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RIT Presents Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni Awards

On Oct. 6, the annual Alumni Awards Banquet took place at the Country Club of Rochester. The following alumni were honored.

Outstanding Alumnus John Sturge received his BS in photo science from RIT in 1961. After 25 years of service at Xerox, working in top positions in program development and product management, Sturge formed Marketech Associates, which assists both business and government clients in strategic problem solving. He served on the RIT Board of Trustees and was president of the RIT Alumni Network Board of Directors. He is one of the founders and director of the CURE Childhood Cancer Association, now going worldwide with the help of RIT. Sturge has edited and authored books on photography, imaging and marketing. For his character and accomplishments, RIT is proud to add him to the esteemed group of Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Gilbert J. Hatch earned both a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1972 and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1980 from RIT. He joined Xerox Corp. in 1969 and during his tenure there he has held a number of senior technical and general management positions in the United States and United Kingdom. Hatch is a member of the RIT Board of Trustees and a member of the Monroe Community College Foundation and serves as chair of its fund-raising committee. He holds three patents in the fields of xerography and digital imaging. In his career, he has received the Recognition Award for Excellence from the former Xerox Reprographic Business Group and the Senior Management Outstanding Achievement Award.

College of Applied Science and Technology Distinguished Alumnus Alfred M. Rodgers received a B.S. degree with high honors in mechanical engineering technology in 1992 from RIT. He has held various engineering-oriented positions with several companies. Rodgers has been an adjunct faculty member of the College of Applied Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department since 1993. He currently teaches upper level MET. courses. He has served on the Mechanical Engineering Technology Advisory Board at RIT since 1995.

College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumna Terri Standish-Kuon holds a B.S. in professional and technical communication and an A.A.S. in biomedical photography from RIT. She currently is engaged in doctoral study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management and Technology, where her focus is on entrepreneurship and organizational behavior, particularly the new venture team formation process. Standish-Kuon is director of communications for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, an Albany-based non-profit membership association representing more than 100 private colleges and universities in New York state.

College of Business Distinguished Alumna Susan R. Holliday received her M.B.A. from RIT in 1985. She began her career with Telmark Inc., ultimately serving as the Marketing and Strategy Manager. In 1988, she purchased Rochester Business Journal and assumed the position of president and publisher. Holliday has been active with a number of organizations and currently serves as a director of the board of RGS Energy Group Inc. and the Rochester Regional Advisory Board for Key Bank. She serves as a trustee of RIT and is vice-chair of the boards of the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the United Way of Greater Rochester. She is a member of the executive committee of the boards of the George Eastman House and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Holliday is the recipient of the Lantern Award from the Advertising Council of Rochester, the Matrix Award from the Rochester Chapter of Women in Communications, and the Media Advocate of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

NTID Distinguished Alumna Angela Officer earned a B.A. in graphic design in 1988 from RIT. She is currently a senior federal program manager for Sprint's Government Systems Division. Before joining Sprint, she was an Art Director at Koba Associates Inc., in Washington, D.C., and was involved in public relations for domestic and international clients from 1988-1992. Officer was voted the company''s "Most Valuable Employee" in 1990. She remains active as an RIT alumna and was a key participant of NTID's Alumni Campaign Leadership Committee, a 16-member body charged with supporting The Campaign for NTID. Officer is very active in her community and has a long list of awards, including the National Business and Disability Council's Silver Employee of the Year in 1999. She also was named 1996 Quota International Deaf Woman of the Year.

College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Kenneth J. Reed earned his B.S. in chemistry from RIT's College of Science in 1971 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Stanford University in 1975. Upon graduation, he secured an industrial research position at Eastman Kodak Co. During the course of his career at Kodak, he has been a member of the teams that introduced several innovative products. He holds 18 patents and is responsible for 50 technical reports. Reed is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences. He serves as co-vice chair of the RIT Alumni Network Board of Directors and is very active in the local alumni chapter.

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Timothy J. Callahan received both his A.A.S. and his B.S. in professional photography from RIT. He has taught photography and motion picture film production at RIT. His professional involvement in the motion picture film business includes a range of public broadcasting shows such as Nova, Discover, Scientific American Frontiers, Bill Moyers' Healing and the Mind, and a feature documentary on tenor Luciano Pavarotti's 1987 trip to China. He now works in Cleveland as the executive director of the Lennon Charitable Trust. Callahan serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.