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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.

IdeaLab teams brainstorm access technology solutions

Seven teams of students and faculty coaches representing a variety of disciplines spent a weekend in November brainstorming solutions to problems impacting individuals with differing abilities during the RIT Access Technology IdeaLab.

The interactive two-day workshop held in Student Innovation Hall featured hands-on teamwork brainstorming meetings, Q&A sessions and presentations to clients and participating organizations. The student teams were coached by volunteers from RIT faculty and alumni and community organizations.

RIT's graduate programs offer distinctive, cutting-edge education

As Fatmah Bamashmous painstakingly crafts furniture for her thesis in RIT's woodworking studio, she uses a mixture of traditional hand tools and state-of-the-art power tools. She has a distinct vision for what she is trying to accomplish, and her designs draw inspiration from calligraphy and the Arabic alphabet.

"I want to create modern furniture with distinct Arabic influences, which you don't see hardly anywhere," she said.

Top RIT News stories for November 2017

Check out all of November's most popular stories below:

Top News Stories

1. New RIT-inspired beer crafted by Three Heads Brewing to hit shelves Nov. 10

2. Top 10 U.S. colleges battle at National Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition

3. Theme park ride designer nabs dream job

4. Monster colliding black holes might lurk on the edge of spiral galaxies

5. Saunders College of Business cited in 'Bloomberg Businessweek' rankings

Learn more about RIT's entrepreneurial ecosystem, leadership in cybersecurity, and donor Austin McChord

About Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RIT

RIT provides a unique, multidisciplinary ecosystem aimed at promoting and supporting innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors of its students, faculty and staff. That network includes:

Alumnus gives RIT $50 million to foster entrepreneurship and cybersecurity

A 2009 alumnus has given Rochester Institute of Technology $50 million, the largest donation ever made to the university and one of the largest ever in the region.

The unprecedented gift comes from Austin McChord, founder and CEO of Datto, a Connecticut-based data protection company with engineering and support offices in downtown Rochester.

RIT/NTID establishes first NSF Deaf College Innovation Bowl

Deaf and hard-of-hearing college students with innovative product ideas can compete to earn cash and business expertise, thanks to Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The college has established the first NSF Deaf College Innovation Bowl, sponsored by a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant and administered by RIT's Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and RIT/NTID.

RIT ranked among best online programs nationally

Rochester Institute of Technology has been recognized for offering some of the nation's best online programs.

The 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings, released today, featured RIT on five of its lists, ranking:

36th in the nation for "Best Online MBA Programs," for the executive MBA program offered by Saunders College of Business;

40th for "Best Online Information Technology Programs," offered by the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences;

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