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RIT President Simone and Lisa Cauda
President Simone and Lisa Cauda

RIT is in it to win it! Simply put, RIT will lead higher education in preparing students for successful careers in a global society, and we have made great strides toward that goal in the last year. A few recent highlights:

  • In March, we dedicated the IT Collaboratory, an exciting new research facility for the study of photonics, microsystems, nanomaterials and remote sensing.
  • The Golisano College recently received approval for a groundbreaking Ph.D. program in Computing and Information Sciences.
  • The Gordon Field House and Activities Center was the site for the northeast regional FIRST Robotics competition, bringing thousands of visitors to cheer their high school teams.
  • RIT is continuing to expand its global reach with new initiatives in China and India.

All of these points are great news for the entire RIT community – alumni, parents, and friends. However, we have to say that some of the best news is what Lisa Cauda, interim vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, and I hear from our alumni about their achievements. You are arguably the most important part of the RIT “brand,” and, along with our “alumni in training” (our current students), will ultimately shape the destiny of the university through your individual success and your support and engagement with your alma mater. Before you became successful alumni, our faculty, staff, and the greater RIT community invested a great deal in your success. We all want to see you continue to grow, and in turn, we want our alumni to take an interest in the university and provide direction and ideas for where we should go from here.

RIT has always benchmarked well against peer schools in academic categories. However, as the university has grown into a new peer group that includes prestigious universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Penn State, Syracuse and Villanova, RIT pales in comparison in one critical area – alumni engagement. Our peer schools have decades-long relationships with their alumni, while RIT’s career focus has created stronger relationships with industry than with our own family members. We know this must change for RIT to maintain its outstanding reputation and to continue to grow and thrive in a highly competitive education market. Lisa and the Alumni Relations Office are working hard to make your RIT experience as valuable to you now as it was when you were in class.

The best way to network with other alumni in your region, your career field, or your area of interest is through your connections with RIT. Join the RIT Online Community, check in with your regional alumni chapter, or make plans to come back to campus for Brick City Homecoming in October. Get connected, stay connected, and we can bring you relationships with people from all over the world.

So call, visit us online, or come back to campus. However you choose to connect with RIT, know that there will be a welcoming tiger paw reaching out to you.

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Albert J. Simone
President