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A message from the president

Once again, there's terrific news to report. In May, New York Governor George Pataki came to campus to announce that RIT will be home to a STAR Center. The state is providing $14 million to fund this project.

STAR stands for "strategically targeted academic research." RIT will be taking aim at four targets: microsystems, photonic systems, remote systems and high-bandwidth telecom networks. A multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists is already at work on research related to these areas, and our students will havethe opportunity to be involved in projects that will lead to important technology breakthroughs. A story on page 9 will introduce you to this exciting research.

Later in May we welcomed more than 3,700 new members to our alumni ranks at the 116th annual commencement ceremonies. The Class of 2001 distinguished itself by embracing the 12 graduates of the software engineering program the first in the U.S. to earn this bachelor's degree. Turn to page 6 for details on these pioneers and many more of our distinguished graduates. Another milestone this year was the graduation of 265 students from RIT's American College of Management and Technology in Dubrovnik, Croatia. RIT is proud to be educating more than 600 students in hospitality and service management in this international program that was established in 1997.

Of course, as one class departs the campus, another prepares to begin its journey. The incoming freshman class, numbering approximately 2,300 students, continues our tradition of excellence with their strong academic histories and geographic diversity this class alone represents 40 states and 34 foreign nations. These students and their 12,000 colleagues will have the opportunity to explore career choices through more than 200 academic fields of study at RIT. The future awaits these talented young scholars.

I invite all alumni, parents and students to share the excitement at Reunion 2001. Join us on campus Oct. 1214 as RIT launches its first comprehensive reunion program. Catch the spirit!