Shark Tank

Paul Solt

On February 8, students once again faced the fearsome sharks in the Shark Tank Competition, hosted by the Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Shark Tank gives aspiring student entrepreneurs the opportunity to present a three-minute pitch to a panel of professional investors, the "sharks". Students who successfully convince the investors that their idea deserves investment receive seed money and access to RIT's Student Incubator.

First place went to Paul Solt (pictured above), a computer science major, for his pitch "Artwork Evolution". Paul is starting a software development company that will "create interactive graphics applications for mobile devices… [and] explore mathematics and physics as a form of art, education, and entertainment."

Xtranormal Ethics Video Contest

The Institute for Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility recently announced the winners of its first Xtranormal Ethics Video Contest. Designed to teach students how to identify ethical dilemmas, the contest invited students to create videos of hypothetical ethical dilemmas in the workplace.

Congratulations to students Fawwaz Saeed (MIS) and Adnan Jehan (International Business) for winning first prize. Their video "No way out" was a popular choice among the student audience and judges, a panel made up of Saunders College faculty and representatives from ESL Federal Credit Union and Bausch + Lomb. It was concise, clear, and illustrated a compelling ethical dilemma that could be discussed from many angles.

Check out the Democrat & Chronicle's coverage of the contest here.

Knight Foundation Approves Faculty Grant

The Knight Foundation recently approved a grant of $154,823 for "Rising Above the Crowd," a proposal co-authored by Andrea Hickerson, assistant professor of journalism, and Vic Perotti, associate professor of management information systems and champion for digital business. According to Dr. Hickerson, she and Dr. Perotti proposed developing "a model for large event coverage." The model, which blends journalism and new technologies, will be tested at Imagine RIT on May 7th.

Congratulations, Andrea and Vic!



The latest issue of Dividends, the Saunders College of Business alumni magazine was published in January. Distributed to over 15,000 Saunders alumni, this handsome publication features student, faculty, and alumni profiles, along with exciting news about the College. The cover is from MFA graduate student Seulgi Cho's series, Transformed Man (1-8). Kudos to Fredyne Yust '09 (CLA), editor, for her hard work on this issue! We encourage you to take a look at Dividends here.