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Honoring the Simones (June 16)

he RIT community has united to honor Albert and Carolie Simone. The legacy of Simone’s 15-year presidency and the impact of Carolie Simone’s work with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and her many other contributions will be remembered at RIT through funds

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Graduate studies under watchful eye of new dean

When RIT announced in January that it would create a new deanship to oversee its growing graduate degree programs, Andrew Moore appeared to be logical choice if the university could keep him from running off to the farm. Moore had just finished serving as the

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RIT yearbook makes a long-awaited comeback

Carve out space on your bookshelves, a yearbook is returning to RIT. RIT Timeline is hoping to pick up where its predecessor Techmilla left off–but in an entirely different way. There will be no portraits and senior quotes in this book. Instead, editors hope that

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On the Web

Welcome to our special commencement edition of News & Events. Some of you–particularly family and friends of graduates–may be reading this publication for the first time. After returning home following commencement activities, you’re encouraged to stay informed about RIT news by reading News &

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RIT grad is study in the power of determination

Kevin Rollins woke up and had no idea where he was. It was dark and his surroundings were strange. He tried to get up. Suddenly a team of nurses rushed into his room and restrained him. Rollins had just emerged from a two-week medically-induced coma.

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Student wins national design award

Dan Bolinski, a fourth-year industrial design student, has won the Industrial Designers Society of America National Student Merit Award, one of only five awarded in the United States each year. Bolinski graduates this month with a bachelor of arts in industrial design and an

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RIT student connects with Ohio veterans' group to create CD-ROM

Before coming to RIT, second-year student Ian Paterson spent a summer creating a mock 51st state government as part of the Ohio American Legion’s Boys State program. Paterson was never terribly interested in government, but he did love working with computers. He joined a team

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Formula team savors pre-event success

Along with a newly expanded machine shop, the Formula team also experienced another luxury this year. In contrast to the all-nighters and narrowly met deadlines that became almost customary in years past, this year’s car was ready, right on time. “Our goal was to

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Students ‘dream up’ collaborative publication

RIT photography and graphic design students faced a monumental challenge during their waking hours–to produce a 100-page, full-color magazine in five weeks on the topic of dreams. The project was for their editorial design course co-taught by Denis Defibaugh, professor of photography in the

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Second place for canoe

RIT finished second overall in the annual Upstate New York Regional Concrete Canoe Competition, hosted last month at Cornell University. The students also finished in first place for their design paper and second place in the race. In a companion event, RIT’s steel-bridge team took

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‘Amos’ the robot goes far

RIT’s Multidisciplinary Robotics Club earned an innovation award at this spring’s Mini Grand Challenge 2007, hosted by Penn State Abington. The club’s fully autonomous robot, nicknamed Amos, had the second-farthest distance traveled of any robot in the competition. The dual-motor-powered robot uses sensors, global-positioning

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Brick-buying program builds lasting memories

One look at the RIT campus and it becomes quite obvious it has the nickname Brick City. The most recent brick tally stands at 14,867,389, and yes, someone does keep count. Adding to that number through RIT’s “Buy a Brick” program is Denise DeWitt,

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CIMS to help ‘green’ N.Y. firms

RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies has been awarded a $550,000 grant from Empire State Development to establish a new initiative in pollution prevention. The program will leverage the center’s existing research in alternative cleaning implementation, remanufacturing, sustainable process development and green product

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Library serves up food for thought (June 14)

Mark your calendars–June 14 marks the debut of what is planned as an annual event at RIT’s Wallace Library. Food For Thought is a moveable feast of factoids and topics designed to provide a day of both technical and non-technical learning sessions for RIT staff. Twenty-four

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NTID hosts deaf-ed conference (June 21-22)

An emerging research area among those who study education of deaf students–looking at how students’ educational backgrounds account for what they know, their learning strategies, and ways that instructors can optimize educational opportunities for them–will be the topic of a June 21-22 conference at

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Graduation schedule, shuttle service and parking information (May 25-26)
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VoIP conference (May 18)

The third annual Voice over Internet Protocol Conference will be held May 18. Co-hosted by the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the College of Applied Science and Technology, the conference features exhibitor presentations, technology demonstrations and industry leading speakers,

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Corporate run to aid RIT (May 31)

There is added incentive to participate in the 17th annual JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge this year–$7,500 of the money raised will go to benefit RIT’s North Star Center. The event, which takes place May 31 at RIT, is the largest road race in the Rochester

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‘Heart of Tango’ premiere (May 20)

World-class tango dancers Colette Herbert and Richard Council will perform both on the big screen and live on stage as part of the world premiere of the film The Heart of Tango at RIT on May 20. Directed and produced by RIT professor Johnny

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A fond farewell

Students, faculty and staff will have another chance to say goodbye to President Simone June 15–officially “Albert J. Simone Day” in Monroe County and the City of Rochester. A 10 a.m. ceremony and ice cream social will be held in the administrative circle, near the Sentinel sculpture. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy will be on hand to deliver a proclamation. After serving RIT for 15 years, Simone’s last day is June 30.

Submitted by Josh Lehrer


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