In The News


Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival
The 'right brain' and 'left brain' collided at RIT May 3, and an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 people turned out to see it happen.

RIT President Bill Destler has deemed the inaugural Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival a rousing achievement.

And it's all happening again next year. The second Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival will be held May 2, 2009, on the RIT campus.

To relive the event through a photo slideshow, visit Visitors are encouraged to add their own photos from the festival to the collection.

New Online MS Facility Management Program
Facilities engineers, RIT now offers an online MS Facility Management program to meet your continuing education needs.  Designed using the education standards established by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), our program emphasizes leadership-oriented education to prepare graduates to oversee operations, planning, and maintenance of facilities.  The MS Facility Management program is still accepting applications for fall and invites you to consider taking the next step in your career with an online advanced degree from RIT.  For more information or to get started today, please visit

Hurwitz Named NTID President
hurwitzPresident Bill Destler and the Board of Trustees have named Alan Hurwitz president of RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, effective July 1.

It is the first time a president has been named for NTID in its more than 40-year history. Hurwitz, who has headed NTID since 2003 as vice president of RIT for NTID and CEO and dean of NTID, will retain the title of vice president and dean of RIT for NTID. He was appointed dean in 1998.

As president, Hurwitz will continue his comprehensive role with NTID's external relations, such as working with the U.S. Department of Education and members of Congress and their staffs; development and alumni relations; and maintaining an active connection with national and international organizations serving deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

In addition, Hurwitz will continue his internal NTID responsibilities including academic affairs, student affairs, access services, enrollment management, outreach and facilities management.

Hurwitz has been associated with NTID since 1970 in numerous roles including deanship since 1998.

For these and other news stories, visit the University News Web site.

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Giving to RIT

There’s still time to show your Tiger Pride!
Our new RIT magnets are a big hit! They are showing up everywhere! But above and beyond this magnetic show of TIGER PRIDE, many of our alumni have shown their regard for and support of RIT by making a gift.

Already, nearly 7,000 have made a gift providing more than $620,000 in funds — all of which will help RIT move to the next level of educational excellence. Your support is critical, too. Any gift at any level will keep RIT on its trajectory toward becoming The Innovation University. Your giving also supports students who might not otherwise have the same valuable educational experience you had. Today tuition covers only 56% of what it takes to educate an RIT student.

  • Our annual campaign ends JUNE 30.
  • We are only 670 alumni away from our 07-08 goal.
  • Please consider making a gift – $5, $10, $25 or more – TODAY!
  • Get a free tote bag by making a gift NOW at
  • Your gift is appreciated.
  • Your participation counts.

As always, you may give to your favorite area of RIT. You can DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS if your employer has a corporate matching gifts program. To find out if you work for a matching gift company, check out our comprehensive listing at for our matching gift company clearinghouse.

Make a Gift Fund for RIT Telefund

RIT Offers You

Explore RIT Living Communities

Rivers Run rivers run
RIT Faculty, Staff and Alumni Preview Days
June 3-5, 1-4pm

Located along the Genesee River adjacent to RIT, Rivers Run is a 38-acre residential community available to adults 55 years and older. Partnering with RIT, community members may attend lectures, use the campus library, and participate in campus life and events. Rivers Run members may also enjoy the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT, a unique educational organization that offers a wide range of classes to adults over 50 who have a thirst for knowledge. For more information visit

Park Point park point

Just off campus sits the newest mixed-use development by Wilmorite. With more than 300 apartments, restaurants, bars, lifestyle retail, and Barnes & Noble, Park Point at RIT has exactly what you're looking for. You still have time to sign up to be part of the hippest place in town.

Park Point apartments are all-inclusives rates and start at $550 per month. Visit for details, virtual tour and special offers.


Regional Highlight

Rochester Alumni Chapter
A Day at the Races
Join fellow alumni, family and friends for a fun and exciting day at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racing. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones while hearing about what's new at RIT.

Saturday, June 28

Enjoy the races from the air conditioned Terrace Dining Room or outside in the stands. A BBQ buffet lunch and non alcoholic beverages (served 1-3 pm); racing program, wagering guides and pens are included. There will also be a “RIT Brick City Race” on the racing schedule that day. A cash bar will be available.

Click here for details and online registration.

Magnet Spotting

RIT Magnet

  • on a boat in Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY – Robert Harner ’93

  • all over the Capital District in NY State – on the cars of Alfred Olson Jr. ’58 and Kathryn Olson ’58

  • many in Johnson City, NY, at BAE Systems per Eric Shields ’07

  • York, SC, on a van – Judy Hogue ’59

  • Weathersone Elementary School, Cary, NC – Anne Clayton ’92

  • Monroe, GA, on a little VW Bug (In Georgia Bulldog country. Watch out Bulldogs, that Tiger may eat ya for lunch!) – David Bigelow ’80

  • Portsmouth, NH, on Pease International Tradeport – Carrie Mason ’97

  • Merritt Parkway, New Haven, CT – Kathe Bloom ’76

  • the Tip O’Neil tunnel by the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA (Go Celts!) – Thomas Penner ’83

  • Monmouth Junction, NJ – Julie Moy ’84

  • Pleasanton, CA – on the car of alum David Johnson ’84

  • Thousand Oaks, CA, on Route 101 – Eric Senna ’91

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Athletic Highlight

RIT Hockey

RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson has announced the men’s hockey team’s Class of 2012. The group of eight student-athletes includes four forwards, and four defensemen. Seven student-athletes from the incoming class are from Canada and one hails from the United States.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s recruiting class,” stated Wilson, now in 10th season as head coach of the Tigers. “Our newcomers fill a lot of needs. We have group of players coming in who are good skaters, excellent puck handlers and have great character and are excellent students.”

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