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RIT receives awards recognizing accomplishments in diversity and inclusion

13 Sep

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Two organizations recently presented Rochester Institute of Technology with awards recognizing the university’s efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

For the fourth year in a row, RIT received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from “INSIGHT into Diversity” magazine. The award honors colleges and universities that show an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. Universities are measured based on the level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

RIT also is being honored as an institution committed to diversity for 2017 by Minority Access, Incorporated. The formal presentation in recognition of the university’s commitment will be made during the Eighteenth National Role Models Conference, Sept. 29–Oct. 1 in Washington. RIT won the award for the first time this year. More.

RIT now among the top 100 universities in the nation

12 Sep

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Rochester Institute of Technology is now among the top 100 universities in the nation, having jumped 10 places in the “National Universities” category, according to U.S. News & World Report” rankings.

RIT, which just last year moved into the top “National Universities” category due to its rapid increase in research and Ph.D. graduates, this year ranked 97th out of 311 universities in this prestigious category, which includes some of the nation’s best known colleges and universities. These top universities “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research,” according to “U.S. News.More.

RIT helps create virtual reality ‘MAGIC’ for Buffalo Bills

7 Sep

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As the 2017-2018 NFL season kicks off, fans of the Buffalo Bills will be treated to a new virtual-reality experience at New Era Field, designed by RIT alumni, to help fans “see” the stadium from a unique perspective.

RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios has, at the request of the Buffalo Bills, created an interactive app that will allow fans to experience the stadium in a 360-degree immersive environment, including walking onto the field through the tunnel and seeing inside the locker room. The app, which will be usable to fans on-site at New Era Field for Buffalo Bills home games this season, is the first of its kind in the NFL. More.

Dyer Arts Center showcases deaf and hard-of-hearing artists

30 Aug

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The Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf showcases artwork created by students, alumni and artists who are nationally and internationally renowned. All of these artists are deaf, hard-of-hearing and/or allies of the deaf community.

RIT College of Science launches university’s 8th Ph.D. program

28 Aug

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This semester, RIT is launching a Ph.D. degree program in mathematical modeling, elevating the emerging area of applied mathematics into its own program of study. The new program is the university’s eighth doctoral degree and the fourth in RIT’s College of Science. More.