RIT President Albert Simone
logged thousands of miles traveling around the country to talk to small
groups of alumni this year. His visits to 15 cities proved extremely
educational: When I meet with alumni, says Simone, I
always uncover new opportunities and ideas for RIT.
free-wheeling discussions with the president and other university leaders,
alumni talked about a wide variety of subjects, often expressing the
need for continuing communication and applauding campus improvements
and commending the universitys vision for the future. For instance,
Dean Crawford 64 (electrical engineering) of Stuart, Fla.,
advised RIT to treat its alumni as students who have gone on a
very long, extended co-op assignment by keeping in touch on an
Jon Roberts 70
(graphic arts and photography) of Great Falls, Va., urged alumni to
give their time and expertise. Roberts, managing partner of Roberts,
Abokhair & Mardula, LLC, sets a great example. He is assisting RITs
Office of Grants, Contracts and Intellectual Property.
Here is what other alumni
Susan Foley, 79
and 73 (MBA and business), Melrose, Mass.:
I am impressed with
the progress that you and the faculty have made in elevating the university
to its current status. It is very rewarding to hear about all of the
universitys accomplishments and your plans for the future. It
makes me feel proud to be an alumna.
Cheryl S. Norton 75
(art and design), Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.:
I believe melding the
group will help forward your goals of building endowment and the schools
image in industry. A strong identity within the alumni will ripple out
to industry. It is exciting to hear the plans for the future and even
more exciting knowing our son (starting his studies at RIT this fall)
will benefit from them.
We came to RIT more
than 25 years ago because of its focus on preparing us for business
and it is great to see the focus is still there.
John G. Gaston III 81
and 74 (M.S., B.S., graphic arts and photography), St. Davids,
It is apparent that
RIT is attracting high-quality students and continues to grow as a prominent
technical institute on the national as well as international level.
Having received both B.S. and M.S. degrees from RIT and working for
more than 25 years in industry, I can attest to the value of the education
which I received.
Brenda and Carl Schlack
75 (MBA), Redondo Beach, Calif.:
While we have moved
across the country, we still feel strong ties to upstate New York and
RIT, and have both concerns and high hopes for RIT and the area in the
future. Both the community and RIT have much to offer and we would like
to see that potential realized more fully.
Dr. Brian C. Smith 82
(science), Shrewsbury, Mass.:
Dr. Simone is an active
and courageous leader, and I greatly admire what he has done for RIT,
and am excited about where he is taking the institution.
Braden R. Smith 96
(business administration, finance), Long Grove, Ill.:
You have done an excellent
job at making RIT one of the premier universities in the country. Now
we have to get out and tell everyone!
I have a lot to be
thankful for and one of them is the experience I gained at RIT. I can
say with confidence I would not be where I am today if it wasnt
Julia Wyant 82 (graphic
design), Weston, Ct.:
to think about all the smart, talented people out in the world who passed
through RIT. Its great to be part of the group!
Joseph M. Kalka 78
(graphic arts and photography), Dallas:
Its good to know
that you plan on putting some programs (for reaching out to alumni)
into action. I believe there are many RIT alumni in the area. The contacts
we have and the knowledge we possess are invaluable.