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Creative approach for Founders Day

As part of the Founders Day Celebration June 10, RIT hosted “Rochester on the Rise: Taking our Community to New Heights,” a conference intended to stimulate an economic resurgence by tapping the resources of the community’s “creative class.”

Author Richard Florida was keynote speaker at RIT’s “Rochester on the Rise” conference in June.

Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class: And How it’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, was keynote speaker. Florida, who is Heinz Professor of Regional Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University, talked about “creative professionals” who work in a wide range of knowledge-intensive industries and engage in creative problem solving. He believes these individuals are best equipped to manage the “Four Ts” of economic development – talent, technology, tolerance and territorial assets.

“Rochester’s assets as a ‘creative class community’ run deep,” says Deborah Stendardi, RIT’s vice president of government and community relations, “but we have not fully harnessed them. In light of RIT’s close ties to the community throughout its history, we felt that this forum provided an opportunity to develop recommendations that lead to a roadmap for the community’s future.”

More than 200 community leaders participated in the conference. More information is available at www.rit.edu/175.

Founders Day concluded with a gala dinner at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Bausch & Lomb Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Gleason Corp. and Xerox Corp. were recognized with the first Corporate Founders Awards for their longstanding support of RIT. IBM and M&T Bank were honored with Corporate Partner Awards for their contributions to the advancement and growth of RIT. Rochester Business Journal and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield sponsored the day’s events.


Anniversary toast

Get in the spirit to celebrate RIT’s 175th anniversary with a taste of “Tiger Paw Red” or “Tiger Paw White.” The wines are being produced by Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, N.Y.

The wine, $9.99 per bottle, can be purchased at several retail outlets in the Rochester area (New York state laws do not allow RIT to sell bottled wine on campus). To see the list of stores, visit the 175th anniversary Website at www.rit.edu/175. Or contact the vineyard at www.casalarga.com.

Big Shot seeks flashers

Big Shot is back and ready to light up the campus! The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences’ annual nighttime-photo project takes place Sunday, Sept. 12, at RIT’s administration circle and highlights the Sentinel sculpture. It’s a homecoming for Big Shot, which went international last year with a photograph of Sweden’s Royal Palace.

“For RIT’s 175th anniversary, we wanted something where the entire campus community could participate,” says Michael Peres, Big Shot co-coordinator.

Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. with an alumni reception in the Student Alumni Union. Volunteers armed with flashlights and camera flash units and dressed in dark clothing will gather in the circle by 7:15. For more information, visit the Web at www.rit.edu/bigshot.


RIT ROCS: Reaching Out for Community Service

Saturday, Sept. 18, is Community Service Day, when members of RIT’s extended family in Rochester and all around the country will be helping out with a variety of projects.

In Rochester, the event begins on campus with a light breakfast before volunteers board busses to head for morning assignments with organizations including Foodlink, American Red Cross, NorthEast Neighborhood Alliance (NENA), Hillside Children’s Center, Rochester Center for Independent Living, Ronald McDonald House and many others.

Lunch will be served when volunteers return to campus.

RIT students, staff, faculty, administration, trustees, alumni, retirees and Athenaeum members are invited to participate. For more information or to sign up, visit the 175th anniversary Web site at www.rit.edu/175.

All across the country and internationally, alumni chapters will be participating in RIT ROCS on the same day. To find out about regional pariticpation, visit the alumni activities Web site at www.rit.edu/alumniactivities.

What do you remember about RIT?

If you are a graduate, parent, faculty or staff member, administrator, retiree or other member of the extended RIT family, you likely have special memories of the university. Perhaps a faculty member influenced your life in an important way. Maybe you met your spouse here. Did an interesting project keep you working through the nights? Could it be that you still think fondly of your time in the darkrooms, labs or shops?

As we take this time to look back over 175 years of RIT history, we’d like to share your memories with our readers. Please write to The University Magazine, Rochester Institute of Technology, 132 Lomb Memorial Drive – Building 86, Rochester, N.Y. 14623; or send e-mail to umagwww@rit.edu.

Photos would be welcome as well.