A message from President Simone
As our 175th anniversary celebration draws to a close, we can reflect on a year that was singularly successful in achieving its goals of celebrating RIT’s past achievements, while promoting its current success and highlighting its vision and promise for the future. The anniversary strengthened the sense of pride and spirit among the entire RIT family of students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents and friends. These reflections are important not only for their commemorative significance,
but they also serve to propel us forward in building on the momentum
that the past year has created. As we continue to take RIT to the next level
as a “Category of One” university, we can have every confidence in our ability to achieve that milestone because of the remarkable history
of this university. We also know that we are headed in the right
direction because of the increasing demand for our graduates in a
technology-driven, global society. We can only achieve our vision
with the commitment and support of an RIT community that is characterized by an unbridled pride and a relentless can-do spirit that permeates everything that we do.
Our anniversary themes – Education, Exploration, Innovation – will
continue to serve us well as we look ahead to the next 175 years. As
you will read in this issue of The University Magazine, our increasing emphasis on research and scholarship will strengthen RIT’s fundamental purpose of teaching and learning. As RIT’s history has shown, this university has a unique ability to take some transformational risks, while at the same time building on its historical roots. The wisdom and vision of our forebears continue to guide us, while our agility, creativity and sense of purpose enable us to adapt this vision to today’s world. The role of experiential education and its continuing evolution as an integral part of an RIT education for all students as envisioned in our new strategic plan illustrates this precept in a particularly visible and appropriate way.
And so, we close this anniversary year with a salute to those who
have preceded us for their enormous contributions to RIT’s success,
and with a sense of optimism and opportunity for the future of this
university. I would like to thank all who participated in the events of
the past year. I hope that you will continue to return to campus often
for other events and programs in the months and years ahead.
Albert J. Simone