Exploring RIT Through the Eyes of President Munson

  • A Year in the Life with President Munson and RIT

    Relive some uniquely RIT moments from Dr. David C. Munson, Jr.’s first year as president of the university. From Convocation to Tiger Walk to Imagine RIT (and everything in between), this student-produced video offers a glimpse into Dr. Munson’s inaugural academic year at RIT.

  • Building without the Bricks: Expanding RIT’s Creativity and Innovation Ecosystem

    RIT Tigers are shaping the future through creativity and innovation at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design—an educational environment that is uniquely RIT. Leveraging the success of this model, President Dr. David C. Munson Jr. looks to expand it, while challenging both students and alumni to apply their RIT education in ways that improve the world. In this student-produced video, watch to learn more about Dr. Munson’s new vision for RIT.

  • Hear Our Tigers Roar

    As RIT’s President David C. Munson, Jr. meets the university’s alumni, one word comes to mind—impressive. Not only have RIT alumni accomplished so much in their workplaces and communities, but their connections to their alma mater continue to inspire future generations of Tigers. Watch and learn more about RIT’s 125,000 alumni through the eyes of Dr. Munson in this student-produced video.

  • Small Windows of Time

    RIT is soaring to new heights in stature, rigor, diversity, research and discovery, scholarly work and artistic expression. And, our RIT Tigers are shaping the future and improving our world through creativity and innovation at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design. See for yourself, in this student-produced video, all the many amazing things happening here at RIT through the eyes of President Munson.

Thanks for Welcoming Dr. Munson on the Tiger Tour

This past year, RIT Alumni Chapters around the country hosted receptions for Tiger alumni, parents, and friends welcoming Dr. David C. Munson, Jr. to the RIT family. For those who joined him on the tour—thank you! These events were a great opportunity for both Dr. Munson and attendees to get to know RIT better. While the tour has wrapped up for this academic year, if you missed a Tiger Tour event in your area or we missed your city, be on the lookout for more events featuring Dr. Munson in the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

To see some of the cities Dr. Munson visited on the tour, check out the map below.

 
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Tigers Talk 

Hailing from all 50 states and 123 countries, RIT’s nearly 125,000 alumni are as diverse in their life and career paths as they are in geography. Counted among RIT’s alumni are industry leaders, entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, doctors, engineers, designers, CEOs, inventors, the list goes on and on. RIT alumni are RIT for Life. They are connected by a shared “orange and brown experience” no matter where their path after RIT has led them. RIT alumni are part of the fabric that is RIT and getting to know RIT also means getting to know the RIT alumni who helped shape the university through the years. Join President Munson as he meets some of these amazing alumni as part of our Tigers Talk podcast series with full written transcripts.

  • Kassidy Gerber '04

    Software Engineering
    B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

    RIT President Dave Munson sits down with gaming industry insider Kassidy Gerber '04 during the Seattle stop of his Tiger Tour. Kassidy currently serves as a business development manager for gaming giant Valve Corporation. Both a video game developer and a digital distribution company, Valve is known for its award-winning game franchises like Half-Life, Left for Dead, and Counter-Strike. At Valve, Kassidy also serves on the leadership team for Steam, the largest online gaming platform in the world.

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  • Gale Gand '81

    BFA Metalcrafts and Jewelry
    College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

    While on his Chicago Tiger Tour stop, RIT President Dave Munson chats with Gale Gand '81. Gale is a celebrity chef and restaurateur, who has hosted her own Food Network series titled Sweet Dreams, the first nationally televised dessert show. She has also appeared on a variety of talks shows and served as a celebrity judge on many food competition shows.

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  • Brad Tuckman '95

    BFA Professional Photographic Illustration
    College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

    On the Fort Lauderdale stop on his Tiger Tour, Dr. Munson sits down with Brad Tuckman '95. Brad is the chief brand officer of Scales Gear, a manufacturer of fishing apparel. He is also a board member and founder of CreativeDrive, a technology-enabled content creation company with over 1,000 full-time creators and 100 studios globally. Brad's entrepreneurial journey began in 1997, when he founded his first agency, Studio FX, which he then merged into a new venture, OneKreate in 2001 and worked with top brands, including: Rubbermaid, Walmart, Hilton Hotels, and Kate Spade.

