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Newly named School of Print Media offers programs and research opportunities

After four years of research, testing and industry outreach, RIT is unveiling expanded programs and other enhancements within the newly named School of Print Media.

Formerly known as the School of Printing Management and Sciences, the School of Print Media (SPM) is responding to fundamental changes in the publishing and printing industry, due mainly to advances in digital technology.

“The School of Print Media is poised to contribute cutting-edge resources and expertise to continue the industry’s evolution,” explains Joan Stone, dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

RIT enhancements include new-media publishing and graphic-media curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These academic programs have led to a steady climb in the school’s enrollment since 1999, including a 14 percent increase during the 2001-02 academic year.

In addition, all graphic media research and industry education programs at RIT will be administered by the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, under the umbrella of the RIT Printing Industry Center, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

“Our goal is to increase the benefits of an RIT education to the printing and publishing industries,” states Frank Romano, former SPM chair and now the Roger K. Fawcett Distinguished Professor of Digital Publishing. Barbara Pellow, the Frank E. Gannett Professor of Integrated Publishing Sciences, became SPM chair July 1.

Later this fall, the Heidelberg Web Press Laboratory will begin operation on the RIT campus. The laboratory will house a Heidelberg Sunday 2000 web press, featuring the most advanced technology available.