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The University Magazine

Two alumni honored for outstanding service

From left are Rebecca Johnson, wife of President Bill Destler; Allen Casey '70, '73; Victoria Griffith '93; and Destler.

Allen Casey '70, '73 (electrical engineering) is RIT's Outstanding Alumnus and Victoria Ann Decker Griffith '93 (food marketing and distribution) is Volunteer of the Year. The awards were presented at the President's Alumni Ball, part of the 12th annual Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend in October.

Casey was part of the first freshman class on the "new" Henrietta campus in 1968. In 1973, he began his career in consulting engineering, working for firms in Buffalo, New Orleans, and Portland, Maine, before returning to Rochester.

Casey partnered with University of Rochester graduate Joe Straub and RIT grads Ron Mead '81 (mechanical engineering technology) and Bill Liberto '82 (mechanical engineering) to form M/E Engineering P.C. in 1991. The firm presently has more than 180 employees, including 40 RIT grads, in offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany.

In 1998, M/E Engineering established a scholarship fund to honor RIT and show appreciation of the outstanding graduates the company hires. The M/E Engineering Scholarship is awarded to mechanical and electrical engineering students in the KGCOE or CAST. In addition, M/E and Casey personally have provided matching contributions to employee donations to RIT's "Powered by the Future" campaign in 2003 and the recent "S.O.S." scholarship campaign.

Casey has been a member of RIT's Nathaniel Rochester Society since 1992, serving on many committees, and he and his wife, Diane, have chaired NRS for last three years. In 2004, he was honored as the KGCOE Distinguished Alumnus. Casey also serves on the Monroe Community College Foundation Board and is a member of the New York State Board for Professional Engineering and Land Surveying.

Griffith has more then 20 years of experience in the hospitality and service industry, including 11 years with Clyde's Restaurant Group, owner of 13 restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area. As director of quality assurance, she developed and manages all health and safety programs for the company.

While a student, Griffith was active in the Newman Parish Club and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She continues as an active member and supporter of Zeta Tau Alpha and has been honored numerous times by the organization. Griffith is a member of RIT's Alumni Association Board of Directors and recently hosted the first NRS event in Washington. She has been active on the NRS Executive Committee, reunion planning, admissions receptions and summer send offs programs, a career mentor speaker, and regional chapter leader since 2000.

Griffith has earned the credential of Certified Food Safety Professional given by the National Environmental Health Association and is presently vice president of the National Capital Area Environmental Health Association. She is winner of the NEHA National Merit Award (2007); FDA Best Practices, Reducing the Risk Factors, Handwashing Competition (2007); and RIT's Sarah Margaret Gilliam Award (2000).

Griffith and her husband, Michael, reside in northern Virginia.

The Outstanding Alumni Award, established by the Office of the President in 1952, is the highest honor the institute can bestow upon an alumnus/a. The award recognizes graduates who have served RIT through their dedication, loyalty and leadership. The Volunteer of the Year award is presented to an individual who exhibits dedication to the RIT community by being active and involved in institute life while also contributing significantly to his/her community, state, or nation.