Where Are They Now? - October 2016

Learn what your favorite retired faculty members are up to.
Where Are They Now? provides an update on a few of RIT's best known and most beloved faculty and staff retirees. You may be surprised to find out what they've been doing since they left campus!

If you have a favorite retired faculty or staff person you’d like to hear about, let us know! We’ll track them down where ever they are and update you in the next Tiger’s Tale. Email us to tell us who you’re interested in.

This month we feature three retired faculty members from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences:  Robert Chung, Joseph Noga, and Robert Hacker.

From Professor Chung’s retirement celebration, left to right: Professor Christine Huesner, Professor Bob Chung, Professor Graham Anthony, Dr. Greg D’Amico

Robert Chung ’75, CIAS
Robert Chung (MS, Printing, 1975), retired from RIT in June 2016 after 41 years of teaching and services. At his retirement celebration, Professor Chung spoke about his long career:

“It feels good when my students asked good questions and responded, “We got it!” after our interactions in the class. It makes me feel proud when my former students are successful in their careers and share their success and joys with me at conferences, trade shows, on campus, or by emails. I’ve been very fortunate to have a career in teaching and research at RIT for 41 years. I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to the School of Media Sciences faculty and staff for their friendship, support, and ideas on how to motivate and enable students to learn and to accomplish their educational goals.”

Bob is now enjoying traveling and staying active in the field of printing process control by working with graduate students on their research projects in the School of Media Sciences. He lives with his wife, Loyi Chung, in Pittsford, NY. You can contact Bob at

Joe Noga shared this update on his activities since retiring. He can be reached at jlnppr@rit.edu.

Joe Noga, CIAS
Filling the hours and days of retirement have not been a problem because of my many interests that I have had during my working years. Retirement however has given me an opportunity to be more involved with projects and activities that have been very enjoyable. I’m still a fly tier and spend time fly fishing but now more of my time is spent tending to my bonsai that I have been doing for more than forty years as well as pursuing my long time interest in photography.

Bonsai is an art form that combines art, esthetics, creativity, horticulture and is considered a living art as practiced in Japan for centuries. Its popularity has grown in this country and now we are fortunate to have many Japan trained teachers that I have studied with. My bonsai has improved to a high level of quality and I received a national award recently at the US National Bonsai Exhibition. I travel often to Japan for their national bonsai shows as well as for my importing of azaleas. I continue to propagate rare plant material for bonsai and at one point I had 1,500 bonsai. My collection is more modest now but I seem to fine space for new acquisitions.

Photography is not a new interest, I was teaching photography and doing some professional work before joining RIT. I have always taught technical subjects during my teaching career to printing and photography students, retirement now allows me to pursue my interest in fine art photography. In addition, I have become a recognized photographer of bonsai in the international bonsai community. I have been photographing the bonsai trees at regional and national bonsai shows in the past ten years and just completed photographing the 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition held in Rochester, NY.

To stay relevant and to practice what I had been teaching, I continue to produce the photographs and color separation for the magazine called International Bonsai. The magazine is in its 35th year of publication and it is gratifying to see my photos on the cover for the past ten years. I have also produced the photos and color separations for six books on bonsai and the US National Bonsai Exhibition.

Enjoy your working career and find the time to develop a hobby because it will give immense pleasure in your retirement years.


Robert Hacker, CIAS
Here’s a fun video from a few years ago of Professor Hacker operating the historic Kelmscott/Goudy Albion Iron Hand Press in the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, taken by Professor Frank Cost. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTMSx9J2OkU

After retiring from the SOP I got very involved in running my own consulting business. Those efforts took me all over the world. I visited most of the US and Canada, Europe, Japan, India and South America. It was a wild ride! Often I ran into former students which was really great. Also served on the Board of America EAST for about 20 years, and I retired after 26 years on the National Ski Patrol. Am still affiliated with the RIT RITirees Committee, and I chair the monthly luncheon of the SOP faculty retirees. I am active in my church choir. That's about it for now. Any question give me a call! My best to all of my former students.