover. Olsen’s exuberant drawing of brick buildings sprouting like beanstalks reaching for the sun puts a smile on my face.
Of course, the subject—“RIT Goes Green”—is serious. The package of stories provides a broad view of efforts the university is making to be a leader in the environmental movement. We gave five pages of coverage to this in the print version of the magazine; additional and expanded stories are online. Readers will get an update on activities of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. They’ll also find out about efforts to make campus facilities more energy efficient – an ongoing process that began three decades ago.
Speaking of old news, does anybody out there remember 1968? In fall of that eventful year, RIT moved out of downtown and onto the current campus. A story in the fall magazine shows that we’ve come a long way, baby—to paraphrase the slogan of a cigarette brand introduced that same year.
There’s a lot of alumni news in this issue. Readers will meet Karen Carpenter-Palumbo ’84, who is commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. There’s a story about Dan Scoville ’05, who, with the help a device developed at RIT, discovered the remains of a British warship that sank in Lake Ontario more than two centuries ago. Meanwhile, Penny Kris-Etherton ’71 is exploring ways to help people live healthier lives through better nutrition.
Our grads really are great. It would not be difficult to fill many more magazine pages with their stories; we have a growing backlog of ideas. Hopefully, in the very near future, we’ll have a new, electronic venue for sharing more news about and for alumni.
Meanwhile, we’re already working on the winter issue, which will be coming out in late November. Let me know if you have ideas for stories for that or any future issues.