Three honored at Press Radio Club Day of Champions
A. Sue Weisler
RIT President Bill Destler, men’s lacrosse head coach Jake Coon and men’s and women’s hockey student manager Joe Vicario were honored at the 2015 Rochester Press Radio Club Day of Champions Dinner on May 4. Destler was named the Morrie Silver Award Winner, presented by the Rochester Red Wings; Coon, the Rochester Razor Sharks Local Coach of the Year; and Vicario, a Coca-Cola Hometown Hero.
Since Destler became RIT president, the men’s hockey team made a run to the NCAA Division I Frozen Four in 2010. Women’s hockey won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2012 and made the leap to Division I later that year. The men’s lacrosse team has become a perennial power, making five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including their first trip to the championship game in 2013. In addition, several athletes have earned All-American honors and RIT student athletes maintain a grade-point average of 3.2.
In 2014, RIT opened the $38 million, state-of-the-art Gene Polisseni Center.
In his six seasons at RIT men’s lacrosse, Coon has led the Tigers to a 101-14 record, five consecutive conference titles, and five trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament, including the Tigers’ first-ever appearance in the national championship game in 2013. He was named Division III Coach of the Year in 2011 by the United States International Lacrosse Association and in 2013 by the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
“Part-time Joe” Vicario, a fifth-year applied technology student in RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is a manager for the men’s and women’s hockey teams. On Feb. 7, RIT players wore special jerseys that were auctioned off during the game with more than $10,000 going to the Testicular Cancer Foundation of Western New York, which Vicario founded. Go to www.tcafofwny.org for more information. Vicario, who has Goldenhar Syndrome and is a testicular cancer survivor, has survived 31 surgeries, including 21 before his 12th birthday.
April 24, 2019
Running in Circles: Engineering students build Human Hamster Wheel
The big wheel will turn, but the hamsters will be humans instead. Students in RIT’s Engineering House built a Human Hamster Wheel, and instead of running in circles, as the cliché goes, their 7-foot wheel will produce electricity. Open to children and adults, the wheel will be one of many interactive exhibits featured at this year’s Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival on April 27.
April 23, 2019
RIT researchers help conduct experiment to study how the first stars and galaxies formed
While many people flock to warm destinations for spring break, two RIT experimental cosmologists spent theirs 6,800 feet high on snow-covered Kitt Peak at the Arizona Radio Observatory. They were deploying an instrument to a 12-meter telescope for a project called the Tomographic Ionized-carbon Mapping Experiment (TIME), which aims to study the universe’s first stars and galaxies.
April 23, 2019
Gas prices got you down? Imagine RIT attendees can get up to speed on electric, hybrid ‘e-bikes’
Imagine RIT visitors interested in learning about electric and hybrid-electric bikes get to participate in an interactive exhibit and discussion on the growing travel mode inside the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on April 27.
April 22, 2019
Imagine RIT preview: How phones and laptops can be tracked via their radio waves
A team of computing security students will demonstrate how the unique properties that exist in the radio waves of a wireless device can allow a third-party to single out, fingerprint and track that specific Wi-Fi device during the Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival on Saturday.