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  • Eric Kuckhoff '84

    MS Chemistry
    College of Science

    President Dave Munson chats with Eric Kuckhoff MS '84, an important member of the RIT family, having served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of the RIT Board of Trustees. Eric is also a chemist and entrepreneur, having built his own chemical company, Polystar, LLC, to a $50 million business in just 10 years. He is now vice president and general manager for North America at Cargill, Inc.

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  • Tom Connor '11

    BFA Film & Animation
    College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

    On the Los Angeles stop of his Tiger Tour, RIT President Dave Munson sits down with Thomas J. Connor Jr., a 2011 RIT alumnus and Vice President of Creative Marketing at The Walt Disney Company. A 30-year veteran of the entertainment media marketing industry, prior to joining Disney, Tom has served as the Senior Vice President of Programming and Creative at Premier Retail Networks, Founder and President of TAG Media, and spent 12 years at Paramount Pictures Television.

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  • Sophie Schillaci '10

    BS Advertising and Public Relations
    College of Liberal Arts

    On the Los Angeles leg of his Tiger Tour, Dr. Munson chats with 2010 alumna Sophie Schillaci, host, producer, and writer for ETonline. In this role, Sophie appears on Entertainment Tonight as a contributing correspondent, attends red carpet events, and writes daily news articles for her original columns, “Certified Country” and “Interviews Under the Influence.”

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  • Katie Linendoll '05

    BS New Media Interactive Development
    B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

    During the New York City leg of his Tiger Tour, Dr. Munson chats with Katie Linendoll, an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, writer, tech expert, and global tech consultant. Katie is probably best known for her role as tech contributor on the TODAY Show, but she is also contributing as a tech expert on a variety of platforms including ESPN, Fox News, Headline News Network and The Weather Channel. She is also the founder of Katie Linendoll Productions.

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  • Jim Salzano '87

    BS, Business Administration Accounting
    Saunders College of Business

    On the New England leg of his Tiger Tour, RIT President Dr. David C. Munson, Jr. sits down with Jim Salzano '87. Salzano has been the CEO of the women’s shoe company Easy Spirit where he led a rapid turnaround that culminated in the sale of the company to Marc Fisher Footwear last year. Before Easy Spirit, Jim spent several years at Clarks where he was President of Clarks America, the largest region with just under 4,000 employees. Most recently, Jim has shifted his attention to advisory roles with various start-ups, venture capital firms and foundations. He is also very active in the footwear industry and in his community.

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  • Donis Flagello '81, Ph.D.

    BS Imaging Science
    College of Science

    RIT President Dr. David C. Munson, Jr. chats with Donis Flagello '81, Ph.D. during the San Francisco stop on his Tiger Tour. Dr. Donis Flagello is the CEO and COO of Nikon Research Corporation of America. He is a prominent member of the microlithography community, with over 30 years of experience in lithography modeling and problem solving, is the author of over 50 academic papers, and is listed as an inventor on two dozen patents related to lithographic technologies.

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  • Anna Sweet '04

    BS Computer Science
    B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

    RIT President Dr. David C. Munson, Jr. chats with Anna Sweet '04 during the San Jose stop on his Tiger Tour. Anna Sweet is an entrepreneur and innovator who is currently a business content and strategy executive for Caffeine, a live streaming platform for the gaming industry. Earlier this year, she founded Octave Nine, a tech consulting firm focused on augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. During her career, Sweet has worked at Microsoft, MySpace, Valve Corporation, Facebook, and Oculus VR.

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  • Rick Kittles '89, Ph.D.

    BS Biology
    College of Science

    Dr. Munson sits down to chat with Rick Kittles '89, Ph.D. Dr. Kittles is a pioneer in the use of DNA testing to trace the ancestry of African Americans and is currently a professor and founding director of the Division of Health Equities within the Department of Population Sciences at City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases based in Duarte, California.

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  • Clayton P. Turner '90

    Electrical Engineering
    Kate Gleason College of Engineering

    During the Washington, D.C. stop on Dr. Munson's Tiger Tour, he takes some time to chat with Clayton P. Turner '90.
    Turner serves as the Deputy Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. Langley is where NASA researches solutions to challenges ranging from global climate change and access to space, to air travel, and future aviation vehicles.

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