Alumni House coming to RIT
Estate home adjacent to campus will be first stop for alumni
Provided by the RIT Alumni Association
Rochester Institute of Technology is creating its first Alumni House on campus, which will serve as a welcome center for graduates.
RIT purchased a private estate home and surrounding grounds adjacent to the campus in December 2013. The home will be renovated to include meeting space, an alumni library, an Alumni Association boardroom, business center, event space for large and small gatherings and two executive sleeping suites for alumni and visiting dignitaries traveling long distances.
Kelly Redder, assistant vice president, RIT for Life, and the director of the RIT Alumni House, said the goal is to begin renovations this spring with an opening in early 2017.
“When alumni come back now, they are completely flummoxed by the scenery around them because nothing looks familiar. We have just grown so big,” Redder said. “This will give alumni coming back to campus an orientation stop.”
Alumni will be able to pick up a parking pass and an alumni ID, which will provide them access to The Wallace Center and the Gordon Field House. They can buy Tiger apparel, be taken on a tour of campus or given directions and a map.
Fundraising began earlier this year to renovate the house, add a parking lot and build a road connecting the house to the rest of campus.
There are several naming opportunities within the planned facility, including the name of the house as well as high-profile spaces.
Redder said her challenge will not only be renovating the home but also educating the campus community about the opportunities an Alumni House creates for them.
“I want students leaving here to know the house is there and it’s theirs,” Redder said. “That’s where they will start when they come back to RIT.”
March 18, 2019
RIT wins regional collegiate cyber defense competition
A team of RIT cybersecurity students is heading to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) after taking first place at the regional competition March 15–17.
March 17, 2019
RIT heads to Game Developers Conference 2019
More than 100 RIT students, faculty, alumni and staff are visiting San Francisco this week to attend Game Developers Conference 2019, the world’s largest professional gaming industry event of the year. The RIT MAGIC Spell Studios booth is displaying four games created at RIT.
March 15, 2019
Four RIT alumni recognized as Pulitzer Prize winners, finalists visiting campus March 19-22
Four alumni from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in the College of Art and Design—each of whom has been recognized as either a Pulitzer Prize winner or finalist in the last decade—will visit the RIT campus March 19-22 for a series of special events.
March 8, 2019
RIT Venture Creations technology business incubator launches four new companies
From eye tracking to thermal cooling to all things mushrooms, RIT’s Venture Creations technology business incubator celebrated the launch of four new startups.