Past Class Notes

Submission Date:
First Name: Jonathan
Last Name: Gippe
Class Year: 1996
Jonathan (Jon) D. Gippe, Sr., MBA, PMP '96 (CAST
Note: completed his MBA as a Welch Scholar; and began a new role as Associate Director of Network Construction with Verizon's Global Network & Technology organization, addressing all Verizon Business Wireline facilities for the Eastern U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Submission Date:
First Name: Lou
Last Name: Iannone
Class Year: 90,92
Lou Iannone
Note: Lou Iannone 92' FADU has been working as an independent museum exhibit designer/fabricator for the last 20 years as dba ASAGEDesign. His latest projects and clients include a flexible, multipurpose museum for the Centro Culturale Italiano Di Buffalo, a 3-8 year old hands-on space called SENSErie at the Buffalo Museum of Science and a full bar/ green room and shop rebuild for the theatre company, a Road Less Traveled Productions.
Submission Date:
First Name: Michael
Last Name: Saffran
Class Year: 2008
Michael Saffran ’08 (CLA)
Note: Michael Saffran ’08 (CLA) is the editor and a columnist for The WEDGE newspaper (, in Rochester, and a part-time DJ and traffic reporter for Stephens Media Group (WRMM-FM, WFKL-FM, WZNE-FM), in Rochester. In 2023, he retired as communication lecturer emeritus from SUNY Geneseo (following 11 years); he now considers himself “semi-retired.”
Submission Date:
First Name: Edgar
Last Name: Praus
Class Year: 1971, 1972
The price of film is driving me over the falls
Note: I have been photographing in Mississippi for the past 20+ years and now my work is in the permeant collections of both the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Odgen Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

MFA Still Photography
Submission Date:
First Name: Mike
Last Name: Janssen
Class Year: 1994
City Manager Ratification Photo
Note: On September 1st, 2023, I was promoted to the City Manager of the City of Las Vegas. In this role, I function as the CEO and oversee 3800 staff and an annual budget of $2.2B for the 24th largest city in the US. Previously, I was the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Director of Public Works. As a Civil Engineering Technology graduate in 1994, I never could have imagined the career in local government that my RIT degree would help me achieve!