Experience the Magic
of Imagine RIT
Imagine RIT Creativity and Innovation Festival, a free virtual event on Saturday, May 1 starting at 10 am. Visit rit.edu/imagine for more details. Sponsored by Rochester Regional Health
Saturday, May 1
10 a.m. 5 p.m. Eastern

This year, we’re bringing the magic of Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival to you! Join us on Saturday, May 1 to experience the creative and innovative spirit of the RIT community through interactive presentations, research projects, and demonstrations. Save The Date

The following leading experts will join us for the Futurist Symposium 2021 to share what they see on the horizon in the areas of technology, the arts, and design:
  • Moderator: WXXI Connections host Evan Dawson
  • Gregory Smith ’06 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Brittney Lee ’06 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Ben Meunier ’03 (Oakley)
  • Matthew Peltier ’13 (Popular Marketing and Communications Platform Community)
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Join Us for the 2020-2021 Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards is an annual celebration of a diverse community of extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions and communities. For the first time ever, the awards ceremony will be streamed online so all alumni can join the celebration. Join us Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Eastern as we honor 11 exceptional alumni who have brought distinction at the highest levels to their college and RIT! RSVP
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Congratulate the Class of 2021

We need your help in congratulating the Class of 2021! Not sure what wisdom to impart on these soon-to-be alumni? Here are a few suggestions:
  • Advice that you’ve learned through your experiences;
  • Congratulations on their achievements;
  • Encouragement to graduates entering the next chapters of their lives;
  • What you’d say to yourself if you could go back in time to your graduation.

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HawkeyTalk with Wayne Wilson

April 13
6 p.m. Eastern

Join Wayne Wilson, Matt Campbell ’03, MS ’12, and Scott Biggar '89 as they provide a final update on this year's Tiger Hockey season. They'll be reviewing highlights of all the playoff action and discuss what we have to look forward to in the 2021-2022 season. Let’s talk hawkey
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Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor

May 12
5:30 p.m. Eastern

Holocaust Survivor Leon was born in Czernowitz, Romania in 1931 and was ten years old when the Nazis invaded in 1941. He has been a member of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau since 2010 and has shared his testimony virtually with over 2,000 individuals since March 2020. Join us for a heartfelt conversation
Smitha Hanumantha BS '05

Tiger Heritage Spotlight: Smitha Hanumantha BS '05

When Smitha came to campus to NTID’s Explore Your Future program, she had no idea that her journey would end with a cap and gown. Over the last decade and a half, Smitha has built a lucrative marketing career. Read about Smitha’s journey
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See What's Happening at the Lobozzo Alumni House

Over the next two months, join us virtually as we write flash fiction and explore the cosmos. We’re hoping to open soon, so get in touch with us to congregate, celebrate, and connect at your house, the Lobozzo Alumni house. Contact Kelly
Women's History Month RIT
In March for Women’s History Month, we honored some of our exceptional alumnae colleagues to share what being an alumna and RIT staff member means to them. Be prepared to be inspired. Watch this 2-minute video
The Benefits of Giving
Thank you for your generous Tiger spirit. Without you, our students’ educational and campus experience would not be possible. We have a few updated giving reports on how your donation has supported others and new ways to give.
Get in the Game RIT Spring Athletics Challenge

RIT Spring Athletics Challenge

Last month, we challenged alumni to get in the game and support their favorite RIT athletics team. We’re thrilled to announce that you helped raise over $75,044 in funding for students in RIT Athletics. Men’s Crew was our challenge winner! Their program will receive an extra $2,000 from a generous donor. Thank you for joining in the fun for a good cause.
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Pi Day was Sweet

March 14 was National Pi Day—a time to celebrate the mathematical π symbol and our RIT family. This year for Pi Day we paid it forward by supporting our students, faculty, staff, and alumni suffering financial hardship by giving to the RIT Foodshare programWe are glad to report that 114 donations totaling $4,210.24 were received for RIT’s Foodshare program. That’s a lot of Pi! Thank you for your generous donations.
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Racing to the Finish Line

This year, RIT Hot Wheelz is beginning a new chapter in the team’s history and entering the realm of solar-powered vehicles. Comprised primarily of female students, the team is focused on empowering women and recognizing the impact that women can make in the workforce and in STEM disciplines. To support this new project, Hot Wheelz has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the expenses. Help Hot Wheelz cross the finish line
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A Gift that Gives Back

Scott Hecker BS ’65 wanted to make a gift of impact to RIT, because he appreciates what RIT did for him as a student, and what it now offers all alumni today. Scott made a smart plan to support the Lobozzo Alumni House and create his legacy. "As a Tiger alumnus, I’m proud of what I see in RIT, and I am glad that I found a way to make a gift of impact." Learn more about legacy giving options
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Tiffany Owens at a STEM fair
Tiffany Owens ’98 (KGCOE), a lead system safety engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Dam Neck Activity was selected as the Department of Defense Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter in Fiscal Year 2020.
Gene DePrez at home on Rochester's new Riverwalk
Gene DePrez ’68 (FAA) advised the board and staff of the Greater Richmond Partnership in the development of their Regional Strategic Economic Development plan. He teamed with IBM’s Global Business Services Brussels-based business location client consulting team, which he co-led prior to retiring from IBM.
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