Kevin Sheldon announced as new Alumni Association President

Kevin Sheldon '02 (management information systems) began serving his two-year term as the new Alumni Association President on Jan. 1.

In addition to his career as vice president of operations at CareJourney, Sheldon is passionate about serving the RIT community and its more than 125,000 alumni.

"The Alumni Association works to support the RIT alumni community in any way we can. We are evaluating how we serve alumni in general, how to get them more engaged, and looking at ways that we can continue to get them involved at a deeper level," said Sheldon.

Couple turns cider mill into destination

Bill and Brenda Michaels like to tell people that they have three children and their oldest child is never going to leave the house.

That oldest child is their business, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard in Central New York. The couple recently published a cookbook to celebrate the cider mill's 160th anniversary.

**TIGERS TALK PODCAST** President Dr. Munson sat down with Saunders College of Business alumnus Jim Salzano ’87

President Dr. Munson sat down with Saunders College of Business alumnus Jim Salzano ’87 to take part of our new podcast series Tigers Talk, which features conversations with notable alumni. Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/rit-alumni/tigers-talk-jim-salzano-87

Saunders College of Business dedicates Philip R. Tyler Active Learning Classroom

Saunders College of Business dedicated the new Dr. Philip R. Tyler Active Learning Classroom in honor of an associate professor emeritus of marketing who taught at Rochester Institute of Technology for 38 years.

Four companies graduate from RIT's Venture Creations business incubator

Venture Creations, the business incubator at Rochester Institute of Technology, celebrated the launch of four new businesses at a graduation ceremony Oct. 17.

In addition to recognizing the business start-ups, the event featured a networking reception and a keynote address delivered by 2011 RIT graduate Marty Strenczewilk, founder, president and CEO of Splyce, an electronic-sports franchise that launched from Venture Creations in 2016.

The graduating companies are:

Staff Spotlight: Linda Chamot

Registration, enrollment changes, student demographics, curriculum demands, faculty requirements and classroom space require constant monitoring and adjustments each semester at RIT. This is where Linda Chamot's job as scheduling officer for Saunders College of Business gets a bit hectic.

She has to ensure bottlenecks are averted and that courses and classrooms are scheduled to support the needs of students, faculty and the university at large.

Alumnus gift completes Saunders College of Business Challenge initiative at RIT

Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $3 million gift to conclude the Saunders College of Business Challenge initiative.

The donor is RIT alumnus Joseph M. Lobozzo II '95 (Executive MBA), founder and former president/CEO of JML Optical Industries Inc. Lobozzo's gift concludes the business school's $20 million Saunders Challenge that started with a challenge gift of $5 million by local entrepreneur/philanthropist E. Philip Saunders.

Honoring E. Philip Saunders for a Legacy of Giving

Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders remains focused on growing local businesses, supporting higher education and giving back to the community. The president and CEO of Saunders Management Co., 80, is widely known around campus as the namesake of Saunders College of Business, to which he has contributed $18 million.

"He's like a celebrity around here," said Saunders College Dean Jacqueline Mozrall. "When students find out Phil's in the building, they come up and say, 'Can I meet him?' They know about him, what he represents, and aspire to be like him."

Meet SCB Distinguished Alumnus Gerald McCue

For Gerald McCue '80 (MBA), senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, managing client portfolios has a higher purpose than simply growing wealth.

"Philanthropy is the ultimate goal with a client because they have reached a level of financial security, far beyond that which they will need," said McCue. "I say to clients, 'You're financially secure, but don't let me leave you with the impression that this is the only thing in life.'"

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