News by Topic: Alumni

  • November 18, 2019

    'Man wearing hard hat holding blueprints.'

    Alumni Update: Alumnus part of team that built large YMCA

    Tim Webber ’97 (civil engineering technology) helped design one of the largest YMCA facilities in the country: the Schottland Family YMCA, in Pittsford, N.Y. Webber is vice president and director of civil engineering at LaBella Associates, an international architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm in Rochester.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Giant portrait of young man being installed on exterior brick wall.'

    Alumni Update: Goldman cultivates love with photo project

    After years of working in commercial photography, Rob Goldman ’84 (professional photography) decided he needed to change his routine and focus on something new. Goldman quit commercial photography and embarked on several independent projects that focused on the reality, struggles, and beauty of life.

  • November 18, 2019

    'woman talks while sitting in brown chair.'

    Alumni Update: Alumna feted with National Design Award

    Patricia Moore ’74 (industrial design), an internationally renowned designer, gerontologist, and leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors, received the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in New York City in October.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Table with tortilla toaster and platters of tortilla-based appetizers.'

    Alumni Update: Taco ’bout ingenuity: Grad invention hits market

    Elliot Benitez ’07 (marketing) was eating dinner with his mother when he noticed that she kept getting up to warm tortillas over the stove. Benitez thought there had to be a better way. He searched Google and Amazon for a tortilla toaster and found nothing. Today, that same search points people toward the Nuni Toaster, patented by Benitez.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Racks of clothes at boutique store.'

    Alumni Update: Fashion that makes your wallet feel good

    Fashionable boutique clothing usually comes with large price tags. However, at Shop Peppermint and Salty, two boutiques in Rochester owned by Tanvi Asher ’10 MFA (industrial design), customers can get a high-end experience at an accessible cost.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Alumnus and President David Munson talk at table with others.'

    Fellowship allows students to be entrepreneurs and stay in school

    The Gap Year Entrepreneurial Fellowship allows SOIS students to take time off of school to focus on personal business ventures while still working toward their degrees. Students in the fellowship also receive a $15,000 award to create the time and space needed to build their businesses.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Portrait of student Jeremiah Gryczka.'

    Jeremiah Gryczka, owner of Mountain House Media

    Meet Gap Year Fellow Jeremiah Gryczka, owner of Mountain House Media, a digital media production and advertising agency that acts as a creative partner for its clients by helping to improve visibility of their businesses and by stimulating creative growth.

  • November 18, 2019

    'portrait of Christina Gullo.'

    Alumni Update: Providing a glimmer of hope to those in need

    One thing has remained constant as Christina Gullo has advanced in her career—her passion for helping people. Gullo ’06 (Executive MBA) is president and CEO of Villa of Hope, a youth and family services organization in Rochester dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and education challenges.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Two students talk at career fair.'

    Learning from Industry: Employers keep RIT’s curriculum forward-looking

    For the last several decades, volunteer groups have played a pivotal role in keeping RIT’s curriculum relevant and current with the latest industry trends. The groups of 10 to 30 leaders from a wide variety of companies come together a few times a year to offer their insights for RIT faculty and staff in nearly every college.

  • November 18, 2019

    'Man and woman holding dog stand next to printing presses.'

    Tiger Love: Couple celebrates 50 years of crafting a business

    Winifred “Winnie” (Gray) Bixler ’69 (art and design) and Michael Bixler ’69 (printing) run the Bixler Press and Letterfoundry, where they do Monotype typesetting, fine letterpress printing, traditional book typography, and offer classes in book arts.